Apr 16, 2007

Historic Trip I - Yana

As there is nothing new or interesting I m doing nowadays except my work ... I keep going back in time space every now and then , thinking of putting up a post in my blog (which is overdue ) on my Yana trip. ( one tag , tagged twice is also pending ..will have to do next ) So here it is…

If you haven’t heard , what /where Yana is, it s a remote place in the heart of forests of Western ghats. Nearest town from here is Kumta ( around 30 km , Karwar District ). It is known for some natural rock formations and caves.
One has to have determination , love for nature to enjoy this place. If not , better not visit this place !!

It was more than a year ago , probably in October 2005 our ( historic !!! ) trip started to yana on a sunny day . Thanks to some lazy souls , who got up only at 8 am and we left manipal at 9.30. The journey was not so good ( rather was bad ) as condition of NH 17 we traveled was at its worst . But it was compensated by beautiful views all the way to Yana.

Maravanthe Beach near Kundapura

River Haladi near Kundapura

It was my second trip there. So I was the guide this time. Earlier an year ago , I had been there on bike, and we went upto the foothills that time. This time was different though. We went in 2 cars . As it was still rainy season , after getting into the interior mud road to Yana , we were unable to drive further. Before this point we saw some isolated houses, one tea shop and couple of bikes returning. It was past noon by then. We decided to start walking . I was not sure how far is the walk. Very soon , one by one our group members got tired and only 4 of us were walking. Other 5 went back and slept in the car ! lazy souls ...

Our walk started here

To make things more exciting and challenging ( those who backed out will not agree with this ) it started raining heavily. If you have ever seen the rains in ghats , you will know what I mean by heavy rains. Within no time we were drenched fully. And soon muddy too ! We didn’t encounter a single person till we reached the foothills. To be frank , i was feeling a bit eerrie throughout :)

Just before the pouring started !

The brave four ... ( taken while returning )

Atlast , after around 6 or 7 km , suddenly at a turn we were at the foothills and facing tall rock peaks. The view is breathtaking. One can not imagine or explain it . You have to see to believe it . The tallest peak is called Bhairaveshwara shikhara, and stands 120 meters high. Next one is called Mohini shikhara. This was supposed to be the the place where Lord Vishnu made Demon Bhasmasura turn into ashes.There is a small temple and a water stream at the foothills. We climbed up the stairs , going into the cave between the rocks, came out from the other end of cave. Except pujary of the temple , whole place was deserted .

Rock peak I

Rock peak II

Rains had stopped by then and it was getting darker. With this background and sounds from wild increasing , the place had started looking mysterious and scary. With no delay , we started walking back. It took less time now to walk or probably we felt so because we knew the distance , and it had stopped raining. Our friends were waiting for us in the cars and needless to add here they were extremely bored . We had planned to go to beach on the way back. Though we couldn’t go to beach , the extra clothes we carried were of help. We had to get rid of blood sucking leeches from our feet and legs also.

It was 8 pm when we started , and we had dinner at Kumta. I don’t have to mention here that we all HOGGED !! After that all I remember is sitting in the car and getting up in Manipal !!! The bad roads ,rains , my friends rash driving , nothing disturbed the sleep.

Overall it was a memorable trip ….trek in heavy rains , the place ,the arguments we had whether to return midway or walk … Due to rains , we could nt capture many photos , still my friend managed to take few.

Today after more than a year , most of us have left manipal , and we dont know if we ll ever meet again . I m glad I have the memories of those times in these photos and in this blog. I want them to read and refresh their memories in this blog whenever they want to ......ofcourse others too are welcome .

So till I get back with details of our other historic trips, you all have a great time and enjoy maadi. Knowing my frequency of updatin my blog , that gives you a month or two :)

( p.s. I prepared this draft almost a month ago ..but couldnt publish it , as i could nt upload the snaps properly.Irrespective of wherever I tried to put them , they were getting uploaded before the begining of text.. So this time , I uploaded the snaps first , and added the text in between . Took a long time to complete it . Can anyone help me with this ? )


Blogger Jagali Bhagavata said...

Nice account of your historic trip. Nice photos too. The best route to Yana is from Sirsi side. If you go by the route near to Kumta, you will have to walk atleast 2 - 3 km and the road is not motorable too at times.

'IF' you go there next time go to 'vibhooti falls. You will need locals (in Yana) help.

6:19 AM  
Blogger reborn said...

Thank you :) .. frankly we were not happy with the snaps ..as we couldnt capture more because of rains ..
i think when we are going from NH 17 , we have to go through kumta..Isnt it ?

I ve heard about vibhooti falls.. didnt know it was there.. Will definately go next time.

11:50 PM  
Blogger AJEYA RAO said...

Glanced thru ur post....will be back to read the entire post and glad to c u back blogging! :-) Welcome back

10:20 PM  
Blogger reborn said...

thank you ajeya. I m glad too to return to blog! :)

11:15 PM  
Blogger Jagali Bhagavata said...

Yes. If u r going from NH-17 then Kumta. However if you keep going in that Kumta - Sirsi route, it may take some more travelling, but the route will be good. We went in the route in which u went, and got 'sahasranaama' from our driver:-D

Go to Unchalli falls which is very near-by (on the same Kumta - Sirsi route). It is really fantastic. U can get down (say about 1 hour trek down) to the base. The view is awesome. One of the best in Karnataka. U can also see the falls from top, if u don't want to get down.

Other place is Devakaaru falls. Have written detailed article. But go during October to December time. Not now (Anyways Saturday is working day for u:-))

12:30 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

Lovely photos. You have inspired me to get there. I might bother you in a while when I decide to make the trip.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Srik said...

Ah! Historic moment celebrated with a historic post.

I think u know which historic moment Im talking about, yes, its your writing again.

Yana is a wonderful place, I've visited there during February-March, when it was unbearably hot and humid too. I guess next time I need to go there when it is raining.

Nice account there..Hope to get more, and *more often.

One doubt : Which one is ur friend(lady)...one to the extreme right or the one at second from left?

Basically I wanted to ask which one is u, but I know u wont answer that question....so the konkana sutti mailaaaaaara ;)

10:17 PM  
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12:59 AM  
Blogger reborn said...


Did nt u go to sahasralinga ..it s near sirsi i think ..

And how about going to unchalli and devakaaru ... this november ? :)


Welcome to my blog emma.
Yes, the coastal Karnataka and western Ghats are very beautiful ..I ll be glad to guide you :)


hey I really want to update my blog more often ..but what to do ..my laziness adds to my busy schedule you see...

So that now I have updated my blog, where s my treat.. ( for ur anniversary )

You can go to Yana in november-december .. It ll be cooler, and you ll be able to visit lot of other falls nearby (check jagali bhagavathas blog ).

And ..when you give me my treat , you ll know which of them is me ! :))

1:03 AM  
Blogger Jagali Bhagavata said...

Devakaaru in November would be the best, I would say. It is still my best trip ever. If you want to enjoy the nature in its best form, plan for 2 days of Devakaaru in November. If you want to go to Unchalli, then you can also cover - Gokarna, Yana, banavasi and any other nearby places in two days.

U can also cover Satoddi, magoDu and nearby falls in Yellapur in two days.

U can also go to bhaTTanapaala falls and mahamane falls in two days. This place is also too nice. very rarely known to others and hence it is still very pure.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Srik said...

Thanks for the info and a link to a treasure of info on water falls of western ghats. Definitely hels!!

And about the treat...well...only to frequent updaters. ;)

3:58 PM  
Anonymous December Stud said...

Beautiful !!! Amazing pics indeed.

I've always wanted to go there, but have never really found time (or so).

I was told that the place became so much more popular after Sunil Kumar Desai's ನಮ್ಮೂರ ಮಂದಾರ ಹೂವೆ.

Nice post !!!

9:43 AM  
Blogger reborn said...


Im surprised ..when did u go to so many places ? anywaya thanks for the information . Will make a trip this november to some of the places atleast !

@ srik

now i deserve a treat for giving you that link for those water falls of western ghats ..isnt it ? :))

@ DS

Thanks . Good to see you after a long time :)
yes, that movie was shot there , I ve not seen though .

And yes, you must see those places. I always liked such places and adventures and now after shifting to Bangalore, I like them even more !

8:11 PM  
Blogger Srik said...

yes, yes, you deserve the treat..

Well... lets know when are we going there to Yana, I intend to treat the guys there ;)

3:28 PM  
Blogger Srik said...

ok now...
great to see your kannada blog !!! I too wanted to start one.. it s not happening somehow...

keep it up :) ad how about a treat for this ?

first things first : About ur Kannada blog!! Update this one regularly, rest the later.

Next.. U R A 'Treat Rani'. Mostly, Bengalore neeru kudididd prabhava ;)

Take it when u r free :)

5:35 PM  
Blogger reborn said...


atlast you agree... I m not really treat raani ..U r a kanjoos king ;) Infact i was checking the prabhaava of bengalooru neeru

just joking ..thanks anyways :p

11:14 PM  
Blogger Srik said...

Hahahahaa...what a nick name :D
People coin some name to me that i dont deserve :(

2:29 PM  
Blogger AJEYA RAO said...

Came back to read the entire post. I normally hate the demotivating, cribbing kind people in the group...everyone should enjoy the spirit in the same sense...Good that you four made it till the rocks.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Jagali Bhagavata said...

I have Saturday off....and you don't..That's the secret:-))

nanagoo treat bEku:-)

12:58 PM  
Blogger reborn said...




yaa.. u r right..they wasted their whole day , and made us feel responsible for it ! :)


I LOVE SATURDAYS OK , i have changed my stands now !! and why do u want a treat ?

10:45 PM  
Blogger Jagali Bhagavata said...

I need a treat. That's it. No questions entertained:-))

BTW, looks like, this blogspot is becoming "Historical blog":-)) eMtaaroo barini, maaraayre

12:31 PM  
Blogger Raghu Ram Prasad said...

wonderful site like rock gardens...historic trip ..good.

8:34 PM  
Blogger reborn said...


Humhhh...I m poor i history , so not able to update :0


Welcome to my blog ...It s not a rock garden ..U can call it rock jungle ,,as most of those rocks are hugh ..

2:11 AM  
Blogger KK said...

Wow! nice post... took me back to my trek experience from donigal to Yedukumari on the Mangalore - Hasan railway track...

I love Maravanthe Beach. Every time I passed that place I have stopped and spent some time there and then continued my trip

5:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heard in CNN and BBC that this blogspot is getting updated soon with Kodachadri info. Great news. Congratulations:-))


7:45 AM  
Blogger Kalyan said...

Some very beautifully captured shots & it was wonderful reading about your trip!

5:48 PM  
Blogger reborn said...


i thought u live in US ... How did u see maravanthe ... :)


I think u r getting old news ! i ve just posted new..


Thank you .. and welcome to my space .:)

9:10 PM  
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Blogger Raksha Varma said...

Excellent Post! Rejoice life during holidays through Dandeli Resorts; located in Uttara Kannada, Karnataka state.

7:27 PM  

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