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BAT 1st Year Anniversary Event around SAGARA

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Adventure group: Bangalore AdvenTurers (BAT) – Website link: www.bangaloreadventurers.com

Event date: 9th & 10th July 2016

Team size: 24 AdvenTurers

Trek distance:  Around 10 Kms. in 2 days.

Trek plan: Please find tentative itinerary prepared by Niranjan for BAT 1st Year Anniversary Event around SAGARA below:

Leave Bengaluru around 9:00 PM on Friday night.
Meetup point: Shantala silk house at Majestic

First day itinerary:

  • Reach Sagara.
  • Fresh up in the Travelers Bunglow and have Coffee/Tea/Breakfast in Hotel.
  • Take packed food for lunch.
  • Reach the trek start point in our vehicle.
  • Start the trek around 8:30AM.
  • Take bath in Sarala water falls and night halt near Bhimeshwera temple – Dormitory.
  • Celebrate BAT 1st year completing – Cake cutting and snacks.
  • Have dinner and sleep.

Second day itinerary:

  • Get up and fresh-up around 6:00 AM.
  • Have breakfast and leave the Dormitory.
  • Explore the place and reach the main road.
  • Next plan will be decided later depending on the time (We might visit Jog falls, Water activities place or sight seeing in and around Sagara).
  • Leave Sagara by 6:30PM.
  • Dinner on the way – SELF SPONSORED.
  • Reach Bengaluru around 5:00AM.

Difficulty level: Moderate to Difficult since we trekked inside dense forest on unknown trail to reach the Bheemeshwara Waterfalls.

Nearest town is Sagara (Around 67.6 Kms. ) via NH69 and Bhatkal – Siddapur – Soraba highway.

Distance from different cities:

  • Bengaluru: Around 456 Kms. (Bengaluru to Bheemeshwara Waterfalls)
  • Mangaluru: Around 276 Kms. (Mangaluru to Bheemeshwara Waterfalls)

How to reach the place: Hire a Tempo Traveler/ Mini Bus, it is easy to reach Bheemeshwara Waterfalls directly via Sagara.

From Bengaluru, Take following route to trek start point: Bengaluru–>Tumakuru–>Sagara–>Talaguppa–>Bheemeshwara Waterfalls

From Mangaluru, Take following route to trek start point: Mangaluru–>Udupi–>Basrur–>Nagara–>Sagara–>Talaguppa–>Bheemeshwara Waterfalls

KMs distances noted for the reference:

  • Bengaluru –> Tumakuru –> Sagara –> Talaguppa –> Bheemeshwara Waterfalls is 456 Kms.
  • Mangaluru –> Udupi –> Basrur –> Nagara –> Sagara –> Talaguppa –> Bheemeshwara Waterfalls is 276 Kms.
  • Sagara –> Talaguppa –> Bheemeshwara Waterfalls is 67.6 Kms.
  • Jog Falls –> Bheemeshwara Waterfalls is 43.5 Kms.
  • Sagara –> Ikkeri is 9 Kms.
  • Sagara –> Keladi is 7.6 Kms.

Note: These are Kms. distances collected from google maps, it may change depends upon where do you start from Bengaluru / Mangaluru.

Best time to trek:  Monsoon & post monsoon till December.

Trekking Experience:

Bangalore AdvenTurers (BAT) is a non profitable adventure group started by Niranjan & Yadunandan on 8th July 2015. It is celebrating 1st Anniversary on 8th July 2016. Exactly 1 year back group had it’s first event to Kodachadri since then it is challenging & remarkable journey with 59 Events. Founder come organizer Niranjan decided to celebrate the 1st Anniversary with nature for this he decided to explore Sharavathi valley near Sagara on 9th & 10th July 2016. Niranjan posted event in the group. I also decided to be part of Anniversary event of BAT. Registered for the event in advance and eagerly awaited for my 1st trek of the year 2016.

It is average year for me in-terms adventure with 3 Motorbike rides and 2 100 Kms. Bicycle rides around Namma Bengaluru

Niranjan got 27 registrations including myself but 3 people got dropped out last moment so number was restricted to 24. As usual as per event preparation mail, all of us assembled at Shantala Silk house (Near Majestic Bus stand) around 9:00 PM. It was open event and anyone can join. Niranjan invited all organizers too but myself and Niranjan only made it too the event. 28 Seater Mini Bus finally came around 9:30 PM. All of us started around 9:45 PM after signing of Indemnity Bond at meetup point. Picked up few participants on the way and continued our journey towards Sagara. Had self-intro session in Mini bus. Reached Travelers Bunglow, Sagara around 6:00 AM in the morning with covering distance of nearly 380 Kms. from Bengaluru after relaxed overnight journey.

Day 1: 09th July 2016 (Saturday)  

Day in brief:

I can divide Day 1 into 2 parts:

  1. Trek to BHEEMESHWARA Waterfalls
  2. BAT 1st year Anniversary Celebration at BHEEMALINGESHWARA KALYANA MANTAP

 Part 1: Trek to BHEEMESHWARA Waterfalls

It was monsoon weather around Sagara and light drizzle welcomed us. Everyone got freshen-up at Travelers Bunglow and started around 7:15 AM on Mini Bus towards Sagara city for breakfast. After few minutes reached Sagara city for breakfast.

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BAT at Travelers Bunglow, Sagara
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Classic click at Travelers Bunglow with Monsoon touch…

Decided to have breakfast in Hotel Pravasi at Sagara city. Had Palava, Managlore Buns, Idly, Vada, etc…for breakfast. I had Palava & Mangalore Buns for breakfast. Meanwhile our trek guides for Sharavathi valley Santhosh & Sandeep Heggodu joined us at Hotel. They did shopping for grocery with Niranjan. Since event was BAT 1st year Anniversary celebration, Niranjan & co bought cake at Sagara city from one of Bakeries for celebration in the evening. Packed Palava for afternoon lunch. Around 9:00 AM, all of us started to Bheemeshwara Waterfalls from Sagara city.

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Hotel Pravasi, Sagara
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Stunning click at Sagara

Place is exactly around 70 Kms. from Sagara. Journey to Bheemeshwara Waterfalls trek start point was relaxed one. On the way we stopped at few places and even bought Pineapples.

Note: We witnessed Pineapple stalls all the way till Jog falls circle for every half Kms. It was peak season for Pineapples at Shimoga district.

Reached trek start point around 11:00 AM. After 1st group photo of the event, started trek around 11:15 AM. Initial walk is around 300 Mtrs. on Main road then got down into dense forest.

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Trek start point – little ahead from Bheemeshwara board
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1st group photo of Anniversary Event
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Initial walk of 300 Mtrs. on Main road
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Memorable walk indeed
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Point where we got down into dense forest

It was trek inside dense forest and trails also not visible. We made trails ourselves and moved ahead. It was bit of exploratory trek experience to all the 24 AdvenTurers. Our guides Santhosh & Sandeep helped us in finding routes.

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Exploratory trek inside dense forest with snakes

On the way, stopped for lunch around 1:30 PM near small falls. Had palava for lunch and took half an hour break for relaxation. After lunch break, started again round 2:00 PM.

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Lunch break en-route Bheemeshwara Waterfalls

Another 2 Kms. of trek post lunch took us to Mud road around 3:15 PM. For me trek inside dense forest is unique experience cos it was my 3rd barefoot trek during the monsoon. Last year during 2 monsoon treks i experienced barefoot walks.

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Continuous & memorable exploration inside dense forest
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Finally got down to Mud road at 3:15 PM

It was half way stage of Mud road to Bheemshwara waterfalls from Main Road. Another 1 Kms. of walk on Mud road took us to Bheema Lingeshwara Kalyana Mantap near the falls.

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AdvenTurers walking on Mud road
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Few clicks with much needed breaks…
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Group photo en-route Bheemeshwara Waterfalls
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Finally nearing Bheemeshwara Waterfalls

Shifted our luggages to Bheemeshwara Gopalkrishna Bhat’s house and started towards Bheemeshwara Waterfalls which is around 200 Mtrs. from the house. Time was around 4:00 PM when we reached falls.

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Around 200 meters walk from Bhatra Mane
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Small falls near Bheemeshwara Waterfalls
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There you go… It is Bheemeshwara Waterfalls

About Bheemeshwara Waterfalls: Bheemeshwara or Bheemalingeshwara is a Shiva temple built inside a cave. According to mythology, the Shiva Linga was established by Bheema (of Pandavas fame) during their Ajnyaatavasa (living in hiding). Right next to the temple, you will see one of the most serene and secluded water falls that you can ever see in the Western Ghats called the Bheemeshwara Waterfalls. It is said that the waterfall formed when Arjuna used his arrow to extract water from the rocks. The speciality of this falls is that the water never dries out through out the year. On MahaShivarathri, there will be a huge puja offerred to the Lord by the local people every year.

Information Courtesy: Google

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Enchanting Bheemeshwara Waterfalls
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Serena…No words enough to describe beauty of falls

Spent 1 hour at falls by having bath and had darshana of Bheema Lingeshwara Swamy too. All adventurers enjoyed to the core by playing at waterfalls and returned to Bhatra Mane around 5:15 PM after spending nearly 1 hour.

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BAT enjoying at Bheemeshwara Waterfalls
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Marvelous Architecture – Bheema Lingeshwara Temple

Had hot Mirchi Bhajji, Biscuits & Tea for evening snacks at Bhatra Mane.

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Evening snacks at Bhatra Mane.

Trek distance: Around 8 Kms.

Part 2: BAT 1st year Anniversary Celebration at BHEEMA LINGESHWARA KALYANA MANTAP

Organizer Niranjan decided to celebrate Anniversary event at Bheema Lingeshwara Kalyana Mantap which is near by Bhatra Mane. Meanwhile Sandeep & Kiran Kumar brought cake which was kept in Mini bus. Anandan Ganesan shown is push up skills to everyone. Hats off to him for his effort! As a part of celebration, Niranjan requested everyone to share their experience with BAT. Each and every individual shared their experiences.

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AdvenTurers gathered at Bheema Lingeshwara Kalyana Mantap for Anniversary celebration
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Altogether memorable evening…

Finally, time came for cake cutting. Anandan done the formality of cake cutting and all of had cake with snacks. Spent few minutes before leaving to Bhatra Mane for dinner.

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BAT 1st year Anniversary cake
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Cake cutting by Anandan

Moved to Bhatra Mane around 8:30 PM and had dinner. Dinner was very hygenic. We had Chapati, Rice, Sambar, Rasam & Payasa for dinner.

Told Bye Bye for the day around 9:30 PM.

Highlights for the day:

  • Lovely Monsoon weather.
  • Walk inside dense forest of Sharavathi valley.
  • Bheemeshwara Waterfalls.
  • Bheema Lingeshwara Temple.
  • 1st year celebration at Bheema Lingeshwara Kalyana Mantap in the evening.
  • Dinner at Bhatra Mane.

 

Day 2: 10th July 2016 (Saturday)

Day in brief: 

I can divide Day 2 into 2 parts:

  1. Visit to Jog Falls
  2. Ikkeri & Keladi Temple visits

As per itinerary, Day 2 plan was decided during the event by Niranjan. Plan is to explore Jog Falls, Ikkeri & Keladi Temples around Sagara.

Part 1: Visit to Jog Falls

As per plan, all of us got up around 6:00 AM in the Sunday morning. Freshen-up and had breakfast. Had Kesari Bath, Upma & Tea for breakfast. Since there is enough time, decided to explore falls again in the morning. Spent some time at falls which is few meters from Bhatra Mane.

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Chit Chat in the Sunday morning at Bhtra Mane
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Selfie era 😛

Started back to Main road around 9:15 AM from Bhatra Mane where Mini bus was parked. Reached Mini Bus point around 10:00 AM.

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BAT at Bheemeshwara right deviation on Bhatkal-Siddapur-Soraba highway

Trek distance: Around 2 Kms.

Continued our journey to Jog Falls as per plan and reached Jog Falls at 12:00 PM. Explored the place around falls for 1 hour with visit to Mungaru Male point too. Clicked many pics as usual.

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World famous Jog Falls

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Group photo at World famous Jog falls
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At Mungaru Male view point
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Panoramic view around Jog falls

Reached Sagara around 2:00 PM with multiple breaks en-route Sagara on Bangalore-Honavar Road.

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Beautiful views all the way – Pic#1
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Paddy fields…
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Pit stops en-route Sagara – Pic#1
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Pit stops en-route Sagara – Pic#2
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Pineapple shopping…
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Beautiful views all the way – Pic#2

Had lunch at one of the hotels and started towards Ikkeri Temple around 3:15 PM.

Part 2: Ikkeri & Keladi Temple visits

Visited Ikkeri & Keladi Temples which is around Sagara back to back.

Aghoreshara Temple, Ikkeri: The Aghoreshvara temple above mentioned is a large structure, built of granite, in a uniquely mixed style that incorporates elements from Vijayanagara architecture, the Karnata Dravida style of the Later Chalukya dynasty and Hoysala Empire, as well as the architecture of the Deccan sultanates.

The temple faces north and has lofty roof and ornamental doorways on the west, north and east, the north doorway being the best with two elephants at the sides. The Garbhagriha, which is built of huge stones, contains a gigantic pedestal occupying nearly three-fourths of the whole space and sculptured all round with 32 seated female figures called Shakti Peetha. In the Sukhanasi is a small translucent Nandi (bull) carved out of white spar. The temple has no navaranga doorway there are two niches, those to the right containing the figures of Ganesha and Subramanya and those to the left figures of Mahishasuramardini and Bhairava.

There are intricate carvings on the stone walls of the temple. There are carvings & sculptures such as Temple Relief (sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background), Erotica, Fingurine, Old Kannada Manuscript, Sculpted Elephant, etc.

For more information, visit the link: Aghoreshvara Temple, Ikkeri

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Aghoreshvara Temple, Ikkeri
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AdvenTurers at Aghoreshvara Temple, Ikkeri
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Kiran & Anandan at Aghoreshvara Temple, Ikkeri
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Back view of Aghoreshvara Temple, Ikkeri

Rameshwara Temple, Keladi: Two brothers named Chavuda Gowda and Bhadra Gowda, living in the village of Hale-bayal, in the Keladi taluk of the Chandragutti paragana, had two servants or slaves, named Yadava and Murari, who cultivated their masters’ fields. A cow they had was discovered to shed her milk over a certain ant-hill, which, on digging into, Chavuda Gowda found, contained a linga, over which, therefore, he built a small temple. A little time after, the servants, when ploughing, turned up an old sword, which they put into the thatch of the house, intending to make a scythe of it. But they discovered that if a crow perched on the shed the sword leaped out in the form of a serpent and killed it. On this, Chavuda Gowda took it and, carefully cleaning it, kept in his house, giving it the name of Nagaramuri. At another time, the ploughshare struck against the ring of a cauldron, which contained treasure. Afraid to disturb it, Chavuda Gowda covered it up again, but that night had a dream, in which he was directed to offer a human sacrifice and take the treasure. On hearing this, his two slaves volunteered to be the victims on condition that their memory was preserved. All the preparations being made, the place was dug up at night and the slaves, after ablutions, prostrated themselves to the cauldron and were beheaded with the sword Nagaramuri.

For more information, visit the link: Rameswara Temple, Keladi

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Rameshwara Temple, Keladi
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AdvenTurers at Rameshwara Temple, Keladi

Started back to Namma Bengaluru around 6:00 PM post snacks break at Sagara. Had great time by watching Punit Rajkumar starrer “Power” movie in Mini Bus. Stopped for dinner at Dhaba around 9:30 PM. After dinner, return journey is resumed at 11:15 PM and reached Namma Bengaluru around 5:00 AM. Departed to our places. With this BAT 1st Anniversary event concluded with unforgettable memories!!!

Highlights for the day:

  • Lovely Monsoon weather.
  • Bheemeshwara Waterfalls.
  • Bheema Lingeshwara Temple.
  • World famous Jog falls.
  • Scenic journey around Sagara on Mini Bus.
  • Ikkeri & Keladi Temples.
  • Punit Rajkumar starrer “Power” movie in Mini Bus.
  • Dinner at Dhaba.

Thanksgiving:

Thanks to BAT founders Niranjan & Yadunandan for giving me opportunity to become part of this journey. I was very lucky to be part of BAT 1st Trekking, Biking & Cycling events during this 1 year journey. I was very active member cum organizer of BAT during 2nd half of 2015. A lovely experience with lots of unforgettable memories for lifetime…

I was very much part of 1st event of BAT last year on 8th July 2015 and today once again after 1 year participated in Anniversary event which was held around Sagara. A lovely experience!

Thanks to everyone… Without u guys this journey wasn’t possible 🙂

Long way to go BAT!!!

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