Madhya Pradesh Trip-3: Visit to Chitrakoot

Watch the full video here Overview: I first heard about Chitrakoot while watching the TV series Ramayan in the 1980s. Then later read several books and heard from different people how important Chitrakoot is in Indian history. I reached Chitrakoot from Gwalior at around 4am in the morning, and I had booked the Retiring room at Chitrakoot Railway station for my accomodation. But unfortunately after reaching ChitrakootDham railway station, I found the Retiring room in a shabby conditon and in complete darkness. People were sleeping on the platform and there was nobody to guide me on the retiring room. So finally I decided to move out of the station and look for accomodation. I managed to get a single room just opposite the Railway station for Rs 800. There are several options for stay near the railway station, and since I had my next train past midnight, I preferred some place quite close so that I can just walk to the train station. I got freshened up and at around 7:30am, I ventured ou

Tyakal & Markandeya Betta: Nice drive on a lazy Sunday


Overview: On a balmy partly sunny Sunday. we decided to head towards Malur. We had heard of the pretty countryside and some old temples. First we went to Tyakal, also spelled as Tekal.
Tyakal is known for the huge boulders and the twin hillocks, which were once forts during the Vijayanagara dynasty. A wonderful place for trekkers, the hills offer odd shaped rocks and some beautiful views of the Shatashringa range of hills. The village Tyakal, historically was popular for Varadaraja temple, which dates back to the Cholas, and is believed to have similar features as that of the temple at Kanchi. The place is referred to as Tekanchi as well.
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Around 15kms from Tyakal is the Markandeya Betta, reached via winding curves, offering breathtaking views of the villages below. However, the place can get crowded during festivals and holidays. One can enjoy the serenity of the place early in the morning. The hill gets its name from Markandeshwara temple, also built during the 11th century.
Both Tyakal and Markandeya Betta are within 100kms from Bengaluru, making it an ideal weekend getaway.
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How to reach: Tyakal can be reached via Kolar on NH4 or via Hosakote-Malur Road. From South Bengaluru, one can also take Sarjapura-Malur road. Tyakal is around 17kms from Malur and 20kms from Kolar.
Markandeya Betta is around 15kms north of Tyakal.
Direct trains run from Bengaluru to Tyakal on Bengaluru-Chennai line. Daily KSRTC Buses also ply from Bengaluru to Tyakal and Malur.
Food/Accommodation: Nearest place with good restaurants is Kolar. Accommodation can be availed at Kolar and Malur.


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