Saturday, September 3, 2011

Trip 2: Melkote

Shortlisted two places for Trip 2, Madhugiri or Melkote. Fever was still strong. Was not sure where to go. Finally at midnight finalized Melkote. Planned to cover Kere thonnur on the way.

Melukote (Kannada: ಮೇಲುಕೋಟೆ) in Pandavapura taluk of Mandya district, Karnataka, is one of the sacred places in Karnataka. The place is also known as Thirunarayanapuram. It is built on rocky hills known as Yadavagiri or Yadugiri overlooking the Cauvery valley. It is about 51 km from Mysore and 133 km from Bangalore. (Wikipedia)

Woke up at 3.30 AM. I was not able to stand cos of the fever. But didnt want to cancel this trip also. (Cancelled Jayamangali on Thursday due to high fever). This time it was Dr. Rajeev ready for the trip. I was happy that if i fall sick in between he will take care of me :)

We started at 4.30 AM. Mysore road is too good to drive in morning. No traffic. I started feeling dizziness. So handed the handle to Rajeev and thought of enjoying the early morning sitting in back of bike. But rain started pouring. I really got irritated. Have fever and apart from that, rain also.

Every trip will give lot of lessons to learn. This time it was "Not to go for any trip if you are not 100% fit :P ". I really got worried, we have to travel 150+ kms to reach Melkote.

Stopped at Mandya for breakfast. Time was 7.15 AM. From there it is just 38 kms to Melkote. The road is not that great. But i enjoyed every bit of it. I felt i am travelling through some interior parts of Kerala. Full of Green. Paddy fields. So many agriculture lands .(I doubt you can see the same in Kerala these days.) Mandya is a the City of Sugar.

Finally when the speedometer reached 150, we parked the bike in Kalyani (Pond near to Temple @ Melkote). It is a huge pond. I was enjoying the silence and the cool climate. Rajeev started clicking. I was not feeling to frame anything. Once we reached the top of Temple it was just awesome.

Rajeev went for the pooja inside and i played hide and seek with one of our fore father a cute monkey :P Clicked couple of pictures of him. Fever started acting again. I took one more pill before the Dr. came.

Was not at all in a mood to start back. But sun was hitting directly to my head. We started by around 11.30 AM. Stopped for some portfolio pics near a lake. :) A very good place for a model shoot. I really wised I had a model there :)

We skipped Kere Thonnur and started back to Bangalore. While clock ticked 1.00 tummy started crying and we stopped after Mandya in a Punjabi Dhaba. It is build in the shade of a big tree. I enjoyed the cool breeze and nice food. I wanted to sleep enjoying the cool breeze.

By the time we reached home at 3.30 PM i was pretty sure i will miss Trip 3, which we planned for tomom. Again down with fever :(