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Punto explores Chikmagalur, Western Ghats

Discussion in 'Travelogues & Experiences' started by punto_emotion, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. punto_emotion

    punto_emotion Esperto

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    Background:

    Being Christmas vacation time, we decided to take a small break and visit my in law’s place in Davangere (about 280 kms from Blore on NH4). Then a thought came to my mind as to why not plan a small holiday with family. So started exploring options and zeroed in on 2 places – Kemmangundi near Chikmagalur or Dandeli. Having decided about the place, started looking out for stay options & had to drop Dandeli due to non-availability of accommodation. Searched on Trip Advisor for stay options at Kemmangundi and read positive reviews about ‘Valley of Birds’ home stay. Called up the concerned person and blocked the stay. So now we were all set to zoom in the Punto…….

    Basic stats:

    Places visited: Kemmangundi & Chikmagalur
    Route: Bangalore – Davangere-Kemmangundi-Chikmagalur-Davangere-Bangalore
    Total distance: @ 1000 kms
    Overall mileage (including highway drive, ghat drive): @ 17.8 kmpl as per MID

    The journey:


    > Finished office @ 5.30 pm on Friday and started the first leg of journey, Bangalore to Davangere. Being a holiday time, phew got stuck in bad city traffic. By the time I could get out of city it was almost 7.30 pm. Reached Davangere by 11 pm and had a good night sleep.
    > Sat (22nd Dec) morning @ 9 am started the journey towards Kemmangundi with family. So Punto was now fully loaded with 5 adults and luggage.
    Route taken: Davangere – Channagiri – Bhadravati – Tarikere – Kemmangundi. Distance: @ 150 kms . Of this @ 10 – 15 kms was really a bad stretch to drive. My heart was pouring for Punto over those bad patches. On the way, visited a place called Shanti sagar lake. Man! This lake is really huge!! It is regarded as one of the largest in Asia. I think the first being in the state of Orissa.

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    Reached Valley of Birds homestay, Kemmangundi @ 1 pm and was welcomed by amazing hospitality. We enjoyed a simple and superb lunch, took a power nap and started towards Kalhathgiri falls which is @ 15-20 kms away from the homestay

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    Sun (23rd Dec) : Enjoyed delicious Puri – Bhaaji breakfast and started the journey towards Mullyyangiri, the highest peak in Karnataka which was @ 60 kms from the homestay. The route was very scenic coupled with good roads. Off course Punto’s prowess added to the excitement factor. As we started climbing the altitude, the excitement enhanced. Final 2-3 kms of the climb was breath taking. Narrow roads with steep fall on one side which tested the car’s & driver’s capabilities. But once reaching the peak, everything else was forgotten. We were mesmerized by the nature’s beauty and views offered. Let the pics do the talking

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    Returned to Chikmagalur at lunch time and after lunch started journey towards Davangere, which was @ 200 kms drive. Spent couple of relaxing days at Davangere enjoying Butter masala dosas, mirchi bajji etc :)

    Finally started towards Bangalore on 26th Dec early morning

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    Thanks for reading the TL. Sign off pic :clap

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  2. zenwalker

    zenwalker Esperto

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    Super sir super. Recently been to davangere just to have benne dose. Kottureshwara hotel in front of bapujee medical college beene dosa was amazing. We enjoyed it though.

    I am yet to visit mullayanagiri. I am sure your experience of cruising monica belluci in twist tuns of ghat sections at higher speed was amazing right?

    Pics are amazing and some where i remember seeing your car number plate. By any chance you car visited Ele city?
  3. Ravi

    Ravi Staff Member Janitor

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    Wow breath taking pictures.
  4. raj29

    raj29 Superiore

    Beautiful pictues and nice travellogue
  5. sungoa2010

    sungoa2010

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    Excellent pictures. Which is the camera?
  6. punto_emotion

    punto_emotion Esperto

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    Yeah, Kottureshwara hotel prepares the best Butter dosas!! I think recently during Pune factory meet, one of our TFIan also had dosas here :) Yes, Punto was as usual amazing on the twisty roads as well on express highways. No friend, havent visited Ecity recently. Infact after I quit Infy in 2010, havent been to Ecity at all. At times, miss it!

    @ Ravi & Raj, Thanks very much for liking the pics & TL!!! :)

    Thanks Sun!! Its CANON SX 40, a Bridge camera.

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    Ooops! Couple of edits -

    a) On the lake pic, I have mentioned the name as 'Sukh sagar'. Its actually "Shanti sagar'. Too many self service hotels in Blore with their names ending with 'Sagar' created the confusion I believe :evilsmile

    b) The idol pic where in falls water is gushing through is Lord Dattatreya and not Lord Brahma!

    Courtesy my Wifey for the above edits :up
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2012
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  7. sandipan_r15

    sandipan_r15 Superiore

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    Beautiful pics.Ah, I will really love to drive on those twists.
  8. Ganges

    Ganges Esperto

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    awesome pics.

    New Jewel trip to your punto ;)
  9. punto_emotion

    punto_emotion Esperto

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    Thanks. Yes, with a Fiat for sure any one would get tempted to drive on the twisty roads :-D

    Thanks Ganges :clap
  10. ramjn

    ramjn Staff Member Janitor

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    Thanks for sharing. Great pictures.

    One question - What is the altitude of Mullyyangiri peak from the sea level?

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