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Coastal Karnataka

September 5, 2009 Leave a comment

Half of office was in holiday mood. We decided to hit Coastal Karnataka. We (7 Yahoos – Prajwal, Sanchit, Ritesh, Saurabh, Ram, Swaminathan and me and 4 non Yahoos Ganesh, Jayanth, Shegde, Rahul Panicker) left Bangalore at 9.30 PM on 24th Dec (Wednesday) in a Tempo Traveler. We stopped at a dhaba on Tumkur Road for dinner and then continued the journey. We reached Kundapur at around 9 AM and had breakfast at Sharon’s. From Sharon’s, a guide took us to the Amgol tropical island resort which was 9 km from Sharon’s. It is a small island in a river (name I forgot) and had beautiful cottages and was really peaceful. We have to take a boat to this island and the ride is fun. The facilities on the island are good (although slightly over priced) and we had fun. Next day, we checked out and headed to Marvanthe beach. We stayed at Turtle Bay Beach Resort. The resort has a private beach and is an amazing place. There were 3 rooms and we convinced the guy that 11 of us could squeeze in. We had lunch and booked for a boat ride to a nearby island. The fishermen take tourists on boat rides for some extra money. We saw a couple of crabs and other sea creatures in the island and we swam (most of them with the help of floating jackets) in the Arabian Sea. After the boat ride we continued to swim and went pretty deep inside. It was fun with the wonderful sun set in the background. Finally, when I was getting out of the beach, I lost a golden ring that was gifted to me by my father. After playing poker for 2 consecutive nights, we left the resort and left to Murudeshwar. Murudeshwar is 50 km from Maravanthe. It has an awesome Shiva statue and a huge gopura on a small hillock right by the sea. The sight is breath taking. Murudeshwar is commercialized and is heavily crowded. As we dint find any accommodation there, we decided to try the water sports. Finally 5 of us (Ritesh, Sanchit, Swami, Saurabh and me) decided to do Snorkeling. We were going to Nethrani Island which was 22 km from the shore. The speed boat ferried us 4km and Swami started freaking out. To tell truth, my legs were also a bit shaky. The guide told us their morning trip was brilliant and they had seen a shark. After comforting ourselves by saying that we will quickly get on the boat if we see a shark, we continued the ride. It was a no moon day and the sea was getting rougher and rougher and the ride was getting bumpier and bumpier. The guide told us that the sea had become to rough and it was risky to continue further. We headed back to the beach with mixed feelings, feeling happy that we didn’t have to jump into water which is 1 km deep and feeling sad that we couldn’t see the colorful fishes and coral reefs. We left Murudeshwar and checked for accommodation in Marvanthe. No rooms were empty. After a small part of the group started wining that they wanted to head back to Bangalore, we left for Bangalore after having dinner at Sharon’s in Kundapur. We reached Bangalore at 10 AM next day.

Quick facts:
Distance: Kundapur to Bangalore :450 km
Kunapur to Maravathe: 16 km
Maravanthe to Murudeshwar: 50 km

Route: Bangalore -> Shimoga -> Kundapur

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