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Old 14th January 2009, 15:22   #1
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Default 2008 yearend trip - Sirsi, Yana, Gokarna, Kumta, Murudeshwar, Jog falls and some more

My wife and I had been planning a drive to my hometown Sirsi for a long time. Both managed to avail 5 leaves in the last week of December and coupled with 25th Dec and 1st Jan & weekends, we had a 11 day window to explore places in & around Sirsi & the coastal belt of Karnataka.

On our onward trip, we decided to take NH-206 (Shimoga route) and also try and cover Jog falls before going to Sirsi via Talaguppa & Siddapur. We planned to start early on 26th morning at 4 am but as expected, started at 6 am. This is the route we took -

Blr>Nelmangala>Dobbaspet>Tumkur>Tiptur>Arsikere>Ka dur>Birur>Tarikere> Bhadravati>Shimoga>Anandapuram>Sagar>Talaguppa>Jog >Siddapur>Sirsi


Made short pit stops of 5-10 mts every 2 hrs or so to avoid cramps. There are decent hotels in Tumkur, Tiptur, Birur, Shimoga etc. The road conditions are generally good (NH 206 is single lane throughout except for the toll road b/w Nelamangala & Tumkur). We did run into some horrid stretches - a 3-4 kms stretch with moonface craters almost immediately after you exit the toll gate on Tumkur side, a 2-3 km stretch between Birur & Tarikere & a 2-3 km stretch between Tarikere & Bhadravati. Atleast the two last mentioned stretches were showing some signs of being repaired during our return journey!

We were taking our Palio Stile for a long drive for only the second time (after Coorg) and being a sedate driver & by virtue of taking pit stops frequently, managed an avg speed of 45 kmph Some place before reaching Sagar, a red light lit up on my dashboard. I didnt have the owner's manual nor any idea of what the sign meant. Frantic calls to the tollfree num were fruitless as they said they had to inspect the car before deciding its fate. I didnt want to cancel the trip and hence decided to move on. The sign resembled a 'holi pichkari' and I deduced that it had nothing to do with oil levels and hence not very serious. And as luck would have it, the sign disappeared after a drive of 100 kms. After reaching Blr and opening
the manual, I realised that it meant 'injection system failure' and was fairly serious. The car could be driven with the sign on but would result in lack of performance and heavy fuel usage. [The service center chap told me later that it could have been caused by water seeping into the fuel pump via the tank!!]

Anyways, we reached Sirsi and did a quick visit of Marikamba temple (& prayed for the car's safety) and retired for the day. Next day, went to my native village Kanamuski - meaning covered in forest (25 kms from Sirsi). Had a good time trekking, visiting small waterfalls, arecanut plantations etc. Arecanut harvest season is on and work was on in full swing (de husking,
boiling the seeds, coloring, grading etc).

The evening was spent listening to scary stories of encounters with bears, tigers, leapords etc. The villages around Sirsi are peculiar in the sense that a village might have just 1 house and nothing around for the next 4-5 kms. The labourers normally watch television in our ancestral house and do a 2 km trek in pitch darkness (post 10 pm) to reach their house. Their only aid is a weak torch (which they seldom switch on to conserve battery). There is another village 10 kms from this one where my cousin lives with parents. He goes hunting for rabbits, porcupines at night once in a while, for his dogs and with his dogs. He has a miner's helmet with torch for help. Apparently, a few days back, deep in the forest, he saw 2 reflective eyes and mistaking the animal for a porcupine, gave chase along with his dogs only to stop 10 mts short realising it was a big tiger!! And the tiger had not moved one bit when he ran towards it shouting, with dogs in tow, barking their mouths off. He somehow managed to escape with his dogs.

Next couple of days were spent in Sirsi visiting some temples. Also went to Swadi & Sonda mathas & Sahasralinga. The last mentioned place is famous for its 1000 Shiva lingas built overnight by a king. Although the place itself is good, its been littered with tonnes of garbage by thoughtless tourists.

31st morning we started for Gokarna via Yana. Took SH 143, which is a joke of a road, rather than Kumta road by mistake and paid for it with time. Reached Yana after 75 mts. Although the temple wasnt open, had a good time marvelling at the magnificent rocks. Came back and started for Gokarna which took another 90 mts. Performed puja and had lunch in the temple itself. <My opinion is tht priests in Gokarna are extremely greedy and try to rip you at a half chance. Be on guard> After visiting Gokarna main beach and Om beach, drove to Kumta. My cousin has a farmhouse near the confluence of Aganashini river and Arabian Sea. There is a temple on a hillock near their house and the view it offers is spectacular. In their house, the sound of the waves can be heard over the television at good volume!!

The new year was ushered in only at 7 am for me. I slept peacefully despite fireworks and a party next door. Visited Idagunji & Murudeshwar that afternoon. Murudeshwar is truly beautiful what with all those magnificent sculptures and the world's tallest gopuram at 249 ft!

2nd mornign we started at 6 from Kumta. Went to Jog falls via Honnavar. Managed to catch a glimpse of Sharavathi river valley from a view point. Jog falls was almost running dry when we visited. Came back to Blore via the same route. Although we reached Nelamangala at 5 pm, it took us till 8 pm to finally reach home in Indirangr!!

All in all, an immensely satisfying trip. Hope you find this info useful. Thanks for reading through.

Distance covered - 1375 kms
Petrol usage - 78 lts
Mileage - 17.65 kms/ltr with AC on 20% of the time.
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Old 14th January 2009, 20:12   #2
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Thats very good trip, Does KanMuski come near Vaanalli ? The places you have visited worth every penny spent.

Did you take via hegdeKatta - Devanahalli - Yaana Matti Ghatta road ? Also did you take short cut road to Gokarna from there via angadibail / hillur to gokarna cross in nh17 ? how much bad road you had to travel ? Please give more more detail about road condition. THanks in advance.

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Thats correct Ravi. Its around 3-4 kms from there.

Btw, all I know is I took the road to Kumta from Sirsi and after 2-3 kms, there was a fork - one being the main road to Kumta and another which said Yana. I ended up taking the second one and regretted after it was too late to turn back. Almost the entire stretch is screwed up. The only indicator of a road is that thr r no trees on tht area!

Btw, I wanted to add more pics context wise with captions. But all the pics got bunched at the end of the post. Is there a way to achieve it?
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Thats nice to hear, when you start from Vaanalli and you cross Hulekall and within few kilometers you get FORK type right turn cross to HegdeKatta which is same road you took to Yaana from Sirsi - Kumta road. You can save at least 10km here.

Last year that raod was quiet ok so this time they didn't do any maintanance then.

From Yaana how you proceeded which route you took ? how is last 3 km road to Yaana Temple which is newly laid ?

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Which camera were you using?
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Lovely. Nice pics too. Though you could share more of beaches and of Yana!!!

And omigosh that mileage - I'm telling you all the Fiat haters will come and start off in this thread I see it as a testament to your driving style Kudos!
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Which camera were you using?
Hi, I hv a 3 yr old Sony DSC W7 and I guess its beginning to show its age

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Lovely. Nice pics too. Though you could share more of beaches and of Yana!!!

And omigosh that mileage - I'm telling you all the Fiat haters will come and start off in this thread I see it as a testament to your driving style Kudos!

Thanks dude. I ll upload more pics. Btw, Bada beach in Kumta is again very good though underrated n less touristy.

Rgd the mileage, I was taken aback myself. More relieved than happy that its paying off. Btw, despite the bad roads, the car held up pretty well. Definitely above avg suspension I would say.
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How did you cure the fuel injection problem?
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How did you cure the fuel injection problem?
On my return leg, the LED kept coming on, every once in a while. I took it to the service stn first thing after returning & I was told that it was caused by adulterated fuel & some faulty wiring. No damage caused though.
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