Friends, We had a wonderful trip during the Oct 4 to Oct 8 holidays with family. Initially we decided to visit Hampi/Hospet region but somehow the constant pull of Malnad region after rainy season was somehow tempting to visit Sirsi. As planned we visited Ganagapur on Oct 4 & 5 with all poojas and started our return journey to Sirsi. Day 1 - BLR to Ganagapur - 640 kms Route Taken: BLR-Tumkur-ChitraDurga-Hospet-Kushtagi-Bijapur-Sindagi-Jertagi-Ganagapur Over all road conditions was good to very good till Bijapur-Sindagi. Journey from Sindagi to Ganagapur was the worst nightmare we never anticipated. The last 25kms took 2hours to reach Ganagapur. After Sira Kamat, there is no decent eateries on the highway. At last, with no breakfast/lunch till we found one in Kushtagi highway signal to have some snacks. Below are the snaps: Above is NH 13 - Chitradurga to Hospet Road condition. Initial 3-4 kms are rough with potholes. Remaining are good enough. But, the truck traffic is too much on this road. Above is the tunnel near hospet. At last Karnataka has one tunnel on highway now. Tungabhadra Dam view with gates open. Hospet to Bijapur - 4 lane highway. Awesome road to drive. Above road condition is from Jertagi to Ganagapur of 25kms stretch. No road. Just a makeover between sugarcane fields. Locals were pretty happy with this road condition itself. In rainy season its much worst. Even in this season its too much of heat. Punto underbody scrapped almost 21times. Have counted and kept my fingers crossed not to have any damage. Finally reached Ganagapur - Sai Datta Lodge by 6pm. Bhima-Amraja Sangam --- Double Post Merged, Oct 15, 2014 --- Day 2: Went to the infamous Dattatreya Temple to perform pooja of Nirguna Padukas. Absolutely blissful place inside the temple. Performed all poojas as planned and Madhukari as well. Then went on to Kaleeshwar Temple/Shani Temple/Sangam. Had decent lunch from nearby small hotel and took rest for the remaining day. But, the condition of villagers and the facilities are less said the better. Very very basic facilities for tourists. No cleanliness and more than 6-8 hours power cut. Its un-imaginable for city dwellers. We saw those old people with bullock carts and ox going to fields and coming back by evening with hard work and satisfaction. No IT work can match this. Life is very simple. We were moved the way folks talked and lived here. Most of them talk both Kannada/Marathi & Hindi as well. Ofcourse temple itself attracts people from all walks of life with various problems. Digambara blesses them all. Must visit place in ones life. Interesting twist, later in the day was calling hotels of Hampi/Hospet for accommodation. None of the decent ones had rooms. In the meantime, we also had few phone numbers of Sirsi homestays. One of them was Sathwik Homestay. Called them up and room was available. Since we wanted to drive to place with more greenery this was much better option for 2 days rather than Hampi. Hence, decided to drive from Ganagapur to Sirsi on Day 3. Lets see how it turns out to be. --- Double Post Merged, Oct 15, 2014, Original Post Date: Oct 15, 2014 --- Day 3: We asked few locals as to which of the routes are better to drive back to Bijapur. Most of them mentioned to take the round about route from Ganagapur-Gulbarga-Sindagi-Bijapur. Even Afzalpur route was in similar deteriorated state. Left Ganagapur at 7.30am towards Gulbarga. Below is the road condition: Below - Gulbarga - Jevargi - Sindagi - Bijapur Reached for breakfast at Bijapur. There were few hotels like Golden Heights and others. Luckily we found a canteen in Ayush Hospital as we wanted to buy some medicines. And proceeded towards Hubli. Route: Bijapur Ring road bypass - Garsangi - Bagalkote - Nargund - Navalgund - New Hubli. Awesome 2 lane highway. Decent traffic as well. Weather was turning from hot to pleasant. Once we reached Hubli, had sumptuous lunch at Kamat hotel. Crowded as usual. Punto was awesome to drive in all these straight roads with few twisties inbetween. Then we drove on NH 4 highway till we get deviation to Sirsi after Varur. Initial road conditions was not good with lot of pot holes. Finally the good natural scenes started to come by. At the same time it started raining on and off. We crossed the route - Varur Bypass - Tadas - Mundgod - Pala - Isloore - Sirsi. Reached Sirsi bus stand at 5pm. From here the homestay was 20kms towards Yana - tourist spot. Reached the homestay at 6pm with rain coming on and off. It was beauty to drive punto and push it to corners when wanted. It performed brilliantly and kept us smiling all the way. Sirsi to Devanalli on Yana route. Homestay - Sathwik Homestay. Mr.Vivek was waiting for us and guided us from Sirsi. Homestay was like midst of nature's lap. Its a 25 acre plantation with river stream flowing beside the plantation. Mr. Vivek (homestay owner) with his associate Sachin greeted us with hot coffee and snacks. Made us comfortable to adjust as it was chilly weather n drizzling. We convinced ourselves that we made right decision to visit Sirsi. Dinner was prepared and had a good discussion on Sirsi/Yana & other topics around tourism in the area. We hit the bed early after tiring journey of 520 kms from Gangapur to Sirsi.