It was a late evening on a summer day in April, when my wife insisted we visit a near by beach location, other than our own. A very good suggestion indeed and I did jump at the idea of making that drive, in a brand new KUV 100 that was new in to the family.
So I set out with the Car and lo and behold, wife lugged in other family members to join us:) A good test for the marketing message of the vehicle. We did manage to get all 7 in to the vehicle and head out, south, towards a new location we had just heard of – Pavinkurve Hanging Bridge.
Its about 10 KM south of Kumta and the drive on the high way was uneventful until we took “the wrong right turn”. With our 11 year old niece looking in to google maps, we made a turn too early towards Mavinkurve and it was one of the best mistakes with right turns we had made thus far:).
The narrow winding road meandering through the town of Haldipur and then the various sea side villages, almost runs parallel to a 100 mtr wide beach after which is the Arabian Sea, a spectacular sight indeed, especially at Sun Set. The highlight is a very low bridge across the river Badagani – this one is motorable.
We drove across Saraswathi beach until the road ended. While I stopped and walked through the rest of the mud road to ask for directions to the hanging bridge (which took me towards the lower parts of Honnavar), the rest of the folks got off the car and walked across to the beach – a couple of them senior citizens almost effortlessly. In all this time we have been at Kumta, my mother could never get her feet wet in the sea as access to many beaches is across some tough terrain to negotiate (for her age). This was a chance she wouldn’t miss of course:) So I return to an empty car after making inquiries about how to get to the hanging bridge. As is said, if you cant lick them, join them – so I went on to the beach myself, enjoying the stiff breeze and a spectacular view, of the Basavaraja Durga island across, creating a unique setting for the sunset.
I had to remind folks that we would soon run out of sunlight to visit the bridge and return so they all reluctantly trudge back to the car and we drive about another KM through a very narrow, mud road, often with bottom scraping potholes in some sections. We were told that it would have been easier to get to the bridge from the other side (NH 17) if we had taken the next right turn but who cares. We would have missed all this adventure.
The approach from this side is mostly for pedestrians and two wheelers and we had to drive back all the way again to reach the point where we made the wrong right(!) turn in order to return to Kumta.
The hanging bridge itself is remarkable. This too is across the river Badagani and across the bridge is a temple and incidentally, it was the car festival of that temple on the day we visited, so had to practically compete with pedestrians and two wheelers to get there.
We explore the area, take some pictures and return to the car. After reversing the car with a lot of effort in a narrow strip of a road with water bodies on either side :), we hit the mud road, through the potholes on to the tarmac alongside the beach, enjoy the remainder of the sun set while driving and return home to tell every one a ‘tale of the wrong right turn:)’
Thanks to Disha and her instructions to turn early, we chanced upon a section of the beach that’s spectacular and the hanging bridge – mesmerising.
So the next time you are around Kumta, you too take “the wrong right turn :)”. You won’t regret it ever.
Map, Pictures and Video are included in this post.