Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Visit to Goravanahalli Mahalakshmi Temple

On 18-03-2012 I visited Mahalakshmi temple of Goravanahalli. We started around 9 from Bangalore in friend's car and reached  Goravanahalli by 11:30. There was too much rush in the morning. You will enjoy the drive along NH-4 till Dabaspet and the beautiful scenery thereafter. The rocky mountains are beautiful sight to watch. On the way you will also feel the menace of cattle too  so beware while driving. They are so much adamant that it is cumbersome to halt them.

Goravanahalli is around 80kms from Bangalore (majestic). It is located in Koratagere Taluk of Tumkur district. One can take buses  from KR Market(private) or KSRTC bus stand. Direct buses are infrequent however one can catch bus to Koratagere and alight at  Nagenahalli cross before Koratagere and take an auto. The auto is mass transport system i.e. accumulates until auto is full.  It may cost around 15Rs per head. If you need to own an auto, it may cost you more (around 50 may be).

If you plan to go by personal vehicle, one has to take NH-4 route towards Tumkur, enter Dabaspet town (around 10kms before Tumkur. NH-4 runs on top of town)  and take deviation towards right. There are directions, however they are confusing since you will find multiple paths. Ask local people  and they will guide you well. It is about 37kms from Dabaspet. You will enjoy the nature en-route. However the roads barring few kilometers,  are narrow and dug out. Be careful if you are driving for first time. The road till Nelamangala is 6 lane while it is 4 lane thereafter till Dabaspet. You will have to pay separate toll for both roads. For 6 lane take daily pass of Rs.20 if you plan to return on same day. For four lane it is bit confusing. It costs you Rs.29 two way provided you do not cross Tumkur. The second toll booth was really confusing.

Do not miss the fresh vegetables  on the way especially radish and carrot. They look really good. You can find fresh items near the temple too. After around 30kms  past Dabaspet you need to observe for sign boards towards right. From there follow sign boards for nearly 6kms to reach the temple.

Since it was rush we took special entrance ticket for Rs.25 per head. I am not sure about the mythology behind the temple. Lots of  people do visit here. The temple and surroundings are well maintained. Also free afternoon meals are served from 11:00AM to 4:00PM.  Few meters away, you can visit Teeta Reservoir whose water is used for agricultural purpose by local people. We could find considerable water here  but not much since it was summer. Here are some pictures taken during visit. There was nice sunset too. I hope I captured at-least good snap not the best.


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