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It was 11.40 when we reached Yallapura town and it was around 2 Hrs journey from here to agonda. We were in no hurry. So decided to pay visit to Sathoddi Falls which is around 20KM from Yallapura town. The road to sathoddi falls is not at all good. We took around 1 Hour from 20 km. That should explain road conditions.
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Driving across 3 states – Maharashtra, Karnataka and GoaAfter the trip to Lonar Lake and Aurangabad, this was our first trip post summer season.Below are the trip Itinerary:Day 1: Start from Mumbai – Karnataka (Gokak Waterfalls) – Goa (Arambol Beach via Gadhinglanj)Days 2: Arambol Beach – Amboli Falls – Kolhapur (Rankala Lake) - MumbaiWe started from Mumbai at 10 Pm in the night. This has become our usual timing to leave for any road trip. It was a windy and a rainy night travelling from Mumbai to Karnataka. This was our first trip towards the southern part of the country and we were all geared up and excited to explore the new horizons of this beautiful world.We were driving through the Mumbai-Bangalore Highway and it was an exquisite experience to drive on this road. Around 2 AM we left off from pune toward our destination.At the dawn, we had crossed satara and the view was ecstatic due to the smooth and curvy highway roads. It was greenery on both of sides of the road which made the sight more pleasant, thanks to rainy season.Day 1:We had our first halt at a petrol pump near Kolhapur to complete our morning chores and set off for Karnataka.We entered Karnataka through Nipani which is around 35 kms from Kolhapur. It is always a different feeling to enter a new state. You get to see and observe various change in the tradition like difference in the looks of the people, their attire, the language, architectural structures, etc.Driving through Nipani we reached to the first spot of our trip - Gokak Waterfalls. It was not raining much in that period and hence there was not much water falling down the cliff, still it was a scenic place to visit. The view from the cliff is very enchanting. There is a bridge over the waterfall which connects to the temple on the other side.Unaware of the surprises, we left off from Gokak and started driving for Badami Caves. We had a heartbreak after driving for 50 kms from Gokak when we saw that the road is blocked and got to know that there is a bandh in Karnataka due to some water issues. After a lot of brain storming we decided to change our destination and started heading towards Amboli Falls through Gadhinglanj.The climate and the greenery was so ecstatic that it made us forget the sadness of not getting to visit the Badami Caves.After driving for around 3 hrs we reached Amboli Falls at around 7 PM and it was dark by then. The climate was very good, however we could not enjoy the scenic beauty of the watrerfull due to darkness. We started our descent towards sawant wadi in the dark.There was a very less visibility due to darkness and the mist and it was very difficult to drive in the ghats, however it was a lifetime experience to drive in such a challenging situation. The roads were very narrow and the valley on the other side of the road made it more adventurous to drive. A mixed feeling of fear and adventure had a lasting impression on us.Goa is around 70 kms from Amboli falls and we started heading towards Arambol Beach in Goa. After having an adventurous descent from Amboli Ghat we reached Arambol at around 10 in the night. July being the off season for Goa, the roads were deserted with hardly any shops and shacks were open. Luckily we found a hotel to spend the night.
It was my first trip to Amboli and also for the group members as well, hence hadn't had much idea about the travel route, so I booked the flight ticket to Belagaum via Mumbai due to which it took longer than usual as there was a layoff of approx 3 hours. If I would have traveled via Goa, it would've taken 5 hours instead of 8 hours. I boarded the flight of 10:00 AM from Delhi and reached Belagaum at 4:00 PM. Then from there I took the cab to Amboli at 4:30 PM which took 2 hours time to reach. Since it was mid of rainy season hence there was intermittent heavy spells of rain in between. If you are a photographer and coming via Belagaum, then try to grab the window seat and keep your camera ready for some breathtaking aerial landscape shots while entering the Belagaum air space, unfortunately I missed it. On the way you will also witness some lovely frames.