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Merlion Park and Marina Bay Hotel – Singapore

The mascot of singapore – The Merlion is a mythical beast with the head of a tiger and the body of a fish. The statue opposite to Marina Bay Sands in Singapore is one of the most visited locations. The statue overlooks the Marina Bay Sands and is usually covered with a lot of visitors.

I had a chance to visit this during my visit to Singapore. The statue is present amdist huge skyscrapers and looks amazing.

Marina Bay Sands

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Merlion

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The next place on the iternary was the Marina Bay Sands hotel. The 5 star hotel contains plenty of shops. There was lot of abstract art from china and Japan displayed. Roaming around there took a few snaps of those. One can go to the top of the hotel also known as the skypark to have a birds eye view of Singapore. The cost is 20 SGD and one can stay there for as long as one likes there. However in event of rain or thunderstorms there will be a temporary of the skypark.

Inside Marina Bay Sands

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On our way back to the hotel we took a couple of photos of the Singapore Flyer before heading back.

Singapore Flyer

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Banawasi

Banawasi in uttara kannada was the last destination to be visited before heading back to bangalore. Banawasi is of major pilgrimage centers in utara kannada and has an amazing madhukeshwara temple which is an amazing. The temple is one of the oldest in Karnataka and is dedicated to lord shiva.

Banawasi Temple

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The temple is built by the kadambas and the main attraction is the nandi statue which is carved in such as way that one eye looks at shiva and the other eye at parvati. The nandi statue shows the skill of the people who have carved it.

Nandi Statue

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Another interesting piece of architecture is the stone bed which is carved from a single piece of stone.

Stone Bed

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Roaming around the temple and clicking some snaps we spent some time there before heading back to the car. The next stop being shimoga to rest for the night as we had a long drive back to bangalore the next day.

Snaps can be found here

 

Magod Falls

Magod falls is one of the popular waterfalls in yellapur, Uttara karnataka. The other popular falls in this region are sathodi and unchalli falls.

During our coastal trip after visting kadra dam we started our journey towards yellapur. We reached the checkpost to continue on our way and we were informed that a tree had fallen and the path was blocked. Just as we were discussing our options we found a bus from kaiga atomic plant going in the same route and we decided follow them hoping the path would be clear. Luckily for us we soon found another car coming from the opp direction and they confirmed the tree has been cleared.

The route from passes through a single track in the forest and the drive was simply breathtaking. Though there were a lot of potholes but driving through the zig zag curves were fun. The joy was soon shortlived as we reached the end of the track where we found the bus from kaiga standing. A short break and we headed towards yellapur.

Couple hours of driving and we reached the intersection for magod falls. The falls is 19 kms from the circle and we had to ask for directions along the way at a couple of deviations. Soon we reached the place and headed to the falls after parking the car.

The falls can be seen from a distance, however there is no direct route to the falls. There are steps built for a short distance which allows one to view the falls more clearly. There were quite a lot of people when we reached the falls, since there was enough space for everyone and we could see the falls in all its glory. Though there was not enough rains this year, there was enough water in the falls.

Magod Falls

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Clicking snaps of the falls we spent some time there. The sun was beating down hard as it was already afternoon. With our stomachs rumbling we headed back to the car. I inquired about possibility of visiting sathodi falls which is another popular in the region, however I was told there was no water there. Unchalli falls was too far to visit hence that had to be dropped. With nothing else to see, we headed to yellapur for lunch and then decided on the next course of action.

 

Karwar

The coastal city of karwar was the next stopover on our coastal tour.  Being in the city for the first time I wasnt quite sure what places of interest the city provided. Luckily there are destinations and distances given which allow people to visit their choice of destinations.

It was mid afternoon by the time we went to karwar and the hot sun forced us to look for a hotel on the highway. We happened to see hotel bhadra and since it was affordable we decided to take the rooms there. This turned to be a big mistake as the rooms had absolutely zero maintainence. The beds were creaky and the rooms were horrible.

A short nap and it was time to explore karwar. The first stop was the war museum located just a km from the city. The museum shows the indian navy‘s might and one gets to explore the inside of navy ship as the museum is housed in the huge model of a navy ship

War Museum

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Once u enter the museum you’ll first be shown a short movie about the indian navy highlighting its capabilities and its various strengths. Once the movie is done you are free to roam the ship and see the various parts of the navy cruiser. We spent sometime clicking photos and roaming the entire ship before exiting.

The next place we visited was the sadashivagad fort. The fort was built by shivaji in the late 17th century, however it is now in ruins.

Entrance to sadashivgad fort

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There is a resort and temple near the fort and one can see the kali river and the kali bridge from the top. After trying various techniques we headed back to the beach for a sunset photoshoot as there was nothing else to do at the fort. When coming back we inquired about the possibility of a boat ride to kurumgud island which is located 12 kms from karwar. We were told the cost bout 1000 per head which was too steep hence decided to put the boat ride on hold.

View of kali river and bridge

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Sunset at Karwar Beach

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A visit to the local exhibition and we heaed to the hotel.

To people who are visiting karwar do not stay in hotel bhadra which is on the highway. There are other good hotels within the city limits. There is absolutely zero maintenance and the rooms and toilets are equally horrible for which we paid the price.

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