Yes, as road trippers we love to drive to destinations. We love the freedom road trips provide us to stop, look and explore. These drives, cover not more than 300 KMs in a day. The plan is to cover for a week extendable for another two days. It also provide you an option to just plan for as many number of days you wish to.
This is the second in the series covering Malnad region in Karnataka. Drive to some of the magnificent landscapes, water falls and temple town in western ghats. Take a look, plan and go!
Bangaloreans are blessed. We are within five hours of reaching hills for a serene and quiet holiday amidst nature. Malnad – as western ghats region in Karnataka is called – is an ideal place to explore. Driving in the hills is soothing to the body and soul! Western ghats, a bio diversity hot spot is now a UNESCO World heritage site.
So, why not spend few days exploring the vibrant and beautiful valleys, the rivers and peaks of this region. Here is a recommended itinerary for a lovely holiday in the hills.
Leave Bangalore around 7 AM. Have breakfast of tasty thatte idlis and Masala Dosa in Shark Dhabha after Solur. If you feel it is too early, then have excellent breakfast in Swathi Delicacy before Yediyur or Dhruvatare after Yediyur or Mayura at Bellur cross, On the way, visit Halebeedu and Belur known for exquisite Hoysala temples.
Reach Chikmagalur for lunch. Rest for a while and drive to Mullayana Giri to witness lovely Sunset.
Hoysaleshwara Temple at Halebidu
Day 2 – Explore Chikmagalur – 160 KMs
Road condition – Good
After breakfast drive to Bababudan Giri and on the way stop over for lovely Jhari Falls and Honnamamanahalla falls. After vsisting the cave temple of Dattaterya and dargha drive onwards to Kemmanagundi. Carry packed lunch.
Visit Hebbe falls – few KMs of trek – and Kalhatti falls. Stop, look and enjoy vistas of beautiful valley. Have a picnic lunch in one of the nice meadows in Kemmanagundi.
Return to Chikmagalur via Tarikere after visiting beautiful Hoysala style Amrutheshwara temple at Amrutapura.
Meadows @ Kemmanagundi
Day 3 – Explore Chikmagalur – 130 KMs
Road condition – Good
If possible get up early to watch sunrise from Mullayanagiri. It is an amazing experience.
After watching sunrise and breakfast, go for safari in Muthodi Wild Life sanctuary. (check out timings from your home stay/hotel). On the way stop over at Mallandur Sunset point for a nice valley view. Return for lunch. Rest.
In the evening drive down to Ayyanakere – a beautiful lake – and on the way back have excellent masala dosa in Town canteen in Chikmagalur. Visit M G Park for Musical fountain display – kids will love it – and return to home stay/hotel.
Valley views from Mullayanagiri
Day 4 – Chikmagalur – Tirthahalli via Sringeri – Agumbe – 175 KMs
Road Condition – Good with broken patches
Leave Chikmagalur after early Breakfast. Reach Sirimane falls and enjoy the lovely falls. Drive to Sringeri. Visit temple of Sharadamba and ashram. Have lunch in Mutt.
After lunch drive to Agumbe. Visit Barkana falls – few KMs of trek – and reach sunset point for witnessing magnificent sunset over the arabian sea. If you are early for sunset, drive to Kundadri hills on the way to Tirthahalli for beautiful views of Malnad valley and also sunset.
Day 5 – Explore Tirthahalli and surroundings – 90 Kms
Road Condition – Good
After breakfast drive to Kavale Durga. Climb the hill fort for a beautiful view of Sharavathi valley. Get down from the fort and drive to Nagara to visit 15th century fort and royal ruins. Return to Home stay for Lunch.
After lunch drive to the beautiful memorial to one of the greatest poets of India – KUVEMPU. Explore 150 year old heritage house and climb up a small hill to view lovely vistas.
Nagara fort in a beautiful setting
Day 6 – Tirthahalli – Jog falls – 110 KMs
Road Condition – Good
If possible get up early to watch nice sunrise at Navilukallu Gudda close to home stay. After watching Sunrise, enjoy the waters at Tunga river in Chippalagudde. Return to home stay for breakfast.
After breakfast drive to Jog falls. On the way visit 15th century jain monuments at Humcha. Reach home stay in Jog falls for lunch. Rest a while after lunch. Around 4 PM, drive to Jog falls. Enjoy the beauty of falls. Night stay at home stay.
We strongly suggest that you download customised RoutO app from H V Kumar. HVK as he is fondly called, provides you customised route maps, live support on the road trip and will also help you with hotel accommodation as well. Check out all details here.
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