This is how we started to love bike ride from the year 2016.
Never did we thought that we would become passionate bike riders since then.
Bike rides – Starting of our Wonderful Journey
It all started when me and my husband Rajesh went for a casual ride to a cafe, enjoyed hanging out there for sometime..
We were married in September 2015 in our native Coimbatore, Tamilnadu.
Since ours was an arranged marriage, As much as we enjoyed the weekend hot dates in awesome restaurants in Bangalore, we were equally bored of the rest of time watching TV and cooking that special weekend meals at home..
We then started to go out on almost all the weekends, at least for a cup of coffee to a nearby coffee shop or to spend a day at resorts in Kanakapura road.
Initial days, we went on bike rides to spend time in Go-karting and snacking in cafe’s in Kanakapura road and Mysore road.
Soon we started to search for weekend getaways in and around Bangalore. I then research on the places two days ahead of journey and also have Plan B just in case we changed our mind.
So this is how we started our bike rides purely for bonding and recreation.
Our First One-day Trip Bike Ride from Bangalore to Srirangapatna, on 26th Aug 2016.
We started our very first bike trip from Bangalore, our home, to Srirangapatna (near Mysore) and nearby places.
Here is the pic of Kaveri River, taken on the way to Srirangapatna, our very first Bike ride destination.
While we were there, we went to the famous Ranganathar Temple and Nimishamba Temple.
Less we knew at that time, life would present us beautiful moments to cherish forever..
This is our one day trip from Bangalore by train to visit 3 famous temples in Tiruvallur.
Tiruvallur is a small district in TamilNadu. Surrounded by Chennai, Kanchipuram, Nellore of Andra is famous for many temples in the city. There are 3 temples in Tiruvallur you must visit if you are planning for a one day trip here.
Apart from the 3 temples in the list, we have also visited another temple near Tiruvallur called Pallikondeswarar Temple in Surutapalli.
The reason why we chose to visit this place is that we did not want to miss it in our life time. Because it is believed to be the first temple where Pradosa Pooja was performed for the very first time about 1000 yrs ago. That’s why this place is also called “Pradosha Kshetram”.
Here is the travel plan of how we reached Tiruvallur and how we covered these temples by local transport.
Temples In Tiruvallur – Famous and All Time Crowded
On 26th November 2016, on an auspicious day of Sani Maha Pradosam, we went to visit famous temples in Tiruvallur.
It was a well planned one day trip from Bangalore by train. We did not book any accomodations nor did go sightseeing any other places apart from the destination.
I have given list of places you could couple with Tiruvallur at the end of this article.
List of Temples with Google Map Link
Here is the list of all the famous temples in Tiruvallur.
Vaidhya VeeraRaghava Perumal Temple – One of the famous Vishnu Temples, with the presiding deity Veeraraghava Perumal is in a reclining position. It is also one of the 108 Divya Desams. Devotees offer salt and pepper here and pray for curing any ill health. The sacred tank here is Hrittapanasini, believed to be holier than the river Ganga.
Sri JalaNarayana Temple – The specialty of this temple is that both the Lord Shiva and Vishnu are the presiding deities. Lord vishnu inside the water tank in the reclining position is the special attraction of this temple. Click here for Google map directions – https://goo.gl/maps/Mn9qNrLYV8CQJVyA7.
Not far from here is yet another famous temple named Vishwaroopa Panchamuga Anjaneyar temple. A majestic 40 feet monolithic idol of Lord Hanuman with 5 faces. It is one of the very famous temples in Tiruvallur and crowded on all saturdays and other special occasions. Here is the link – https://goo.gl/maps/MgWR6EeRgPGJTNta6
Surutapalli Pallikondeswarar, Suruttapalli, Andhra Pradesh – Located 26 kms from Tiruvallur, situated in Chittoor district of State Andra. It is yet another famous, historically important temple is Pallikondeswarar temple. Though it is quite far from our destination, this is a must see temple. The uniqueness of this temple is that the Lord Shiva in a reclining position just like Lord Ranaganathar (Lord Vishnu). Since it is a rare sight to see Lord Shiva in this avatar, it is one of my most favorite temples so far. Here is the location link – https://goo.gl/maps/Waq7cBKEqKPbEzEDA
How to Reach Tiruvallur From Bangalore
If you are travelling by road, you would need just half day to cover all the famous temples in Tiruvallur.
So you either make it just a one day trip or couple other places to make it a 2 days long road trip.
For travellers from Chennai, Kanchipuram, Vellore and Tirupati, Tiruvallur is a neighbouring town. Travelling from Chennai to Tiruvallur is smooth with little travel distances, well connected by local trains, buses and road.
You can easily travel, visit all the temples in Tiruvallur and return home on the same day.
Other than places mentioned above, a trip to Tiruvallur needs to be planned and arranged for accomodation.
When we travelled from Bangalore to Tiruvallur, we took a train from Bangalore KSR station, reached straight to Tiruvallur.
Thankfully we had Train – 12610 MGR Chennai central SF express from Bangalore to Chennai. We left KSR Bangalore by 8 AM, arrived at Tiruvallur the same day by 1.30 noon.
After a relaxed lunch in the local eatery, we took a bus straight to Surutapalli Temple. After about an hour of travel, we reached the temple, stood in the darshan que for about an hr and returned back to Tiruvallur.
Since it was late evening, we hired an auto to reach the rest of the temples before they close for the day.
Temples near Tiruvallur – Other famous places near by
If you are planning a road trip from Bangalore, then you could choose to stay at Vellore or Kanchipuram, which are the closest cities to Tiruvallur, as you have no good options in your destination.
Since you could cover all the temples in Tiruvallur in just half a day, you could very well plan the rest of the trip to spend sightseeing temples near Tiruvallur in places like Kanchipuram or Vellore or even Chennai or Puducherry.
If you ask one good suggestion on the temples near Tiruvallur – I would suggest “Tiruttani” a very famous Arupadai Murugan Temple, located at a distance of 43kms from Tiruvallur.
Tiruttani nearby temples – How We Went One Day Trip From Bangalore by Train.
In Vellore you could visit couple famous places like Lord Shiva temple called Jalakandeswarar temple, Tiruvalam Lord Shiva temple (Padal Petra stalam), Padavedu Amman temple, the two very famous Vallimalai Lord Muruga temple and Ratnagiri Balamurugan temple.
In Kanchipuram, house for famous Sakthi Peedam Kanchi Kamakshi temple other than many famous temples.
And you could also stretch your travel plan two more days to visit Chennai, Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry.
Now you know how to reach Tiruvallur from Bangalore. Also you have the list of places to visit in and around temples in Tiruvallur.
This is our thrilling story of riding motorbike at night among the avenue trees in our 500 kms bike trip, from Bangalore to Hassan road trip.
Two new riders on a bike.
In the pitch dark.
With just a backpack meant for a day trip.
No rooms booked.
Only tall never ending trees and extremely irritating bugs by our side.
This is our story of thrilling road trip to Hassan in pitch dark, covering 500 KMs under 36 hrs.
From Bangalore to Hassan Road trip – 500 KM thrilling bike ride
Who would have thought we would be riding among the never ending tall trees in pitch dark in our Bangalore to Hassan road trip.
Believe or not it was totally an unplanned journey and we were totally new to that long bike ride too.
In 2016, we were just starting to go out to the nearby places in Bangalore and testing the water.
We were not actually ready to go on long bike rides. We wanted to take it slow after our day bike trip experience from Bangalore to Lepakshi temple. It was quite a successful bike trip – properly planned and executed.
Now we had screwed it.
We didn’t plan well.
So, we didn’t have an itinerary laid for this unexpected delay.
Nor any rooms booked.
Above all, no mobile network to book any rooms.
What should have been a one day trip from Bangalore to Adichuchanagiri hills has turned into a 2 days of thriller ride.
A thrilling bike ride at night to Hassan, because we had no other option.
After a long leisure darshan at Kalabhairava temple, sitting on the top of Adichuchanagiri hills late in the evening – we had only two options in front of us.
Go back home riding 135 kms to Bangalore or ride 90 kms to Hassan which is relatively less distance so we can be safe soon?.
As a new bee just started travelling by bike to places, 135 kms seemed like a himalayan distance to cross.
(Hardly 3 months later we had covered 335 kms just in one day’s bike trip to Melkote. Read here).
Adichuchanagiri hills – The intial destination of our Night trip from Bangalore to hassan road trip
Initially days I had a hard time coping with the cool attitude of Rajesh. He was super cool in everything he did and that includes not bothering about sticking to the time schedule.
In many ways I appreciated his coolness but at times he tested my patience and gave me really hard time. Especially on the days when we had to run a marathon to reach the airport and railway stations. Couple of times we had a history of missing them too.
Soon when we really started loving our bike rides, he couldn’t wait to wake up and get ready before me.
Now, sitting on top of the Adichuchanagiri hills, blaming our “coolness” for not planning the trip well. Meanwhile, we were nervously trying to connect to the network to get a hang of the google map.
By calculating the distances to home and to Hassan from adichunchanagiri hills, and with zero energy to drive , we decided upon the best shortest distance to hit the bed ASAP.
That best decision was to ride to Hassan in the pitch dark.
So we made a hotel reservation at La Flora Pavanputra Resort before we descended down the hill.
We both experienced a chill in our spine when the parking area was completely deserted. The very place was buzzing with lots of two wheeler and four wheeler is now empty.
The small shops selling toys near the temple entrance are now completely covered and locked under blue sheets.
We both exchanged a look, that said “we are totally screwed”.
Though we did not show any concern or fear on the face, we were totally terrified of the situation.
La Flora Pavanputra Resort Hassan – Thrilling Road trip comes to an end
For more than 3hrs, it was a never ending journey among the avenue trees, literally holding the jumping heart in our hands.
We did it.
Successfully made it to the resort, all in one piece and we couldn’t be more proud.
We appreciated each other and acknowledged that we played good team sports.
Had it been someone else in Rajesh’s place, I very much doubt their behavior in such adverse conditions.
I am pretty sure they never would have exhibited the same level of bravery and leadership. All kudos to Rajesh.
Of various trips and risks we undertook in our bike travel, this Bangalore to Hassan road trip stays close to our heart till date.
Also, this trip brought us recognition as “bike riders” among our friends on facebook.
And Rajesh has got many appreciation for his new milestone of driving 500 kms under 36 hrs.
Soon people started expecting bike travel posts from us during the weekends.
Following this thrilling unplanned trip, we went on a well planned night bike ride of 200Kms, read here.
3 Places We Visited From Hassan To Bangalore Road trip
Next day morning, woke up in our room with a grumbling stomach since we had not eaten anything since the time we left the Adichunchanagiri hills. We were just grateful to be alive and having found a hotel room, the thought of feeding our stomach did not occur at all.
Soon we checked out our room right after the complimentary breakfast, for sure we will never return to this anytime in the future.
Doddagaddavalli Lakshmi Devi Temple
We rode our bike towards Belur instead of towards Bangalore, to visit this very beautiful -never seen before kind of Hoysala architecture. Not just the architecture is unique, the idols inside the small sanctum are unique too. Along with Lakshmi devi and Kali devi, there were also statues of both Lord Vishnu and Lord Shivalinga guarded by 2 guardians standing tall from floor to the roof.
We reached the temple around 9.40am, and spent till 10.30am. We allowed ourselves inside the sanctum since there was no priest to be seen and the temple gate was not locked.
After darshan, we spent time in the pillar hall, eating the peanut we bought along the way.
Here is some information on the uniqueness of this Hoysala architecture I gathered on the internet.
“There are 92 Hoysala temples in Karnataka. These temples are known to be Ekakuta, Dwikuta, Thrikuta, Chatushkuta and Panchkuta, depending on the number of shrines and towers. This Mahalaxmi temple is the only Chathushkuta temple (four shrines and towers) built in Hoysala Architecture style.
The temple is said to be built in the year 1114 A.D, by Kallahana Rahutha(from Kolhapur, Maharashtra), a wealthy merchant in Hoysala court. The place was called Abhinava Kolhapura, connecting it with Kolhapur”.
Lakshmi Narasimha temple, Nuggehalli
Luckily Lakshmi Narasimha temple was open for darshan around 1.10 pm when we reached there. We have travelled about 75kms from where we left, to reach this temple via Hassan – Bangalore highway. We had spent time till 1.50 pm, the priest left the temple open, closing only the sanctum doors. Main deity of this temple is Lord Lakshmi Narasimha with Lord Krishna in the nearby sanctum.
Yediyur Siddhalingeshwara temple, Kunigal district
Around 4.15 after lunch at Bellur cross, we stopped at a very crowded Yediyur Siddhalingeshwara temple on the way to our home. Though it was a small temple with Lord Shiva as the main deity, we spent around 45 mins for darshan since it was too crowded.
We didn’t want to do anymore visiting places or temples anymore since it was already evening and a lesson from the previous day was to start the bike before it’s too dark and too late.
Finally a suggestion to the readers. If you are looking to extend your trip from Hassan, you could go to the following nearby places. Take help of google maps, to find these places.
Chikamagalur, 63 kms
Kodagu, 115 kms
Unforgettable Road trip in Our Travel History
This was our first experience driving a bike late into the night.
And it was totally an unplanned journey from Bangalore to Hassan road trip.
We totally enjoyed our return journey easing all the tension from the previous night and enjoyed the ride.
It was a total of 256 kms of bike ride from our hotel room in Hassan to our home in Bangalore. And it was a grand total of 500kms bike riding from Bangalore to Hassan road trip.
Till date this trip makes one of the interesting dinner conversations with our friends.
We went on One day Bike trip to Lepakshi Temple from Bangalore. Our friends called us crazy to cover a total of 300 Kms by bike in just one day.
Lepakshi Temple From Bangalore – Distance and Route
On 5th November 2016, We went on One day bike trip to the very famous Lepakshi Temple in Anantapur District in Andra Pradesh district. After visiting Boga Nandeeshwara temple in Nandi Hills along the way.
Lepakshi temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to God Veerabhadra, widely popular by the name “Lepakshi” – a village located in Karnataka, 15 kms from Hindupur and 122 kms from Bangalore. The distance may vary a little based on the location you start from Bangalore. Lepakshi temple gained popularity for its historic importance and archaeological significance (especially for its floating pillars).
We have travelled 165 kms from our home to Anantapur district in Andra Pradesh state, a long ride on just one way.
This is how we went to Lepakshi Veerabhadra Temple from Bangalore, one of the most memorable one day bike trip in our life.
Lepakshi Temple from Bangalore: Two States By Bike in One day
On our one day trip to Lepakshi temple from Bangalore, we first visited Nandi hills temple at Doddaballapur. Since we were frequent visitors this Nandhi hills – Boganandeeswara temple, and it is located on the way to Lepakshi, we stopped for a quick darshan here.
Soon after lunch we then rode for about 80 kms to reach Lepakshi village, parked our bike, across the small shopping street.
Well, at 3 pm, after a long bike ride in the sun, travelled across a state, to witness the beauty of the Vijayanagar empire’s architecture.
We spent about 2 hrs hours around the temple, clicking pics and hanging out, cherishing every moment possible.
The main sanctum, was a small cave with many hindu idols, along with the Veerabhadra idol, there was a notable MahaKali statue, each idol speaking a history of its own.
After a calm and quiet darshan, we headed back to Bangalore, reached home by 8 PM.
Overall it was a smooth ride in Bangalore – Hyderabad Highways.
Lepakshi Veerabhadra temple – History, Facts and Temple Timings
These are thehistoric and archaeological importance of this Lepakshi temple–
It is a majestic temple built on a vast area (called tortoise hill) with astonishing sculptures and paintings on the pillars and roofs. Famous for the mural paintings of Vijayanagara Kings. Of the 70 pillars in the Vasantha mandapa/ Natya mandapa, one of the pillars does not rest completely on the ground a.k.a hanging pillar or floating pillar.
a breathtaking single rock sculpture consisting of a seven hood naga wrapped around Sivalinga and a huge Ganesha idol.
the ruins of a “Kalyana Mandapa” with unfinished pillars. (There is also a story that it is not actually a Kalyana mandap, it was a Vishnu temple which was destroyed by human conflicts, the Vishnu statue then kept inside the main sanctum.)
Several forms of Lord Shiva idols can be seen – a majestic Kankala Murthi, Dakshinamurthi, Tripuranthaka or Tripurasurasamhara and Ardhanareeshwara
Lord Hanuman’s small mandap and Goddess Sita’s footprint and a waterhole nearby
A huge Nandhi statue, a guardian at 1km before the lepakshi temple
And Finally, about another speciality of this temple which is not mentioned anywhere in the internet and I have no supporting documents to support the following points mentioned by one of the local guides in Lepakshi is this – (correct if am wrong)
This temple was said to be built around a Sivalinga statue built by Cholas, much older than this temple. (See in images)
About the Lepakshi Temple timing –
Unlike other Hindu temples, this temple is closed by 6PM. It is open on all hours from 6 AM to 6 PM for tourists and devotees.
During our ride to Lepakshi temple from Bangalore, we did not find any proper restaurant in the highways except for the one we had lunch near nandhi hills. So there are hardly any good choices nearby Lepakshi temple vicinity.
Although there are many blog articles written on visiting and their experience on travelling to Lepakshi temple from Bangalore, we didn’t read any of this. If we did, we would not have missed the famous “the hanging pillar” of this temple.
To Know more about the history of this temple, you can visit this website for more information.
How We travel by Bike?
Like most people ask, we don’t hurt our shoulders by carrying any backpacks while riding motorbike. All I carry on me is a small sling bag to keep money and mobile phones.
So how do we travel free?
If it is just one day ride, we carry a tank bag. This is a convertible backpack, with magnet to bind to the bike, sits comfortably on the bike tank without falling off, so we ride carefree. On long bike trips, we use both tank bag and a saddle bag for more luggage requirements.
When we went to Talakona in AndraPradesh, we carried saddle bags since it was just a 2 days trip. Even tough it was just a 2 days trip, we wanted to carry saddle bags to accommodate as much as water bottles as we were travelling to a rural area. While we were there, we have been trekking to the famous Talakona forest and waterfalls.
When we went on 11-days long bike trip in 2017, we carried both tank bags and saddle bags. Saddle bag only for clothes and travel essentials, while the tank bag to accomodate electronics like laptop, DSLR camera, chargers and stuff.
For this trip – Lepakshi temple from Bangalore, we carried just a tank bag, to keep couple of water bottles.
This is our travel story of visiting Halebidu and Belur in our one day trip from Bangalore by Train, along with the 2 other less popular destinations. This is the travel guide to the places to visit from Bangalore to Belur.
Bangalore to Belur distance is 222kms, an easy distance to cover by road for one or two day trip from Bangalore. Eventhough this was a train trip, you could use this guide to plan your Bangalore to Belur Road trip.
Places to Visit from Bangalore to Belur
When I searched for the places to visit from Bangalore to Belur – Here is what I found. Almost all the travel websites suggested the most popular places like Halebidu, Belur Chennakesava temple, Yagachi dam, Chikmagalur and Shravanabelagola.
I wanted to explore the less popular. I wanted to go to a place where not many show any interest. Not any particular reason, when it comes to visiting Historical places, I am kinda nuts.
So these are the two places I have got digging into the google maps after researching my brains out.
Both are beautiful places to visit from Bangalore to Belur, both are very beautiful and unique Hoysala Architectures.
Arasikere – Beautiful Hoysala Architecture (For Lord Shiva)
Javagal – Beautiful Hoysala Architecture (For Lord Vishnu)
When it comes to ancient popular Hoysala architecture in Karnataka, people always prefer visiting Somnathpur Keshava Temple in Mysore or Halebidu – Belur temples.
Whereas these two – Araskiere and Javangal are less popular among the tourists for unknown reason. And here is the detailed itinerary of how to visit these two temples.
How We Started Our One day trip to Belur Halebid from Bangalore
In the year 2016, on 2nd October, we went on a one day trip to Belur Halebid from Bangalore.
This was a one day trip from Bangalore by Train. You could use the same guide for the places to visit from Bangalore to Belur.
We reached Arsikere Railway junction from Bangalore in the early morning.
And We knew nothing about this place, no clue of the places to eat our breakfast.
After eating some home bought biscuits to go with cup of tea in a local bakery, we hired an auto to reach the Arasikere Ishwara temple.
From there, after about an hour of Bus journey we have reached yet another less popular temple – situated in a vast area, called Lord Lakshmi Narasimha temple.
After visiting those 2 less popular places, we were on a straight route to Halebidu and Belur.
The distance between Halebid and Belur is about 17kms, and there are bus and taxi options to travel between these two destinations.
We returned back by train to Bangalore around midnight.
Arasikere and Javagal should be in your bucket list if you are planning any one day trip from Bangalore or from Mysore.
And it is a must see places – one of the Hoysala places to visit from Bangalore to Belur.
Arasikere – The Less known Place to Visit One day trip from Bangalore
A very beautiful Hoysala architecture in Arsikere, dedicated to Lord Shiva, called Ishwara temple.It also has two other shiva linga sanctums, called Kattameshwara and Chandramouleshwara respectively.
There was no one in the temple premises except for us and the priest. He said that as a ritual he keeps an open temple every morning and evening.
We have time leisurely looking around the architecture, and our talks were around how our ancestors would have celebrated the occasions here.
We clicked pics to our heart’s content before we left the temple to the Arsikere bus station.
Javagal – Lord lakshmi Narasimha temple
Yet another beautiful Hoysala architecture in Javangal in Hassan district of Karnataka.
This Lord Vishnu temple is situated in a vast area in the middle of the village (guess later people have built the houses surrounding the temple).
We went inside opening the gate, there was no sign of the priest or any devotees.
We have waited in the pillar mandap for sometime after exploring the temple and clicking pics – but no one turned out.
Happy to have visited this place, we left for the javagal bus station to catch a bus to Halebidu.
Temple of Belur and Halebidu : Our Final Destination
Our final destination was the temple of Belur and Halebid.
First we reached the Halebidu (or Halebeedu), a small town in Hassan district. It is one of the popular tourists places in Karnataka.
By the time we reached by bus to Halebidu from Javagal, our mobile battery almost ran out and so was our energy.
We entered a local eatery situated close to the Halebidu temple with rumbling stomach. But only to find they serve tomato bath (tomato flavoured rice) with a dal vada. Something to feed our crying bellies, we had each one plate of rice and vada combo.
Meanwhile we charged our phones, and relaxed ourselves from the never ending travel from Bangalore.
It was a non stop travel since the time we left early from our home.
After a well deserved rest, we went to the very famous Halebidu temple – a Lord Shiva temple called Hoysaleshwara temple.
The temple campus very much resembled Somanathapura Temple in Mysore. We had to walk about 200 – 300 meters between the well paved decorated grass compound.
There stands a majestic Hoysala architecture – one of a kind in India, a signature style by the Hoysala empire only seen in Karnataka state.
The two huge bulls guarding the two respective Shivalinga is a major attraction here.
Just like the first Arasikere Lord Shiva temple, this temple also has two other Shivalinga sanctum. Except it is majestic, artistic and beautiful bull statues.
Unlike the first two (unpopular temples), this temple was hugely crowded and we were not able to click even one selfie in isolation.
After spending a relatively long time here, we headed to the final destination – Belur, the last places to visit from Bangalore to Belur train trip.
Places to Visit in Belur
There are many sightseeing places to visit in Belur, including the Yagachi dam and river rafting – our only intention was to visit the famous Chennakesava temple.
The Hoysala architecture temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the second Lord Vishnu temple in our one day trip from Bangalore.
Just like the Javagal temple, this temple compound has a decorative Gopuram – only much better than Javagal.
Again this temple was also too crowded, majority of them are the school students who came on an excursion.
One of a kind Hoysala architecture, situated in a vast area and covered by never ending pillar mandap is sight to the eyes.
We never got enough of this temple even though we have visited 3 of its kinds in the same day.
Clicked enough pics and captured lots of memories before we headed to the bus station. Where we had our last meal, before boarding the train to Bangalore.
Hope you are impressed with our list of places to visit from Bangalore to Belur in one day. Since the first two places are less popular, they don’t appear in the travel websites. If you are going by road, distance from Bangalore to Beluris just 222 kms. You could very well visit all the places I have listed in this travel story. Hope you enjoyed it.