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Mesmerising Gerusoppa Valley

There are many reasons why the drive from Sagara towards Honnavar on the NH 206 is worth taking, but none like the Gerusoppa Valley. The lush greenery amidst the Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats, on both sides of the 70-kilometre stretch (from Sagara), emerging from the morning fog, is a treat to watch. The road with many curves keep the adrenaline pumping. The parallel drive along the Sharavathi river from Jog Point is breathtaking. There are numerous streams, falls and scenic spots. A picturesque Gerusoppa Valley welcomes the traveller. This stunning image of nature is best viewed from the observation tower constructed by the Forest Department.

The Gerusoppa dam has been built on the Sharavathi. A hydel power plant was built in 2002. Travelling to Gerusoppa via Honnavar on the Sharavathi in boats and launches is an enchanting journey. The river joins the Arabian Sea at Honnavar.

The village Gerusoppa or the “town of cashews” is 29 kilometres away from Honnavar in Uttara Kannada district. Earlier known as “Nagar bastikere”, Gerusoppa is a very popular Jain heritage centre now. The village is renowned for the 14th Century Chaturmukha Basadi which has four identical doors in four directions. According to history, it was ruled by the Saluvas between the 13th and 17th Centuries.

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