Manoj (manojk) wrote,

Kollur to Kozhikode

We decided to combine my cousin brother Mahesh's marriage, with a trip to Kollur Mookambika temple. We started on 25th night 8.15 PM to Kundapura [by Karnataka RTC, via Hassan, Shakleshpura, Mangalore, Udupi] After journey through bad roads, bus reached at 8AM toKundapura. Luckly there was another KSRTC bus to Kollur at 8:15 AM which took another hour to reach Kollur. We took a room in "Chitramoola" lodge in front of the temple for 200 Rs. There are several other loadges which charged much higher rates, but we were interested to finish the morning jobs, than staying overnight. The temple has same properties of Guruvayur temple in terms of spirituality, size, shops and lodges nearby. A small stream was flowing in front of the temple.
We got Darshana very quickly and we got out around 11AM. The "prasada-ootta" [daily holy-feast] in the temple starts only at 12 noon. So, we decided to do some shopping and to check the buses to Kozhikode to attend the marriage. We missed our breakfast, visit to Souparnika and Shankaracharya's temple with cave because of the running around. We have excellent
feast in the temple. Also has the luck to witness the "Pallakku pooja".
 We caught a private-bus to Mangalore at 2.30 PM, which took 4 tiresome hours through NH17. Later I found that, there is a railway station in "Mookambika road" as well as in Kundapur, and trains travel faster compared to buses. Our aim was to reach Kanhangad, but it was around 7.30 when we reached Mangalore. So, we stayed overnight at Mangalore and next morning took Coimbatore passenger [7.40AM] from Mangalore to Kozhikode.
The train reached Kozhikode at 12:00 noon, and we were welcomed by an autoriksha strike. Luckly Aradhana lodge, where our accommodation was planned, was just-10-minutes-walk away from the station. We visited the "Mithai teruvu" ["Sweet street" :-) ] and got some "Kozhikodan Halwa" as well. We celebrated Mahesh's marriage on Sunday and got back to Bangalore on Sunday evening.

Pallakku pooja

Jayadev riding the chariot
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