Wake up….!! Wednesday morninggg…. A weekend when the rest of the world is working their asses off, half way through their week.. I sat wondering how I was going to kill the rest of the day amidst the four walls of my house, all jobless….
I jumped out of my bed and began to google for an old place I was told about, long ago by a friend. She had done her final year of MBBS internship there, at “Kaiwara”.
With lot of information available online, I was able to jort down the list of places to see in and around Kaiwara and prepared a quick route map. I dragged my mum along, pulled the car out of the garage and zooommm we went…….
It was around 09.00.a.m. when we started from Bangalore. We reached Devanahalli from where we took the Vijayapura bypass road. A good 45min drive from the Bengaluru airport, at an average speed of 60kmph is what it took us to reach Kaiwara.
As soon as one enters the Kaiwara town, a small lane on the 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”.
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 a group of small temples there, each named after the Pandava brothers within the same premises.
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 were left with, to cover other places around. Or rather, my mum thought it would be impossible for her to scale it up before sunset 😛
One kilometer further ahead, we reached “Tapovana”, the place where the saint used to meditate, back in the days. There is a small garden around there, which can be given a miss. Few yards uphill from there, we reached 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, we reached the ‘Yoganarasimha Temple’. The structure seemed to be ignored by the visitors. But we enjoyed the calm in this cave temple, believed to be the place where the Lord appeared infront of Narayanappa. The temple terrace had an excellent view of the entire town. A word of caution though: With too many monkeys around there, it was no monkey business.!!
Entrance to Vaikunta betta
Then started the best stretch of the drive. 5kms uphill…. It surely made us wonder how beautiful Mount Kailash(in the Himalayas) could be if the lesser known “MahaKailasaGiri Betta” in Kaiwara was so beautiful. Atop the hill, is a set of newly chiseled man made caves, home to 3 temples.
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 we had a 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 there, it was quite a disappointment.
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 was in progress and there were absolutely no shops in that place (forget handicrafts stores). We were left saddened by the unfruitful drive until there.
Google told me that “Ambaji Durga Cave temple” was 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..
Kaiwara alone is a nice place to plan a ride with family or a group of biking friends. Though it was a small trip, totally unplanned- it was worth the visit..!
Must try: Kaiwara is famous for silk rearing & weaving. May be you should try to pick up some silk stuffs while you are there or get qn hands-on working experience at silk rearing.