When the gang asked us if we can make a new year’s eve memorable at Uttara Kannada, it was a challenge of sorts for us. Not withstanding how new year’s eve party’s are held in the city:( how would one make such a thing memorable in a eco location like Uttara Kannada, in a eco friendly fashion by a eco tourism firm, for the CITY crowd.
A challenge indeed:)
It was a rainy day, one after almost 3 days of continuous rain, when we started out towards Kaas from Kedige. The long road trip had well and truly begun as we wound through the Western Ghats from Madangeri on NH 17, as we took a short cut towards the Karwar/ Hubli road. Since the start was an early AM affair, we stopped by at Yellapur for a sumptuous breakfast which also served as a good strategy to avoid climbing up the ghats full stomach for some of the co passengers.
When we signed up for the trek of Valley Of Flowers towards the end of July in March this year, we had no idea the preparations would be so much fun (well we are yet to trek the VOF so hopefully it will be betterJ).
After the early days of getting to walk, stretch and other basics covered, we started to plan for week end events in preparations with the default being walk around Lalbhag twice and a nice breakfast later.
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.