Among many trips during my travels, I have come across some really unknown places by pure luck. Some have been really spellbinding in their quiet beauty, the Narasimha Swamy temple in Kalwa being one place.
I wanted to visit this temple not as a devotee, but as a nature lover. In my mind, I had imagined the place to be in the middle of a dense forest – calm and serene.
We started on a weekday morning in a friend’s car from Hyderabad and reached Nirmal in the evening after visiting the Nizamabad fort and Siddulagutta. With plans to catch the sunrise and get some shots, we started in the wee hours and reached the temple in an hour after asking some locals for directions. It was on top of a hill near a small village.
By this time, the sun had started rising over the green fields and we stopped for some time to watch it waxing from the horizon. A huge tamarind tree stood silhouetted against the rising sun. The sight evoked many childhood memories of my brother and I throwing stones to get some of the tangy fruit.
A little further, we found a koneru – the temple pond. There were some statues of Gods under the tree nearby. What really caught my attention were the many pairs of wooden sandals worn by the priests or sadhus. I assumed that they were offered to the Gods to appease them.
After a kilometer, we found the temple. At first, we saw a new temple being constructed. Adjacent to that was another, fairly old temple, which was closed. We asked the people around who guided us to the road that went behind the hillock. After a short walk, we could see a narrow trail leading us to the hill. When the road ended abruptly, we wondered if there was a way to the top. My friend Raju decided to go ahead by jumping on a few boulders to find out. With his green signal, we proceeded.
It was a steep but short climb. There was a small white-washed temple on the top, from here the views were just mind-blowing. There was dense forest till as far as we could see. There was no one around except us and peace. We just stood there for some time enjoying the vista and visited the temple on our descent before continuing our journey to our next destination.
How to reach: The Kalwa Narasimha Swamy temple is located at a distance of 11 kms from Nirmal. It is accessible from Nirmal. You can also drive from Hyderabad or take a taxi.
When to go: The best time to visit is between September and March. After that it gets really hot in these places. Mornings are the best times to visit the temple if you want to enjoy the sunrise. Better not to go here in the evening. It will be tough to find the way up if it’s dark. The temple is closed during the afternoon. Nirmal has a wide variety of hotels with different budget.
Nearby places: Nirmal is famous for the wooden toys. The Nirmal fort and the Bathisgarh fort are worth a visit. A lot of people cover this place during their trip to the more popular Saraswati temple in Basar.
Do wear shoes with good traction to climb on the rocks. There are hardly any places to eat or drink on the way, please carry your own food.