Lil P was not in town + a long weekend = opportunity not to be missed. So when friends suggested that we go for a trip we jumped at the idea! and Chickmagalur trip happened! .. 3 families, one kid, 2 cars left bangalore at 4.30 AM .. We had breakfast at hassan and reached our first destination Belur at 10.30.. Thats when we saw a small deviation to doddagaddavali (1Km before belur), a village popular for the 12th century Lakshmi Devi temple ..
First of all its settings. The temple is built on the side of a large pond. In fact as you reach Doddagaddavalli, the sprawling lake appears on your left much before you enter the village.
Secondly, though it is one of the oldest temples in Karnataka, the Lakshmidevi temple is in an amazingly well preserved condition.Thirdly, the shrines contain both Vaishnava and Shaiva deities, namely Lakshmi, Siva, Vishnu and Kali. By now the other car had well overtaken us and had reached belur..
The cottage in itself was quite sparse [ Just a bed, a TV and the bathroom] but the pool, the food , the service was excellent and made up for all the other shortcomings.
Some of the fun things we did over the 2 days that we stayed there- Had an early morning trek to a view point nearby, visited kalasa temple & hornadu temple, Checked the iron ore silt deposits at kudremukh, Lakhya dam, watched the sunset from Duggapana Katte, Tea estates, somawathi falls, went swinging on the hanging bridge…