Travel Diaries from the Gateway of Malnad

Shivamogga also known as Gateway of Malnad is a city in the state of Karnataka. The city lies on the banks of river Tunga and is a tourist destination due to a lot of attractions present within and around this city. I visited this amazing place few months ago and I’ll be narrating my lovely experience in this city in the following paragraphs.

To begin with my favourite part of the tour was at the Sakrebyle Elephant Camp, at the camp the elephants are trained and taken care. In the mornings the Mahouts make the elephants walk towards the water bodies to bathe the elephants. Visitors can have a good look at the elephants being trained. I took a snap of a baby elephant during its regular walk.

Shivamogga is also known for its greenery, the image below shows a calm and secluded road.

The above image was shot on my way to the Gajanur dam. As the name suggests Gajanur dam is a water reservoir built across the river Tunga. There’s also a bird sanctuary located within few miles from the dam. The following images shows the dam and its surroundings.

Another cool place to visit in Shivamogga is the Shivappa Nayaka Palace. The images below shows the aura around the palace.

The palace is named after Shivappa Nayaka, the 17th century king of the Keladi dynasty. Splendid gardens, sculptures and artefacts can be seen in this palace.

On coming out from the palace, the adjacent road is a famous place for chat corners (stores selling traditional eateries). The chat corners serve amazing dishes that wow the taste buds. The below image shows ‘Boti Masala’ an evening snack.

There are many such dishes available at the eateries. The famous chats include Masal Mandakki, Nippat Masala etc.

These were some of my experiences from the tour. There were some other attractions too in this splendiferous city but I couldn’t visit it due to time constraints and those places includes, the Lion Safari, the Gandhi Park etc.

The travel diary concludes, see you next time with a different post. Have a great day 🙂

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