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Where Religion Meets Serenity: Gokarna, Karnataka
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Out of the four pristine beaches here, the Om Beach is also named as the Gokarna Beach. The name 'Om' comes from the fact that the beach makes a perfect symbol of 'Om' here. It is a beautiful place but not fit for swimming as the slope is steep and thus the waves are a bit fierce. You can enjoy a picnic here or walk along the beach admiring the beautiful sceneries filled with greenery. There is also a hill nearby on top of which the famous Om Beach Resort is situated. From on top of this hill you can get clear panoramic views of the whole town.
Beautiful, pristine beaches on one side and lush green hills on the other, Om Beach Resort lies sandwiched between two forms of nature, infusing you with a freshness that rejuvenates your spirit, perfectly complimenting the spiritually historic town of Gokarna.
This serene beach stretching up to many kilometers is situated at the edge of the town. You will not find many tourists all the way out here. It is more popular with the pilgrims. Since Gokarna offers the luxury beach holiday with five tranquil beaches, the crowd gets well divided, leaving enough breathing and lazing space for each one on every beach. So you can be sure of enjoying a quiet time all by yourself on the sandy beach with a pleasant breeze.
Start your next morning watching the sunrise as you sit on the coast of Om beach and see the sun mature from tangerine to amber to giant yellow bulb overhead insisting that you get up and head for some breakfast. Om Beach is the most popular one among the tourists and so this place offers many boarding and lodging options. Just 6 km away from Kudle beach, Om beach offers some fun activities by the water. Though not like Goa, but you can still indulge in some water-sports here. Surfing, water-skiing, parasailing and banana boat rides are some of the options. It will be a great way to add some variety and activities in the otherwise rather laid-back itinerary. Enjoy a massage when here. This trip is pure nirvana, ain't it?
Om beach is what we called home for the four nights that we were in Gokarna. It is shaped like an Om (hence the name) and the two halves of this Om are surprisingly different in nature. The first half of Om, where Namaste Cafe is built is generally where we found Indian families enjoying the sea. Namaste Cafe, situated on one end of Om beach is accessible by road. It is the only 'proper' hotel on Om beach, all the others being shacks situated on the other end. It is clean, and the restaurant is situated by the sea. Namaste Cafe is the only place that remains open throughout the year, and does bookings unlike most of the other shacks on the beach. A double room with attached bathroom costs around Rs.800 during early November and a single room with common bathrooms costs Rs.300. The other half of the beach is dotted with shacks, most of which don't have a working contact number and don't do bookings. You have to turn up, and they'll provide you with accommodation if available. In off-season, especially early November, this wasn't as issue at all. Simple straw shacks with common bathrooms cost around Rs.250 a night while double rooms with attached bathrooms cost between Rs. 500-600 a night in more or less all places. These prices increase as we move closer to December ofcourse ! This half of Om becomes a buzz of activity in the morning and evening. People come out to play, sunbathe, swim in the sea or simply read a book. The sea here is obviously great fun to swim in but can get a little rough at times, so caution is necessary. Though there are many shacks on Om beach, Sangam Cafe deserves a special mention. The rooms are comfortable and the staff is extremely friendly ! The owner always has a smile for you, and advice if needed. It is quite simply a lovely place to call home away when you're at Gokarna.
A fairly crowded beach, Om Beach, named after its peculiar shape, is the one of the most frequented beaches in this small quiet town of Gokarna. Pristine beaches lined with beach shacks and cheap accommodation, Gokarna is a beach-goer's delight. If you want your dose of adrenaline rush, Om Beach, popular for water sports like para sailing, banana boat rides, surfing and water-skiing, is just the place to be. Meeting new people, striking conversations over a few drinks and sharing stories, this beach offers it all, in addition to the scenic view unfurling right before your eyes.
Shacks here are predominantly thronged by Europeans, and cafes here provide excellent European cuisine.
The way to the beach is through dense forests and Preete and I decided to explore this beach. Even though we were warned by the locals not to go alone. After a long walk you might realize that you aren't going anywhere and somewhat lost. My advice is to stay calm and follow the voice of the sea. That will guide you to the beach which is actually a paradise. I could take this write up off from here if you tell me that you did not like it (if only you are peace lover)
This is the main beach of Gokarna town and hoards of people frequent here... The locals and tourists from surrounding towns ensure that the beach is always dirty... It is quite popular with pilgrims and Indian groups but less with foreign tourists. Just the wind and the waves are cleaning this place. This beautiful site has suffered from the local building ambitions: coconut trees have been cut and the beautiful rice paddies have totally disappeared.
The most popular and the longest beach in Gokarna. Good for water activities and a long stroll along the beach. Try to avoid during 1-3 PM as the scorching sun sets in then. Namaste cafe is located at the start of this beach. A nice place to hangout with friends and good food. This beach is a good spot for taking a panorama as you will get a view of the "Om" outline of the beach.
With another few Kms of walk we unlucky fellows reached the Dolphin Spot and all the Dolphin's were having Lunch Break so we dint spot one, other than the spectacular view of Arabian Sea with different color of water at some spots . From the hill top of the Dolphin Spot we could see the OM Symbol (ॐ) Shaped beach, that's how it got it's name. Climbing down the hill for 2 Kms was our next Pit Spot Namaste Cafe for lunch and evening coffee. After having chilled coffee ;) started our journey back to Gokarana, passing through Kudle beach we were on top of hill from where you can just see the white waves touching the sea shore of Gokarana beach, and after feeling the evening cool breeze we started down to reach Gokarana Beach where our chariot was waiting for us to take us back to our Den on trees.
We hired ferry to cross the river to start the trek to Paradise Beach - Half Moon Beach - OM Beach - Dolphin Spot - Kudle Beach - Gokarana Beach. While crossing village on the way of our trek villagers were amazed on knowing that we were trekking all the way to Gokarana, but we were determined to finish it. Once we were out of the Village Premises along with GPS there was dog who was guiding us the way out of forest to the shores of Arabian Sea. The rain Gods were on to their job to shower rains on to us but that did not stop us from moving ahead towards our destination. Finally after all the drama we reached Paradise Beach and it was such a delight to sight a beach with none other than us. Now a days all the tourist destination are so crowded you won't get the actual peace for which we travel all the way from our home. This beach has such a scenic beauty and mark my words you can definitely get a new Profile Picture or a Display Pic for sure. After few of us tried their photographic skills with DSLR only to come to know that either images were never captured, or few which were captured were like aiming at sky and ending up clicking the ground. After paradise it was turn to see Half Moon Beach, named after it's shape is one more delightful spot to visit.
After a quick nap, we headed towards our first destination and the most popular – Om beach! The beach owes its name to the sacred symbol it looks like. As the beach is popular, I thought it’ll be extremely crowded but I was in for a pleasant surprise with only a few tourists enjoying the afternoon sun.Quiet and peaceful, the beach offers a mesmerizing view of the jagged peaks. Brimming with numerous cafes, the beach is perfect if you are hungry and are looking for a nice, relaxed time. The usual water sports including banana boat ride and surfing take place at the beach (and shouldn't be missed!)This was all that we had planned on this day since we were tired and quite honestly too lazy to explore the other beaches.Day 2
Our next stop was Paradise beach. Mostly because I love the name and also because I was starving! Also known as the Full Moon beach, this one is even quieter than Om beach with fewer tourists. To reach this beach, you either need to take a ferry (not expensive) or trek through the forest. We chose the former. We were hungry, remember?This beach has no water activities but is ideal for swimming! Dotted with myriad cafes and extremely happy hosts who promise you a taste of the best fish ever! They are not lying since the food here is exceptionally awesome. Time here passes swiftly and before you know it’s almost dark. Though the beach is very safe, you may want to ask when the last ferry leaves since we were on the verge of missing it!If you are in the mood to spend the night here, you can ask one of the shacks to play host! Bonfires are allowed on the beach as long as there is easily available wood and the police don’t have a problem with you staying the night. It’s best to first ask the locals before planning a long-ish stay on the beach.We headed back to our lodge with happy faces and happier tummies!Day 3The morning of day 3 began with a sinking feeling – this was almost my last day here and it sucked! So for those of you who have planned less than 5 days in Gokarna, do think again. Though there really is nothing to do here, it’s beautiful and peaceful.For the adventurous lot, there is also a school in Gokarna that helps you learn surfing. With various options, you can choose a course that is for as less as 7 days. For others who like things a little laid back and slow paced – you can try the many massage parlours and spas! Traditional oil massages and therapies aside, some of these also teach yoga and/or conduct short yoga sessions. Trust me, spending an afternoon meditating in one of their beautiful gardens is bliss!
So first, we started from Kudle beach, and then went to Om Beach and the Half Moon Beach. The last one was the smallest of all and least crowded. I don’t know if it’s true, but apparently, there’s a story behind it. Some crew member of the boat let it slip that a few years ago, some tourist was raped and murdered on this beach and after that, no one really visits here a lot. As a result, all I could see was a few tourists having fun without worrying about the glaring of the Indians at all. And admit it or not, in India there are a few places where, if a girl wears a bikini then people won’t stare. And undoubtedly, this is one of those. After the round trip, we returned to Om Beach and wanted to visit the very famous Namaste Café. But it was getting late and we were very hungry and then dive-into-the-sea part was left as well. And we discovered that the best of all was our own little beach right across the hotel. We first finished our lunch and the dove into the sea, head first and then fun into the sea. We spent hours, doing nothing, worrying about nothing and not giving a damn about rest of the world. It’s nice when men don’t stare at you lustily and girls don’t give you judgemental looks. And it was really nice interacting with them. You get to know so much, about the people, the places, their adventures and experiences. Many tourists are here for months and you feel like they’re more native to the place than the locals, because they’ve seen both the parts of the parts of the world, the eastern and western hemisphere and when asked, they can tell you so many things about the world. We met this British couple who have been travelling the world a few years after their marriage because they discovered their true calling. I really wish, I could be like that. Anyway, in the evening we visited the Namaste Café because of two reasons. First of all, the café has a very nice reputation of being the best place to hang out and chill in the evening. And the next one was we wanted to have good seafood. And in both ways I felt that place was way overrated. Now, I don’t know whether it was just a wrong evening but the place looked quite ordinary to me. I mean you can have as much fun as in any other café. We quickly finished our dinner and went back to our hotel where chilled beer was waiting for us. We changed back into casuals, sat by the sea and had the best time in a very long time. It was so relaxing. One of the hotel staff brought out the guitar and asked us if anyone of us could play then we would play the bongo along. We had a great time thereafter. We played many songs, sang and danced along the tunes of various songs. I was definitely getting the feeling of being not in India. Next day, after finishing our breakfast (and did I mention that we got all kinds of cuisine in our small little restaurant), we went shopping. The shops were a blend of western casuals and ethnic wear and the part that I loved the most, was that, amidst the clothes and jewelries and palazzos and bandanas, they had a wonderful collection of books from all over the world. Not just English, but a rare collection of French, German, Dutch books were to be found on the shelves and were sold for 50 bucks or so. Just seeing it brought a huge smile on my face. So, needless to mention, we brought a lot of stuffs. You just need to be good at bargaining and that’s your key to a successful shopping spree. After emptying our pockets we went back to our hotel to have our lunch. It was time for us to return now. I will always remember Gokarna as an oddly wonderful blend of all cultures. The town reminded me of Goa and Malgudi days at the same time. It’s a spectacular weekend getaway and I would request all to visit this place at least once. I mean, if you are planning on visiting goa at least once in your lifetime then give this a try, I’m sure if you are not the unluckiest person on earth, you will have a gala time there.
A ferry ride through the beautiful waters surrounded by rocks and small hills brought us to Gokarna Beach! Compared to what we had left behind, this beach didn't do much to impress me with its crowd and litter. Walking through the town, we came across temples and local markets, so full of colors and merriment that it was definitely a joy walking through those streets. We finally halted at a small hotel to book a room just so we could freshen up properly and grab lunch before boarding the train back to Udupi! Travelling in the general compartment, pushing our way through the crowd and struggling to catch a seat, we finally managed to reach Udupi and then a cab brought us back to where it had all began. New friendships, new experiences and a treasure trove of memories is what I brought back with me.I would like to add a few tips for travelers here. Carry first aid because you never know you might scratch yourself while trekking or sprain an ankle. Carry beach towels and do not forget an extra set of clothes and towels and a quilt if you are staying the night because the beach huts here are just too basic. Carry insect repellent creams and a portable charger or a spare phone. And do not forget your camera to capture the beauty of this place and store it in your memories and in photographs.With the aroma of savory food floating in the air, mingled with the saltiness of the sea and the alluring view of the beach with its vast expanse of yellow sand and sparkling waters, you will love to dine at this shack. With delicious burgers and mouthwatering pancakes, it is one of the most popular beach shacks drawing the maximum crowd. Not too harsh on the pocket, this is just the place to catch up with your friends over a few drinks and quick bites.
An hour-long trek over the headland from Om Beach takes you to this secluded beach, in the shape of a crescent. Solitary yet beautiful, this beach has quite a number of foreigners residing here for months on end. The Dolphin View Restaurant located right on the beach is the lone restaurant here. Very basic, yet decent for food and accommodation. The lack of electricity and proper washrooms was troublesome but pretty manageable and definitely an experience of a lifetime. Deserted, secluded, in the midst of nothingness, surrounded by the beautiful sea and golden sands and hills, with the cool breeze mingling with the calm in the atmosphere, this is just the place you would love to be in when you are looking for a relaxed weekend, away from the maddening crowd. Enjoy a dinner right on the beach, take a walk along the shore as the cool breeze rustles and whispers lightly in your ears and sleep in mud houses or igloos or huts or under the sky and light a bonfire and bond over stories and laughter.
You get autos and taxis easily; I had booked my place at Om beach. The way to the beach is around 30 minutes and very scenic. On reaching my guest house, I settled in my room and then headed to the beach, it was peaceful morning with people doing yoga and running by the shore, along with the fishermen getting ready for their days job.
Kudle to OmIf you are starting from Kudle, go to the far end towards Om Beach side (a li'l bit of asking around would do) and climb up the rocky trail on to the next trail and it will lead you to a proper road tat leads your next destination. Here, this route wouldn't go side by side the sea, so don't get confused like me. Take the 'only wide route you see and follow. I wasted almost 10-15 minutes there being a bit confused, as to whether or not I should take that trail, as you won't get a sign board directing you at this point! :D
Now Gokarna is known for its religious attractions (which we decided to put for the later part of the trip) and its multitude of beaches. The most famous one of course is the Om Beach, which is well as the name suggests shaped like an Om! Being the most famous, it also is the most crowded of them all. Especially if you end up going on a weekend (which most people do) the beach is thronged by families and kids running all over and ladies washing their scarves, sarees et all in the waters.
It's a calm and peaceful place to spend time with no crowd. If planning to stay over, good option would be the half moon beach which has a couple of shacks where people sunbathe and chill with no many tourists around compared to OM beach or Kudle beach. Returning from the paradise beach we choose the boat as we were almost exhausted by now and need to quickly find some place to have some food and crash. It is difficult to find place for Indians in the shacks along OM beach. Got some shelter in the pretty decent Namasthe café, a quite popular place with the Russians tourists. That evening we spent some time loafing around the beautiful beaches and enjoying some delicious food at namasthe café. The walk from OM beach to Kudle beach is an other trek if you wish to, but we kept it aside for our next visit.
It’s a calm and peaceful place to spend time with no crowd. If planning to stay over, good option would be the half moon beach which has a couple of shacks where people sunbathe and chill with no many tourists around compared to OM beach or Kudle beach. Returning from the paradise beach we choose the boat as we were almost exhausted by now and need to quickly find some place to have some food and crash. It is difficult to find place for Indians in the shacks along OM beach. Got some shelter in the pretty decent Namasthe café, a quite popular place with the Russians tourists. That evening we spent some time loafing around the beautiful beaches and enjoying some delicious food at namasthe café. The walk from OM beach to Kudle beach is an other trek if you wish to, but we kept it aside for our next visit.
To encounter a more isolated and solitary experience, walk along to the further corners of the beach because the central part is generally covered with the bigger section of visitors. You might be able to find a peaceful corner for yourself to lie down, read or just have your own little picnic. Do not enter the zones marked by flags because then you might be charged with some amount of fee. There is also a longer route to reach this beach, by road but the ferry will take you there more swiftly. The best feature of this beach is that it is quite clean and thus you don’t have to feel disgusted while walking around. So do not miss this opportunity of sinking in nature’s eternal beauty, go skin dipping in the backwaters and rejuvenate yourself.
We already had made a booking for accommodation in "Namaste Cafe" (one of the best spots )at Om Beach for next two days. There are some other small shacks offering lodging facility & I'll try them if I visit Gokarna again. My first experience after stepping on the beach was mesmerizing , it was serene , I felt like , we have got our own private beach , the view was spectacular , the waves were high & it was perfect day to spent some time with this amazing subset of Arabian Sea . The good part was because it was an off season , there was not much of local crowd. If I didn't know where I am, anyone could have stated me that I am in some European country & I would have agreed to that. Everywhere I can see these tourists having fun & taking Sunbath "Basking”. This was a great feeling!! . We scrolled along the beach & tried to cover the whole stretch, trust me nothing can beat this feeling of solitude. I tried to communicate with some of these people & understand their experience about India. I would like to mention about Meow (Poland) . We got to know of him over a mug of beer. He is an entrepreneur, running a website, where international travelers can communicate with each other, if someone has seen this movie "The Holiday" starring Kate Winslet & Cameron Diaz, they would understand how these websites work .He is in India from last six months & covered almost all regions. Isn't it amazing ? people like him know more about our country than us & is passionate to travel & see this world, he also offered us a bit of grass, which made rest of our day as well. After some basking, a lot of swimming & ample pints of beer, we came back to our shack.
Om Beach is even calmer than Kudle Beach, and hence it's a great place to end your day. There are plenty of rock pools here to sit at and enjoy. And many boats for hire that can help you explore the sea for as cheap as 100 bucks an hour during off-season. This place is a favourite with Israelis and Russians, who have made this a permanent retreat away from the hustle and bustle of Goa. The beach is named after its actual shape – the word 'Om'.Dinner
If you wish to immerse yourself in the true hippie culture, then Paradise Beach is just the place for you. Since this beach is only accessible via either a trek or a boat ride, the population here comprises of people seeking solace from the crowd. Before you jump at the thought of going to this beach, I must tell you that only a few basic amenities are available here – this means there is no electricity and only a handful of shacks selling bags of chips and pakodas. If you are not bothered by such inconveniences, this white sand beach is totally worth your time.
Heart Says:Sometimes when you travel in the direction of your fears, you get to know where you're heading in life!I marched ahead and after a few hundred steps, I saw the most beautiful beach ever of my life. Right down a 100 ft cliff, a neat and clean beach with golden sand, tremendous waves coming in their fullest might and a stormy sky! They call it the Shiva's own beach. And by principle he is the God of Destruction. The deadly sights and experiences this beach gave me, I truly felt like having found the abode of Shiva! I would recommend camping overnight here, the clear skies will give you the starry experience of a lifetime.
After crossing the river, We started walking again. Landscape started changing from Villages to city. Gokarna has become alternate for Goa these days. It was around 4 in the evening when we reached Paradise beach. Didnt get proper place here for camping since there were already so many people. We decide to carry on . Finally we found a proper place near Half Moon beach.Prepared Maggi for dinner. As it was full moon night, Night was lit up from Shining moon and sea was roaring.Just sat on the cliff hearing that sound till mid night. Peace..!
‘Gokarna wale utron’ yelled the bus supervisor at 6.40 AM in the morning. I was already up as soon as the sun rose. My friends still sleeping as if they’ve had the most comforting sleep of their lives. A hit on their shoulders was their wake up call for the day. We boarded a local bus from the bus depot and post that you either walk it up to OM beach or hire an auto. As enervated as we were, my friend who was not a Gokarna virgin managed to convince us that the 6km long walk with heavy bag packs was worth it. After a long yet interesting walk comprising few encounters with langoors (wild monkeys) and a very interesting pole dance by the boys on a random pole. The view of the magnificent sea with blue water glittering under the 10 AM sun and the smell of sand and I knew I was home. Throwing in a few facts here – The beach gets its name from the ‘Om’ symbol that is formed by the shore.
Well, if they say, leave the best thing for the end, we wholeheartedly complied with it. Huge rocks and uneven patches is what the path to Paradise is made of. You know what they say, to experience paradise, one does have to cross the difficult path. Couldn’t be truer. We stopped a couple of times as we were in awe of the view and of course we could not shut the camera on the phone. (We needed this for our Instagram)Once you get here, you will take a while to believe that you’re not dreaming. You can almost count the people on the tip of your fingers here. A hipster’s haven, you could call this one! We spend a good 2 hours on this beach playing beach games before heading back.So, this is when I realized I made a terrible mistake with the choice of my footwear. On our way back, I happened to trip really bad and fall off a rock. My friends did come to my rescue but there was very little that could’ve been done as damage control. I realized that if I let the pain settle, I wouldn’t be able to walk. Walking slowly, rather limping I made my way back. Somehow the beautiful view more than made up for the pain that was to follow.
We headed to our first destination the most famous beach. Its name comes from the symbol Om which the beach looks like. The crowd here in mostly foreigners and their are a number of cafes to eat. you can even for a Banana ride and jet-ski ride for around 300 per head. You can even go to half-moon beach which is a small trek from Om beach you will find it even more peaceful as everyone dont go for a trek and rather prefer staying on Om beach Itself
We literally woke up to the sound of the ocean crashing against the rocks. After a carb-filled breakfast, we walked down the hill to Om Beach. Breakfast tip : It's good to have a light breakfast with just enough carbs to get you through the day. Vegetarians can try the hash browns while eggetarians can explore omelets. P.S. Don't stuff yourself too much, you might not be able to walk downhill to the beach. There are lot of local boat vendors at Om beach who show you around all the beaches (Halfmoon beach, Paradise beach, Lighthouse and dolphin point) for INR 300 per person. So we just hopped on for some beach tripping. Around 12.30 PM, we were off to Gokarna town. After a sumptuous lunch at Prema restaurant (you can find the link here https://g.co/kgs/QvSnDX) we roamed around the streets of Gokarna town to find small time vendors selling all kinds of stuff. #shopaholicWe came back to our cottage, got enough rest for couple of hours and then headed to Kudle beach to watch the amazing sunset. Tip: You could either follow the trail via the Gokarna cliff or take the road (15 minutes walk from Om beach). That's all you need to do relaxxx and enjoy the view. ( and of course click pictures for instaspam )
Gokarna Beach: This was one beach where I could see people actually enjoying themselves. We sat on the beach and enjoyed the waves. The only drawback was the availability of a restaurant. The highly talked about ‘Premas’, does not allow people inside if they are in wet clothes.
I have never been to Goa, but Gokarna is known to be less commercialized Goa and untouched beach beauty. We made a sudden plan and decided to head towards Gokarna over a long weekend.We reached to Gokarna early morning by overnight bus from Bangalore. This time we planned not to book any hotels in advance and see how it goes for us.After coming out of the bus stand, we found that there are a couple of bikes renting shows at a 100mtrs distance and we got an Activa for Rs.700 for two days. Then we headed towards the Gokarna beach and also inquired for a couple of places to stay which were run by locals. We booked a place for Rs. 500 a day which was not so great but it didn't matter as we just wanted a place to spend the night.Now we had an Activa so we were free to roam around anywhere, we headed to Om Beach and came back to Gokarna Beach and had lunch at Prema Restaurant. Now we headed to go to Paradise beach which is known to be secluded and famous untouched beauty. We met a couple of folks who came back empty handed from the search of the Paradise beach. As it was drizzling a little bit, we decided not to trek down and spend the time near the trek point itself. There was hardly 5-6 people out there the hence perfect spot to enjoy the beach and photographic place.Now we again headed for Om Beach and spend the time till Sunset and had dinner at Pizzeria at Kudle Beach.
Post breakfast we decided to go back to Gokarna. My third time in the town but there's just something about the place that never ceases to amaze me. A peaceful morning ride, a break by the beaches of Karwar and by afternoon we were at my favourite place- Namaste Cafe, Om Beach. The tranquility and views of that place is unmatched. Not to forget the absolutely yum food. Golden fried prawns, lasagna and sizzlers; day=made. We decided to stay in the cottages of Namaste Cafe on the hill top. After lazing around for a while we decided to give Paradise Beach a visit. We made it just around sunset and the beach is about a 40min trek which turned out to be a night trek for us. What a trek that was! Pitch dark, no path as such and just wilderness everywhere. Not to forget, no sign of humanity anywhere in the vicinity. After what felt like eternity we realised we weren't lost! We made it. The view of the beach under the moonlight was just beautiful. After a while of debating whether the place was haunted or not we decided to trek back down towards the bikes. A long, late dinner with some alcohol and chatting to end our night in Gokarna.
Post lunch and a stroll on the beach, we went for some water sports and sat around to watch another mesmerising sunset before we headed back to Bangalore.In the days that I was here, I had encounters that were innumerably good and some not as much.Goa has just so much to offer and it is definitely beyond just alcohol and parties (if that's what you think). It depends on what you're looking for and will draw you in every single time you go.It's not just a place but an experience!
The serenity of this place was indeed different and special. One can either reach this beach by trekking or by taking a ferry ride from the Om beach. You can stay overnight on this beach, only by pitching your own tents. No other accommodation facility is available there. The beach is extremely clean and a bunch of local vendors can be found selling tea, fruits and snacks.
This beach is usually the most crowded beach in Gokarna since its the Main beach and is the closest from the Mahabaleshwar Temple. The Mahabaleshwar temple is located on the shores of the Arabian Sea in the holy town and enshrines the Atma Lingam of Lord Shiva.This place can be perfect for street shopping, and having local street food. You can try out Prema Restaurant to enjoy delicious and cheap vegetarian food.
A heaven for sunset, seafood and sea lovers, this beach is one of the most popular beaches in Gokarna. The Om Beach traces the shape of the Hindu Symbol of Om. One can go here in the evening to enjoy the sunset by the beach followed by a delicious sea food dinner.
This is one of the four main beaches of the beach town of Gokarna. Not very far away from Bangalore, this place is thus an awesome weekend getaway. The shape of the beach is a perfect 'C' and ne side are coconut trees while on the other there are rocky outcrops. The slope of the sea is high and thus the waves are wild and high too. This makes it a perfect beach for surfing but not very safe for swimming. This is also a very cheerful place with a lot of people but still a certain peacefulness remains. The crowd is mostly of foreigners with a very few Indians and thus you can be assured about decency of people. There are not many accomodation options around this beach but the variety of food here will leave you with no complains for sure.
After spending some time at the hotel, go down to the Kudle beach. This is roughly 20 min away from Gokarna beach. It has expensive accommodation in cheap huts to various eating options. I would suggest you don't visit in monsoon since the beach gets dirty for those months. It's a place you go to when you want to have no connectivity and enjoy a peaceful three days. Spend the evening around some bonfires by the beach, singing to the tunes of guitar and drums.
You can dream big while you step towards Kuddle beach because you can self- assist yourself too almost every beach amusement there. You can question your fear factor and experience any water sport of your choice. We went for the vintage speed boat races and went for a hike on the hills which flawlessly sandwich the beach. There are also multiple number of restaurants which would serve you with your desired delicacy. Every food stall at Gokarna breaks the south Indian stereotype of serving idli-dosa day in and day out. Kuddle Beach would take good care of your taste buds.
Kudle beach can be reached by a short 20 minute trek from Om beach. The walk itself is not strenuous, but is lacks much shade and the heat tires you more than anything. So try to do it in the morning and work up a good breakfast appetite ! The beach is clean with lots of shacks lined up all along. In early November it is easy to find accommodation here. The sea at Kudle is much calmer than that at Om or Paradise beach and the tourists who stay here are mostly non-Indians.
Amazing view of the sunset.This place has more of the younger crowd and foreigners. A good place to try out Frisbee as the winds are quite strong. Lie down on this beach after sunset and get an enchanting view of the stars.Can be reached from Zostel by walk. Will take 15 mins to reach from zostel.
Anyway, coming back to the trip, we stayed there for a night only which was enough time to cover up most of the places. We travelled the town in autos because neither of us was skilled (at all) to ride on scootys. Book a scooty guys…there are several places from you can hire on a day basis. Ask the hotel staff, they’ll be able to guide you. On the first day, we decided to visit all the beaches. Now I still have no idea what our private beach is known as. The place is known as Kariyappa. And there is just one resort there, so no one bothered to name it. We first went to Kudle Beach and from there visited all other beaches in the boat. So forget about the autos and take a catamaran ride. It’ll be refreshing and you’ll get to see all the beaches.
After having my breakfast, taking advantage of the weather I headed to the Kudle beach. From Om to Kudle, you have to do a short trek through the jungle and believe me its fun walking through the human foot trail to the beach. The beach had many visitors considering it was a long weekend and the place has many shacks and guesthouses to accommodate travelers and tourist. After absorbing the place for some time, I came back to Om Beach (where I was staying) and headed for a dip in the sea.The beach gets its name from its shape. At the end of the beach there are a couple of shacks and my favorite was Ganesh Café where are went for lunch for all the days of my stay.Ganesh café is open to people from all walks – travelers, tourist, solo travelers, and families. They have a rule; they don’t block rooms in advance, its first come basis.I had lovely time sitting by the railing listening to the waves and if I was lucky I heard people playing musical interments (ektara, was what I heard one of the evening).Life on the beach is different, you need to entertain yourself – I saw people playing beach volley ball, hula-hoop, Frisbee, practice yoga or if the waves are lucky one can also go kayaking. I soon became the part of that routine.There were few travelers going for a trek to half-moon beach and paradise beach and I got to accompany them. It is a 30 minute trek in a little dense forest with a quirky trail, the view from the top is breath taking, do venture once at least, and you can thank me later. :)Om beach is frequented by a lot of Israelis and people from the neighboring states, I had few interactions with them, and it was a pleasure to be part of it.Morning run – dip in the sea – playing Frisbee with fellow travelers – chilled lemonades – soft music – life is good!
So for a quite stay the best bet would be to go to Kudle beach. It is a little more deserted and quiet and mostly has foreign tourists who don’t want to give a damn about the world! You can wake up early in the morning, chill on the beach and do some yoga with cows and dogs for company, get some delicious omelettes and pancakes at one of the few shacks for breakfast and repeat this for as many days as you can!The shame is however, that not many people go to any of the other beaches beyond Om and Kudle. Om is the most accessible and as we move further to Kudle, Half Moon and the Paradise beaches, the ease of accessibility reduces tremendously.
Reaching Kudle beach to enjoy the gentle evening breeze over some beer, the calmness surrounding the place was astounding… Although there were various shacks dotting the place serving some amazingly fresh sea-food and playing lovely music, the place had some kind of peacefulness attached to it.. We were instantly drawn towards the guitar which we were carrying along and here began our first tryst with jamming by the sea, paying homage in our style to the legends John Lennon, Kurt Kobain, Eagles & our very own Kishore Kumar…. okay...I am not bragging, just a light jamming session with few travellers even joining us...:)Except one of us who played decent guitar, our relationship with music was very much like any other music lover around...we loved various forms of music, new, old, rock, blues, country, EDM, live, acoustic and in a way tried our hands in learning a few instruments... But somehow the aura around motivated us to get deeper in our music. Four of us sitting on a rock and sipping on chilled beer and jamming on the beach without any care for the world around seemed some kind of euphoria we were in.. Day 2: Waking up to nice home-made filter coffee amongst chirping birds is always heavenly for we city-dwellers… Having spent my early years in a tea-estate in North-eastern India it immediately reminded me of my child-hood days. Chit-chatting with Mr. Hegde, while relishing on home-made mangalore bun with chutney, we spoke about his love for rustic life and how he decided to quit fast paced life and live life in this tiny village. He also showed us his home-made gun which he uses to scare-away monkeys from his farm.
At around 10 in the morning we decided to start our long-awaited beach trek just few hundred metres before Kudle beach. Our last night musical experience motivated us to carry our guitar along, as with any given opportunity we planned to continue our jam sessions.Within few mins into trek, the view seemed to blow our minds away… The sight of the blue sea while peeping through the green bushes is indescribable and as we reached the edge of the first hilllock we trekked, the view of Kudle beach from a distance was mesmerizing… Trekking ahead our next destination was the famous Om Beach (named due to its shape as Om)…Trek seemed relatively easy here among the green forest cover for a seasoned trekker. Although advisable to start early during the day as it might turn out to be hotter during mid-mornings and noon, we were totally swooned by the greenery around. By the time we stepped down on Om Beach we were quite hungry & thirsty. Rushing immediately to Namaste Café, the famous one on the beach, we hunted for place on the terrace level. It offered an uninterrupted view of the ocean, with nice breeze blowing at you and heavenly sea-food to dig on… While in Namaste Café, no one should miss the Mint-lime juice there… It seemed to cool down years of tiredness and works as instant energy-booster…
Reaching Gokarna and Stargazing: We reached the destination of paradise beach showing on the maps but it was a dead end with back waters and then some cliffs. It was already 1:00 AM. Not having any options to stay there for the night we set the nest destination which is OM beach. It is only both of us riding in those lanes, not a single soul to be seen. People sleep so early in Gokarna? Where is the night life? Stopped a passing car who said a place is open and he just dropped some guests, but no one opens the gate by the time we reached there. Sitting on the road with a view of the next Kudle beach, thinking what to do now? Maybe some adventure calling and we decided spend that night on OM beach itself. It was 2:00 AM already and if we can pass few more hours, by sunrise we should be able to find some shack to stay. Carried all our riding gear, saddle bags into the beach, found a bench on which Tudu slept with all our stuff and I tried sleeping on a Tyre which was hanging from a tree next to the bench????????. After a while, suddenly Tudu wakes me up, Dude 'wake up' 3:00 am is the time and I almost shat in the pants, did the water came close? Or any dogs or cattle or what?They were a small group of foreigners who crossed us and slept on the beach at some distance. We though to check with them if they know any places which are open. I walked to them to see they are a group of travelers already asleep. See me walk towards them two girls said Hi, I told them our plight and heard from them that they from different countries and are coming from Hampi. As they too couldn't find any place, they came to the beach and told us also to join them. We opened our tent and realized that we forgot to pack the poles to hold the tent. So we just spread it on the beach and it was star gazing in Gokarna that night along with the new company.
Reaching Gokarna and Stargazing: We reached the destination of paradise beach showing on the maps but it was a dead end with back waters and then some cliffs. It was already 1:00 AM. Not having any options to stay there for the night we set the nest destination which is OM beach. It is only both of us riding in those lanes, not a single soul to be seen. People sleep so early in Gokarna? Where is the night life? Stopped a passing car who said a place is open and he just dropped some guests, but no one opens the gate by the time we reached there. Sitting on the road with a view of the next Kudle beach, thinking what to do now? Maybe some adventure calling and we decided spend that night on OM beach itself. It was 2:00 AM already and if we can pass few more hours, by sunrise we should be able to find some shack to stay. Carried all our riding gear, saddle bags into the beach, found a bench on which Tudu slept with all our stuff and I tried sleeping on a Tyre which was hanging from a tree next to the bench????????. After a while, suddenly Tudu wakes me up, Dude ‘wake up’ 3:00 am is the time and I almost shat in the pants, did the water came close? Or any dogs or cattle or what?They were a small group of foreigners who crossed us and slept on the beach at some distance. We though to check with them if they know any places which are open. I walked to them to see they are a group of travelers already asleep. See me walk towards them two girls said Hi, I told them our plight and heard from them that they from different countries and are coming from Hampi. As they too couldn’t find any place, they came to the beach and told us also to join them. We opened our tent and realized that we forgot to pack the poles to hold the tent. So we just spread it on the beach and it was star gazing in Gokarna that night along with the new company.
The sun was in its full glory, after some rest, our next destination was Kudle Beach. I can bet that "Kudle Beach" would be one of the best beaches in India, its crystal clear water, well defined clear shore & topping in its beauty was the white sand. We spent almost four hours just trying to imbibe its beauty in our eyes, the dawn was making the view more scenic however it was time to go back to our base. After reaching back to our cottage, I took shower, trust me you would need one after a day like this, we tried sea food in the dinner though we didn't have an appetite. Next morning I woke up early & strolled at OM Beach & I captured some great shots, it was a great experience, try it if you go there. You can also see fishermen trying to net fishes. Key Points ===========- Beautiful & clam OM Beach- Sunset at Kudle beach- Taxi ride from Gokarna to Karwar
After getting fresh and a quick lunch I start off with my Beach trekking. One has to really trek & not walk, to the beaches in Gokarna. Gokarna is situated amongst the hills and the beaches are on the other side of the hills. Gokarna has 5 major beaches- Gokarna Beach, Kudle Beach, Om Beach, Half Moon Beach & Paradise Beach. The Gokarna Beach is in the main town and is frequented by the locals & the pilgrims, the beach is not preferred by tourists. So I start off with the Kudle Beach, one of the main tourist beaches. The Beach has a lot of shacks and small inns and were mostly owned and managed by the locals staying at the same place. Almost all shacks had cottages for stay attached with prices ranging from Rs. 500- Rs. 2500/- per night depending on the amenities and luxuries. Kudle Ocean Front is one of the recommended ones based on the reviews from few Europeans I met on the beach. All the shacks on Kudle beach are equally good in terms of food as they all have a very similar menu, its only a matter of personal preference and a good view of the sunset & beach at different times of the day that can influence choosing a particular shack. Locals in the shacks are very friendly and they don't mind you occupying a table without ordering anything. I decided to perch on the little rocks along the beach and stare out at the sea.After a brief gaze I restarted my trek to the next beach, Om Beach the most popular one in Gokarna. Named after the serene "OM" symbol which is created by this beach. The trek is around 3 KMs from Kudle Beach and is of moderate difficulty level. The pathway is clearly visible so there are lesser chances of getting lost in the jungles and most of the time you would find someone walking towards Om Beach or returning from the Om Beach. The moment you descend down the hill to the Om Beach, you would see the popular Namaste Cafe, known for a good view and a delicious variety of sea food dishes. I decided to first take a walk across the beach and then head to the Cafe. Few meters from the cafe and it started pouring, literally like the rains during the monsoons in Mumbai, thanks to the Cyclone Vardah which was retreating back through the northern Karnataka. With lesser shacks on Om Beach, few tourists who were present on the beach at this rainy afternoon rushed to the Namaste Cafe for shelter. Unfortunately the upper deck of the cafe was shut as there were lesser guests due to the rain forecast for the entire day. I settled for a table which gave an unobstructed view of the ocean and the rains and ordered for a beer and butter garlic prawns. Across Gokarna the only alcohol one can get is Beer with limited options of KF Premium, Strong & Budweiser Magnum. Hardly sometime gazing into the ocean I was into absolute amazement with the generous quantity of prawns I was served with. True to the popularity of the cafe the prawns were fresh & nicely cooked, and the place is a must visit for all the foodies out there. With the rains taking a break, sun about to set & clouds still around waiting to start pouring again, I decide to retreat back to the Kudle Beach before it gets dark. Trekking through the forest between Kudle & OM Beach is absolutely safe however do ensure to have a flash light handy as the trail has no lights. With the drizzling still going on, the supposedly vibrant Kudle Beach at sunset was quiet and most of the shacks were empty. Uncertain, about the weather I too head back to Zostel and spend the rest of the evening interacting with the fellow travelers staying there.
Melange of CulturesWith a good sunny day Kudle Beach was highly vibrant with many foreigners flocking around the beach and enjoying the sun. I played Frisbee with a group from Sweden, Beach Volleyball with backpackers from Europe and a Beach Tennis with a couple from London. I noted the recipe of the Turkish Cardamon coffee & the Chocolate balls with peanut butter sold by the foreigners in the flea market they set up to earn some money. As the sun kissed the ocean waters, I found myself sitting around a bonfire at with fellow travelers, trying to make sense of the different cultures around the world. The evening was soaked with the sound of waves and a group at few meters playing guitars and other musical instruments.
Once we reached Kudle beach, we dropped our bags, soaked in the beautiful view while we were still hoping to get some sleep. But hey, who's here to rest, right? We stepped in the water to check the temperature. But as we earlier saw the pictures of people drowning to their death on Kudle beach we were wary of taking a dip/swim.
Kudle Beach is one of the happening tourist’s spots. The beach here is covered with hill rocks and when the waves splash through this and hit your feet; that feeling is so soothing. Spending time in Kudle beach is always pleasurable. This beach has some amazing food joints and shacks to chill at. I loved staring at the beach and be lost in the beauty of nature. This indeed was the most peaceful thing to do here.
Gokarna is one town that serves you multi cuisine food. Kudle beach has in numerous shacks that serve you from Italian to Korean and some authentic Konkan food. I loved the Nutella pancakes that were served at Sunshine Café. This café is located in the middle of Kudle beach and gives you an amazing view of the sunset. As I took a Shack here to live I ended up eating here all three days and loved every bit of food I ate. The prawn sukka, Israeli salad, French toast, Sizzlers and English breakfast were the food I tried and trust me, everything I tried at Sunshine Café was just MOUTHWATERING and AMAZING! As you eat your food you get an amazing view of the sun set.
After freshening up for a bit, I made my way to Kudle Beach. The beach was only a 10 minute walk from Paradise Holiday and the walk was incredibly gratifying to say the least. Before I knew it, the view of the vast ocean was upon me & all my inhibitions about this ‘solo trip’ faded away.
Kudle beach is also a beach near Om beach you will get less of water sports here but more of Cafes and shacks. The cafes on Kudle are better than Om beach, you can just get a beer and relax on the beach.Apart from the beaches you can go for local shopping and temples of gokarna are really famous. If you want you can visit the temples also. We rather skipped that and spent more time on the beaches itselfTook return bus to Bangalore the next evening and reached Bangalore early Morning
Kudle beach: With extremely low maintenance, this beach is a littered place. The beach is beautiful but the garbage spoils the fun. The waves were strong and yet again it was not advisable to go deeper into the sea. Nothing much was there on this beach and we spent time walking along the length, enjoying the view and relaxing our minds.
We planned to have a laid back day 3 which comprised of walking tour from Gokarna beach to Kudle beach from the back road. There is one snake temple on the way, which is an absolute bliss to visit, an orthodox than any other temples out there.Walking on the Kudle beach has made us run through lots of jellyfishes.
Woke up to the beautiful views of Chitradurga windmills and around 7:30am we were back on the highway. After about an hour we found this little hut where they served hot idlis, puris and tea. Post breakfast we were back on the road cruising past small towns. Many hours and breaks later a board that made me instantly happy, Gokarna- 15kms! Soon, we were riding through the town, heading towards my favourite stay- Gokarna International Beach Resort, Kudle. After that long ride, the view of Kudle from the hilltop was an absolute treat to sore eyes but what we saw next was the worst. People! Tonnes and tonnes of people all over. How could i forget, the long weekend has struck everyone. We sat by the beach for a long, relaxing lunch as we decided what to do next. Our last minute plans obviously meant we had no stay in this overcrowded place. After a lot of searching and whining, I came up with an idea because I am an absolute genius; Let's hit Goa! Duh! And to my surprise, the others gladly agreed. Didn't want to face any further disappointments so I decided to find out the happenings in Goa before we left. Obviously, North Goa was very happening over this weekend and I honestly was looking for some peace so I booked a little cottage in South Goa, something I'm glad I did.The ride from Gokarna to Goa was absolutely beautiful! So scenic and it was almost like it was only the our bikes on the road. As we rode thorough the Ghats, we stopped at a beautiful view point; valleys covered in fog and the sunlight finding its way through somewhere. Splendid weather as we rode through the lush green roads as we reached the absolutely lovely coastal city of Karwar. This road is an absolute beauty! You ride through the town with the coast right by your side. We were just in time to see the setting sun as we rode through the city. A long while later, that board that brings SO much joy and triumph- Welcome to Goa! Woohooo! As we rode through the Goan greenery, around 7pm we made it! Home for the next 2 nights- Dom Pedros Haven, Utorda. After dumping our luggage and freshening up, we headed to their restaurant for a long relaxing dinner. But then again, when in Goa do shots! Many shots and very little dinner later, we headed to bed.
One can easily hike from the Om beach or the Gokarna beach to reach here. This beach is absolutely the best place to play volleyball, frisbee, football or do slack lining. You can find alot of vendors selling gem stone jewelry or a few foreigners selling chocolate balls and coffee on the beach.
One of the oldest and largest in the city of ruins, this temple was built in the 7th century and is still in use. The temple is on the southern banks of the River Tungabhadra and has a very simple design and architecture. Over so many years and the changing rule of so many kings, a number of additions and expansions had been made in the form of pillars and small rooms. The temple is one of the gems of this ruined place and was built of simple brick and mortar. The life size idols of Lord Shiva is attractive and overall this place is an important site of pilgrimage for Shaivites. The present temple is also almost in ruins but still in use.
Just down the road from Matanga hill, the Virupaksha temple -- dedicated to the patron deity of the Vijayanagara empire -- is still in use today. While the temple itself is beautiful, what got everyone excited was the elephant at the back that would extend its trunk over your head and give you blessings.
It is believed that this temple has been functioning uninterruptedly ever since its inception in the 7th century AD. Virupaksha Temple is one of the two functional temples in Hampi, the other being Malyavanta Raghunatha Temple. The rest of the temples have been damaged some way or other and not fit for Puja. Tip: Get blessings from Lakshmi, the temple elephant. The more money you pay, the more time she holds her trunk over your head. And by more money, I don't mean 100s. A 10 rupee note will give you enough thrill to last a lifetime. :) Also check for the inverted shadow of the Gopuram from a particular point.
The Virupaksha Temple is one of the oldest functioning temple in India; inscriptions suggest that it probably started around the 7th Century AD. As the name suggests, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. What surprised us the most was the concept of the pinhole camera which is used to project the inverted image of the Raja Gopuram; this can be located right above the inner sanctum. The pathway is a little cramped, you might have to brace yourself but this is definitely a sight you must not miss!
Traveling to Hampi was in my bucket list for a long time, not that I am too much interested in historical places but because I wanted to know what makes so much ppl to visit this place. So finally one day, I packed my bags set out for hampi'ing.I Travelled from udupi to hospet by private bus and then took a rickshaw to hampi. Went to virupaksha temple on the first day and other nearby placesTip 1: decide the place where you have to stay first. Either on temple side or across the river. Temple side is more of crowd and local people with full of guest houses. Also nearby river there are couple of huts which are pretty decent and economical. But other side of river I heard you will find some nice places to stay
According to mythology, it dates back to 7th Century AD, and this makes it one amongst the oldest temples in India. Lokamahadevi, the queen of Vikramaditya, built this temple to commemorate her husband’s triumph over the Pallavas of Kanchipuram. Since its inception, the complex gradually grew; lamp posts, flag posts, pillars, pillared halls, sub-shrines, towered-gateways, temple kitchen etc were added with the growing time. UNESCO has considered this temple as a World Heritage Site, as a part of Hampi Group of Monuments.
Our next destination was Elephants Stable and the Virupaksha Temple. Temples were built with exquisite carving of the rocks. Hampi is full of rocks. Every rock is so beautiful that it appears as if it is Nature’s work of Art. I am reminded of the famous quote of Michelangelo, which goes like this, “Every Block of Stone has a Statue inside it and it is the Task of the Sculptor to discover it”.The first thing that strikes to the eyes is the magnificence and the beauty of the rocky terrain of this place. Two eyes are insufficient to devour such architectural and natural beauty of this place. God seemed to have been extra generous while forming this piece of earth. It’s a photographer’s delight. If you are a photographer and want to capture the beauty of this bygone Era, make a solo trip – Just you, the Camera and the Nature around you. Perfect Threesome!
After spending few hours at the temple. Quiet and Silent we left for "Vitthala Temple".There is way to reach Vithala temple from Virupaksha ...Go Straight towars Achutaraya Temple follow the Hampi Bazaar on the sides of Virupaksha. Take a left trail and walk for 15 minutes and you reach another Beauty Vithala Temple...After Virupaksha ... Vithala Temple is another structure no less than a Wonder.
Trek from Bhagati the route envelops a challenge that includes swamps, waterfalls, rugged trails, endangered species and dense forests, not to mention a stunning environment. The view from the ridge especially is the sharpest.
Trek from Bhagati the route envelops a challenge that includes swamps, waterfalls, rugged trails, endangered species and dense forests, not to mention a stunning environment. The view from the ridge especially is the sharpest.
Kumara Parvata is famous among trekkers in Karnataka. Known as one of the harder treks, it will surely test your endurance but what it offers in terms of beauty is worth the pain. We, a group of 8 boys and 3 girls, hiked up from Somwarpet and descended towards Kukke. The more famous route is to climb from Kukke and descend towards Kukke. That makes it 14+14 kms. We chose 10+14 kms mainly because we did not want to repeat the route.
The thoughts of Kumaraparvatha trek came during our Shivagange visit and Manohar was quick enough to create a Whatsapp group for exchanging information. We decided to trek during 31 Jan- 1st Feb 2015 weekend. We were sure that we will climb from Kukke Subramanya and stay on Pushpagiri top on Saturday night. Though I have done the trek twice before, I could not just resist the temptation. Anyway it was going to be different this time.
Trekking as a hobby just happens to you, u never try hard to pursue it. We had covered all the major treks near Bangalore in our 2 year stay here. But the Kumar Parvatha Trip was long due. We planned the trips couple of times in a month and I'd already given up on the plan. One fine weekend we(My roommate and another friend) decided to finally give it a shot and just do it. But it did not start the way we'd planned it to. First, I got free from my office pretty late on a Friday(which is unusual) due to a Production issue(IT people will relate to me). We rented the sleeping bags and tents(Last minute arrangements). Finally boarded the last minute bus to Kukke subramanya(the starting point to Kumarparvatha) from Majestic bus station. So we were finally doing it! Kumar Parvatha: Here we come!Journey to Kukke Subramanya from Bengaluru was relaxing, nothing unexpected. We were amazed to to see the greenery and what the mother nature had for us en route to Kukke. For a random weekend getaway, the greenery was a pleasant change. A much needed break from the concrete jungles we stay in.We reached Kukke subramanya around 9:30 A.M. After getting fresh and power breakfast, Started for the trek around 10 A.M.
First half of the trek to Battermane is challenging. The entire stretch of 7 Kms uphill through the forests will surely take a toll on your feet and lungs. mBeware of the leeches which are everywhere(If u are visiting the place during monsoons). cover your body appropriately. We were lucky enough to witness a snake too! once your cover the forest region and reach the top, u'll wonder how far u've climbed and it'll give u a sense of satisfaction and energy to keep moving. It took us 3 hours to reach Battermane, the only place where u'll find food and water, before reaching Kumarparvatha. There is only one home there which serves food and provies water and shelter to the trekkers. There was a trekking group already having lunch there, so we joined them and kept our luggage there.After a short break, we started for our final climb to the mighty kumar parvatha. You'll have to pay a fee to the forest department people for the trek. They warned us that the time was not right for trek as it was monsoons and instructed that we return by 7 P.M. We started climbing around 2 P.M and the view was amazing. Found a dog sitting on the bench near battermane and managed to click few pics with him :p . So we finally started to climb toward Kumar parvatha, met few people who were returning and asked them whether they were able to reach the top. Most of the people couldn't make it as it was getting darker and the fog was making it difficult to explore the hills. Still, we continued to climb and reched the Mantap. It was a small structure(pretty old!) surrounded with lush green grass. Halted there for a while, clicked few pics :p . It was a proper place to meditate i must say. Took some time to appreciate the beauty of the nature. The strong winds and house music gave us the required pump to climb! . Started climbing again and finally we reached Sesha parvatha around 5 P.M. It was getting dark and were were trekking without t a guide. It was a difficult decision but we decided to return back to Battermane. I know that after travelling so long, so much of planning since a month, and walking non stop since the morning, it was a difficult decision to return; but a wise one. We reached Battermane around 6: 30 P.M and started to camp. All our other stuff was still at the only house that was there in battermane(i'll refer it as the base).After setting up the tent we decided to have dinner at base and bring back all our other stuff to the tents. It was pretty dark and due to the fog, the visibility was as low as 5 metres. Even our torches were of no use. We somehow managed to reach the base(with extreme difficulty) follwing the trail(hardly visible due to fog). We had our dinner there, Jackfruit samba and rice, decent enough( cant complain at that altitude and time). We packed our bags and started to move towards our tents. I had a felling that we wont be able to make it to the tents as looking at how we reached the base from tents. Still, we continued to move, and as i was expecting, we lost the trail and were stranded at the middle of nowhere at around 9 P.M. It was damn cold out in the open, and were were carrying all our stuff including the sleeping bags(luckily). After struggling for 2 hours to find the trail we finally gave up at 11 P.M. Found a big stone and decided to sleep there in our sleeping bags. Initially it sounded like a foolish idea, to sleep out in the open with all the vulnerabilities, but as they say - Beggars can't be choosers. We had no other choice but to sleep out in the open. Luckily we were carrying Rum(old monk) with us, so i've realized this thing in life - whatever be the situation if u have the company of the Monk, U'll feel like u have everything! Drank whatever we had decided to sleep.In that situation, taking the decision whether to sleep or not was a big one! there were all the possibilities of getting bitten by the wild insects, snakes or getting hunted by the animals(we were too afraid basically) . But finally the Monk helped us to make the right decision and we slept. Everything was going well till it started raining(as if we were not suffering enough already). So as it turned out, our sleeping bags were not water proof and in few minutes we were drenched. We knew that this was the last possible obstacle and we'll be witnessing the sunrise in a while. We survived the rainfall and it was the brightness of the morning that woke us up! I don't remember when was the last time i was this happy. I shouted with excitement saying it's morning fellas! lets go find our tents. As it turned out, our tents were hardly 300 metres away from where we spent our night. We saw people staying in adjacent tents with camp fire and preparing tea. we went there simply to pack our tents and leave for Kukke subramanya again. Anyhow, we learnt how to camp and fix tents(this was the first time i was carrying tents in a trek). We descended in couple of hours. Did leech checks every 15 minutes when we were passing through the jungle stretch. So we boarded the bus back from Kukke with a heavy heart, we were not able to reach the peak, Kumar Parvatha. But this experience gave us all the more reasons to come back and conquer the Peak! I'll see u soon, Kumara Parvatha ! Hasta la vista!
Kumara ParvathaKumara Parvatha or KP as it's widely known by trekkers all around India has a lot to offer. Even before we started the trek, we were already soaked in divinity as trek starts near the entrance of the temple Kukke Subramaniya. Situated at height of 1712 metres in Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, KP is much more than being just “The most challenging trek in South India”. An epic amalgamation of history, mythology and trekker’s haven.
Kumara parvatha is trekkers paradise, but it wont spare you if go unprepared. Located amidst the lush green western ghats it is also one of the lofty peaks from Karnataka. For me this trek was much awaited in my list waited for a long time; finally the nuptials were set! We started from Bengaluru to Dharmastala wanted to visit the gods as well; also stay and food can be easily managed here. We instantly finished our visit to the temple and of course food who would miss it? immediately started towards Kukke Subramanya temple the same day. We reached here by evening, finished temple visit and food again yum yum. We sincerely thank all the philanthropists here and glad to say we did our part as well. Next day we started trekking with a lot of local help.We were on the way with no much luggage, not even bag packs, at 8 am were at the start point. With steady pace and lots of photo shoots. We made new friends along he way, we reached Bhatrumane at 12 pm which is approx 40% of the trek. Whoever said miracles do happen they were right, we met our other trek group with bag packs and camps. It was then we realised what trek planning means. They gave all that was required, and one of my friend was ready to trek again with us we took little food and we were on the go. From here on the difficulty increases, on the way we get forest office where we have to pay fees and Kallu Mantapa, Its usually the last stop to refill water. From here its very challenging and steep also, till Sheshaparavtha it goes on with steep trek.From Sheshaparvatha its moderately difficult to trek, its another 2 hours or less trek time. On the way we get a perennial small stream, the water is drinkable. A little rocky terrain ahead and we reach the peak, there are lot of places to camp at the peak. We camped with little camp fire, and leftover from Bhatrumane kept us alive. The early morning sunrise view was till date the best sunrise we could ever see. Return was little tiring but the entire trip was worth waiting.*For how about this place, lot of blogs are available, Google them!PS:- Please keep the place you visit clean and tidy, collect any garbage and dispose properly.I dont have anything new to tell, we all know this place!!No words to describe, we start trekking from this place.
One of our friends decided to stay back and that helped us hiking to the top without any heavy luggage. We started at 7.20AM with a target to reach KP peak in 3hrs. After steep ascend of another 1hour we reached Sesha Parvatha which was truly a victorious moment. You can see the whole Pushpagiri valley underneath your feet when you sit on the rocks. Its like standing on the edge of the world while you never ending deep gorges. People afraid of heights should really not venture towards the edge! Post countless pictures, we began for what lay ahead of us - KP, the reason why we were there in the first place. There was a nice descend through a cold patch of forest with scanty sunlight and moist earth. Suddenly the trail finished and we saw a huge wall of black rock standing infront of us. That's sure to break one's spirit, but I suggest you all to never quit when you've come so far!Having climbed the high wall of rock, we now battled for our way towards the top through what seemed like a huge dried waterfall. The stones were loose and some of the slippery. Every step had to be watched cautiously. Look behind and you see 180 degree drop! By 9.15AM, five of us were on the KP Peak! The best part was finishing the climb before sun came out properly. Rest of the group joined us after 45mins.What remained next was returning back to our tents, folding them and getting the hell out :)Part2 : Kallu Mantapa - Bhattar Mane - Kukke Temple
Throughout my graduation had the desire to go to Kumara Parvatha, supposedly the most toughest trek in South India, but for some reason or the other got procrastinated. Finally one fine day in office came across this trek to be conducted by Bangalore Mountaineering Club and decided to go for it. I am not a believer of planning and planned trips because LIFE doesn't come in a planned manner, so better leave the planning in the Work Place, to the projects and the Project Managers. I called up the BMC folks and made the bookings and 4 of us (Ankit, Ashish, Sahil and Myself) were ready to roll. Friday night 10 P.M we boarded the bus from Domlur and met our wonderful guide and friend Sam. Before we could think of who other folks for the trek would be the Tempo Traveller was filled with a bunch of people, each and everyone great in their own way. Vineet, Robin 1(Indian :D), Prateek, Robin 2(French :D), Clo, Kusum and Rajalakshmi Mam. Had some crazy conversations about our lives, serials watched and random stuff before everyone dozed off to wake up for an enlightning couple of days.Reached Kukke Subramanya around 5:30 in the morning, got a few rooms to freshen up and after having a not so satisfying breakfast at the highly-recommended Neo Mysore Café, we shouldered our bags and walked in the direction of the forest trail around 7 A.M. Our first pit-stop was the renowned Bhattare Mane (House of the Bhats, you know we are famous ;)). The almost 7km trek from Kukke to Bhattare Mane is mostly through a forest which is majorly known for its elephants, though we didn't come across any. During this stretch of trek most of us had already started huffing and puffing but the frequent stops, talks and the constant motivation to scale Kumara Parvata kept us going. By the time (11:00 A.M) we reached Bhattara Mane, we were completely exhausted. With barely any energy left, we immediately had our lunch (which included rice, curry, & buttermilk). Food never tasted so great. It was not the greatest of the food but you know the worth of something when you have it the least.
Exactly a year after our first nocturnal trek at Nandi Hills, we embarked on this journey to Kumara Parvata.Well, for those of you who haven’t heard of Kumar Parvata, at 5,617 ft. it is one of the highest peaks in Karnataka on the western Ghats & and hosts the route of the longest and the most strenuous trek in the state. Trekking can be done from 2 sides; the Eastern entrance that can be reached from Somwarapet & the Western entrance from Kukke Subramanya which we took.As always, Charlie (aka Prasad) is the brain child behind this trek & because of the long hours of planning preceding to the event, the “Weekend Getaway” group had around 16 confirmations before some people dropped out & the final tally was 10 viz.. Charlie, Babu, Diwakar, Ravikumar(RK), Ravikumar(RKN), Raghu, Krishnaprasad(KP), Vimal, Manju & I.Day 1: 4.30 a.m to 5.45 a.m, Kumaradhara( Kukke Subramanya)After picking up Babu from his residence at 11.45 p.m we started our journey in a TT & reached Kumaradhara at 4.30 in the morning. Our driver Nagaraju covered the 280 kms distance in 4.5 hours flat. Got fresh & repacked our bags with the food items, water bottles that got distributed amongst the team & we were ready.6.00 to 9.30 a.m: Take the right turn before the Kukke temple & the entry point to the trek is 1.2kms behind the temple which is a walk by road. The plan was to reach half way to a place named “Bhatru mane” before the sun gets hotter. Just a few minutes into the forest trail & we encountered the biggest challenge which we had anticipated-the leeches. Salt, Tobacco(Hoge Soppu), Mosquito repellent & pain relief spray were duly packed & applied onto the shoes & socks but none seemed to help. We had to move carefully to purge from this freaky bloodsucker. Though we were heedful, few of these parasites trekked on to our legs & inside our shoes and were able to guzzle up some blood. Though everybody panicked, Charlie was the most disturbed & troubled. He thought Kitta( our mate) was wise in pulling out of this trek although he had other valid reasons. One of these suckers pierced thru the aerial pores of my shoes & had sucked out some blood which I realized only after reaching Bhatru mane. It was one hell of a climb for about 2 hours in the forest trail. Manju, a wildlife photographer & an otherwise fit guy had severe cramps on his legs which hampered his climb. Ravi N & Raghu eased him of his luggage & with some Volini he continued further. Though the mutually agreed thumb rule was to “stay together” throughout, we did not adhere to it owing to the fear of Leeches. Even a mild break would mean few leeches climbing onto you & hence it was a literally a race to the top. 2 hours of trekking takes you above the forest canopy and it is now that one can get a good view of all the surrounding mountain ranges. We thought we had seen the Summit, but we were wrong. You can't see Kumar Parvata till the very end of your Trek. The mountain you can see from here is Sesha Parvata. On the way we met couple of interesting people: 1) Jayaraj- the forest officer who was a valuable help with his inputs & motivation 2) The domestic helps of Narayana Bhattaru. Must share this amazing with you all. These domestic helps climb up & down to the Subramanya town to carry essential provision viz. Rice, Oil, Daal, Salt & they do this Every day. Hats Off !!Babu, Diwa, Vimal, RK, Raghu & I had reached the Bhatru mane by 9 followed by Ravi N, Charlie, Manju, & KP. By now Ravi N was fuming for not following the thumb rule which augured well for the rest of the trek because together we can face the challenge & not by splitting up. We were the first set of people to reach Bhatru Mane that day & based on our request he served us some broken wheat Uppittu with Uppinakayi. They charge Rs. 100/plate of food but considering the kind of efforts that goes into it, it is not expensive. Apart from providing food, toilets & water you can charge your mobile, (Yes he has electricity), use his mats to rest & of course a satellite connection for television. But the most beautiful thing is, you can leave your extra luggage here and carry exactly what you need further which is what we did. Except for Babu all of us had carried heavy bags. After relaxing for an hour there, we embarked on our 2nd part of the trek.12 noon to 5.00 pm (Bhatru mane to Kumara Parvata)The 2nd part of the trek is from Bhatru Mane to Kallu Mantapa which is 3.5 kms. We’ll need to register our names with the Forest officer & pay an entry fee of Rs. 200/head. Camping on the peak is prohibited now & hence we were advised to return back well before dark. Though we had kept your excess luggage in Bhatru mane, you can't ignore the fact that, you have covered already 6-7 Kms in high slope. Along with that, it is a race against time. We started from Bhatru Mane around 12PM. Target was to reach the peak by 4 and then start descending back to Bhatru Mane. This is long stretch, mostly can be segmented into 3 parts. From Bhatru Mane to Kallu Mantapa Kallu Mantapa to Sesha Parvata Sesha Parvata to Kumara Parvata peak Leg 1: (12 noon to 2.15 p.m)The forest cover was no more and we were directly exposed to the merciless sun. The next point was Kallu Mantapa, a partially ruined structure. You pass thru two View Points which is useful for some clicks. This is mostly a walk thru the grasslands & hence relatively easy. Vimal had a narrow escape when he slipped at a curve. Though he recovered quickly, things could have gone wrong, sigh ! There is a stream flowing nearby which is a pretty sight and forms the camping place for most of the trekkers. We refilled our water bottles & quenched our thirst. Reached Kallu Manatapa @ 2.30 p.m & spent some time taking rest there.Leg 2: (2.15 to 3.15 p.m)Kallu Mantapa is the foot hill of Sesha Parvata. After resting for a while, there was a debate if we should continue further or return to Bhatru Mane coz by then we were all almost drained out. Not many of them try to do the Peak & return on the same day. The next 4.5 kms was very steep & hence we were apprehensive about being able to come back before dark. Babu, Diwa, Vimal & Ravi N were clear in their minds about going ahead & it needed some pep talks from them & few Redbulls to inspire the others. From here it is a steep climb to Sesha Parvata which we covered in an hour & reached the spot by 3.15 p.m.Leg 3: (3.15 to 5.00 p.m)Still there was no sight of the Kumara Parvata. Some of us were still wondering if it was a wise decision to continue further. Our bodies were almost giving up & only the mind was pulling it. Sun was settling down which was a good thing but confusion was arising among us. We were still together, but there was no sign of concurrence on continuing further. People coming from other side were giving conflicting opinion. Though the question was simple,“how much left?". Answer was varying from 45min- to 2 hours journey. I could see, we all were tried and confused. Somehow Babu, Diwa, Ravi N & Vimal took charge of it.From Sesha Parvathe you have to climb down a little bit and then climb up again. We’ll have to pass thru a dense forest & there was the Leech threat again. Somehow we crossed it without much trouble& then there is this monolithic rock which was slippery due to the preceding days’ rains. Vimal again had a slip though nothing to worry. At the end of that rock, the path splits into two. We could now see the way to Pushpagiri peak & continuing the climb little further…reached the peak of KUMARA PARVATA, Voila! Finally we were there, after almost 10 hours of climbing and countless plan & debate.THE DESCENTAfter spending some time in the peak we started the climb down. We were running behind schedule & hence did not spend much time clicking pics. I always thought that climbing down was easy but mark my words it isn’t .From a distance, things look easy. But as you climb down, every step is challenging. It is slippery sand, odd shaped pebbles and tightly packed odd shaped stones. Every step has to be careful or else you can fall or twist your ankle. Heavy on your knees and this is where you need lots of fluid consumption to keep up your energy and focus. But we had run out of water & food. We helped ourselves with some Peanut Butter & Nutella which was all that was left out. It was getting dark & trust me when I say this, not many people risk climbing down after dark but we had no other choice since we had run out of food & water. We had to come back to Bhatru mane. We kept on nudging one another to be safe & not to rush. A small mistake can be scary. Slowly but steadily we climbed down & reached the Forest office at around 8.30 p.m.To me the best part of the trek started thereafter. Since we were late most of the safe places were already occupied by other trekkers to set up camps. So, we were left with only a choice of camping near the 1st View point. Though we thought it was a great spot, what we experienced thereafter was damn interesting. We pitched in our tents for the night & headed to Bhatru Mane for Dinner. The menu was hot rice, Sambar, Majjige( Butter Milk) & Uppinakayi. There’s nothing like a Good Meal after all the hard work J. Bigg Boss Kannada is quite popular now & Bhatru Mane was “HouseFull” with audience for this show. Cheers Huccha Venkat . Bhatru Mane was we bid adieu to Mr. Narayana Bhatru.We had set up the camping tents at a place which was at the edge of a cliff, surrounded by lush-green mountain ranges, clouds and mist. The gushy winds almost blew away our tents & the mist water was dripping inside the tents which meant it would be a Loong night. Most of us could catch some sleep only for a few hours .The next morning served us with the most serene views we could ever hope to lay our eyes on. It is something that I’ve yearned for all my life, Truly Blissful!7 a.m (Day-2): We packed our tents & left for Kukke Subramanya. Luckily we did not encounter much of Leech problem during the climb down & reached Subramanya by 9.30 a.m. Once we reached Kukke Subramanya town, the most important thing to do was to take bath, and there is no better place than Kumara Dhara River. To our surprise, there was hardly any water in the river. The deepest point was only upto the waist . But nevertheless, a wonderful place to cool down the body and wash all the sweat and salt from the skin. River bath is a must before visiting Kukke Subramanya Temple. Let’s do things the proper way! Charlie’s words which we adhered to. After seeking the lord’s blessings & breakfast at Neo Mysore Café, we started from Kukke Subramanya & reached Bangalore at 8 p.m. This blog was first published on My Cuppa Coffe.
Well then I was a wannabe trekker....and was so sure that only my will power will help me trek for 14 kms one way in a day. Clueless of how we are traveling, and relying on Arvid, I had decided to come. After dodging between options of travel, at about 12 midnight, we started in Abdul's Tata Safari to the temple town named Subramanya. The roads were fine until we were 30 kilometers from the town. The road after that were horrible and took our naptime away. As soon as we reached the town at 6 am, we checked into a hotel/lodge. It was Rs. 200 per head, just to freshen up. However since the boys has taken turns to barter sleep with driving, we decided to catch up with sleep for at-least an hour. At about 9 am, we had breakfast, picked up some bread and jam, a vessel to boil water and commenced.The trek started right behind the temple. Ahead of us, we spotted some more trekkers with rug sacks, and we were sure that this is the right route. We were heading for 5 kms of a trekking in a forest area. We had been warned to look before we stepped, as these forests were known for king cobras, and other wild reptiles. You basically step on ascending natural steps made of tree roots and stones, and the humidity is painful. Its better advised to wear a T shirt and full length pants, to avoid scratches or bites from various creatures that you are likely to encounter. This was a never ending stretch of the forest. We could hear birds, insects, the whistling of mild breeze between the branches. It was green. I was super alert and looking at every step that I was taking, because the last thing I want is getting a snake bite. It was about 3-4 hours by the time we could see the grass land start. Soon we were way past the 5 kms stretch of the humid forest.Our planning in terms of water and food was pathetic. It was almost lunch time, and we were almost dehydrated. Scorching sun was sucking up all our energy and now, after all the curses we gave the forest region, we had no tree for shade. This was the toughest part, where we had no water, no food and no shade. We had to play our mind over body and search for the famous "Bhattara Mane"- house of the hindu priest.Interestingly, this tough trek had one solid hope of food and shelter and that was this house of the Hindu Priest. He prepared a basic lunch of rice, sambar and butter milk with some pickle. It was located right at the mid point of the trek, after about 7-8 kilometers from the start. We had started hallucinating, started spotting the Bhattara Mane everywhere, but none of us gave up hope. Finally we saw a wooden fence and some trees, and sighted tiles,.... yes it was the house of the priest! After washing our face with cold water from the pipe in his courtyard and throwing our bags on earth, we rushed in to the house, where the priest smiled and greeted us to sit down. The floor was polished by cow dung that attracted houseflies all over the large vessels of FOOOOOOOD!!!! We ate, rather we binged.... we ate the " Buffet" like gluttons.... That was one point in my life where I realized the importance of food!! After chilling for some time in the shade of the trees, filling our bottles of water and paying the priest Rs. 60/- per plate, we took some photographs and proceeded upwards. Our destination was " The Mantapa", a small stone shelter, which had a tiny stream of water flowing and flat land to pitch our tent.However we failed to reach there, and decided to call it a day way before that. After collecting firewood, pitching the tent and taking pictures, we realized that 1 tent was way smaller for 6 of us. Winds at an open mountain top mob you with no mercy. The speed of the wind was so high, we were not sure if the tent would stay. There was very little food supply against the alcohol supply we had, which I confess saved us from the cold and the sounds of wind. By midnight, we passed out. Losing no hope, we decided to start the trek to reach the peak at about 6am in the morning. I walked up till the Mantapa, only to realize that my stamina was over, and I could not take another step ahead. I looked at the green range of mountains I had trekked up, from the "Mantapa". I had achieved a lot compared to what I had thought of. I thought to myself this was it of the " Kumara Parvatha". As I saw two of my friends walk up, I had mixed feelings, of jealousy, defeat and breathlessness. Every drop of my sweat was making me heavier, and ever cell in my brains were shouting motivation!
What makes a trek difficult? Is it the terrain? Is it any glitch in preparation? Or is it an imbalanced team? These were the questions that swarmed my mind when I decided to go on a weekend trek to Kumara Parvata. I have always heard that this is the toughest trek in Karnataka and was a little apprehensive. But like my all other treks, Kumara Parvata was attracting me irresistibly. So I decided to find out the answer by myself.
Mountains have always attracted me right from child hood. Living in the foothills of the Velliangiri mountains for the past 6 years has made me fall in love with them even more. Palani, Marudhamalai , Vaishno Devi, Char dham Yatra(Involves trek to Kedarnath, Kantisarovar, Badrinath, Gangotri and Gomukh), Velliangiri Trek, Chatruagiri Hills, Kailash & Manasarovar, Sunderbans, Sandakphu (Darjeeling), and now Kumara Parvat. The thirst for these mountains is only increasing as days go by. So here is how the trip was… LOL!! We had no clear plan in the beginning but it was pretty clear that we wanted to go up this Kumara parvat after listening to talks on the sacredness of these mountains. Ten of us from Coimbatore and Ten of our friends from Bangalore decided to join hands together for this trek. We finally ended up with 6 from Coimbatore and 6 from Bangalore. There are two ways to reach the parvat. One is Via Somwarpet (the easy way in and out) and the other one is via Kukku Subramanya (you know the opposite). Somwarpet route was blocked due to heavy rains and without a choice we met at the Kukke Subramanya temple at around 8 a.m. on the 19th of July 2014. One of our friends messaged about the pouring rains and why he is cancelling his tickets. Hmmm…Told him this is all the more reason we wanted to go. After a long discussion it was clear that we cannot make the trip in a day. So we decided to start around 11 a.m. from the foothills of the temple on the 19th July. We moved up slowly and the only fear factor for all of us in common was “LEECHES”. (I am still able to visualize how Nagappa shouted every moment he got a leech on his shoes). We reached “Battar Mane” at around 3 in the noon. Sambar, Rice, Butter milk and a porriyal was the menu. What more to ask? The Food was heavenly and the Battar seemed to be a good man after all. (Charges Rs. 350 for 3 meals and a tea). Two solutions for Leeches: One: Mix oil with snuff powder and apply. Two: Dettol J (Will this company pay me for this ad..?) Some key factors about the trek: Location: Dakshina Kannada (District) , Karnataka, India. Trek starting point: Kukke Subramanya Route Trek difficulty Level: Difficult Kumara Parvatha trek distance 13 KMS (Oneside) Kumara Parvatha peak height 1712 Mts Time to trek 8-10 Hours (one side) Best time to trek: Oct to Feb (Again who cares...! if you can enjoy anything) Permission Required, should be taken forest office Trekking fees: Trekking Fee-Rs 200; Camera fee - Rs100 ; Contact Number: Battaramane - 9448647947 (For food and Accommodation) We halted in Battar mane for that night and started playing cards. The only thing that we are famous for in all our treks is for CARDS. (Santu saying “YES” when he gets all wrong cards in Bluff game!). We slept early and started by 6 a.m. the next day. Battar Mane… (He is in the middle) The next day morning we got up at 5.30 A.M. We divided ourselves into two groups. Five of us started early and the remaining of them came 20 minutes later. We were supposed to wait near the Kallu mandapa, a 2.5 kms trek. We crossed the lake and started walking straight without resting (thereby missing that kallu mandapa which was close). We realised that we have missed the meeting point only 2 kms before Sesha Parvat our next stop. Hmmm…Let’s be honest. Initially after seeing the trek we were thinking to change plans, eat, sleep and rest in Battar mane. Then came the “Messiah”. A sign board showing only 2 kms to Kumara Parvat. Hurrah…Despite heavy rains, 3 of them bare feet, torn and shattered windcheaters, uneven rocks and stones, we had a strong determination to reach the peak somehow. Walk via this waterfall…Visualize guys… What followed after the Sesha parvat was just unbelievable. Heavy rain, thick forests, leeches, wet clothes and torn jackets…. What more…? Due to heavy rains the stream was in full flow and the water falls was just awesome. We walked up the hill through these waterfalls and finally reached the slippery rocks. Walked with all four legs and reached the summit of the Kumara Parvat. Yep! We did it! We could not stay there for long due to thick mist and heavy rain. We decided to meditate for some 15 minutes, doing our Guru Pooja and started trekking down immediately. Ten minutes later we were joined by our second group. Photo sessions followed and then coming down happened pretty quickly. We reached Battar mane around 3 p.m, had lunch and started towards the foothills. At the peak!! Every inch of the body started aching while we were down to the foothills. It started pouring down even more heavily. My overall experience about this trek: It is just unbelievable. It sounds mad to go for a trek in this monsoon. But Dilwale Dulhaniya Le.. No no no… I mean if you have the will and determination you can make it. Please make this trip with proper planning and take enough supplements. I am waiting to do a trek in summer to see how this place looks like without the mist. Participants : Nagappa, Balbhim, Dhananjaya, Santosh, Naveen, Sambath square (they were two), Thilak, Raj kumar, Shiva and myself Arun. J Vote of thanks: Whom to Thank and whom not to? Santosh for planning trip from Bangalore and his lovely friends, Tilak for making sure everyone reaches the summit and come back, Raj kumar for his encouraging words to go further up, Nagaraj for his reactions while playing the card game and Sachin for guiding us through all way. So.. Ready for another trek? Come and join us? For further reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumara_Parvatha http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kukke_Subramanya P. S: Kumara parvat…The name comes from Kumara (Lord Muruga) and Parvat (Meaning Mountain). He is said to be an accomplished yogi who shed his body standing up these hills. (Yogis usually master one of the seven chakras and leave their body either by sitting or lying down). So He was something different. This place has six faced stones around and are also called the Shanmuga. Kukke Subramanya - The temple is one of the pristine pilgrimage locations in India. Here Lord Subrahmanya is worshipped as the lord of all serpents. The epics relate that the divine serpent Vasuki and other serpents found refuge under Lord Subrahmanya when threatened by Garuda. Leeches - Leeches are segmented worms with suction cups at each end. Their bodies are flattened, much wider than they are thick. Battar Mane – The only place of refuge in the complete trek. Food is awesome. He has tarpaulins for us to sleep. If we get more volunteers, I would like to clean it and paint this house for him. (Anyone for volunteering?) Thank you for taking your time to read this article. J
Kumara Parvata is famous among trekkers in Karnataka. Known as one of the harder treks, it will surely test your endurance but what it offers in terms of beauty is worth the pain. We, a group of 8 boys and 3 girls, hiked up from Somwarpet and descended towards Kukke. The more famous route is to climb from Kukke and descend towards Kukke. That makes it 14+14 kms. We chose 10+14 kms mainly because we did not want to repeat the route.The climb in itself was exciting. Most of it is through forests with patches of rocks to climb and some grassland walk. I don’t remember thinking the climb was too difficult. Within the first hour of our climb, we found a stream to cross which offered us the purest Forest Water to drink. Raj said water found in forests are the best because they have the goodness of so many roots in them. Around the last 30 minutes of our climb, we spotted a few more hikers on another mountain at a distance. You remember how we would wave at strangers as kids? We did the same!
Well, those of you who haven’t heard of Kumar Parvata, it is one of the highest peaks in Karnataka and hosts the route of the longest and the most difficult trek in the state. I shall not indulge further into KP details, since that is freely available on google. I shall use this space to divulge my experience with the trekking group Abhiyana. The group was introduced to me by a friend giving reference as cost-effective and super-fun. I had gone on treks earlier with several other trekking groups, and was keen to try a new one for a change! The journey started on Friday evening and as always happens, I was apprehensive about the crowd in the group since I travel alone and get introduced to new people on-board every time. Luckily for me, it was one of the most super-fun, helpful and enthusiast group of people I have had the pleasure of traveling with so far! The trek began at this very base. Everyone started on an extremely high note – being extremely innocent about the fact that we are going to carry bagpack plus sleeping bag plus sleeping mat plus tent for the next 7 kms. Well, as they say, slow-death is the worst death – I got to experience the trailer this time. Staircases made of tree branches and trunks, each step 1 feet apart, we climbed and climbed and when I stopped to ask Sagar – our lead if we had almost completed 2 kms, the look on his face and the evil grin made me cringe and die a little inside.. his exact words being – “If it makes you happy, 2 kms it is”, “Stairway to Heaven” seemed really real here. My back was pulling me back and every step I took made me realize how extremely stupid decision it was to think that I would be able to make it to the peak very easily. Well, my confidence came from conquering peaks like Mullyanagiri, Tadiyandamol, Chembra, Skandagiri and many more hikes which I was able to do without a break! God finally decided to test my patience and stamina here. All the prayers I knew and all the energy I had was slowly being sucked out of my soul when I couldn’t see the end to that stupid forest trail ever! Taking a look at my very desperate and sad face, Venkatesh and Kumar decided to off-load my luggage and would not let me stop at all. Kumar went on to offer electrol as well, I really felt like an ICU patient then. On we continued, to the grace of God landing at an extremely scenic location where Pavan’s idea of selfies materialized like anything! Posing for good clicks is something which would pump loads of energy in me – people tried to bribe me with pics later to make me move. Aren’t we all super-happy to see the fifty shades of green above and the lovely scenery behind. The idea of clicking also seemed destitute at this point. I just wanted to reach the stop and lie and die and whatever. Someone shorten this freaking damn journey for me! Never have I ever experienced a pain this kind, that I actually had to lie down and sleep for 15 mins on the way before we could reach the stop. For me, the most exciting part of the trek started after that when we pitched in our tents for the night. The place was at the edge of a cliff, surrounded by lush-green mountain ranges, clouds and mist. On top of that, the incredibly stupid and funny antakshari hosted by Krishna kept the night alive. The next morning served us with the most serene views we could ever hope to lay our eyes on. Well, 23 kms of hike, trek, and climb later, I couldn’t wait to get a shower and be done with the muck, soil, sweat and dirt. But hail the enthusiasm of my fellow riders, who would now go for play in the river. Well, lucky for me; not going to the river was a blessing in disguise to get the darshana at Subramanya temple in 10 minutes without standing in queue, which has another interesting story to itself.
3. Kumara ParvataKnown as the ‘trekker’s paradise’, Kumara Parvata is one of the most popular and highest peaks of Karnataka ideal for trekking, and it is the treacherous route that which makes it all the more alluring, adding to the challenge; and nonetheless the efforts are paid off given the end result, to reach a place wrapped in beauty and enveloped in calmness! The Kumara Parvata peak is located at a height of about 1712 meters.The journey to Kumara Parvata starts at the small town called Subramanya, famous for the Kukke Subramanya temple of the snake deity which is a sacred pilgrimage spot for the Hindus. The pathway is flat, surrounded by the lush green forest of the Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary and is the perfect to go, get lost in nature!
4. Pushpagiri Hills The Pushpagiri Hills located in the Western Ghats is also a wildlife sanctuary with rich flora and fauna. It is also known as the Subramanya Hills, which with an altitude of 5626 ft is the second highest peak in Coorg, Karnataka. Beautiful forests, valleys and hills make it one of the most ideal places for trekking expeditions. There is the Kukke Subramanya Temple in the vicinity. The Trekking starts from the forest checkpoint at the base of the Pushpagiri Hills. 3-4 hours route across dense forest, wet grasslands, over rocky terrain. There is a small temple located at the peak dedicated to Kumara Swamy. Mostly trekkers exit through the nearby Kumara Parvatha, and camp at Girigadde.
Around 5:30 PM, we reached the peak of Pushpagiri and the view this mountain offered us through the evening, night and the next morning was breath-taking. Without lazing around too much, each one started off with a task – 1. Set up the tents. 2 – Collect firewood. 3 – Get drinking water from a source nearby. Raj, DK and Anvesh have done enough treks to know how things should be done. They are experts when it comes to surviving the mountains. I am in awe of the simple tricks they have picked up over the years and proud to have such amazing trekking buddies.As the sun went down, we were ready to have a beautiful evening. All the sweatshirts and skullcaps came out to ensure the weather did not wear us down. By now it was pitch dark and we switched off all the lights we had –tent light, torch lights and light emitting from our phones. This was my favourite moment of the trip. The sky was full of stars, glittering at a distance in lacs or more than that. I have never seen so many stars in the sky, ever. For about 30 seconds there was silence. At the risk of being infamous I asked everyone to keep quiet for some time and it worked for 30 seconds. But I loved those 30 seconds as I felt one with nature. This was my 'hug the mountain' moment, as I lay there on the peak, staring at the sky with no human noises.It was 2-3 days post full moon and I was very sure we would have enough moon light but the moon took really long to show up but when he did, oh what a sight it was. It was like a moonrise, if you know what I mean. He came up through the clouds in all its glory to add more beauty to the already spectacular sky.It was getting colder and hence time for some camp fire. The stronger logs formed the cone exterior for the camp fire to work while the weaker ones were used to make fire happen. DK made building a camp fire look like a child’s play and he did this repeatedly through the night. We even tried to cook but our burning place did not hold up the vessel. Raj opened his surprise box full of dinner for the entire group. God bless his mom :)It was a peaceful evening. Pleasant breeze, great spot and after some talking, we all got into our tents and called it a day but around 1AM we started experiencing strong winds. Our tents would have flown if our collective weight was not holding them down. But when we woke up the next morning, we realised what was happening through the night - The clouds were flowing from down under the valley at great speed and going over us. What a sight it was.We walked up to a spot which Raj knew offered a great view and spent our morning there. The beauty of this place is here for you to see.Our breakfast was bread and jam and peanut butter with a promise of Maggi sometime later. We left the peak the way we found it. Not a single piece of trash. I am so proud of this group. First pit stop was the point where we would fill our bottles with Forest Water (I love saying that :)). The next stop was in the middle of the forest, where we built fire and cooked Maggi. Maggi is back in our lives and how :)After this started the grueling descend. The thing is, when you look at these mountains from a distance, it looks like a range that’s covered with a smooth green carpet and you think, it’s so beautiful I can just roll all over it but ITS NOT. The walk down is treacherous with a path full of rocks. The amount of stress you put not just on your knees but you heels, toes, other parts of your feet, rest of your body is tremendous. And that bag on your back full of those warm clothes and whatever else you carried doesn't make it any easier. We stopped at Bhattru Mane for lunch before we continued our descend. Around 5:30 PM, we stopped at another stream to give some relief to our legs. The only thing I was thinking after this was, I want to reach the base before its dark as I cannot handle another layer of difficulty. So I walked as fast as I could matching Raj’s speed, trying my best to avoid torch-light for as long as I could and pressurizing my eyes to do better.The first sign that we were close to the base was some light coming from a house, then it was music being played at a distance. When we did make it to the base, and saw a road, we just dropped our bags and sat ON the road and chose not to walk anymore. We called our TT guy to drive to us and pick us up. We sat there under a street light and rested with a feeling of accomplishment in our hearts.“Because in the end you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing the lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack KerouacTrek DetailsPlace: Kumara Parvata, SakleshpurDate: Nov 28,29 2015Organizers: Us :)Cost: Rs. 2000/head
Kumara Parvata otherwise known as Pushpagiri is one of the peaks in western ghats range situated at around 250 Kms from Bangalore. With an altitude of more than 1700 meters it is known for its spectacular sunrise and breathtaking landscapes. It has a well laid trekking trail of around 12-13 Kms from Kukke subramanya which serves as the base for the trek. It is a perfect gateway for adventure lovers.
One could find KSRTC buses and some private buses to Kukke Subramanya. This place is famous for the kukke subramanya temple which attracts pilgrims all around the year. Boarded the bus from Majestic , Bangalore at around 11 Pm and reached Kukke at around 7 Am. Booked one hotel for 2 hours to freshen up and had breakfast. Make sure to buy all the essentials needed for the trek because beyond this point you will be out in woods and mountains. One can reach the trek starting point from the road opposite to the temple. This trek has been well documented in many of the blogs. It has certain stages which can be noticed in any of the blogs related to KP. From here on i would be using KP for Kumara Pravata.Stage 1: Kukke Subramanya to Bhatt's House/ Forest Dept OfficeStage 2: Bhatt's House to Kullu MantapaStage 3: Kullu Mantapa to Shesha ParvataSatge 4: Shesha Parvata to KPKukke Subramanya to Bhatt's House/ Forest Dept officeThis is a 5.5 km stretch and one have to trek through dense forest for most part of this stage. Its recommended to trek this part during day light. We started at around 9 am in the morning. Depending on the speed it can be covered in around 2.5 - 3.5 hours. One should be careful about leeches during monsoon. There are also some other kind of blood suckers which i encountered. Thanks to some local boys who figured out what that was and were kind enough to give me a band aid.One of them put some tobacco on the wound which stopped the bleeding within seconds.
Western Ghats, a trekker’s heaven, has held my interest with its rich biodiversity and quite a few jewels that it has to offer to the avid trekkers. Kumara Parvata is undoubtedly one such gem. Standing tall at a height of 1,712 meters (5,617 ft), this highest peak in Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, has tested trekkers on a rough note time and again. However, the mesmerizing view it promises to offer once one reaches the peak, was another reason that made me pack my backpack on a fine Friday morning in mid-February.But even before I buckled up for this weekend trek to Kumara Parvata, I did a bit of research on my own to have an idea of the terrain, the challenges one may face and the route. Here is a rough sketch of what I found -Since Kumara Parvata trek can be done over any weekend, it’s easier to divide it into Day 1 and Day 2 itinerary, which again can be broken down in to roughly 6 stages.Stage1: From Kukke temple (trek starting point) to BattaramaneStage 2: Battaramane to Kallu MantapaStage 3: Kallu Mantapa to the Shesha ParvataStage 4: Shesha Parvata to Kumara ParvataStage 5: Back to Battaramane or take a different route to SomwarpetStage 6: Battaramane to the trek start point or from the Peak to SomwarpetI also added the following points to my note:Location: Dakshina KannadaDistance from Bangalore: Approximately 280 KmsTrek starting point: Kukke Subramanya RouteComplete trek distance: 13 Kms on one wayThe peak height: 1712 MtsTime to complete the trek: 8-10 hours on one sideCamping: Allowed (Needs permission from the Forest Dept.)Best time for this trek: Oct to FebForest office permission: Mandatory (Rs 300 each)Trekking Fee-Rs 75 Camera fee - Rs100 (Approximately)Battaramane contact details: +91 9448647947 (For food and accommodation you need to inform beforehand)And I made a list of ‘must-have’ items for this trek in the Western Ghats.My sturdy backpackTrekking clothesWind-Cheater/JacketSun cap/hatOdomos creamSalt for protection against leechesTrekking shoeHiking poleCamping TentSleeping Bag/MatNecessary toiletriesWhistle and compassWater pouchDry food itemsElectral and energizersAnd with these basic preparations I set out for this dream trek of mine.Day 1Kukke temple to BattaramaneI chose to go with Hyderabad Trekking Club as they have made this trek many times and I found them reasonably priced.We reached around 10 am on a Saturday morning. But we were late as there was a Ayappa festival procession on the way to Kukkesubramanya temple. Our team was given instructions to finish up brunch and get ready for the trek as soon as possible. There are some private lodges with basic arrangements available near Kukkesubramanya temple. We freshened-up there are headed to the food stalls and restaurants nearby that serves hot South Indian meals and breakfast. We were ready by 12 pm and geared up to start our adventure.Our trek lead gathered the team and briefed about the course, which sounded easy, until we tried out. The stage 1 is about 6 kms and is relatively easy. Most of the part during this stretch one has to go through the forest canopy and hence, not much sun. However, you will be some altitude gain in this course. Once the forest ends there will be an open stretch till you reach Battaramane. That would be the first major rest point for any trekking group towards Kumara Parvata. We were all set and started the trek.I entered my first Shola forest canopy was thrilled to the core with the soothing greeney all around! However, it didn’t last long as the forest receded and an afternoon sun started beating us up. Reaching Battaramane was a huge relief and the relief increased with the home-made rice-sambar-pickle lunch. You’d be asked to clean your own plates in the flowing stream adjacent to this humble abode. We started filling up our bottles, as we were informed there wouldn’t be any more water source after this point. We resumed our journey immediately after lunch and headed towards the Forest Department.Battaramane to Kallu MantapaKallu Mantapa was our next resting point, though it was no Battaramane! All you’ll see here is a large black stone mantapa (reason behind the name) and flat ground with some benches where you can rest a while. On the way to Kallu Mantapa, we paid the trekking and camping fees in the Forest office. We covered this stretch in almost 2 hours while the first one took us almost 4 hours.Now, here was a major setback for us. We started the trek very late. While all trek groups would like to start around 9 am, we were already 3 hours behind the normal time.So, it was decide that we’ll continue trekking towards the peak next day and pitch our camps after crossing Kallu Mantapa. We found a spot good for pitching tents after another one hour of trek, which was not very flat but good enough without strong wind.We settled down, pitched our tents and started cooking a humble dinner – Maggie and oats. When legs are sore with continuous uphill climb and all you want is just to snuggle up in your sleeping bag, no matter what you get to eat, it tastes heavenly! And so after a quick dinner over lively chat, team-bonding and so many yawns, we finished our dinner and call it a day.Day 2 was scheduled to begin early morning around 4 am. That was the instruction given by our trek-lead. Before retiring in my sleeping bag, I asked myself if I have got my answer, and the answer was ‘no’, which was about to be changed next day.Day 2Kallu Mantapa to Kumara Parvata crossing the Shesha ParvataNow here comes the part for which this weekend trek has been apparently named one of the toughest treks in Karnataka and I almost got my answers. The challenge is the constant altitude gain during the next 3 kms stretch towards Shesha Parvata. At times we even had to brave the elevation that ranges between 45-60 degrees. There were rock-patches (my all time enemy) and flat trails, as well.We woke up early and got ready as per the plan and started trekking by 5:30 am. Initial clumsy steps soon became cautious steps with the steep climb. At times the climb felt a never ending stretch. But we were able to see Sesha Parvata and that was a huge relief.Bonus point was that the second part of this stretch towards the main destination, Kumara Parvata peak, was relative easy. You’ll first descend from Shesha Parvata and enter a forest patch. Once at the end of this forest, the trail will again gain elevation but not intimidating and before you know, you’ll reach the peak.However, even after starting early in the morning, we missed the sun rise as we couldn’t reach the peak on time. That is a regret that I intend to erase with another journey to this magnificent peak in the Western Ghats, soon enough.Now, getting back to the course, one major thing that may easily frustrate quite a few of us is the mistake of thinking Sesha Parvata as Kumara Parvata. This mistake is natural as the effort you put to reach the former is quite taxing. Constant altitude gain can be challenging with all the loads that you are carrying on your back.But once you get down from Sesha and enter the balming forest patch, you’ll immediately feel that all your efforts are paid off. We found out (the first timers in the group) that the forest has quite a few amazing camping spots! And the most shocking part was proximity of our main destination! We reached Kumara Parvata in no time! But a look back to the trail to Sesha Parvata is enough to make you understand why you should not try to climb that stretch at night.So, there we were. On 15th February around 9 am we reached Kumara Parvata peak. We spent almost 2 hours relaxing there, taking the amazing view in, capturing the thrill through our camera lenses and exploring the peak. There is a small Shiva temple on the peak, as well. We enjoyed our breakfast with bread-jam and fruits.After gathering back enough energy, it was time to get down. We took a different route while coming down. Our journey back was towards Somwarpet, which is another trek starting point, too. You’ll have to cross another Shola forest patch on this route. This forest canopies a major part of this route giving you time to relax even when you are walking. However, one needs to be careful while descending as there is chance of slipping on the mossy rocks.The last leg of the journeyWe reached the temple town of Somwarpet in the afternoon around 2 pm and hurried back in our pre-booked tempo-traveller to get our sore feet out of the trekking shoes and some shed from the harsh sun. As maximum members in our team had to catch a train back to Hyderabad the same evening, we didn’t have time enough to take a look around this town. The journey back to Bangalore City station lasted about 7 hours, and each of us headed back with unforgettable memories of Kumara Parvata.And when I asked myself again, what made the trek difficult, the answer was ‘nothing’. If you have a positive attitude towards the trek, neither the terrain nor the team will matter in the end. It’s all you and the mighty peak – Kumara Parvata, in the end.
Next day we went to Mallalli Falls and Bisle ghat. Bisle ghat is protected reserved forest, is listed as one of the 18 most diverse spots in the world in terms of flora and fauna. The view point offers amazing view of the Pushpagiri Hills. Kumar Parvatha - the toughest trek of South India, is one of the hills in Pushpagiri.Bisle ghat has one more interesting place - The Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal Ridge. The ridge is the point in the mountains that determines which way rivers or streams are likely to flow. It is said that this stone was laid by the British. British officers on their topographical survey of the Western Ghats found that it was the point where rain water splits and reaches two different seas. The rainwater from the series of hills and mountains to the left of this point flows towards the west drainage basins that feed into the Arabian Sea while water from the eastern side drains into the Bay of Bengal.
We debated the mode of transport, like rail, bus or tempo traveler and decided on Tempo, thus fixed the maximum team size to be 12. New few days we discussed the logistics and each ones responsibility. As the day came closer, there were dropouts and additions, finally we were 11 (Manohar, Gururaj M J, Sujith, Hariprasad Kashi, Guruprasad kashi, Muralidhar D S, Sumanth, Guruprasad Gudigar, Ganesh K Gudigar, Darshan and I). Sujith arranged two tents and Manohar arranged for one tent and sleeping bags for all. I picked up three rucksacks from Pedals and Wheels Malleswaram. We had circulated things to carry. Sujith had arranged the tempo and took it to Rajarajeshwari nagar. The idea was to start from Rajarajeshwari Nagar, pick me and Guru Kashi from near my house and pick up Guruprasad Gudigar from Channarayapattana (he was coming from Mysore). As the most common Shiradi Ghat road to Kukke was blocked, we thought we would go via Bisle Ghat, only to realize later that that was also closed.Things were fine and we were picked up about half an hour later than the scheduled time (which was OK) near the Rajkumar statue at Kurubarahalli. All of us were impressed by the condition of the tempo and were vocal with our praise. Alas..Murphy’s rule, in next few minutes the vehicle stopped near Nandini Theater, it took some time for us to realize that it was a major breakdown and the accelerator cable had got cut. Many of us went in search of garage, Sujith with the help of a local friend, explored many places. We lost one good hour Sujith contacted his friend for a different vehicle. By then Hari came up with the idea of arranging a different tempo through his office source. The new vehicle came in about half an hour. Though not as comfortable vehicle, the driver was very good. We left Bangalore by 10.20pm. Guruprasad Gudigar has been waiting at Channarayapattana. We picked him around 12 pm. We thought we can go via Bisle ghat, but were told that that is also closed. It was quite long as we went by Kushalnagar, Madikeri and Sulya. Thanks to the driver Umesh who was an expert, we reached Kukke Subramanya by 7 am. We freshened up quickly in a temple shelter and finished heavy breakfast in a local restaurant. The road to the start of the trek was under repair and we had to walk some distance before we reached the starting point.It was 8.40 am by the time we got into the jungle. There were many others too. It was pleasant in the morning, as the trail was through jungle. In a couple of hours, we crossed the Bheemana bande (Bheema’s rock) and were into grassy slopes and the Sun was making his presence felt. Depending upon our pace, 11 of had become two groups by the time we reached Bhatra mane between 11:30 am to 11:45am. There was refreshing butter milk that many trekkers who were there consumed in plenty. The elder Mahalingeshwar Bhat had gone to Kukke and the younger brother Narayana Bhat was working in the dairy. We had sumptuous, delicious lunch of rice, soutekai sambar and pickles at 12.30pm. In bhatramane garden, there were many butterflies and I enjoyed photography for some time.We left at 1pm. The forest office was just after Bhatramane where we registered by paying Rs 200 per head. Near to that was a view point where we took some pictures. The next destination was kallu mantapa and the path was steep and did not have many trees. In the scorching heat, there were 20 odd people in the shade of a signle tree.The scene all around however was breath taking. It was 3.45pm by the time we reached the water source near kallu mantapa. We refilled our water bottles. I thought we were doing very well with time, but certainly it was long way to go. There were five who were faster, and six of us who were slower. By the time the second group reached top of Sheshaparvatha, it was 6 pm and the Sun was setting. The first batch was waiting for us there.We took about half an hour break there and moved ahead though a valley of forest. It was getting darker. There were some groups who had tented near the creek in the valley. Many of us were tired and were hoping to reach the peak soon. It was around 6:45pm by the time we reached the end of the forest and we were in for a shock! There was a huge plane rock in the way of the peak that was at 60o angle. We had no choice, but to get on all fours and do rock climbing. Some of us had head torches, and those who climbed up showed light to those who were climbing. It was quite an effort by the time all of us crossed and reached Pushpagiri or the peak of Kumara Parvatha.It took some time to find a place suitable to pitch three tents, and we chose the place on the way to Somwarpet as we did not want to wander for too long in the dark. It was already 7:15 pm and we pitched the tents and lit a camp fire.We had chapatis, chatni pudi and curds liberally distributed by Ganesh. It was wonderful to sit and have food in the moon light.The floor was not very even, but with all of us having sleeping bags, it was manageable. Two tents had four people each (snug-fit :-) ) and one had three. The night was relatively calm. We were up by 5.30 am and walked to the place from where we could see the Sun rise. There were at least 50-60 people tenting on the peak.We had some left over chapatis just before starting the descent at 8.30 am. We could catch driver Umesh over phone and tell to come to Somvarapete. The trail was fully covered by trees thus making it very pleasant. This route also had regular sign boards leading to Beedhalli. Midway, there was a small stream of very refreshing cold water. The 7 km trek was completed in 4.5 hours and by 1 pm we were already at the forest office. It took another half an hour’s walk by a dusty road to reach the main road and after a few minutes wait there was our vehicle. We had lunch at Somavarapete and returned home by night, to have a refreshing shower and a good night’s sleep.Though it was my third trip to KP, this one was special as we climbed all the way to top from Kukke in a single day and tented right on top. Though challenging at times, it was pleasurable, thanks to the unparalleled beauty of nature, great company and planning of our young friends.
The divine serpent Vasuki whom Lord Shiva wore as an ornament around his neck, was threatened by Garuda (mount/Vahana of Lord Vishnu). Vasuki performed tapas (worship) for numerous years in the caves of Kukke Subhramaniya temple trying to avoid attacks from Garuda. Lord Shiva decided to send his son Kartikeya to protect Vasuki from Garuda. Apparently Kartikeya visited Kumara Parvatha and blessed Vasuki that he shall stay with him forever. From then onwards the pooja offered to serpent shall be considered as the pooja offered to Kartikeya himself.
The road from the gate to the peak passed through the pushpagiri wildlife reserve,trust me if you own a sedan or a bike with not enough torque,this is not a good place to be 'JEEPS and Royal Enfield ONLY'.Took around 40min to reach the forest officer's camp on the foothill of mandal Patti, parked my bike there and started trekking to the top,the view at the top was the best I have ever seen,with the morning sunlight cut by the mountains and the cloud of fog under you,makes you feel like you just stepped into heaven. And then i met the special anti poaching officer at the pushpagiri wildlife reserve,and he volunteered to take me to abbi falls if I could drop him in Madikeri.we had a cup of tea and spent a little time at the tea shop,he was quite famous in that part of madikeri,he shared some information about the wildlife there. And then we reached Madikeri at around 8:30am and he got off my bike,and may be that is what life is about, people come,people go but the journey must go on. Now it was time to head home,came with a heavy heart and coorg embraced me with love and mother nature did the trick. Clicked a selfie with Mr.john kollanaur,the owner of the home stay I was staying at. And then the journey back home to see the city lights began. Left Madikeri at around 1:30pm and now there was one last obstacle to overcome, as I earlier pointed out,I didn't have a lot of money so I only had around 200rs left with around 400rs of worth fuel in my bike's patrol tank, didn't know if I could make it, and as suspected my bike ran out of fuel near kengeri, and somehow managed to get fuel from the nearest petrol bunk with the help of the locals there and finally reached home at around 6pm.And the journey that was planned in 30min had come to an end. And a coorg wildlife society flier to remember the whole ordeal.
Kumara parvata is considered to be one of the toughest yet must do trek in western ghats of Karnataka. At 1712 mtrs Kumarparvata is the 6th highest trek spot in Karnataka. You will encounter Batra mane on the way which is the only place to have food and also gives place to pitch the tents.2. Kudremukh Trek
Kumara Parvatha is a beautiful place for trekking as it offers amazing views of the surrounding hillside and waterfalls. Kumara Parvatha is in Kukke Subrahmanya town which is about 100 Km from Mangalore. You can reach here in 2.5 hrs, leave early from Mangalore. The trek is moderately difficult. You need to register in the forest department office before starting the trek. Do visit Kukke Subrahmanya temple (The temple of Serpent God) and Adi Subrahmanya temple (Old Subramanya temple). You can return to Mangaluru or stay in Kukke town.
This picturesque waterfall is over the Sharavathi Roiver in the Shimpga District. This fall originates from the meeting point of four cascades known as Raja, Rani, Rover and Rocket. The waterfall is locally also known as the Gersuppo Falls or the Jogada Gundi. The best part about these falls is that the water does not touch the rocks when it flows down and because of this the Jog Falls has been rated as the tallest un- tiered waterfall of the country. There are also a number of points from where the view of the lush greenery everywhere is visible. The best out of all is the Watkins Point. Other than this, you can also do some adventurous hiking downslope and take a plunge into the cool waters of the fall. The Swarnavati Riverbank and the Sharavathi Valley are also breathtaking. The nearby attractions include the Dabbe Waterfalls, Linganamakki Dam, Tunga Anicut Dam, Thyvare Koppa Lion and the Tiger Reserve.
When Jog falls comes roaring down the hills in Western Ghats in monsoon, you can not see the sky. The area will be mist filled and you will see an array of beautiful rainbows. You can see the glory of the falls when the mist clears. This is only during the monsoon months of July and August. On other months, it is trickle down the huge rocky precipice. With blue sky in the background it is still beautiful as water tumble down. Jog Falls is second highest water fall in Asia after Nokhakali falls in Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India. Within 50-miles there are medieval period temples dedicated to Lord Shiva with great architecture and history. If not anything the drive through the lush forests, green paddy fields, watching the fog emanating from the valleys up to the hills, drizzling rain, cool breeze make your trip worthwhile :)
We needed to end the trip, with exams ready to knock our doors after a couple of weeks. So to vitalize our minds and to shrug off every grain of sand we took a jeep for Jog falls. People we clinging to the fence as they clicked pictures of mother nature. But we kept walking as we found the calmest spot with every possible bite of nature we demanded for. The breeze cooled our veins, the grass met the sandstruck foot, our eyes met sun rising and the dawn said," It's monday! Back to school".
The former Nayaka stronghold of Keladi and Ikkeri, apart from being archaeologically and historically important, is endowed with exceptional natural beauty especially during the monsoon months. The Jog Falls on the Sharavathi River, around 36km from Sagara, deserve a special mention. They are the second highest plunge waterfall in India where the Sharavathi leaps in four distinct falls – Raja, Roarer, Rocket and Rani. The falls have very little water in the dry season, due to the Linganmakki Dam upstream, but are a treat to behold during the rainy season. One can descend to the bottom of the falls by climbing down around 1400 steps which can be demanding but is totally worth the trouble.
Lovely view of the fall when water level is good !
It’s created by the Sharavathi River falling from a height of 253 m which is around 830 feet!! Huge isn't it? It’s the second highest waterfall in India. The water falls down the rocky bed in four distinct falls and the volume of water is most in the monsoons and the beauty of the falls is also best experienced during the rains. On your way to Jog falls you would feel like stopping now and then at every turn. The view is so nice but make sure you don’t miss the sun rise because of this. Try and reach before that. It’s less crowded and you could see the transition of a starry night into bright day light. 1500 steps take you to the base of the water fall and if walking isn't an issue walk down and experience the nature all around you.
This beautiful waterfall which is created by the Sharavati River, is the second highest plunge waterfall in India. We stayed here for one night at the KSTDC hotel. This hotel is located at the best possible spot and we got stunning views of the fall from our room. In the early morning the falls were engulfed with fog and it was an absolutely spectacular sight to witness.
Jog Falls, created by the River Sharavathi, falling from a height of 253 metres (829 feet), is the highest waterfall in India. It is also called Gersoppa Falls or Jogada Gundi.The falls are located on the Uttara Kannada and Sagara border.
Goa Vs Gokarna: Compared to Goa which is the party destination especially North Goa, Gokarna is peaceful and serene. You have your privacy and quite popular for couples who wish to spend some calm time in the beaches. While Goa never sleeps, life in Gokarna is almost over by 10 PM, excluding one or two places where the music still plays into the night. The cops are more active in Gokara and a strict no to drink and drive especially when you come into the city. Gokarna is however a bit similar to Arambol and sweet water lake areas where you find travelers and not many tourists.
Jog Falls and Ride Back: The next day on our return back to Bangalore, we thought to ride via Jog Falls which is 120 km from Gokarna. Though it was not a great time to visit the falls as there would be no much water flow, but still we want to cover that as we have covered almost every type of landscape and only a water fall was missing on this ride.
I had heard about a very famous home stay – Gundimane, near Jog falls and I was determined to spend a night there. So we asked for directions and somehow managed to reach the place. If I have to give you an advise, I’ll say that you better ask locals for direction and not trust Google maps as there are so many offshoots from the main road that there are chances you might pick up the wrong route.Again, the drive is scenic and it’s a single lane tarred road winding through dense jungles. All through the route you’ll suddenly come across a small hamlet with a queer name and you’ll get to see neatly dressed school children proceeding to school. It’ll make you wonder as to how would these people manage such things at a village which is located practically in the middle of nowhere! And then you’ll finally reach Gundimane when you’ll get to see a board that declares ‘Gundimane, 0.2 km to the right’.The vast estate lies beyond an old creaky iron gate held together by an iron hook. When you enter the place, you’ll come across acres of rubber plantation which’ll take you back to the pre-independence era when Burma used to smuggle Indian labourers to make them work as plantation labourers. Of course, you’ll know this straight away if you would have read ‘The Glass Palace’ by Amitav Ghosh. The sprawling estate is so huge that it seems that it ends at the horizon. And if you are lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of spotted deer or Indian Bison on the opposite slope clad with green grass.Gundimane is a home stay located in the middle of this estate, managed by an old couple and their helpers. The ground floor is the abode of the couple and the first floor has rooms for the guests, the special attraction being the balcony that provides a panoramic view of the green surroundings. It is generally full on weekends and if you want to go there, it is advisable to make prior booking which we had done as well. It was close to sunset when we reached there. So, we kept our luggage in the rooms and rushed to a nearby hill to witness the sunset. It’s a small distance from the estate, say 15 minutes walk. And from there a 5 minute trek would take you to the top of a small hillock from where you could see the entire landscape. On one side, there is Tunga dam and on the other side are vast stretches of forests. The place is very breezy and a perfect place to have early morning tea witnessing the sunrise (of course, if you have got tea in a Thermos flask!)After we were done, we went back to the home-stay and Chandrakala aunty had cooked awesome dinner for us, all authentic Karnataka dinner served on banana leaves. As the day neared an end, I stayed on at the balcony for long listening to the sounds of night and finally dozed off.Day 4: Trasi Beach (Song of the day – Born to be wild: Steppenwolf)We woke up early the next day and pushed off to our next destination – about which none of us knew! As we left Gundimane, the lush green forests gave way to small villages and towns. The city life was back and we were on the highway to Mangalore. Concrete houses, cars and motorcycles replaced bullock carts. The innocent smiles gave way to frowns and hence we entered the reality. The temperatures soared and the humidity increased substantially and that was when the wonder happened.It was close to afternoon when we witnessed something we had been longing for long, yes the sea! As the highway paced slowly by the sea on one side, the fresh scent of salt water jolted our happiness back. The best part about this highway is that at one point you’ll find yourself surrounded by water, on to your right would be the vast sea and on to your left would be a river!
Jog Falls: On the way to Murudeshwar, there is a junction, the left side of which leads to Jog Falls (61 km from the junction). The road is nice and the traffic is also less. But during the month of June, the water was scarce in the waterfall.
Listed as India’s highest plunge waterfall, Jog Fall is a calm cascade during summers and late winters. It becomes a mighty roaring waterfall creating a spectacular sight. During monsoon, the entire area is foggy and misty that covers the waterfall. The clouds play hide and seek, revealing the waterfall after a frequent time gap. The constant showers make the sight even spectacular.
This is a beach and natural port in the beautiful station of Udupi which is known for its natural beauty and unique food. This is a long beach along the Arabian Sea and is a very clean one as well. The place is not very crowded but there is a lot you can do here such as jet skiing, horse riding, parasailing, camel safaris and island visits. The best time to come here is during the early winter season as most of the activities are on during this time. There are also a number of restaurants and holiday resorts for you to remain close to the sea for a little longer.
Malpe Beach is a tourist destination, so the F&B market is well supplied. We loved the street vendors who peeled and cooked our food freshly and in front of us – always feels better when I can do the food safety inspection myself. P loved the BBQ’d corn and the freshly-squeezed juices. We also had drinks and Chinese fried rice at a beach side cafe, whose name I would probably be able to tell you if I was really a travel blogger. We also enjoyed ice creams from a cycling vendor along the beach (listen for the bell). We were offered accommodation several times, so I don’t think it’s too hard to find somewhere if you’re not fussy. If you are, I can’t help you – we didn’t stay overnight. Maybe ask Trip Adviser. Instead, we made use of the pay-to-use toilet and shower block which is near the main entrance to the beach, and well signposted. Toilet use costs 5 rupees per person per visit (you’ll have to pay two if you accompany a young child), shower use costs 10 rupees per person per visit, and probably includes a little sachet of shampoo only there was a bit of a crowd at the entrance when we got there so we missed that trick. Now, I say “shower” – in fact what you pay for is a little concrete cubicle with a cold water tap, a scoop and a bucket. Even if you’re not the kind of klutz who falls into the sea getting off a boat, you’ll still be thankful your things are in plastic bags if you’re bathing here – there’s few hooks and no benches. It’s not roomy for two people if you’re with a young child, but it’s good enough for a quick refresh and to rinse the sand out so you can return to civilisation with your head held high.
From Udupi, the beach was a brisk 5 km walk. The roads were thin and surrounded by coconut groves, fields and cow sheds. We made the walk at the right time as we witnessed the city waking up. We crosses bridges with back waters and ponds. We crossed modern and post modern architecture house holds, all the while with a faint smell of the ocean. The beach itself was clean and quiet, except from the roaring crashing of waves. The sand was clean and the water was cool. The shore line was riddled with with straw built hut like structures that we very local to the culture of the locality. The beach itself was devoid of people, as it was really early, but the sun was beginning to grow warmer and the water was still resisting the change. We could see fishing barges coming into the port at the distance and we made sure to add the harbor to our itinerary. The beach extends as far as the eye can see. On one side, there was small activity center that includes carnival rides and food stalls. At this point of time they were deserted, but we imagined it to be exiting and decided to come back to it in the evening. On the other side was the beach stretching and a short walk towards it showed us small coves and natural pools that were untouched and quiet. We spent the rest of the morning there before heading off to the harbor.
A beach is nothing short of a great way to start a holiday. Malpe beach is a quiet, secluded beach with blue waters, white sand and incredible people. The water is cool and the sand is warm. There are a few eateries nearby to grab a famous Udupi breakfast and filter coffee. The sun seems friendly here. The more you watch the crashing, blue waves, the deeper you understand the world.
Being a beach-lover, my heart started to beat with excitement as i approached closer to the sunny blue Arabian sea. As vast as one's eye can reach, it was all blue. As you enter the beach, the first thing you notice before the sea, is a statue of Mahatma Gandhi which adds as an attraction for the tourists.
Udupi is a relatively affluent place, and Malpe Beach obviously prides itself on its tourism. Facilities and activities are well sign posted and advertised, without being obnoxiously touted. We were approached by “unofficial” tour guides at the far end of the beach, offering to take us out on a private tour in their fishing boats and bring us back without raping and murdering us and dumping our bodies into the ocean – but they didn’t push when we declined.
When you live a busy and stuck up life the way I do,even if it's something you love doing, you need a let out. A random day you would get up in the morning and decide to take the first bus or train away from the routine. Well, that was my trip to Malpe beach in Udupi.I had heard a lot about it ,some good, mostly bad. The people I knew from the District told me the only memory they had of Malpe was the fish smell and dirt but yet an impulse is hard to resist and boy, was I glad I didn't resist. Malpe was far from anything dirty and the fish smell was only present on the route and not at the beach. It reminded of something out of an old hindi movie but I think that was mostly cause of the weirdly likable old soul music playing in the background that was heard all over the beach.The stalls just added an extra factor to the whole experience selling everything from ice candy, chaat, chinese to very typical coastal food and for those of you who have extra fuel in your impulse engine there's a tattoo shop right there that would cater to it,although I wouldn't exactly recommend that.Malpe welcomes you with a spectacular view of the sea meeting the horizon and if you're as lucky as I was you'll have a grand view of the sky reaching down and maybe even see one of the clouds drenching an island.It's a fantastic place for a weekend getaway with hotels and cottages right on the shore for very decent prices and a carnival every now and then. Like every beach however, the best part about this was submerging your feet into the cold waters,collecting shells and lying on the sand as if time froze just so I could enjoy those moments.
The food is local and remains true to it's history of fishing. We stumbled upon a restaurant that was serving sea food meals. The menu consisted of just starters and finger foods and all the customers eat rice and fish curry. The rice and curry costs about Rs. 50 and so do most of the other food. The local soft drink is of ginger, lemon, kokam and other flavors. Malpe beach has a number of food stalls that serve some of the freshest fish you'll ever get to eat. at prices that you won't believe.The people are some of the nicest I've ever come across. They're extremely cooperative and will try their best to help you even though you may not be aware of the local language, Konkani. The roads are clean and safe to stroll around at night. The beach is open thorough out the night but beware of crabs and other animals. Stray away from the main roads and walking through the villages is absolutely wonderful to experience the essence of the place. I've included more information about location wise journey in the itinerary.I would suggest that you stay continuously hydrated as it's quite hot. Use the local bus services. The routes are beautiful and the auto's might cheat you. There are plenty of lodges at Udupi and it's alright to just pick the first one that you see. There are also many resorts if you wish to stay in luxury. Try the local food and be nice to the locals. Make sure you do not litter as they are doing a wonderful job of staying clean.We have considered going back to Udupi for a couple more days. If i missed anything in this post, perhaps nicer places to stay or food tea eat of places to visit, do drop a comment!All in all, try to be a part of the culture and you'll have an incredible time!After a comfortable overnight bus journey from Bangalore, in lieu of excellent connecting highways, we reached the Udupi Central Bus Station at 4:30 a.m. The city was quiet and desolate. The street lights were on, the streets were clean and it was silent enough to faintly hear the sound of crashing waves in the distance. By the time we had our coffee at the station canteen, it was almost 5 a.m. and the city was beginning to stir awake. The sun was starting to rise in a cool orange glow. The streets and groves were coming alight with faint blue light. People were walking out of their house for a quick stroll or a cigarette or some tea. It was incredibly beautiful to watch the pace at which things grew, which was very different from the city back home. I fell in love instantly, with what the place had already offered - a sense of calm. We had a quick breakfast of Udupi's famous Masala Dosa, Idly vada, Kahara Baath and Masala vada with coffee a few hours after we reached the beach. It was better than I've ever had back home.
Coastal Karnataka Journey was one of the fav moments. We reached Mangalore city via train from Bangalore started exploring the city visit to Mangaladevi, Kadri Manjunatheswar, Gokarnatheswara temples and Panambur beach. Udupi we paid a visit to God lord Krishna and left to Malpe beach. St Mary's Island is a beautiful, The place is full of rocks and greenery need to do little bit of hiking. We left Udupi to Sringeri reached at Midnight, Checked in at Hotel.
Malpe is 6 km only. Buses, autos go to malpe. Connectivity is good.We visited Krishna temple, Chandramooleshwara temple in Udupi etc followed by dinner at Diana hotel, udupi.Second Day - St Mary Island, Malpe And Kapu Beach
Yes! Ocean is always mystique…It can cast a spell on the onlooker and can ease you down…Beach therapy, as it is called. I always wanted to own a piece of land on the beach side with no one around, totally disconnected from the whole world, so that you can day dream throughout the day. St.Mary’s Islands near Malpe beach in Udupi turned out to be the perfect destination. Visiting a place that is hidden in the sea which is full of hexagonal rock formation! That is the whole USP of St.Mary’s Islands.
Malpe Beach,UdupiFerry ride from Malpe beach to St.Mary’s Islands takes almost half an hour. The island looks beautiful even from the distance, fully dotted with coconut trees. You will fall in love with the place the moment you step into the island…with crystal clear water, white sand with full of shells and marvelous hexagonal shaped rock formation.Your jaw drops at the first glimpse of this rock formation and you will be like “Oh God!!You are one hell of a sculptor!!” The rocks look so other worldly and give the impression of having been artificially constructed. Let’s call this as an Indian version of the famous Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.
Malpe is a natural port about six kilometers to the west of Udipi, Karnataka, India. An important port and fishing harbor on the Karnataka coast. It is a suburb in Udupi city . Malpe and the Mogaveera goes together. Inhabitant for the millionaire businessmen of Mogaveera community. Tulu, Kannada and Konkani are spoken here.It took me some 6-7 hours to reach Udipi from Bangalore by bus. Its was simply fascinating on the first sight. Amazingly clean and peaceful sea beach. I realized that I have landed to a awesome place.2 days just went by ... Its been a year and I still love to rewind those pictures and cherish the beauty of Mother NatureJust perfect for a small weekend trip solo or with loved ones !
And our motorcycle ride continues form Chikmagalur, Mulyangiri and now where?? With two options in mind 1. The scenic Dharamshala and the party place Manipal, Malpe beach OR 2. The Hippie Trippie Murudeshwar and Gokarna. By now it is already 2 days of continuous riding for us and by the time the group left and we checked into a café to plan our nest steps it was 5:30 PM. Both the places are at 300+ km distance from Chikmagalur. No much fun at party places like blue waters, Manipal on a tight budget trip we decided to Raid De Gokarna!
We had been ignoring this one for a very long time. The name somehow never really convinced me. What could a town named after a cuisine has to offer? And to add to my apprehensions, i figured out that it is a pilgrimage spot. And thus, there it lay on hold, for a long time.But then finally one weekend we couldn't find any reservations to any other place but Udupi. So we decided to give it a try. An overnight journey in a sleeper bus from Bangalore, and behold, there we were.Udupi is miles apart from any other place we had been. At the very first sight, as you enter the town, it fails to load you with excitement. The town is a little sleepy, little dusty. But then, once you get comfortable, things change dramatically.Well, one distinct advantage here was that of finding a cheap and decent accommodation without much hassle. And that was a great relief, given the overnight journey through rough roads.The first thing we did right after bath was to visit the so famous Udupi Shri Krishna Matha. Well, i am not a very religious guy. But when a million reviews put it as the top things to do in Udupi, you've gotta give it a try. The temple was a surprise for me. Udupi is in Karnataka, yet the temple is built in Kerela styled architecture. And it was beautiful, cause i had never been to a south Indian temple and thus there was so much to explore and feed into my hungry brain.
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Located off the coast of Bay of Bengal is Tamil Nadu’s capital and India’s fourth largest city. Formerly known as Madras, the metropolis is the main transportation hub for southern India. Travel to Chennai for the unique exhibit of architecture from the British Raj, peaceful pilgrimage sites and a delectable South Indian cuisine. Tourists can start their day with a walk by the beautiful Marina Beach, teeming with fishermen and their boats, and makeshift bazaars fringing the shore. Among the other places to visit in Chennai, start with the characterful neighbourhood of Mylapore that houses the vibrant Kapaleeshwarar Temple. Then head to Rajaji Salai’s Fort in St George that once was home to the British East India Company. The Government Museum inside the imposing Pantheon complex of the colonial era is a popular attraction. The state museum is decked with bronze antiques dating back to the 7th century Pallava era. Surfing along the Covelong beach and walking through the bustling bazaars of George Town are a few of the most common things to do in Chennai. Also, don’t leave here without getting yourself an authentic South Indian thali from the illustrious Saravana Bhavan.Read More
Chennai....An old metro city...Fully developed place of south india there are so many places for roaming like....
The first view of coast was from the air. A white fin stuck into our view of the dancing azure ocean as it enclosed land protectively. Deeper into our sight was an ocean of dense humanity clustered in buildings and houses that were coloured in pinks, yellows, blues and greens. Shortly after, we’d landed at the Chennai airport.
From Mahabalipuram we go to the Chennai... took a flight and Fly away with lots of memories of beautiful places and found some peace in south region...South is the best place to visit with family friends or solo(Very Safe Region) Here one thing is common if you go anywhere you will find something beautiful...
Waiting for the boarding announcement we pondered about the course of action for the day. We planned to get to Udagamandalam (or should I say Ooty) from Coimbatore, and were brainstorming about how to get there. I was an advocate of renting a car - it would give us a good deal of flexibility while travelling, and would feel like the road trips we used to take when my sister and I were kids. My parents were more interested in hiring the services of a driver, as it would give my dad an opportunity to sit back and relax. After a brief discussion, we agreed on renting a Hyundai i20 from Zoomcars for the next 3 days and made the payment en route to the aero-bridge.
DAY-10 ChennaiThe challenge which was accepted and successfully accomplished.The goal was to cover 5000kms but I have covered 6410kms in 10days with total amount of Rs4500.This was by far my greatest ever accomplishment. Changed my perspective of lot of things. Made me a more tougher person. Taught be how to be without a mobile for a couple of days. Talk to real people and hear their perspectives. Made me so grounded. I'm so glad that I did this. Thanks to everyone
The roads are pretty smart during this a part of the planet. The three huge metros particularly Chennai, Hyderabad and the city are utterly connected to through specific four-way roads. This triangular affiliation of roads covers many tons of if not thousands of kilometres. Most of the most effective traveler spots will be reached out simply from branches that come out of those roads. Safety place with friendly folks. Southern a part of Indian landmass is one among the safest ever with friendly people that are well-known for his or her warm reception. In contrast to northern a part of the country, these folks speak English all right. This improves most of your troubles in visiting a distant country.
• Sign your kinds up for a vacation on the waves of ChennaiIf Keanu Reeves impressed you with his surfing in Point Break, then head straight to Covelong Point, a surfing school in Chennai to learn the moves.Have you ever come across someone who quit surfing because he or she didn't enjoy the feeling of walking on water? Probably not. That's the charm of surfing. Once you're in it, you're in it for life.The Covelong Point is your opportunity to enter the world of surfing. Classes are held by a team of qualified surf instructors from the school.Great for intermediates and beginners, you can also try one of their yoga packages, to bring more flexibility to your body.Prices:SURFINGIntroduction Class – 2 Hours - ₹1500Regular Lesson – 1 Hour - ₹50010 Day Course – 4 Hours/ Day - ₹13,5005 Day Course – 4 Hours/ Day - ₹6,750Contact Details:Surfing School: +9840975916The surfing school also provides accommodation. They have five beautiful ocean-facing rooms with a breathtaking view of the Bay of Bengal.Call for accommodation details: +9884046674Check out the details here.
I had been planning to explore places in and around Chennai as soon as my internship got confirmed (which happened to be in Feb). Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) and Pondicherry had been on the top of the list for a while. I decided to end my 8-weekend long procrastination and finally came up with an impromptu plan with my cousin Rahul.
The first part of the trip is reaching Rameshwaram from Chennai. We(5 friends) on a much awaited Friday, somehow managed to escape the offices and reached Tambaram station by 7:15 in the evening. Took a Madurai bound train until Madurai and reached around 4 in the morning.
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For a dose of south Indian culture with a side of French flavours, travel to the city of Pondicherry, perched on India’s east coast in Tamil Nadu. Peppered with Gallic landscapes of bougainvillea draped colonial townhouses, pastel villas and leafy boulevards, Pondicherry is a haven for both – the traveller in the quest for spiritual awakening, and the leisure-seeking tourist. One of the region’s most sacred attractions, is the internationally acclaimed Sri Aurobindo Ashram located off Goubert Ave. Drawing lakhs of devotees from across the world every year, the grounds are home to the shrines of Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Alfassa (The Mother), and a meditation hall, which is one of the most peaceful places to visit in Pondicherry. Another must visit destination is the township of Auroville that was founded in 1968, located 8kms away from Pondicherry. The community, houses people of 45 nationalities. One of the lesser known things to do in Pondicherry is bird watching at the Ousteri Wetlands, 10kms from the heart of the town. You could spend your mornings at city’s major beaches - Auroville, Serenity, Promenade and Paradise, and end your trip with a walk along the seafront promenade, as you chase the setting sun. Read More
After that we go to the pondicherry we enjoyed there a lot(This place is so beautiful and unique which force me to write a separate blog for this.... can't help I have to )
On day three you wake up in Puducherry and post breakfast, depart for Auroville, an experimental society, in Pondicherry. This coastal town is famous for its French quarters, local and international cuisine and the beautiful beaches. It's a place where you can enjoy the cultural diversity of France and South India, discover pristine beaches to just chill at and relax, and rejuvenate with some yoga and meditation.Sights covered: Auroville, Aurobindo Ashram in the French town, Ganesha temple, shopping and stroll on the pristine Promenade beach.Meals: Breakfast and dinner on board. Lunch at a luxury resort in Pondicherry.Timings: Auroville at 10am, Aurbindo ashram and other sightseeing at 3.45pm.
I took the last bus to Pondicherry as it takes only 3 hours and there are buses every half hour. I thought I will reach and find a hotel as I have done this a lot of times in Himachal. But this time things were not going to go my way. I reached at around 1 am in the night, there were no autos ,no nothing. All the sign boards were in Tamil, I didn't even know where I was exactly. I couldn't even use maps or book a hotel as I don't have a smartphone. I use the oldest model of Nokia which probably your grandfather uses. I was panicking a little bit. I knew about this hostel called Vedanta Wake Up but didn't know the way. I called up a friend and for the next hour he gave me directions to Vedanta.Thank you Aakash. I reached but there was nobody at the reception. I entered the hostel and tried opening all rooms in hope of finding the dorm, very wrong right ? I finally did after half hour of struggle and just climbed up on a random bunk without checking in.On the next day I finally met Satish, the manager. He was so sweet he didn't even charge for the last night. He said you have had much of an ordeal already. I took an auto and set on to the main promenade area of Pondicherry. You should rent a scooty if you have a license, its cheaper.In Pondicherry I spent most of the time roaming the little town, feeling the sea breeze and clicking pictures. There is nothing much exclusively to see there, just roam around to get the vibe. You can visit the Aurobindo Ashram and the two famous churches Basilica of Sacred Heart Jesus and Immaculate Conception Jesus church, the architecture is enchanting. The pictures are a proof . I found few very beautiful gardens along my walk.
Pondicherry lies on the south-east coast of India in the state of Tamil Nadu.A beautiful cloudy morning of March and I landed on Pondicherry , the new bus stop. I had chosen my Budget Oyo Room nearby for staying.What one needs to know while in Pondicherry is where exactly to hangout. I personally love the road that extends from M.G Road to the beach.The French capital of India, is a destination that offers serenity and sanctity in its true sense. The city is calm and its urban architecture, depicting the French style, attracts people from all over the world. Besides sightseeing you don’t need to worry about what to do in Pondicherry, for the tiny holiday destination has a lot to offer and to make it a fun-filled trip for you.1. Beautiful Sunrise at Promenadewake up early morning or stay up all night long. But do not miss the sunrise for watching the sun rise from the vast expanse of the Bay of Bengal is one of the best things to do in Pondicherry.2. Some Peace at AurovilleIt is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Pondicherry for those who wish to attain eternal peace and harmony. One can visit the samadhis of Sri Aurobindo & his mother or participate in collective meditation in Ashram around the Samadhi in the main building on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.3.Good Lunch at French CafeA holiday in Pondicherry is never complete without savoring its local cuisine.4. Scuba Diving and watersportsScuba diving is one of the most enthralling and fun things to do in Pondicherry. In fact, Pondicherry is the only diving spot on the eastern coast of India. The place is characterised by natural coral reefs, rocky pop-ups, man-made folds, and a plethora of marine organisms. The marine life includes corals, lionfish, grouper, kingfish, moray eels, eagle, manta rays, parrot fish, sea snakes, triggerfish, angelfish, banner fish, and crustaceans.5. An evening at Paradise BeachAs the name says .. it is actually a Paradise.One can either reach Paradise beach by boat or by road, spectacular boating facilities are available in Chunnambar River, with the lush green plantations and backwaters in the backdrop. Located along the Cuddalore Main Road, this is an amazing location for relaxing and chilling-out.6. A walk to rememberA walk with your loved ones away from the urban chaos is all we want.The seafront of Pondicherry does not allow traffic movement from 6:30 pm till 7:30 am – to ensure peaceful and hassle-free outing and wandering of visitors.7. MahabalipuramMahabalipuram is famous for the Shore temple (Wedding location from the movie 2 States). It is 100Km towards Chennai from Pondicherry.What are you waiting for ? Pack your bag and visit Pondicherry. Perfect Weekend Destination.
208 Kms from Karnataka
Best time to visit - January,September,October,November,December
About 100kms west of Mysore, the hilly hamlet of Kodagu (formerly known as Coorg) is located in the evergreen highlands of the Western Ghats. This charming district beckons tourists with its spice gardens, cardamom forests and a sea of coffee plantations. Travel to Coorg for the wide array of adventure activities. Raft through the white rapids of the Barapole river, trek across the grasslands of the Kopatty-Kalugundi trail or quad biking through the Chevalara falls. For those seeking a more relaxed experience, fishing at the Valnoor and Bheemeshwari fishing camps or simply wandering through coffee plantations are some of the most sought after things to do in Coorg. The 17th century Madikeri Fort where the revered Tipu Sultan once held court, and the Omkareshwar temple are among the most famous attractions of the district’s headquarters in Madikeri. While you are here, also visit Namdroling Monastery in Bylakuppe, the largest Tibetan settlement of south India. Go here for a pleasant evening intermittent with monastic hymns, prayer bells and a motley of Tibetan handicrafts. Read More
So, I took off to Coorg along with my family because everyone of us needed a break from our usual monotonic routine. This is the time you must visit this place. It is at its best form during the monsoon season and if you don't have the wanderlust to travel to this place during this time, there's something wrong with you.It's completely covered in lush greens, a beautiful tropical scene to behold. This is the perfect time to fill your car's fuel tank and drive off to this pretty place because I swear the weather there at this time is absolutely gorgeous and not disappointing at all!
To those who do not know about Coorg, please note that Coorg is not at all a hill station in itself.It is a district named as Kodagu (Coorg) in the Indian state of Karnataka and has to offer many locations for sightseeing, and road trips in and around 80~100 kms of radius. We were not known to this as we went unplanned.I am writing this especially for all those travelers who do not belong to the region, and doesn't know much about the place. So that one can plan their trip to this beautiful place properly.
Rightly called, the Scotland of India, Coorg’s silent charm is a trekker’s haven. The trekking routes through tea and coffee plantations lead you to some of the most stunning destinations in the Western Ghats. The rippling of a white cascade at Bettigiri is music to ears as you pitch a tent here and prepare for bonfire and barbeque snacks.Best time for camping: March and April
Also known as the ‘Scotland of India’ this place has a lot to offer starting from activities to natural beauty and delicious cuisine. This is definitely one of the most opted for tourist places near Chennai within 500 kms with its exotic locations, luscious greenery and trekking options. The Coorgi Chicken curry is like heavenly food on the taste palette and historians also find fuel over here. September to May is the best time to visit this place.Distance from Chennai: 578-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Put those weekends to good use by taking these shorts breaks from Chennai. They rejuvenate you and almost give you a new lease on life. The land of the silk kanchipuram and spicy coconut dosas can get to one at times. It is during such phases when one needs to pack light and head off to a place that allows the unwinding of the mind and presents the weary bodied with ample options to relax. You could use the list of weekend getaways from Chennai to get away to. With so many places to choose from, you can never go wrong. You might want to plan ahead and visit the other places on the list. After all, a weekend off from city life could rejuvenate your spirit. If you have plans of just lazying around and reading a book, one of these places is just for you.Autumn has arrived. There is a slight chill in the air. However, deadlines at work and a hectic schedule at home have probably not given you the chance to take it all in. This calls for a short weekend trip away from the city - away from the noise, the stress and commitments. If you enjoy spending time with yourself, there are a few places near Chennai where solo travel is recommended. Pack light and set off without making an announcement. If you love travelling and you hail from Chennai, you couldn’t be in a better place. The city has so many nearby places to escape to that you’re never short of anything to do on a weekend.Plan your weekend itinerary to fit in some of the best short destinations that Chennai has to offer. If you’re looking for places near Chennai to escape momentarily from city life, these weekend destinations are the best to start with. They are a superb combination of history and architecture, fun and leisure.
At a distance of 237 km, this weekend getaway from Bangalore is officially known as Kodagu district. It's close proximity to the city makes it a desired weekend getaway from Bangalore. Coorg’s hills covered by forests, the coffee and spice plantations add to the beauty of the landscape. The town’s transportation centre is Madikeri – from where cars and buses converge with tourists.Adventure activities in Coorg includes trekking, camping, dirt biking, coffee plantations tours and exploring the wild side of nature in an excursion through its wildlife sanctuaries. The treks here are of moderate difficulty and thus meant for almost every one. The panoramic views from the top of the hills are mesmerizing. There are also a few old Buddhist and Hindu temples here. All of this make Coorg one of the most sought after places to visit near Bangalore within 300 kms.
Why go? Travel to Kodagu District, aka Coorg, to discover the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats at Madikeri. The trekking and camping opportunities near Madikeri have established it as an adventure hub for vacationers for years. Travel to this haven, where the incredible coffee plantations and numerous vantage points offer breathtaking views and make Madikeri an ideal getaway for every traveller.Things to do: The highest peak in Coorg is Tadiandamol. A day hike to this peak includes views of the rolling greens and fragrant coffee plantations, taking you right into the heart of nature.Budget tip for Coorg: Earn JPMiles as you shop online while prepping for your trip to Kodagu and redeem them later on flights.
3.Coorg: Coorg is a quaint little town located near Mysore and Bangalore. Carpeted with emerald green grass, Coorg is a sight to sore eyes and the gentle showers of monsoon do complete justice to this beauty. Glistening off the foliage like precious diamonds, the raindrops add a fresh crispness to this foliage-rich town. Famous for its delicious coffee, the intoxicating smell of the coffee beans will surely have you craving for a cuppa. The terrace gardens of Coorg, coupled with the mountains here they reside make Coorg a must visit monsoon destination of India.
After this unforgettable trip, I had to come back to the city life again. However, I made sure to visit some nearby places for rejuvenation. Over the weekend, an early morning ride to Nandi hills which is famous for catching up a beautiful sunrise scene, was all I needed. Past few weeks, I also explored Coorg, which is called mini Scotland of India. It’s characterized by lush green hills, a dense forest, and a pleasant weather. It’s a perfect location for tourism if you ask me. You get to see Coffee plantation, Dubare elephant camps, Rajaji Seat and Tibetian Monastery. My recommendation for you is to take a Homestay instead of a Hotel.
Amongst the places to visit in March in India, Coorg is one destination that should be on the very top of your bucket list. Sometimes referred to as "the adventure capital of Karnataka", this hill station is known to cater to all types of travellers, whether one wants to relax in the backyard of a coffee plantation or one is a serious trekker preparing to climb the Himalayas. With bustling rivers and paddy fields, Coorg makes for a wonderful destination to catch the last whiff of winters.Things to do: Whitewater rafting on the waters of Barapole. Trekking in the Brahmagiri range till the Tadiandamol peak. Quad-biking and other adventure activities in Kakkabe.Food: Some local favourites are pandi curry, a spicy gravy with chunks of pork, and kadumbuttu, dumplings made out of steamed rice.Weather: Average – 28 degrees Celsius. High – 34 degrees Celsius. Low – 22 degrees Celsius.Average Expenditure Per Head (excluding flights): Rs. 11,000 for 5 days.How to reach: Nearest domestic airport is in Mangalore (160km away). It could also be a good idea to take a flight till Bangalore, which is more easily accessible from all major airports, and then take an overnight bus or taxi till Coorg.For an extended guide on Coorg, refer to this trip.
125 Kms from Karnataka
Best time to visit - January,February,March,July,August,September,October,November
Once the seat of the Maharajas of Mysore for six centuries, Mysore is now the third most populous state of Karnataka. But not much as changed in terms of its cultural ambiance and heritage, hence deeming it as the cultural capital of Karnataka. This city is popular for its year-round pleasant climate, silk, sandalwood and many majestic palaces, such as Lalitha Mohan Palace, Jaganmohan Palace and the most visited and grand one being the Mysore Palace. To get an exclusive insight into Mysore's culture, Folklore Museum would be the best place, where a plethora of carved wooden figures, ceremonial headdresses, vibrant masks can be seen along with puppet shows depicting Hindu mythological stories. Mysore Zoo is perfect for animal and nature lovers while the Regional Museum of Natural History serves those interested in ecological history. For those looking for unwinding strolls or simple relaxation, Karanji Lake and Kukkarahalli Lake are the best to visit, preferably early in the morning or evenings. More attractions include Brindavan Gardens, Railway Museum and St. Philomena's Church. Cauvery Arts and Crafts emporium is renowned for an array of silk sarees, carved sandalwood, wooden toys and inlay work, whereas Devaraja market is ideal for a more local shopping experience. Restaurants such as Hotel RRR Restaurant, Malgudi Cafe, Vinayaka Mylari, Sapphire and Anu's Bamboo Hut cater to popular local and international cuisines. Mysore comes alive during the 10-day festival of Dussehra, celebrated in October, when one can witness the entire city bedecked with lights, colours and music, making Mysore a memorable visit. Read More
The distance from Ooty to Mysore is 130 kms and the road from Ooty to Mysore passes through Madhumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and Bandipur Tiger Reserve. The road is really awesome and full of thrill as it passes through dense forests and there are many animals crossing points also. Because we had enough time thus we decided to take a safari in the dense forest of Madhumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. Madhumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Tamil Nadu while Bandipur Tiger Reserve is situated in Karnataka. Bandipur Tiger Reserve is also a good place for wildlife lovers. After that we continued our journey by heading towards Mysore and in the evening we reached Mysore. Tariff's for Hotel: Starting from ₹1000/- per room (Non AC) Starting from ₹1500/- per room (AC) Mysore is one of the most popular tourist destination in Karnataka. It is also known as "Palace City" of India. There we visited Mysore Palace, Lalitha Mahal Palace and Chamundi Hills. Mysore Palace is one of the best palaces in India. The Palace shows us the lifestyle of our kings that how they lived such a royal life. It is a must visit palace. Lalitha Mahal is also a royal palace with a good architecture. After visiting Chamundi Hills, we left Mysore and then started our journey towards Chennai. The distance from Mysore to Chennai is 480 kms. After a smooth drive of 8 hrs we reached Chennai in the late night.
The Mysore Palace is breathtaking and is en route to Madumalai National Park. Hence a stopover to see the palace is must. If anyone is interested...its the best place to buy silk saris.
As far as majestic history goes, there are not many places that can trump Mysore, often referred to as the 'City of Palaces'. The Mysore Palace built by the Wodeyar Kings is a place where perhaps one can locate how Mysore became as culturally rich as it is for the Wodeyar Kings were great patrons of art and culture, allowing various forms, crafts and styles to flourish and grow in a way that they still exist and temper the way the city is today. However, this is not all, Mysore is not just a place of cultural but also natural beauty. Located at the foot of the Chamundi Hills it has numerous lakes like Kukkarhalli and Karanji. The Chamundi Hills are also important because atop them is located the Chamundeshwari Temple, one of the most important religious sites in Mysore.
Mysore, formerly a Princely State, until the Independence of India in 1947 is filled with Royal beauty. It was once a region with flourishing art and culture under the royal and mighty kings. Also called as the "City of Palaces", Mysore's beauty can be seen through its rich architecture and its majestic palaces that stand tall today. Passed form the Vijayanagar Empire to the Wodeyar family (that lives here even today), Mysore has always been occupied by Royalty.
After the break, we reached Mysore recharged and our first stop had to be the street side dosa stalls serving up the famous south Indian dish ‘masala dosa’. With hot, freshly made dosas in our laps we sat on cold stone steps looking out on the magnificent 1927 Silver Jubilee Clock Tower now lit up by spotlights. The next morning we made our way to visit our first Catholic church in India, St. Philomena’s Cathedral. The cathedral has some beautiful stained-glassed windows and it was very interesting how inside the locals had Indianised the church. From the cathedral we caught a rickshaw and made our way towards the gate of the Maharaja’s Palace. Continuing through the palace the interior never ceased to amaze with huge hallways, massive swinging chandeliers and a kaleidoscope of mirrors, stained glass and sparkling walls that when reflected in the mirrors seemed to continue forever.
We won't be able to start riding from the outset, but will initially have to take a shuttle bus to battle the traffic on its own terms. Once we get to riding, the route for the day is overflowing with culture, which is quite expected for India! We ride past mango orchards, nurseries, paddy fields and temples and make the first stop at the Big Banyan Tree. This gigantic tree is about 400 years old and spreads itself over 3 acres. after a stop here, we move onto the small town of Channapatna, where toy-makers make handmade toys in their small factories. Before this, we stop for a typical Kannadiga cuisine at Kamat Lokaruchi. Channapatna owes its toy-making heritage to the King Tipu Sultan, who first introduced this otherwise Persian art. The small highway town is lined with bright shops showcasing horses, beads and sundry toys. We again use shuttle to reach the cultural capital of Karnataka, Mysore.
199 Kms from Karnataka
Best time to visit - May,June,September,October,November
This renowned hill station once housed the Madras Presidency during the British Rule and possesses many remnants in the form of regal looking bungalows, such as the Stone House, The Ootacamund Club, Government House and Fernhill Palace. This along with the tall pine trees in the green areas almost makes you believe you are in old English country. Ooty is also home to some of the most breathtaking lakes in the country, such as the Avalanche Lake, Emerald Lake and the popular Ooty Lake. For some adventure, one can hop on the Nilgiri Toy Train and enjoy a ride through the blue mountains, winding through dense forests, dark tunnels and valleys from Ooty to Coonoor. Ooty is heaven for nature lovers and a trek through the Mukurthi National Park will be etched on your mind for years to come, offering a stunning panorama of carpet like green hills, home to the tallest peak of the Nilgiri Range, several wildflowers and beauties such as the Nilgiri Tahr, Bengal Tiger, Indian Elephant, Leopard, Bonnet Macaque, Mouse Deer, Otter, Small Indian Civet and many more. If you still want more, you can take a mesmerising walk through the charming 19th century Government Botanical Gardens. Ooty's beauty can be explored more adventurously with everything from horse riding to hand gliding and mountain biking, all arranged by various resorts. Avid readers will be overwhelmed to visit the 19th century Nilgiri Library, sheltering around 25,000 books and hosting many events to promote reading habits among all age groups. Chocoholics should place King Star on the top of their itineraries for purchasing a plethora of delicious homemade chocolates. More delicious food from vegetarian, cafe to non-vegetarian cuisines can be enjoyed at popular places such as Quality Restaurant, Earl's Secret and Willy's Coffee Pub, which also has a commendable library for one to delve into while enjoying their drink. Witness Ooty come alive in the month of May, with its vibrant boat races and flower shows, hosted across the town.Read More
This is among the few places I visited before I fell in love with travelling. Ooty is a 255km drive from Bengaluru. Bengaluru itself is a beautiful place and you don't need too much reasons to visit. What adds to the experience is this hill station. One can travel from their personal car or hire a car. Other than car, buses are also easily available.
As there were no 1-bedroom apartments available for the next day, we were allotted a couple of hotel units (it's essentially room + bathroom). We explored the area a bit in the morning before the amazing continental breakfast at Ascot. We reached the clubhouse after a bit of a climb and discovered a number of hidden gems there, including a 6-player Carrom board. The pencil sketches made by the previous guests were really interesting - it was almost homely.
The journey to Ooty was by far the most memorable road trip I have had yet. And the fact that we rented a vehicle (and not hired one with a driver) made the experience so much better. From cruising on the well maintained roads to trying to find an inexistent road and retracing our path by about 4-5km, we experienced it all. We discovered during this experience that the people in the small towns here feel really happy to help others out - never before had I seen anybody so enthusiastic about guiding us towards our destination, be it a lady carrying vegetables home or a pan-shop entrepreneur! Our ascent to Ooty finally began at about 5.45pm after we finally found a small restaurant where we stopped for tea. I dreaded the ghat section because I was really prone to carsickness as a teen - however this time was something different. We rolled down the windows and took in the freshest air possible, sang along with the songs on the phone, cracked jokes, enjoyed the beautiful scenery outside, observed the fluffy clouds, looked out for monkeys, and finally witnessed the sun take the rest of the day off. The most interesting part of this journey was seeing the buses travel up and down the slope - for a bus, the speed at which the drivers drove was just insane, and the way they navigated at the blind turns was nothing less than a work of art. By the time we reached the Club Mahindra Derby Green Resort, it was dark. We missed a couple of turns and ended up adding an additional half hour to the duration of our journey.I always look forward to staying at Club Mahindra - I love every bit of the experience, especially their hospitality (they go to extra lengths to ensure that our stay is comfortable) and the amazing food. On arrival we were greeted with hot towels, honey herbal tea, and sandalwood paste. The slightly-sweet hot tea complemented the chilly Ooty evening, and the untimely rain helped in quickening our journey from the reception to the 1-bedroom apartment (which also had a kitchenette!). The bandh interestingly proved to be beneficial for us - our room got upgraded owing to the fact that one of the guests cancelled at the last moment! We had a hearty dinner at restaurant Ascot. We were spoilt for choice when it came to dinner, as there was every cuisine we could possibly want. With minds full of eventful experiences, and tummies full of amazing food, we finally retired to our mini-apartment for the evening.
Adorned in Colonial charm, Ooty is a delightful hill town cradled in the beautiful Nilgiri Hills. The charm of the hill station lies in its laid-back luxurious grace, a surreal destination to rejuvenate in a picturesque setting and the perfect place to visit in May in India. With enthralling sights of the Doddabetta peak and the Tiger hill, Ooty is mesmerizingly graced by waterfalls and lakes. Pretty cottage dot the back alleys, and tea plantations on hill slopes add to its scenic beauty, along with terraced botanical gardens and flower cultivation.How to get there: Well-connected by roads. Coimbatore is the nearest airport and Mettupalyam is the nearest railway station.
After travelling such a long distance we finally reached Ooty . Crossed a small market area , few hotels and then went uphill . After crossing tea factory it appeared as if we have entered forest area. I became skeptical about the place but my thought changed completely after reaching the the resort - Sinclairs Retreat . Glimpse of the city from this place was so enticing . Entire city appeared like little sparkling stars in the sky.
Ooty or the Queen of the Nilgiris, which is also known as the Blue Mountains, is one of the most fascinating hill stations in south India. Located in the Western Ghats at a height of 7,500 ft, Ooty boasts of prolific vistas, tea and coffee plantations, clear lakes, hills and stunning valleys.Ooty is where the Western Ghats and Eastern Ghats submerge to become one. One can encounter rare species of flora and fauna here and the roads in Ooty are often surrounded by huge Eucalyptus trees and forests that seem to end at infinity.Ooty has always been an allurement for the people in south India but now it attracts tourists from the world over. This Ooty itinerary is your one stop guide to answer all the questions that you might have as you plan your next weekend getaway to Ooty.
So, on our last day we decided to ditch the Doddabeta peak and head to avalanche lake. On reaching avalanche, there was no road that lead to the lake. We had to find a trail in the forest ans trek down the mountain to reach the lake. So we parked our two wheeler side by the road, and found a trail. We had to be careful as we feared the wild bisons and the snakes. On reaching down, we found a beautiful lake surrounded by forests. All that you can hear is the wind, the sound of the water flowing and the birds chirping. The calmness one can get at this particular place is on a whole new level. People who really want to destress and escape reality should visit these places untouched by the tourists. The lake is deep though. And the fresh air you get is unbelievable. After spending one full hour at the lake, we had to climb back and came back to Ooty. We had our lunch and boarded our bus at charing cross at about 6PM. We reached chennai the next morning. The whole trip was unforgettable. The best way to de stress and escape. And we really escaped reality and had nice stay in all these places. The best way to explore any place is to hire a vehicle and explore and just loiter around the city. The beautiful part was the view between these destinations. The journey was more beautiful than the destination.
302 Kms from Karnataka
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,July,August,September,October,November,December
Known as the gateway to Karnataka, the picturesque city of Mangalore is famous for its golden beaches, revered temples and delicious coffee. This port city lies nestled between the blue waters of the Arabian Sea and the towering hills of the Western Ghats. The pristine beach of Panambur is a popular tourist destination and also plays host to the colourful kite festival of Mangalore. Adorned with ancient murals, the Kudroli Gorakhnath Temple is frequented by many devotees. The Ullal Beach of Mangalore is a great place to enjoy water sports. Easily comparable to the Marine Drive of Mumbai, the New Mangalore Port is an ideal place to relax and unwind. Mangalore is famous for its Udupi style dishes and staple seafood preparations. The Neer Dosa, Mangalorean fish curry, Cashew Upkari and Rasam are great introductions to this cuisine. Pallkhi, Gajalee, Cochin Bakery and Naivedyam are popular eateries here. There are multiple hotel options for tourists, extending from high-end resorts to budget hotels and even beach resorts. With its easygoing air and calm countenance, Mangalore is the perfect destination to relax and unwind. Read More
MANGALORE is one of the most important cities of Karnataka. It is the nearest airport to Manipal. If you are missing the city vibes and feel like shopping or want to be stuck in traffic for a while, Mangalore is the place to go. Mangalore offers a number of options for shopping ranging from Levi's to Calvin Klein. It also offers a good range of food joints and restaurants.
Flight journey from Mangalore to DehradunHoping for safer, smoother and shorter yatra , we left for Dehradun from Mangalore on June 18th 2016 early morning. To travel to the Chardham circuit, we hired a mini-bus from Haridwar since it was the only mode of transport that could carry 13 people across the terrains. Helicopter service has become popularity , if pilgrimage is the only objective, one can choose this mode of transport.Day 2 and 3
We decided to travel by train up to Mangalore and then hire a bus for the road journey. “Matsyagandha express” dropped us at Mangalore central station at 9.30 a.m. sharp. We hired a bus for our road journey up till Kodagu, but we decided to refuel ourselves with some breakfast. Our driver (Mr. Shivaji) took us to a nearby restaurant which served simple, yet elegant South Indian breakfast.
Bekal is a small village situated in the northernmost district of Kerala, Kasargod. This place happens to be my native too. We visit here to attend the functions at our family temple every year. Bekal is famous for the Bekal fort, which is the largest fort in Kerala. There is also a famous Shiva temple on the way to the fort.Getting here: One can visit Bekal by train or by road. The train Mangalore–Coimbatore passenger departs from Mangalore Central at 7:35 AM. The journey is of 45-50 minutes. But we usually travel by our car. It is around 75 KM ride from Mangalore city.We started at around 7 AM from Mangalore by our car. The NH66 road is in excellent condition now.Our first stop was the Anantapur Lake Temple. This temple is built in the middle of the lake in Ananthapura Village. Legend has it that the cave near the temple is connected to the Ananta Padmanabha temple of Thiruvananthapuram. Unforunately, I had not clicked any pictures of the temple during my visit there ( as our phones were switched off)
This trip with the family was long due. Since all of us were in Mangalore(my hometown) to attend a family function, we decided to go to Coorg/Kodagu for two days. We were 7 of us (my family and my cousin’s family) and we booked an SUV for the trip. The distance from Mangalore to Coorg is around 150 KM ie approximately 3 and a half hour drive. The roads were great and the weather was very pleasant.As we had gone with our parents, we did not include any adventure stuff on this tour.
Sometime back, I was travelling to Goa from Karnataka. We were going back from a friend's wedding and since we had a few days to spare, we decided to go by road. It was a crisp 8 hour drive, the best part being most of it being along the coast.
You can spend your rest of the day by visiting few others temples and churches like Kadri Temple, Gokarnanatheshwara temple, St. Aloysius Chapel etc. or you can end the day by visiting Tannirbhavi beach and Panambur beach. You can also enjoy boating and jet-skiing at Panambur. Don’t forget to taste the best ice cream of Mangaluru at Pabbas Ice Creams, Lalbagh. If you are a foodie you cannot miss on this. Also, try Kori Rotti for lunch or dinner, Korri Rotti is the authentic Mangalorean dish. Crispy Roti with chicken curry!
Visited Deepak travels, paid their bill and had roti with Undhiyo for lunch. Boarded evening flight at 3.30 P.M ,reached Mangaluru at 7.30 P.m.Its trip with colorful memories of kites, flying dwaj of Mandir, birds, blue sea, creek , green fields,white/pink temple and white desert.