The drive started with eagerness to see the temple and the places we were going to see. Though few of us had been to the yadagirigutta temple earlier, it was a different feeling, memorable travelling with friends and driving at your leisure. Early morning mist was slowly wading out and we reached the first toll gate. We took a tro-fro for Rs 125 and continued till we noticed a diversion note towards yadagirigutta. It was a 10 min drive from there and the roads are pretty good.
We reached the temple town by 10.30 but we were not allowed to drive the vehicle to the top of the hill. We hired a Auto and reached the temple entered the darshan Queue without a thought to beat the crowd. It was a special occasion that day i.e start of Dhanurmasa, the month of Vishnu, we had to wait in the line for special prayers to complete. In the meantime we spent time talking to each other, sharing jokes. We completed the darshan by 12.00 and were down hill. We were hungry and headed to Gayatri Mess for a heavy lunch. The food was good though expensive.Suggest you dont try Dum Biryani there.
With the Help of GPS we started to Kolanupaka, a tiny village after Aler known for its Jain temple and old chalukya era temples. The drive from Yadagirigutta was smooth though the highway work is in progress. We reached in 30 mins after a brief pause for railway crossing at aleru. The Jain temple was very well built with marble and intricate wall carvings and domes. It was said that the temple was built to commemorate the visit of Lord Mahavira to this place 1300 years ago. Avoid wearing complete black clothes and photography is strictly prohibited. The Intricate jewel studded marble flooring are a worth to see.