Thursday, 10 February 2011

On a spiritual route - (Bangalore & Puttaparthi) Part 1 of 3

Anticipating an extended weekend, we (my family) decided to visit puttaparthi (a small town in the Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh border) brought to fame by Baba's Prashanthi nilayam ashram.

We did a four day road trip from Chennai to Puttaparthi via Bangalore and back. Seven of us in a tempo traveller, it was a very comfortable trip sans the mis-adventures.



Enjoying a steady drive on the NH 4, with a couple of breaks in between we reached Woodlands hotel in Bangalore by 1pm and headed straight to Sunheri, their South Indian restaurant for a sumptuous banana leaf meal ..

All this while from Chennai to Bangalore to the point of finding the route to Woodlands, we used Nokia ovi maps from my phone. This happened to be the first time I used GPS this extensively and fell in love with technology.

We checked into our rooms and after resting for a while, decided to visit the bull temple and Garuda mall.

We reached close to the bull temple around 5 pm, there were two temples in the vicinity. In front of one of the temple was a cow and the locals were busy feeding the cow, asuming that to be the bull temple we entered it only to realize we were misguided by the cow .. eventually we visited both the temples. While leaving the temple we bought a bag full of ground nuts that was being sold outside the place, as we were told it was custom for p
eople to buy these ground nuts back after visiting the bull temple.




After which we decided to visit Garuda mall, do a bit of shopping, get done with the dinner and head back to our hotel. Garudal mall was hardly 2 kms away from the bull temple and it took us more than an hour to reach that place (Let me warn you, it is a very bad idea to travel inside Bangalore city in a tempo traveller or in the likes of it ), our route was diverted thrice, met couple of cops and we were finally at Garuda for our dinner .. I had some yummy waffles from crepe connection that made my evening to compensate for my failed shopping plans ..


You probably know how a girl should be feeling when her shopping plans are flopped, with such a mood I hit the bed to get up early the next morning ..