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Old 22nd September 2014, 23:20   #1
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What happens when it gets maddeningly busy at work? Burn out and desperation for a break. That is how this travelogue is born.

With the way how things had turned out the past week at office, the itch to get out for a drive started to become stronger. To add fuel to fire, an article on Jog falls been more inviting this year due to better monsoon caught my attention. Moreover, the visit to a few of these falls have become a yearly affair now. So, I decided it is Jog Falls and Unchalli Falls this year too. I had done the same stretch last year too and here is the link to the older travelogue. The difference this year is, it was not a solo drive. This time it was a bunch of four friends on a short but sweet drive in my Linea.

The Gang

Myself
KarthikK aka Karthik
Autocrat aka (Goutham)
rbp aka (Raghu)

As usual, I have a habit of starting at odd times to squeeze the max on a day's drive. The start time was decided as 1.30 am Saturday (20th September 2014). I started at 1.30 am and headed straight to Raghu’s place. Picked him up 2 am on the dot and then it was Karthik’s turn to be picked up. On the way refueled at Shell and picked up Karthik at 2.45 am and then we picked up Goutham who was already waiting for us at 3 am. Took the ring road and headed out towards Gorguntepalya. Our idea was to cruise to Arasikere and stop over for a quick break at the CCD. The journey was filled with loads of chitchat with most things under the sun being discussed. A quick break and a cappuccino to revive us, we were off towards Shimoga. We topped up fuel at one of the IOCL bunks in Shimoga and continued towards Sagara. Since Karthik had already packed breakfast for us, we spotted a nice place along a curve to stop over for the breakfast. Pleasant weather with a slight breeze and a tasty breakfast in the open kept us happy.

At the breakfast point

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Nice curvy roads

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The idea was to drive to Unchalli falls first so headed towards Siddapur. The roads all the way was brilliant and we made good progress. A few kms after the deviation from the Siddapur – Sirsi highway we stopped at a bridge for a break and photo opportunity.

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The old transformer. Recollect this one from the first trip in 2007

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Reached Unchalli falls via Heggarne at around 11.20 am. It started raining heavily as soon as we set out towards the falls and we rushed back to ensure our camera equipment do not face the rain fury. After about 20 odd mins, it stopped raining and we set out towards the falls. The fury of the falls was getting louder as we got nearer to the view point. We reached the view point and it was misty and the visibility very little. We hung around for some time and got the splendid view of the falls. However, by the time the camera was ready it was covered with mist again. Raghu wanted to explore further by going to the 2nd view point a few steps below. We decided against it as the steps were very slippery. The bravery award for the trip definitely goes to Raghu.

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Towards the view point

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The falls covered in mist

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After spending a good hour, we returned to the parking lot to head back on the same route and visit Jog falls. Goutham did the honors of driving from Unchalli to Jog falls and it was the first time I sat in the rear seat of my Linea. The rains gave company here for most of the distance with the intensity ranging from drizzle to heavy rains. The lush green paddy fields with drizzle/mist were so soothing to the eye.

On the way back

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Steaming roads

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Lush green paddy fields

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Would love to stay at this house amidst paddy fields

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Reached Jog falls at 2.30 pm and headed straight to the Mayura hotel for lunch. The lunch turned out disappointing, but with little choice around, we managed to fill our stomachs for the time beings. The place would turn misty and clear in a few mins. It was more like hide and seek. After lunch, we clicked away to glory with cameras.

Rains get heavier as we turn towards Jog

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Jog

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It was 4 pm when we left from Jog falls. The drive from here to Sagara was uneventful apart from the regular stop over at the paddy fields along the arrow straight roads after Talaguppa. A few pics here and we continued towards Sagara.

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We stopped for coffee and snacks at Hotel Varadashree in Sagara. A nice yummy masala dosa + strong coffee rejuvenated us.

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Track between Sagara and Shimoga

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After the snacks break, we were cruising leisurely towards Shimoga. Just stopped over once for nature’s call. From here on Goutham took the driver’s seat until Shimoga. Got the car refueled at the same IOCL bunk from where I got back to doing the driver’s duty and continued towards Bangalore crossing the chaotic traffic in the Shimoga city. We realized that we had not stopped at the famous Preethi canteen, so made brisk progress to reach Preethi Canteen around 8 pm. Since it was closing time, no dosas were available. All we got was nice chilli bajjis and coffee to which we did not complain. Since the dinner was still pending, I suggested we stop at the Masala Dhaba a few kms after Kadur. Had an hour long dinner and it was time to hit the roads again. It was well past 10 pm when were started from the Dhaba. It was a nonstop drive from here on until we dropped Goutham at 1.05 am. Returned home after dropped Karthik and Raghu in the same order as they were picked up.

All in all, a wonderful day for a few reasons. Firstly, the friends got together after quite some time, then the drive and the destination. To top it all, the weather gods showered us with the weather we had hoped for.

Trip Stats
Distance covered – 953.9 kms (door to door)
Fuel consumed – 50 liters (approx, yet to do the thankful)
Fuel Cost – 3300 bucks (approx)
Mileage - 19 kmpl

Route

Onward Journey: Bangalore – Tumkur – Arasikere – Tarikere – Shimoga – Sagara – Gerasoppa – Siddapur – Heggarne – Unchalli.

Return Journey: Unchalli – Heggarne – Siddapur – Jog – Sagara – Shimoga – Arasikere – Tumkur – Bangalore

Road Condition: Very good roads throughout except for a couple of kms between Birur and Tarikere.

Route map

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Definitely, a part of life reclaimed.
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Wow!! Those photos are tempting. It's now been 3 years since I visited these places. Have to go there soon.
Nice gang, nice places, nice pictures nkrisnap :thumbup:

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What a drive, 900+ kms in 24 hrs, I had a blast with Krishna, Gautam and Karthik. The Linea on the curves is something else, nothing in that price range comes close to it. Should say one of the best drives I been in, very well planned and executed .
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The only issue with Unchalli falls is the viewing points do not do full justice to the falls. Also you could have accommodated a quick trip to Banavasi too.
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Nice travelogue.
What would have made the trip more interesting is the drive time and the misc chat & fun we have when we go on a road trip with friends.... priceless!

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Nice write-up, Krishna!. And some nice pictures there. I know that atleast 3 of you are fiatians, so was the driver seat exchaged or was it all the way you?
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Ah! There you make me repent for having missed this trip!

Beautiful pics and the places look lush green under the monsoon clouds.

PS - Should have shared the breakfast menu.
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Krishna,

You just need a excuse to go driving isnt it (and blame office pressures). 900 kms in a day is something worth trying once for me. The pics have come refreshingly beautiful, the greenery is mesmerizing. Your travelogue is infectious my friend, hope to keep reading them as they come. But why only one car, could have taken along Karthik's Abarth too.

That Masala dosa really looks yummy.
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Nice travelogue, I just checked GMaps , it is 600 kms from Pune, so cannot do a same day drive.

Do you know any good hotels near Jog Falls ?

Fantastic travelogue, you have started my old itch to visit this place.

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Wow!! Those photos are tempting. It's now been 3 years since I visited these places. Have to go there soon.
Nice gang, nice places, nice pictures nkrishnap :thumbup:
Thank you. Visit before the rains recede. These places are magical when it rains.

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What a drive, 900+ kms in 24 hrs, I had a blast with Krishna, Gautam and Karthik. The Linea on the curves is something else, nothing in that price range comes close to it. Should say one of the best drives I been in, very well planned and executed .
Get ready for a few more and be ready with approvals from home minister

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The only issue with Unchalli falls is the viewing points do not do full justice to the falls. Also you could have accommodated a quick trip to Banavasi too.
To get the best view of Unchalli falls you have to go to the last view point, but that is way too difficult with the rains still on. Its very slippery and the leeches will suck you dry.

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Nice travelogue.
What would have made the trip more interesting is the drive time and the misc chat & fun we have when we go on a road trip with friends.... priceless!

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You nailed it. The best part was the journey itself.

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Nice write-up, Krishna!. And some nice pictures there. I know that atleast 3 of you are Fiatians, so was the driver seat exchaged or was it all the way you?
Only Goutham got to drive for about 60 odd kms. The remaining part I was at the wheel.

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Ah! There you make me repent for having missed this trip!

Beautiful pics and the places look lush green under the monsoon clouds.

PS - Should have shared the breakfast menu.
You better repent and be ready for the next one.

Karthik needs to share the breakfast menu

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Krishna,

You just need a excuse to go driving isnt it (and blame office pressures). 900 kms in a day is something worth trying once for me. The pics have come refreshingly beautiful, the greenery is mesmerizing. Your travelogue is infectious my friend, hope to keep reading them as they come. But why only one car, could have taken along Karthik's Abarth too.

That Masala dosa really looks yummy.
Firstly there were only 4 of us, taking the second car would have us most part of the journey split. One car we were together and having so much fun.

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Nice travelogue, I just checked GMaps , it is 600 kms from Pune, so cannot do a same day drive.

Do you know any good hotels near Jog Falls ?

Fantastic travelogue, you have started my old itch to visit this place.
You need 3 days in total to visit jog and a couple of places around considering the 600 kms distance. Jungle lodges have set up accommodation at Sharavathi camp. You can consider staying at the homestays around Shimoga or hotel in Shimoga. Sagara does not have too many good hotels.
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Trip Stats
Distance covered – 953.9 kms (door to door)
1000 kms and a good 24 hours of driving for the love of driving, sir.
Jog looks a bit closer to me now.
Nice travelogue and lovely photos.
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