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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Pit Stop on NH 206 @ Sharavati River Valley, Karnataka, India

I proceeded north on NH 17 after spending a relaxed couple of hours at the highway beach of Maravanthe.


Upon reaching the port city of Honavar, I left NH 17 and started ascending on the winding roads of NH 206, the highway that meanders through the lush green Western Ghats.


It was raining and the roads were becoming slippery, but the views kept on getting better. My entire view laid drenched in fresh green.


Mist floating over the shola forests was giving it a heavenly look. At some ascent point, even the roads got covered in mist. Shortly, I reached the Sharavati River Valley View Point, which is not far away from Jog Falls.


I climbed a tower that’s been built to help tourists get a better view of the Sharavati River valley. I had to wait 30 minutes before I got the view of the valley below. When I did, I was rendered speechless. The bluish-green Sharavati River was covered with mist and the entire world around it were the dense green shola forests. A divine view!! The Western Ghats continues to amaze me…no wonder it is a top 10 bio diversity hot spot in the world.

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