This trip was planned to watch the solar spectacle at Tharamangalam temple near Salem. Then it struck me that going all the way to Salem, why not visit other interesting places close by. So Ayodhyapattinam, Namakkal, and Tiruchengode got added. While checking for train timings and reservation from Ernakulam and back, an idea came up on why not visit Shringeri after all there are couple of trains that go via Erode to Mangalore. So Shringeri got added. Over all it was great trip. One aspect to note is that, the first bus from mangalore to shringeri starts only by 6 am from the private bus stand. It would reach shringeri by around 9:30-10:00 am.
At Namakkal, dont miss the Narasimha temple that is built out of the rock.