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Old 13th November 2011, 14:08   #1
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My dream of going on long highway trips had remained a dream for quite some time. Circumstances and commitments did not permit me to plan anything like that.

Early Nov 2011 our office had many holidays on Mondays/Tuesdays/Thursdays/Fridays meaning we could get about 10 days leave if we took 3-4 days off. To add to that, dear mom-in-law had been insisting for a long time to visit a few temples around Mangalore. It was the perfect excuse I needed.

We planned to start on October 31st at 8.00pm.

But, there were a few problems:
  1. My windshield had a few scratches and that made visibility at night a bit of a pain if it was raining and there was light from on-coming vehicles! I was informed of heavy rains in Mangalore, and did not want to be having poor visibility on the ghat roads. A quick search for the closest branch of "Windshield Experts" resulted in me heading to the Basavanagudi center. I could collect back the vehicle in couple of hours and that was ideal. I could not stick around to see the workmanship as I had some errands to be taken care of. P.S: The old windshield had the "LIVE TO DRIVE" sticker, did manage to get it removed and stuck it back on the back glass. Off topic - The quality of these stickers is awesome. It stuck very well for a used sticker! The new windshield all taped up! 5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-001.jpg <li>I have not done much of highway driving, and I was not aware of the routes to be taken to visit these places. And my wife was very clear that,"If we are going in this direction, I would like to visit Maravanthe, Murudeshwara and Yana too".                                                            A bit of Search on Google Maps made me arrive at a plan, but highway route suggestions from Google Maps have to be taken with a pinch of salt. To validate this, I posted a query in this forum, and boy did I get help! I got complete route suggestions including road and traffic condition from senior BHP'ian Ravi Bhat. In fact, there was some addition to the list of places to visit too.                                  <br />
                                                                                                    The link to this discussion is: <a href=http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...ml#post2561190 (The mega "Road Updates" thread)
Monday, October 31st 2011 - 20:00 hrs

Armed with the route details, phone number of Ravi Bhat and after getting 100/90 W Philips headlamps for the highway (60/55 W is no way enough), we started from home at 8.00 pm. Picked up mom-in-law and headed to Kukke Subramanya.



The route suggested by GoogleMaps was:

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GoogleMpas says 5 hours 9 mins, we took about 7 hours with 2 breaks of about 50 mins. I did the mistake of taking the ORR and wasted a lot of time near the Mysore Road signal. I guess I could have saved about 45 mins had I taken the Nice Road at Kanakapura road to join Nelamangala. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />
The road till Channrayapattna is excellent. We stopped about 40 kms before Channarayapattna at HP petrol bunk next to a CCD outlet. Tanked up, checked air and had dinner. <br />
Note: The LTD sticker re-stuck on the back glass can be seen!<br /> <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-copy-picture-005.jpg <br /> <br />
The 40 kms of Shiradi Ghat with absolutely no roads cuts into the average speed. My friend calls this stretch as off-roading! I was constantly at 2nd or 3rd gear during this entire stretch. But, I am told this route is still better than taking the Mysore-Madikeri route.<br /> <br /> <u><b>Tuesday, November 1st 2011 - 03:00hrs</b></u><br />
Reached Kukke Subramanya around 3.00 am and hit the sack. <br />
Woke up after a couple of hours of sleep, headed to the temple, finished all rituals and had lunch at the temple. Headed to Mangalore after spending a few minutes at Kumaradhare.<br /> <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-010.jpg <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-018.jpg <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-025.jpg <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-026.jpg <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-030.jpg <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-043.jpg <br /> <b>Distance covered: 307 Kms. <br />
Next Stop: Mangalore</b><br /> <br />
The road to Mangalore had some good curves and since we were not in a hurry we could take a few pics. (No that we need any excuse to use the camera).<br /> <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-064.jpg <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-066.jpg <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-086.jpg <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-084.jpg <br /> <b>Distance to my home at Mangalore: 105 Kms<br />
Total distance: 412 Kms<br /> </b><br />
Spent the rest of the day with my Parents at Mangalore with some good food made by mom and a good night's sleep.<br /> <br /> <u><b> Wednesday, November 2nd 2011- 07:30 hrs:</b></u><br />
Started at 7.30 am from Mangalore as we had plans to cover two temples around Kundapura, spend some time at Maravanthe and reach Murudeshwara by dinner time.<br /> <br />
First stop was at Neelavara Mahishamardini temple. I do not know much about this place, so I will let the pics do the talking. <br /> <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-117.jpg <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-120.jpg <br />
I was running out of things to click, and I saw a familiar figure:<br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-132.jpg <br />
This place was 80 kms from Mangalore. The reason we left Mangalore early was that we had to be at the second temple by 11.30 am which is 40 kms from here. <br /> <br />
We started off to the second temple when my mom-in-law saw the arch to <i>Anegudde</i> temple, and we had to visit it. <br /> <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-138.jpg <br />
But luckily it did not set us back too much from our schedule as the temple was just 0.5 kms off the highway. <br /> <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-136.jpg <br />
We reached the next temple (Ulloru Karthikeya Subramanya) before the deadline. Offered prayer and had lunch. In fact, there was no lunch at the temple, so one of the priests arranged for lunch at his residence which was just next to the temple (as we had called the previous day and informed that we would be reaching during lunch time). <br /> <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-141.jpg <br />
Well, this was among the last of the temples we were to see for the day (so I thought, but fate had something else in store for me as I would find out shortly). We had planned to head to Maravanthe from here. It had been on my wife's "top 5 places to visit" list. But, it had started getting cloudy and we wondered if it would spoil the fun!<br /> <br />
My wife wondering, if rains were going to be a spoilsport! (14:00 hrs)<br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-149.jpg <br />
Before it could rain, out came the camera again!<br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-154.jpg <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-157.jpg <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-168.jpg <br />
The Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation has a lot of signboards pointing out the various places to visit around the area all along the highway. It is really helpful, well... most of the time. On the way to Maravanthe, we saw this KSTDC signboard showing distances to <i>Hattiangadi</i> temple. (How many of you have ever heard of this?) I was naive enough to read it out loudly! And my mom-in-law was instantly reminded that someone had asked her to visit this place too as it had great powers. And another signboard said Kollur Mookambike (and yes, I read it out loud again!). But we decided to visit these temples after Maravanthe as the temples would be closed "post-lunch" time.</div>   <div style=

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15:00 hrs - As we were nearing Maravanthe, we were greeted by heavy rains. I could see my wife praying (harder than she did at the temples) for the rain to stop. And her prayers were answered, as we reached the "spot" it had reduced to a drizzle.

First we went to "spot" - what I mean is the famous spot on the highway in Maravanthe where one can see sea on one side of the road and fresh water on the other side of the road. For a long time, it had been my dream to be at this spot.

Salt water on one side of the road...
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Fresh water on the other side...<br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-189.jpg <br />
The whole picture...<br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-188.jpg <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-217.jpg <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-212.jpg <br />
We found the beach extremely beautiful and spent quite some time here. Will let the pics do the talking.<br /> <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-178.jpg <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-206.jpg <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-371.jpg <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-386.jpg <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-211.jpg <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-379.jpg <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-414.jpg <br />
I did not want to miss taking pics of our robo-car (the name given to our Zen by my wife!) at this beautiful spot.<br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-373.jpg <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-209.jpg <br /> <br />
We turned back and after driving for a few meters realized that there was a deviation to the right going to the "Trasi" beach at Maravanthe. A short drive and we were treated to another amazing sight. It was neither secluded nor crowded. <br /> <br />
When we walked up to the beach we realized that this is where "Turtle bay beach resort" is. While planning we had fiddled with the idea of spending a day here, but it did not fit into our schedule.<br /> <br />
They were pushing the boat into the Sea.<br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-226.jpg <br />
Parked!?<br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-232.jpg <br />
But the other side was very secluded, almost like a private beach<br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-234.jpg <br />
Rock formations on the beach<br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-255.jpg <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-318.jpg <br />
Splash!<br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-303.jpg <br />
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Some more of the Trasi beach. (Had to post it in a new reply as there was some issue attaching these images in the previous post).

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The structure in the background is "Turtle Bay Beach Resort". <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-326.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-330.jpg <br />
After enjoying the beach, we had to head back as we were to visit Hattiangadi temple and Kollur Mookambike temple, and we did not want to reach there before the doors closed. Another 50 kms drive in total. <br /> <br />
Hattiangadi Siddhi Vinayaka Temple:<br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-430.jpg <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-428.jpg <br />
Kollur Mookambike:<br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-433.jpg <br />
Unfortunately we could not click too many snaps at Kollur as we were in a hurry to finish <i>darshan </i>and start back, as we had to reach Murudeshwar and hunt for a room for the night. <br /> <br />
Stopped at Bhatkal for dinner in a road side veg restaurant. Could not wait to reach Murudeshwar as we were all very hungry (Murudeshwar is 15kms from Bhatkal). While paying for dinner, the cashier inquired where we were headed. On informing him about our destination, he suggested that we could spend the night in their lodge (apparently they had a lodge too) if we liked it and head to Murudeshwar in the morning as it was just 15 mins drive. We checked the room and it was spacious and was clean. We agreed to spend the night there. They even agreed to provide hot water at that hour for the 3 of us (might seem like a small thing but we realized later that some hotels follow the 6.30 am to 9 am rule very strictly!)<br /> <br />
So, the day came to an end, with a lot of sand in our pants, a lot of beautiful mental pictures, tired legs and a smile on our face.<br /> <br /> <b>Total distance covered: 658 kms<br />
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Thursday, November 3rd 2011 - 08:30 hrs:

We had planned to start for Murudeshwara by 8.00 am, reach by 8.15 am, finish darshan and then have breakfast. But, we were late. We started at 8.45 am. When we reached the temple parking lot, by 9.05 am, it was scorching hot. I could see the beach, and fantasized how it would feel to jump into the beach. The parking attendant asking for money broke my reverie.The arch on the main road: 5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-445.jpg <br />
We had to leave the footwear near the entrance, but without <i>chappals</i> it was like walking on a frying pan. <br /> <br />
These welcomed us at the entrance:<br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-454.jpg <br />
The whole place is very commercial. So much that, the priest was not willing to give <i>teertha</i> unless we took out some money! #Disgusting! Somehow, then on it was more of a sight seeing for me than a holy place. (No offense meant to anyone).<br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-466.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-474.jpg <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-521.jpg
In the above pic, you can see a single big window on the top floor. There is a provision to take a lift to this floor (18th) and see around through the windows. And, yes they charge Rs.10 per person for this. The two pictures below indicate what we could see from there. <br /> <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-487.jpg <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-477.jpg <br />
Some other structures near the large Shiva structure:<br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-499.jpg <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-copy-picture-502.jpg <br />
After this, we headed for breakfast to "Naveen beach restaurant". It is a structure built on pillars coming out from the beach. They have balcony on the side facing sea and have made provisions for customer's to sit here. The food is average, but the view is worth a lot more. Pic below does not do justice to the view but will give an idea of the view. we had while having breakfast (made me forget the experience inside the temple and put a smile back on my face)<br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-541.jpg <br />
Our plan was to head to Yana from Murudeshwara. When I got clarifications about the route to Yana, Ravi Bhat (Senior BHP'ian who helped us with the routes in this area - <a href=http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/members/ravibhat.html) suggested a visit to Manjuguni Venkatramana temple which was on the way to Yana.
This place is 95 kms from Murudeshwar, and we not sure if we could reach the temple before 2.00. As I was driving, someone got the doubt if the temple would be open as it was lunch time. This prompted an immediate call to Ravi Bhat (yes, we called Ravi Bhat every now and then and each time he ended the call saying "call me anytime"!), and he was not sure either. But, he did mention that there was a pond near the temple and we could spend some time there and wait for the temple to open. Ravi also got a little philosophical and mentioned, "my belief is that you have traveled so far from Bangalore to this temple, even if you visit the premises you will be blessed" - so our friend and guide was a philosopher too (-wink-). This time before ending the call Ravi mentioned that the temple has very good lunch but he forgot to mention about it earlier to us!
Simple rice and saaru (rasam) at a temple usually goes well with us when compared with hotel food. So, now we really started worrying that the temple might be closed by the time we reach. Keeping fingers crossed, we drove as directed. When we reached the roadside arch to Manjuguni temple (temple is about 5 kms from here), we stopped to confirm the route with someone at the small shop there. When we checked about the temple timings, this person mentioned that we might just make it before it closes if we RUSH! With renewed hope, we sped towards the temple. The first thing we asked on reaching the temple was,"when will it close" and we were told,"In 5 minutes" -we felt blessed!
We thanked God almighty, and offered our prayers. The priest at the temple told that it was a 1200 year old temple, and during jaatre around 2 lakh devotees visit the temple. In the priest's words- one would get as much punya visiting this temple as much as visiting Thirupathi.
After the puja, we were told that lunch was available at the temple .

There was some work going on at the temple to cover the roof with copper.
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There was a huge chariot outside the temple:<br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-565.jpg <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-566.jpg <br />
Our next destination was Yana. As we turned back from the temple, about 50 meters from the temple, there is a small road. There are no signboards here. The only way to figure out if this road goes to Yana is to call Ravi Bhat <img src=.
The road was "Kabhi khushi kabhi gham" kinds!

Kabhi Khushi:
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Kabhi Gham: <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-copy-picture-575.jpg <br />
But, the greenery always kept our spirits up.<br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-571.jpg <br />
And if that was not enough, as we got closer to Yana, the roads got more picturesque. <br /> <br />
Breathtakingly beautiful road (but the picture does not do justice to the actual beauty)<br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-586.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-587.jpg <br />
Apparently there are 2 or 3 approaches to yana. I know of 2. The difference in these approaches is the amount you have to trek to reach the Shiva temple and the <i>shikharas</i>.We wanted the route with the least trek as my dear mom-in-law was also with us. Hence, this route was suggested by Ravi Bhat. We had to trek only for 0.5 kms to reach the Shiva temple. The 2nd approach involves a trek of 1.5 kms, but I am told the roads are better and more picturesque. I have heard of a third approach involving a 6km trek, but I am not sure about this.<br /> <br />
We reached there by about 4.30pm. We started our walk (more of a walk than a trek again), we got glimpses of Mohini s<i>hikhara</i> and Bhairaveshwara <i>shikhara</i> during the walk. In about 5 minutes, we were at the entrance of the shiv temple. Once inside, the priest gave us a brief history of the place and the various tales narrating why the place was given the name as <i>Yana</i>. After offering our prayers, we went for the <i>pradakshina</i>. The structure is such that one cannot complete a <i>pradakshina</i> inside the temple structure, so we were told to complete the <i>pradakshina </i>outside the temple through rock formations. During the <i>pradakshina</i>, we were more inside/in between the rock formations. After this, we wore out footwear and proceeded to see the two <i>shikharas</i>.<br /> <br />
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First glimpse of Mohini Shikhara<br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-613.jpg <br />
First glimpse of BHairaveshwara Shikhara<br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-615.jpg <br />
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From Yana, we headed to Sirsi. That was the closest place where we could find good accommodation. Ravi Bhat had suggested spending the night at a HomeStay close to Yana, but we couldn't do that as we had a packed schedule the next day.

The original plan was to visit Sahasralinga , Jog falls and head to Bangalore. But when I was sharing my plan of staying in Sirsi, my parents suggested we visit Sode Mutt. Also, Ravi Bhat very highly recommended Unchalli Falls. He in fact mentioned that we could Jog Falls a miss, but not Unchalli Falls. But on hearing that we had not been to Jog Falls he did mention "Illi thanaka bandu Jog nodillandre maryade prashne". So we had to visit all the 4 places the next day.

Will these plans in mind, we headed to Sirsi hoping to go early to bed, and reach Sode Mutt early. I was told they open very early in the morning and the Pooja also happens very early.

We reached Sirsi around at approximately 7.30pm. Apparently there was some state level educational seminar and 2 weddings in Sirsi the next day. So every hotel we checked was full. Will not bore you guys with the details, we finally found a room in Samrat after roaming back and forth in Sirsi for about an hour. Called Ravi Bhat again and got route details to Unchalli, had dinner in a nearby restaurant and called it a day.

Total distance covered: 860 kms
Distance covered today: 202 Kms


Friday, November 4th 2011 - 07:30 hrs:

Checked out from Samrat and headed to Sode Mutt (about 20kms from Sirsi city). We were told that Sahsralinga was in the same direction, we would have to come a little back from Sode Mutt and take a deviation. It was confirmed by this signboard:
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Unfortunately we do not have any pics of Sode Vadiraj Mutt worth sharing. We spent more time there than expected. After offering Pooja there, we headed to Sahasralinga. Though we could get into water here, we couldn't enjoy it much as it was either not shallow enough or the rocks were too slippery.<br /> <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-799.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-801.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-802.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-819.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-821.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-824.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-805.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-806.jpg <br />
There was also a hanging bridge nearby. while coming back from the hanging bridge, we followed a trail which led us to water. But, here it was much more shallow and not slippery. This was the highlight of the trip for my wife. It was not as beautiful as Maravanthe, it was not as glamorous as Murudeshwar, it was not as unique as Yana, but here we could sit on the rocks with our feet in water, close our eyes and listen to flowing water - sheer bliss! We spent half an hour just siting there doing nothing and we enjoyed it thoroughly.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-826.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-836.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-816.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-818.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-852.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-860.jpg   <div style=

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We headed back to Sirsi and had breakfast at the restaurant at hotel Panchavati. Our next destination was Unchalli falls. Though I had the directions given by Ravi Bhat written down, a signboard just before Sirsi confused us. Again we called Ravi Bhat, and he was super-helpful as usual.

It was past 12 by the time we finished our breakfast. We were already behind schedule. We planned to visit Jog falls after Unchalli and head to Bangalore. This was looking a little doubtful now.

The road to Unchalli was very good.

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In retrospect, Unchalli was much better than Jog falls, but only we are to be blamed for visiting Jog when it was not raining.<br /> <br />
The walk to Unchalli (about 1.5 kms?)<br /> <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-931.jpg <br />
The first view of Unchalli<br /> <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-903.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-905.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-917.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-922.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-924.jpg <br />
The only regret was that we could not get into water at Unchalli. We were all prepared for it, and to top it we were the only ones anywhere near that place!<br /> <br />
Headed to Jog falls. I was told that if we are at Jog when it is raining heavily, the place is full of mist and hardly anything can be seen. I was also told that if we visit at a time when it is not raining, the Lingamakki Dam upstream would ensure very minimal water. So the timing had to be right, and we did not get it right!<br /> <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-939.jpg <br />
In the pic above, note the two buildings on either top corners. These are additional view points. And since the water was less, we could go to these points and literally walk to the top of the waterfall and stand above the place form where water would start falling down. <br /> <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-950.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-961.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-970.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-971.jpg <br />
From the original view point, there are steps (about 1400) that go down to the stream below. We did not have the time/energy to try it. These can be seen vaguely in the pic above.<br /> <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-974.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-978.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-993.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-996.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-997.jpg <br />
The original plan of driving back to Bangalore from here was scrapped. I was too tired and it was too late to drive. We decided to head to Shimoga and find a place to spend the night there. Reached Shimoga by around 8.30 pm, had dinner, found a place and slept like a log. <br /> <br /> <b>Total distance covered: 1118 kms<br />
Distance covered today: 258 Kms</b><br /> <br /> <u><b>Saturday, November 5th 2011 - 08:00 hrs:<br /> </b></u>Since we were in no hurry, we started from Shimoga at 08:00 hrs, jad breakfast at Tiptur and reached home by 4.30 pm.<br /> <br />
The last set <img src=

Tractors filled with Sugarcane between Shimoga and Arsikere.
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There were bullock-carts too!<br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-1009.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-1012.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-1015.jpg <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-1016.jpg <br />
The customary visit to Kamat!<br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-picture-1055.jpg <br /> <b>Total distance covered: 1420 Kms<br />
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And so after 5 days, 1420 kms, a couple of beautiful beaches, a couple of amazing waterfalls and a dozen temples, our journey came to an end.

A word about our loyal companion:

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All I want to say is that she behaved much much better than I expected. <br />
I did drive into sudden stretch of pothole ridden roads at speeds above 70-80 kmph. For a moment I was scared how this small car would take it, but she took all the abuse in her stride. <br /> <br />
The only grouse I have with her is her luggage carrying capacity. Fortunately, since we were only 3 of us, we managed by keeping some luggage on one half of the rear bench. <br /> <br />
Her hunger: I tanked her up 3 times during the journey and the first one was a combination of city drive and highway drive. The mileage figures are as follows: <br /> <br /> <a href=5 days, 1420 kms, couple of beaches and falls and a dozen temples!-fuel.jpg <br />
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Thread moved from the Assembly Line to the Travelogues forum. Thanks for sharing!
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Nice triplogue,
the view from top of gopuram at murudeshwar is fantastic.
Nice pics but i think there is no picture of yourself.
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Very nice trip Vasanth. Liked the entire travelogue. Got more interested because i plan to do a similar trip (minus the temple ) later next month. Thanks for sharing.
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Nice triplogue,
the view from top of gopuram at murudeshwar is fantastic.
Nice pics but i think there is no picture of yourself.
Thanks Ashish, that seems to be the consensus, many of my friends have "liked" those pics on Facebook.
You can see me in the "Kamat" pic.

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Very nice trip Vasanth. Liked the entire travelogue. Got more interested because i plan to do a similar trip (minus the temple ) later next month. Thanks for sharing.
Good to know that you are planning a similar trip. When do you plan to go? And for how many days?

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Awesome travelog, seeing the Zen reminds me of my first car, thanks for sharing the car pics, it was nostalgic

Btw why was the windshield tapped up, did they take out the windshield to clean the glass.
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Awesome travelog, seeing the Zen reminds me of my first car, thanks for sharing the car pics, it was nostalgic

Btw why was the windshield tapped up, did they take out the windshield to clean the glass.
Nice to know that the pics reminded you of your first car. I am sure it will be very tough for me to let go off this car whenever I do it. This is the first car for me too.

I got the windshield changed at windshield experts the day before the trip, and that is the reason it is taped up!
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Nice to know that the pics reminded you of your first car. I am sure it will be very tough for me to let go off this car whenever I do it. This is the first car for me too.

I got the windshield changed at windshield experts the day before the trip, and that is the reason it is taped up!
Ok so thats the reason there was tape, was a hindrance to drive on the highway with the tapes? How was the work, i was looking at cleaning the windshield from them as something has fallen and creates smears early morning.
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