We reached Nanjungud, took a room there for night.. Next day morning, we got ready and went to Temple.. 

Destination 1: Nanjangud

Nanjangud is also known as "Dakshina Kashi" or "Varanasi/Prayag of South". Main deity of this temple is  Srikanteshwara.. Nanju in kannada means poison; the name Nanjundeshwara means the "God who Drank the Poison". Its quite a big temple..  Temple is located near River Kapila.. Lot of devotees, take bath in this river and have darshan of this lord..  We had darshan and left to next place..

Nanjangud temple

A big Idol of shiva at entrance of temple

Destination 2: Himavad Gopalaswamy temple

Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta, is a hill (betta in Kannada) located in the Chamarajanagar district of the state of Karnataka, at a height of 1454 m. It is said the hills  covers fog  round the year and thus named Himavad(Hima is snow/ice in Kannada) and the temple of Venugopalaswamy (Lord Krishna) thus called  Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta. It is a very small temple with small Idol of Lord Venu gopala.. 

Either side of the hill is a dense forest, and purohit said wild life, especially elephants come upto temple also.. We saw  elephant dung on stairs and realised it was a fact. We had darshan of lord and came out.. It was excellent scenic view from the top of hill/temple... We  saw some elephants far away in the wild.. We came down and waited for a while, and we could see wild elephants and baby elephants close by.. Took some pics and head to next destination..

Stairs to temple

Scenic view from hill/temple

Destination 3: Vontikoppal  temple

Main deity of Vontikoppal temple is Sri Lakshmi Venkatramana Swamy temple.. The temple is located in place called Vontikoppal in mysore, thats why its also called Vontikoppal Sri Lakshmi Venkatramana Swamy temple.

Vontikoppal  temple

Vontikoppal  temple

Destination 4: KRS - Brindavan garden

KRS or Krishna Raja Sagara is a dam as well as lake, built across Caveri river. The dam inhouses beautiful garden called Brindavan garden.. Dam was built by a famous engineer  Sir M Visvesvaraya.. The reservoir is the main source of drinking water for all of mysore and Bangalore..

 I have visited KRS before umpteen number of times. Its a great place to spend as a picnic.. But this time it was very hot, and we dint feel like spending much time, just took some pics and left to our next destination.
Small fountains in KRS

Small fountains in KRS

Small fountains in KRS

Destination 5: Balmuri Falls

Balmuri falls is a water falls outskirst of mysore, and a favourite picnic spot.. Balmuri is technically not a water falls, but  river cauvery flows on a river bed, and there is a check dam built for irrigation purpose, when dam is filled, it flows in a long cascade making it a beautiful view.

Lots of movies are shot in this place, and people enjoy playing in water and there are lots of stall selling fish and other snacks.. We had lots of fun playing in water for around 2hours, ate some snack from nearby stall and left to bangalore, as this was our last destination...

Balmuri falls

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