A ruiny weekend

With a 3 day weekend round the corner, I was planning to cover a couple of places around hassan which I couldn’t cover during my solo roadtrip last year. I proposed the places and a rough plan to srikanth who agreed to join.

Day 1:

We set out towards hassan on sat morning. A brief stop at kunigal and we were heading towards nuggehalli to see the lakshmi narasimha temple

How to reach Nuggehalli: Take the Hassan Highway and reach hiresave. A couple of meters from the hiresave junction, take left at the garage and proceed on the same road. Follow the milestones to reach nuggehalli

What to see in Nuggehalli:  Lakshmi Narasimha Temple

The lakshmi Narasimha temple is a hoysala temple built by Bommanna Dandanayaka who was a commander in court of King Vira Someshwara. Like all other hoysala temple it is built on a star shaped pedestal

Lakshmi Narasimha Temple

The temple walls are beautifully sculpted with stories from bhagavatha.

Temple Architecture

One interesting fact about this temple is it predates the keshava temple in somanthpur by 20 years. We spent some time taking snaps before leaving the place.

We reached hassan for lunch and we were discussing where to go next. Since there was enough time left and as we were planning to reach shettihalli by sundown we decided to go to mosale which is a short distance from hassan

How to reach Mosale: At about 10km (6 miles) from Hassan towards Mysore you can spot a large board of the state tourism department on your right. Immediately after this billboard a small village road appears on the right. About a kilometer into this road , you reach a Y junction. Take the left fork. The road finally reaches Mosale village after about 5 -10 minutes of zigzagging through a couple of villages.

What to see in Mosale: Nageshwara and Channakeshava temples

The Nageshwara and Channakeshava temples are one of the finest examples of hoysala architecture

Nagaeshwara and Chennakeshava Temples

We reached mosale around 3 in the afternoon. We thought the gate would be locked, which luckily wasnt. We were busy exploring the temple, and taking snaps, when the priest who was a small boy came and asked us if he could perform pooja for which we agreed. He told us that this temple was built around 14th century.

A few photos of the twin temples

Having spent time at the temple, taking snaps and admiring the architecture,  we then proceeded to shettihalli which contains the remains of a church also called the rosary church which was built by the french missionaries in late 1860

The government then built the gorur dam across the hemavathi river in 1960, to use the water for more constructive purposes. In order to build the dam, the villagers around the river were relocated to nearby villages, thus leaving the church.

The church has since stood there, though diplated, it has stood the test of time and nature’s fury

Rosary Church

The reservior fills up every year during monsoon which submerges the church, and during summer when the water receeds, the church can be seen in all its glory. The location of the river just on the banks of the river makes the place even more serene

The church in all its glory

The church is medieval in architecture just like the other churches in europe. The  alter is the only thing in the church which still remains intact

The alter

One can spend time at the lake enjoying the views n the church. With sundown approaching we left the place promising to come back again.

How to reach shettihalli: Head towards gorur road and u’ll reach a junction. Take right and proceed straight till u spot a signboard pointing the direction to hoysala resort on the right and hoysala school (in Kananda). Take left at the kannada signboard and travel in the same road till we get another board showing directions and distance to nearby places. Take left again and keep on the same road till u see the church on the left side


Take the gorur road and procced to kattaya. One needs to ask for directions at kattaya to reach shettihalli. The road condition is not good as there are lot of big potholes if one takes the road from kattaya

After completing the visit to the church, we then proceeded to belur and halted for the day. Evening was spent watching the thrilling world cup final

Day 2:

We began the day with a ride to chikmagaluru.  We had thought of covering ayyanekere lake and then proceed to bhadra dam before heading back to bangalore

It was a delayed start as we set out only by 7.30. We reached chikmagalur by 8.45 and stopped for breakfast. Having asked for directions to ayyankere lake and bhadra dam, we were told to go to bhadra dam as the route from ayyankere to tarikere is not in proper condition.

Ayyankere was scheduled for another visit and we decided to go to bhadra dam

We were cruising along the NH stopping briefly to snap a few pics of mullayanagiri and other mountains in the vincinity


Mountains on the way to bhadra dam

How to reach Bhadra Dam: Chikmagalur->Tarikere->BH road.  Be on the same road, till u find a arch and directions to bhadra dam/bhadra wildlife sanctuary and JLR River tern lodge. The dam is 20kms from the arch

We reached the dam and parked the car and went towards the dam. As usual the dam was off limits and photography was strictly prohibited. However one can visit the backwaters and enjoy the calm and serene atmosphere

Bhadra Dam Backwaters

We spent some time roaming around and incidentally we met the  caretaker with whom we had a chat. He happened to show us the place where Sri Sri Ravishankar got enlightenment. He went to later form the Art of Living.

Place where Sri Sri Ravishankar got enlightened

After spending some time we headed back to the car and to bangalore thus concluding an eventful trip

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Roadtrip Day 1: Sravanabelagola / Gorur Dam

The 9 day long weekend, made me to initiate a roadtrip covering a few places in karnataka. This was initially planned by me n srikanth, however this became a solo roadtrip as srikanth couldnt make it due to unavailability of leaves. After mapping out the places, the route was mapped in google maps and it looked good for a 1 week roadtrip.

A few calls to discuss the route to be taken and the possible condition of roads,surfing the net for a couple of extra places which could be fitted in the list, i began the ride on sat oct 30th.
Filling the tank up to the brim, i took the usual nelamangala-hassan route and was cruising along as there was less traffic. A deviation at nelamangala took me to hassan road and I was maintaining good speed. Since there was enough time, I took a right turn at IOL bunk to reach deepambudhi lake which I had already visited once before.
Deepambudhi Lake
Though no photos were taken, I spent some time walking along the lake and enjoying the scenary, before moving to markonhalli dam, which is also enroute to hassan. Another half hour of biking took me to the dam. As usual entry was prohibited and I went to the backwaters to spend a few min.
Markonhalli Dam
Note: Snaps shown here are from my earlier visit to both these places
My next task was to figure out how to reach rosary church, which was submerged when gorur dam was being built. A few blogs and links I checked, indicated the church was near shettihalli, however when I reached shettyhalli and inquired about the church, I was suprised as people told me there was no ruined church present. One of them asked me to go a couple of kms further and ask.
A few people told me there was one present in nuggenhalli, however I wasnt sure if it was the same church. Further inquiry proved futile as people had no idea about the church. The clock showed 1pm and i was still quite a long way off from hassan.  I headed to a hotel for lunch and then to sravanabelagola to see bhabhubali.
A lake on the net provided a good backdrop and i took a few snaps.
Reaching sravanabelagola, I went to see bhahubali. There were quite a few people present considering it was the start of a long weekend, with 1st Nov also being a holiday. A couple of other monuments in the vicinity caught my attention and I went to have a look at those
Having reached the top, I went to see lord gomateshwara. A few people were offering their prayers, while others were busy taking snaps
After offering my prayers, it was time to head to hassan. A couple of hours of driving, took me to the town limits. Checking into kadamba hotel, I asked the guy in the reception about a few other places I had marked to visit. He told me I can only visit gorur dam now as it was already 4 in the evening. The next day I can take the ariskere road and cover the remaining places as all the places are on that part of town.
Having agreed to his suggestion, I went to gorur dam, which is 22kms from the hotel. People are allowed to go to the lower level of the dam, however no one is allowed on the upper level, where one can see the water.
Gorur Dam
A couple more people had come to see the dam, and we were let inside after giving the instructions, one should not go beyond the lower level of the dam. Clicking a few snaps, I roamed about while others were busy with their photoshoots
Gorur Dam from Inside
With nothing much to do in the dam, I came back to the hotel, and retired for the day.

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Deepambudhi Lake/Marconahalli Dam

A visit to a couple of dam’s, a lake along with a overcast sky is ideal setting to get away from the maddening crowds and the daily city life. Throw in a ruined church and a couple of monuments, it becomes a perfect reciepe to spend the weekend. This is what I was planning to do over the course of the weekend.

Browsing the net in search of places that could be covered in a weekend, I chanced upon a rather deepambudhi lake which is in huliyurdurga and markonhalli dam located on the banks of simsha river in yediur. The lake was in pristine condition . I decided to visit the lake and dam. After checking a few more places that could be visited, I found a ruined church in shettihalli , which attracts hordes of visitors and gorur and yagachi dam’s could be covered in 2 days along with the famous belur and halebid temples.

With the places shortlisted, I decided head out on sat morning. Left bangalore at 7 at reached nelamangala. Refilled at a petrol bunk and reached the nelamangala bypass in a short while as there was less traffic. Took the left turn, to hassan and was cruising along.

Roads are being relaid, across the entire stretch, from nelamangala bypass till hassan, on both sides. Riding for another hour or so, I reached kunigal  by 9.30 and asked for directions from locals. I was told that I had taken the longer route , as there is another route which one can take from magadi road as It leads directly to lake.

I was told to go a little further and take the left at the circle and go another 20kms before taking another right near the Indian Oil petrol bunk. Another 4-5 kms of travel in huliyurdurga state forest would lead me to the lake.

Scenary on the outskirts of kunigal

The roads improve dramatically once we leave kunigal bypass. It was a real joy driving on those roads, as there were no potholes and traffic was sparse.

Beautiful Roads

After a short while I reached the petrol bunk and took the left, at the sign boards and entered huliyurdurga forest. The winding roads gives u a feeling of driving in the ‘GHATS’.

Riding on those twisty roads, I could see the lake in front of me. There is also an arch which goes to marikamba temple. One can park their vechile after taking a left at the arch or at the temple go to the lake.

Deepambudhi Lake

The lake is clean and there is no garbage being thrown, which is suprising. The place is also teaming with a variety of birds and is a ideal place for bird watching.

A few shots of the lake

I spent some time at lake relaxing and taking snaps before leaving the place.

Note: Apart from visiting the lake, one can also visit kunigal stud farm owned by vijay mallya, huliyurdurga state forest or one can trek to huliyurdurga hill which is located closeby.

After finishing my visit to deepambudhi lake, my next place on the list was marconhalli dam.  Reaching kunigal bypass, I again asked for directions.

To reach marconhalli dam, travel 16 kms from kunigal. After 16kms one can see kstdc hotel on the right, take the road going to the left and proceed 5 kms to the dam.

View near the dam

Entry to the dam is restricted and photography inside for security reasons. However one can spend some time taking snaps on the outskirts of the dam, and visiting the climate stattion

There wasnt much to do at the dam, so I headed back, stopped briefly at another spot near the river before heading back to the kstdc hotel

Scenic view near the river

Dark clouds began to gather, as I reached the hotel. To go to shettihalli , I was told to go to chennarayanapatna which is 60kms from the hotel, and ask for directions. With more dark clouds gathering, I decided to head back to bangalore, as the chances of rain was imminent. Reached nelamanagala around 4 and had a late lunch before reaching my house at 5, thus concluding another wonderful trip

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