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Later, we decided to go the lake nearby which we spotted from the hill. The view from the hill showed us the lake was full. We made our way down the hill and to the unakal lake. There was a small temple on the roadside but there was no way to get closer to the lake. One of the peaceful place located between Hubli and Dharwad. Best place to go with family and kids in the evenings when the weather is clear. Very scenic. After a ride around the lake we found there is an entry gate which leads to garden from where we could have a good view but decided to pass through without stopping by. There was Akshayapatra foundation on the same highway followed by Iskcon temple. As we had some more time, we decided to ride through the highway which was smooth and wide enough to enjoy the ride. We went to Iskcon and then upon asking if we can get an entry to Akshayapatra we got to know that it's possible but only till 4 in the evening. It was around 5:30 now so we went all the way to Dharwad to have authentic Dharwad Peda which is the most famous sweet available there. It was around 7:00 PM now and it looked like it would rain. We came back to Hubli by 8:00 PM and returned the bikes. We had our dinner at hotel moonlight which was mostly empty and warm which is what we were looking for. We had some time for our train which was to arrive around 11:30 pm. We ordered our dinner and made some calls. We enjoyed the food watching India vs West indies 1st T20 match. The food was hot and delicious. The service was excellent. It was much better than we were expecting and we had a very good time.After a long dinner break, we started prepping up for our main event of the trip. Getting ready for the early morning trek. We bought some snacks and searched for raincoats. Most of the shops were closed as it was around 10:00 in the night but we found a small shop which was still open and they had raincoats. Not something fancy but quite what we were looking for. We bought the raincoats and borrowed some covers to scrap around our bags trying our best not to get soaked in the rain. We looked at the weather prediction and the possibilities of the rain throughout the day stood around 98-100%. Now we started to have our doubts if we can trek or not. The trek was supposed to be through forest area along the train tracks and considering the rain and the risk, we wanted to be ready for the challenge and see what we can do on the spot. Apart from all these troubles our train would throw us out at around 3:30 in the morning at a small station from where we had to trek for about 15 kilometres to reach the waterfalls. The train arrived on time and we boarded and decided to sleep early as we had a rough day ahead and very little time to sleep. We woke up around 3:00 in the morning and it was raining cats and dogs. We could hear the sounds of rain dripping on the train and the gushing winds through the windows. We were clueless with what we were heading towards and what we wanted to do. One positive thing of all these events was that our train was delayed by more than an hour and that meant more day light when we reach castle rock station and hopefully some people to accompany to the trek. It was around 4:30 and we were near castle rock station. It was pitch dark outside and we couldn't see anything in that rain. As we were getting ready to get down in the station there came a group of around 30 young students who were waiting to get onto the train. With all the doubts and clueless situation we decided to skip the station and decided to follow the group hoping they knew what they were doing. We had booked our train till Kulem which would arrive after Dudhsagar but even then we had to come back trekking for 14 kilometres to waterfalls.After some observations and few talks, we got to know that even though they were not stating the obvious they had a guide and they were going to the waterfalls. So we decided to follow their plan even when we didn't knew what it was. We got to know that train would stop near Sonaulim station for less than a minute which was around 6 kilometres away from waterfalls and they were getting down there. So were we. Train stopped. There were around 30-40 people getting down including girls who were slow to get down as train stopped in the middle of nowhere and not in the station. However, we all got down somehow and waited on either side for the train to pass by waving at the people on the train who thought we were crazy to get down in the middle of the forest. It had stopped raining and the day light was out which was the perfect way to start the trek. Now that we were on the trek all the doubts have swept away just like the rain. Finally we were on the trek. The sight of the morning weather was awesome. The sounds of the forest were soothing. The view of the forest and the clouds hanging below the mountains was mesmerising. The feeling of just being there had already made this trip worth all the trouble and uncertainty it had with it. The cameras were out and we walked on the rocks, on the track balancing our weight and walking on the track. We made way standing onto the sides of the tracks for the trains to pass by which were mostly long carrier trains. We made our way through the tunnels which were dark enough and to add to it the sounds inside the tunnels were more creepy. Once, we were inside a tunnel and the train came by. It was nerve-raking experience. The whole tunnel was trembling and the sound of the train almost tore our ears apart.

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