Sunday, January 1, 2006

Karnataka: Costal Circuit

December 2005
Karnataka circuit- 14 Days, 2250 Kms by car


Places covered
Hampi Circuit
Sharvanbelgaon circuit
Karnataka Jain Circuit
Costal Karnataka
Dandeli



Udipi
After visting Vennor we started our onward journey to Udipi. Distance via Karkala should have been 75 Kms approx. Had to go back and forth to search a decent hotel, but finally found a decent one.  We Enjoyed evening on Malpe beach.

December 11, 2005, Sunday: Udipi

Early morning we took one hour boat drive to St Marys island which is a famous picnic spot. Roamed a bit in the city and saw Manipal in the evening. Manipal is twin city, an educational hub. Huge university building seemed to resting silently since it was Sunday. After lot of days we were seeing hustle-bustle and collegians enjoying the lovely evening.

December 12, 2005, Monday: Udipi-Bhatkal-Murudeshwar (110 kms)
We began our onward journey early morning to Bhatkal.

On the way, we took a 2 hours back water boat ride in a river, near Marathvana beach. It was beautiful experience with clean water and thick jungle of coconut trees on both the banks. Somewhere in the middle the boatman stopped the boat where the water was extremely shallow. We got down and had fun playing in cool water. The soft silky sand was tickling us to stay longer.

After refreshing coconut water we started for Bhatkal Market. Bhatkal, although a very small town, is famous for its items from foreign market. Right from chocolates to toys you get everything here. Especially Taiwanese products were in abundance in the tiny shops.

MurudeshwarLater we proceeded to Murudeshwar in the afternoon. I think it was very close to Bhatkal around 15-20 kms.

The name "Murudeshwara" means Shiva or Eeshwara. The significance of this holy town dates to the time of Ramayana. A huge towering statue of Lord Shiva, visible from great distances, is built on the Kanduka Hill which is surrounded on three sides by the waters of the Arabian Sea. It is the tallest statue of Shiva in the world. The statue is 123 feet (37 m) in height, and took about 2 years to build. A 20-storied-249 feet tall Raja Gopura which is considered the tallest gopura in the world was being still constructed at the temple. Two life-size elephants in concrete stand guard at the steps leading to the temple. Everything is well maintained inside the complex with lush green lawns and a sunset point. The entire temple and temple complex, including Raja Gopura, is constructed by Mr R. N. Shetty.

We stayed in one of his hotels next to temple complex which had this statue on one side and endless sea on other side. It was wonderful experience as all the rooms were overlooking beautiful beach below. In the evening we enjoyed on the beach.

December 13, 2005, Tuesday: Murudeshwar
We relaxed the beach again in the morning. We spent the day lazily enjoying the breath taking views and different shades of sunlight watching the endless tries of water waves to reach further down shores. In the evening we relished the beautiful sunset.


December 14, 2005, Wenesday: Karwar (120 Kms)
It is said to have inspired Tagore to pen his first drama. The Devbagh Beach, is a must for beach lovers, a pleasant beach where you can enjoy beautiful evenings. We arrived alet morning and after checking 2-3 hotels we finally settled in hotel slightly on outskirts. We enjoyed the evening on beach and long toy-train ride.


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