Monday, December 03, 2007

Road trip to Thirumalpur

Starting a new series with this blog: veni vidi civi (latin for I went, I saw, I was conquered)

I got excited the moment I read a friend’s blog on this place called Thirumalpur. She claimed that it was a must-visit place for any ancient-temple-lover. That hooked me on and within four days I had made my plans: my cousin and I were to visit this temple on a bike!

I was very excited for two reasons:

1) This was to be my first ever biking trip

2) I would be taking my new Sony DSC H3 along! I had got the cam 2 full weeks back and had not experimented much with it. And this trip seemed to be a God-send!

So this Sunday, we started at 10.45 AM and reached NH 4 (Chennai-Bangalore highway) in a short while. The first thing that caught my fancy was:

God only knows whom the NHAI wishes to navigate to Mumbai from here itself. (And if you are wondering why my two-wheeler looks like a dirt-bike: it’s been quite some time since Ayudha Pooja happened, remember?)

After a couple of warm-up clicks here, we moved on. Soon the road became less crowded and the real look and feel of a highway presented itself to us on a platter. As we zoomed on (90 kmph is zoom-range for a Bajaj CT-100), contrasting sceneries accosted us. While the SExy-Z zones of SIPCOT looked positively futuristic, scenes like the one below were a welcome respite:

After an hour’s drive, we finally reached the outskirts of Kanchipuram. Wishing to know the way to the inskirts.. I mean, interior of Thirumalpur, we asked a guy at a bus stop for the route. After answering us to the point, he added pointlessly: “Remember a huge accident happened two days back in which two buses collided head-on leaving scores dead? Well, Thirumalpur is pretty close to the place”. Big help that was.

Anyways, it was now that the real fun started. We were traveling on the Kanchipuram – Arakkonam road which reminded me of my native town Tirupattur. Lush green fields accompanied us throughout the route, with a railway track running parallel to the road the entire distance. Seemed like a scene out of a movie. Especially since the sun was being so easy on us: it was one of those cool cloudy-but-no-rain days. Both of us rode on wearing Dhanush-like smiles. And when we had to take a detour to reach the destination, things got even better. The village looked straight out of Asterix. The huts were so small. Like small. And add the characteristic coir-rope cots at the entrances. It was like we had stepped a good twenty years back in time. Grazing cattle and sheep only added to the effect. And there was just one house that had a tractor and a first floor - which we concluded must be Sarath Kumar’s (or Vijayakanth’s).

After an invigorating drive through these rustic settings, we finally reached the temple at around 12.45 PM.

And stared at the locked door.

Part 2 here

7 comments:

Ramya said...

nice idea of a travelogue... forget abt ppl who travel to mumbai.. few of us think any ride on NH, tht too on a bike- is cranky... think i shud try one to contradict myself..(if at all)

and here goes ur 1st comment and i hav saved u from waiting for long for it :P

alpine path said...

I've found that the way to Kancheepuram has its own charms :) Waiting eagerly for the update!

Neo.... the One said...

maapla . . enga intha oru postoda stop panniduviyonu nenechen.. gili maathiri " varuvomla " nu sonna paathiya.. super macha :)

desh said...

u seem to be having a great time post cat
me too went for a trip this weekend was awesome the mangalore trip

dint know that you too were an asterix lover, Gaul and Shire (from LOTR) are really villages from dream

King Vishy said...

@ramya:
He he.. thanks a lot.. Everytime a "0 comments" curse gets broken, is a like a new lease of life :D
And ya.. biking on NHs is a risky thing to do..

@alpine path:
am sure you would relish the "charms" even more now, now that you been away for sometime :)

@ Neo:
Idhukku than.. neenga yedhavudhu serious-a sonnaalum naanga laam damaasu nu nenachukurom :)

@desh:
so you are an asterix lover too? not that am surprised :) in fact, lagaan reminded me so much of the little Gaulish village that we all know about.. Especially, the 2 guys who keep fighting with each other seem to have been modelled on Unhygeinix and Fullyautomatix :)
And ya.. unwinding after CAT :) there is nothin else to do, at least till Jan..

Anonymous said...

The Gurukal of the temple resides in the house adjoining the temple, very near to the main gate. He is a pretty decent guy and will facilitate your darshan. There are other important temples nearby like Govindavadi Agaram, which is prescribed as a remedy for those afflicted due to transit of Guru.

injamaven said...

Do you know anything about this temple you didn't get to see ? Sankar is looking for it & I'd like info, too.