Monday, September 17, 2012

Weekend Drive to Lepakshi..

Bangalore has a lot of places around for sight seeing, picnic spots, most of them usually crowded on the weekends. We wanted some place which would definitely appeal, calm and a enjoyable long drive from home. So we set in to drive to Lepakshi, a beautiful temple situated near the Karnataka-Andhra border in our brand new Renault-Duster..
Lepakshi is situated about 120 KMS from B'lore. The route we took was an excellent one, there was hardly any traffic as it was Sunday. After the Kodikonda  Check post you have to drive approximately 4 KMs and take a left towards Lepakshi.
We left home early morning around 6:30 AM and reached Lepakshi around 9:30 AM breaking in between for a quick breakfast.
As I told you earlier since it was Sunday we were the first ones to arrive to the temple. All I was expecting was some crowd but I was surprised to see the place was devoid of any visitors.

The temple is built by the brothers Viranna and Virupanna, during Vijayanagar empire.  The main deity of the temple is Virupaksh, the main Gana of Lord Shiva and on the right side of the temple we have Devi Parvati. We could not have a good look inside the main shrine as the power was off as soon we entered the temple -:(.

Don't miss beautiful statues surrounding the temple, murals on the ceilings..

While coming back we saw the giant Nandi(situated less than a KM from the main temple) carved from a single granite stone.

This place is worth visiting and you can easily make it in a day.
For more information on Lepakshi..