This time it was decided to visit Thirukovilur Arakandanallur Athulyanadheswarar temple, then my brother told about Lakshmi narasimhar at Poovarasankuppam, so that was also included.
Planned to start by 5:30 am, but as usual it was delayed and left by 6 am from Chromepet home.
Had a small pooja halt at Vandalur Eraniamman and starting from the temple a fellow in the mahindra van try to bully me, didn't want to start an argument at the temple so i moved on, reached chengalpet Paranur toll plaza queue was there waited patiently reached here by 6:50 am, moved on reached Tindivanam toll plaza by 7:30am, here still bigger queue was there took the Tindivanam Gingee road and spotted a Jack fruit vendor, bought one jackfruit, continued to gingee and found mango being sold, sample taste of neelam variety was too sweet, took some Neelam mango and at Alampoondi took the diversion to Tirukovilur through Mazhavanthangal road.
Gingee Tindivanam road is now much improved to its earlier condition. Again road widening work is in progress, Transtroy company grader was working in the stretch
It was an isolated road with sparse traffic, lush fields and forest, bit lonely road but good road reached villupuram thiruvannamalai road and took thirukovilur road at Kandachipuram.
Level crossing at Thirukovilur was closed , a passenger train hauled by WAP7 with 6 coaches crossed then we crossed and reached the temple with local enquiry as it is located in a small road.
Reached the temple had a nice view of Thirukovilur and Veerataneshwar temple gopuram.
Athulyanadheshwarar temple was closed, came around the temple and had breakfast at Tirukovilur.
Now the car was giving a strange sound and petrol smell was emanating, so opened the bonnet and checked the engine bay the petrol hose has developed a leak and petrol was spilling in to the engine bay.
Planned to go to Veerataneshwar temple also, as the car developed snag, so plan was changed and started to Villupuram.
Soon contacted the Villupuram service centre and asked for directions and informed about the leaking fuel hose. The service centre Arasu Hyundai, patiently explained the route directions and reached without much trouble.
Started 10:30 from Tirukovilur to Villupuram. Entered Villupuram town and located the service centre by 11:30 am.
Car was taken in to the service station at 11:45 am and it took 3 hours to get it serviced, to replace the leaking fuel hose, by now totally 10 to 12 litres petrol has spilled.
By 3 pm car was handed over by that time we were very hungry, came to Villupuram ponnusamy hotel they had only lunch ordered 3 lunch and fruit juice, finished the food and started by 3:45 from Villupuram towards Siruvanthadu.
Took the Villupuram Pondicherry road till Valavanur and took a right turn into Siruvanthadu road reached by 4:30 pm.
Siruvanthadu is lined with so many silk saree traders, we located one shop and purchased sarees, after that proceeded to Poovarsankuppam and had a good darshan of the Lakshminarasimhar.
Came out of temple by 5:30 pm and started towards Chennai, came to Koliyanur and took the Chennai turn, here Guava, and Sapotta fruit were available, they were tasting really good, we felt bad since we purchased one kg only.
Since the fuel was leaking all the way from chennai, the tank was nearing empty by now, located an IOCL fuel pump at Vikravandi and tanked up fuel.
Started and came to Vikravandi toll as usual a long wait, cleared toll and continued the journey it was dark by the time crossed Tindivanam. After Madurantakam the traffic was heavy, luckily there was no traffic jam at guduvanchery or at Vandalur, there was a brief stoppage but we moved on soon, Continued and came home by 8:30 pm
Total up and down 445 Km
Paranur toll return ticket 75 Rs
Athur toll return ticket 75 Rs
Vikravandi single toll 75 Rs
Photos follow soon, download pending
|Mazhavanthangal road with Lush greenery on the sides|
|Rocky hills of Gingee|
|Thirukovilur Level Crossing a WAP7 crossing with a Passenger train|
|Athulyanadheswarar Araknadanllur or Thirukovilur|
|This Gopuram built with Japanese participation|
|Thirukovilur Panaromic View with Veerateshawar Gopuram at the Background|