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Old 3rd November 2013, 11:54   #1
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Default Road Trip : Bangalore - Thirthahalli - Sringeri - Jog falls - Kodachadri

We did this trip in September 2012.The route taken was Blore -> Tumkur -> Tiptur -> Arsikere -> Tarikere -> Shimoga -> Thirthahalli. The distance from home to home stay was just under 400KMs and we covered this in 8 hours with a couple of breaks in between.

The first stop of the day was at Amruteshwara Temple. After about 5KMs from Tarikere, I saw a sign board displaying direction towards Amrutapura. We took a right turn on the road to go to the temple.


A windmill at the parking lot of the temple

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The outer wall of the temple

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The large empty space covered with grass opposite to the temple

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Entrance to the temple

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If you have seen the temples at Belur/Halebeed, this one is comparatively smaller. But the typical Hoysala intricate sculpture work is evident

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We then proceeded to Thirthahalli using the Bhadravathi/Shimoga by passes as guided by the home stay owners.

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On the way to Thirthahalli

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Backwaters


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On the way to the home stay

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We were booked at Kolavara Heritage Homestay http://www.kolavaraheritage.com/ The property has a 100 year old house built in traditional architecture surrounded by Arecanut tress. It is run by the couple 'N' & 'V'. They are very passionate about the venture and it is visible in all aspects of the stay. The cleanliness of the rooms, the variety of tasty Malanad food, help in deciding the itinerary, and of course, the warmth displayed is outstanding. I would also say that this may not be the ideal place for those who have sightseeing as their primary(even though we did) as it is little off the main road from Koppa.


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We had snacks and were taken around the property


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The private waterfall!


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Next day morning, I went for a walk and clicked few

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After breakfast at Kolavera, we left for Sringeri to see the Vidyashankara Temple. It is at a distance of about 60KMs from the homestay. We reached the temple by noon.

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We then proceeded to see Sirimane waterfall. This is around 20KMs from the temple. We reached the waterfall by 1:00PM and had lunch beside the waterfall which we had packed from the homestay. Considering we were on a trip, the pack was very elaborate.

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Somewhere on the Agumbe road


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On the way to Kundadri hills


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To reach Kundadri hills, we took a deviation at Guddekeri. The ghat road leading to the hill is quite steep and narrow. The distance from the waterfall is around 40KMs.

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We reached the parking lot by around 4:30PM. This stair leads to the hill

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View from the hill

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We found these yellow beauties all around the place

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The 17th century Jain temple on the hill

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Moss covered tree branches

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We spend an hour here and then returned to the home stay. We had an another Malanad treat for dinner and retired for the day.

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Another early morning at the home stay

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The courtyard


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Today, we had planned for Jog falls. We were advised to take a road that was shorter and one that avoids Shimoga. The distance of course was less but not time. This road was very bad and the proceeding was very slow. The road only had portions of the middle left and the sides were completely missing. In short, something fit for bullock carts. We were relieved when we joined proper roads somewhere and I do not remember the villages we passed. We did around 180KMs and reached the Jog falls parking lot by around 2:00PM


Raja, Roarer, Rocket & Rani

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We had lunch viewing the majestic water fall. From the view point, there are around 1400 steps constructed to reach the bottom of the falls. Since our 3yr old son was with us, we did not attempt it. But yes, we did go down a few hundred for a different perspective.


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We left jog falls by around 4:00PM and this time we did the Sagara-Shimoga-Thirthahalli route. The whole stretch was good and the distance to the homestay was around 220KMs.
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The next day, we left to Kodachadri after breakfast. It is at a distance of around 120 KMs from the home stay.


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A tortoise


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We reached the foot hill by noon and hired a jeep (Commander) for 1000Rs. The ride was pretty bumpy and it lasted around 30Mins. I did ask the driver if it was 4WD to which he replied in negative.


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The jeep waited for us in the parking while we continued the trek uphill. We were the only tourists there and almost everybody else were pilgrims. We followed the path that went over a couple of small hills


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Pilgrims on their way to the Adi Shankaracharya temple. We did not attempt this

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We settled on a relative flat area and had lunch. The hills except the path were covered in lush green and the views were simply breath taking.

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Siesta

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On our way back, I saw a path going over a hill that was not in the original route. I requested the driver to take that path to which he happily obliged.

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We reached the base around 3:15PM and left for Kollur. The temple at Kollur is at a distance of around 40KMs from Kodachadri and the roads were not in great shape. We reached the Mookambika Devi temple by 4:45PM.
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Mookambika temple is said to be more than 1000yrs old and is famous for 'Vidhyaarambh'


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The lamp/flag posts

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The base of the lamp

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Murals on the outer temple wall


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We spent about 30Mins here and then returned to the home stay. The next day we started to Bangalore with the promise that we will come back to Malanad.
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Dear Lipaul,
Thanks for the nice travelogue. Beautiful pictures.
What is missing is the picture of "Sarvajna Peedam" on top of the hill.
I remember my visit to Kollur years back. Most memorable is the jeep journey from Kollur to Kodachadri through the rough terrain.
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Excellent writeup and beautiful pictures. It brings back my memories of visiting the Jog falls a couple of years ago! What a place to be.
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Dear Lipaul,
Thanks for the nice travelogue. Beautiful pictures.
What is missing is the picture of "Sarvajna Peedam" on top of the hill.
I remember my visit to Kollur years back. Most memorable is the jeep journey from Kollur to Kodachadri through the rough terrain.
Thanks iVento! I had my 3 yr old son with me during this trip. Since the track looked little tricky, we did not attempt the adventure to the peak .

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Excellent writeup and beautiful pictures. It brings back my memories of visiting the Jog falls a couple of years ago! What a place to be.
Thanks joe1980! The falls is indeed, magnificent!
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Nice travelogue. Is November end a nice time to visit Jog Falls in terms of water in the falls?
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@lipaul - Nice travelogue, excellent, crisp pictures, thanks for sharing

Could you also post a map or link for the route taken during entire trip ? That will immensely help in planning such a trip.
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Nice travelogue. Is November end a nice time to visit Jog Falls in terms of water in the falls?
Thanks! Post monsoon would be the best time to visit Jog falls. We did this in the month of September. So I assume the volume of the water would be less if not the same as seen in the pictures. Sorry, I could not help you much here.

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@lipaul - Nice travelogue, excellent, crisp pictures, thanks for sharing

Could you also post a map or link for the route taken during entire trip ? That will immensely help in planning such a trip.
Thanks NPV! I have provided the links to the maps which can be used as a general reference. We were helped here by the home stay owners with notes on deviations at important points which Iam not able to find now.

Day 1
http://goo.gl/maps/CoEpN

Day 2
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Day 3
http://goo.gl/maps/SAvu0

Day 4
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lilpaul, we also had the good opportunity to spend 3 wonderful days with N & V at Kolavara last year.

We did not do any daytime trips and spent the time lazing around the property and also exploring the countryside, rivers, hills nearby.
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