Thursday, April 19, 2012
Mettkal Gudda - Hosangadi
There are some places which makes a strong cryptic impression on mind and leave with us residual of feelings for Long. Mettkal Gudda is also such type of the place where accessible very easily from Hosangadi village, Udupi district. It’s situated in a beautiful setting an elevation of 1200 ft height.
This place which witnessed is a historically important of Bidanuru and Keladi kingdom and was an important place when Shivappa Nayaka the king of Keladi kingdom ruled on this area. There are remnants of forts especially on the top of the hill was remarkable and big quest for adventures lovers.
This place I used to go from my collage days and this day’s I heard lot of development could see on this place from the forest department. This place is near to Varahi Underground Power Project, the whole Hulikal Ghat (Balebare) region and remaining Kunchikal Falls is visible from the top.
The river Varahi takes its birth at a height of 730 m in the Western Ghats at Hebbagilu, near Agumbe after a 25 Km initial run; this swift and powerful river falls 455 m in cascades to form the bellowing Kunchikal falls. It’s a virtual mystery compared to most of the other waterfalls along the west coast of India. The falls are found along a large river, below a significant hydroelectric project yet there seems to be very little information about the falls available.
What is known is that the river is almost entirely diverted into the adjacent hydroelectric system and the falls, which consist of four distinct tiers over a run of about 1,493 linear feet, rarely flow heavily as a result. Below the falls the river formerly cascaded down a steep gorge filled with huge boulders, which might appear to be part of the falls at cursory glance, but without the full natural volume of the river in place, it's hard to think that was actually the case.
A small Ganesh temple located at top of the hill and it’s an ancient temple and is very popular for the excellent view of ruined fort and surrounding beautiful green valleys and milky cascades from the location on top of a hill. Till December we can easily spot Kunchikal waterfalls from the top of the hill.
On the way to the temple here are some huge rock formations and a couple of small caves witnessed with a cool temperature and its a amazing place to take rest under the large expanse of stone expended little outer at the top of the rock formation.
History: Hosangadi was the capital town for the administration during the period of Honne Kambali Arasa’s. It was called as Hosa-Gadi (new border) and later colloquially it turned into Hosangadi. Honne-Kambali arasa's are the Palegar’s under the rule of Bidanuru Shivappa Nayaka. Even today one can find the old age stone structures, temples and historically valued things here. There are more than 4 Shiva temples here over all Hosangadi is The historical evidences says that the headquarters of Honne Arasa's was shifted to Hosangadi from Kadri (a place near Siddapur).