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Honnemaradu is a tourist place situated on the back waters of River Sharavathi. It is located about 35 km from Sagara on the way to Jog Falls, 12 km from Talaguppa and 392 km from Bangalore. With reservations, visitors in groups of at least 12 can stay overnight, with facilities for food, shelter and equipment rentals nearby.The name is derived from the Honne tree. However, the literal meaning of Honnemardu is Golden Lake. This is perhaps a reference to the fact that Honnemardu is located on the backwaters of the Sharavathi river.

Honnemardu is a small village perched on the hills that overlook the Linganamakki Reservoir. The reservoir is also known as Honnemardu after the village. In the middle of this huge water body there is a small island that attracts campers. In addition to the adventure activities, Honnemardu is a birdwatchers paradise and one can spend endless hours watching and trying to identify the large variety of birds and butterflies. It is a heaven for water sports, tucked away in the lush greenery of the Western Ghats. Encompassing an area of 50 km by 80 km, this reservoir stretches as far as the eye can see. Honnemaradu or “Golden Lake” has some of the most spectacular views of the sunrise and sunset. Trekking, however, is only permitted along roads in a designated area. Some of the water sports activities here include boating and kayaking, but it is only permitted with a guide. Swimming is not allowed. There are no longer equipment for wind rafting.

The options to reach Honnemaradu are pretty limited because it is a small village. There's no railway station or airport in the city. The nearest airport is the Mangalore Airport and the Bangalore Airport, located at a distance of about 400 km each, while the nearest railway station is Shimoga, at a distance of 80 km. Buses are mostly available from the nearby tourist attraction, Sagar.

Photography: [Digwas Bellemane: #1] [Prasanna Gowrikanth: #1] [Niraj Jha: #1]

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