Just before the Adichunchanagiri Medical College on the Bangalore Mangalore highway, you will find a guard manning traffic from the divider and pointing a reflector towards a building at the side. This is Hirisave. You turn to your left (if you are travelling from Bangalore) and you see a large building with an even bigger garden and cars and bikes lining the driveway. Welcome to Mayura.
This hotel, run by South Canara professionals with their touch of finesse and polished cleanliness, has been a pit stop for travellers since the last 15 years. Getting straight to the menu – their dosas are brilliant. From the open dosa to the ‘light’ paper dosa, you have some of the best dosas along the entire Bangalore-Mangalore stretch prepared here. Though slightly off the highway, this place has gathered enough of a fan following for its dosas and thali meals that make it a venue to look forward to.
The open dosa is a speciality here and anyone ready for a different experience should try this. The dosa comes along with a huge blob of ‘desi’ butter that makes it literally melt in your mouth. The meals served with ‘desi’ ghee again are a treat and the South Indian thali is a speciality. And then there are the button idlis, tiny idlis served with hot and not so spicy dhal curry. This is a meal that settles well in the tummy specially if you are in the midst of a long journey.
You will find bikers from the Harley-Davidson club or cyclists on their weekend expeditions making a beeline to Mayura. For me, personally an extremely important reason why I make a stop here i because of its cleanliness. I haven’t seen a cleaner mass-serving South Indian hotel in South India. You have to hand it to the management – spotless washroom, there’s even someone manning the place at all times.
As a group of four, we had nearly all the favourites available at Mayura for lunch. Needless to say we skipped tea and dinner.