Sometimes the journey of a lifetime begins with a single step. In my case the inception for the journey of a lifetime began with a solo trip. The preparation for the trip was as sudden as the plan itself. I had heard about Kukke Subramanya, a temple located near Mangaluru, Karnataka, India and wanted to visit it for some time. I finally decided one eventful Friday night. There wasn’t much preparation; rather I was reeling in the excitement of just hitting the road with a pair of clothes, a jacket and helmet.
I took off before sunrise; the weather was awesome with an overcast sky and a gentle breeze. It felt like a scene from an Old western movie as I rode the highway. Couple of kilometres into the journey, I passed by a nice pond and stopped to admire its serene beauty. Suddenly I realised that I could do whatever I wished, no inhibitions, no strings attached and I jumped into those calm waters and in that moment I experienced the spirit of true freedom. After the refreshing dip I had a cup of piping hot coffee from a shop nearby and continued on my journey with renewed vigour.
A few kilometres into the journey, I enquired at a house for a hotel and to my surprise they invited me for a home cooked breakfast.
This was truly an eye opener.
I entered the Ghat section around 11:00 am, and the weather totally caught me off guard as it drastically changed. It was very cold, misty and eventually began to drizzle. I carried on with the journey, with a couple of stops to capture the greenery around me and breathe in the fresh air. The climb down the Ghats was challenging due to low visibility, bad road conditions and heavy vehicle traffic.
I reached Kukke at 2:00 pm, by which time the temple was shut. The pristine temple is a sacred pilgrimage location in India. Here Lord Subramanya is worshipped as the lord of all serpents. The epics relate that the divine serpent Vasuki and other serpents found refuge under Lord Subramanya when threatened by Garuda. Since it was an auspicious day finding a room was a challenge. I was lucky enough to get one small and dingy room. Post a quick nap I rushed to the temple for darshan at 4:00 pm. I was through with the darshan in 30 minutes. The original plan was to stay back and return the next day. Since I was free and had nothing much to do, I decided to return.
I left Kukke by 5:00 pm and my plan was to cover the Ghat section before it gets really dark. I had a close call, when a cab lost control and came onto me. It was a near miss. I continued the journey, the next stop was at CCD Hassan to recharge myself. I entered Bangalore by 1:30 am, and was home by 2:00 pm.
I had covered approx 600 km but the next morning I woke up with a feeling that I had never experienced before.
I experienced freedom, enjoyed my own company and nothing was restricting me. All this proved to be a great revelation.
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Warrier's Trail is a crazy dream of a simple guy that was inspired by a desire to travel, meeting people, see places and live life full of uncertainty.
The dream is to travel 40 countries, in over 500 odd days in 5 regions (S.E.Asia, Australia, Middle East, Europe & Africa)
A journey of exploration!