Refer Part - 1 to know about the Planning and Homestay Booking
After finishing the hustle and bustle of Friday, everyone gathered at a common place from where we were supposed to start. Loaded the boot space with our backpacks and embarked on this most awaited trip at around 12:00 in the night.
We followed the below route suggested by Google Aunty as it was a complete highway with small stretches of single lane roads in between. Distance to reach the Homestay is 262 Kms.
Condition of the car was pretty good. It was quite new and was delivering more power than its other counterparts. Leg Space is more than enough for people taking the back seat. Handling of the car is something for which Toyota needs to be appreciated. Ground Clearance is again an important factor to consider if you are taking this SUV for off roading and boy-oh-boy it will serve the purpose effortlessly with its humongous tyres. Each one of us drove the mighty Fortuner and felt the power of the beast.
We took multiple stops on our way out of which one was just after a Toll Naka(Unable to recollect the name) where we saw fresh and hot Idlis getting prepared at night 3 AM. We took the opportunity to refuel our stomach and continued our journey thereafter. We reached Sakhleshpur around 6:30 AM in the morning.
Abbe - Gundi Falls:
We were supposed to check-in at the homestay which is in Mudigere after 8 AM, so we decided to explore Abbe-Gundi Falls which is around 22 Kms from Sakhleshpur and 27 Kms from our homestay.
We never had any expectations but, when we reached, to our good luck the view of the fall was surprising and made us cheerful. Map will take you till the point located on the road. There will be a signage which is written in regional language. Then there is a small stretch of slippery route alongside the road going downwards that will take you to the falls.
Note: You can dive in to the water as it is safe and only knee deep. Although, water is very cold. We refrained from taking plunge at that point because we were tired.