Date: 23rd June 10PM to 25th June 11PM
Destination: Shivamoga, Jog falls, Gajanur Dam, Sakrebailu Elephant Camp, Chitrdurga Fort
Mode of Travel: Car(Maruti Suzuki Swift)
No. of Persons: 5(School Friends)
Stay: Hotel Ashoka Grand, Shivamoga
Kilometers Driven: 930 KM
Picking Up the Car: Pick up Date and Time: 23rd June 2017, 10:30 PM
After comparing the tariffs, T&C of all the self driven car rental website, we concluded to take the Car from Peersome. We had to pick the car from Le Meridien, Bangalore. 3 of us went together from Marathahalli.
I completed all the formalities(Provided an Original ID proof and xerox of Driving License, also signed on some papers mentioning the terms and conditions) and then went to the Car Parking to get the car.
Believe me guys, this was the best deal I could have got over other websites considering the fact that it was a festival season and long weekend. Reasons below:
1) The car was in very good condition with a run of over 25k km when handed over to us.
2) Tariff charged was 6000 for 2 days i.e. approximately 50 hours
3) Refundable amount deposited: Rs.5000
Picking up Friends:
We headed towards Yeshvanthpur to pick 2 of our friends and then started our journey at around 11:30 PM. We also took Bluetooth Speakers which made the ride more joyful.
Deciding the Routes:
There are 3 routes which will lead you to Shivamoga. Although, there is not much of a difference in number of kilometres. Dissimilarity lies in the level of comfort that each route will offer.
While going, we took the Bangalore - Tumakur - Tiptur - Bhadravati - Shimoga route(Total 285 KM). Till Tumkur you will find it tempting to drive but after that I would not say that the route was delightful to ride because it was a single lane road and not properly maintained one. There were unexpected bumpers and potholes which can damage the car if you do not maintain the speed. Number of Villages were more which also affected our speed.
If you get a kick after driving through forests and a bit of off road then you will like it. We took one chai break at 3 AM(I don't remember the Village name).
Finally, we reached Shivamoga at 5:30 AM.
Deciding places to Visit:
We skipped checking in to Hotel and decided to continue our journey to Jog Falls(101 KM from Shivamoga).
Route from our hotel to Jog Falls was very beautiful and wide enough with small lights blinking which provide you better visibility in sharp turns. Again we took a small Chai and photo session break and then reached Jog Falls at 7:30 - 8 AM.
Jog falls must be in your list of places to visit because it will give you immense satisfaction and the view is a treat for your eyes. Entry fees was Rs. 5 for Indians. Let me make it clear that the photos that you see in Google of Jog falls, it is not the same. The amount and force is less if you compare it. Still the view and water fall was scenic enough to make your day. Below are the breathtaking Snapshots: