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10 Unexplored Waterfalls in Karnataka

Blog, Destinations, Offbeat - GoroadTrip - March 29, 2016

The Western Ghats, a UNESCO World Heritage Site & one of the eight “hottest hot-spots” of biological diversity in the world is itself a major attraction in India along with its high hills, deep valleys, mountain grasslands, dense & rain forest. The mountain range form one of the four watersheds of India, feeding the perennial rivers of India. During the monsoon season these rivers offers some of the spectacular waterfalls that are still hidden in the dense Forest. Listed are below the 10 unexplored waterfalls in Karnataka though not ranked in order.

1. Sirimane Falls

Sirimane Falls, is among the many waterfalls that the state is endowed with. Though it is not a very high fall, Sirimane Falls is beautiful. Sirimane Falls, originates as a tributary of Tunga River which descends from the Western Ghats, descending as a waterfall. The waterfall lies near Sringeri in Chikmagalur District of Karnataka.

2. BenneHole Falls

Benne Hole Falls can easily be called one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Uttara Kannada, Karnataka. In Kannada, ‘benne’ means butter and ‘hole’ (pronounced holay) means ‘big stream’ and that is a perfect description of the churning, creamy waterfalls that are so beautiful to behold.

3. Bandaje Arbi Waterfalls

Bandaje Arbi Waterfalls, one of the most breathtaking falls in the Western Ghats, is located near Mundaaje, in Dakshina Kannada District of Karnataka.

Read more about BenneHole Falls or Plan a Trip to Bandaje Arbi Waterfalls

4. Burude Falls

Burude Falls, also known as Dodmane Falls, is near Kyadgi in Uttara Kannada. The way to reach this five-step waterfall is to descend through a small creek, which is dry in summer, to the river. However, this creek is full of water in the rainy and winter months and makes it impossible to enter the area surrounding the waterfall and the valley.

5. Arasina Makki Falls

Arasina Makki Falls (also called Arisina Gundi Falls) is a spectacular waterfall located deep inside the Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka. To reach this amazing place you will need to trek 1-2 km deep inside the forest of Kodachadri Hills.Sauparnika River takes a leap from a height of about 50 mts into a naturally created pond to form this beautiful waterfall.

6. Iruppu Falls

Iruppu Falls towers above many waterfalls the state of Karnataka is blessed with. This fresh water cascade originates from the Brahmagiri Range in the Kodagu district of Karnataka, bordering the Wayanad district of Kerala. Since the fall has its origin from the Lakshmana Tirtha River, a tributary of River Kaveri, it is popularly known as Lakshmana Tirtha Falls.

7. Alekhan Waterfalls

Alekhan Waterfalls is around 18 kms from Charmadi Ghats in Chikamagalur Hegadekatta, Karnataka. This waterfall can be easily found as it is just next to a small bus stop by the name of Alekhan Horatti. To see the falls, you have to follow a narrow path going down just next to the board which mentions a bridge. While Alekhan Waterfalls are completely visible, one can also descend a few meters to reach the base of the falls.

8. Unchalli Falls

Unchalli Waterfalls in Uttara Kannada, Karnataka is also known as Lushington Falls created by Aghanashini River as it tumbles down from a height of 116 meters. Situated amidst the hilly ranges, Unchalli Falls is 5 kms away from a hamlet, Heggarne. The main station, Siddapur is 35 km away. From here you can take local transport to reach this exquisite place. Buses stop at Heggarne from where you can reach the falls 5 km away, trekking through a thick forest.

9. Achakanya Falls

Achakanya Falls is one of the hidden waterfalls formed near Thirthahalli. The fall is located at a distance of 10 kms from Thirthahalli on the way to Hosanagara in Shimoga District in Karnataka.

10. Vibhooti Falls

Vibhooti Waterfalls is in Uttara Kannada district along the banks of the Gangavali River. This picturesque falls lies between Sirsi, Yellapura and Ankola. Also spelt as Vibhooti Falls, it is 50 kms from Sirsi in North Kanara district and is around 8 kms away from Yana.

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Monitor No more – Goa Wildlife

Blog, Wild life & Conservation - GoroadTrip - March 16, 2016

Tourism can be interrupted in the warmer months of the monsoon, but during these months, Goa really comes to life.

His campaign is quieter than usual. The dew settles on new delicate leaves, moss dark velvet rage all sorts of manufacturing surfaces, rejuvenated coconut palms, is wild in the sea breeze, fisherman carry reedbaskets where to wind the catch of the day. This moving scene resonates throughout the state as glorious tropical rain lashes at this world-famous coastal city.

If we imagine Goa, the characterful landscapes, the narrow ghat streets and fragrant cashew plantations come to mind. However, its “cities” – including Panjim (Panaji), the capital – are not so urban and hectic and do not resemble those of Mumbai, Delhi and other major cities. This colorful little town fabric it seems to be preserving could be the reason why Goa’s wilderness is so easily accessible.

Some wild species such as mongooses and monitor lizards can still be seen in the cities of Goa, becoming part of their urban fauna.

These intelligent hunters spread in Africa and Asia; They are found in the forests of Goa.

For decades there have been many injustices against controllers. Shamelessly sold as exotic pets to be slaughtered for their meat, the list is long and the crimes abominable.

Many villagers in Goa have a very serious misunderstanding that only serves to allow poaching of lizards. It is generally accepted that eating lizards increases libido and increases muscle mass, which will also have a positive effect on bodybuilding.

The cultured taste of meat, a habit that was hard to break. Outrageous is the fact that the purchase has created a growing market every day.

The dishes like kebab lizard, lizard lizard or lizard 65 are, in many places, as many local specialties as the fish curry and rice coastal towns of Goa. Regularly prepared, they are offered to unpretentious tourists as a delicacy.

Lizard poaching is only a symptomatic side effect of the massive boom in Goa tourism, combined with widespread ignorance.

In Goa, as everywhere, a tourism boom affects endemic animals and birds, forests, backwaters, reptiles and indigenous communities of fishermen, tribal art and woodwork, kitchens; change everything that can not be repaired.

Instead of observing these animals from a distance and learning from them, easy access to Goa’s wild animals is a double-edged sword. As it is the main reason for the amazing survival of the lizards. Only one hundred thousand examples of Mother Nature generously offer its abundance, but the human condition were destined to destroy.

With the Monitor Wildlife Protection Act 1972, their immediate protection for their existence is crucial.

The Goa Forestry Department has done its best to create simple and in-depth communication to increase awareness of this issue. Many banners written in the local language have been introduced as part of this effort, pleading for a collective effort without which the future of the lizard monitor in Goa (or elsewhere) is dull.

It’s really very easy to forgive a cliché call but the truth is, “If buying stops can also be selling.”

(Are not clichés the result of a collective effort?)

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10 Unexplored Beaches of South India

Blog, Destinations - GoroadTrip - March 5, 2016

South India, as many of us know, is a region of culture, heritage, pilgrimage and so on. But do we know that there are many hidden and unspoiled beaches? Here I list some of the unexplored beaches in South India that you should not miss on your next visit to the region. These beaches are still far from many eyes and you can find peace and quiet here on these secret beaches. The areas listed below are not ordered in order of priority.

1. Ozran beach, Goa

Ozran Beach (Little Vagator Beach) is part of Vagator Beach, the northernmost beach in Bardez Taluk of Goa. It is a hotspot for foreign tourists and has one of the most picturesque spots on this coast.

2. Nadibagh beach, Karnataka

Nadibagh Beach is located in Ankola, a small well-known place in the district of Uttara Kannada. It is a picnic area with golden sand, billowing palm trees, clear skies and soothing sea. The spectacular sunsets of this beach should not be missed.

3. Sinquerim beach, Goa

The location is much quieter than most beaches in North Goa, but that does not change his charms. The beach of Sinquerim stretches to the beach of Candolim and joins Baga.

4. Kappil Beach, Kerala

This secluded and relatively unknown paradise is located near the fortress of Bekal, just 6 km away. It is a perfect destination if you want to enjoy a quiet holiday with sun, sand and sea for your companions.

5. Silver beach, Tamil Nadu

Silver Beach is a great place to escape from when in Cuddalore; It is just 2 km from the town of Cuddalore. The beach is located on the southeast coast of India, in Tamil Nadu, along the Coromandel Coast, in the Bay of Bengal. Silver Beach is the second longest beach on the Coromandel coast and is considered one of the longest beaches in Asia.

6. Marawanthe beach, Karnataka

Trasi Maravanthe Beach is a beach on the west coast, 12 km north of Kundapura Taluk in the Udupi district of Karnataka. On the west side of the Trasi Maravanthe beach is the Arabian Sea, while on the eastern shore the Sowparnika River runs; The beach has a backdrop of Kodachadri hills.

7. Siridao beach, Goa

The rocks that rise from the shore and point to the rippling blue water are an unforgettable sight. The area near the beach of Siridao is perfect for those who are explorers in the soul, because the caves in the area invite you to visit them!

8. Muttom beach, Tamil Nadu

The beach is lined with huge rocks, and when the waves fall on them, they form a hazy stream that is easy to spot. Muttom Beach is surrounded by hills and therefore an idyllic place. The turquoise waves of the sea in this place are pretty breathtaking.

9. Mararikulam beach, Kerala

Mararikulam beach is a pristine area with a cool breeze, coconut palms swaying with happiness, enchanting palm groves and emerald waters. This place is located about 60 kilometers from Kochi (Cochin). Almost 25 hectares of coconut trees lead you to the large Maramarikulam beach.

10. Mypad beach, Andhrapradesh

Mypad Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Andhra Pradesh. The nearest airport, Tirupati, is approximately 130 km from Mypad Beach. You can plan to get off at Nellore if you are traveling by train and drive to Mypad Beach, which is 25 km away.

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