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“Western Ghats - A must visit place !”
Review of Western Ghats

Reviewed 25 February 2014

December is the time when everyone plans to visit different places. Especially it is the time to visit warmer places as we cannot visit them during summer. So we have planned our trip to Udupi, Dharmastala, Sringeri, and Kukkesubrahmanya which tend to have warm & humid weather.
On Day 1, we started from Bangalore around 9.00 am in the morning and headed towards Dharmastala .We had huge traffic upto Nelamangala and then to took the NH to Hassan and reached there by 1.00 pm. The road from Nelamangala to Hassan was really good as it is a National Highway. From Hassan it took 6 long hours to drive to Dharmasthala as the road goes via Shiradi Ghat. Driving in Shiradi Ghat was like going through hell. The roads were horrible, full of huge pot holes (more like craters) and there was heavy traffic. We could drive at the best speed of 5km in one hour. Despite the road condition, we could enjoy the beauty of the valley .
We reached Dharmasthala at around 6.00 pm and checked into the Temple guesthouse. When compared to many other temple towns, Dharmasthala was clean and organized. The darshan gave us a lot of peace and happiness and as a matter of fact, we didn’t feel the fatigue. Eating out in Dharmasthala was an unhappy experience and we could hardly eat anything properly as the dishes were tasteless.
Next day morning we checked out and drove towards Kukkesubrahmanya along the Western Ghats. The experience was amazing. The road goes via forests and every bit of the place is beautiful and calm . The internal roads of the Ghat section were better as they are maintained by the forest department. We reached Kukkesubrahmanya around 12.00 noon and visited the temple. After lunch, we started from Kukke and drove towards Sringeri. The roads were good as they went through the forest region again.
We reached Sringeri around 8.00 pm in the evening and checked in to the temple guest house opposite to the Sringeri Sharadamba temple. The temple is located on the hill. Sringeri Matt is located behind the temple in a calm place. The entire place gives us a spiritual feeling with its appearance. Food at a restaurant opposite the temple was better compared to Kukke. We stayed that night and left for Udupi next day morning.
We started from Sringeri at around 9.00 am in the morning and drove towards Udupi. The road was good and it passes through Western Ghats for nearly 100 km. There are many sharp hairpin bends which makes us hold our breath. We reached Udupi around 1.00 pm in the afternoon. We checked into one of the temple guest houses close by to the temple premises. It is not recommended to stay in these kind of guest houses as they are dirty and have no water. We visited the temple and stayed that night. Udupi is close to Manipal which is a developed town which has many options to stay and for eating out including fast-food joints such as Pizza hut, KFC and Dominos giving it a city environment.
We started from Udupi at around 10.00 am the next morning and headed towards Bangalore. The road goes through the Western Ghats again which gives us the best of nature. We reached Kalasa for lunch,a place in the Western Ghats. We started our journey from Kalasa and reached Horanadu soon after. The road goes via breath-taking tea and coffee plantations. The small valley reminds us of Ooty and Kodaikanal. Our experience was mesmerising, it’s hard to explain in words. One must see and experience it. We stopped there for about 2 hours to enjoy the beauty of the place. A small Ganesha temple was located there which enhanced the beauty of that place. We purchased some tea and coffee powder from a nearby shop and left from there, reaching Hassan at around 7.00 pm in the evening. We returned to Bangalore with lots of amazing stories to tell. The best part of the trip was the journey from Kalasa to Hasan and will remain the most memorable. One should definitely visit these places and experience the beauty of Western Ghats.

7  Thank AmruthaSrinath
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Reviewed 13 February 2014

Hi friends.....I want a share a wonderful experience of my life - Train journey between Bangalore and Mangalore.....The train leaves Bangalore at about 7.30am every alternate days(Mon, Wed, Fri)....The train passes through many places like Tumkur, Arasikere, Hassan, Sakaleshpur, kukke Subrahmanya etc to reach Mangalore at about 5.30pm ......But after sakaleshpur is the most amazing part of the journey....The segment on the railway track from Sakaleshpura to Kukke Subramanya Road station is unique because of the dense green forest in which it is situated. This stretch of the track with length about 52 km has around 50 tunnels and bridges with length varying from few meters to 0.75 km and height varying from few meters to 200 meters.....It is an engineering marvel and hard to imagine how they have managed to lay the railway track in such an environment....It is the Green Route often called the trekker's paradise.This is one of the most picturesque route in the Western Ghats of Karnataka.Not only bridges and tunnels, but we can also see a number of water falls on either side especially when we travel in the months of July, august and September.....If you are lucky you can get a splash of water from those falls....The clouds that are trapped between mountains, tall trees , mountains,flowers etc is a treat for nature lovers....So friends please plan a trip with the family and enjoy the unique journey....Travel by second class and not A/C to get the wonderful experience of nature....Preferred time of travel is between july and october....Happy journey!!!

25  Thank Nature-wild
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Reviewed 9 February 2014

One of the greatest craft of Nature is spread across Tirunelveli city, Tamilnadu. The western ghats (Agasthyamalai hills) travel the entire southern india forming a beautiful landscape. Treat for the eyes, the hills are visible throughout the entire stretch of driving. The view of Western Ghats differ from place to place. A serene atmosphere, best for relaxing.

9  Thank AravindNG
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

western ghats is one of the best adobe in the nature. I had travelled in western ghats for 6 days in karnataka, india. The beauty here is outstanding. the best season is to travels in october to january every year. the moutain scapes, waterfalls, temples, valleys give splendour to your eyes and the memories are unforgettable. travelling in open cars give immense pleasure there. when ever you visit the western ghats, situated in karnataka, near mangalore do not forget to visit, the sacred sites situated in the adobe of these hills. Kukke, sringeri, hornadu, mookambika, gokarna,murudeswar. One must definitely has to see om beach in gokarna. The shape of the beach from the sky it looks like omkaram. the atma linga of lord shiva is situated in gokarna inside the earth, we can only touch the tip of the linga with our finger. In murudeswar there is a beautiful temple on shore of sea and there are plenty of water sports in the sea. And travelling from kukke to sringeri in car will give you immense pleasure and you can enjoy the changing moods of mountains when sunlight falls on them at different times. if you want to take any travel car there please take ambika travels. In gokarna take accommodation in hotel sairam, and details are available in karnatakatourism.org website. you get homely accommodation there and excellent food. I forgot to say you can also visit dharmasthala while coming from kukee. it took one week tour and your spirits will go high and all you people will immensely enjoy like anything.

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5  Thank manikantaraj
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Reviewed 27 February 2013

Trekking through this virgin forest of the Western Ghats in Palakkd was a rare experience. The forest is dense and the air is filled with the cacophonic cries of the wildlife. You will not come across any human being- not to mention tourists!!! I had the strange feeling that I had been shifted by a time machine back into many centuries!!!
I was given permission to enter the forest on condition that a forest guard and a tribal would accompany and guide me. In this region, there are many elephant trails frequently used by elephants and water holes guarded by wild cats. In some places my guides me warned about the presence of animals and showed me the pug marks of elephants, leopards, deer and wild boars. In some places, the eerie silence of the forest is enough to make the most courageous nervous!!!

6  Thank KEdilip
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