We planned our trip to Belur two weeks ago. We had gone there about twenty five years ago. Aravinda had holidays on 14th and 16th. He took leave on 15th. We were not keen to go far away and Belur is 177 kms from Manipal. On the 12th afternoon it started raining and did not stop till late in the night. It just poured and poured. We were worried that we would have to cancel our trip. If we had cancelled, we would not have experienced the beauty of many temples. These temples were built during the time of the Hoysala kingdom in the 12th century.
On the 14th morning we left home at 8.15. Fortunately, it was not raining. Earlier we had called the reception in the hotel, they said it was not raining in Belur. We reached Karkala at 9 and had breakfast in Prakash hotel. We usually eat there whenever we go that side. The hotel has been renovated and one side instead of a wall they have a glass wall now overlooking their garden.
The winding roads with trees on both sides look beautiful. When I see roads curving and turning to one side I think of turning points in life.
We reached a small town called Guruvayankere. We decided to stop for a few minutes to meet a cousin who is a doctor there. He was happy to meet us and requested earnestly that we should come to his home. His mother would be very happy to meet us. His father had been my husband’s teacher in school. We agreed and we enjoyed meeting his mother and family.
We have to drive up Charmadi Ghat, there are many curves. My husband enjoyed driving there. Waterfalls, big and small added beauty to the surroundings. We see hills in the distance and waterfalls nearby and people enjoying themselves under them. We saw a small waterfall and stopped. The water was refreshing and Aravind was happy to collect some pebbles. We got a little wet but it was fun.
Just before reaching a small town called Mudigere, we stopped at a café called Ibbani Café. From the café we saw the western ghats in the distance and gently sloping land nearby. We had coffee and dosa there.
We reached our hotel at 3.15. The hotel premises and our suite were beautiful.