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Old 17th May 2010, 22:33   #1
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The above travelogue was done during the May 1 weekend .

Car ; Scorpio M Hawk
People ; 6 elders + 1 Kid
Number of days ; 3Nights 4 days
Places of Visit ; Srirangam, Tanjavour , Kumbakonam , Thirunallar , followed by the Navagraha temple
While coming back to Bangalore, we visited Namakal Anjaneya swamy and the Lakshmi Narasimha temple
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That is a very interesting temple circuit in temple county! Tell us more about the drive, the temple timings and hotels/restaurants which you patronised.
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1200 Kms Srirangam Tanjavur Navagraha Temple on a Scorpio. This travelogue is all about temples and temples ….



The trip :

Bangalore – Hosur – Krishnagiri – Dharmapuri – Salem – Namakal - Trichy - Tanjavour – kumbakonnam – Thirunallar . followed by Navagraha temples and back to Trichy – Bangalore .


Day 1 - Friday – April 30-2010
2.30PM
Started the trip @ 2.30 PM with full family starting from Basavanagudi and started towards Hosur road by passing Electronics city bridge .
With the Electronics city fly over up and running ,crossing the peak traffic was easy . We crossed Karnataka and touched Hosur in 20-30 mts flat . The road was superb and we just gliding out on the toll roads of Tamil Nadu .

4.30PM
First stop – Krishna giri A2B Restaurant

Maintaining speeds around 90-100KMPH , we had our first break @ Adyar A2B Restaurant on the right side of the Highway . The Weather was perfect as it started raining and the picture around filled with hills , greenery and what not .

All Dosas Idlies were ordered and ended with a nice coffee . As we were 6 people , and I was the only driver , my folks started exchanging seats to make sure everyone could feel the every part of the Scorpio . Though roads were not bad , all felt that they would like to sit in front , middle and the back seats .



6.30 PM

By 6.30- 7 , we had reached Namakal where the good roads ended and we had to go through thottiyam and Musri . Once we crossed Namakhal , it was raining very heavily . Could not make out what was the next vehicle in front of us . The Scorpio Vipers were put to test . Till Musri , we could not make out and as rightly pointed out in many travelogues , roads are getting repaired with a lot of speed breakers . At the end of every village , a bridge was getting repaired .


8.30 PM

We had reached the toll gate of Trichy and had to cross the bridge to reach Srirangam.


Stay for the night :

Due to the weekend and summer holidays , we could not get bookings in any Hotel in Trichy and near Srirangam . This became a bottle neck . So we goggled out and found a House stay in Trichy .

Trichy Travels, Serviced Apartments, Guest House, accommadation, corporate accommodation, business center, serviced office, hotel room booking, room reservation, attend wedding, attend function,low cost accomadation ( Cost of the Apt for the night was 1,500 Rs )

Trichy Travels we contacted and found they had 7 Apartments very close to Srirangam temple . We just need to cross the Cauvery bridge and take a right turn to Srirangam temples .


We called and booked a 2 Bed room Apartment and then headed towards our Home stay

We met the care taker of Trichy travels and were introduced to a 2 bed room apartment . The apt was neat , was on the 3rd floor and was a bit tedious to take all our luggage . The Apt being in 3rd floor was very hot .

We dumped all our luggage and went towards the Srirangam temple to have dinner for the night . As we were in TN , no diner was available and we had to again have second round of idlies and dosas for the day .

As we all planned to get up for a early morning Darshan , we retired for the night @ 11PM

As it started raining very heavily , the power was on and off in the Apt for a while . We were all dead tired and slept without the power supply in the Apt ( We had one AC room , with another room not having any AC . )




Day 2 - Saturday – May 1 2010


6.00 AM :

All of us got by 6 , had our bath and went towards Srirangam temple for breakfast and then for Darshan .

After finishing breakfast , we entered the temple street . The streets were narrow and filled with lots of tourists , tourist buses parked . We asked for the way to parking .

We entered the main gate and took a left and then hit the deadend and took a right to enter the second round of temple roads . Parked the Scorpio in a cornor and went on foot .

Entered the temple around 7.30 AM and we already could see a lot of people Qing up for the darshan . Entered the main Q complex and found we had 3 Qs to enter the temple .
20 Rs , 50 Rs & 250 Rs / Head to enter the shrine .

We decided to take the 50 Rs Q and found that it was K not so crowded . We had to stand in the Q for Hr and then were in front of the Lord Ranga .

It was almost 10 years back when I had visited the Srirangam temple and felt a lot better to be here after a long gap. We had a very good darshan of the lord and then came out of the Sri rangam temple .

We then went to the Thayiyar temple in the back . Went through the 10 Rs Q and had a darshan .

Coming back we again came back to the main Q complex and had Sakkara Pongal , Puliogre ( 6Rs/ Plate offered by the Srirangam temple )

Probably this was one of the best Pongal we had in recent times .

After having finished the Srirangam temple ,we headed back to the Apartment and started packing .

Once we finished our packing , we handed the keys back to the care takers and started towards Tanjavur ( Brihadeshwara temple ) which is app 50 Kms .
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That may be so because of Family deity visit! But the route looks nice. Good + Bad roads (or rather crowded roads I should say).
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Day 2 - Saturday - 11 PM Tanjavur temple .

Below is the photo of the Brihadeshwara temple which i had received from one of my friends long back . I am using this photograph for reference and please note this was not taken during my trip

Now after we left Srirangam , we started towards Tanjavur. The roads are still getting ready and in next 6-8 months should be a toll road . The 4 way road is ready in bits and pieces . But still a good 2 way road is available till Tanjavur .

Once u reach Tanjavur , u have lots of sign boards leading u to the Big temple , the Brihadeshwara temple . The temple architecture is amazing and is under Archeological survey of India . With ASI maintaining the temple , there is not much of commercial activity inside the temple . Please note that cars have to be parked outside the temple on the right end . With our visit on a Saturday with May holidays , the temple was full .We had to wait for the parking lot to get cleared to park our Scorpio . With last days rain , the parking lot was filled with 2 feet of water and sludge. We some how got our car parked and started towards the temple .

Please note that the temple closes by 1PM and we need to really hurry to make sure we enter the temple before the main gates of the temple get closed .

As we entered the temple , say after 20 mts the main gates were closed . We then proceeded towards the main deity and then went out by the side gate .

Something about the temple Architecture : Built by the Raja Raja Chola , the temple is beyond expression . The Architecture is amazing . The other amazing thing about the temple gopuram is that it doesn't cast a shadow in any direction .

This is by far the largest Shiva lingam in India . One can see the lord from at least 200 feet and u can feel divinity in here . The Lingam is app 20 Feet in height ( thats my guess ) . This is a must visit for all shivagama ( Followers of Lord Shiva )

Once we finished darshan , we thought of having lunch in tanjavur . But parking a Scorpio in the narrow roads without parking was a major challenge . As the Pongal we had in Srirangam was still sitting pretty tight in our stomach, we decided to go to our next destination Kumbakonam for our lunch .....
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The Tanjore temple is a technical marvel to visit. An amazing structure and beauty to watch; something which you can keep adoring at!
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How bad was the Namakkal-Musiri-Trichy road? Heard it is far better than the NH67 from Karur to Trichy.
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Day 2 Kumbakonnam Temple : Kanishka Hotel for lunch

We entered Kumbakonnam which is called the city of temples . We have so many temples in Kumbakonnam that every street will lead to a temple .

We parked our car opp Kanishka hotel and then had our lunch . While asking for a good hotel for lunch , many suggested for Meenakshi bhavan . But as we could not find this hotel , we had our lunch in Kanishka hotel . Food was not bad . Typical South Indian meals 40Rs / meal . I ate light as I had to still drive to Thirunallar temple .


Please note Kumakonnam temple forms the centre of the Navagraha temples . Many people stay in Kumbakonnam and visit all Navaragraha temples around .

Map of the Navagraha temple - Courtesy Karthik sankaran
This has been used from the website Marskarthik

The same map is found in most parts of the Navagraha temples .
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The photo of the Brihaddeeshwara temple taken by your friend is fantastic. You've made my day!

Another great thing about this temple is the monolithic 4 tonne stone (which was later found out to be two stones) that makes the kalasa of the gopura (tower). It's a marvel. That stone is not found in 5 km radius from the temple site. Many researchers have spent time on where they could have shipped the 4 tonne stone from and how they could have hauled that weight to the top!

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We entered Kumbakonnam which is called the city of temples . We have so many temples in Kumbakonnam that every street will lead to a temple
Very very true & everyone is more than helpful; when you get struck up some where on the road, pull over & look confused, people come running & ask where we intend to go & what help we need.

I'm waiting to reserve my comments to hear completely from you on the road trip towards Navagraha temples since I did this during 2008 Dec.

We'd our lunch on the first day from Maami's pure vegetarian mess & we got blown away with the excellent food. Looks like its the second or third generation running the outlet now; the lunch costed around 35 (unlimited food including appalam). So we were able to make the dinner on second day & breakfast on third day during our 2 night 1 day stay.
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I remember some one telling me that the temple was so designed such that one will never see the shadow on gopuram on the ground. Though I visited the temple, I did not get a chance to check this out.
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I remember some one telling me that the temple was so designed such that one will never see the shadow on gopuram on the ground. Though I visited the temple, I did not get a chance to check this out.
Yes, that is the main temple in Tanjavur; hard to believe unless I see it personally. Here's a long discussion discussed on this regard
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@ Ampere
The Brihadeshwara temple Gopuram was lifted using a slope which can be found app 3Kms away from the temple . Using the power of Elephants the structure which weighs more then 4-5 tonnes . If some one want to visualise it the best way one can is to watch a movie released last year called 10,000BC . Here the same procedure is being used to build monolithic structures of this height and weight.

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Roads are ok . But due to rains it made our journey more difficult . It was poring cats and dogs . As we were in a Scorpio we could not feel much of the road
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Ranga - Is it possible to cover the Navagrahas in one single day ? Are there good places to stay at Kumbakonam, assuming that one cant complete the navagrahas in one day ? This is one trip my wife is wanting to do for a long time and your inputs will certainly help us plan one this winter.
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We'd our lunch on the first day from Maami's pure vegetarian mess & we got blown away with the excellent food. Looks like its the second or third generation running the outlet now; the lunch costed around 35 (unlimited food including appalam). So we were able to make the dinner on second day & breakfast on third day during our 2 night 1 day stay.
How does one locate the Maami's mess?
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