Across mossy roads and through numerous tea plantations, this route is replete with shimmering waterfalls and an endless rows of windmills. This leg of the journey will take you through thick jungles, winding roads and backwaters laden with lily pads, snaking towards the Arabian Sea. Uttara Kannada will greet you with the pristine Karnataka towns of Bhatkal and Gerusoppa.
Bhatkal, also known as 'Batecala' in some historical Portuguese texts, is an idyllic port town that is home to a bustling bazaar that is the district's primary thoroughfare. With tables decked with terracotta crockery and sacks of dried spices, the market is also a food lover's paradise. Next, the beautiful broad roads will lead you to Gerusoppa. Folded deep into the forests, the temple town is riddled with the ruins of Jain shrines dating back to the 14th century. The town that once boasted of a 100 shrines, is now left with less than 12.
Time on the road: 6 hours