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... the night with all our crazy stories.Next morning, we visited the coffee plantation and trekked a small part of the hill to go river rafting. But as the river was shallow, they cancelled it and took us on Bamboo rafting. Not so impressive as the weather was so hot and we were moving very slow. After that, we took the long ride back to Bengaluru and I directly went to the ...
... drove to Hassan. Here we stopped to visit an ancient temple, but firstly we stopped at a nearby stall to get some bananas and biscuits for our lunch. The stall owner insisted on giving me a flower chain and put it in my hair. The temple was really interesting. The entire site was carved from dark stone, so you can imagine how hot the surfaces were under your feet in the midday heat! Luckily there was a path of carpet ...
... too so we were quite happy with the place. We refreshed ourselves, had a bath and then left to get some dinner. We had dinner at Eats of Arab. We ordered grill chicken, a mutton biryani, and some rotis. The food was okay. We went back to the room and had a few drinks each. And so ends the fourth day of this trip.
... to the Gomateshvara statue. We were told that at this festival, devotees bring and sprinkle the statue with milk, sugar cane juice, saffron paste, and powders of turmeric, saffron, and other spices. The next ceremony will take place in 2018.
By the way, check out this short video I took of how one gets to the top of the mountain if you have mobility issues; use the password "india" (without quotes). http://vimeo.com/81910976
The next two temples we ...
... should never drink a water from a bottle without a securely wrapped mouth. The same applies to glass bottles with metal lids.
Suncream is an essential, particularly when you are visiting open temples.
Slippers, hat, sun scream, and carry a light jacket in the car as you may get cold like me to go from sweaty to air condition straight away.