Monsoon is the season for Waterfalls. For past several years, I have spent monsoon in quest of waterfalls in the state of Maharashtra.
So last year, I thought to change the course and head to Karnataka, in search of them.
I called up my friend who was once my neighbor, now a resident of Hubballi. His father worked in Indian Railways, an ardent traveler of old times. My childhood memories is filled with the stories of temples, forest, pilgrimage, dams etc told to us by this uncle.
I still remember those evenings after tuition when uncle narrated us the marvels of Hampi, Belur, Hospet dam. It is from him, I learnt about Hampi. Our textbooks never had a chapter on any of our ancient architectures. Doesn't matter. Not everything is there in the textbooks.
I could have searched on Google. But I wanted to explore places which are less tread. So I asked uncle to guide me with some off beat trails in Karnataka.
Uncle was quick to share names of destination which he had personally visited. On top of his list was Jog falls - about which I had read earlier.
The second one he suggested was near Mysore. He did give me names of several other waterfalls too, however he insisted that I start with these two first.
After figuring it out the expenses, I booked a sleeper class ticket for Honnavar. It was a night journey, the train had covered the major distance in darkness. The train was moving with full velocity with its horn opened to wake everyone up. I guess, the driver had planned to dock the train at Madgaon railway station as early as possible. At Madgaon railway station, I brushed my teeth, had some snacks and was completely refreshed for further journey. This is my best part, whenever I travel to Goa, standing near the doors is breath taking. The trains passes through some of the tunnels and beautiful landscapes on both the sides. I keep hopping from door to door, enjoying the pleasant morning.
Crossing the bridge on the Kali river is a treat on the way towards Karwar. I've been here many times.