What’s in it for tourist visiting Melkote?
Melkote has diff facets of attractions which in turn makes mixed blend of tourists who keep coming to enjoy the blissfulness in this laid back town.
For the set of tourists who have interest in understanding history … This place wouldn’t disappoint- Be it relevance of Sanskrit in this town, Saint Ramanujar’s stay in this town for 14 yrs and his propogation of Vishistadvaitha philosophy in 12th century.You can extend historical exploration by visiting Shravanabelagola ( 39kms from melkote).
Tourists with spiritual aspirations can seek the divine’s blessings at Lord Cheluvanarayana Swamy temple at foothills and Yoga Narasimhar temple at hilltop. Few other temples can be visited around 20 kms Vicinity of Melkote-Prominent among them is Bhu Varaha swamy temple , Saumyakeshava temple in nagamangala (built by Hoysala kings on 12the century )
3rd set of tourists who have an eye to capture the beauty through their camera’s will not be disappointed.. Be it view of town and Pushkarni from hilltop, the architecture which is at display in temple Mandapams, rayagopura and many more.
Last but not the least , Melkote is famous for Puliyogare !!! Yes indeed for tourists with tilt towards exploring local food , one wouldn’t be disappointed with local cuisine and you have stores which sell them too… For you to carry back the taste.
How to reach?
Located 166 kms from Bangalore , ideal to take NH75 ( Bangalore – Hassan Highway ) and take left into SH at Bellur cross . Hotel Swati Delicacy is prominent breakfast point on Bangalore – Hassan highway .
Prominent Tourist spots in Melkote
1. Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple , after whom the town is named . Famous for Vairamudi festival , where in as name suggests the Lord adorns Diamond studded crown as he is taken around the town in procession. Lakhs of devotees visit the town during the festival,which falls in March.
2. Yoga Narasimhar Temple located on hill top … 200 odd steps climb that is rewarded with blessings of Lord and breathtaking view of town below.
3. Rayagopura … As per local folks, King instructes erection of structure with deadline to construct in 1 night. Hence , the structure is half complete..
5. Subbanna Mess .. Not kidding , this place is must visit not just to manage your hunger … But an exercise to taste the local speciality “Puliyogare” and other home made delicacies. This is only prominent eatery in town and food is worth every penny . They also sell home made delicacies – Puliyogare mix , pickles ,sundried fretters , pappad.
As they say, every place has a story and for tourist his inquisitiveness leads him to understand things in a better way. Melkote is one such place where Sanskrit flourishes not just in texts but as form of communication; seat of Vishistadvaitha philosophy… We carry back info that requires more time to dwell and assimilate.
Yet another tryst with Indian history in company of my Bangalore Ainnurruvar for 2016 turned out to be a memorable one.