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Trip to Lepakshi from Bangalore
Thursday, October 4th, 2012

By Sudha Mathew

Why  – Lepakshi in Andhra Pradesh is perfect for a quick day trip from Bangalore. The road trip to Lepakshi takes about 2.5 hours from central Bangalore, the roads are good and it is not difficult to locate. The best thing about this getaway from Bangalore is that if you leave somewhat early in the morning, you can be back in time for your afternoon snooze. The Veerbhadra temple is a 16th century stone structure and has intricately carved interiors with special emphasis on dance and music. It is largely intact and quite clean. Despite this, it remains peaceful with not many visitors even on weekends and holidays.

Good roads to Lepakshi

How – Take the NH 7 route towards BIAL Airport road. The route is Hebbal-Yelahanka-Devanahalli-Chikkaballapur-Bagepalli-Lepakshi. After the tollbooth at Bagepalli, keep looking till you pass Raxa academy on your left. The next left turn will take you to Lepakshi, which is signposted. You will pass Nandi Hills on this route.

What– Less than a kilometer before the temple, you will see a massive Nandi carved out of a single stone and still in very good condition. Stop for a few minutes, take your photos and drive on to the temple.

The only parking is in the street and I suggest you leave your footwear in the car. Entry into the temple with footwear is prohibited. It’s only a couple of minutes walk to the temple on a fairly clean concrete road. The temple is surprisingly clean and litter free. There’s no entry fee. We took about an hour and half to see the place at a relaxed pace. It would have definitely helped to have a guide to understand the finer nuances that escaped our untrained eyes. We saw a guide later in the temple but he seemed to know only Kannada. Nevertheless it was still a good experience because the Veerbhadra temple is charming with its sculptures of dancers and musicians. The architecture has a great resemblance to Hampi because they are both of the Vijayanagar era.

Monolithic Nandi near Lepakshi temple
Dancing figure at Lepakshi
Painted ceiling mural at Lepakshi

See – The Natya Mandapam with its dancing Shiva, musicians with different instruments, intricately detailed stone pillars throughout the temple, a many-headed Nagalingam, a large footprint in stone known as Sita’s footprint, two red marks which are supposed to be the marks when the builder of the temple blinded himself and a Ganesha carved out of a large boulder.

Mythical creature with an elephant’s trunk, horse’s body and tiger claws
Hampi-like pillars at Lepakshi
Pillared halls around Veerabhadra temple

Eat – There’s not even a tea stall or ice-cream vendor near the temple. The village didn’t seem to have any options either but then we didn’t look too closely either. The nearest eateries, Kamat Upachar and Nandini Deluxe are at Chikkaballapur about 65 kilometers away, and offer standard South Indian food . We ate at Nandini and the food was average. Another option is to carry a picnic lunch and have it under a tree in the fields, which are about 5 kilometers away from the village.

TRIP STATS

Kilometers -
250 kilometers round trip

Time spent in driving -
5 hours incl food stops

Quality of roads
- Pretty good throughout

Travel tip – Go with low expectations, good snacks and great company. Combine it with Puttaparthi or Nandi Hills for a day long getaway from Bangalore

Cheers

Sudha


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Posted by Sudha at 12:40 pm
6 comments
    Comments ( 6 6)
  • Samaresh Biswal

    October 21, 2012

    nice trip log , lovely shot

  • sudha

    October 21, 2012

    Thanks Samaresh. Appreciate it :)

  • Siva Prasad N

    October 23, 2012

    Thank you Sudha for bringing out Lepakshi on your tourist guide for your clients. There are some more near by places please explore them before putting them to your clients.thank you very much once again.

  • sudha

    October 24, 2012

    Thank you, sir!

  • Anonymous

    December 17, 2012

    ‘Go with low expectations’ – why?

  • sudha

    December 17, 2012

    Good question! I said that because it is a small complex that can be covered in a couple of hours unlike most of the temple complexes for example Hampi. Also its in a tiny town with no tourist infrastructure.

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The wise man travels to discover himself - JR Lowell

 

My name is Sudha Mathew. I'm an ex-banker who quit the rat race after a decade to follow my passion for travel and to combine it with my experience in understanding client requirements and exceeding their expectations.

 

While our content is mostly about the holiday experience, the accommodation and services, there's so much more to a journey. I have discovered a whole new me through travel. So I've reserved this corner of the website to share the unexpected aspects of travel. This space is also to hear from you about your journeys and discoveries. Bon Voyage!

 
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