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Manyapura – The lost city of the gangas

The gangas were one of the powerful dynasties in karnataka. They had built their capital in kolar before moving it to Manne or manyapura. I came across this place when looking to visit some offbeat places around bangalore. Manne is home to kapileshwara and someshwara temples. There is not much info present about this place. The nelamangala planning authority site has only few lines mentioned about this place.

I decided to visit this place and took some photos of the ruined structures.

Manyapura

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Channagiri Trek

Channagiri is one of the tallest peaks around bangalore. The rest being Skandagiri, Bramhagiri, Nandigiri and Dibbigirri. Standing at 1400 meters it is only couple hundred meters less than nandi hills. These hills are ideal for a one day trek due to the close proximity to the city.

I had read about this trek after completing horagina betta and was planning to do it. With Oct 2nd being a long holiday I decided to do this trek and giving me company were Vinay, Chetana and Vikyath in this exploratory trek.

Members for the trek (Vinay, Chetana, Vikyath-1st photo and Me – 2nd Photo)

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To get the exact route to the peak, I had referred various blogs and all of them mention about the trek starting from Sultanpet. We however decided to go to muddenhalli, the birth place of Sir M Visvesvaraya and start the trek from there. Our initial plan of starting the trek at 7.30 went for a toss and by the time we started the trek it was 9.30 with the sun already blazing.

The initial path was through fields and lake bund where we could see mountains in the backdrop. Here as well there is no direct route and we have to make our own route to reach the top.

Scenary enroute to channagiri

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A short stop at the lake for couple of snaps and we began the long climb to the top. The sun was beating down hard and it was a slow climb to the top. We passed through some trees and a dried up water path on the way to the top.

Way to the top through trees and rocks

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As we climbed further we found two large stones next to each other and we climbed we found a narrow passage through them. The scenery improved as we climbed higher. Couple of snaps and we continued on our way. It was already 11 by the time we reached the half way point and we took breaks in between where ever we found trees and to quench our thirst

Vast Greenary

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Climbing for another 45 min we were at the top. There were already couple of other trekkers there. At the top there is a temple and a small pond. We relaxed for a while and chatted with the others. They had mentioned they had climbed from sultanpet and they were planning to stay back till evening. Spending some time at the pond while dipping our feet in the cool waters made our tired bodies relax more.

Pond atop channagiri

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There is also a hanuman temple atop the hill and we found some tall stones present there. Since we had enough time, various poses were tried and photos were clicked. Enjoying ourselves we spent an hour or so there before deciding to head back.

One of the guys mentioned there is a temple just below from where we came and we took a short detour to have a look at the temple before heading back.

Cave Temple

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Another hour and half we were back to the car thus ending a good trek which was pending for a while.

Our next place to visit was Sir MV’s house in muddenhalli. The samadhi or the legendary statesman is also present very close to his house and there are directions given when we reach the place. A short stop at his samadhi to pay our respects and we went to see his house

Statue of Sir MV

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Photography is not permitted inside the house which is converted into a museum. All the achievements of the great man are cataloged there. The museum also contains the various awards he had received including Bharat Ratna.

Our last place on agenda was the Bhoganandeeshwara temple which is built and rebuilt by the Cholas, Gangas and the Hoysalas. The different parts of the temple were built by different dynasties. The priest at the temple told us about the different parts of the temple. The intricate carvings remind of the hoysala temples in belur and halebid.

Bhoganandeeshwara Temple

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The temple has also has a pond and as it was a long holiday there were hardly any visitors there. Looking at the fishes in the pond, we spent some time there chatting and relaxing before heading back to the city thus concluding a well spent day.

Pond @ Bhoganandeeshwara Temple

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Snaps can be found here

Mookanamane Abbi Falls

The area around sakleshpur has many off beat locations such as falls,ruins forts etc which can be covered in a single day. One such falls which I came across when searching for places to visit for the long weekend was mookana mane abbi which is present in bisile reserve forest.

My friend srikanth has mentioned about this falls couple of years back but due to various reasons we could not visit this falls. One guy by name of Prashant had visited the falls and had blogged about it, which can be found here.

Now with all stars aligning in our favour we decided to tick this place off which was in our to-do list for a long time. In addition to mookana mane falls we thought of covering even mallali falls which was a short deviation from bisile ghat. Now that the plan was formulated we hit the road on 3rd early morning to cover the 200+ km journey.

The journey to hassan took us 3 hours and another 45 min we were near shiradi ghat. The road condition had deteriorated very badly after hassan onwards to sakleshpur and the journey which was smooth till then had turned painful and slow. Finally we reached the entrance of manjarabad fort and stopped for breakfast at one of the roadside stalls.

To reach mookana mane falls we had to take the road going next to manjarabad fort and continue further. We had hopped for better road conditions but that was not the case. The road conditon remained bad however it improved further as we went along.

Road to mookanamane Abbi

IMG_7710_resizeWe stopped on the way for a short break and the lush greenary around us prompted us to do some photography before proceeding further

Sakleshpur landscapes

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Asking for directions we proceeded further and finally after 2 hours of driving we finally reached the place which was told by the locals where we could park our car. The falls is located further down. Parking our car at a convienent place we started our walk down to the falls.

The walk to the falls

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A short walk down and we reached the top of the falls. To reach the base one needs to walk over some rocks and climb down a steep surface before reaching the base. With the water current being high we had to be careful when getting down and finally we were at the base of the falls.

Fast flowing currents

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Mookanamane Abbi Falls

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After spending some time there taking photos we headed back. Our next target was the bisile ghat view point which was about 30 odd kms from the falls. As we were driving towards the view point, the roads were absolutely horrrible and it had looked like it had not tarred for quite a long time. We tried to negotitate the roads for a while but decided not to go any further. In order to save the car and ourselves from the painful journey we turned towards somwarpet and we were welcomed on some awesome stretch of road till mallali falls. We had initially decided to get down to the falls but looking at the crowd, we decided to pay a visit to it some other day along with a visit to pushpagiri base.

With nothing else on our agenda, we decided to head back to Bangalore. While heading towards chennarayapatna we found a large body of water where we stopped for a while to take some photos as it was getting monotonous driving the whole time.

Water Body and road to chennarayapatna

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Another 4-5 hours of driving took us back to bangalore thus ending an amazing and a long pending trip.

Snaps can be found here

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