Friday, February 12, 2010


FROM 24 DEC 2009 TO 27 DEC 2009



24-12-2009 3-00 PM BANGALORE TO SHIMOGA (242 Kms)

25-12-2009 SIGANADOORU, HOLE BAGILU, HONNEMARADU,KELADI, IKKERI, VARADAHALLI (night halt at sharavathi nature camp)
26-12-2009 Muppane, breakfast TOWARDS MURUDESHESARA or Kollur, Kodachadri etc

27-12-2009 After breakfast Towards Bangalore

IMP Phone Numbers: JOG (08188)
DCF, Sagar : 08183 226071 228171(O) 226203 (F)
220440 (R)

TALAGUPPA : (24-12-2009) We reached Talaguppa by 11-30 pm and took rest at IB,

Info on Talaguppa:
Talguppa is a village in the Shimoga district of the Indian state of Karnataka. It lies 14 k.m. from Jog Falls which happens to be the deepest waterfall in India

Talguppa lies on the Shimoga-Talguppa railway line which is meter gauge. This is to be converted into broad gauge under project Project Unigauge to Birur to the east.

Next Day i.e on 25th Dec 2009 after finishing morning coffee/tea we started our journey towards Singandoor, on reaching the Holebagilu the backwaters of the Sharavathi from where we need to cross the backwaters through a barge, a long line of vehicles were in the que, we parked our vehicle and gone by walk with taking our vehicle in the barge and after crossing the barge, we need to go another 5 kms to reach the temple, it is by local jeeps or vans or else we need to go by trek, we decided to go on trek two families went through the amidst of the forest route reached the temple premises a long que also at temple for darshan of Goddess Chaudeshwari after having darshan we came back to Holebagilu

Info on Sigandooru
Sigandooru is a holy place of Goddess Chaudeshwari. A large temple of Goddess Chaudeshwari is situated here. This place is located in the other side of backwater of river Sharavathi. Situated in the midst of highly dense forest, it attracts thousands of people every day. We need to cross the Sharavathi back water by barge (launch- big flat Boat like) to go to Sigandoor. It is a mesmerizing experience to go to Sigandoor. This Goddess is a highly believed deity in Sagara and the surrounding taluks as a protector against theft and robbery. Coupons for entry will be distributed on first come first serve basis.


Holebaagilu is situated on the banks of the Sharavathi River at about 30 km from Sagara. One has to take a diversion from B. H. Road towards Ikkeri Road to get there. The Sharavati backwaters of Linganamakki dam has submerged acres of land here. It is a place of natural beauty. It is situated in Kolur Grama Panchayat Limits. One has to take a "launch" (flatboat) to get across the backwaters to reach the other side where Sigandooru is located. The ride is really enjoyable. The first priority is given for localites and their vehicles in this launch since they are the affected ones due to this submersion. Madenur Dam which was submerged due to the construction of the Linganamakki Dam is at a short distance from here. It can be seen only during summer.

From here we moved towards Ikkeri and had a darshan of Lord Aghoreshwara

Info on Ikkeri
Ikkeri (Kannada: ಇಕ್ಕೇರಿ) is situated in Shimoga district of Karnataka state at about 3 km to the south of Sagara. The word Ikkeri in Kannada means "Two Streets". This place was the capital of the Keladi Nayakas for some years. The walls of the city were of great extent, forming three concentric enclosures. In the citadel, was a palace built with mud and timber, adorned with carvings. Today what remains is the temple of Aghoreshvara (one of the several names of Lord Shiva), a large and well proportioned stone-building, constructed in a mixed style with a unique conception.

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.After having darshan of Lord Aghoreshwara next we reached Varadahalli and had a darshan of Goddess Rama Durgamba and had a prasadam of lunch over there, we are very lucky to get a prasadam at 3 pm this is due to the blessings of the god, and nearby we visited the His Holiness Sri Sridhara Swami Gudda and had a darshan over there

Info on Varadahalli

Varadapura (Varadahalli/Vaddalli)

This place is situated 6 km from the town where one has to take a diversion from Jog Road soon after the end of the town limits. It is famous for the samadhi of His Holiness Sri Sridhara Swami who was among the great saints of 20th century.

And from there our next leg of journey was towards KELADI, we visited the old Historical Shiva Temple over, we appointed a guide over there he explained about the Keladi Dynasty

Info on Keladi
A Shiva temple of historical importance is located here. It is located at a distance of 6 km from the town. One has to take a diversion at Sorab Road. There is a museum containing old manuscripts written during the times of the Keladi dynasty.

This was the capital city of the Kingdom of Keladi, a feudatory of Vijayanagara Empire. After the disintegration of Vijayanagara Empire in the Battle of Talikota, the Keladi Nayakas created an independent kingdom and it remained so until it was annexed to Mysore Kingdom by Hyder Ali.
Shivappa Nayaka and Chennamma were the rulers of this kingdom. There is a Rameshwara temple at Keladi which is built in the Hoysala-Dravida style.

After visiting the famous historical temple visit we reached Sharavathi Nature Camp at Jog Fall, (It is under the control of Forest Dept) . It was one of the finest nature camp I visited with good care taken by the Meti at the Camp, -Night Halt

Info on Sharavathi Nature Camp :

A part of the Sharavathi river basin was declared as a wildlife sanctuary on 20 April 1972.[8] Spread over an area of 431.23 km²., it has dense evergreen and semi-evergreen forests. Linganamakki reservoir spread over an area of 128.7 km². is a part of this sanctuary. The remaining area has been divided into core zone (74.33 km².), buffer zone (170.67 km²) and tourism zone (57.53 km².).[8] The altitude in the sanctuary varies from 94 to 1102 mts, the highest point being Devarakonda on the southern edge of the sanctuary. Temperatures range from 15° to 38 °C and mean annual rainfall is 4500 mm


The sanctuary has mainly evergreen, semi-green and some moist deciduous forests. Trees in the evergreen forest include species such as Dipterocarpus indicus, Calophyllum tomentosum, Machilus macrantha, Caryota urens and Aporosa lindleyana. [8] In the semi-evergreen and moist deciduous forests, common species include Lagerstroemia lanceolata, Hopea parviflora, Dalbergia latifolia, Dillenia pentagyna, Careya arborea, Emblica officinalis, Randia sp., Terminalia sp. and Vitex altissima.


The sanctuary is a refuge of the endangered Lion-tailed macaque. Other mammals include tiger, leopard (black panther), wild dog, jackal, sloth bear, spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, mouse deer, wild pig, common langur, bonnet macaque, Malabar giant squirrel, giant flying squirrel, porcupine, otter and pangolin. Reptiles include king cobra, python, rat snake, crocodile and monitor lizard.[8] Some of the avian species found in the sanctuary include three species of hornbill, paradise flycatcher, racket-tailed drongo, blue-throated barbet and Indian lories and lorikeets.

26th Dec 2009 : We took leisurely and had bath and breakfast we visited a view point near the nature camp from where we can a have a view of full aerial view of JOG Falls including two bungalows (British as well as PWD)
From there we visited the Vodenbyle where we had a darshan of Goddess Padmavathi and a Jain Temple over there, one has to seek a permission from the Security of the KPC Office because it falls enroute Linganamakki Dam Route, full dense forest route, nice journey to reach the place VODENBYLE after having a darshan we moved towards the backwaters of the Sharavathi we had a nice speed boat ride and from there we came back to Sharavathi Nature camp and visited the Muppane Nature Camp it was also one of the best nature camp on the backwaters of Sharavathi- Halting is not permitted because of lack of infrastructure over there and having a cup of black tea we came back to our camp and had dinner.

27th Dec 2009 : We decided to move towards Murudeshwara, before visiting the place we had a darshan of IDGUNJI Ganapathi from there we reached Murudeshwara,heavy rush over there because of Christmas Holidays finally we managed to have darshan of Lord Murudeshwara and having lunch over enroute we reache Kollur Mookambika Temple and also have a darshan of Goddess Mookambika and from there we departed the last leg of journey towards Bangalore, We reached Bangalore on 28th Dec 2009 by 5 am.

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