After breakfast we reached the Keladi temple which is 1hr drive from jog falls.This is a small town in the Northwest of Karnataka (This picture of the temple entrance ).It was ruled by the rulers of Ikkeri dynasty. As soon as we entered the main compound, on our left you'll find the huge colorful life-size statues. As you enter the temple premises in the first room you will find a well decorated and intricate wooden roof.Interestingly it has the Lord ram and Lord shiva deity in the same complex.In this Temple you find various stone carvings of Good, Goodness ,King , queen and kingsmen . Generally it will take around 20 minutes to cover the place but if you are an history buff u require more time . Also the place inside is very cool unlike the outside . You can also sit inside and enjoy the calmness of surrounding.Interestingly, there is a very catchy statue of guardsman of the of the god, with face of an animal and body of a human.
At 11:30am,- Next stop is temple of Ikkeri. This is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva built by the Ikkeri rulers . As you enter the temple this is the first monument at the entrance.Like all Lord Shiva temples, first you will find the bull that is called the nandi in the local language . There is a huge nandi stone carving which faces the God. It's said to be the vehicle of the Lord. Like most of you already know there was no BMW, Mercedes at that time . The animals were the transporters .Next we proceed towards the main temple of Lord shiva deity . The entire Temple is Stone carved depicting various stories of the Gods and Kings and animals.The interiors of the temple are cool as they are built in stone. The temple complex also houses other goddess temple in the compound.The craftsmanship is something to be noted .
After our tryst with the stone architecture,our next stop was Signadur. It is a small village in the backwaters of the liganmakki dam . There is a temple of the goddess . To reach the place the vehicles are allowed up to a point after which we need to board the launch as it is called by the locals. It takes 20 minutes to reach the other side .As we stare in the open never ending backwaters it gives a very pleasant feeling .As we sat in the rear end of the launch that is the boat ,we could see the water splashing all over.We Spotted another launch coming from our destination towards at the start. Interestingly, the launch is a boat service by the government where the vehicles are also allowed. It take the weight of a private bus and many other cars .This is the river sharavathi that flows to the jog falls. There is abundant Flora and found enroute travel .Also,if you are in sigandur for lunch time there are free meals for all the devotees.
At 5:00pm we reached our Next stop i.e Varadapura . This is one of tomb of saint is on top of the hill .We need to ascend 100 steps to reach the tomb. The view from the top is mesmerizing. The is a time of the saint and a gurukul on the top.
After you descend from the hill , at the a the ground level there is a tank which has water which is believed to have the power to cure numerable diseases. Also, swimming is prohibited here.Crystal clear and well maintained tank . Here also there is meals offered free of cost . And there are guest house to stay overnight .
At 7pm, 1hr from varadapura is the Talguppa Railway Station. it's time to head back to Bangalore. This is one of less known stations and start point of the train.This is nearest railway station to jog falls.