Veerabhadra Temple – India’s Pride

My wish to visit Lepakshi’s famous Veerabhadra Temple and explore its architectural beauty has come true! I managed to visit the place during my recent rip to Bengaluru.

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Words will not be enough to describe the stunning 16th century temple, which is just 140km from Bengaluru. I was enthralled by the huge temple complex and its architectural splendors. Dedicated to Lord Veerabhadra, the temple could be divided in three main parts – Mukha mantapa, arda mantapa and the garbhagriha. The Vijayanagara architectural style is quite visible on the temple.

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And one can clearly notice carvings and paintings at almost every part of the temple.

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One of the most attractive features of the temple is a massive monolith structure of Nagalinga. Overall, the whole temple is a masterpiece.

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How I reached the place: I took a city bus from Gunjur Pallaya (where I was staying) to Kempegowda Bus Station. It took me around 1 hour and 15 minutes. From Kempegowda, I took another bus to Hindupur. The bus journey was approximately 3 and half hour journey. From Hindupur, I boarded another bus to reach the temple. So basically it was a one day trip from Bengaluru.

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How I Stayed In Sri Lanka

From villa to hostel, I experimented all kinds of accommodation during my recent Sri Lankan sojourn. Staying at a hostel has its own charm. You get to meet a whole bunch of new people from different countries. Unfortunately, it did not happen this time as I traveled in the off season. Most of the hostels were half empty due to the country’s extreme hot weather. In Colombo, I stayed at ClockInn Delhiwala and I must say it is one of the best hostels I have ever stayed. Be it food or cleanliness, this hostel deserves a big thumbs up.

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In Weligama, an auto driver took me to a hotel where I was the only guest. Although, the host was nice, I was bit paranoid as there was no other guests in the hostel.

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And in Bentota, I had a brief conversation with a boy, who took me to a villa, which is running by an old couple. Like Weligama, I was the only guest at their villa. I stayed there just for a night. I had a very long and interesting conversation with the owner over a cigarette break.

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In Galle, I had stayed in a sea-side hostel – Coco Palm Beach Hostel – with fewer guests. All of them opted for private rooms, while I stayed in a shared room. Apart from me, the hostel welcomed two girls from France and a couple from Britain.

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If you visit Galle, I strongly recommend to stay in this hostel.

Now let’s talk about famous hill station Kandy. I really liked this spacious and colorful hostel, the Backpackers VIBE, which is approximately 4km away from Kandy’s railway station. Though the staff is nice, the amenities are not worth mentioning. The shared rooms are just OK. They also have a bar, where you can chill in the evening with few drinks.

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So this is how I spent my days in Sri Lanka. Do let me know whether you liked these places 🙂 

All the above images had been taken by a Xiaomi Mi4.

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Exploring Galle Fort: Part 2

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Galle Fort is replete with cute cafes, colorful houses and lots of boutiques. One can easily cover the whole Galle Fort on foot. I managed to cover almost 80% of this area on foot, capturing the beauty of this picturesque town. From Lighthouse to famous All Saints’ Church, Galle managed to impress me with its rich history. In every corner of the street, one can spot either a charming building or a cafe. Galle must be included in your Sri Lanka itinerary.

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Exploring Galle Fort: Part 1

Defying extremely hot and humid climate, I decided to explore Galle Fort, one of Sri Lanka’s major tourist attractions.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the fort was originally built by the Portuguese in the 16th century to defend Galle.
As I have captured numerous images of this fort, I would like to split up this article in two parts.
Thanks to Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka, the monument has been remarkably maintained. I will suggest you to visit this place between the months of October and March.

You can read more about this fort here.

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