It was a foggy Saturday AM when we set off with Vasu (our chauffeur) on our road trip to lands end – the ‘South East India’ version of it that is. We have always wanted to make it to Dhanushkodi (mostly for birding) but not on this trip, the timing of it was different. It was about 4 days in August that we could manage as a group and that’s no good time for the birds:( I guess we will be back next time perhaps on two wheels:) for the birds.
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.
We knew about it months ago and decided to make the best of it. My cousin was to get engaged at Hassan and it was a perfect alibi to visit the nearby Sakleshpur, which we have been planning to for quite a while, but just couldn’t with family and all at Hassan and nearby places.
We decided to leave a couple of days earlier as the event was on a Sunday, get in to one of the many home stays in there and explore the area.
Mungaaru Male 2 filming was just about done with, when we visited Jog, yet again. A chance visit enroute Kadle, this wasn’t a planned affair. We had heard how little it had rained in these parts – some estimates of 40% less rain, so were certain of what to expect in Jog this time. None the less, made the best of driving to Kadle via Shimoga and visited Jog.