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Old 28th January 2015, 16:10   #16
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Hi Mpksuhas

thanks for sharing the travelogue.
The view of Shravanabelagola, Vindyagiri hill is awesome. You have already climbed it and must be a experience in itself.

Which car did you travel. Swift Diesel I suppose.
Love the Diesel version of it except the space problem for out of town trips.
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Old 28th January 2015, 23:23   #17
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Once I started climbing I ran out of breath and had to stop half way . My friends decided to continue without me [just like top gear] .
The climb is not that bad. There were many senior citizens too doing the climb. Of course we had to stop couple of times in-between to catch our breath.

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Another place one can add to this journey is Markonahalli reservoir on Shimsha at Yediyur.
Thanks Ampere. This is a new place for me, will plan it after rains along with any places nearby.

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You have already climbed it and must be a experience in itself.
Which car did you travel. Swift Diesel I suppose.
Yes. The view is superb, the same with Chandragiri.

Yes, Swift diesel is one of favorite cars. My cousin owns one and it is a pleasure to drive it on highway. However this trip was done in my XUV.
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Old 30th January 2015, 09:38   #18
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Thanks Dhanush.

Similar to your Goa sojourn thread?

I had initially planned something similar, however I lost details of few trips made couple of years earlier. Hence thought best to keep creating separate threads for each trip.
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Yes, Suhas. I was thinking in those lines.
However, like ampere pointed out, Roameo beat you to that. That too way back in 2009 itself.

That thread is however in bad shape and is not detailed as a traveller would like it to.
So, though you can consider keeping track of things from now on to put through a good guide.
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However, like ampere pointed out, Roameo beat you to that. That too way back in 2009 itself.
Melukote is a beautiful place to visit. One should visit this temple after the rains. The greenery encircling this temple is beautiful to witness from the top. And there are also quite many water bodies around. The biggest of course is Tonnur (Thodanur) lake.
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We did a visit to Melkote and Kokkare Bellur during 1st May week end. Adding few pics.

Kokkare bellur is not a bird sanctuary. Pelicans, Painted storks and few other birds migrate to this village every year during Nov to Jun, to build nests on the trees, give birth and nurture its young ones. Villagers and birds co-exist at this place without intruding in to each others' living. Its relieving to see something which is not commercialized, with ticket counters trouts, crowds. We sat under a tree to observe those storks bringing food and feeding their young ones, some of the storks brought some straw for their nest.

Kokkare Bellur
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Melukote
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Its relieving to see something which is not commercialized, with ticket counters trouts, crowds.
Exactly. We had visited Kokkare belur along with Ranganathitu in 2013 Dec (Wanderlust Traveler: Ranganathittu, Srirangapatna & Kokkare Bellur).

Surprised to see birds are still present in May, I was of the impression that they leave by Feb end or March.
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Surprised to see birds are still present in May, I was of the impression that they leave by Feb end or March.
The season for birds is Nov to Jun. We could not see pelicans, but could see lots of painted storks, few egrets and other birds
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Planning a day trip to Shravanabelagola sometime in the coming days. Had a question on the facilities for parking in the town. Is there sufficient (and safe) parking space available near the place where one starts climbing up the hill ?
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Planning a day trip to Shravanabelagola sometime in the coming days. Had a question on the facilities for parking in the town.
There is Paid parking right at the foot of the hill where you take the stairs to climb up.

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Is there sufficient (and safe) parking space available near the place where one starts climbing up the hill ?
You should not worry about the space to park because even if the designated parking space gets full, the road leading out of the town here has plenty of parking place.

No such issues in terms of safety of vehicles when parked here. Of course, the onus is on the owner to ensure not to give visible hints for someone who wants to steal your wallet or an electronic item.

Go ahead and enjoy your trip.
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Planning a day trip to Shravanabelagola sometime in the coming days.
Just adding to what Parag mentioned, dont keep valuables in plain sight. Also, try the Puliyogare at Subbanna mess , even the prasada you get in the Sree Cheluvanarayanaswamy Temple is truly divine.

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Also, try the Puliyogare at Subbanna mess ,
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Subbanna mess is the one in Melkote isnt it ? Have been there earlier on a day trip to Melkote and just as you described, they serve up a delightful meal, albeit in a rather humble ambience by Bangalore standards. If we weren't aware of the reputation of the place, we would have probably gone away by looking at it's ambience (although there is no other good hotel elsewhere in the town).

Is there a good place for lunch at Shravanabelagola ? Google maps shows some hotels in the town, but not sure how good they are
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Oops, thought you were also planning to visit Melukote...sorry for my off topic suggestion. I don't think there is any good restaurant at Shravanabelagola, although I think there was a darshani type at the base of the steps. My suggestion would be to pack something and partake it there.
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