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.
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