I could not wait to get done with my exams and head out. As you could relate, exams are perhaps the most stressful time for any student, I am no different. I therefore jumped at the idea of making good our previous plan (of riding up to the fort) the very next day we finished our university exams.
If Interpreting Zen on 2 wheels was the title of my previous post, “Be One With Nature” could well be the title for this post – you will see why as we go along. As you would recall, our objective last time was to bicycle up to Mirjaan fort and back in which we failed – thus resorting to interpreting Zen:). We were much more determined, better equipped and chose a better time to make it all the way up to Mirjan Fort and back, this time however.
It was an unusually warm, bright October AM when we thought of our Bicycling Escape…. A rather elongated set of preparations later (breakfast, getting the bicycles ready et al) we set off to reach Mirjaan Fort via Hegde where one could hop on to a boat for a short ride across the banks of Aghanashini and ride on NH 17 to the fort. As one would often have it in life, the unusually hot October day and our delayed start ensured, we stopped well short of this goal:(
None that disappointing however. Actually, we accidentally discovered a destination for a short break, amidst busy tourist schedules:) A 2 hour bicycling escape would be a welcome break amidst sight seeing:)
July is a tricky month – travel wise. At least in South India. It would invariably be raining heavily everywhere and many of the water spots – rivers, falls, beaches would be inaccessible for one reason or another, safety, cleanliness, leeches etc…
Ramatheertha – near Honnavar however is a idyllic spot when it rains for a 2/3 hour picnic. It needs rains to feed it’s two water streams (you will see why I am struggling to name them right when you see the picturesJ) but the road to reach it is motorable all year round, so access to Ramatheertha, amidst heaviest rains is assured, safe (except for the slippery stairs to get down to it) and clean.