We drove to Hotel Trupti near Chennakeshava temple for breakfast. The previous evening we had gone in for dinner when we heard the owner and his employees talking in Tulu. Tulu is one of the languages spoken in certain parts of coastal Karnataka. In our district, Udupi, it is a dominant language. The owner, Vijay Rai, told us he was from Puttur, my maternal grandparents’ home town. My parents too lived there for almost thirty years. He told us he had run a canteen in one of the hostels of our university in Manipal. We felt at home 😊.
After a good breakfast we returned to our hotel. By 9.30 we were at the dam across river Yagachi. One of the officials, was kind enough to let us walk a short distance on the dam. Water was being let out of the three gates. We looked at it and thought a person would be cut to ribbons if they happened to fall there😊. It was interesting to see many bee hives on the railings.
From there we went to the backwaters of the dam where water sports was organized for tourists. Aravind was happy to go jet-skiing. One of the life guards rode pillion, helping him to navigate the scooter. He loved the experience.
Our next destination was Veera Narayana temple in Belavadi. On the way we saw ginger fields. We came upon sheep grazing close to the road.
We stopped to take a photo because we don’t see much of them in our place. As I was snapping, a person came by. He said he was the deputy commissioner of the district. Rearing sheep was his hobby. He also talked about some person in Udupi who had thousands of sheep. We did not know about it. Belatedly I asked if it was okay for me to take a photo 😊. He told me to take as many as we wanted. My husband enjoyed driving on the quiet roads. We passed a bullock cart. It had rubber tyres instead of the traditional wheels made of wood and iron. My husband remembered his childhood when bullock carts were the main means of transport.
We came upon many banyan trees along the way; their roots are beautiful. The phrase, ‘far from the madding crowd’ kept coming to mind as we drove along these quiet roads. 😊