A day out… at Kaiwara

Wake up….!! Wednesday morninggg…. A weekend when the rest of the world is working their asses off half way through their week.. n I sit wondering how I’m going to kill the rest of the day amidst the four walls of my house jobless….

Some old place I was told about, by my friend who had done her internship at- popped in my mind- “Kaiwara”. I jumped out of my bed and began to goggle it out.. lot of things put together.. I was able to jort down places to see and a rough route map.. n that’s it.. dragged my mum along, pulled the car out of the garage n zooommm we go…….

We started at around 9.a.m from Bangalore. Reached Devanahalli from where we took the Vijayapura bypass road to reach Kaiwara. A good 45min drive from the airport at an average 60kmph speed.

I ain’t a good photographer, but definitely these photos might be of interest for those of you planning for a weekend exploration.

As soon as one enters the kaiwara town, a small lane to your left leads you to the Narayanapa Mutt. This is a mutt managed by M.S.Ramaiah trust. This is where Saint Narayanappa attained “Eternal Bliss or jeeva Samadhi”.

The Narayanappa Mutt
The Narayanappa Mutt

Half a kilometer away from the Mutt is the “Bheemeshwara temple”. This is where the mythology has it that Bheema killed Bakasura during the exile period of the Pandavas. There is one small temple named after each of the Pandava brothers within the same premises.

Bheemeshwara temple
Bheemeshwara temple

Overlooking the Mutt, is the Bheema baana Betta or Kaiwara Betta. We thought of giving it a miss considering the number of steps we had to climb up and the time we had to cover other places around. Or rather, my mum thought it would be impossible for her to scale it up 😛

The Kaivara betta
The Kaivara betta

One kilometer further ahead, you reach “Tapovana”, place where the saint used to meditate once. There is a small garden here which you can give it a miss. Few yards uphill from here, you reach the “Vaikunta Betta”. At the base of the hill is the “Amaranareyana Temple” dedicated to Lord Vishnu built by the Hoysala king Vishnuvardhana. Climb upstairs(which more looks ignored by vistors)- you reach the “Yoganarasimha Temple”, the cave temple where it is believed that the Lord appeared infront of Narayanappa. The temple terrace gives an excellent view of the entire town. A word of caution though: Too many monkeys around here.. it’s no monkey business.!!

Entrance to Vaikunta betta
Entrance to Vaikunta betta
A view from The Vaikunta temple
A view from The Vaikunta temple

Then starts the best stretch of the drive. 5kms uphill…. It surely makes you wonder how beautiful Mount Kailash(in the Himalayas) could be if the lesser known “MahaKailasaGiri Betta” is so beautiful. Atop the hill is a newly chiseled man made caves home to 3 temples.

Enroute to Kailasa
Enroute to Kailasa
Another view of the Kailasa giri
Another view of the Kailasa giri

Food is provided unlimited to every pilgrim/visitor at KailasaGiri temple and the Mutt between 12.30.p.m and 3.00.p.m. So we decided to hog some yummy temple food at Kailasa giri itself.

By this time, we had covered all the places I had googled to visit in Kaiwara. But it was still 2.30.p.m and lot of time left. While coming downhill, we decided to follow a signboard which indicated the way to “ChenaKeshava Cave Temple” but once we reached it, it was quite a disappointment.

Enroute to Channakeshava guhantara temple
Enroute to Channakeshava guhantara temple

Someone had mentioned about “Venkateshwara Temple” in Alambagiri- about 10kms from Kaiwara. This place is supposedly famous for Paper made handicrafts. So we decided to explore this place too. But, some renovation work in this ancient temple and absolutely no shops in this place (forget handicrafts stores) left us saddened.

Alambagiri Venkateshwara temple (1)
Alambagiri Venkateshwara temple

Oh n by the way.. Kaiwara is famous for silk rearing & weaving. Maybe you should try to pick up some silk stuffs here. But we did not look like we wanted to check it out..

Google told me that “Ambaji Durga Cave temple” is 7kms away from Kaiwara, but nobody seemed to have heard of it. So we thought it was time we returned back to where we belong to- Bengaluru. It was still 4.00.p.m but done with the day’s outing.. Though it was a small trip, totally unplanned- it was worth the visit..!

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