Shimoga: Land with high spirits

With weeks rolled by since my Leh drive, a thirst for driving my car long, kept growing in me. It’s really difficult to stay put without the urge of driving often. Planning for Goa or Udupi or Kodai, finally brought down to Shimoga due to alot of reasons. With just 3 days, the final plan was made and put into action. The credit goes to our master planner: HKCrazy. The 2 guys drove down my house from there we decided to start off our journey by evening. Around 8 we left bangalore towards Davangere: which was HKCrazy’s home town. There we took some rest and decided to depart in the morning towards shimoga.

Next morning, we straight drove towards shimoga. The Davangere – Shimoga state highway is pathetic, wonder what the road transport ministry is working on. The drive was slower than the usual, with that hour of the day, thankfully traffic at zilch.

Awaiting for a fuel station to open

Driving slowly and the early day light gave us some beautiful views of the landscape all around the route.

The vast green backdrop gave an awesome clarity along with the beautiful day light against my beautiful girl 😉

The next few hours, the drive went on with cursing the damned govt. Finally we reached shimoga and as planned, we straight away reached to exquisite

After 2 hours of just watching the baby elephants cute moves, the bigger ones close by, feeling them and discussing with the care takers. The time came up for the elephants to take a final dip in the water and off to the forest for the rest of the day.

With final adieu to these amazing creatures; they were off to the forest, and with a lot of sadness filled in our hearts due to their captivity than let free in the wild (damn humans), we then departed towards a nearby bird sanctuary.

There were not alot of birds here, yet managed to get few good snaps.

By the time we finished off at this place, it was around 1PM. We decided to straight away drive towards our home stay. Our initial plan was to visit kuvempu’s house at theerthalli and then drive towards koppa, where our homestay resides, but then decided to hit homestay first and have lunch then decide later. The initial plan for us to stay at this home stay for just 1 day and then to other places including udupi.

Hattikulli Home stay:

This home stay was around 9 kms away from nearest town called “Koppa”. The homestay is in the midst of 100 acre coffee estate. Its run by the owner (Mr. Ruben) himself and they are very kind, caring family.

The road towards the homestay around 3 kms is quite bad, yet the whole ride is worth it.

The main house situated between the lush garden and the whole estate around is just beautiful to look upon

Upper house, family resides

Lower house for bigger crowd

We had a good exquisite lunch, prepared by the lady of the house, her cooking charm made us drowsy in the noon, though we had planned to go for a swimming at a nearby lake, yet the sleep caught us up hard. Thanks to the lady of the house 🙂

By evening we woke up and we were informed that there is a beautiful sunset view-point with in the estate, we marched towards it. We were right just in the moment for the sunset.

The huge rock at this location, gives one a fine serene place to spend alot of time in the evening. If needed, a tent could be pitched nearby and spend the night. The view around here is amazing.

Around 7ish, we departed back to our rooms. Got refreshed and behold, an unexpected things started to happen. A group of owner: Mr. Ruben, friends came over and before we know, the group got along with us very well and they were very friendly and cordial in their caring to us. Not even an instance, we felt like outsiders.

The night went on and on with awesome food, singing, jokes and mocktails with the crowd.

Day 2:

The next day, we woke up very late and lazy. With all the fun the previous night, we decided to extend the stay here though initial plan was just one day. Considering the hospitality, care, friendliness, openness, homely environment; we decided to not miss another day of this place and people.

After our breakfast, we decided to depart towards the neighboring tea estate, to enjoy the serene beauty, learn the manufacturing of tea, etc. To our bad luck, the manager who was supposed to permit our entry had departed else where on his work, so with disappointment, we departed back to our homestay after spending some time at the estate.

By the time we reached back to the house, the lunch was prepared. We decided to go for swimming in the lake after the lunch. By around 3 we went to the nearby lake to for swimming. The place was even beautiful and secluded, the environment around it is just splendid to spend time at.

Post the swimming, we had a bit of fun trying to fish from a string and a stick. Apparently we got lucky in getting a fish 😉

Reached back late evening to the house and got refreshed. All the friends were back to another round of party. The whole night went awesome with lots of jokes shared around.

Day 3: Last day..

By 9 AM, we were up and ready to depart the place and the family. It was really sad to say goodbye to these amazing people who not just we got acquainted with, but have grown more to be good friends. After breakfast, we left the place towards our next destination as we had planned to do in Day 2, but got postponed.

With Mr. Ruben and his son

The next stop was Srimane falls, which is near by sringeri. With an hour drive in the ghat roads and traffic, we reached the falls around noon. We spend an hour there with alot of people around 😀

Around 2 PM, we departed towards kundadri betta (hills), this hill was near to agumbe, and the view around this is stupendous. We spend an hour or 2 here before we departed. The drive uphill is quite steep and narrow.

Around 4+, we decided to depart from this place towards jogigundi falls, which is just 6 kms before agumbe. The water quantity here wasnt that high, thus the falls looks too poor.

Parking area made her all dirty 😉


Around 630, we left this place towards koppa. There we had dinner and we witnessed a ganesha procession being carried out.

Around 9 PM, the rain started to drizzle, we finally bid adieu to this marvelous land with all the high spirits we enriched ourselves, towards bangalore. The return route upon suggestion from the friends of Hattikulli, we took Koppa – Umblebailu – Tarikere – Badra Dam towards shimoga highway. The route was fantastic and lovely. Loved to drive all the way.

Route map:


Reached bangalore by monday morning around 6. It was a roller coaster ride and trip all together. Planned yet executed very differently, with many unexpected events happening but at last every thing and every moment was most memorable and enjoyable.

If there is a home stay, i ever wish to revisit, not just for location, but for everything including family and friends: its hattikulli. Thanks to every one at this home stay and the new friends we earned here. Hope it continues to stay the same.

Finally, my heartfelt thanks to my co-traveller; Varun for his fun, lazy company during the entire trip though always sleeping in the backseat during the drive. Thanks to my master planner, financier, guide, and a close friend: HKC, who also goes crazy and insane; if plan changes unexpectedly; thanks for bearing this trip too 😛 and thanks to chetan, who we got friends with, who also is pursuing to be an movie actor ;), for accompanying us to the places around koppa.

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Zen 🙂


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