Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Bisle Ghat

Bisle Ghat is the best picturesque destination of Karnataka and is rewarded as 'heaven on the earth'. Bisle Ghat is stretch of beautiful adventurous spot between Kukke Subrahmanya and Sakleshpura. Bisle is part of Western Ghats and situated in the border of Hassan district and Dakshina Kannada district.
Bisle Ghat is a perfect destination for the trekkers. Not only because of its breathtaking view but also it is one of the toughest trekking routes in Karnataka. 

Bisle view point near Bisle Ghat (5 Km from Bisle village) offers you the magnificent view of the three mountain ranges - Yenikallu Betta (Hassan district), Doddabetta and Pushpagiri (Kodagu district) and Kumaraparvatha (Dakshina Kannada district). A lot of mountains and forest can be viewed from here.

Travelling via Bisle Ghat gives you a thrilling experience. The stretch passes through the reserve forest. You can see and enjoy many waterfalls (especially during rainy season) you can also enjoy by seeing peacocks, monkeys, deer's and snakes.

Best Time to Visit: Any time is the fine to enjoy the beauty of Bisle Ghat but September to December is the perfect time.

Places to see in and around Bisle Ghat:

Kumara Parvatha: Kumara Parvathais one of the trekking paradises of Karnataka. It is located near Kukke Subrahmanya Temple.

Kukke Subrahmanya Temple: Kukke Subrahmanya is one of the major temples of Karnataka state. Lord Subrahmanya is worshipped in the form of Serpant. The temple attracts many people from Karnataka and other parts of the country.

Distance from Bisle Ghat:

Kukke Subrahmanya: 18 Km
Sullia: 59 Km
Bangalore: 252 Km
Mysore: 168 Km
Mangalore: 119 Km
Madikeri: 93 Km
Somwarpet: 56 Km
Holenarasipur: 82 Km
Shanivarasanthe: 37 Km
Chikmagalur: 117 Km
Shimoga: 213 Km
Dharmasthala: 69 Km
Hassan: 89 Km
Sakleshpur: 55 Km

How to get there:

Nearest Airport: Mangalore International Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Subrahmanya Road

Road: Bisle Ghat is well connected by road network. Since the stretch passes through the reserve forest, we recommend using good condition vehicles. If something goes wrong (vehicle breakdown), you have only two options - use your knowledge to repair the vehicle or wait till someone comes this way. There is no even a single shop or house on the route, even no mobile phone network.

Route map to reach Bisle Ghat: (Driving Directions)

From Bangalore: via Channarayapatna - Holenarsipura - Arakalagud - Shanivarasanthe

From Mysore: via Holenarsipura - Arakalagud - Shanivarasanthe

From Mangalore: via BC Road - Uppinangady - Kadaba


An Amazing Gateway To Nature & Adventure

Dandeli is an ideal vacation destination in north Karnataka for those who love nature. It offers tourists an incomparable mix of scenic beauty. The modern town on the river is surrounded by deciduous forests and a renown wildlife habitat where rare animals and birds roam in deep valleys and hilly terrain.

Located 125 KMS. from Goa and well connected for international travelers, Dandeli offers white water rafting, night camps, nature walks, boating, bird watching, tiger and crocodile spotting and angling, along with picnics, eco-tourism, and trips to nearby caves and temples.

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White water rafting, kayaking and canoeing on the Kali River class 3 rapids is an unforgettable experience for adventure seekers. Overland treks, cycling and mountain biking can be spontaneous or fully catered with equipment and guides.

Wildlife enthusiasts will fall in love with the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary offering a glimpse of black panthers, Sambhar deer, bison and Malabar giant squirrels. You might even see a giant iguana, king cobra, or a tiger in the dense forests. For unforgettable moments, visit Dandeli, Call Us at 09686499188 to plan your vacation.

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Maybe you want a Jeep safari into the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. Perhaps you prefer looking at the colorful hornbills and listening to exotic bird songs. Whatever you choose, you will travel safely with knowledgeable and experienced guides.

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Unchalli Falls or Lushington Falls

Unchalli falls, beautiful waterfalls is located at a distance of 25 km from Sirsi in Uttara Kannada district.
Unchalli Falls, which is also called Lushington Falls is a waterfall created by a 116 meter drop in Aghanashini River is place in the thickets of the Sahyadri hills of the Western Ghats. Unchalli falls is named after a District Collector, J D Lushington, who discovered the falls in 1845.

This falls is also called as Keppa Joga because of the noisy sound it makes. The noise of the waterfalls hurtling down the hilly area breaks the silence of the forests.

Best time to Unchalli Falls
Through out the year.

Accommodations are available at Sirsi or Yellapur.

Distance from Unchalli Falls
1. Bangalore: 425 km
2. Sirsi: 25 km
3. Siddapur: 35 km
4. Kumta: 70 km

How to get there

Nearest Airport: Hubli

Nearest Railhead: Kumta

Road: One has to take a turn towards Heggarani at Aminalli on Kumta - Sirsi state highway.

The Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses will go up to a place called Heggarani, a dreamy village in Uttara Kannada district.

One has to walk five kilometers from Heggarani through thick forest to reach Unchalli falls.

Jeep is the best mode of transportation.



Sigandur Godess Chowdeswari temple is located near the river Sharavathi which is located between Sagara & Sigandur, Godess Chowdeswari is very powerful godess where in prayed honestly gets results positive, This temple is very unique in itself, as the devi is self manifest,and is very powerful.

Many a cases are solved here without going to courts,by just putting up the problem to the devi.
One way to reach this temple is by crossing the river on a boat, along with your car in the boat, which itself is very unique. The location is itself very extraordinary as the temple is surrounded by greenary on one side and the river on the other.

 Devi Chaudamma temple at Sigandur
This place is located in the other side of backwater of river Sharavathi ( before Jog falls ). To reach this place people have to come to the main city Sagar. Sagar is nearly 350Kms from Bangalore city. Frequent buses are available from Bangalore to Shimoga city and to Sagar. It is not possible to go and come back from Bangalore in one day as the launch service (for crossing the river Sharavathi) is limited and the distance is more. From Sagar private vehicles or private buses are available (mud road). Vehicles reach one side of the bank in the river Sharavathi. Launch ( ferry ) service is available from this bank to the other bank to cover a distance of one Km. Service available upto 5.00pm only. 

The other side of the river is a small village called Kalasavalli belonging to the main place called Tumari. From this place Sigandur is nearly ten KMs. The Goddess Chaudamma ( Chowdamma ) temple is located at Sigandur. During Sankranti ( in the month of January ) a festival is celebrated here. Tourist from all part of India visit this place during the festival. People offer goat and chickens to full fill their wishes during this festival. 

The temple priest gives a cupper and brass tag to the devotes for nominal fee. There is a belief that on wearing this tag belonging will not be stolen from houses. 

Accomodation is available only at temple premises for limited number of persons only. Food is not available in this place as there are no private hotels. 

Temple Address
Pradhana Archaka
Sri Sigandur Chaudamma temple
Post: Tumari
Taluk: Sagar
District: Shimoga 
Std Code: 08186
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Honnemaradu (a place of golden sand) is a tourist place situated on the back waters of River Sharavathi.

It is located at  Shimoga Dist,  Karnataka about 15 km from Sagara on the way to Jog falls , 12 km from Talaguppa and 392 km from Bangalore. With reservations, visitors in groups of at least 12 can stay overnight, with facilities for food, shelter and equipment rentals nearby.

About 15 Kms from Sagar town on the way to Jog falls , a adventure place by name Honnemaradu welcomes the adventure loving people. The place is situated on the back waters of Sharavathi river. The place maintained by Adventurers, Bangalore. You can enjoy Kayoking, wind water surfing and all other water sports. On payment of small amount you get accomodation,food and water sport equipments. One important point to be noted before visiting this place is not to carry any Alcohol, Gutka, Non-Veg items. All this items are banned in this place.

Honnemardu is full of adventurer’s delight and offers a wide range of activities for everyone from the school children to the young at heart 60 year olds. Honnemardu is a small village perched on the hills that overlook the Linganamakki Reservoir. The reservoir is also known as Honnemardu after the village. In the middle of this huge water body there is a small island that attracts the campers. In addition to the various adventure activities, Honnemardu is also a birdwatchers paradise and one can spend endless hours watching and trying to identify the large variety of birds and butterflies.

Honnemaradu, a heaven for water sports, is tucked away in the lush greenery of the Western Ghats along the Sharavati backwaters near Sagar. Encompassing an area of 50 km by 80 km, this reservoir stretches as far as the eye can see. Honnemaradu or “Golden Lake” has some of the most spectacular views of the sunrise and sunset.

Deep in the forest, Honnemaradu is a haven for outdoors fanatics as well as those who want a complete break from city life. Trekking, however, is only permitted along roads in a designated area.

Some of the water sports activities here include boating and kayaking, but it only permitted with a guide. Swimming is not allowed. There are no longer equipment for wind rafting.

 How to get there:

Nearest Airport: Mangalore

Nearest Rail Station: Shimoga, Sagar

Road: Honnemardu is well connected by roads. You can reach Talaguppa first and there you can either trek or hire a jeep to reach Honnemaradu.

Route Map from Bangalore to Honnemardu:

Bangalore - Tumkur - Tiptur - Kadur - Shimoga - Sagar - Talaguppa - Honnemardu

Route Map from Mysore to Honnemardu:

Mysore - Channarayapatna - Kadur - Shimoga - Sagar - Talaguppa - Honnemardu



Jog Falls is the second-highest plunge waterfall in India, Located near Sagara, Shimoga District of Karnataka state, these segmented falls are a major tourist attraction. It is also called by alternative

names of Gerusoppe falls, Gersoppa Falls and Jogada Gundi.

    Jog Falls is created by the Sharavathi River falling from a height of 253 m (830 ft), making it the second-highest plunge waterfall in India.

   Sharavati, a river which rises at Ambutirtha, near Nonabar, in the Thirthahalli taluk and takes the north-westerly course by Fatte petta, receives the Haridravati on the right below Pattaguppe and the Yenne Hole on the left above Barangi. On arriving at the frontier it bends to the west, and precipitating itself down the Falls of Gersoppa and passing that village (properly Geru-Sappe), which is really some 29 kilometres distant, discharges into the sea at Honnavar in North Kanara.

    The Sharavati, flowing over a very rocky bed about 250 yards wide, here reaches a tremendous chasm, 290 m (960 ft) in depth, and the water comes down in four distinct falls. The Raja Fall pours in one unbroken column sheer to the depth of 830 ft (250 m). Half-way down it is encountered by the Roarer, another fall, which precipitates itself into a vast cup and then rushes violently downwards at an angle of forty-five degrees to meet the Raja. A third fall, the Rocket, shoots downwards in a series of jets; while the fourth, the Rani, moves quietly over the mountain side in a sheet of foam. The Tourism Department has built steps from the view point till the bottom of the hill where the waterfall can be seen at the opposite side. There are approximately 1500 steps built to reach the bottom of the hill.

    Associated with the waterfall is the nearby Linganmakki Dam across river Sharavathi. The power station has been operational since 1948, and is of 120 MW capacity, one of the largest hydroelectric stations in India at that time and a small source of electric power for Karnataka now. The power station was previously named Krishna Rajendra hydro-electric project, after the King of Mysore at that time. The name was later changed to Mahatma Gandhi hydro-electric Project. It was served by Hirebhaskara dam until 1960. After 1960, due to the ideas of Sir M. Visvesvarayya, Linganmakki Dam is being used for power generation.

    Before the onset of monsoon season, when there is not much water in the Linganmakki dam, the Jog Falls are only a pair of thin streams of water trickling down the cliff, as the water collected in the dam is exclusively for generation of electricity; during monsoons local rain-water is the source of water to the falls.

Transport Connectivity
Nearest Railway Station (& distance to the location):
             > Talaguppa and SAGAR(SRF) : For Sagar 30 km
Nearest Bus Station: Sagar
Nearest Airport (& aerial distance to the location):
            > Hubli Airport (HBX) : 130 km
            > Mangalore Airport(Formerly Bajpe Airport) (IXE) : 135 km
            > Pune Airport (PNQ) : 500 km
            > Bengaluru International Airport (BLR) : 340 km

Tuesday, April 9, 2013




 Yaana, in the heart of the thick woods of Western Ghats, is a pilgrim center as well as a tourist destination placed amongst the evergreen picturesque forest of the Sahyadri Mountains.

There is a proverb in Kannada which goes like this "Sokkiddare yaana, rokkiddare Gokarna" meaning you need to have bravery to visit yaana and money to visit GOKARNA.
   Yana, in the heart of the thick woods of Western Ghats, is a pilgrim center as well as a tourist destination placed amongst the evergreen picturesque forest of the Sahyadri Mountains. The place, small coastal town and a commercial center, is known for its imposing mountains, very different kinds of rocks and stones, gushing misty water falls and the most sacred temples.

It is situated at around 40 km from sirsi and 20 km from Kumta in uttara Kannada (North canara) district.
There was a proverb in this area that only those with tremendous bravery and determination can go to Yaana, personifies the trek to Yana of the past, really an adventurous deed. Yana also moves on the evolution of modern world with motorable roads, fantastic hotels and the emerging modern civilization, of course, with its own ills. 

The impressive rocks have been roughened in the due course by the extreme conditions of sun, hysterical winds and heavy rains. It is of the opinion that Yana is a must for hikers and trekkers - they will be delighted with Yana.



Karwar is regarded as the administrative headquarters of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka in India. It is a well placed sea side town on the banks of the Kali River on the west coast of the Indian peninsula. Karwar is located about 15 km away from south of Karnataka-Goa border and 519 km north-west of Bangalore.

'Karwar' also refers to the word Taluk which means the surrounding villages. This is an ancient city majorly used for the sea trade visited by the Arabs, Dutch, Portuguese, French and later the British. A former settlement of the British and the Portuguese was done on the banks of the Kali River. 

The famous poet, Ibn Battuta also passed through this route during his journeys and has mentioned about the instances and the place in his poems. There is a significant site to be visited known as Sadashivgad Fort which holds great historical importance with a picturesque locale. It is now open for tourists to visit, as there confluence of the river Kali and the Arabian Sea.

Karwar’s tranquil ambience had inspired the famous poet Rabindranath Tagore to write his first play. The place has beautiful beaches and clean areas attracting a number of people. This is also one of the major nature excursion regions. Out of these unspoilt beaches, Devbagh Beach is outlined by casuarina trees, offers good diving and snorkelling opportunities for adventure seekers in the Arabian Sea. Other beaches include Koodi Bagh Beach and Kaju Bagh Beach that offers scenic views.

Karwar also accounts to a number of historic towns and sacred temples.  Sadashivgad Hill Fort on the outskirts of Karwar provides great picturesque views during sunset. There is Durga Temple and Venkataramana Temple which is the ancient architectures found in the place exhibiting fine ochre paintings. Another tourist attraction is the Octagonal Church and the famous Dargah of Peer Shan Shamsuddin Kharobat. There is a Naganatha Temple where the devotees worship an anthill. 

Ivory Beaches are unspoilt and tourist throng in for a pleasant experience. There are many resort beaches offering finest of seafood and vegetarian cuisine. The place is regarded best for a perfect family holiday destination in the months of December through May.



Gokarna, meaning cow's ear in Sanskrit as the ear shape. One of the Hindu epics states that "aatmalimga" of the God Shiva is in the shape of a cow's ear in the Mahabaleshwar temple & the town gains its name as Gokarna. It is a conservative Hindu pilgrimage town, home to several temples and festivals. The town itself is full of locals and pilgrims, and doesn't have much for tourists, other than a handful of guesthouses and local restaurants. ATMs, travel shops, and shops selling tourist toiletries are available here.
The town is mostly centred around the KSRTC bus stand. About a kilometer from the bus-stand , the Gokarna beach starts , forming the coast of the town. As you trudge along the narrow lanes of the town towards the beach (the lane is named 'Samudra Marg'), you will come across houses of priests where some religious talk will be going on or people invoking the Holy Lord with chants.
Most foreign tourists come to stay on one of the 4 beaches just south of town. Kudlee Beach is the first, about a 20 minute walk, followed by Om Beach, Half Moon Beach and the secluded Paradise Beach - the beaches get more remote and less populated as you head south.
The most popular time to visit Gokarna is during the 4-day Shiva Ratri festival, when 2 giant chariots are pulled down the main street and up to 20,000 pilgrims descend on the town.

Gokarna Beach

Gokarna beach is at the edge of the town, but is less popular with foreign tourists.

Kudle Beach

South of Gokarna beach, and accessible by a short walk from the auto drop off point, this is the most developed tourist beach. The long sandy beach has ample accommodation ranging from more expensive attached rooms with balcony to cheaper huts attached to the many restaurants. During the last season (March 2013) it has unfortunately become quite dirty since a few of the restaurants bury their trash directly on the beach.

Om Beach

Om Beach is further along the coast from Kudle, and named for its shape as it is split by a rocky island. It can be reached by auto, the nearer half is dominated by the Namaste Cafe and an expensive hotel development. The second half of the beach is packed with restaurants offering cheap accomodation in the form of bamboo or concrete beach huts. Internet and travel booking are available on the beach, but there are no ATM facilities.

Half Moon Beach

Half Moon beach is smaller and less developed than Om Beach, and is reached by walking over the headland from Om. Facilities are limited, there are a couple of small restaurants and a limited number of huts.

Paradise Beach

Paradise beach is the furthest from Gokarna town, but does not offer any facilities. The lodges and restaurants have been demolished by land owners and the police visit this beach at times to evict any residents.

Get in

By train

Gokarna is connected by rail from KarwarAnkolaHubliMangaloreKumta and Margao. The Konkan Railway  passes through Gokarna - Kumta (35 km) and Ankola (20 km) are the nearest major railway stations. However, some like Matsyagandha express(Mangalore-Mumbai via Madgaon) do stopover at Gokarna. TheKarnataka State Road Transport Corporation operates buses from these places to Gokarna. Gokarna's train station is actually about 8 kilometers away from the town, taxis usually ask for around Rs 250 whereas Rickshaws should be in the Rs 120-200 range (unless you arrive at nighttime during the monsoon). If you want to save some money, just take a right at the road right in front of the train station. Once you hit the main road, there's a bus stop where you can catch a bus that will take you into Gokarna for Rs 10.

By bus

From Bangalore, depending on the day of travel, there are anywhere from 1-4 buses operating. It is a 12 hour overnight journey from Bangalore to Gokarna. the experience taking the overnight sleeper was described as "being driven in a bouncy castle driven by the wicked witch of the west" - beware. There are direct train services between Bangalore and Gokarna Road. There is a day train and a night train that stop at Gokarna. Private buses also operate to/from Hampi/Hospet. You can book online ticket to gokarna from or any one of the operator's websites. National highway 17 is about 9 km from the town. The Bangalore - Goa highway passes through Ankola which is 20 km from the town. Coming down to Kumta is good option because one can easily catch buses to different places (especially Mangalore) as it is well connected.
If arriving from Goa, you can take a local bus from Madgaon or Canacona to Karwar, then catch another bus to Gokarna.

By air

The nearest airport is in Goa at Dabolim. (Rail link via Margao)


A perfect blend of Scenic Beauty and Spirituality

Murudeshwar, the temple town with a vibrant scenic beauty and golden history, is located on the Arabian seafront in North Kanara Dist, Karnataka. It is situated on the NH-17, about 160 kms north of the port city of Mangalore.
The nearest airport is also at Mangalore. Daily flights operate from Bangalore to Mangalore. Murudeshwar is well connected by road and most buses plying on the NH-17 between Mangalore and Mumbai stop at Murudeshwar. There are overnight buses also from Bangalore to Murudeshwar.

But the most picturesque and memorable experience would be to reach Murudeshwar from Mangalore or Goa by Konkan Railway and alight at Murudeshwar railway station adjoining the National Highway. Many trains stop at this station.

Murudeshwar can be visited throughout the year. Each season brings out a different hue of the coastal town.

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