Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Road trip to beautiful Coastal Karnataka

Every year, we plan a trip to celebrate our wedding anniversary. This time we selected Road trip to costal Karnataka and forest area. Our first halt was at Ganeshgudi, Dandeli for 1 night. We enjoyed birding a lot. After the awesome birding trip, we headed towards coastal Karnataka. Our Coastal trip began on 13 Feb 2015.

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Travel Blog link for Dandeli: Old Magazine House - Birding paradise in Ganeshgudi, Dandeli!

About Costal Karnataka and our trip plan:
             Costal Karnataka consists of tourist places like Karwar, Gokarna, Murudeshwar, Udupi and Mangalore. All these places are famous for beautiful beaches, temples, rivers and nature’s beauty. Karwar is famous for its calm beaches and sea food. You can enjoy the slow pace of city. Gokarna is a holy place popular among Hindu pilgrims whereas beautiful beaches like Om; Kudle attracts Indian as well as foreign tourists.
            Murudeshwar is famous for the world's tallest Shiva statue, this beach town lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea and is also famous for the Murudeshwara Temple. Udupi’s history revolves around the story of Lord Krishna and also the beautiful sandy beaches close to the town.

Our trip plan was Dandeli – Karwar – Quick visit to Palolem beach, Goa – Karwar – Gokarna – Murudeshwar – Udupi – Mangalore - Stream of joy near Hathyadka - Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary – Shimoga – Hubali (just for night stay) – Pune.

Karnataka Road trip Map
Karnataka Road trip Map 

Travel Blog link for Dandeli: Old Magazine House - Birding paradise in Ganeshgudi, Dandeli!

Day 2: 13th Feb 2015 – Ganeshgudi, Dandeli – Karwar (Total distance travelled is around 110km):
            We left Dandeli by 3.30 PM and after driving through the mesmerizing Western Ghats we reached in the small quiet beach city of Karwar by 5 PM. You will see a clash of cultures as soon as you enter the Karwar town. Karwar is situated at the border of Karnataka state. You will see an admixture of Kannada, Goan and Marathi cultures. My father-in-law’s close friend from Karwar made our stay arrangement in hotel panchtara. Hotel room was clean and well equipped with all the required facility. Beach is just 1.5 km from hotel.

Karwar Bridge
Karwar Bridge

            We decided to spend some time in the evening at the Rabindranath Tagore beach. All though we missed the sunset the walk on beach at evening time refreshed us. It is said that the 22-year-old Tagore stayed with his brother, Satyendranath Tagore, who was the district judge in Karwar. The beach here still remains in his memory. The tourist crowd in Karwar is pretty less. This beach is nearly a 6km long stretch which is perfect for morning/evening walk. North end of beach is known as Karwar beach. The sea is clam and safe for swimming.

Karwar Aquarium
Karwar Aquarium on Tagore beach road

              Karwar Aquarium is situated on the Rabindranath Tagore beach. They have a good collection of marine and fresh water fishes. The first fish you would observe as you enter the aquarium is Arapaima in vertically mounted cylindrical glass. Aquarium building is 2 storied building. Ground floor contains all the marine fishes whereas upper floor contain sweet water fish. They have marine fishes like Kissing Gourami, Seahorse, Lobster, Butterfly Fish, Lion Fish, Smoke Angel Fish, Moray Eel, Clownfish, lady fish, Puffer Fish, star fish, String ray etc. Aquarium needs some maintenance and name plates are missing on the fish tanks as well.

Star Fish and clown fish in Right side image

             We wanted to visit Warship museum but it was closed by 7 PM so we decided to visit the next day. For dinner we went to Amrut restaurant which is famous for sea food.

Expense:

  • Hotel panchtara stay for 2 night: INR 1600/- for Non AC room
  • Aquarium entry fee: INR 25/- per person
  • Coconut water at beach: INR 30/-
  • Chats close to beach: between INR 20/- to 30/- as per ordered dish
  • Dinner at Amrut restaurant: INR 590/- (fish Starter, fish curry and rice)

Day 3: 14th Feb 2015 –Karwar – Palolem, Goa – Karwar (Total distance travelled is around 100km):
             We woke up by 7 AM and went for morning walk on the beach. After spending some time there, we went on Sadashivgad fort. It is a small but beautiful fort constructed on the top of a hill. Very less fortification is available and most the parts are in ruined conditions. From the top most point, you can see panoramic view of Arabian Sea, Karwar & Kali River. It takes hardly 15-20 min to reach at the top from the Durga temple.

Tagore Beach

Panoramic view of sea from Sadashivgad Fort

            This fort was built in 1715 by king Basavlingraj of Sonda and was named by his father Sadashivlingraj. Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj seized Ankola and came to Karwar (at that time it was known as Kadwad). Shivaji Maharaj crossed the Kali River and conquered Sadashivgad on 21st Feb 1665. After treaties, the Portuguese obtained control on the fort and then East India Company got control over the fort in 1799. Fort area is good place to visit in the early morning.

Sadashivgad fort.
Fort Entrance

Sadashivgad fort.
Old cannon on fort

            The temple of Goddess Durga Maa is situated at the base of Sadashivgad fort. Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, who was one of the greatest Hindu Kings, visited Karwar and Sadashivgad twice, in 1665 and in 1673 in order to strengthen the Sadashivgad fort. He also renovated the Goddess Durga temple here. It is said that he gave the rights of worship in this temple to the local Bhandari family.

Durga Maa Temple, Karwar
Durga Maa Temple, Karwar

            After the visit to the fort we had breakfast in Karwar and headed towards the Warship museum. It opens at 10 AM. INS Chapal that played active role in 1971 Indo-Pak war and now rests on the shores of Ravindranath Tagore beach, Karwar. Classified as a OSA class 2 sleek missile boat, INS Chapal is small in dimensions compared to navy ships. INS Chapal did exactly that by bombarding Karachi town and achieving total supremacy on the western front. Post war, crew of INS Chapal won 2 Paramveer chakra, 8 veer chakra and several other awards.

Karwar Warship Museum
Karwar Warship Museum

            Today she rests by the national highway as warship museum, telling her stories of bravery to the visitors. It is a must visit place to have an understanding of how life was at the seas and during the war. First they take you to room where a nice, inspiring video on Indian Navy is played. You can see the entire ship with different sections. I like the place I hope there will be many more warship museum across India which will inspire the youth and make us feel proud.
             Devbag beach is a nice place to visit. It is under Jungle lodge property which is maintained very well. You have to take the boat to reach here and staying at JLR is the only choice. Or you can have their half day package (Nearly INR 1400/-) which includes boat transport, Lunch and evening snacks/tea.
            We decided to visit Palolem beach, goa which was just 50 min drive from Karwar. It is one of the most beautiful beaches from Goa and we didn’t want to miss it. It was our run time decision to visit Goa. We left Karwar by 4.30 PM. On the way we got to know about an untouched beach named Polem beach. It was small, soft golden sandy beach. We spent around an hour and headed towards Palolem beach.

Polem Beach, Untouched golden sand beach
Polem Beach, Untouched golden sand beach

           Palolem beach is famous for its powdery sand, bluish green waters, sea facing shacks and Butterfly Island; I had always wanted to visit this beach. The beach is very beautiful and water is peaceful with very mild waves. I found this beach with the decent crowd (both Indians and foreigners) as compare to North Goa beaches. I wanted to visit the butterfly beach which is only accessible by boat. The boat took us to the butterfly island (named so because it resembles the wings of a butterfly) which is a small piece of land with a couple of huge rocks. We spent quality time on beach and saw lovely sunset over the sea. In all the entire ride was super and we clicked a lot of pictures around it.

Palolem Beach
Palolem Beach

Butterfly beach
Butterfly beach

Sunset from Palolem Beach
Sunset from Palolem Beach

King Fish BBQ

             After Butterfly beach trip, we were back on Palolem beach. We had a walk on the 3 km long beach after sunset and then had delicious sea food dinner at Sameer classic Shack. We left Goa by 11.30 PM and came to our hotel in Karwar by 12.30 in mid night.

Expense:

  • Warship museum entry fee: INR 30/- for 2 person
  • Lunch at Udupi shree Krishna vilas: INR 150/- for 2 person (south Indian dishes)
  • Goa State entry for car: INR 250/-
  • Car parking at Palolem beach: INR 25/-
  • Boat for butterfly beach: INR 1300/-
  • Dinner at Sameer classic Shack: INR 940/- (Large size BBQ king fish and some starters with cold drinks)
  • Car petrol: INR 1900/- (approx. 37 Lit at INR 51.80/Lit-Goa state fuel rates)

Day 4: 15th Feb 2015 –Karwar – Gokarna – Murudeshwar (Total distance travelled is around 160km):
             Today was the World cup match between India and Pakistan. As we both are sport follower, we decided to enjoy the match. After India’s smashing batting performance we decided to start our journey towards Gokarna. Road condition was fabulous and I enjoyed the drive on costal highway till Gokarna. There were no road side hotels or dhabas hence we decided to have lunch in Gokarna
             Our first destination in Gokarna was Kudle beach. Kudle is a popular place among the global backpacker community so you get to meet travelers from all around the world. Road from Gokarna town to Kudle beach is small. We reached on hill where we suppose to park our vehicle and walked down from the hill for Kudle. Once we got down from small narrow trail route, the pristine waters of Kudle Beach became visible. It is a haven of picturesque beaches and cute shacks besides them creating a perfect ambience for a laid-back and relaxed vacation. We had lunch at one of the shacks named Kudle view.

Kudle beach, Gokarna
Kudle Beach, Gokarna...View from "Kudle view" Shack

Kudle beach, Gokarna
Kudle Beach view

             We spent almost entire afternoon on beach and at the shack. As the afternoon sun started getting a bit milder everyone from shack was out on the beach for some activity. We saw people doing yoga, gym exercises, reading books, playing beach games learning some gymnastic skills. Country or language was not a barrier here to learn different things from each other. We made some new friends from different countries and got a chance to learn something different. Spending time on Kudle beach was a unique experience from our trip and we decided to visit this place again.

Yoga

             For sunset, we went on Om beach which is few km away from Kudle. Om beach is, as you might guess, carved in the shape of an ‘Om’. At the very top of the middle spike of the Om, there is a rock that juts out into the sea, making the Om shape. This beach is small and ideal place to view sunset and to relax. There were few shacks serving good food. We witnessed beautiful sunset and then moved ahead to Gokarna town to visit the temple.

Om Beach
Om Beach

Left side of Om from Middle spike
Left side of Om from Middle spike

Right side of Om from Middle spike
Right side of Om from Middle spike

Panorama view of Om beach
Panorama view of Om beach

Sunset from Om Beach
Sunset from Om Beach
             Gokarna has been a religious destination for many devotees since decades. Gokarna means Cow's Ear. It is believed that Lord Shiva emerged from the ear of a cow (Prithvi, the Mother Earth) here. It is also located at the ear-shaped confluence of two rivers Gangavali and Aghanashini. We took Darshan in Mahabaleshvara Temple which is the main place of pilgrimage. It was bit crowded as Mahashivratri festival was about to begin in 2 days. Temple timings are from 6AM to 12PM and then 5PM to 8.30PM. Gents are allowed entry in the sanctum without shirts and banians. After quick darshan, we went in Maha Ganapati Temple which is close to Mahabaleswara Temple. Temple is very small but maintained well. Here you can see the idol of standing Ganesha which is very rare.
             We were done with our major sightseen from Gokarna. We wanted to stay in Gokarna but to avoid crowded location, we went to Murudeshwar. Distance between Gokarna and Murudeshwar is around 78km. We left by 8.30 PM and reached Murudeshwar by 9.40 PM. We made a booking at hotel RNS Highway on telephone when we were in Gokarna. Murudeshwar city is developed by a person Mr. R.N. Shetty. After a smooth check in process we had dinner in the hotel which was quite average in taste. We saw the match highlights and then took rest.

Expense:

  • Coffee in Karwar: INR 24/- for two.
  • Lunch in Kudle view: INR 370/- (starter dish, Veg and Roti s)
  • Gokarna Entry: INR 20/- for 2 person and car.
  • Om beach entry: INR 10/-
  • Gokarna Parking near temple: INR 30/-
  • Toll (Gokarna to Murudeshwar): INR 10/- one way
  • Murudeshwar stay at RNS highway: INR 900/- for 1 night
  • Dinner at RNS highway hotel: INR 360/-

Day 5: 16th Feb 2015 - Murudeshwar – Udupi (Total distance travelled is around 108 km):
             We woke up by 7.30 AM and left for Murudeshwar sightseen. Murudeshwar beach was crowded with the tourist. We didn’t enter in the water for swimming as Renuka was not allowed to enter in the water with plastered hand. Water was clear and beach was safe for swimming. There were few water sports available and we chose a small island trip by a small boat.

Temple from Murudeshwar Beach
Temple from Murudeshwar Beach

             After spending some time on the beach, we went in the temple for Darshan. Temple area consists of Murudeshwar Temple, Raja Gopura and Statue of great Lord Shiva. Temple is built on a hill which is surrounded on three sides by the Arabian Sea. The Lanka King Ravana worshipped Shiva with devotion for the Atma-Linga. Pleased by his prayers, Lord Shiva agreed to give him the boon on the condition that it should never be placed on the ground before he reaches Lanka. If the Atma-Linga was ever placed on the ground, it would be impossible to move it. The gods thought that with the Atma-Linga, Ravana may obtain immortality and cause destruction on earth. Lord Ganesh came up with a plan to confiscate the Atma-Linga from Ravana. As Ravana was nearing Gokarna, Lord Vishnu blotted out the sun to give the appearance of dusk. To perform his evening rituals, He wanted to handover Atma-Linga to someone. At this time, Lord Ganesh in the disguise of a Brahmin boy accosted him. Ravana requested him to hold the Atma-Linga until he performed his rituals, and asked him not to place it on the ground. Ganesh struck a deal with him saying that he would call Ravana thrice, and if Ravana did not return within that time, he would place the Atma-Linga on the ground.
             Ravana returned to find that Ganesh had already placed the Atma-Linga on the ground. Vishnu then removed his illusion and it was daylight again. He realizing that he had been tricked tried to uproot and destroy the linga. Due to the force exerted by Ravana, some pieces were scattered. He threw the cloth covering the Atma-Linga to a place called Mrideshwar which has been renamed to Murudeshwar.

Murudeshwar Temple
Murudeshwar Temple

               At the entrance of temple, 20 storied Gopura (Tower built at the entrance of temple, especially in Southern India) is constructed. With the help of elevator, you can reach on 18th floor which offers breathtaking view of Arabian Sea, Murudeshwar beach, village view and beautiful view of the 123-feet idol of Lord Shiva. It was amazing experience to view Murudeshwar from such height. Gopura has beautiful carving and two life-size elephant idols are placed at the entrance.

Gopura of Murudeshwar temple
Gopura of Murudeshwar temple

123 feet of idol of Lord Shiva from Gopura

Beach view from Gopura
View of Beach from Gopura

             After Gopura visit, we went inside temple. Temple is small but maintained very well. There are many small temples. Photography in main temple is not allowed. Real gold is used on the roof of all temples.
            Last attraction in Murudeshwar was statue of Lord Shiva. The Shiva statue is second highest statue in the world after Kailashnath Mahadev Statue situated in Sanga, Nepal. We saw a museum which is below the statue and has series of different statues that tell you a story of Lord Shiva. There is a huge Nandi statue in front of Shiva. The statue of Ravana holding the linga is also at the front. Various sculptures depicting the incidents from mythological tales can be seen around.

Murudeshwar Temple
Murudeshwar Temple

Lord Shiva Family curving on Gopura

sculptures

Beach view from Restaurant
Beach view from Restaurant 

Lord Shiva, Murudeshwar
Lord Shiva, Murudeshwar
Murudeshwar is also famous for scuba diving. There is dive site near Netrani Island which is one of the popular sites. We wanted to do our next dive but unfortunately Island was closed by Navy this year and also Renuka had a major fracture in left hand. We came back to hotel for rest. We checked-out of our room by 1 PM and went at Murudeshwar beach. RNS group have a beautiful 3 storied restaurant built on sea shore. It offers decent multi cuisine food but also offers soothing sea view from all the tables. After heavy lunch, we decided to leave for Udupi which was our next destination.
            On the way to Udupi we passed by Marvanthe beach, a spectacular and unique sight because the river and the ocean are separated by a narrow stretch of road. On the left is the ocean and on the right is the river. We took a small break for snacks and then left for Udupi. We reached at Malpe near Udupi by 4.30 PM. Distance between Murudeshwar and Malpe is around 105km. We decided to stay close to the beach and Malpe beach is the best beach in Udupi so we went there. There were only 2 resort properties owned by Paradise Isle group. We liked Malpe Sea Front Cottage Hotel and we booked a cottage. Cottage was nice and offered a beach view.
             We spent some time in the Resort and then for sunset we went on the beach which was stone's throw away from cottage. It was little bit crowded by the locals. It was yellow sandy long stretch beach. We witnessed beautiful sunset and spent some more time on the beach. After 7.00 PM, all local crowds disappeared and we were the only tourist on beach. There was a small café restaurant close to the beach where we had tasty hot coffee. It was our last evening on beach as we were supposed to begin our travel tomorrow towards forest region via Mangalore. Cool breeze, beautiful beach, hot cup of coffee and company of my love everything made the evening more special on Malpe beach.

Malpe Beach, Udupi
Malpe Beach, Udupi

            We had our dinner in the resort which was quite average in taste. Post dinner we spent some time on the beach and came back in room for rest.

Expense:

  • Coffee in hotel: INR 20/-
  • Car Parking at Murudeshwar temple: INR 30/-
  • Small island Boat Ride: INR 300/-
  • Gopura Life: INR 20/- for 2 people
  • Museum entry: INR 20/- for 2 people
  • Lunch at RNS Naveen beach restaurant: INR 252/- for 2 people (Masala Papad, Vegetable, roti and cold drinks)
  • Coconut water: INR 30/-
  • Malpe beach entry: INR 10/- for car
  • Night Stay at Malpe Sea Front Cottage: INR 1700/- (Actual rate is INR 2200/- and we got discount due to odd day)
  • Snacks at Malpe beach: INR 50/-
  • Coffee: INR 50/-
  • Dinner at hotel: INR 400/- for 2 people

Day 6: 17th Feb 2015 – Malpe – Udupi - Mangalore (Total distance travelled is around 80 km):
              We woke up by 7.30 and went on Malpe beach for walk. After breakfast in the hotel, we were ready for St. Mary island trip. To reach on the island, you can go for a Government ferry from the fishing harbor or private boat ride from Malpe beach. Private boats are available from Malpe beach after 9 AM. Boat leaves only if there are enough passengers else need to pay extra for ride. We boarded a small boat which took us to St. Mary Island in a 20 min smooth ride. Island is very small and has 2-3 beaches whereas other areas have rocky formation. Among the 2-3 beaches of Island only 1 beach is safe for swimming whereas others have some rocks at sea bed. Beach sand is a mixture of sand and crushed shells. Water is clean and clear.

St Mary Island Beach
St Mary Island Beach
St. Mary Island beach

St. Mary Island
St. Mary Island

panorama photo of St. Mary island beach
panorama photo of St. Mary island beach

             Due to small rock formation the island has become a good spot for nature lovers and landscape photographers. Time to visit the Island is between 9 AM to 4 PM. Even though beach is beautiful, many people thrown plastic bottles and other plastic stuff on Island. As traveler, we should not throw plastic or garbage on the Island. There is nothing available on island so you need to carry your own food and water. After spending more than hour, we returned to Malpe beach.

Malpe Beach
Malpe Beach

             It was sunny hot day so we spent the remaining time in the resort and left this beautiful place by 1 PM. We went to Udupi city and had our lunch at famous restaurant named Woodland. Food was delicious and they served typical south Indian Udupi style meal. After Lunch we decided to explore temples in Udupi. We saw Lord Krishna’s Temple and Ananteshwar Temple. We reached there on the Mahashivratri and it was not much crowded. Temple was decorated beautifully. Some local classical live music program based on lord Shiva was going on and that made our visit more special. Temple is built by Pandavas overnight during their visit to Udupi about 400 years back. It was built by rock slabs only using limestone plaster.

Udupi thali at Woodland restaurant
Udupi thali at Woodland restaurant 

            By afternoon, we left Udupi and began our journey towards Mangalore. We reached Mangalore by 5 PM. We checked few hotels and booked a room in Hotel Roopa. We decided to take rest rather than exploring city. We took rest and then went out for Dinner. We spent our time at the City center mall and came back by 11 PM after dinner. Our Coastline trip came to an end and the next day we drove to stream of joy stay at Hathyadka. Stream of joy is nestled deep inside Western Ghats.

We planned to spend 2 nights 3 days in stream of joy and to explore forest area. Bhadra wildlife sanctuary was our last destination before starting with our return journey.

Stream of joy
Stream of joy
Expense:

  • St. Mary Island boat ride: INR 200/- for 2 person (Rate is between INR 100 to 200 per person)
  • Lunch at Woodland restaurant: INR 333/- for 2 people (starter, 1 meal and 1 Dal-Rice)
  • Hotel Roopa at Mangalore: INR 1000/-
  • Dinner in City center mall: INR 235/- for 2 people

Contact numbers for your reference:

  • Hotel Panchatara, Karwar: 08382-228833 / 08382-228855, 0-8951394404.
  • Restaurant Amrut, Karwar: 0-9845201215.
  • Devbag Beach resort: 08382-221603/08382-222192, 0-9449599778.
  • Kuddle view room and Restaurant: 0-8884517230.
  • RNS highway Hotel, Murudeshwar: Tele: 08385-268191, 08385-268192, +91-8762471918.
  • Hotel Sharada International, Udupi: 0820-2521968, 0820-2522910, 0820-2522913, 0820-6956208.
  • Malpe Sea Front Cottage, Malpe: 91-8202537300, 91-9008444891.
  • Hotel Roopa, Mangalore: 0824-2421272.

Please click on Next blog to read about our further journey: Road trip to Karnataka – Stream of joy and Bhadra WLS visit

I will try to upload more and more travel blogs. Thanks for reading this Travel Blog.

Pritesh Kulkarni 
Pune

34 comments:

  1. Great photography. Awesome Pictures Pritesh..!! Keep enjoying.. :) - Moin Kadri

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    1. Thank you very much Moin...!!!

      Happy Traveling

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  2. Very nice Pritesh. I always read your blogs enjoy the photographs amd information....



    Regards,
    Rubel

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      Happy Traveling

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  3. Awesome !! Great Compilation . (Y) Well Done !

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  4. Which Car do you drive? Also I have heard that Devbag is really cool place, any reasons for skipping it?

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    1. I have Hyundai i20 Car.
      Yes, Devbag is really nice place but we didn't get booking hence we skipped that place.

      Regards,
      Pritesh Kulkarni

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    1. Thanks for your comment... Please avoid ads/website link in the comment... such post will be deleted

      Regards,
      Pritesh

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  6. sundar photo ! karnataka is indeed amazing

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      Happy Traveling

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  7. Nic blog. I liked that you have also posted Tge expenses for each leg of the journey. I am planning to do the costal karnataka trip from Pune during diwali. This will definitely helm me in planning my journey. How are the roads? Also did you do all the hotel bookings before leaving?

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    1. Hello Ketan,
      Thanks for comment...Its one of the best road trip experience...Road are really smooth and we enjoyed our drive. Few patches before Mangalore are not in proper condition but road is motorable.
      We only booked hotel at Dandeli (OMH hotel) and Stream of Joy near Mangalore. When we were in Gokarna, at that time we did phone booking for Hotel RNS highway as we were at Gokarn 2 days before Mahashivratri.
      Considering Diwali time its better to do advance booking for Gokarna and Murudeshwar.
      Regards,
      Pritesh Kulkarni

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    2. Thank you Pritesh! I will book the hotels in advance.

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  8. My trip to Murudeshwar Temple – India
    http://girishpalkartravel.blogspot.in/2015/06/murudeshwara-karnataka-india.html

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  9. Dear Pritesh
    We are planning costal Karnataka in mid may16. Is may16 is right time , 7 to 8 days are enough to cover all important places pls guide us. Also suggest road map from Pune
    Regards
    Abhijit (Nagpur)

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    1. Hi Abhijit,
      Yes you can plan trip in mid may but its peak summer time so it will really difficult to spend whole day in sight seen. I will suggest you to plan trip in June as monsoon begins in that area and you can enjoy drive and light rain shower.
      Yes you can cover north Karnataka properly in 7-8 days. I will suggest road map as Pune-Karwar-Gokarna-Murudeshwar-Upadi OR Dandeli and then back to Pune.
      Pritesh Kulkarni

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  10. Thanks for such a nice and informative article. You have described so beautifully..

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  11. Hi Pritesh
    Great blog. Thanks for sharing.
    Did you see Jog falls and Sirsi. Is it worth visiting? Do we get home stay at all these places mentioned?
    vidya

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    1. Yes, we visited Jog fall in 2016. Here is Blog link for that: https://pritskulkarni.blogspot.in/2016/09/beautiful-south-goa-and-gigantic-jog.html
      Most of the places Home stay is available.

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  12. Awesome trip plan prits. Planning to go on a solo road trip in may. :)

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  13. Excellent Planning and execuation. If you can give summary in tabular form,it will be guide for interested travelers.

    Thanks a Lot

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  14. No doubt,Karnataka has a breathful beauty which can't be expressed in words.I liked the way very much you presented this beauty from your wonderful photography.
    Hope you had a unforgettable journey!!!

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  15. This will definitely helm me in planning my journey. How are the roads?

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  16. Hi Pritesh,
    I am regular Reader of your blog and we choosed destinations visited by you and got wonderful experiences. Can you address one query : can we cover costal karnataka and Badami-hampi in one go trip of around 8 days. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you very much...
      8 Days coastal + Hampi + Badami = too hectic and not possible trip. Badami need 1 entire day and Hampi required 3-4 days so better to plan 2 different trips.
      Pritesh Kulkarni

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  17. Dandeli the best place to visit.

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  18. Hi sir this is super blog on Karnataka and the description with amazing photos ,each photos explain the how mach is good place to visit relay thank you for this blog it is helpful for the new traveler to travel around karnataka.

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  19. Thanks for nice writeup. I am looking for Mangalore to GOA trip covering all these places including Udipi. we are planning with family and friends alomsot 20 people. can you give some idea/suggestions for the same.

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  20. Yes, the Info is absolutely Correct, all the places mentioned are regularly visited by me,except that i have known people at these places where I put up. The important matter is regards the ROADS, all over Karnataka & Goa You real get the thrill of driving, which in Maharashtra is Not possible, since i am from Mumbai, I Know about this very well,The best time to start the trip is after SEP to March

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  21. WHICH ONE IS BETTER TRIP FROM DIVEAGHAR TO GOA OR COASTAL KARNATAKA

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    1. Both are wonderful road trip route... my personal favourite is Diveagar to Goa route.

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