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Hiking around the Lushington waterfalls

Unchalli Falls, also known as Lushington Falls, is a waterfall created by a 116 metres (381 ft) drop in the Aghanashini river. The fall is located near Siddapur in Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka, India. The falls are named for J. D. Lushington, a District Collector for the British Government, who discovered the falls in 1845.[1]

Heggarne, a hamlet in Uttara Kannada district, 35 km from Siddapur. The falls are reached by a 5 kilometer (3.1 mi) trek from Heggarne through thick forest. Here the river makes a cavalcade of water falls and eventually leaps into a steep valley to form a spectacular, picturesque waterfall. The falls are sometimes called Keppa Joga because of the deafening sound they make.

On the banks of the Tungabhadra River: Day 2

Day 2

The Paid Temples

Hampi is basically a tiny little village with tiny houses inter connected by narrow alleys. The people here are simple and trusting and though it might have been more comfortable to stay at the government hotel, at the end of the day, a warm smiling face welcoming you back makes all the difference.

This village however is on the verge of destruction as the central government has already started demolishing the main market to make room for further excavations. The local people have been provided with an option to relocate to a nearby area, 20 kms away but this is where they were born and its hard to leave it all behind. There will be more for the tourist to see and you will probably have to stay in Hospet in the near future but its sad for the residents.

An interesting fact: You will probably notice a large population of monkeys haunting the ruins and boulders. According to some rumors, a french film was shot in this area, where-in every known species of monkeys were brought in for the shooting. Once the film was completed, all the monkeys were left behind and not returned to where they came from.

Hampi is also the home of the monkey kingdom that was mentioned in the Ramayana 🙂

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On the banks of the Tungabhadra River

Hampi – a haven for spectacular 15th century south Indian temples and awe inspiring landscapes sounded like the perfect idea for a weekend trip. Nothing and by nothing I mean websites, flickr posts or magazine reviews,  nothing can prepare you for the beauty that is Hampi.

The overnight bus ride from Hyderabad got us there at 7 am and immediately we found ourselves in the center of auto rickshaw drivers, quoting rates and refusing to talk in Hindi, only English. “We’re in an Indian World Heritage site aren’t we?” is what I caught myself thinking, till we realised that the majority of the tourists there were Europeans dressed in sarongs, shorts and sandals. Considering that they seem dressed for the beach, they probably came down from Goa to escape the grey clouds.

Staying:

  1. If you’re on a budget then the guest houses around Hampi Market at about  Rs 500 for a double room are a good option. We stayed at Archana Guest House but you can pick one that you like. The auto drivers were helpful enough.
  2. If you’re with a family then I suggest the K.R.S.T.C Government Hotel at Kamalapuram, with rates starting from Rs 1500 per day. This is best if you mean to travel with a guide and have things planned for you in advance.  KSTDC Cottages.Tel: +91-8394-8108 Karnataka State Tourism Website
  3. If you have a little more to spare, then the Krishna Palace at Hospet is a fair option at Rs 4000 for a regular double bed room. Website

Traveling:

  1. Rent an auto for the day and the driver will take you to all the sights that you need to see. You can get a guide for the paid temples but personally I find it more fun exploring a place without someone telling me where to go and what to see 🙂 We rented one for two days, with the plan to view the free temples on day one and the paid temples the day after. All this was settled at Rs 1000 for the entire trip.
  2. Rent a bike( TVS Luna) for Rs 150 for a day. You will have to pay for the gas separately and make sure you get a 5 liter can for extra just in case you run out of gas in the middle of nowhere.
  3. Rent a bicycle.

Food:

There are a fair amount of restaurants in the village with moderately priced and clean quality food.  The village auto drivers swear by Mango Tree and they are not wrong. Do remember to try the porridge here and the mushroom dishes both at Mango Tree and the other restaurants. Lunch will cost about Rs 100 – 150 per head.

NOTE: There are no ATMs in the village. The nearest is in Hospet, 11kms away. Please plan accordingly.

PS.  The government guest house is the only place you can legally get Beer here. 

 

Day 1

Free Temples

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