Monday, September 29, 2008

Jog Falls - Murudeshwar - Kollur - Sringeri Itinerary

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Commuting in koramangala @ Prabhu anna's house, has always been our routine, and this time it was no exception.Boarding the Tempo Traveller we started from Bangalore by 9:30.As we travelled through the NH-206 Bangalore - Shimoga, it seemed we were the only ones
travelling in that direction on the totally isolated uninhabited highway. When the Highway was not arrayed with any Tea shops/Petrol Bunks/Mechanic puncture shops, the weirdness in our minds soared. By
3:00 we crossed Shimoga and we stopped @ Laxmi Lodge,a mediocre inn @ sagar for refreshing. we started again by 8:30 and reached Jog Falls in an hour.At first the massiveness of the falls didnt strike us.

We trekked through the unlaid, stone path to the bottom of the falls.The mammoth height of the falls and man's miniature standing made us realize the sheer size of the drop.After taking photos we retreated back, Extinguishing our desires to venture out into the waters.The return to the top was a torturous one, especially for Faint hearts, we thought we could never make it any sooner :) Once at the top, we moved towards Murudeshwar and booked a 3 - 3 bedrooms for 350 each. We rested for a while and then dragged ourselves to the beach.

Murudeshwar Temple is put up in the midst of the beach and the view from the mound is a beauty.After playing Football for some time we came came back to the lodge to refresh and started again to visit the temple.The Temple Gopura is 249 Feet surpassing Srirangam's Raja Gopura of 236 ft, but the base is not as huge as in Srirangam.We barely made it on time before the temple closed by 8:15PM.After having the dinner at Naveen Beach Hotel, we went to sleep like logs in the lodge.

Next morning, i made a rendezvous to the top of the mound to capture some snaps and soon after we started to Kollur Mookambiga temple.Kollur temple's style and custom resembled that of the one practiced in Kerala.Next we made an vain attempt to reach Sringeri temple (one of the four mutts started by Adi sankara) before it closes, through the Agumbe(of Malgudi days Fame) route.We took some breath taking pics at the sunset point in Agumbe and moved on planning to make a dedicated trip to Agumbe sometime later.Since the temple was closed. we justed visited the Temple complex and the River Tunga by its side.The fishes in the Banks are really HUGE and needs special mention.There are two temples inside the Temple complex, one built with the South Indian style having the sharadambal deity.Another one is of a Hoysala structure.

Then we drove to Chickmangalur and then to Bangalore.These two days we had seen ghat roads more than what we had seen in the whole of our lifetime.Mountains, valleys, Fertile River banks, filled the scenary.The Rice cultivation done by means of contour ploughing needs special mention too.This trip turned out to be a Trekking trip + relaxing trip + Pilgrimage too.Too much in one shot.

More than anything else, this time with my new Camera, i was mainly standing behind the Lens rather than in the Front :)


Balachandran S said...

Hi anna,

You seem to have had a great trip. I traversed through those very routes in June, but from Mangalore and ended in Bangalore. Since you were at Kollur, I thought of asking if you went up the Kudajadri peak, the tallest in that region. It is of some religious and spiritual importance. But the view is extremely great as well.

Also, another small thing that I thought off bringing up. Actually, the mutt at Kanchi was also started by Sri Adi Sankara. So it was actually 5 mutts that He started. But he didn't appoint any of his full time disciples at Kanchi. At the other 4 mutts, He appointed his famous, full time disciples(Padmapatha, Hasthamalaka, Thotaka acharya and sureshwaracharya respectively).

It is really sad that the Sringeri temple was closed. Bot the temples are very good and their pooja methods are also good. I am not sure if you would appreciate this question, but did you attempt to seek the blessings of the current seer of the mutt ?

Anyways indeed a great trip. And if you plan another trip to Augumbe and may be you can add Kudremukh National park, please see if I can join you :)

priya said...

Hey praveen,
awesome pics:)...Looks like u had a nice trip...ur camera has done a gr8 job...Ganesh also loved the pics...have fun..

Praveen Krishnamoorthy said...


Kodachadri is a separate trek by itself.We didnt want to combine it with this.The lineage of Kanchi Peeta isn't very clear.Whether Adi Sankara himself started Kanchi peeta is still a controversy.As per the books, Adi Sankara started just 4(Sringeri,Dwaraka,Puri,Jyotirmath)

we were running out of time, hence we didnt attempt to seek the sankaracharya's blessings.Kudremukh these days are infested with naxalites is what i heard.Anyway would let u know when we prepare for the next trip.

Padmashree said...

hi praveen,

I looked through the pics and they were just awesome yaar! I even set one of them as my desktop background at office :) Enjoy maadi!

nithya said...

hey Praveen,
Cool pics..especially that Murudeshwar temple gopura picture is awesome.its evident from the pictures that u had a real great time.
Keep trekking and keep clicking.. :)

prasad said...

hai very good brief of ur tour
i like very much & i wish to take tour like this but iam fm kodanadu
in ernakulam dist. distance is a broblem to me and leave is another villan. however i try my best for a pilgrim tour as per ur discription tnk u