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KRS Backwaters

With my mumbai trip being cut short,  I could come back in time for the long weekend.  A trip was planned to mysore and dad was insisting on going for a long drive. This made me search for a few places which could be covered in a couple of days. I zeroed in on KRS backwaters which is just a couple of kms from the KRS dam

The next day, we had decided to just go for a long drive, without any destination in mind. With the places settled, we headed out to mysore, while briefly stopping at pyramid valley. Spending some time there we headed to mysore.

The roads were chock -a – block with traffic jams in many places throughout the route, and the normal 3 hr journey took us almost 5 hrs to complete. A break for lunch and we headed to KRS DAM. There was a steady flow of cars towards the dam.  As I was not interested in the dam, i went a little further from the dam. Another half hour or so and I was at the backwaters

First look at KRS backwaters

The dam and the backwaters converge and the place is ideal to spend some time in the evenings. One can also pitch up tents and stay at the banks

The dam

There were few people when we went to the backwaters, they were playing in the water and having a merry time

Another attraction is the virupakshaw temple which is at the banks of the dam

Virupakshaw Temple

We spent some time at the backwaters enjoying the view before heading back

How to reach the backwaters

Mysore->Krs->Do not take the left turn which leads to the dam, go a little further till u find a mud road, take left and proceed further, till u reach the dam gates. The left and proceed further till u reach a village which is a couple of kms from the gate, take left again and proceed further till u reach the temple

A few shots of the backwaters

Snaps can be found here

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Musthihalli Lake

Nestled away in a corner where the borders of the 3 states Andhra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu briefly touch, there lies a lake tucked away amidst hills.

Musthihalli or Musthipalle as the locals calls it, is a small village tucked away between the borders of karnataka and andhra

How Far is Musthihalli: 120 kms via kolar or if you want to take the longer route its 160 kms via krishangiri

How to reach Musthihalli: Bangalore->Kolar Bypass->Bangarpet->Musthihalli. There is no roads from musthihalli to the lake. One needs to park the vehicle at the village and walk a km or two to reach the lake

OR

Bangalore->Krishnagiri->Kuppam->Gudipalli->Musthihalli. One can ask for directions after reaching gudipalli.  Roads are in bad condition after gudipalle cross

Things to do in Musthihalli: Enjoy the serene atmosphere at the lake

After the wonderful chikmagalur trip, I decided to head to musthihalli lake the next day.  Since I had no idea about the route through kolar, I decided to take the longer route and hence headed to krishangiri.

The roads from krishnagiri to kuppam have some nice curves and driving on those twisty-curvy roads can be fun.

I reached gudipalle after a couple of hours of riding with a few short breaks in between

Reaching gudipalle, I asked for directions to the lake and one person offered to take me to the lake as he was on the way to the village.

The roads from gudipalle to the lake are in a worst condition, and the road leading from the lake to the village is in no better condition either.

I spent an hour or so at the lake taking snaps and enjoying the serene atmosphere

Musthihalli Lake

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During the return journey I took the kolar route which is 40kms less

Snaps can be found here

A ruiny weekend

With a 3 day weekend round the corner, I was planning to cover a couple of places around hassan which I couldn’t cover during my solo roadtrip last year. I proposed the places and a rough plan to srikanth who agreed to join.

Day 1:

We set out towards hassan on sat morning. A brief stop at kunigal and we were heading towards nuggehalli to see the lakshmi narasimha temple

How to reach Nuggehalli: Take the Hassan Highway and reach hiresave. A couple of meters from the hiresave junction, take left at the garage and proceed on the same road. Follow the milestones to reach nuggehalli

What to see in Nuggehalli:  Lakshmi Narasimha Temple

The lakshmi Narasimha temple is a hoysala temple built by Bommanna Dandanayaka who was a commander in court of King Vira Someshwara. Like all other hoysala temple it is built on a star shaped pedestal

Lakshmi Narasimha Temple

The temple walls are beautifully sculpted with stories from bhagavatha.

Temple Architecture

One interesting fact about this temple is it predates the keshava temple in somanthpur by 20 years. We spent some time taking snaps before leaving the place.

We reached hassan for lunch and we were discussing where to go next. Since there was enough time left and as we were planning to reach shettihalli by sundown we decided to go to mosale which is a short distance from hassan

How to reach Mosale: At about 10km (6 miles) from Hassan towards Mysore you can spot a large board of the state tourism department on your right. Immediately after this billboard a small village road appears on the right. About a kilometer into this road , you reach a Y junction. Take the left fork. The road finally reaches Mosale village after about 5 -10 minutes of zigzagging through a couple of villages.

What to see in Mosale: Nageshwara and Channakeshava temples

The Nageshwara and Channakeshava temples are one of the finest examples of hoysala architecture

Nagaeshwara and Chennakeshava Temples

We reached mosale around 3 in the afternoon. We thought the gate would be locked, which luckily wasnt. We were busy exploring the temple, and taking snaps, when the priest who was a small boy came and asked us if he could perform pooja for which we agreed. He told us that this temple was built around 14th century.

A few photos of the twin temples

Having spent time at the temple, taking snaps and admiring the architecture,  we then proceeded to shettihalli which contains the remains of a church also called the rosary church which was built by the french missionaries in late 1860

The government then built the gorur dam across the hemavathi river in 1960, to use the water for more constructive purposes. In order to build the dam, the villagers around the river were relocated to nearby villages, thus leaving the church.

The church has since stood there, though diplated, it has stood the test of time and nature’s fury

Rosary Church

The reservior fills up every year during monsoon which submerges the church, and during summer when the water receeds, the church can be seen in all its glory. The location of the river just on the banks of the river makes the place even more serene

The church in all its glory

The church is medieval in architecture just like the other churches in europe. The  alter is the only thing in the church which still remains intact

The alter

One can spend time at the lake enjoying the views n the church. With sundown approaching we left the place promising to come back again.

How to reach shettihalli: Head towards gorur road and u’ll reach a junction. Take right and proceed straight till u spot a signboard pointing the direction to hoysala resort on the right and hoysala school (in Kananda). Take left at the kannada signboard and travel in the same road till we get another board showing directions and distance to nearby places. Take left again and keep on the same road till u see the church on the left side

OR

Take the gorur road and procced to kattaya. One needs to ask for directions at kattaya to reach shettihalli. The road condition is not good as there are lot of big potholes if one takes the road from kattaya

After completing the visit to the church, we then proceeded to belur and halted for the day. Evening was spent watching the thrilling world cup final

Day 2:

We began the day with a ride to chikmagaluru.  We had thought of covering ayyanekere lake and then proceed to bhadra dam before heading back to bangalore

It was a delayed start as we set out only by 7.30. We reached chikmagalur by 8.45 and stopped for breakfast. Having asked for directions to ayyankere lake and bhadra dam, we were told to go to bhadra dam as the route from ayyankere to tarikere is not in proper condition.

Ayyankere was scheduled for another visit and we decided to go to bhadra dam

We were cruising along the NH stopping briefly to snap a few pics of mullayanagiri and other mountains in the vincinity

Mullayanagiri

Mountains on the way to bhadra dam

How to reach Bhadra Dam: Chikmagalur->Tarikere->BH road.  Be on the same road, till u find a arch and directions to bhadra dam/bhadra wildlife sanctuary and JLR River tern lodge. The dam is 20kms from the arch

We reached the dam and parked the car and went towards the dam. As usual the dam was off limits and photography was strictly prohibited. However one can visit the backwaters and enjoy the calm and serene atmosphere

Bhadra Dam Backwaters


We spent some time roaming around and incidentally we met the  caretaker with whom we had a chat. He happened to show us the place where Sri Sri Ravishankar got enlightenment. He went to later form the Art of Living.

Place where Sri Sri Ravishankar got enlightened

After spending some time we headed back to the car and to bangalore thus concluding an eventful trip

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Snaps can be found here

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