Magic of Monsoon Drive in Western Ghats 1 - Amazed @ Anmod ghat!

We hadn't driven in this monsoon while we were egging everyone to get out and get soaked in the rain. We could only blame it on late arrival of rains. But when you get a chance to be with the legend of Indian road trips for a monsoon drive in Western ghats, you don't miss it. Do you?

When H V Kumar ( Check out this facebook Group page for details H V Kumar - Fan, Forum and Message board) organised a monsoon drive last week we had to say yes. It was a god sent opportunity for us to drive in the monsoon. Being road trippers ourselves, we had to go.

We normally start around 5 AM and there was no difference this time too. Driving early in the morning before anybody hit the road helps you to pick up speed and cover distance quickly. As Kumar always say, cover half the distance to destination before others hit the road! That's what we did and before people could hit the road we were in Davanagere relishing "Benne Dosa" for breakfast!

The sky was overcast throughout and started raining off and on. The road throughout was excellent. A detour at Dharwad took us through one of the picturesque roads to drive on. We were sceptical about this road as we had nightmarish experience few years back. Checking with Kumar in advance helped. He confirmed that the road is excellent and we decided to drive on. What a pleasant surprise it was.

We reached Mollem in Goa and joined others in a convoy. Winding through the roads of rain soaked Goa the convoy of 55 cars arrived at a spectacular place for a break in North Goa.

Join us on this drive in the rain. Get soaked in loveliness of nature!

Click on the pictures to see them in Original size.

Rain drops on the windshield of the car as we hit the highway
Rain drops on the windshield of the car as we hit the highway
The road from Dharwad to Goa via Ramnagar is top class with lush greenery on either side!
The road from Dharwad to Goa via Ramnagar is top class with lush greenery on either side!
We saw this small lake with lotuses in bloom waiting for the rains.
We saw this small lake with lotuses in bloom waiting for the rains. 

The railway track to Goa, the one we had trekked last year to Dudhsagar
The railway track to Goa, the one we had trekked last year to Dudhsagar
Rains in forest means clear tarmac and lovely greenery!
Rains in forest means clear tarmac and lovely greenery!

Surprised to see terraced farming in this area. Isn't it beautiful?
Surprised to see terraced farming in this area. Isn't it beautiful?
We crossed a river which was coming to life with bountiful rains.
We crossed a river which was coming to life with bountiful rains.
First waterfalls spotted. Hidden inside the thick foliage!
First waterfalls spotted. Hidden inside the thick foliage!

Fog enveloped as we drove. Rains splattering every now and then.
Fog enveloped as we drove. Rains splattering every now and then.
We had to stop on seeing these series of waterfalls!
We had to stop on seeing these series of waterfalls!
Four little waterfalls at their glorious best!
Four little waterfalls at their glorious best!
As we drove on, we saw another one!
As we drove on, we saw another one!
Soaking in the rain!
Soaking in the rain!
We stopped again on seeing this. A stream gently hurtling down the rocks!
We stopped again on seeing this. A stream gently hurtling down the rocks!
Some more rain, this spot will be wonderful.
Some more rain, this spot will be wonderful.
We join the convoy at Mollem
We join the convoy at Mollem
We wind through the roads of Goa soaked in rain!
We wind through the roads of Goa soaked in rain!
A Portuguese bungalow in Goa. We loved the contrast in this picture.
A Portuguese bungalow in Goa. We loved the contrast in this picture.
We reach this spectacular hillock with painted rocks in Vagator
We reach this spectacular hillock with painted rocks in Vagator


Cars parked in the open area at the foothill
Cars parked in the open area at the foothill
Time for a hot samosa and chai in the rain!
Time for a hot samosa and chai in the rain!
Panoramic view of Vagator beach from the top of the hill
Panoramic view of Vagator beach from the top of the hill
A small cross installed atop the hill
A small cross installed atop the hill
On the hill, in the rain.
On the hill, in the rain.

It was a pleasurable drive and amazing vistas on the way. A drive where every minute was memorable. 

The route - Bangalore - Tumkur - Chitradurga - Haveri - Hubli - Dharwad - Ramnagar - Anmod - Mollem

Road condition - Excellent through out. A small rough patch in Anmod ghat. No worries.

Eating places on the way - Enjoy Benne Dosa at Kottureshwara in Davanagere. 

Loo breaks - Cafe coffee day at Dabaspet and Haveri, Kamat outlets at Dabaspet, Sira, Hubli 

Wait. The fun is not yet over. Look out for next part of our return drive to Bangalore through canopy of waterfalls in Amboli ghat. 

Till then make plan to go out this monsoon. Here is a list to help you. Everything you wanted to explore and enjoy rain - drives, itinerary, places, waterfalls, monsoon treks.......

Celebrating Indian Monsoon - A List!

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Magic of Monsoon Drive in Western Ghats 1 - Amazed @ Anmod ghat!

We hadn't driven in this monsoon while we were egging everyone to get out and get soaked in the rain. We could only blame it on late arrival of rains. But when you get a chance to be with the legend of Indian road trips for a monsoon drive in Western ghats, you don't miss it. Do you?

When H V Kumar ( Check out this facebook Group page for details H V Kumar - Fan, Forum and Message board) organised a monsoon drive last week we had to say yes. It was a god sent opportunity for us to drive in the monsoon. Being road trippers ourselves, we had to go.

We normally start around 5 AM and there was no difference this time too. Driving early in the morning before anybody hit the road helps you to pick up speed and cover distance quickly. As Kumar always say, cover half the distance to destination before others hit the road! That's what we did and before people could hit the road we were in Davanagere relishing "Benne Dosa" for breakfast!

The sky was overcast throughout and started raining off and on. The road throughout was excellent. A detour at Dharwad took us through one of the picturesque roads to drive on. We were sceptical about this road as we had nightmarish experience few years back. Checking with Kumar in advance helped. He confirmed that the road is excellent and we decided to drive on. What a pleasant surprise it was.

We reached Mollem in Goa and joined others in a convoy. Winding through the roads of rain soaked Goa the convoy of 55 cars arrived at a spectacular place for a break in North Goa.

Join us on this drive in the rain. Get soaked in loveliness of nature!

Click on the pictures to see them in Original size.

Rain drops on the windshield of the car as we hit the highway
Rain drops on the windshield of the car as we hit the highway
The road from Dharwad to Goa via Ramnagar is top class with lush greenery on either side!
The road from Dharwad to Goa via Ramnagar is top class with lush greenery on either side!
We saw this small lake with lotuses in bloom waiting for the rains.
We saw this small lake with lotuses in bloom waiting for the rains. 

The railway track to Goa, the one we had trekked last year to Dudhsagar
The railway track to Goa, the one we had trekked last year to Dudhsagar
Rains in forest means clear tarmac and lovely greenery!
Rains in forest means clear tarmac and lovely greenery!

Surprised to see terraced farming in this area. Isn't it beautiful?
Surprised to see terraced farming in this area. Isn't it beautiful?
We crossed a river which was coming to life with bountiful rains.
We crossed a river which was coming to life with bountiful rains.
First waterfalls spotted. Hidden inside the thick foliage!
First waterfalls spotted. Hidden inside the thick foliage!

Fog enveloped as we drove. Rains splattering every now and then.
Fog enveloped as we drove. Rains splattering every now and then.
We had to stop on seeing these series of waterfalls!
We had to stop on seeing these series of waterfalls!
Four little waterfalls at their glorious best!
Four little waterfalls at their glorious best!
As we drove on, we saw another one!
As we drove on, we saw another one!
Soaking in the rain!
Soaking in the rain!
We stopped again on seeing this. A stream gently hurtling down the rocks!
We stopped again on seeing this. A stream gently hurtling down the rocks!
Some more rain, this spot will be wonderful.
Some more rain, this spot will be wonderful.
We join the convoy at Mollem
We join the convoy at Mollem
We wind through the roads of Goa soaked in rain!
We wind through the roads of Goa soaked in rain!
A Portuguese bungalow in Goa. We loved the contrast in this picture.
A Portuguese bungalow in Goa. We loved the contrast in this picture.
We reach this spectacular hillock with painted rocks in Vagator
We reach this spectacular hillock with painted rocks in Vagator


Cars parked in the open area at the foothill
Cars parked in the open area at the foothill
Time for a hot samosa and chai in the rain!
Time for a hot samosa and chai in the rain!
Panoramic view of Vagator beach from the top of the hill
Panoramic view of Vagator beach from the top of the hill
A small cross installed atop the hill
A small cross installed atop the hill
On the hill, in the rain.
On the hill, in the rain.

It was a pleasurable drive and amazing vistas on the way. A drive where every minute was memorable. 

The route - Bangalore - Tumkur - Chitradurga - Haveri - Hubli - Dharwad - Ramnagar - Anmod - Mollem

Road condition - Excellent through out. A small rough patch in Anmod ghat. No worries.

Eating places on the way - Enjoy Benne Dosa at Kottureshwara in Davanagere. 

Loo breaks - Cafe coffee day at Dabaspet and Haveri, Kamat outlets at Dabaspet, Sira, Hubli 

Wait. The fun is not yet over. Look out for next part of our return drive to Bangalore through canopy of waterfalls in Amboli ghat. 

Till then make plan to go out this monsoon. Here is a list to help you. Everything you wanted to explore and enjoy rain - drives, itinerary, places, waterfalls, monsoon treks.......

Celebrating Indian Monsoon - A List!

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21 Comments:

At 7/17/2014 , Anonymous rajasthan tour said...

Awesome weather........

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At 7/17/2014 , Blogger Prashant said...

Good to hear that they have fixed the Dharwad-Goa road. It was in a terrible state(but that was long time ago). Another awesome post Poorna.

 
At 7/17/2014 , Blogger Legacy Holiday said...

It is very informative blog. thanx for sharing it.Visit Travel Packages

 
At 7/17/2014 , Blogger Megha said...

Rain has a magical way to make places look more beautiful and serene...

 
At 7/18/2014 , Blogger Photo Cache said...

beautiful shots from the road. i love road trips too and often find myself clicking while the hubby drives. but a convoy of that many cars, that's major road trip.

 
At 7/18/2014 , Blogger R Niranjan Das said...

Monsoon brings alive everything. Brilliant captures! m sure it was a breathtaking scenic drive.

 
At 7/18/2014 , Blogger SONU said...

Nice Clicks and nice reading..keep posting more and keep inspiring.

 
At 7/21/2014 , Blogger endurabo said...

grt write up

 
At 7/23/2014 , Blogger Poorna and Brinda said...

Yes, It is beautiful now.

 
At 7/23/2014 , Blogger Poorna and Brinda said...

Thank you so much!

 
At 7/23/2014 , Blogger Poorna and Brinda said...

Thank you Sonu!

 
At 7/23/2014 , Blogger Poorna and Brinda said...

Thanks NIranjan. Yes, it was a lovely drive.

 
At 7/23/2014 , Blogger Poorna and Brinda said...

Thanks so much. Yes, that is the advantage of a road trip. Freedom to stop and explore.

 
At 7/23/2014 , Blogger Poorna and Brinda said...

Thanks Megha. You are absolutely right.

 
At 7/23/2014 , Blogger Poorna and Brinda said...

thanks

 
At 9/06/2014 , Blogger praveen pandit said...

Wow , That is really beautiful . Thanks for this awesome post . nice captures. Travel Goa Tour Packages

 
At 9/17/2014 , Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks Poorna. Very nice post and clicks

 
At 9/20/2014 , Blogger Poorna and Brinda said...

Thanks!!

 
At 9/20/2014 , Blogger Poorna and Brinda said...

Thanks Praveen. Glad you liked it!

 
At 12/24/2014 , Blogger Moin said...

Awesome post. Thanks Poorna for sharing.

I am planning to drive to Goa this Thursday and was thinking of Bangalore > Belgaum > Chorla route just to avoid the infamous Dharwad > Ramnagar > Anmod stretch.

Can you please advise if I can drive through your route Dharwad > Anmod > Mollem? I will travelling with my kids and want to avoid driving at night.

Thanks again.

moin

 
At 12/24/2014 , Blogger Poorna and Brinda said...

Thanks Moin. You can comfortably drive on Dharwad - Anmod stretch. The new toll road between Dharwad and Ramnagar is excellent. There are few patches on anmod ghat but is not a big deal. As you would have seen in this post, it is a picturesque drive. Have a nice holiday!!

 

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