The plan is to visit Shri Dharmasthala Temple and then Shri Kukke Subhramanya Swamy temple as I wanted to cover Bisle Ghat on my way back to Bangalore.
Day 1 – June 3, 2017
Dharmasthala is around 300 Km’s from Bengaluru and it takes approx of 5-6 hours to reach this place. I started early morning around 4:00 am from Bangalore. Roads are good till Hassan with 4 lanes but post that, roads aren’t in that great condition.
Picture was taken near yadiyur
Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala
Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala, the land of righteousness and piety, is one of south India’s most renowned religious landmarks with a history as old as 800 years. Manjunatheshwara, the chief deity of the spiritual abode, has taken the form of a shivalinga and made immaculate, the temple town of Dharmasthala since and forever. Lord Manjunatheshwara, is being worshipped in a very unusual yet exceptionally inordinate manner in Shree Kshetra dharmasthala, as this Shaiva temple is beseeched by Vaishnava priests and administered by Jain descendants.
“Dharmasthala”, the abode of Dharma, is the quintessence of humanity and faith. As the name suggests, the word dharma in its truest sense means righteousness, it is the embodiment of the world’s most divine emotions in spite of one’s cast, creed or religion
Stay and Darshan wasn’t a problem as it was arranged by one of my relative Murali, who lives there. I reached Dharmasthala around 9:00 AM.
After reaching Dharmasthala, directly headed to the room, got freshened up and walked towards the temple.
Temple outside view
Temple opens at 6:30 AM and one have to stand in the queue in order to witness Lord Manjunatha. To beat the long standing queue, most people start from 4:00 AM. One can avoid the long standing queue by getting the recommendation letter. Maha Pooja starts at 12:00 PM, during this period, the temple main entrance will be closed. Temple offers Annaprasadam for Devotees. Also, the temple offers accommodation with a minimum price. One can book their stay online as well. Every bit of information is listed on their website ( https://www.shridharmasthala.org/ ).
Darshan got over around 11:30 AM and then I headed towards the room and rested for a while. If you get time, you can walk around the streets buy things or visit the park close to the temple or visit car museum. Evening I left to Southadka temple which is one the famous temple near to Dharmasthala temple. Southadka temple is about 30 km’s from Dharmasthala. You can visit this temple on your way back to Subramanya as well.
‘Southadka’ is a pilgrimage center located at a distance of 3 km from Kokkada in Belthangadi Taluk of Dakshina Kannada district. The uniqueness of the place is Lord Maha Ganapathi is out in the open field without a ‘Garbha Gudi’ and temple structure. This is about 16km from Dharmasthala. The temple is decorated with a lot of Bells mainly, offered by worshippers who have special wishes. One can find a lot of monkeys inside the temple. The Mahapuja is performed every year in the month of January. The temple also serves food to all the devotees in the form of prasadam.
In Southadka temple there isn’t much waiting time for darshan. You can visit temple round the clock, but if you want to offer pooja then, you should visit before 6:00 PM. After darshan, I headed back Dharmasthala to visit Shri Bahubali Hill.
The majestic shrine of Lord Bahubali standing at a height of 39-feet. It was sculpted in 1973 by the famed sculptor Renjala Gopalkrishna Shenoy under the aegis of Shri Ratnavarma Heggade. The statue was then positioned atop the Ratnagiri Hill in February 1982 by Dr.D.Veerendra Heggade, after Shri Ratnavarma Heggade left to the heavenly abode.
This shrine can be reached by climbing steps of the hill for about 20 minutes or by road. The hilltop renders a heart-throbbing view of the temple town Dharmasthala with a lush green background in the mornings and lamp-lit in the nights.The best time for the tourists to visit this statue is in the morning to get away from humidity and sunny weather. On top of the hill, there are shelters and drinking water facilities for the pilgrims. The mahamastakabhisheka of lord Bahubali has since been performed thrice in 1982, 1995 and 2007, with a grand spectacle that brought together many Jain monks and people from all over the country and beyond.
I was there around closing hours, couldn’t spend much time here. Returned back to the room and rested for the day.
Day 2 – June 4, 2017
The previous night it had rained through out the night and continued till morning. Waited for the rain to stop and finally vacated my room around 6:00 AM. Subramanya is around 54 km’s from Dharmasthala which is approx of 1.5 hours of the ride. Pleasant weather and good road condition made the journey easy and helped me reach on time.
Kukke Shree Subrahmanya Temple
Kukke Shri Subrahmanya temple comes under the muzarai department of the government of Karnataka. Lapped in the luxurious abundance of the beauty of the nature the village of Subrahmanya lies in the Sullia Taluk in Dakshina Kannada with a sanctity which very few places can boast of. The temple is situated in the heart of the village. Nature reveals herself in all her unhidden beauty in the rivers, forests, and mountains which the temple is surrounded by.
Lord Subrahmanya is the main deity of Kukke Subrahmanya Temple. The main entrance of the temple lies to the east. The devotees will enter from the west through main Gopuram and enter the inner quadrangle from the east. There is a pedestal in the center of the sanctum. On the upper Dias there is the idol of Shree Subrahmanya and then the idol of Vasuki and little lower the idol of Shesha. While entering the inner quadrangle devotees should remove their shirts and banyans.
I reached Kukke Subrahmanya around 7:30 AM. Again I had got the arrangements done for darshan, which made it easy. I kept my luggage in luggage counter which is safe. After darshan at main temple, I walked towards adiSubrahmanya to offer my prayers. The Kumaradhara River is considered as a sacred river, which originates from the Kumaraparvatha. At Uppinangadi, this river merges into another scared river, the Nethravati River, before flowing into the Arabian Sea. The water of the river is believed to cure skin diseases
To reach Adi Subramhanya Swamy temple, one has to walk around 500 meters from the main temple. Temple offers annaprasadam to devotees.
To know more about Seva and other information you can visit https://www.kukke.org/en/home.aspx
Shree Abhaya Mahaganapathi
It is situated on the left side of the main road to Kumaradhara, about 0.45 KM from the main temple. It is one of the biggest monolithic statues of Ganapati. It is 21 feet tall. The architecture of the shrine is in Nepali style.
Next, I headed towards Bisle ghat. Travel towards gundya, take a deviation to your right. You can also follow the direction boards.
Bisle is a reserve forest along the border of Hassan and Dakshina Kannada districts of Karnataka. The forest is dense and deep and has a lot of lush vegetation. Animals like a leopard, chital, Gaur, Malabar giant squirrel etc can be spotted in the forest. There is a view point at Bisle known as the Bisle beauty spot. A lot of mountains and forest can be viewed from here. The forest here is full of streams and rocks. During the monsoon, it rains really heavy and the whole forest will be misty through out the day. Through the forest, there is a road connecting Kukke Subrahmanya to Sakleshpura. The 20km stretch passes through the reserve forest. The village at the start of the reserve forest is also known by the name of Bisle.
The road is still under construction, for 9 km the road is well maintained and rest 9 km until bisle ghat beauty spot is completely wrecked up. As I rode through this forest, the leaves sang a melody of comfort.
Soon you will be stunned by the beauty of mother nature. (scroll down)
Entrance of Bisle ghat beauty spot
Path to witness beauty of mother earth
View of water flowing through the hills
You can hardly find people here but what you can find is peace. As wind whispered through my ears, I stood there enjoying every bit of the moment looking at those mountains and clouds passing over them. It’s a beautiful feeling when you are so close to nature and you don’t want to return back to same life. I left the place by treasuring every moment I spent and headed towards Bangalore.
Salt with Red chilli ( Perfect combination ). This reminded me of my childhood, where we used to pluck them and eat sitting on trees itself. Having them, got into small chit chat with kids and then they suggested me to visit Mallahalli falls. I followed their directions and made it to the destination.
I had visited Mallahalli falls several times with friends, but didn’t know it was closer to Bisle Ghat.
Mallalli Falls is situated in the northern region of Kodagu District, Karnataka. The Kumaradhara River is the main watercourse for this waterfall. The Kumaradhara later flows through Kukke Subrahmanya and merges with the Netravati River at Uppinangadi, which then empties into the Arabian Sea at Mangalore. Best time to visit is between August – November.
Far view ( Water was stored at upper block )
Have to trek down for 1.5 km to reach the base.
Steps were taken to reach the falls
The picture was taken at the base of the waterfall.
That’s all I have, for now. Next trip I will come up with new places and some more adventures.
Quick points to plan your trip
- Route: Bangalore – Dharmasthala – Southadka – Kukke Subramanya – Bisle ghat – Mallahalli falls
- Overall Distance – 700 km ( to and fro )
- Trip Budget – 2000 / head ( excluding fuel )
- Fuel station: Dharmasthala ( HP/IOC- accept cards ), Subramanya ( IOC – accept cards 7 am – 7 pm )
- Hotels – Decent hotels available in Dharmasthala and Subramanya.
- Parking available for two wheelers and four wheeler