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Old 30th August 2011, 17:07   #31
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Excellent write-up, great trip, beautiful pics, mesmerizing vistas and your high spirits to take-up this trip.

I have seen that MH-KA belt in other TLs too. That greenery is calling us!! Though we passed through Satara last year, but, that was towards the fag end of our long trip. Those parts need a special trip to cover beautiful places.
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Old 30th August 2011, 17:26   #32
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Hey SDP, mesmerising snaps and interesting narration. Hope you didn't miss the 'tambda' and 'pandhra' rassa at Opal.
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Wonderful writeup, reading through, makes me feel I am part of your trip(Illusion?!?!)
Snaps does make justice to your writeup and the waterfalls is breathtaking. Wonder what would have happen if the remaining waterbed get its share of water. Oh my!!!
People need to have some common sense when venturing, but how many people would have watched the bizarre incident happened a year back to get enlightened?
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Old 30th August 2011, 22:40   #34
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@SDP, A thoroughly entertaining account.
Adding with Thoseghar and Kaas, how about Bamnoli?
Looks like we need about 2-3 days to visit all these places.
(Maybe 2-3 days at Satara.)

Very nice account indeed.
Thanks ampere! Kaas and Bamnoli are definitely on the cards this Sep. Not sure if I would be able to attend the meet as the plans are still in draft.

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Some of the pictures made me feel dizzy @SDP.
@ampere. One does require 2 days atleast for Thosegar, Kaas and Bamnoli. Especially Kaas is a place where one can sit for hours together just looking at nature.
Oh god! What will happen when cameras can capture 3D images?

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@SDP, very thorough travelogue. Those green pictures of the hills make even my computer screen look awesome.

Gokak falls was a delight to look at, only wished the crowd to be less. It looked all choc-a block with people, must be very noisy. But the place just makes it up for itself.

Thanks for sharing the wonderful pic with us.
Thanks! The place was so noisy that it was difficult to hear the roar of the fall. (Borrowing from a old joke -> Would the ladies from the group keep a moment of silence, so that we can all hear the roar of the Nigara falls?):-).

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@SDP,
A nice crisp travelogue. Glad to see your family shares your enthusiasm of outdoor trips. Especially your better half's point of enjoying the individual stages (breakfast) - really good way to enjoy a trip. Living at Pune for the past 6+ years, never knew such nice picnic spots are close by! Do put up a final post with complete itinerary & time/distance/route details, if possible!
Thanks Ninja! Would definitely put up a summary post. I do not have the point-to-point distance details. So its going to be a place and time summary.

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Hey SDP !!!!

Great write up there. Absolutely loved it. Would you mind telling me what were the exact kms from Express Way start to that right turn to Satara City, which then goes to Thoseghar Fall ??
Sorry mate. Did not strike me to keep a log of the odo also along with time. Next time!

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Nice pictures. Never knew about the Gokak waterfalls. Leaving for Kaas, Mahabaleshwar tonight. Too few days to make it to gokak :(
Thanks Vivek! Do visit Gokak the next time around. Highly recommended.

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Excellent write-up, great trip, beautiful pics, mesmerizing vistas and your high spirits to take-up this trip.

I have seen that MH-KA belt in other TLs too. That greenery is calling us!! Though we passed through Satara last year, but, that was towards the fag end of our long trip. Those parts need a special trip to cover beautiful places.
Thanks LongDriveLover!

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Hey SDP, mesmerising snaps and interesting narration. Hope you didn't miss the 'tambda' and 'pandhra' rassa at Opal.
Thanks padikpanther! Missed the 'tambda' and 'pandhra' rassa at Kolhapur although I had heard a lot about it. Planning to do a weekend trip in winter dedicated to Kolhapur. May be that time!

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Wonderful writeup, reading through, makes me feel I am part of your trip(Illusion?!?!)
Snaps does make justice to your writeup and the waterfalls is breathtaking. Wonder what would have happen if the remaining waterbed get its share of water. Oh my!!!
People need to have some common sense when venturing, but how many people would have watched the bizarre incident happened a year back to get enlightened?
Thanks dre@ms! Good that we could take you on a virtual trip! Yes, there was a bit of disappointment as the water flow was less than anticipated (at both places). Looks like the entire previous week was a dry spell. The good thing was because of the reduced flow, the water was (almost) white and not muddy brown.

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Old 31st August 2011, 11:07   #35
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I took voice notes about what time we reached where. Somehow it did not click to note down the trip-meter as well

So here's the log of the 2 days.

Day 1: Saturday 30th July 2011

4:20 AM -> Started from Mulund, Mumbai
Mulund -> Airoli toll -> Thane Belapur road -> Kalamboli

5:05 AM -> Reached Kalamboli, the starting point of the Mumbai-Pune expressway

7:00 AM -> Exited the Pune expressway (Traffic jam at Khandala for ~20-25mins)
Dehu road (expressway exit) -> Pune Bypass towards -> Hinjewadi -> Pashan -> New Katraj Tunnel

7:25 AM -> Exited New Katraj tunnel.
Pune outskirts -> NH4 -> Satara

8:05 AM - 8:55 AM -> Breakfast somewhere on NH4

9:30 AM -> Crossed Surur. (You take a right from here if you are headed towards Panchgani/Mahababaleshwar)

9:56 AM -> Left NH4 and took a right into the Satara city.
There are multiple entry points into Satara city. We took the first one while coming from Pune side.

11:00 AM -> Reached the parking lot at the Thoseghar waterfall.

11:00 AM - 12:00 noon -> Thoseghar waterfall

12:00 noon -> We start back from Thoseghar
15-20 minutes detour for the windmills

1:22 PM -> Exited Satara and rejoined NH4 southwards.

2:06 PM - 3:05 PM -> Lunch at Karad (Hotel Annapurna on NH4)

3:05 PM -> After lunch, we are again headed towards Kolhapur.

4:04 PM -> Left NH4 and took right into Kolhapur city.

4:15 PM -> Reached Hotel Opal (near Kawla naka)

5:30 PM - 6:40 PM -> Mahalakshmi temple

7:00 PM - 8:10 PM -> Rest at Hotel Opal

8:15 PM - 9:15 PM -> Dinner @Tandoor

10:15 PM -> ZZZZZZZ :-)


Day 2: Sunday 31st July 2011

8:50 AM -> Left the hotel and started towards Gokak Falls.

9:00 AM -> Out of Kolhapur city. We rejoin NH4 and head southwards (B'lore-Chennai)

9:18 AM -> Cross the toll-naka at the Karnataka state border.

9:46 AM -> Exited NH4. Took a left at Sankeshwar
Sankeshwar-Gokak road

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM -> Breakfast in Ghataprabha town. There are NO good hotels on this stretch.
Gokak Main road/Ghatprabha Road

11:33 AM -> Reached Gokak falls

1:45 PM -> Start the long return journey from Gokak Falls to Mumbai.

2:53 PM -> Join back NH4 (towards Pune-Mumbai)

3:40 PM - 4:15 PM -> Meal at McD (on NH4) at Kolhapur

6:00 PM -> Crossed Satara

8:24 PM -> Joined the Pune-Mumbai expressway.

9:40 PM -> Exited the expressway.

10:40 PM -> Back home. Mulund-Mumbai.

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Total distance door-to-door -> 1025 KMs

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Hi SDP,
Glad to know that my log inspired you to take up this trip, nice pictures there. Amboli is a short distance from Gokak, you could have spent a night there, but then there is always 'next time'.

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Hi SDP,
Glad to know that my log inspired you to take up this trip, nice pictures there. Amboli is a short distance from Gokak, you could have spent a night there, but then there is always 'next time'.

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Thanks Nikhil! Your log was indeed the inspiration behind my trip. We did consider covering Amboli on Monday. But we do not encourage skipping school. Definitely next time!
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Great travelogue, SDP. Great that your family shares your wanderlust!

I am planning to do Bangalore via Hampi in October and someone suggested I take a look at this thread. Amazing find, I must say- the pics are lovely and the narration is fantastic.
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Wonderful travelogue. Very useful as planning to visit Hampi and Gokak this Aug on my return trip from Bangalore.
Have been to Kaas though not Thosegar. Maybe some other time.
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very good trip report.
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