Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Nagara Basadikeri, Gerusoppa: Lost Saluva capital

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Overview: A little over 40kms from the Jog falls is the small town of Gerusoppa. The quaint village on the banks of the river Sharavati has many tales to tell. On the other side of the Sharavati is a wonderland called Nagara Bastikeri, from where the queen of Gerusoppa- Rani Chennabhairavi devi ruled. The area is covered with dense forest and opens up at an ancient Jain Basadi, also built by the queen. The queen ruled from here and made this place the capital of the Saluva dynasty in the 16th century. A few other temples and the ruins of a palace can be seen near the main temple, which is the Chaturmukha Basadi.
For visitors travelling to Nagara Basadi is a unique experience, which involves crossing the river by a boat, and walking into the woods for a km before reaching the main Basadi.
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How to reach: From Jog, travel along the Honnavar road, and turn left towards Gerusoppa, and park your vehicle at an open field on the banks of the river Sharavati. From there, hire a boat to reach Nagara Bastikeri.
Food/Accommodation: Being a remote location, there are no options to stay or food. Even phone connectivity is a challenge in this area.
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