The plan to visit Manipal was long overdue, it was on the books for almost two years. This time as soon as we were blessed with the rain we jumped into the plan. It was on the spot, who all are coming? book the car, book the hotel. This time the hotel research was not done as my husband and I were traveling with former Manipal University students and they wanted to stay only in “Fortune Inn Valley View Hotel“ (Review coming up soon). Because when they were studying this was THE HOTEL to stay in. So a long dream was being fulfilled :D.
Visiting during the monsoon season was best as it really brought out the natural beauty of Manipal, we were surrounded by lush greenery, islands, various flora and fauna specimens. And there is a downside too, can’t venture into the water at the beach as the rains are very random, you do not want to get pulled in by the strong current.
Oh, God!. This time was way too early for me, even though I slept by 8 pm the previous night I just could not get any sleep. Just had some almond milk so that I don’t get hungry and it is also not good to stay empty stomach for too long after getting up and as usual, I was checking each door/window like 10 times making sure they are all locked for the safety of our Cats “Kitty and Toffy” :D.
That’s them below very excitedly just digging in a fresh litter pile that my husband just puts out for them which will last for about 3 days.
Gave them a final hug goodbye and a speech like all mothers do but instead of saying no opening doors to strangers it goes like “don’t bug each other, don’t kill each other, I Love You, etc”.
It was a bit hard leaving the cats, this was the first time we were leaving them for a weekend in our place.
We actually made good time when we left Bengaluru city in our Zoom car which was collected the previous night, no traffic at all :D. But we got slowed down quite a bit when we reached the Mangalore Highway, as it was still dark we could drive very fast because the road had no marking nor street lights, we did not want to take a chance of coming across a speed bump or pothole but in the end, we came across nothing.
We reached our first pit stop, it was for breakfast at A2B (review coming up soon). We asked them what was quite and from those suggestions, we decided to have Masala Dosa, Rava Dosa, and Coffee. Sadly nothing was good :(.
My husband spotted a hanging bridge as we were climbing up the mountain. After a quick vote, we found a space to park our Zoom car and made our way to the bridge, halfway through it started to pour, few ran fewer took shelter under the branches of the big trees. After it reduced my hubby went back and got the umbrellas. The bridge whose name I do not know was so pretty, above a calm flowing water and swishing sounds of the trees, there was no traffic too. It was so quiet, we crossed over and came across a store. The group had some hot beverage, I was busy trying to get the attention of two really pretty residents a full white cat whose tail had the same rings as our older male cat Kitty and the other was almost black.
Finally reached Manipal, we quickly just checked into our Hotel and headed out to lunch. We visited Saiba (review coming up soon) which is just a walk away, and also happens to be the same route whose trees houses really big bats who are just either flapping their huge wings flying around, sleeping or making really loud screeching noises. Their presence did not seem to bother either party, which was pretty cool.
our feast began from starter to the main course, had no room left for dessert.
The gang headed by to hotel and everybody took a nap, I, on the other hand, was figuring out what to watch on the TV. Cause if I take a nap that totally messes with my sleep in the night.
Everybody was fresh and ready to hit the town, depending on the climate we were first taken to “End Point” (Review coming up soon). It did take us a while to reach the place as the routes our friends used to take were all blocked up from all the new structures. The students guided us the entrance :D.
By the time we walked all the way in and out it was close to 7 pm and the gates closing time was written as 6:30 pm.
We started to get hungry so even though it was just around 7 pm we made our way to having dinner. Decided to visit “Eye Of The Tiger” restaurant, it kind of did not end well as the rest of the gang wanted to have some drinks and due to a new Government Ruling, NO drinks are served in any highways. We did stay and have a starter as we already opened broke the seal of our water bottles. I had a piece of the Gulati Kabab which was pretty good and could not eat any more of the Onion Rings as it was way too sweet. I could not take any pics as the place had all dim lights. We left and everyone went straight into their rooms.
As my hubby and I were still hungry we decided to just order room service and check out the dessert. My husband had something hot “Gulab Jamun” and I had cold something cold “Chocolate Mousse”
It was a little start in the morning, for our breakfast to went across the road to a hotel called Kamath (review coming up). I was not that hungry so I just had an Aloo Paratha, my curd was served in a shot glass :D.
Went to the Anatomy Museum (detailed post coming up) next, this was not a good idea after having food. The Museum is really good, but honestly after a while I just kind of paced fast definitely not zoomed by all the babies that were kept in the jars.
We raced to our car as there was yet another sudden shower :).
Even though it was pouring heavily we made our way towards Maravanthe Village (detailed post coming up) which is near Udupi. Hoping that by the time we reach it will stop raining, and it did :D. Apart from being one of the beautiful beaches we mainly wanted to see the main road that leads to the village, the road has the beach water on one side and the Suparnika River flows on the other side. Also spotted a lot of peacocks but none had any big feathers, were they just teenage ones?
After spending some time on the beach we moved onto Kaup Beach (detailed post coming up) which is located in Kaup town. The main attraction here is the lighthouse that was built in the 1900’s which has also appeared in many films. The Arabian Sea is also usually calm but due to heavy rains, it was alive just trashing the huge rocks in its path creating loud gushing sounds.
We actually spent a very time here, from searching for shells to me trying to take a pic of a crab before but they always just go down into the sand.
This beach had another special life, a cute puppy who was approaching everyone to play with.
Before leaving we had a bit of snack at one of the many shacks, the restaurant reminded me of our visit to Goa. The chair just sinks into the ground as they are just placed on the floor of the beach :D.
After we left Kapu we made a detour and tried to find a bridge that leads to an Island which was on our route towards Kapu, we found it, the experience was a haven of tranquility :D. Another pit stop I believe this place is called Kudru which led to more pics and just taking in all the view 😀
I heard about the famous Krishna Temple so this was our next stop, only my hubby and I went in to see the time while the rest did some shopping. I personally feel that this temple has to be on our list every if you are not a spiritual person because of its interesting story and even the place itself it different. The Krishna temple in Udupi is the only one in which the idol faces away from the entrance, towards a hole in the wall at the back the roads in the area are also centuries old and no traffic is allowed here.
After our really long walk back and forth from the temple, I was exhausted. Had a popular ice cream dish called the “Gadbad” ice cream at Shanti Sagar restaurant? It’s this really huge tower glass which is topped up with different ice cream flavors and other condiments like jelly, tutti fruity, fruits like pineapple/apple/melon, etc. It was quite filling. Gadbad Ice cream is also one of the most delicious ice creams you will find in the Southern part of Karnataka. The story of its invention is also quite interesting. It seems a customer once visited Diana restaurant and was not happy with the ice cream served, the cook then made another ice cream calling it “Gadbad” which is also a slang in the Kannada language meaning something amiss. The customer was happy and thus the new dish was added to the menu.
Made it back and are very close to our hotel, ended up in another student favorite spot for dinner at “Dollops” (Review coming up). It’s so famous that it does not even have a board in the front 😀
I’m sorry guys, again not that many pics to share here, the light was very dim and it was dinner time, so no light at all.
My husbands and my favorite dish here was the chocolate milkshake, it was awesome. We ended up having 2 :D.
From here we walked over to the college to check out greens that our friends wanted to see. It’s a pretty big lawn that they used to hang out sometimes :D. It also has a fountain attached to it which I was told that the university shuts off during Holi time as the students use it (greens)
Our friends went over to see more of their campus, we stayed back and just chilled, had some hot chocolate. The plan was to actually join in later for breakfast, they wanted to take us to another popular food spot, I believe it the best place to have anything cheese. They put so much cheese that a simple cheese omelet looks like a pizza :D. Alas, the rain hit again and they got stuck we could also not pick them up as they had the car key along with me. I started to get hungry so we had breakfast at the hotel itself and had a light buffet.
By now our car was carrying a lot of beach sand, I found out that the hotel did not have any people for cleaning the car but they got the security people to clean it for us. All I wanted was just cleaning of the floor mats and cleaning the main windows so that they are clear during night time driving but the guys washed the entire car itself, they did a very good job.
We then checked out around noon time and before making our way back to Bengaluru from the evergreen Manipal we filled up the diesel tank, it was a little close to 70L that’s like a tiny truck!.
The drive on the mountain was taking a toll on me, all the windings and curves. I was ready for a pit stop already and it came just in time, we reached sunset point. It was pretty fogged in but still, it was very pleasant. The street vendors were selling pineapple slices with spices topped on them, I could get the strong scent in the air. I do have to warm up to be careful of the monkeys, they don’t attack but they might approach you for food so just don’t get started. Also as the roads are itself not very big since it’s on the mountain be careful while walking around.
Reached another famous spot, this time we were in a temple.
Stopped at the restaurant and I had meals and my choice was not wrong at all. I had a filling authentic Karnataka meals, for those who are not familiar with this cuisine my plate below has roti ( a type of bread) + side dish, white rice + rasam + saaru + poriyal + papad, curd , paysam (dessert) and lemon pickle.It was so good that I ordered another cup of rice / saaru and dessert :D.
This restaurant does have a washroom but it was only for which I found really surprising.
The restaurant guided us to the public washroom, it was free, I guess that’s why it was in a really bad state in terms of cleanness. I quickly made my way out as it was really bad.
From the restroom we all noticed another hanging bridge, so we wanted to check it out. We somehow reached the spot after crossing all the wet squishy mud and jumping all the puddles while making sure not to get hit by any vehicle in the parking lot who were mostly buses filled to the brim with people.Once on top the bridge we were all like the first one was way better than this, we hardly spent any time on this bridge.
The guys wanted to stop for coffee we came across this really nice spot surrounded by a coffee plantation. Everyone just had only Coffee and I was told it was really tasty I was just enjoying the aroma, it’s very soothing :). This place served us coffee worth Rs5/- each.
We stopped by Belur which is Hassan District, checked out the Chennakeshava Temple (detailed post coming up) which legend states took over 100 years to build.
After looking at the 10th century Hoysala Temple we had also had some street food for snacks which turned into a hearty meal :D.
We should have actually reached home by 10 pm but we were just now crossing the toll gates, hunger strikes in again so we stop at Cafe Coffee Day (CCD). I have a spinach corn and cheese sandwich along with a choco sundae.
The sandwich was pretty soft and kind of limp as they heated it in the microwave, the first led down. Then everyone has already finished eating and I am still waiting for my sundae. I know that the image that CCD puts on a Sundae will not be the same as the actual product but my sundae had some stuff missing which was actually mentioned in the description. Very bad CCD, what are you trying to do?. I also could not enjoy eating it as I had to hurry, the rest of the group was waiting for me to finish.
On the other hand, the place was not bad at all, it had a nice vibe but then no good food.
Finally reached home after dropping our Zoom car at the drop off point which was Garuda Mall. Did have a bit of issue with our Uber Cab Driver, he took a while to pick us up from the pickup location, it was because he was just finishing up to eat. This is what is happening nowadays, they accept the journey even when they are not ready, the majority of the time it’s “I’m dropping someone else, I’ll drop and come, It’s just a few minutes”. Have any of you faced this issue?.All our temper went away the moment Toffy came running to us when we opened our main door, Kitty usually comes walking strutting coolly behind :D. And I know they missed me, how you ask?. Well, I got up the next day with Toffy on my left and Kitty on the right, all under my blanket :_-D..
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