We are bikers, duo travelers to destinations in SouthIndia mostly bike trip from Bangalore. What started as a casual outing for coffee in Kanakapura road and Mysore road has soon become a planned bike trip to similar places.
And what started as fun riding bikes to nearby places has soon become a passionate bike ride to the far destinations.
To the readers wondering why we always go to places with temples, here is the reason behind it.
Bike Trip From Bangalore: How it Started After Our Marriage
Our very first official bike trip was from Bangalore to Srirangapatna and its nearby places on 26th August 2016.
Definitely a date to remember in our life.
Then after a couple of train trips to Hampi and Belur, we challenged ourselves to go to different states in one day. That is how we went by bike from Bangalore to Lepakshi (Andhra Pradesh) via Nandi Hills (Karnataka).
But what gave us recognition as bike riders among friends (majorly in social media since we started posting pics and total Kms we rode), was a night bike trip to Hassan. That was an unplanned trip to Hassan and we rode 500kms back to back in less than 40 hrs, day and night.
That was a greatest milestone achievement in the year 2016.
In the following year 2017, after numerous 1 day and 2 day trips, we had set another milestone of 11 days continuous bike trip within SouthIndia.
We broke the 2017 record in the following year by going 12 days long bike trip within SouthIndia.
Well, if you see, either 1 day or 2 days or 11 long days, we always visit a famous temple in that particular place. Sometimes our trip plan will be weaved around a particular famous temple in that destination.
Why temples? Why not just go to a exotic destination, chill out and come back?
The Reason Behind Visiting Temples – On All Our Bike trip From Bangalore
The only connection I remember having with temples are those in my childhood. I remember my mother dragging me and my sibling to an ancient Lord Shiva temple in the town I grew, barely giving us time to change from school uniform to civil clothes.
Many years after, I remember accompanying my roommate from Bangalore to Tirupati Balaji temple.
And many years later, soon after our marriage, we went to temples with family as it was customary to darshan several temples.
But here we are, riding to all the famous places, visiting the famous/ ancient temples, taking pics, and taking great effort sorting them in all possible harddisks.
Well, to begin with, I suggested going to Srirangapatna Ranganathar temple, as a meaningful destination for our first bike trip from Bangalore.
We liked the idea of keeping a meaningful destination instead of just hanging out in any restaurant and coming back.
Unintentionally we went on a couple of temple trips in the following months.
Later we came to know, both our families liked (assumed?) that we both went on a spiritual trip, spending our weekends in a meaningful way.
Only we both knew it was not just visiting temples, it was about meaningful destinations in our bike trips.
Also we had some meaningful conversations while we were there in the temples – about the architecture and about us.
Sometimes our conversations gets more interesting, we used to compare with the previous temples we have visited, engage in that topic even after we return to our hotel rooms.
Like how we were amazed to see Karnataka’s only unique Hoysala arhictecture’s influence in Ambarnath temple, Mumbai.
Soon, by law of nature, we were naturally attracted to similar destinations, and many good things happened since then.
The Best thing Happened from Visiting Temples in Bike Trips
The constant planning and organizing the trips became my main hobby after marriage.
We were always on the wheels, sometimes going to the same destinations again and again because we did not have any plans laid for that particular weekend. Or simply because of silly reasons like how we liked to have black coffee in Tiruvannamalai (200 kms bike trip from bangalore) and going to nearby Tirukoilur riding among sunflower fields. (See the pics here).
Sometimes we go out shopping, but change our mind soon after we exit our apartment building, ride to the far destination for cuppa coffee and come back home late in the night.
We soon became best friends riding together, talking about the past and the future.
In the past 5 yrs of married life (as of Sep 2020), we grew together as a strong couple and the complete credit goes to all the numerous travels we went (including the ones by train, air and car).
You can click on the following link to know the challenges we have faced over the course of time, against all odds how we became best friends and complimenting bike riders.
Read – The Challenges we faced during our bike trips.
Had we not started visiting temples in our short bike trips from Bangalore, we would not have planned our 11 days long bike trip in the year 2017 and 12 days trips in the year 2018. Because it is difficult to just kill time without any purpose.
Wow, what a journey we had. Looking back, it was like magic, but we did it. Riding under sun and moon, storm and rain, we rode bike continuously for those many long days.
You know what else we achieved from those bike trips?
Apart from becoming friends-
Apart from undertaking long bike trips and eventually becoming super confident riders-
We have realised one very important thing in life.
Together we are strong.
Together we can achieve anything.
As an individual, we have our own strengths and weaknesses. But when we both are together, we have only strength.
But Why did I go on a solo trip for 5 Days?.
Final Words – We are not Temple Crazy
Before you think of me as crazy visiting only the temples on our vacation – know this. I am not a spiritual nor a devoted traveler to temples. It’s just the curiosity to know the significant importance of many temples from one another. Also, I am totally in love with the ancient architecture and the lost temples. So you cannot find me visiting any modern age temples, or any non-historic temples for that matter.
Like this train trip to Belur in Karnataka, where we explored 2 less popular Hoysala architectures, the two very beautiful temples in Karnataka.
And once we have been to 24 temples in 3 days in Kumbakonam, it is the only place where temples are more than tea shops in TamilNadu. So could not get enough from those 3 days, we planned 11 days long motorbike trip to explore the Kumbakonam temple city.
Did we ever go on an exotic trips?.
Many actually, because we are not saints you see.
We did go exotic places like when we stayed in Aveda Resort in Kumarakom, The continental Inn for a week stay in Mumbai, The Grand Mercure in Mysore, Riva Resort in Goa to name a few.