Saturday, March 7, 2009
Places of interest around Jog Falls
Vatkal and Mudreshwar:
On the way, visit Vatkal. In this ancient port city you will find many temples built by the Vijayanagar kings and exhibits of Jainism.
Mudreshwar 16 km from Jog falls is another holy city. Temple and Pigeon island are worth visiting in Mudreshwar beach.
If you want to stay at Mudreshwar; you have options
RNS Yatri Niwas Ph: +91 8385 260060 DB @ INR 1500 – 5000
Naveen Beach Resort +91 8385 260415 DB @ INR 1600 - 3000
Gudavi Birds Sanctuary :
This bird sanctuary is 74 hectare marshland, migratory birds from different parts of the globe have been gathering here for more than 100 years during winters. This place started developing and recognized as bird sanctuary in 1985. You can trip this sanctuary by bus from Talguppa via Sidhapur (32 km).
31 km from Jog and 340 km from Mysore is Sagar. on Talguppa-Shimoga railway route, the name of the station is Sagar-Jambagaru. Every bus going to Jog passes through the commercial city Sagar.
Sagar is famous for Sandal wood and ivory industries. You may visit the government managed industry and buy articles of your choice from there. Aghoreswar Temple, 3 km from the city atIkkeri, is one of the main attractions of Sagar. It was built in the 16th century by the Nayak kings.
Hotels at sagar:
Hotel Sabhlok International
19 Gujarati Bazar, Sagar-570002, Ph: 22492716
Shimoga town is 72 km from Sagar and from Shimoga by traveling 115 km you will reach a remote village Chandragutti of Malnad.
Betele Seve, means naked worship is still a big occasion here. Every year on 20th March, millions of devotees (both male and female) rally naked to the temple of Benukomba or Matangi after holy dip in the Baroda river, 4 km from the temple.