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Default Holiday in Dakshina Kannada and Coorg

Post my marriage last year I got to know from my wife and in-laws that they had a 'mannat' to visit Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatha Temple and Puttur Mahalingeswara temple with me !

Since then it was always bugging me to complete that mannat and it came in form of my 2014 year-end vacation where I planned not just the temples but a bit of relaxation in Coorg as well

My plan was to leave with wife and in-laws early morning (by my standards) at 8:00 AM on 2nd of Jan from Bangalore, visit Dharmasthala temple with overnight stay, and Puttur and Kukke Subramanya next day. We would then drive to Coorg, while my in-laws returned to Bangalore.

On 2nd June, we started at about 8:30 AM from BTM, through nice road to Nelamangala, Hassan, Belur, Mudigere, Charmadi Ghats and Dharmasthala. We took this route as there was a notification about Shiradi Ghat being closed.

Bangalore - Mysore Highway : Very good condition till about Belur. Belur area has some potholes, nothing serious though.

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Near Mudigere.

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Near Charmadi Ghat due to high traffic from closure of Shiradi Ghat, Jams were commonplace and this delayed our journey by further 3hrs.

We reached Dharmasthala at about 6:30 and took a room in Netravati Lodge maintained by the temple board.

A quick darshan at about 7:30 followed by a meal in the temple itself. We were also lucky enough to meet H.H. Sri Veerendra Hegde, head of the temple and take a photo with him.

Next day we started for Puttur Mahalingeswara at about 9:30 AM and after darshan left for Kukke Subramanya temple at about 12:00PM. We were lucky enough to get darshan before the temple closed for the morning at 1:30 PM.

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From there we drove to Victorian Verandaz, our homestay at Coorg for the next 3 days .

Its a 108 acre Coffee plantation close to Madikeri. Its easily one of the best places I've ever been interms of both beauty and hospitality.

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My Kindle, Coffee and Coorg : Great combination !

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In Coorg we visited a few places. Talacauvery, Chelavara Falls and Abbeyfalls to name a few.

View from tala cauvery.

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Sunset from Raja seat.

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Chelavara Falls

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We found these chaps at Abbey falls: Looks like they had a busy day too.

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Some Shots from the Homestay. The owner also had an immaculately maintained LHD Willy's jeep.

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On the way back, with a heavy heart we returned to Bangalore Via Hunsur and Mysore. Not before visiting this beautiful Buddhist temple near Kushal Nagar.

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