I was bored of regular day life and thought of drive out on weekend which will not be very far as my kid is small only 1 year old so do not want to take risk of arranging food for him and all locations. I already been to Nandi hills, pearl valley, Bannergatta national park and other surroundings places in Bangalore so looking for some place which is not commercial and should be one to 2 hour drive from Bangalore.
One of my friend told me to visit Chikkatirupathy – (Small Tirupathy) temple as there is a belief that people visit this temple if they are not able to visit Tirupathy temple.
I have heard a lot about temples and shrine in southern part of India and thought of visiting this place. I discussed the plan with my friend and they also thought of utilizing the weekend instead of sitting at home. Route is not at all a problem as I have taken the route map from maps.mapmyindia.com.
We started in 2 cars (I, my wife, kid and maid in one car and my friend, his wife, kids and mid in another car) around 9:30 AM in morning having light breakfast with a hope that we will eat something on the way.
It was nearly 30 KM from Kundalahalli -ITPL road. There are so many routes but we have taken the Kundalahalli – ITPL – hope farms, channasandra junction, – NH7 – reach Chikkatirupathy route.
Road is not very good but not bad also and you will enjoy the drive in bits and pieces. Anyway its only 30 KM drive. It took me one hour due to the roads and I was enjoying the morning weather (it was bit gloomy for some time). We stopped at water body on the way for some photography.
I reached Temple at 10.30 and bought Tulsi and flower garlands and coconut for pooja and went to temple. Darshan took around 15-30 minutes due to marriage function in temple. Normally it takes only 5-10 minutes only. Its my first experience in South Indian Temple where you can go near to God idols and I enjoyed the courtesy of Pujaris in Temple. For kids and ladies they give extra prasadam and allow them to touch the idols also.
God Tirupathy idol was very impressive and expressive. Once you come out of the temple after darshan you can buy the Prasad laddu by paying Rs. 10 each (you can as much as you like). Laddu was very tasty and you can enjoy the laddu by sitting on white marble outside temple.
We started back at 11:30 there after spending some time there and thought of eating some thing on the way but our badluck that we could’nt find anything on the way so better to carry your food and eatables as you will not get anything on the way.
We were so hungry and we stopped at whitefield Café coffee day to grab a cup of coffee and some puffs and pastry to get some energy to reach home and start our routine jobs. I have to rush for a afternoon party so we left café coffee day early and reach home by 1:00 PM.
It was an nice small half day journey where you get a chance to be religious and enjoy the drive and time with family as well.
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