Belur & Halebid
A view of Chennakesava Temple Belur
The night was fairly cold. We played a game of Carrom and the men far outplayed the ladies.
Next day after a breakfast of giant sized Rava idlis we packed and left the Hotel to visit Halebid enroute to Bangalore. Archaeological department has setup a museum at Halebid. The entrance fee is Rs 5/-. Most of the exhibits are lying in an open yard. The descriptions of the exhibits are inadequate. In some case they are misspelt. One wonders why the department calls it a museum and charges a fee for it. One can see most of it from other side of the fence. atleast school children should be let in free.
Our return route to Hassan from Halebid was taken as per the advice of a tourist bus driver and it was quite comfortable. We had our lunch at Suvarna Regency and the food was palatable. The return journey saw the fulfillment of a lifelong ambition of Ambu, namely purchasing fresh vegetables at rural market or ’santhe’. Though there was no santhe on that day, regular markets were there. Vegetables were purchased at three places enroute and Ambu for once was right. The vegetable quality was excellent and the price was one third of Bangalore rate. This proves that farmers do not get full benefit of the higher prices prevailing in cities. On the whole it was a nice and enjoyable week end trip.