It was a memorable two-day trip on 2nd and 3rd October to Niddle (Kamath Resorts) near Dharmasthala alongwith my fellow Lions, Lionesses and Lion-Cubs of Manipal Club. We were in all seventeen (six families plus) persons; we engaged a mini-bus for two days to travel / stay overnight as picnic.
On our way, we stopped at the Canara Bank sponsored Artisan Training Centre in Mayura village near Karkala to visit and watch the wooden, stone, mud and metal art works done by the inmates. The participants are from all over India numbering about 70. All facilities like food and shelter are provided free to them free by the CE Kamath Trust. Worth visiting. The Masters of the craft need to complimented.
Reaching Niddle by about 12 noon, we occupied three rooms (shared) and proceeded to Dharmasthala. Thanks to Mr Nagesh Kamath and his contacts, we had a VIP darshan of Lord Manjunatheswara. We had our lunch (prasada) in the temple premises and returned to Resorts. Evening snacks were at Dosa Camp in Niddle. After resting for about two hours, we again moved to Sri Rama Kshetra and visited the temples in the evening. Back to resorts, we had played cards, Dumb Sharrads (with in between singing and dancing too) and a late night dinner before resting at about 11 pm.
Next day morning, we freshened up and had break-fast at Dosa Camp again. Then, we vacated the rooms in Resorts and proceeded to Mangalore. Having reached by 12 noon, we went round the City Centre, a newly opened Shopping Mall. All of us made some purchases and then proceeded to Ocean Pearl to have a cost lunch. Then followed an Ice-Cream session at Natural and returned to Manipal to be at home by 6 pm.