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Short vacation remembering the kings

Discussion in 'Travelogues & Experiences' started by NitinGirish, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. NitinGirish

    NitinGirish Amatore

    Haven't posted a travelogue before so pls do take a lenient view of the mistakes:)

    End August/early September I was thinking of going on a short vacation during Dussehra. We had an off on October 6th, applied for leave on 7th and it was approved. With four days in had, was thinking of where to go.

    Initially thought of going to Chickamagalur to stay at Eagle Eye Resorts. Until I came across this http://matthuga.in/index.php

    Clciked on 'Nearest Places' section on the website and found out it is indeed close to lot of sight-seeing places. The prices are very competiive too. Whats more, I made a booking by mailing them and doing a net transfer to money for three days, i.e. 6th, 7th and 8th October.

    My plan was to visit these places:-

    5.Kallu Sanka
    6.Jog Falls

    I did not want to just 'finsh-off' looking at places so didn't strain myself with visiting too many places. I went alone so had to balance between driving and enjoying the sights rather than making it an endurance race.

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  2. NitinGirish

    NitinGirish Amatore

    No approval required for thread! Super:clapping

    Day 1: Bengaluru-Matthuga-Jog-Matthuga

    I left home at 6:15 AM and hit the tolled road to Tumkur. Stopped by at Kamat Resturant at 7:15 AM. Breakfast was below average, Sambhar had gone bad and the potato dish was cold. I don't think he serves fresh food. Avoid this place. When I re-joined the highway it was 7:40 AM.

    Rest of the journey on NH206 till Matthuga was uneventful. Roads are bad in patches, especially between Arasikere and Jajoor.

    Reached Matthuga at 12:45PM. Room was ready and I just dumped my bag and myself there. Rested for half hour after which I was called for lunch.

    Ate, rested and re-joined NH206 around 3:00 PM to see Jog Falls which is just 8kms from Matthuga HomeStay. The last 4-5kms to Jog is awesome twistie land. Dangerous but fun. Most vehicles struggle here on the uphill and it reminds you of Traffic in Bengaluru flyovers:D

    Anyways, reached Jog and saw this:-

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    Came back to my room at around 5:30ish rested, ate diiner and ended day 1.
  3. NitinGirish

    NitinGirish Amatore

    Day 2- Siddapura-Changragutti-Hareeshi-Banavasi-Soraba-Kalasi-Matthuga

    Woke up on day 2 at 6:50 AM to see this outside my window


    Without wasting much time, got ready and went down. Breakfast would be served only at 8:30 AM. That was too late, so I hit the road to Siddapura around 7:45 AM.

    Road just behind Matthuga homestay.
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    Reached Chandragutti around 8:55 AM. I drove slow, listening to music and shooting a video of my drive (not advisable:wink:).

    Disappointment awaited me at Chandragutti since the temple was not open. The priest would come in only at 10. I was disappointed, may be Goddess Renukamba didn't want to provide appointment to me that day:(

    These two are the only two pics I managed to click at Chandragutti

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    Locals advised me to drive through Hareeshi to Banavasi as the roads were better in this route. Took that advice and reached Banavasi to be greeted by this:-

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    Priest there gave a brief history about the temple and the speciality of the pillars. After Darshana and Mangalarati I set about clicking the beautiful temple. My photography skills are nothing to write about and in a way I am comitting crime by not properly capturing the work of great sculptors. But could not resist the temptation and here you go:-

    View of the temple from front
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    Idol of Lord Yama, never seen one before
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    Shanta LakshmiNarasimha
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    Lord Agni I think, not sure
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    Ardha Ganapati, other half is supposed to be in Varanasi
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    Lord Kubera, he is smiling. Maybe because he knows he drives the world:D
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    My eyes went moist looking at this. I presume this is Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvati. Perhaps only Kalidasa can explain the beauty of this
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    Lord Indra, notice the sculptors skill in carving the last three fingers on Lord's left leg
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    There are few other pics but I don't want to bore people furthermore:)

    I was very hungry by this time. I enquired with the parking lot attendant about places to eat breakfast in Banavasi. He suggested 'Hotel Sudha'. Had Vada and buns. Not bad. Tanked up at the HP bunk for Rs.500 based on local's recommendation.

    Next destination for the day->Kalasi.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2011

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