We had booked a taxi for Melkote on Saturday evening and planned to leave on Sunday morning. The cab arrived at the first pick up point at 7.35 am and we left Ramurthinagar by 8 am. We reached the second pick up point by 9.15 am.
Melkote is 125 kms from Bangalore on the mysore road and about 2 hours journey. One has to take the right turn after Mandya, which is 90 kms from Bangalore.
You can also board the KSRTC bus upto Mandya and then any city or private bus.
We reached Melkote in the afternoon and the first place we saw was the beautiful Kalyani, a large pond. This pond had featured in many movies. We took some snaps near this place before going to the Yoga-Narasimha Swamy Temple, which is on top of a hill. The temple was really good and one gets a different feeling while on the top.
The view from the top of the temple is very nice.
Then we left to the Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple. Here the presiding deity is Lord Cheluva-Narayana Swamy or Tirunarayana or Lord Krishna. Later, we headed to the Raya Gopura ( this was the place which had attracted me to visit this place ). We spend some time in this place clicking pictures.
We left this place and reached the Akka-Tangi Ponds on the way back to our cab. It started raining and we had to halt near some ruined structure.We had puliyogare and sweet pongal. I am very fond of sweet pongal since my childhood days.
We left to Srirangapatna after our lunch. We went and saw The Mausoleum Of Tipu Sulthan and “Sangama”, the amalgamation of three holy rivers Kaveri River, Kabini
River and Hemavati River.
It was another wonderful trip.