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Day Trips from Bangalore 6 – Lovely Lepakshi & more….

Written by Poorna & Brinda

This is the Sixth in the series of 20 Exciting One Day Trips from Bangalore with detailed itinerary. A leisurely drive from Bangalore will take you to the lovely temple tour of Lepakshi and Vidurashwatha.

Lepakshi is a small town famous for Virabhadra temple built in 15th century by Vijayanagara kings. It is a sprawling temple and known for the largest monolith of Nandi and also the Nagalinga. The sculptures in the temple and paintings on the ceilings add to the beauty of this lovely temple. Vidurashwatha as the name suggest is the place which is known for the “Ashwatha” (peepul) tree planted by Vidura of Mahabharata. The fascinating array of Nagas welcome you in this temple!

The Circuit – Bangalore – Lepakshi – Vidurashwatha – Bangalore

Distance – 254 KMs

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The Plan

7 AM – Leave home and hit Bangalore – Hyderabad highway. You can have your breakfast in India Paratha Company or Nandi Upachar on the highway after Devanahalli cross. A lovely drive on NH 7 will take you to Lepakshi.

10 AM – Reach Lepakshi. Spend around an hour and a half to explore the lovely temple built during Vijayanagara period. Get amazed at the huge monolithic bull and rock-cut shrine of Nagalinga.

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The Nandi Monolith

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The Nagalinga…..

Check out this nice Lepakshi album on Flickr by Rajesh Dangi 

11.30 AM – Leave Lepakshi and drive towards Vidurashwatha.

12.15 PM – Arrive at Vidurashwatha. This is a small village known for the Ashwatha tree which is believed to have been planted by Vidura. The tree fell down in 2001. But part of the trunk is still preserved. Visit the temple and spend few minutes. It is interesting to see hundreds of Nagadevata idols installed around the tree. Don’t forget to visit a small memorial built for 35 freedom fighters who lost their lives when police opened fire on them. This incident is knows as Jallianwala Bagh of South India.

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The trunk of the heritage tree believed to be planted by Vidura.

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Array of Nagadevatas…..

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The memorial for Freedom fighters

1.15 PM – Leave Vidurashwatha and drive towards Bangalore. You can have lunch in Nandi Upachar or Indian paratha Company or many dhabhas on the way.

3.30 PM Leave the restaurant after lunch and reach home by 5 PM.

Travel Tips

a) Carry a good hat. Both places get hotter during the day.

b) Don’t forget to carry your camera. Lepakshi is a photographers delight.

c) Both are small villages. You may not get good restaurants to eat.

d) Drive safe on the highway. This highway is so good, it tempts you to overspeed. Don’t do that.

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Poorna & Brinda

We are Brinda and Poorna from Bengaluru, the “Silicon city” or “Garden city” of India.

We travel together. We caught the travel bug 20 years back. On our honey moon, we traveled over the sea, in the train, by bus and in an aircraft! Our adventures probably started in that year. It continues, ever since.

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