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Old 18th December 2013, 23:25   #31
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Gudnapura lake continued:
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After spending lot of time at Gudnapura lake, we headed towards Chandragutti. We climbed the hill and by the time we descended, it was pretty dark and hence dropped Gudavi Bird Sanctuary. We came back to Banavasi, had Khanavali and headed back to guest house. The campfire was waiting for us in the guest house. It was very cold at night and was a very good experience sitting in front of the fire. We had all sorts of nonsense talks until midnight and then retired for the day.

Guest house at night:
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Campfire:
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Churmuri prepared at guest house. It tasted really well:
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We had to get up early next morning since the plan was to cover Yana, Unchalli falls and drive back to Bangalore. We planned to cover all these places and leave banavasi at 2 PM.

We first visited the Madhukeshwara temple, had breakfast and then headed towards Yana through Sirsi. Its around 60 km from Banavasi. Banavasi - Sirsi stretch is good with few bad stretches. Sirsi - Yana is good except for a last 8 km bad stretch.

Sunrise viewed from our room:
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Road next to the guest house:
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Guest house surroundings:
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Lazy Sunday morning at Banavasi:
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Madhukeshwara temple:
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A group of Govt school children:
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Breakfast:
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Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are arranged at a house in the village. Each and every single item they prepare is very tasty. The house is very clean. Since its home prepared, there are no risks of side effects of hotel foods:
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After heavy breakfast, we headed towards Yana.

The off road which is encountered as you approach Yana from Sirsi side:
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Yana:
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I saw such scenes in Hobbit - The Desolation Of Smaug yesterday :
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Unchalli Falls. During my last trip, we couldn't see the falls due to dense fog. This time we had a very good view of the falls:
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The valley:
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This is the same Aghanashini river that flows through Unchalli falls:
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It was 5:30 PM by the time we returned to Banavasi. Our plans of leaving Banavasi at 2 PM had gone for a toss. We left the guest house at 5:45 PM and reached NH-4 at Harihar at 8:15 PM. We decided to have dinner at Davanagere benne dosa hotel but none of us knew the location of the hotel. We called up our colleague who is from Davanagere and asked the route to reach hotel. It was 9:15 PM by the time we searched the hotel. It was closed by then. We then searched another decent hotel in the same road, had dinner and left Davanagere at 10 PM. By this time, NH-4 was full of trucks. It was then driving like NFS negotiating all the trucks that were spread across 3 lanes of highway. We reached NH-4 NICE road at junction at 12:45 AM and were home by 1:15 AM. The distance from Banavasi - Bangalore in the above route is around 410 km. The total distance driven was 1200 km.

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