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Lepakshi Wonders | YOUR One Day Trip Guide from Bangalore!

Last updated on November 4th, 2023 at 10:28 pm

Lepakshi is lovely! This is the Sixth in the series of 26 Exciting One Day Trips from Bangalore with a detailed itinerary. A leisurely drive from Bangalore will take you to the lovely temple tour of Lepakshi and Vidurashwatha.

This one day trip guide to Lepkashi with a detailed itinerary will answer a few of your questions and make your trip memorable

  • What is Lepakshi famous for?
  • How to get to Lepakshi?
  • How many hanging pillars are there in Lepakshi?

Lepakshi is a small town famous for the Virabhadra temple built in the 15th century by Vijayanagara kings. It is a sprawling temple 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 welcomes you to this temple!

The Circuit – Bangalore – Lepakshi – Vidurashwatha – Bangalore

Distance – 244 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 or The Green House or Nandagokula restaurant or Srinidhi Vaibhava on the highway. A lovely drive on NH 7 will take you to Lepakshi.

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


The Nandi Monolith


The Nagalinga…..

Check out this nice album on the Place 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 a 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 known as the 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 Gauribidanur.

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 photographer’s delight.

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

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

e) You may combine Lepakshi with Isha Yoga Center near Chikkaballapur or the lovely Gudibande fort instead of Vidurashwatha.

You can combine Lepakshi with spectacular Belum caves and a mesmerising canyon at Gandikota as a weekend trip. A detailed itinerary here will help you explore these unexplored gems. Please click this link for details –

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