The place I am taking to you is 40 kms from Sagar towards the Kodachadri hill range on Hosanagara – Kollur (Famous Sri Mookambika Devi Temple and Kodachadri hill, Tapobhoomi of Sri Aadi Shankaracharya) main road a small village called NITTUR and from there towards the Sharavathi River backwater a forest treat at Kalyani Chowka called Nisarga Viharadhama. Run by Mr. Manjanna with an ambitious and thousands of colorful dreams of exploring Shimoga Dist Tourist places, he has setup this Nisarga Dhama in his own land with support by many people.. Government of Karnataka has recognized the activities here and sanctioned two boats for sight seeing in Sharavathi Backwaters. Contact for visiting and information “Saahasa and Samskriti Academy®” 08182-251444; 9448790127 – SHIMOGA.
- Beautiful Bamboo Hut, Plastic Tent houses varying according to your need and number of people
- Delicious Meals, Breakfast of Malenadu taste
- Caring staff never let u down
- Well constructed and maintained toilets
- Natural dining tables ( Told he found these wooden logs deserted in forest and thought utilizing to sit and have food)
- Arrangement for nearby tourist places, Backwater riding, trekking.
- Near by places are mentioned on a big bill board.
- Bird Watching, Water Sports, Fire Camp, Cultural programs
- Few places: Kukkana Gudda, Barkana falls, Dabbe Falls, Hulibai halla, Jog Falls, Hidlumane Falls, etc. Trekking at Shettihalli, Kodachadri, Kundadri, Kavaledurga, Nishane Gudda, Heggaru, Varahi, Malleshakara, Tuppuru, Ubburu.
After having the delicious meals came to bus stand, we are told that next bus –last one at 4.30pm. But when enquired again the bus standing in first row was about to leave. It was already over crowded if we had miss this again to wait till 4.30 or 5pm. Conductor pushed us inside till the extreme end of bus and he was no way in mood to take off until every one gets suffocated. At last the bus left in full zoom till the destination Sampige Katte. Road ends here and all have to get down here and walk inside the big barge waiting for you to cross the river. All the waiting Cars, Jeep, two wheelers, Buses, people every one will be loaded and journey starts now by Barge for next 20 minutes to reach the other end. This is the Sharavathi River back water which after some 25 kms further crosses the Linganamakki Reservoir and creates the world famous JOG FALLS near mavina gundi.
From this end Nittur is another ½ hr journey which joins the Nagara – Kollur main road at Adagodi junction. From Shimoga coming on the straight road will cost you around 45 kms extra as there is no bridge near Sagar to cross the Sharavathi River.
The time we reach Nittur circle met Krishna murthy and went along with him to Nisarga Dhama. As my brother visited last year and being touch with all regularly, he know them very well. Manjanna with big smile welcomed us and assured a place to stay. Being a holiday it was over crowded with people beyond its limit. We got one tent to stay. After refreshing with a hot coffee we left for river side to view the evening beauty of the Sharavathi.
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|Nisarga Viharadhama – Kalyani Chowka-Nittur|
The night dinner was awesome with forest jackfruit bajji and sambar, never will taste these food in cities. Then had little bit roaming around the Manjanna’s cottage and returned to our plastic tent. By this time Timmanna has provided the bed and bedspreads to cover us from the chillness. Of course it doesn’t that much cold.
Suddenly around midnight heard people shouting, loud music, running here and there and spoiled the silence of nature and I woke up suddenly as someone hit the tent. Till 2 am I couldn’t go back to bed. I took chat with Manjanna and when asked to avoid these kinds of people he told he his helpless. All these students NO monsters are all from so called officials cum vip sons, and if I took any bold step he know the consequences happen. I don’t know why these people come all the way to spoil the purity of nature. Just for boozing and enjoyment these are not the places. There were so many families with children are inside and silently suffered the pain. Over and above these nonsense continued till 2am. I suggested them not to feed these people beyond the limit. Close at maximum 11 or 11.30pm. Because all the staff has to getup early morning to face the early morning needs and Manjanna himself never rests until every one windoff. Told him to take care and left for small nap……
——Continued Part – 3 – HIDLUMANE FALLS