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Old 29th April 2013, 15:50   #31
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@Dhanush,

Somehow I saw the initial page when you had written it and then missed seeing the rest. When it got bumped up, I read it once again. And so to say the least it was as refreshing as ever. Esp the colours of green in the morning hours are the best.

Amazing drive you had. Esp when you mention lazing around in the fifth gear on these roads. That speaks the best about the holiday!

Kollur-Jog is via Hosanagara is definitely a bad option. Nh17 is the shortest. Or you can re-trace back to Thirthahalli/Shimoga.

The other creepy route is via Kargal.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/street...h-india-5.html (Loneliest Road Stretch in (South) India)
kollur-jog via hosanagara was the only bad part of my whole journey ampere. hvkumar sir had rightfully adviced me earlier itself not to go via this road, but to go via NH 17. However, the confidence of the taxi driver whom i asked the way and that momentary gut feeling propelled me forth. Other than this bad turn, this was an amazing drive which I had.

Thanks a lot for your kind words of appreciation for the snaps. I am no pro at photography or not even close. I just click something which i feel would be good. If you ask me about shutter speeds and exposures, I will look the other way


The link which you had attached is quite an interesting read, and I am happy that I did not travel the kargal route
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I am planning a day-drive next week. It would be great if I could find answers to the following queries:

- What is the best route to take? How much time is the drive expected to take?
- Any interesting places to see along the way?
- Any good homestays enroute?

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I am planning a day-drive next week. It would be great if I could find answers to the following queries:

- What is the best route to take? How much time is the drive expected to take?
- Any interesting places to see along the way?
- Any good homestays enroute?

Subhash
kochi-thrissur-kecheri-perumpilavu-kozhikode-nh212-batheri-gundlupet-mysore ring road-hunsur road-Bilikere-KR Nagar-Holenarsipur-Hassan-Belur-Chikmagalur.

Kochi-Gundlupet: http://goo.gl/maps/f5UF5

Gundlupet-Chikmagalur http://goo.gl/maps/qrAjv

Kochi-Chikmagalur can be done in one day,approx 600kms.
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I am planning a day-drive next week. It would be great if I could find answers to the following queries: - What is the best route to take? How much time is the drive expected to take? - Any interesting places to see along the way? - Any good homestays enroute? Subhash
The route has been aptly covered by ranjitp1.
However, in my journey, I did not take the sulthan bathery route.
I took Nadugani instead.

This time of the year, look out for sunflower fields near Gundlupet.
It is a sight not to be missed.
There are ample fields on sulthan bathery - gundlupet road, around 10 Kms short of gundlupet.
You might have to travel a couple of kms inside.
Just ask around.

Between Mysore and chikmagalur, do not miss Belur
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Thanks, guys. That info is a huge help.

Btw, how motorable are the roads leading to Mullyangiri and Bababudangiri? How many kms do you have to climb up?
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Thanks, guys. That info is a huge help. Btw, how motorable are the roads leading to Mullyangiri and Bababudangiri? How many kms do you have to climb up?
When I travelled, road construction was going on.
I reckon therefore that the road should be good now.

The road to bababudangiri is mainly broken but motorable. I travelled on a low slung figo.
If figo can do it, any other car can.

The drive for some part is quite a thriller with narrow roads and cliff hangers on one side.
Timing of the travel is a bit critical here.
You get amazing sunset views on the way back, at an open area near a temple.
However, make sure that you return back to civilization before night fall.
You should start driving immediately after sunset and drive during twilight hours.

I don't remember exactly how much distance you have to climb. But you can take it that once you leave the heart land of chikmagalur town towards any destination, almost 80% of the time, you will be climbing or descending.
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Thanks, guys. That info is a huge help.

Btw, how motorable are the roads leading to Mullyangiri and Bababudangiri? How many kms do you have to climb up?
Details of the visit to Mullayangiri peak and the sunset point I mentioned (seethalayana matha point) is mentioned in post #25, page 2 of this thread.

Baba Budan Giri is mentioned in post # 22, page 2.

Another place which you would not repent visiting is Dabdabe falls and Kavikalgandi. Both are mentioned on the second page of this thread.

Dabdabe falls is in a private land. However, the entry is not restricted. It entails a little bit of walking. And believe you me, you wouldn't repent walking that bit.
The photograph does not do any bit of justice to what it actually is. You need to see it to believe it.
It is like a private waterfall just for you.
Child safe and very clean.

Tops the chart amongst all waterfalls I've ever seen for the same reason.
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