May 21, 2006


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May 20, 2006


How to get there:
Charmadi is around 70 km from Mangalore and 15 to 20 km from Ujire. You can either go there by private or government buses or book your own vehicle.

Category: Trekking, Picnic.

Best time to Visit: November to February

Where to Stay:
Malaya Marutha guest house – If you want to stay here, you need prior permission from the forest department of Moodigere Taluk of Chikmaglur district.

Dharmasthala – Here you can stay in any of the guest houses. But please note that you will have to travel back and forth from Charmadi to Dharmasthala if you are on two day trip.

Near the waterfalls – You can stay near Kallarbe waterfalls. But you will need prior permissions, since the water falls is inside private estate owned by Yenepoya.

You can also stay in Balekallu gudda or Kode kallu. But be prepared well as there is no water point nearby.

Places of interest:
Charmadi ghat houses some of the most beautiful waterfalls and trekking spots. Listed below are the prominent ones among them.

1) Kallarbe waterfalls
This is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Charmadi ghat. This is inside a private estate and you will need to get prior permission to see this waterfall. If you have permission you can take your vehicle inside the estate. You will still need to trek 2 to 3 km to reach the falls. The trek is moderate to difficult.

2) Dondole waterfalls
This is also known as Nayagara of Charmadi. But this is not as big as Kallarbe waterfalls.

3) Alekhan waterfalls
This is the most easily accessible waterfalls in Charmadi. This is around 4 km after a place called ‘Annappa Gudi’ (Gudi = temple) on the charmadi ghat road. You can see the waterfalls by standing in the road. You can get down to water if you want.

4) Kallugundi waterfalls
Another beautiful waterfalls in charmadi. This also requires trekking.

5) Balekallu gudda
The highest point in charmadi region, from where you can get a panoramic view of the entire region.

6) Kode kallu gudda
Kode = umbrella, kallu = rock. The place gets this name because of a rock in the shape of an umbrella.

7) Eri kallu gudda.

8) Numerous other places for trekkers and hikers.

Near by places of interest:
1) Bandaje waterfalls
This requires a rigorous trekking

2) Anadka waterfalls
Beautiful waterfalls. Very little trekking involved. Very easily accessible.

3) Elaneeru waterfalls

4) Yermayi waterfalls

5) Ballarayana durga (fort)
6) Jamalabad fort
7) Dharmasthala
8) Karanji betta

Suggested itinerary:
You can spend all weekends for almost 2 months visiting various places in and around Charmadi. All these places are within 100 km from Mangalore.
One of the suggested itineraries –
Start on Friday night and stay in Dhrmasthala. Saturday morning you can visit Dharmasthala temple. Then go to Charmadi and meet the guide. You can cover Kallarbe and Alekhan waterfalls on Saturday. Stay in Malaya Maruta guest house for the night. You can cover Kode kallu and Balekallu gudda on Sunday.

Special Note:
You will need the help of local guide to cover all these places. Please do not try to venture into forest without the help of guides. There is one hotel in Charmadi. You will get the guide from there. The hotel owner is Hasanabba, a social activist. Yousuf, who works in his hotel, will guide you. Please book the guide in advance as it will help both you and Yousuf. He can take you anywhere in Charmadi. He charges rs.250 or 300 per day.


About the place:
Kodachadri is one of the most famous trekking spots in Karnataka. The place gets the name from one plant called ‘Kodasa’ or ‘Kodaja’ and adri means mountain. However over the time the name has changed from Kodasadri or Kodajadri to Kodachadri. It is at a height of 4400 ft above sea level.

Getting there –
Mangalore – Kundapura – Hemmadi (take a right turn here from NH-17) – Kollur - (140kms).
Kollur– 12km – Karakatta (take a right turn) - 10kms – Kodachadri OR Kollur – 2 km – Gateway to Arasinagundi falls (Take a right turn) – 15km – Kodachadri.

Frequent private buses are available from Mangalore to Kollur. You have following options, once you reach kollur.
From Kollur,
1) Hire a jeep/car till the peak, if you are going on family tour and don’t want to trek.
2) Hire a jeep/car till the base, if you are looking at moderate trekking of 4 - 5 km.
3) Get onto the bus going to Nagara (in the afternoon at about 1:45). Get down at Karakatta. Take a right turn. From here it is 10 km trek. 4 – 5 km of easy walk in a jeep track and 4 km of climbing. Opt for this if you are looking at good trekking.
4) Start from Kollur. After crossing 1.5 to 2 km you will see a board to your right for Arasinagundi falls and Kodachadri. There is one small bridge very near-by. Keep that as the landmark. From this point it is 15km trek to Kodachadri. Opt for this if you want to be a bit adventurous, because you have a great chance of getting lost in the forest:-))

Best time to Visit: October to May

Where to Stay:
You can camp on the hill if you are well equipped with sleeping bags, water, food, torch etc.
If you are on family tour or don’t want to stay outside, you can stay in
1) Bhat’s house
2) One more house:-)) Lol
3) Guest house
These do not require an advance booking.

Places to Visit:
1) Sarvajna Peetha: This is the highest point in Kodachadri. This is supposed to be the place where Adi Shankaracharya offered Pooja to Devi.

2) Chitramoola: This is a small waterfall on the mountain top.

Near by places:
1) Hindlu mane falls
This is a series of waterfalls (some say it has a series of 14 waterfalls, including many small waterfalls). This is bit difficult to reach and you will have to do some rock climbing to reach the final cascade. It is 4 to 5 km from Nittoor village of Hosanagara Taluk. After Nittoor you will come across a bridge. Take a right turn here and then walk for 4 km. There are 2 -3 houses near the falls. You will need their help to reach the waterfalls.

This place can also be reached from Kodachadri. But the path is very misleading. Don’t try the reverse route of Hindlumane to Kodachadri.

2) Arasinagundi falls
The most beautiful waterfalls in Kodachadri region. After crossing 1 – 2 km from Kollur you will reach a bridge. To the right side of the bridge is a gateway and a jeep track. Arasinagundi is 4 – 5 km from this point. After crossing 4 km on the jeep track you will come across a board. Nothing is legible in this board. All you can see is graffiti. One small path goes downward to your right. This path will lead you to Arasinagundi waterfalls. Many people give up in the middle and think that they have lost the way. Don’t be one among them:-)

You can avoid the trekking of 4 km if you get a prior permission from forest department of Kollur and take a jeep till the sign board. It might cost rs. 30 per head.

3) Belkal Teertha
Another waterfall near Kollur. This involves a trek route of 6km.

4) Mookambika Temple
The famous Mookambika temple is in the heart of Kollur. Please search the net for more details.

5) Someshwara Beach, Byndoor
Someshwara Beach is in Byndoor, 27 km from Kollur. From Kollur you will get private buses (at a frequency of every 15 minutes to 30 minutes) to Byndoor. From Byndoor hire an auto and go to Someshwara. It is nearly 2 km from Byndoor. One resort is also there in this place. Please read my blog Abbigundi for more details.

6) Abbigundi waterfalls
One of the most beautiful waterfalls which requires a moderate to difficult trekking to reach the place. Please read my blog on Abbigundi for more details.

Not to Miss: Sunrise and Sunset.

Suggested Itinerary:
Day 1 : Start early morning. Go to Kollur temple. Have afternoon meal in the temple. Get onto the bus (for 10km trek) or hire a vehicle to the base. Start trekking. Stay for the night in Kodachadri.
Day 2: Ask the route to Hindlumane falls in Kodachadri and climb down to that place.
Or Climb down. Go to Arasina gundi falls.

You can also go for one day trip of Arasinagundi, Belkal teertha or Hindlumane falls.

Abbigundi falls

How to get there:
Abbigundi is 10 to 12 km from Byndoor. Byndoor is 128 km North of Mangalore on NH-17. You will see a ‘Janata Rattubai Girl’s High School’ board after crossing about 200 meters from Byndoor. It is on the foothills of Ottinene hill. Take a right here (towards east). You will come across a Konkan railway tunnel to your left. Keep going in this road till the dead end. After crossing around 5 km you will reach Maddodi village. After crossing further 3 km you will come to a point where 3 roads meet. The other road is from Shiroor. Continue in the road which is eastward. You will finally reach ‘Koosalli’. There is one lone house. The trek starts from this point.

Initial 5 to 8 minutes will be a simple walk through the paddy fields and you will reach the stream. You need to go against the stream for about 45 to 50 minutes to reach the falls.

It falls in seven steps and total height of the falls is around 380 feet. You can go till the second step from the bottom easily (even this involves making your own way through the thick forest).

Nearest railway station:
Byndoor. But not all train stops here. Hiring an own vehicle is highly recommended. Approximate time of travel is 3 hours (From M’lore to Koosalli village).

It is moderate to difficult trekking and involves jumping over big rocks and not suited for family tour. This place can also serve as a picnic spot, if your destination is only the stream and not the falls.

Best time to Visit:
November to February.
It will be inaccessible during rainy season. After February there will hardly be any water. Best of Best time is late November to December, since you would face less difficulty in trekking and with the river still in full flow.

Where to Stay:
a) Kshitija Nesara Dhama
Kshtitija Nesara dhama is a forest department guest house. There are 3 cottages and they charge around 300 rs./day (Not sure. Please confirm). But they will not provide any food and you will have to arrange for that yourself. You can get the food packed in Byndoor. The best thing is that these cottages are on the hill top close to the Arabian Sea, from where you can get the glimpse of River and the sea flowing side by side. The full moon day is ideal and imagine a campfire in such a setting:-). But you would need the prior permission from the Forest department of Byndoor to stay here.

b) Sai Vishram beach resort
There is one beach resort started recently. They provide only Vegetarian food. They arrange the boat riding as well. Please follow this link -

c) Turtle bay beach resort
This resort is in Trasi famous for Maravante beach. Please follow the link -

Near by places of intrest:
a) Chaktikal Falls
This falls will be visible to you when you are on the way to Abbigundi. But very few people have been to this place.

b) Kshitija Nesara Dhama –
It is about 2 to 3 km from Byndoor. After Byndoor you have to continue in NH-17 (towards north) for about a km. You will come across Raghavendra mutt to your left (after climbing Ottinene hill). By the side of the Raghavendra mutt is a road (westward) which leads you to this view point.

c) Seneshwara temple Byndoor
This temple has historical importance and has Hoysala architecture. It is in the heart of Byndoor and anyone in Byndoor can give you the pointer to this temple.

d) Maravante Beach
Maravante beach is 20 km south of Byndoor on NH-17. Here NH-17 is sandwiched between river Sowparnika and Arabian Sea.

e) Kollur
Kollur is 28 km east of Byndoor. To go to Kollur go southward from Byndoor on NH-17 for around 1.2 km. You will come to Yedthare village and take a left turn (towards east). It is 27km from this point.

Suggested itinerary:
Start from M’lore on an early Saturday morning. It takes 3 hours to reach Koosalli. The trek to the falls will take another hour. After visiting the falls go to Byndoor, pack the food and go to Kshitija Nesara dhama (You should have done an advance booking) or stay in the SaiVishram beach resort. Stay there for the night. The next morning you can go to Arasinagundi falls and Kollur temple or go to Murdeshwara and Apsara konda falls in Honnavara.

The place is full of big rocks and also will be slippery. Be careful. Beware of snakes. Also there is no nearby place where you get good food. So pack your food. Carry first aid box. It is an essential here. Carry a set of clothes if you want to get into water. Also please do not jump into water on the second step if the river is in full flow. There will be an undercurrent of water.

Devakaaru Falls

How to go there?
Devakaaru is at about 55 - 60 km from Karwar. From Karwar take the Belgaum route and go to Kadra (around 35 km). From Kadra take the route to Kodasalli (30 - 35 km). About 11 km before Kodasalli you will find a dilapidated bus stop (Devakaaru cross) and a very old signboard (to the right side). Identifying this spot is bit difficult. The trek starts from here. You have to walk for about 10 – 15 minutes in the mud road on the right side. You will get to backwaters of Kali River. You need to shout loudly for the boatmen from the other side to arrive. The boat will arrive after about 45 minutes.

After crossing the river you need to walk further for about 4 to 5 km to get to the falls. You have to take the help of local people to guide you. The path to the falls is full of big slippery rocks. So be careful. If you are adventurous you can go very near to the falls.

Devakaaru village is at the foothills, hence the name ‘Devakaaru falls’. It is also known as ‘Vajra falls’. This village is connected to outside world only through the boats. It has no electricity, no telephone or any other basic facilities. There are nearly 50 families living in this hamlet. People are very helpful and you can approach anyone and stay in their house. Please carry rations (rice etc.). People here walk 6 to 8 km and travel 15 km to get the rations.

Best Time: From October to early Febraury.

Your plan could be:
You need to hire your own vehicle. You can plan one day or two day trip to here. If you are planning for one day, make sure that you arrive in Devakaaru cross as early as possible in the morning. If you are planning for a two-day trek, then please carry your tentage, sleeping bags etc. You can camp near the falls or in some locals’ house. Please carry a jacket, as it will be very cold. Also make sure that you have someone who knows Kannada to interact with the locals. Please be sensitive to local sentiments and customs.

Places of intrest in Karnataka

Following is the comprehensive list of places of intrest in Karnataka. Please note that this is list is prepared by me and I might have missed some places, which I am not aware of. Please do add the list.

  1. Kollur
    a) Kollur
    b) Kodachadri
    c) Arasina gundi falls
    d) Hindlu mane falls
    e) Belkal teertha
  2. Byndoor
    a) Kshitija View point
    b) Someshwara beach resort
    c) Seneshwara temple
    d) Abbigundi falls
  3. Maravante
    a) Maravante beach
    b) Turtle bay beach resort
  4. Kundapura
    a) Bolmane falls
    b) Varahi dam
    c) Malladi bird sanctuary
    d) Kumbhashi
  5. Udupi
    a) Udupi temple
    b) Malpe beach
    c) Saint Mary’s island
    d) Seeta falls
    e) Kunjaaru giri
    f) End point Manipal
    g) Hasta Shilpa Manipal
    h) Kaup beach
    i) Pilikula Nisargadhama
  6. Mangalore
    a) Ullal beach
    b) Tannir bavi beach
    c) Suratkal beach
    d) Kadri temple
    e) Kudroli temple
    f) Sharavu Ganapati temple
    g) Kateel
    h) Sultan battery
  7. Ujire
    a) Dharmasthala
    b) Karanji betta
    c) Anadka falls
    d) Jamalabad fort
    e) Elaneeru falls
    f) Bandaje arbi
    g) Ballalarayana durga
    h) Yermayi fall
  8. Charmadi
    a) Dondole falls
    b) Kallarbe falls
    c) Kallugundi falls
    d) Alekhan falls
    e) Malaya Maruta guest house
    f) Balekallu gudda
    g) Eri kallu gudda
    h) Kode kallu
    i) Ettina bhuja hill
  9. Subrahmanya
    a) Subrahmanya temple
    b) Kumar Parvata
    c) Halli mane
    d) Narahari Parvata
  10. Sullia
    a) Meenakshi falls
    b) Sampaaje trekking trail
  11. Coorg
    a) Madikeri
    b) Raja seat
    c) Omkareshwara temple
    d) Abbi falls
    e) Kaveri Nisarga dhama
    f) Tala Kaveri
    g) Talakaveri trekking trail
    h) Bhagamadala
    i) Irpu falls
    j) Bailu kuppe
    k) Chelavara falls
    l) Chelavara trekking trail
    m) Brahmagiri betta
    n) Igguttappa temple
    o) Naalku naadu aramane
    p) Tadiyandamol (Coorg or Kerala?)
    q) Harangi dam
    r) Dubare forest
    s) Kumar parvata trail from the other side (Somawar pete)
    t) Nagarahole National Park
  12. Kudremuka
    a) Kudremukha
    b) Hanuman gundi falls
    c) Bhagavati moola
    d) Lakya dam
    e) Sootanabbi falls
    f) Horanadu temple
    g) Kalasa Temple
    h) Balehonnuru
    i) Silent Valley resorts Kalasa
  13. Sakaleshapura
    a) Edakumeri green route
    b) Manjarabad fort
  14. Agumbe
    a) Agumbe view point
    b) Sringeri
    c) Narasimha Parvata
    d) Barkhana falls
    e) Sirimane falls
    f) Onake abbi
  15. Teerthahalli
    a) Kuppalli – Kavishaila museum
    b) Ambu teertha
    c) Achhakanaya falls
    d) Kundadri
    e) Kavaledurga
    f) Mandagadde protected forest/bird sanctuary
    g) Sakrebail
    h) Gajanur dam
    i) Ikkeri temple
  16. Sagara
    a) Jog Falls
    b) Honnemaradu
  17. Bhatkala
    a) Netrani island
    b) Murdeshwara beach
  18. Honnavara
    a) Apsarakonda falls
    b) BasavarajaDurga fort
    c) Idagunji temple
    d) Kumar gad island
  19. Kumta
    a) Mirjan fort
    b) Gokarna
  20. Karwar
    a) Devbagh beach
    b) Devbagh beach resort
    c) ?? fort
    d) Devakaaru falls
  21. Sirsi
    a) Yana
    b) Vibhooti falls
    c) Banavasi
    d) Unchalli falls
    e) Burude falls
    f) Waate halla
    g) Shivaganga falls
    h) Ele mane falls
    i) Vadiraj math
  22. Yellapura
    a) Sathoddi falls
    b) Magodu falls
    c) Jenu kallu gudda
    d) Kalache gudda
    e) Kuli Magodu
    f) Mari Yana
    g) Magbi falls
    h) Idagundi falls
    i) Lalguli falls
  23. Dandeli
    a) Dandeli white water river rafting
    b) Ulavi
    c) Kulagi Nisarga Dhama
    d) Mahamane water falls
    e) Akala gavi
    f) Haralayyana chilume
    g) Vibhuti Kanaja
    h) Cintheri rocks
    i) Sykes point
    j) Bhattana paala falls
  24. North Karnataka
    a) Vajra Poha falls - Belgaum
    b) Gokak falls - Belgaum
    c) Gol gumbaz – Bijapur
    d) Hampi
    e) TungaBhadra dam
    f) Badami
    g) Pattadakallu
    h) Aihole
    i) Malakheda fort – near Gulbarga
    j) Sharana Basaveshwara temple - Gulbarga
    k) Narasimha Jharani cave temple – Bidar
    l) Gurudwara Bidar
    m) Dudh sagar (Karnataka border)
    n) Mantralaya (Karnataka border)
  25. Kemmannu gundi
    a) Baba budan giri
    b) Hebbe falls
    c) Kalhatti falls
  26. Mysore
    a) Mysore (Palace, KRS, Chamundi betta, Zoo)
    b) Balmuri
    c) Somanthapura
    d) Talakaadu
    e) Srirangapatna
    f) Kari ghatta
    g) Tonnur Lake
    h) Shivanasamudra falls
    i) Rangana tittu bird sanctuary
    j) Meke daatu
    k) Himvad Gopala swami betta
    l) Bandipur National Park
    m) Kabini Jungle lodge
    n) Hogenkal falls
    o) Kunti betta
    p) GRS Fantasy Park
  27. Rock climbing
    a) Savana durga
    b) Turahalli
    c) Ramanagar
  28. Hassan
    a) Belur
    b) Halebeedu
    c) Shravana Belagola

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ಸ್ನೇಹಿತರ ಮುಂದೆ ಯೋಜನೆ ಮುಂದಿಟ್ಟಾಗ ೧೫ ಜನರ ತಂಡ ಸಿದ್ಧವಾಗಿತ್ತು. ಅವರಿಗೆಲ್ಲ ರಂಗುರಂಗಿನ ಕಥೆ ಹೇಳಿ ಒಪ್ಪಿಸಿದ್ದೆ. ಅವರಿಗೆ ನಿಜವಾಗಿಯೂ ಎಲ್ಲಿ ಹೋಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆವೆನ್ನುವುದರ ಅರಿವಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ. 'ಎಲ್ಲೊ ಕರ್ಕೊಂಡ್ ಹೋಗ್ತಾನಂತೆ ಕಣೊ' ಅಂತ ಎಲ್ಲ ಜವಾಬ್ದಾರಿ ನನ್ನ ಮೇಲೆ ಹೊರಿಸಿ ತಯಾರಾಗಿದ್ದರು.

ದೇವಕಾರು ತಲುಪುವುದು ಹೇಗೆ?
ಕಾರವಾರದಿಂದ ಬೆಳಗಾವಿ ಮಾರ್ಗವಾಗಿ ೩೫ಕಿಮಿ ದೂರದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಕದ್ರಾ ತಲುಪಿ, ಅಲ್ಲಿಂದ ಕೊಡಸಳ್ಳಿಯ ಮಾರ್ಗಕ್ಕೆ ಹೊರಳಬೇಕು. ಕೊಡಸಳ್ಳಿಗಿಂತ ೧೧ಕಿ.ಮಿ. ಹಿಂದೆ (ಕದ್ರಾದಿಂದ ಸುಮರು ೨೪ಕಿ.ಮಿ. ಕ್ರಮಿಸಿದ ನಂತರ) ದೇವಕಾರು ಕ್ರಾಸ್ ಸಿಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಈ ಸ್ಥಳ ಗುರುತು ಹಿಡಿಯುವುದು ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಕಷ್ಟದ ಕೆಲಸ. ಒಂದು ಹಳೆಯ ಬೋರ್ಡ್ ಮತ್ತು ಮುಳಿಹುಲ್ಲಿನಿಂದ ಅರ್ಧ ಮುಚ್ಚಿರುವ ತಂಗುದಾಣದಂತ ರಚನೆ ಬಿಟ್ಟರೆ ಮತ್ತೇನೂ ಇಲ್ಲ. ಅಲ್ಲಿಂದ ಬಲಭಾಗದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಮಣ್ಣಿನ ರಸ್ತೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸುಮಾರು ಒಂದು ಕಿ.ಮಿ. ನಡೆದರೆ ಕಾಳಿನದಿಯ ಹಿನ್ನೀರಿನ ದಡ ಸಿಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಅಲ್ಲಿಂದ ಗಟ್ಟಿಯಾಗಿ 'ದೋಣಿ' ಅಂತ ಕೂಗಬೇಕು. ಆಚೆಕಡೆಯವರಿಗೆ ಕೇಳಿಸಿದರೆ ಓಗೊಟ್ಟು ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಸಮಯದ ನಂತರ ಬರುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಅಲ್ಲಿಂದ ಸುಮಾರು ೩೦ ನಿಮಿಷ ನಡೆದರೆ ದೇವಕಾರು ಜಲಪಾತ.

ತೋಪಾದ ಯೊಜನೆ
ನಾವು ಕಾಳಿ ನದಿ ದಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೂತು ಸುಮಾರು ಅರ್ಧ ಗಂಟೆ ಕಿರುಚಾಡಿದರೂ ಆಚೆಕಡೆಯಿಂದ ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆ ಇಲ್ಲ. 'ಈ ಮಯ್ಯನ್ನ ಕಟ್ಟಿಕೊಂಡು ಕೋಳಿಪಡೆ' ಅಂತ ಆಗಲೆ ರಾಗ ಸುರು ಹಚ್ಚಿಕೊಂಡಿತ್ತು. ಅಂತೂ ಇಂತೂ ದೋಣಿ ಬಂದು 'ಅಂಬಿಗ ನಾ ನಿನ್ನ ನಂಬಿದೆ' ಅಂತ ಜಪಿಸುತ್ತ ಆಚೆ ದಡ ಮುಟ್ಟಿದಾಗ ಗಂಟೆ ೩ ಅಗಿತ್ತು. ಈಗ ಜಲಪಾತಕ್ಕೆ ಹೊಗುವುದೊ ಬೇಡವೊ ಅನ್ನುವುದನ್ನು ನಿರ್ಧರಿಸಬೇಕಿತ್ತು. ನಮ್ಮ ಮೂಲ ಯೋಜನೆಯ ಪ್ರಕಾರ ಜಲಪಾತಕ್ಕೆ ೩ ಗಂಟೆಯ ಸಮಯ ಮಾತ್ರ. ಸಂಜೆಯಾದದ್ದರಿಂದ ಹಳ್ಳಿಯಲ್ಲೆ ಉಳಿದು, ಮಾರನೆ ದಿನ ನಮ್ಮ ದಿಗ್ವಿಜಯ ಮುಂದುವರಿಸುವುದೆಂದು ಒಮ್ಮತದ ಠರಾವು ಅಂಗೀಕರಿಸಿದೆವು.

ಮುಗಿಯದ ಅಂಬಿಗನ ಋಣ
'ನದಿಯ ದಾಟಿದ ಮೇಲೆ ಅವನ್ಯಾರೊ ಇವನ್ಯಾರೊ' ಎಂದು ಅಂಬಿಗನ ಕುರಿತು ಹಾಡಲು ಅದು ಸೂಕ್ತ ಸ್ಥಳವಾಗಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ರಾತ್ರಿ ಉಳಿದುಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಯಾರ ಮನೆಗಾದರೂ ದಾಳಿ ಇಕ್ಕುವುದು ಅನಿವಾರ್ಯವೆಂದು ಗೊತ್ತಿತ್ತು. ನಾವು ಆಯಕಟ್ಟಿನ ಮನೆಗಾಗಿ ಹೊಂಚುಹಾಕುತ್ತಿರುವಾಗಲೆ ಅಂಬಿಗನ ಸಹಾಯ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿತು. ಅಲ್ಲಿಂದ ಅರ್ಧಗಂಟೆ ನಡೆದು (ಇದು ನೋಡು ವಾಕ್(walk)ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯ ಅಂದರೆ ಅಂತೆಲ್ಲ ಜೋಕು ಕತ್ತರಿಸುತ್ತ) ಸುಧಾಕರ ತಿಮ್ಮಣ್ಣ ನಾಯ್ಕರ ಬಿಡಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ಠಿಕಾಣಿ ಹೂಡಿದೆವು.

ಆ ಜಾಗ
ಪ್ರಕೃತಿ ಸೌಂದರ್ಯ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾಲು ಮುರಿದುಕೊಂಡು ಬಿದ್ದಿತ್ತು. ಹಸಿರು ಹಸಿರು ಭತ್ತದ ಗದ್ದೆ, ಜುಳು ಜುಳು ಹರಿಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ನೀರಿನ ಝರಿ, ಸುತ್ತ ಆವರಿಸಿದ್ದ ದಟ್ಟ ಕಾಡು, ಇವೆಲ್ಲಕ್ಕೂ ವಿಶೇಷ ಮೆರುಗು ಕೊಟ್ಟಿದ್ದ ಪಶ್ಚಿಮದ ಕೆಂಪು ಸೂರ್ಯ....ಮೊದಲ ನೋಟಕ್ಕೇ 'ಹೋ' ಅಂತ ಆಯಾಚಿತವಾಗಿ ಕೂಗಿಬಿಟ್ಟೆವು. ನಮ್ಮ ರೂಕ್ಷ ಶಬ್ದಪಂಜರದಲ್ಲಿ ಬಂಧಿಸಿಡಲಾಗದ ಅಮೂರ್ತ ಅನುಭವ ಅದಾಗಿತ್ತು.

ದೇವಕಾರಿನ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕೊಂಚ
ದೇವಕಾರು ಕಾಳಿನದಿಯ ಹಿನ್ನೀರಿಂದ ಸುತ್ತುವರಿದಿರುವುದರಿಂದ ದೋಣಿ ಮಾತ್ರವೆ ಹೊರ ಜಗತ್ತಿನೊಂದಿಗಿನ ಸಂಪರ್ಕ ಮಾಧ್ಯಮ. ಕೈಗಾ ಅಣುಸ್ಥಾವರವೂ ಹತ್ತಿರವಿರುವುದರಿಂದ ಜನರನ್ನು ಸ್ಥಳಾಂತರಿಸಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಈ ಊರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ವಿದ್ಯುತ್ತು, ದೂರವಾಣಿಯಂಥ ಯಾವ ಮೂಲ ಸೌಲಭ್ಯಗಳೂ ಇಲ್ಲ. ಇಲ್ಲಿನ ಜನ ದಿನಸಿ ವಸ್ತುಗಳಿಗಾಗಿ ಮೈಲಿಗಟ್ಟಲೆ ನಡೆದು ಹೋಗಬೇಕು. ಬೆಳಿಗ್ಗೆ ಬರುವ ಬಸ್ಸೊಂದನ್ನು ಬಿಟ್ಟರೆ ಬೇರೆ ಸಾರಿಗೆ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಗಳೂ ಇಲ್ಲ.

ಮುಳುಗುವ ಸಮಯ
ತಿಮ್ಮಣ್ಣ ನಾಯ್ಕರು ನಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಹತ್ತಿರದಲ್ಲಿದ್ದ ತೊರೆಗೆ ಕರೆದೊಯ್ದರು. ಅಲ್ಲೊಂದು ಕಡೆ ತೊರೆ ಚಿಕ್ಕ ಈಜುಗೊಳದ ತರಹ ನೈಸರ್ಗಿಕವಾಗಿ ರೂಪುಗೊಂಡಿತ್ತು. ನಮ್ಮ ಕಪಿಸೈನ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ಇನ್ನೇನು ಬೇಕಿತ್ತು. ಲಾಗ ಹೊಡೆದಿದ್ದೆ ಹೊಡೆದಿದ್ದು. ಅತ್ತ ಸೂರ್ಯ ಮುಳುಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದರೆ ಇತ್ತ ನಮ್ಮ ಆರಡಿ ಎತ್ತರದ ಸಂತೋಷ ನೀರಿನ ಅಂತರ್ವಿದ್ಯುತ್ತಿಗೆ ಸಿಲುಕಿ ಮುಳುಗೇಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದ. ಸತೀಶ ತಕ್ಷಣ ಕೈ ನೀಡಿದ್ದರಿಂದ ಏನೂ ಅಪಾಯವಾಗಲಿಲ್ಲ.

ರಾತ್ರಿ ಬೆಳದಿಂಗಳು ಹಾಲು ಚೆಲ್ಲಿತ್ತು. ನಮ್ಮ ಗಾನಗೋಷ್ಠಿ ವೀಕ್ಷಿಸಲು ಚಂದ್ರ ತಾರೆಗಳ ಬೈಠಕ್ಕು ಕರೆದಿದ್ದ. ಮಾಮೂಲಿ ಹಿಂದಿ ಹಾಡುಗಳ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಒಂದೆರಡು ಭಾವಗೀತೆಗಳು, ಯಕ್ಷಗಾನದ ಹಾಡು, ಕನ್ನಡದ ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟ್ ವೀಕ್ಷಕವಿವರಣೆಗಳೂ ಸೇರಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದವು. ಎಲ್ಲದಕ್ಕೂ ಕಳೆ ಏರಿಸಿದ್ದು ತಿಮ್ಮಣ್ಣ ನಾಯ್ಕರ ಹಾಡು. ಅವರ ಹಾಡಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಗಾಂಧಿಯ ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾಪ ಬಂದದ್ದು ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಬೇರೇನೂ ನಮಗೆ ಒಂದಿನಿತೂ ಗೊತ್ತಗಾದಂತೆ ಹಾಡು ಮುಗಿಸಿದರು. ನಂತರ ತಿಮ್ಮಣ್ಣ ನಾಯ್ಕರು ಹತ್ತಿರದ ನಾಲ್ಕಾರು ಮನೆಗಳವರನ್ನು ಸೇರಿಸಿ ನಮಗಾಗಿ ತಯಾರಿಸಿದ್ದ ಅನ್ನ ಸಾಂಬಾರು ತಂದಿತ್ತರು. ಈ ಜನರ ಮುಗ್ಧ ಪ್ರೀತಿಗೆ ಸಾಟಿಯುಂಟೆ?

ನಾನೇರುವೆತ್ತರಕೆ ನೀನೇರಬಲ್ಲೆಯಾ?
ಬೆಳಿಗ್ಗೆ ಆಗಿದ್ದೆ ಜಲಪಾತದತ್ತ ತಿಮ್ಮಣ್ಣ ನಾಯ್ಕರನ್ನು ಮುಂದಿಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡು ನಮ್ಮ ತಂಡ ಹೊರಟಿತು. ದಾರಿಯುದ್ದಕ್ಕೂ ಚಿಕ್ಕ ದೊಡ್ಡ ಬಂಡೆಗಳು. ಅವನ್ನೆಲ್ಲ ಜಾಗರೂಕತೆಯಿಂದ ದಾಟಿ ಮುಂಬರಿಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾಗ ತಿಮ್ಮಣ್ಣ ನಾಯ್ಕರು ಅಚಾನಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ನಿಲ್ಲಿಸಿಬಿಟ್ಟರು. 'ಇಲ್ಲಿಂದ ಮುಂದೆ ಹೋಗಲಿಕ್ಕಾಗುವುದಿಲ್ಲ' ಅಂತ ಹೆಬ್ಬಂಡೆಯೊಂದನ್ನು ತೋರಿಸಿ ಅಲ್ಲೆ ಕುಕ್ಕರುಬಡಿದರು. ಅಷ್ಟಕ್ಕೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಕಪಿಬುದ್ಧಿ ಮತ್ತೆ ಜಾಗೃತವಾಯಿತು. 'ಹಾಗಾದರೆ ಹತ್ತಿಯೆ ಸಿದ್ಧ' ಅನ್ನುವುದು ನಮ್ಮೆಲ್ಲರ ತೀರ್ಮಾನವಾಗಿತ್ತು. ಇದರ ಮುಂದಾಳತ್ವ ವಹಿಸಿದ್ದು ದಯಾನಂದ್ ಮತ್ತು ಶ್ರೀಕರ್. ಆ ಹೆಬ್ಬಂಡೆಯನ್ನು ಹಾಗೂ ಹೀಗೂ ಹತ್ತಿ ಕೆಳ ನೋಡಿದರೆ ಕಾಣಿಸಿದ್ದೇನು? ಮನೆ, ಅಮ್ಮ, ಅಜ್ಜಿ, ಪುಟು ಪುಟು ನೆಗೆಯುವ 'ಗಜಾಲ್ ಗೌರಿ' ಎಂದು ಕರೆಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವ ದನದ ಕರು....ಎಲ್ಲ!!! ಜಲಪಾತ ಮುಟ್ಟುವುದಕ್ಕಿಂತಲೂ ಆ ಬಂಡೆ ಇಳಿಯುವುದು ಹೇಗೆ ಎನ್ನುವುದೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಅದ್ಯತೆಯ ವಿಷಯವಾಗಿದ್ದು ಆ ಕ್ಷಣಕ್ಕೆ ಸುಳ್ಳೇನೂ ಅಲ್ಲ.

ಧುಮ್ಮಿಕ್ಕಿ ಹರಿಯುವ ಜಲಧಾರೆಯಲ್ಲೂ
ಎಲ್ಲ ಅಡೆತಡೆಗಳನ್ನೂ ದಾಟಿ ಜಲಪಾತ ಮುಟ್ಟಿದಾಗ ಏನು ಖುಶಿ. ಫೋಟೊ ಕ್ಲಿಕ್ಕಿಸಿದ್ದೆ ಕ್ಲಿಕ್ಕಿಸಿದ್ದು. ನಿಂತು, ಕೂತು, ಬಗ್ಗಿ ಎಲ್ಲ ಭಂಗಿಗಳಲ್ಲೂ. ತಿಮ್ಮಣ್ಣ ನಾಯ್ಕರ ಪ್ರಕಾರ ಜಲಪಾತದ ಪಾದ ಮುಟ್ಟಿದ್ದು ನಮ್ಮ ತಂಡವೊಂದೆ. ಅದು ಕೇಳಿದ್ದೆ ಇನ್ನೊಂದು ಫೋಟೊ. ಬಲ್ಲಿರೇನಯ್ಯ? ದೇವಕಾರು ಜಲಪಾತಕ್ಕೆ ಯಾರೆಂದು ಕೇಳಿದ್ದೀರಿ? ಪೋಸಿನಲ್ಲಿ.

ಇಳಿಯುವ ಫಜೀತಿ
ಮಧ್ಯಾಹ್ನವಾಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದಂತೆ ಹಿಂದಿರುಗುವ ಸಿದ್ಧತೆ ನಡೆಸತೊಡಗಿದೆವು. ಎಲ್ಲ ಬಂಡೆಗಳನ್ನೂ ಹಾರಿ ಇಳಿದು ಕೊನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅದೆ ಹೆಬ್ಬಂಡೆಯ ಬಳಿ ಮತ್ತೆ ಯೋಚಿಸುವಂತಾಯ್ತು. ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗಿಂತ ಫಜೀತಿ ಪಟ್ಟಿದ್ದು ನಂದಾ. ಎರಡು ಮೂರು ಜನ ಕೈ ಹಿಡಿದುಕೊಂಡರೂ ಪಾರ್ಟಿ ಕೆಳಗಿಳಿಯಲೊಲ್ಲದು. ಅಂತೂ ಇಂತೂ ಪುಸಲಾಯಿಸಿ ಧೈರ್ಯ ತುಂಬಿ ಕೆಳಗಿಳಿಸಿದಾಗ ನಮಗೆ ಬೆವರು ಇಳಿದಿತ್ತು. ಅವನಂತೂ ಮೈ ತುಂಬಾ ನಡುಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ತಿಮ್ಮಣ್ಣ ನಾಯ್ಕರ ಮನೆ ತಲುಪುವವರೆಗೂ. ಜೀವದ ಹೆದರಿಕೆ ಅಲ್ಲವಾ ಮತ್ತೆ? ಬೆಕ್ಕಿಗೆ ಚೆಲ್ಲಾಟ, ಇಲಿಗೆ ಪ್ರಾಣ ಸಂಕಟ ಎನ್ನುವ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿ.

Project, deadlineಗಳ ಲೋಕದತ್ತ ಮತ್ತೆ ಮುಖ ಮಾಡಿ ಸಂಜೆಯಾಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದಂತೆ ಹೊರಡುವ ತಯಾರಿ ನಡೆಸಬೇಕಿತ್ತು. ದೇವಕಾರಿನ ಮುಗಿಯದ ನೆನಪಿನ ಬುತ್ತಿ ಕಟ್ಟಿಕೊಂಡು, ಊರಿನವರಿಗೆ ವಿದಾಯ ಹೇಳುವಾಗ ಬೇಸರವಾದದ್ದು ಸುಳ್ಳಲ್ಲ. ದೇವಕಾರಿಗೆ ಬೆನ್ನು ಹಾಕಿ ಹೊರಟಾಗ ಸೂರ್ಯ ಮತ್ತೆ ಮುಳುಗುವ ಸಿದ್ಧತೆಯಲ್ಲಿದ್ದ. ಕಾರವಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ಊಟ ಮಾಡಿ ಮಧ್ಯರಾತ್ರಿ ಮನೆ ತಲುಪಿದಾಗ ಯಶಸ್ವಿ ಪ್ರವಾಸದ ತೃಪ್ತಿ ನಮಗೆಲ್ಲ.

ಒಂದು ಕಿವಿಮಾತು
ದೇವಕಾರು ಒಂದು ಅನಾಘ್ರಾಣಿತ ಕುಸುಮ. ಇಲ್ಲಿನ್ನೂ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ಚೀಲಗಳ ಸಂಗ್ರಹ ತಯಾರಾಗಿಲ್ಲ. ಆದರೂ ನಿಧಾನವಾಗಿ ಆ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾಲಿಡುತ್ತಿದೆ. ನಮಗಿಂತ ಮುಂಚೆ ಬಂದಿದ್ದ ಒಂದು ತಂಡ ಬಿಯರ್ ಬಾಟಲಿಗಳನ್ನು ಎಸೆದು ಹೋಗಿದ್ದರು. ಹಳ್ಳಿಯವರಿಗೆ ಇದೊಂದು ಹೆಮ್ಮೆಯ ವಿಷಯವಾಗಿ ತೋರಿದ್ದು ನೋವಿನ ಸಂಗತಿ. ದೇವಕಾರಿಗೆ ನೀವೂ ಹೋದರೆ, ದಯವಿಟ್ಟು ಅದನ್ನು ಅದರ ಮೂಲರೂಪದಲ್ಲೆ ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಬನ್ನಿ.

ಅಜ್ಜಿಯ ಬಳಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಸಾಹಸದ ಕುರಿತು ಹೇಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆ. 'ನಾನು ಸ್ವರ್ಗಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋಗಿದ್ದೆ. ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಬೃಹಸ್ಪತಿಗಳು ಸಿಕ್ಕಿದ್ದರು. 'ನನ್ನ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕಥೆ ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾರಲ್ಲ ಓ ಅವರು, ಅವರು ಹೇಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ' ಅಂತ ನಿನ್ನನ್ನು ವಿಚಾರಿಸಿದರು ಎಂದೆ. ಒಮ್ಮೆ ದೊಡ್ಡದಾಗಿ ನಕ್ಕ ಅಜ್ಜಿ 'ಇದ್ಕೆ ಸೈ ಜಗಲಿ ಭಾಗವತ್ರು. ಮನ್ಯೆಗೆ ಸ್ವಸ್ಥ ಮನಿಕಂಬ್ದ್ ಬಿಟ್ಟ್, ಅಲ್ಲ್ ಎದ್ಕಂಡ್, ಬಿದ್ಕಂಡ್ ತದ್ಯಾಪ್ರತ ಮಾಡ್ಕಂಬ್ಕೆ ಹೋದ್ದಾ ಹಂಗರೆ' ಅಂತ ತಣ್ಣೀರೆರಚಿದಳು.

May 4, 2006

From judges notes

From judges notes

Kathana (Jaagatika Kannadigara KooTa)

Kathana (Jaagatika Kannadigara KooTa)da paravaagi namaskaaragaLu.

Who are we?
‘Kathana’ (Jaagatika Kannadigara KooTa) is a group of like minded Kannadaabhimaani software engineers from across the globe. We are determined to do something useful for Kannada literature. We conducted State level Katha Spardhe this year with an intention of creating a platform for budding Kannada writers.

How was the Katha Spardhe conducted?
Katha spardhe was initiated in October end. Here is the first paper report that we published regarding the competition.

We are partnering with 'Raghavendra Prakaashana' of Ankola (Uttara Kannada) to conduct the competition. ‘Kathana’ is funding the competition. The ground work is done by the publisher. The term ground work includes, but not limited to, giving paper reports, deciding and interfacing with the judges, maintaining the database of stories, announcing the results in paper, publishing the book of winning stories and organizing the book releasing and prize distribution function, etc.

We received 200+ stories from nooks and corner of Karnataka. We formed 2 panels of judges (All judges are distinguished writers or critics and we are not revealing their name as a matter of policy). We identified 12 winners. For the complete list of the winners please follow this link -

The book is published by Raghavendra Prakashana and the book release function (a day long literary event) was held on April 16h in Ankola. Please follow this link to read more about the book releasing function.

What are the details of the book?
The book contains 12 winning stories and is of 144 pages. The book price is 70 Rs. The book will be available in all the leading book stores (Sapna, Ankita etc.) once it is released. We are currently exploring the options of selling the book through our network, so that readers won’t have to go to a book store to get the book. We will let you know the details once we finalize our marketing strategy.

Please write to to reserve your book.

How is this initiative different from others?
There are few other State level competitions which are conducted by some leading Kannada newspapers. However this is the first time that the book releasing and prize distribution functions are held on the same day.

One of our distinguished judges opined that this Katha Spardhe is conducted in a more professional manner than any other Katha Spardhe held so far. All the stories have gone through rigorous scrutiny and the final 25 stories have been evaluated by two panels of judges.

This is a non-profit initiative taken by a group of young software engineers (40+ members) to do something tangible in the field of Kannada Literature. We need your support to make this successful.