June 18th: Sachin had his new swift and wanted a long drive on Mysore road, so we decided to head towards Basaralu, as it was near 100+ km and the roads would be empty after Maddur. We started by 11 (a very late start to our trip) packing ourselves with BisiBeleBath, Chips, and 6 ltrs of water. There are 2 ways to approach : 1 through Mandya and the other is through maddur. We decided to go with Maddur route and it was the best route with trees, rice fields on either side and the drive through villages was the best. We had our packed lunch near well and headed towards Sri.Mallikarjuna, Basaralu (History : This temple was built by Harihara nayaka. He was Dandanayaka (in charge of armies) under the Hoysala King Imadi Narashima. The temple was built in the year 1235 AD for deity in the name of his father “Malikarjuna” and a kalyani (Tank) in the name of his mother “Gujjave“) A Hoysala architecture sight at its best. Sadly but true, places like these are much less talked about and appreciated. Thou not preserved as much as Belur, places like these are a pride to our state. It is a true representation of our rich culture, heritage and a fine example of architecture of the olden days. The skill and patience involved in building such masterpieces is just unimaginable. On route back to home we stopped by a stream of water flowing through the paddy fields, played there for few minutes.
- Route : Uttarahalli → Maddur→ Turn right to reach Koppa → Basarulu→ Back home
- Total trip distance – 228 km
- Mode of transport – Swift
- Excellent roads for the major part of the trip.