So finally, I am writing my first ever travel blog post and I am feeling very happy because I really wanted to write about my travels (as I travel a lot ;)) but don’t know why I did not do it earlier. As they say “Better late than never” so here I am 😀 Let’s start with my latest weekend trip (July 2017) to the land of coffee Chikmagalur 🙂
Among all the modes of transport I really like road trips. Most of my travels are by road. In march 2017, I did travel from Bangalore to Delhi by road and that was the amazing road trip of my life though I am looking forward to have many more such trips 😊 I went to Chikmagalur by road as you must have guessed by now 😉 . So, it was a long weekend, we (me and my friends) started on Saturday around 6.00 am to avoid unnecessary traffic, which helped a lot.
Day 1 started from Bangalore to Chikmagalur. We took Bangalore → Kunigal → Yadiyur → Hassan → Belur → Chikmagalur route. On the way, first we stopped by Shravanabelagola temple. It is in a town located near Channarayapatna of Hassan district and the town is situated between two rocky hills- Vindhyagiri and Chandragiri. Shravanabalagola is one of the important pilgrimage destinations in Jainism. This temple has around 680 stairs which one has to climb barefoot. It was fun climbing these many stairs (as I have never done such thing before). On the top there is a statue of Gommaṭteśvara Bahubali. The view from the top was spectacular. After visiting Shravanabelagola we went to Shettihalli church. The church gets submerged by the Hemavathy River backwaters. However, the water recedes during the summer months and one can go into the dilapidated church. We were lucky enough because that time church was not submerged in water (As our trip was in July- monsoon). We spent some time exploring the church and nature. After that we had lunch at Hassan and headed directly to out homestay. We reached our homestay Tata Plantation Trails around 6.30 pm. It is a beautiful homestay and I had a great time there.
Second day after having breakfast we started to Chennakeshava temple which is in Belur around 40 km from Hassan. It is said that this place has been named after the words ‘Hoy Sala’– Hoy means ‘Strike’ and Sala is the name of a legendary leader. Sala is said to have killed a lion which was ready to pounce on a meditating Guru Sudatta Muni who in turn blessed him by giving him the power to rule. By virtue of this heroic act he becomes the leader of the tribe and gradually emerges as the king. We hired a guide who explained the whole story which is engraved on the walls of this temple. After that we headed to Badra Tiger Reserve. We had great time doing jungle safari though we were not lucky enough to have a sight of Tiger. After safari, we started back to homestay. On the way back we took a coffee break at Siri Café which is a nice eatery joint to spend some time as if you head towards hills you will not get any good restaurant. We had dinner at Tata plantation trial (our homestay) for which we need to inform the manager in prior. Food was okay! good enough to satisfy the hunger.
After waking up early we went to see Tata plantation coffee estate also know as Arabidacool coffee estate. The manager was our guide who took us around the coffee estate and explained how coffee is made and all the other details. We saw paw prints of wild boars and goats. It was pleasant walking in nature as the weather was also pretty cold 😊 Then having breakfast at homestay we checked out and reached Mullayanagiri. This is the highest peak in Karnataka, India. Also, it is one of the best trekking places in Karnataka. That day it was too cloudy hence we could not have any view. But walking all the way to the peak was amazing. There is one Shiv temple on the top which we visited and after offering prayers we headed back to Bangalore.
So, this was my Chikmagalur trip. I had amazing time with family and friends. Nice option for weekend getaway
Hope you all did find this short trip overview helpful. Let me know if you have questions and queries to ask!!
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