Coimbatore to Mantralayam Trip

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I had been to Mantralayam & Puttaparthi from Coimbatore last weekend with a break at Bangalore. My tour report follows.....

Day -1 @ 9.00am - Started from my house (as it was New Moon Day, had to perform some rituals) with my wife & mom towards Bangalore. I took Sathyamangalam - Athani - Anthiyur - Ammapettai- Mettur-Mecheri - Thoppur - Krishnagiri - Hosur - Bangalore.

Day -1 @ 4.00pm - Reached Bangalore (including a Break of 1 Hour enroute for lunch at A2B, Thoppur. Attended a family function that evening and stayed at my cousin's house at Malleswaram.

Day -2 @ 9.15am - Started towards Hebbal to take NH 7 towards Gooty. As I am not familiar with Bangalore roads, my cousin assisted me till Hebbal. We were at Hebbal by 9.30am. Journey started towards Mantralayam in NH 7 via Anantapur, Gooty.

Being Sunday, mild traffic was there till BIAL Junction. Once you cross that junction, absolutely no traffic at all.

We have to enter Gooty town to proceed to Mantralayam. While reaching Gooty, you can find one toll plaza in NH 7 and immediately after Toll plaza, the road will be proceeding inside Gooty town in the left and the town is hardly 3-4 Kms from that Junction.

Roads from Gooty to Adoni (via Pattikonda) are very good with hell lot of speed breakers for which there is neither a marking nor a signboard. It was also very difficult to judge the speed breakers during the day time itself. 2-3 stretches of 50-200 metres in this route are bad which are manageable too. Rest are pleasure to drive.

rom Gooty while proceeding to Adoni, there is a bye-pass for Pattikonda and at the end of bye-pass, some bridge construction was going on. No need to enter Pattikonda. Adoni is 1 hr to 1-1/2 hr drive from Gooty.

We reached Adoni and had our lunch at one of my colleague's house as there are no Vegetarian restaurants enroute after Anantapur. A1 Plaza in NH 7 near Gooty is closed and nothing was available in the BPCL Dhaba Gharand and one Ravi Teja Hotel is there which is a Non-Vegetarian Hotel. So please pack food from Bangalore while going to Mantralayam.

After Adoni, there are two routes to Mantralayam, one goes via Madhavaram and other one via Yemminganur. The route via Madhavaram is around 50 -60 Kms and the one via Yemminganur is 40 Kms. My colleague told me to take Yemminganur route as the road conditions are the best and we can reach fast. So we took the Yemminganur route to Mantralayam. While entering Adoni from Gooty, we will be reaching a circle after Bus Stand and Bus Depot. From that circle, we have to take right to proceed towards Yemminganur.

We can bye-pass Yemminganur to Mantralayam. The roads are excellent. There was a 200 mtr bad stretch which was also manageable.

Day 2 @ 4.30pm - We reached Mantralayam and checked into Hotel Sriniketan. (Total Travel Time is 7 Hrs including 1 Hr break at my colleague's house at Adoni)

Day 2 @ 6.00pm - My colleague at Adoni has arranged for a VVIP Darshan at Mantralayam. There are 3 types of Darshan's - VVIP - VIP - Normal.

Normal - Men should not wear Shirt / Banian but can be with either Dhoti / Pant etc. Ladies with any dress.

VIP - Men should not wear Shirt / Banian but should be with Dhoti and Towel. Women with Sarees only.

VVIP - same as VIP but with special recommendation. This VVIP darshan will be near that Raghavendra swamy Brindavan and they have privilege of taking Aarthi for the Brindavan.

We had 5 rounds of Darshan as there was very less crowd. After finishing Darshan, we had been to see a place (a house) where Sri Raghavendra Swamy's footwear is being worshipped. It was kept in a house and pooja is being performed hierarchially. We got some Mirthigai (which is a Sand taken from the Brindavan and being used during construction of Raghavendra Swamy Mutt anywhere else.

After having darshan there, again we proceeded to Mutt to see Rathotsavam, which is a famous ritual being performed in the Mutt daily. Lord Prahalada is being taken around the Mutt in three different chariots of Wooden, Silver and Gold and some poojas are also performed. There is a belief that Sri Raghavendra is an avatar of Lord Prahalada. We had the darshan of Rathotsavam and Mangala Maha Aarthi at the Mutt and proceeded to Hotel after Dinner at Mantralayam Tiffin Room.

Day 3 @ 8.30am - Started from Mantralayam towards Puttaparthi after having breakfast at Mantralayam Tiffin Room. We took the same route in which we travelled the previous day.

After touching NH 7 at Gooty, I was told by my friend that to go to Puttaparthi, I should enter Anantapur and from there proceed to Dharmavaram and then to Puttaparthi. I made a very big mistake here ignoring his advice. I took the NH 7 after Anantapur till the junction (picture posted earlier) where I took a left and went to Puttaparthi which is at 43rd Km from that Junction at NH 7.

If I would have travelled as per my friend's advice, I would have saved an hour of journey of 80 Kms.

Day 3 @ 2 Pm -We reached Puttparthi and being Monday the Museum was closed and we were told that Bhajan will start from 4.30pm and the Samadhi will be open for Darshan at 6 pm. We just saw the Samadhi from outside (it was closed). We had our lunch at Puttaparthi.

We started from Puttaparthi @ 3.30pm and reached Hebbal at 5.30pm and from Hebbal to Marathahalli it took us 2 hrs due to heavy traffic because of Fly Over Construction. We had been to one of our relatives house at Marathahalli and then we proceeded to my aunt's house at BTM Lay out for dinner and stay.

Day 4 @ 9.00am - We started from BTM Lay out and touched the Elevated Toll way at 11.00am which was hardly 3 Kms from the place we started. The traffic was horrible. We took the same route to Coimbatore and reached home @ 5.00pm with 1/2 hr break each at A2B Shoolagiri and Thoppur.

Things to do on Bangalore - Mantralayam Stretch.

1. Carry Food, Water for the entire stretch till Mantralayam as no good restaurants are available enroute.

2. Fuel up the tank at Gooty before proceeding towards Adoni as no petrol pump enroute till pattikonda (there also you have to go in to the town for one and only petrol pump). Same as Adoni to Mantralayam. (Fuel Station is at Yemminganur byepass)

3. Start as early as possible to avoid traffic jams.

4. Avoid travelling in the night as it is very lonely route. Any emergency is available only in 25 kms either way minimum.

5. Watch out for speed breakers in Gooty - Adoni Stretch.

6. Better to ask for the places enroute and not the ultimate destination as people may not be aware. Till Adoni, the sign boards are not that frequent and mile stones are written in Telugu.

7. Take bye pass at Pattikonda and Yemminganur as it saves around 1/2 - 1 hr.

Regards

Balaji

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That's helpful and informative Post Balaji. Thanks for Sharing !

Velu

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