Thursday, July 04, 2013

Southern Sojourn - continued

So it was Coimbatore for the next day.

We visited Isha Yoga campus the next day. I tried to figure out the location and route through Garmin and Google, but it was not mapped in Google maps then. (Now when I search the location shows up correctly, or may be I did not look up properly then.). Hence, with an approximation I started out. We did get on the right track but lost our way once we were nearing the place. It is completely in a village tucked away in the foothills of Velliangiri.

The road is pretty bad when you near the campus. The campus is nice and a lot of construction work was going on - a big hall and pond etc. We spent around 3-4 hours there visiting the enclosure that houses Dhyana Lingam, temple, visited the shop there and Janaki bought some powders made by some wing of Isha foundation. (Ada powder, Chola dosa powder, Sambar powder etc). We fed Samyu also sitting in their canteen and then we decided to leave. This time I did not lose the route and could reach Vadavalli without any miss. The rest of the day was at leisure. Next day morning we were supposed to leave to Thrissur.

We got up early and left by 5 am to Thrissur. Garmin baby led us correctly out of Kovai town to reach the highway. The road till Palakkad was bumpy and I decided to take the route via Shoranur as the direct stretch from Palakkad to Thrissur was not in god shape. Palakkad-Ottappalam route is too good, well laid out and with enough width.

We stopped over at Uthralikkavu for a quick darshan and the temple was so peaceful and that too in the morning without much rush. Loved it. Even Samyu seemed to enjoy it.

Reached Thrissur by around 8.30 am, had breakfast at Bharath and went to meet Chechi (she owns the PG where I stayed during my engg times.).

Left Thrissur by around 11 am and reached Ernakulam by 1.30 pm.

Thus finishes the first leg of the Southern Sojourn.

Now what follows is the Guruvayoor trip, Kanyakumari trip, Kannur trip and the trip back to Bangalore from Kannur.