Travel with extended family is fun

Adirendra By Adirendra, 18th May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This summer we had been to Dandeli in UttaraKannada district of Karnataka. staying at most hospitable place Amarahomestay we went around adventurous places.

This summer started with Dandeli.

This summer we planned to go to some place very remote from our city life s noise. As we have young members in our family team we had to search a place where there was some adventure involved.
So we searched a place which had to be serene for us , had adventurous places around , provided good food and of course clean and hygienic.
We zeroed down on dandeli.
Dandeli is in Uttara kannada district in Karnataka, India. It is situated on the banks of river Kali.
It was hardly two hours drive to the city dandeli, but our destination AMARA HOME STAY was situated further, around 21 Kms beyond the tiger reserve forest of dandeli. what a drive it was. though few bends of roads , there was no sign of human dwelling any where near by. There were no signals in mobile ( hosts had already cautioned and had directed us before we entered the jungle). Adventure began even before we knew. Stretched forests on both sides, birds chirping it was wonderful and soothing ride.
We were greeted by our hosts Mr.Ramachandra Hegde and Mrs. Mangala Hegde with a welcome drink (ondelaga juice). we freshened up and came to dining area, so clean and hygienic - we fell in love in first instance.
Food was very tasty, and lot of dishes served. The best part of the lunch was Host had food with us.They made us feel at home in no time. During lunch Mr.Hegde briefed us about our plan that day. we took some rest and got ready to go to syntheri rocks.
Syntheri Rocks - huge monolithic granite rock situated on the banks of river Kaneri. Rock will be reached after descending quite a number of steps, bit difficult for aged people ( my mother found it difficult). Ha ! there it is such a beauty , I never thought rocks can look so beautiful. Hundreds of pigeons have made homes in its crevices. Dozens of beehives seen hanging on the extensions of the rock. we spotted a water snake swimming in the river down the rock.
Another amazing thing was there was numerous yellow spots on the rocks below our feet. Our Host told us that it was the flower extract that was being carried by the bees. It is then that we noticed, as we stood for longer time there was a shower of this flower extract on us also.
we took a different path without steps back to the vehicle.
Next we were taken to back waters of kaneri river , where my children, youngest of all, enjoyed playing in water for an hour or so.
From here we went to Chennabasaveshwar temple in Ulavi.
came back to homestay had a sumptuous dinner and enjoyed around the campfire.
we all slept in the huge family tent , wow ! what a feeling it was with 2 small room like area and 1 big room like area with in the single large tent. Had lifetime experience.
Next day was the most adventurous of all - WHITE WATER RAFTING .this was life time experience to me thanks to my nephew. with able guidance of Meghraj (our team leader for rafting) we enjoyed to the core. There are rapids of grade II and III.
Host accompanied us all through the journey and that helped us a lot.
Overall most memorable travel. Plan to repeat it every year and explore new places around Dandeli


Amara Homestay, Dandeli, Karnataka, Syntheri Rocks, Tent, Uttarakannada, White Water Rafting

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medical doctor by profession. would like to write on health, family, kids, mind, philosophy.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th May 2013 (#)

Thanks for the share. Could have given information on the distance from Bangalore and also ways to reach there - siva

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author avatar Adirendra
19th May 2013 (#)

dandeli is 7hours from bangalore by road, traveling can be done by bus or cab. train facilities are there till Hubli and Alnavar nearby stations from dandeli.

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