Village Yatra-The road traveller speaks-Part 2

5th April 2010: Glimpse of Karnatak Hinterland
A stark contrast from the dry landscape in Maharashtra, Karnatak had a little more variety for us. For starters the soil here is red so the trees were reddish which made good seeing. The road we took to visit my grandmother’s village, Ankola was a one lane road but well done. There were many trees on either side of the road many a times forming a canopy which made the “scene-scenery” pleasant.
 There was a spot where we saw a pond with Purple and white Lotus. Its a wonder how Lotus blooms especially in ponds with slush and mud. I remember a childhood visit to a village called Bankikodal where our driver was stuck in a quicksand like mud trying to get a Lotus for us :O
This area is known for Quarrying. If you chance to drive down you’ll see large trucks with huge boulders . When we took the State Highway to go to Ankola, We were warned about trucks and to be careful while driving so we remained alert. It struck me how difficult a job of a truck driver was, driving on all winding roads. Its also scary sometimes. To think truck drivers also drive through the night trying to make speedier deliveries!! Kudos to my dad for driving through it all

Fun facts: Trees in Uttar Kanara shed their leaves in summer so sometimes it looks like you’re on a haunted road.

What happened next was totally whacky. About a hundred trucks had jammed the road some 15 kms off Ankola and we didnt know any other alternative routes. We were in a soup. (=Its the IDEAL FILM situation. The protagonist is stuck with no way to reach the destination. The audience is getting desperate. Whats going to happen!!! *Breathe Breathe* )

We asked some guy to help us. He said he would and to follow him but guess what!! He drove away before we could catch up with him. I was all excited. This was fun and so totally adventurous. Not the ideal situation for my dad though!!
But then somebody driving this Swift comes us and asks “Are you lost?”. (totally filmy types) and agrees to help us. So we followed him through this road that went through this small village. it was a kaccha road and was bumpy but it was amazing. Villages are actually so pretty. Living in a small hutment must be so much fun 🙂
And we joined the highway a few kms after Ankola. And we were totally blessed because we reached the Mahamaya temple just in time for the Aarti 😀 i think some things are just meant to happen

A Whole New World
It was just divine actually that we reached in time for the Aarti. For my grandmother it was another world going back to the place where she grew up, she opened this door for us, showed us the village during her time. It wasn’t very difficult to imagine coz the village was pretty much the same. The roads were better and people lived in better houses but the house in which my grandmother grew up was intact and so was the well from which they drew water. It was so touching to see her re-visit all of this.
We also visited another temple called Shantadurga which unfortunately was closed. There we met a bhatmam (=priest) who was my grand-uncle’s classmate and the old priest who was there during my grandmother’s time. And he still remembered her!!! Another priest specially opened the temple for us and allowed us to photograph.

Discoveries:: Cows climb on rocks, house porches and steps to get food to eat. Although scary at first, cows are really cute and understand what you say to them.

Destination:: Manki
the car who led us thru the villagethe pretty devi at the ShantaDurga temple.


Author: NM

Journeys fascinate me!!! About me?? The Discovery of Me is another journey ;) :P

8 thoughts on “Village Yatra-The road traveller speaks-Part 2”

  1. Hi Niyati,

    Congratulations on your lucid presentation of Karnataka Hinterland travels you had undertaken with your family recently. It is a very impressive narration, and I didn’t realise you are so good at it. You have written like a professional one. Loved reading all the 3 parts. Thanks to you o.

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