BELUR TRIP  14th TO 17th OCTOBER 2021 (1)


We planned our trip to Belur two weeks ago. We had gone there about twenty five years ago. Aravinda had holidays on 14th and 16th. He took leave on 15th. We were not keen to go far away and Belur is 177 kms from Manipal. On the 12th afternoon it started raining and did not stop till late in the night. It just poured and poured. We were worried that we would have to cancel our trip. If we had cancelled, we would not have experienced the beauty of many temples. These temples were built during the time of the Hoysala kingdom in the 12th century.

On the 14th morning we left home at 8.15. Fortunately, it was not raining. Earlier we had called the reception in the hotel, they said it was not raining in Belur. We reached Karkala at 9 and had breakfast in Prakash hotel. We usually eat there whenever we go that side. The hotel has been renovated and one side instead of a wall they have a glass wall now overlooking their garden.

The winding roads with trees on both sides look beautiful. When I see roads curving and turning to one side I think of turning points in life.

We reached a small town called Guruvayankere. We decided to stop for a few minutes to meet a cousin who is a doctor there. He was happy to meet us and requested earnestly that we should come to his home. His mother would be very happy to meet us. His father had been my husband’s teacher in school. We agreed and we enjoyed meeting his mother and family.

We have to drive up Charmadi Ghat, there are many curves. My husband enjoyed driving there. Waterfalls, big and small added beauty to the surroundings. We see hills in the distance and waterfalls nearby and people enjoying themselves under them. We saw a small waterfall and stopped. The water was refreshing and Aravind was happy to collect some pebbles. We got a little wet but it was fun.

Just before reaching a small town called Mudigere, we stopped at a café called Ibbani Café. From the café we saw the western ghats in the distance and gently sloping land nearby. We had coffee and dosa there.

We reached our hotel at 3.15. The hotel premises and our suite were beautiful.

our hotel room

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. Due to the pandemic I could not go to the Home for the mentally challenged for two years. I had been going there since 2011. I have started going again. I was happy that some members remembered me :) All of them are an important part of my life. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made our lives richer.


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