We went on Two day trip from Bangalore by Car to Vellore and Kanchipuram. This was our first road trip to Vellore, but Kanchipuram is not new to us. We have been to Kanchipuram once in 2017 and once in 2018.
We chose to stay in Vellore because of 2 reasons. One is that we never really had good options for food in those past 2 trips to Kanchipuram. And Second, since we have never been to Vellore, we decided to stay in Vellore and see the places around.
Even if we had tried, we would not have got the room bookings in Kanchi since it was totally booked for Lord Athi Varadar raising in Varadaraja Perumal temple.
To fellow riders: If you are looking for any 2 day trip near Bangalore by car or bike, one of the places I suggest is Vellore. When I say “near Bangalore”, I mean to say any place around Bangalore about 200 Kms radius. Well, Bangalore to Vellore distance is 211 Kms (vary a little based on the location you start), easy distance to cover by bike and car. You could see the category “Two Day Trip From Bangalore” at the right hand on this website homepage for more suggestions.
Day 1 of Our Two Day Trip From Bangalore to Vellore and Kanchipuram:
(a). Starting From Bangalore, Eating Breakfast In Soolagiri, Reaching Vellore:
We were bike riders all these years. We recently started going by car to places, especially from the second quarter of 2019.
I’m loving car driving for the comfort and luxury. But it is no match for the thrill and fun in riding the motorbike.
Rajesh too feels the same.
By 5.30 AM, on 21st July, we were out in the parking street, all set to go two day trip from Bangalore.
Though our travel bags and water bottles were packed for 2 full days on Saturday night itself, we once again made sure we did not miss anything.
Especially for the mobile phone chargers.
We started a little before 6 am, stopped once for money at an ATM, then stopped for breakfast in our all time favorite restaurant in Bangalore – Salem Highways.
It is called Krishna Inn, at Shoolagiri, the best South Indian Vegetarian Restaurant I would ever find in Bangalore highways.
It is a bliss to eat Pongal with Udin Vada (urad dal) with freshly ground coconut chutney and freshly made sambar.
Dosas and idlis are served with three kinds of chutneys and a sambar.
Another specialty of this restaurant is that its favorite pit-stop for all the motorbike riders.
It has become a ritual for those riders to stop here before they head on to the destination. Rajesh engaged a conversation with one of the riders to know whether they are part of some riders community group, where they are heading to. We came to know that those people are not part of any such community, its just happening for few years now. Some are super-bikes, some are thunder-birds, some are regular bikes. Most of them are individual riders with full gear on, cool to watch them parade as early as 7.30 AM, that too on sunday.
We watched them for half an hour over coffee from McDonalds.
Once in Yercaud trip – the first time to hill station by motorbike, we have seen group of solo riders in Thunderbird riding down the hill towards Salem in an orderly fashion. It was too goo to see them coordinating with just hand signals.
It was my turn to drive now, took the Bangalore to Chennai Highway, reached Vellore by 11 AM.
Just before we stopped at Sai Sangeeth in Bangalore – Chennai highways, best place for toilet, bad choice for food and shopping. You could see the collection of their pottery and hand made toys in the images, we didn’t buy any stuffs there. Food was delivered late, not happy with that too.
We reached a little earlier than planned because it was a smooth, non-stop carefree ride in the National Highways.
(b). Visited Jalakandeswarar Temple in Vellore Fort:
We went straight to Jalakandeswarar temple inside Vellore fort. Parked the vehicle (fee 20/-) nearby temple, went inside walking in the piping hot sun. Spent about 45 mins, had good darshan, spent time in the ornamental mandap right before we left the place.
The specialty of this temple is that it is built in the middle of the water tank of about 8000 sq.ft. (from wikipedia).
(c). Check-in At the Hotel Khanna Fiesta:
After a brief time in temple, we came to our pre-booked hotel, The Khanna Fiesta.
We took a rest for sometime, before we headed to Kanchipuram for Athi Varadar Darshan.
We knew it would be crowded from what we saw in the media, so we didn’t allow us to enjoy the luxury, but for a short period.
(d). Lord Athi Varadar Darshan In Kanchipuram:
Soon after lunch from the same hotel, we reached Kanchipuram by 4pm.
Vellore to Kanchipuram distance is 70 Kms, again the road was good, lucky us.
Ater a walk of 8 kms in a slow moving que, it took us 3.5hrs to darshan Lord Athi Varadar in the sayana kolam (sleeping posture).
We returned the same evening to Vellore to our room with the rumbling stomach around 9.30pm with hardly any energy left from driving and walking alternatively. Had dinner at the hotel, thanks to the ground floor veg restaurant kept open at that time.
Day 2 at Vellore – Golden Temple, Shopping and Return to Bangalore:
(a). Room Check-out, Wasting 2 hrs In Vellore Golden Temple at Sripuram:
We had almost missed the complimentary breakfast sleeping in until 10 AM. Soon after breakfast we had to check-out, hit the road to return home. Since we had already planned to visit the Golden Temple, we headed straight there.
The facts you need to know about Vellore Golden temple:
- Vellore Golden Temple (a.k.a Sri Lakshmi Narayani Golden Temple) distance is about 8kms from the center city, located at the Sripuram village.
- You have bus and auto facilities to reach here
- From the main gate, you are not allowed to bring / wear bags, shoes, mobile phones and cameras inside.
- There is a paid counter to keep all of them safe (we kept all in the car)
- After submitting all your belongings, keep the best attitude with you all the time
- You enter the temple gate directly if you have 100/- ticket, otherwise go walk for 2 kms to reach this point. Abishegam tickets extra.
- After personal screening at the temple gate, you will be allowed inside.
- You would be walking for more than 1 km from the security gate to darshan goddess Lakshmi, a small idol made of 10 kg of gold. (There are wheelchair access at this point available for disabled and elderly people). You are allowed to pour milk on the goddess idol with your own hands for 10/-. Everything is money here. I did not buy anything here, I did like anything particularly.
- That’s not it. The main attraction of this place is something else. Once you pray to 10 kg gold idol goddess lakshmi devi, you are guided to a very big fantasy golden mandap of goddess Sri Lakshmi Narayani. This mandap is made of 1500 kg gold, adorning the majestic idol of goddess.
- Visit Lord Balaji on the way back to the same gate, comparatively much shorter distance while coming out.
- One and a half hrs of time you would need to spend time here, if it is crowded, you would be spending more time.
- For car parking, there is only limited space so you are given parking ticket only for 3hrs.
Since, we were not allowed to carry any kinds of cams, I do not have any pics to share here. And, since we have never been to Amritsar Golden Temple, I cannot compare both the golden temples. But, it is not worth the money and walk for all the hype here. We totally wasted time going there. Instead we could have gone to Ratnagiri Balamurugan Temple. Thankfully we didn’t exclusively plan to make this trip to Vellore golden temple from Bangalore.
(b). Eating Mutton Biryani In one of the famous Non-veg hotel in Vellore:
After coming out of the temple, we headed to have lunch in the same hotel Kanna fiesta. On the way we stopped for a short period in Pachayappa’s silk for some shopping experience. Not liked anything particularly. We changed our mind, had lunch in one of the most famous non-veg restaurants before we headed to Bangalore. This non-veg restaurant suggestion from one of the youtube page I follow, here is the link of the hotel review on youtube page.
And sharing some pics from our experience.
The specialty of this Hotel Jyothie is, they serve biryani with lots of pieces in it. We ordered half mutton biryani each and 1 natti chicken fry to go with it, it was sufficient for us. Biryani and fry was moderately spicy with good taste.
It was served with a tangy tomato-brinjal gravy cooked in mild tamarind paste, and onion raitha.
It is a small mess with limited seating capacity located right next to the Vellore bus stand.
Sharing the price list in the pic below.
(c). Best Snacks and Tea on Chennai – Bangalore Highways:
Next stop after lunch was “Coffee Bistro” on Chennai Bangalore Highways.
We had no clue what a cool place it was until we stopped and tried their freshly made pakoras and bajjis.
We sat under the neem tree, had snacks with tea, enjoying the view.
I strongly suggest this place for pit-stop with clean toilet facilities in Vaniyambadi, On Chennai – Bangalore Highways. Click the link for the location.
This coffee shop is right next to the Vegetarian Restaurant “Sai Akshyam” , you cannot miss it.
A clean eatery with vehicle parking and a great view, the – best place I suggest.
We spent about good 45 mins before we continued our road trip.
When we have been to trekking to talakona – the highest waterfalls in Andhra Pradesh, we had no hotels around that area. Though the waterfalls and trekking made the trip cherish-able only if I exclude the trouble we had finding good eateries around Talakona.
So good food equals good trip. Always.
Clearly this was a best trip.
Overall Road trip Experience From Bangalore to Vellore:
The return journey was also smooth and comfortable. We reached home around 9.30 pm, had cooked dinner at home before we retired for the day.
The highlight of this two day trip from Bangalore to Vellore is –
- Lord Athi Varadar darshan in Kanchipuram, a moment of glory in our humble history
- The silky smooth, non-stop, carefree drive from Bangalore to the Vellore and Kanchi city
- Good food choices in the Vellore city and on the Bangalore highways.
Compared to Kanchipuram, Vellore is a sophisticated city with tall buildings, apartments, good transport and railways connectivity, and many good restaurant choices.
We fell in love with the Vellore immediately, we also planned to make a second trip in the same year soon.
Soon we will be making another Two day trip from Bangalore to Vellore.