The Hunt for the Cholas

Tripoto
26th Sep 2018
Day 1

An unexpected day break duty and an another day rest in my Railway life help me to plan a days trip from my working town Ramanathapuram to Gangai konda Cholapuram via Trichy , Darasuram , kumbakonamm. By 9 PM of 25 September I caught a train to trichy , by 1.15 am I reached trichi and rested for another 2 hours in the waiting Hall. After 1 hour sleep,
day started for me @ 3:30 am  at AC waiting Hall in Trichy railway station. After 2 hours wait caught 5 am Chemmozhi Express to Thanjavur . Reached Tanjavur by 6.45 AM , had a nice filter coffee from Kumbakonam Iyer coffee shop in Tanjavur railway station. New to the new city and a RPF officer in uniform guided me that a share auto will take you the Mighty Brihadeshwara Temple with just 10 rs. Reached the temple by 7.15 , the initial entrance to the temple shows you how powerfull the Chola were , and there acquisitive architectural capability in those eras , I almost spend my two and a half hours in this site , but this time my stomach was asking was some food , had two Dosas from an Iyengaar Hotel and left to Darasuram  @ 10 Am , a  39 KM journey from tanjavur . Reached by 11 am and had an 850 metes walk to the site , never expected such a marvellous site in this small town again spent an hour here and one old guy took me all the important sites in this temple. Later by 12 pm I left to kumbakonam a 4 km journey from Darasuram , by this time the scorching heat of the sun making me tired , drank bottles of water to escape the heat of the sun, a 15 minutes journey in the bus reached me to kumbakonam bus stand , this place is stuff packed with lot of temple and temple ponds , a travel through any four sides of this temple will take you to a famous temple after taking a 1 hour rest inside the premises of a temple I left for my final spot of the day Gangai konda Cholapuram a 40 km journey from kumbakonam , another Heritage site maintained by Archeological survey of India , these Mighty structures will definitely be a gift for a travellors who wishes to travel into the heart of ancient Indian empires...... My 340.6 Kilometres journey from Ramanathapuram came to an end in this Chola built structure .........

Photo of The Hunt for the Cholas by Arun Prakash Menon
Photo of The Hunt for the Cholas by Arun Prakash Menon
Photo of The Hunt for the Cholas by Arun Prakash Menon
Photo of The Hunt for the Cholas by Arun Prakash Menon
Photo of The Hunt for the Cholas by Arun Prakash Menon
Photo of The Hunt for the Cholas by Arun Prakash Menon
Photo of The Hunt for the Cholas by Arun Prakash Menon
Photo of The Hunt for the Cholas by Arun Prakash Menon
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