One day trip to Lepakshi

Happy New Year everyone! 

Last week of December 2015 was holiday time for me, so thought of utilizing it to the fullest by traveling around Bangalore (Bengaluru). Instead of going faraway I decided to go for a one day trip and that’s when I zeroed in on Lepakshi. Lepakshi is a really small place approximately 120 km from Bangalore located on the Bangalore – Hyderabad highway. The road conditions are excellent with just two toll booths on your way. Coming to Lepakshi, this place is famous for having one of the biggest monolithic Nandi’s in India and its ancient Veerabhadra temple dating back to 16th century. The temple is a perfect example of engineering marvel and I just could not hold myself back from clicking loads of pictures. Sharing only few of them here though 🙂 I took all the pictures with my Canon EOS 1200D DSLR.

Bangalore Hyderabad highway en-route Lepakshi. As I mentioned the roads are fantastic.

Bangalore-Hyderabad highway, en-route Lepakshi. As I mentioned the roads are fantastic.

Road towards Lepakshi after a detour is taken from the Bangalore Hyderabad highway

Road towards Lepakshi after a detour is taken from the Bangalore-Hyderabad highway.

Monolithic Nandi

Monolithic Nandi

Hoarding from the Archaeological Department describing the Monolithic Nandi

Notice from the Archaeological Department describing the Monolithic Nandi

Temple Entrance

Temple Entrance

Pillars inside the main Veerabhadra Temple

Pillars inside the main Veerabhadra Temple

Hanging pillar: As the name suggests this pillar does not rest on the ground fully. You can easily pass a paper under this pillar. Truly an engineering marvel! But unfortunately its a bit dislodged from the original position as a British Engineer in an unsuccessful attempt tried to move the pillar to find out its secret.

Hanging pillar: As the name suggests this pillar does not rest on the ground fully. You can easily pass a paper under this pillar. Truly an engineering marvel! But unfortunately its a bit dislodged from the original position as a British Engineer in an unsuccessful attempt tried to move the pillar to find out its secret.

One of the many murals on the ceiling inside the main temple

One of the many murals on the ceiling inside the main temple

Ceiling of the main hall inside the main temple

Ceiling of the main hall inside the main temple

Sculpted Pillar inside the main temple

Sculpted Pillar inside the main temple

Various Murals on the ceiling inside the main temple. These murals depict several stories like Mahabharat and Ramayan. Unfortunately they are fading!

Various Murals on the ceiling inside the main temple. These murals depict several stories like Mahabharat and Ramayan. Though they are brilliant but its really sad that they are not very well maintained!

Pillars inside the main Veerabhadra Temple

Pillars inside the main Veerabhadra Temple

Pillars inside the main Veerabhadra Temple

Some more pillars. Notice the different designs on each pillar.

Inside the temple premises

Inside the temple premises

Massive Nagalinga!

Massive Nagalinga!

Legend has it that the entire Naga has been carved out of a single stone!

Legend has it that the entire Naga has been carved out of a single stone!

This carving is in the perpendicular direction of the Nagalinga.

Beautiful carving. This is directly perpendicular to the Nagalinga.

Massive Ganesh which is also perpendicular to the Nagalinga.

Huge Ganesha.

Open Kalyana Mandap (marriage hall)

Open Kalyana Mandap (marriage hall)

Around the temple

Around the temple

Huge footprint. Legend has it that this footprint is of Jatayu from Ramayan and this is the place where Jatayu fell down after an unsuccessful battle with Ravan who had abducted Sita. When Sri Ram reached the spot, he saw the bird and said “Le Pakshi” as in ‘rise, bird’ in Telugu.

Huge footprint. Legend has it that this footprint is of Jatayu from Ramayan and this is the place where Jatayu fell down after an unsuccessful battle with Ravan who had abducted Sita. When Sri Ram reached the spot, he saw the bird and said “Le Pakshi” as in ‘rise, bird’ in Telugu and that’s how Lepakshi got its name.

Around the main temple. It seems the temple has around 70 pillars and each one of them has some brilliant carvings!

Around the main temple. It seems the temple has around 70 pillars and each one of them has some brilliant carvings!

Some points:

  • While returning back to Bangalore from Lepakshi, you can even head to Nandi Hills to have a view of the sunset (Nandi hills is on the way to Bangalore from Lepakshi). I chose to return back as I have been to Nandi Hills umpteen number of times.
  • There are not many restaurants on your way to Lepakshi. In Lepakshi, you have a restaurant run by the tourism department. But I am not sure about the taste as I did not try it out. Apart from this the next place where you find a decent restaurant is nearby Nandi Hills.
  • Parking is an issue close to the Veerabhadra Temple in Lepakshi, especially on Sundays as there is too much crowd and parking is not managed well. You do have a parking fees.
  • There are lots of monkeys inside the temple, so be careful.
  • There are washrooms inside the temple premises and also near the restaurant run by the tourism department.
  • You can hire guides in the temple if you wish to know more about the history of the temple.
  • There is no entry fees for visiting the temple and no fees for taking pictures inside the temple.

Veerabhadra Temple

Around the temple

Temple premises

Sun playing peekaboo with us while on our way back to Bangalore.

Sun playing peekaboo with us while on our way back to Bangalore.

Small video featuring the temple!

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27 comments on “One day trip to Lepakshi
  1. Good that you did not eat there at the only APTDC canteen, nothing great about the food and their slow service.

  2. Been to Nandi Hills but not Lepakshi… Your clicks have covered the place extensively… and, thanks for that 🙂

  3. xhobdo says:

    Beautiful photos.
    Happy New Year. Best wishes.

  4. dNambiar says:

    It really is a great place for a quick getaway from the city. It is an easy drive too, right? And of course the sculptures and the pillars are such a treat.
    Nice pictures, Arun.

    In December, even the weather must have been great, I’m sure. We visited there last March and it was pretty hot. 🙁 But I enjoyed the drive and the place, nevertheless. 🙂

    • Arun says:

      Thanks 🙂 Yes, actually the roads are really good! You don’t feel the tiredness even after a long drive. And as you mentioned the place is really a treat:)

  5. Just recently SriKri mentioned about Lepakshi and am happy to see a post on it…super clicks Arun 🙂

  6. Looks lovely, never been there till date 🙁

  7. Beautiful pictures! Lepakshi is now in my wish list. 🙂

  8. Nisha says:

    I have heard of this popular place but couldn’t get time to visit on all my visits to B’lore. Thanks for sharing this.

  9. indrani says:

    A wonderful day trip spot from Bangalore.
    There is a good eating joint on the way, we had food there.

  10. Ami Bhat says:

    Lovely pictures…Discovered this place sometime back and totally loved it. Have recommended this to lots of people since then. Check out my blog for this http://www.thrillingtravel.in/2015/01/unexplored-and-unspoilt-lepakshi.html

    • Arun says:

      Thanks Ami 🙂 Even I have started recommending this place to everyone I meet, its really wonderful. Will have a look at your post as well.

  11. Nice photos. .Lepakshi is truly an amazing place for a day trip from Bangalore..

    • Arun says:

      Yes. Lepakshi is one of the best options and with such brilliant road connectivity you don’t even feel exhausted after the travel.
      Thanks for dropping by 🙂

  12. arunprasadhm says:

    Beautiful pics. The hanging pillar is amazing. Some pics from our trip to Lepakshi http://aruntravelpics.blogspot.com/2013/02/lepakshi.html

  13. Wow. Gorgeous. Love the murals on the temple walls.mwish we still retained and practiced so much art in our lives.

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