Whoa!!! This ever planned and cancelled trip is finally crossed off from my travel bucket list. That doesn't mean that it's sorted and we go there, see the place, enjoy the time and come back. No. Not this time. The train tickets are booked. That's it. Nothing more. A bit less than that actually. We didn't get confirmed tickets for two train journeys. So even that's not perfect. We don't know how we are going to get near to the waterfalls. There are two stations and both are more than 10 kilometres apart. And the whole place is a forest and comes under forest department. No roads to get there. No cars could go easily. And even if they could the best sight is when we go by train and Trek through tracks amidst the jungle. We couldn't get a direct train to the near by station so we decided to go to Hubli from Bangalore and spend a day roaming around. Take a night train from Hubli to castle rock or Kulem which reaches at 4:30 in the morning. Then we booked a return train from Kulem which starts around 4:30 in the evening. So we have 12 hours of time to cover more than 15 kilometres by walk. And it's not just plain walk with directions. We don't know how to go about to the place. If we follow the tracks we could get there but that's banned by forest department and if we get caught doing it we could be in trouble and has its own consequences like penalty and may even be jail. And oh parents were not so chill about us going there because of the rains throughout India. But we had to. We wanted to. But we didn't know how. So we set out on our way to see how things go and do things in the flow and enjoy the adventure.
As the clouds gather over the mountains and the rains start to shower filling up the streams and waterfalls, we decide to celebrate the monsoons drenching ourselves completely in the rains as others keep running inside their houses. For others this is the time to take cover and enjoy the day indoors but for us this is the time to embrace the adventure, the unknown in search of unexplored paths and unexpected adventure as we book our trains, pull down the windows, feel the droplets hit our faces and smiles plastered on our faces just to say that monsoon is worth celebrating!!! So, for us monsoon of 2019 was about this one thrilling and adventurous journey to Dudhsagar waterfalls. Follow me on Instagram @vinay.522 for more pictures and travel stories!!!
After a bus ride of an hour and a half, I was in yesvantpur railway station at around 11:30 pm. Cousins were already waiting at the station. We had a tea and after a quick talk about football and plans for tomorrow we got into the train. We arranged our bags. Talked for some time and called it a day and went on our seats to sleep after some time of scrolling through phones and listening to songs. We dozed off as the network died. After a good sleep which wasn't quite normal for me at least we woke up at around 7:00 am in the morning. We still had an hour or so to reach our first destination of the trip. After a quick photography session through rainy windows and doors of the train and stations on the way we reached Hubli at around 8:00 am which was a bit early than the scheduled arrival time. We washed our face and freshened up. Got ready for the day trip in and around Hubli and Dharwad.