Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Trip to Udupi, Murdeshwar, Mookambika, and Sringer

This is my first post this Summer. I got my results; all is well and I am promoted to grade 8!!
Before my memory slips away, I wanted to write about a road trip that we took to Udupi, Murdeshwar, Mookambika, and Sringeri.

Day 1
We left Bangalore around 8:15 a.m. The plan was to reach Udupi by evening 5 p.m. The way to Udupi was curvy. Obviously, the western ghats.. It felt like a roller coaster.

Udupi is 403 km from Bangalore, a coastal area known for famous Sri Krishna temple. We checked into a hotel called Srikrishna residency, which was 500 mtrs from the temple. We were searching for few places in makemytrip and goibio. However, we walked in straightway to this place and got a room. The prices shown by makemytrip and goibio seems higher than the actual price. Anyway, we checked in and left to temple around 6 p.m.

Temple was neat and clean and we could see small Krishna decorated with lots of Tulsi. After Dhrashan, we went to Woodlands restaurant and had a sumptuous dinner. As soon as we finished the dinner, we saw the temple chariot being pulled with lord Krishna. We also pulled it!! It was blessing that we got to pull the lord’s chariot.

 After dinner we headed to the hotel and slept.

Day 2
Morning around 8 a.m, we checked out of the hotel and had a quick breakfast.
After that, we went to Shani mandir. It is a monolithic god of 23 ft. The next destination in line was Ambalvadi temple, with lord Janardhana and Mahakali.
Around 9 a.m, we went to Malpe beach. It smells fishy but the beach was clean.
From the beach, we went on ferry to St Mary’s island. We climbed on a very good rock and perched there for some time. Awesome place. Sitting on the rocks, amidst the sea is different feeling.
Took some nice pictures and then voyaged back to Malpe beach. The scorching heat of the sun made me feel that I will evaporate. We ordered some ice creams. We wanted to wash our legs, but water was too hot. It was around 11:30 a.m.
We sat in our car with our sandy legs and the next destination was Murdeshwar.

Murdeshwar is known for lord Shiva. We reached around 2 p.m and we checked-in at one hotel called Dhenu, which promotes the holiness of cow.

We got refreshed and went to Murdeshwar temple around 4:30 p.m. There was a 249 ft tall gopuram and a magnificent statue of Shiva, which was 123 ft tall. We also saw a golden chariot.
We had good darshan and we enjoyed the beach view. Overall three temples and two beaches on day 2 was a great experience.

Day 3
Day 3 started with Arjun getting up very early and wondering what to do. Suddenly, we made an impromptu plan to visits the Murdeshwar beach. We had fun in the beach and played with waves. We got fully drenched. In between, mama thought I got lost and I was looking for mama. That saga goes on for every trip!! Overall, we had a pleasant time. After the beach drenching, we took bath and had breakfast. In between, Mama attended the cow pooja that the hotel performs in the morning. Around 9: 30 a.m. we checked-out and the next places was Mookambika temple. Mookambika, is a swayam bu and Shankarachya had a vision on this goddess. It is an amalgamation of trimurtis and tridevas. It is a serene temple but had to wait in a queue for half an hour. After darshan, we ate laddu and lighted ghee lamp. Had
lunch at a hotel called Mahalakshmi, which was very near to temple. After lunch, rejoiced on mango and chocolate softy.
Around 1:30 p.m., we left to Sringeri. The road to Sringeri was adventurous. So many roads were closed and the path was very curvy. By then I was dizzy and had to puke.

By 4:30 p.m., we reached Sringeri. Temple was gorgeous.


We had good dharshan and we decided to stay in Yatri Nivas, Sri math. It is a pilgrimage location and we settled on a simple room. We came out for coffee and had 2ft masala dosa. There was some hanging bridge on the Tunda river near to temple and dipped our legs in tunda river. We saw small fishes in the river. Clicked couple of photos from the bridge. The temple gopuram looked majestic in sun set. After that we got one toy gun with bullet for Arjun and then headed back to temple for prasad. They were serving hot rice, rasam, and sambar.
Good food and pious feeling. Nice breeze in temple and we felt divine. It was time to sleep.

Day 4

Day 4 was a travel day. Left Sringeri at 5 a.m and stopped at 6:30 a.m for coffee break. Reached Hassan around 9 a.m. and had breakfast. Then started our journey again. We reached back home at 11:45 a.m!!
Back to home sweet home