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Munnar – Day 2

It was a relaxed start the next day after a good night sleep. We had planned to visit idukki and matupetty dams. If thought of looking at the other attractions on the way if time permits.

After a leisure breakfast we headed to idukki dam which is around 50 kms from the resort. The roads were pretty good all the way and we were enjoying the drive. We had to stop at a few places to ask for directions.  Fuel was running dangerously low and luckily we found a bunk where we tanked up again.

An hour of driving and we reached the hill view view point where we could get a amazing view of the dam. There was a big garden where one can spend some time.

View of Idukki Arch Dam

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The sun was pretty harsh by the time we reached the viewpoint. However the fantastic scenary made us to ignore the sun for a while.  Couple of snaps there and I could get a good view point to try some different compositions.

Fantastic Scenery

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The ticket counter also sells tourism maps which we got one. Spending some time at the viewpoint we were discussing the next course of action. Checking the map we found echo point and devikulam hill station on the way to matupetty dam which we could cover. Bidding adeiu to the hillview we headed back to munnar for lunch.

Devikulam is on the other side of munnar town, however the road was blocked. We asked a so called guide and he told us it would be a waste of time going there as we needed to go via two roads and both are blocked. Since it was already evening we didnt want to take a risk hence we headed to matupetty dam which was on our to-cover list.

The road to matupetty dam which passes photo point is one of the finest that I had driven. With a slight drizzle the road with the twisty hairpin bends looks awesome to drive on. A brief stop at photo point for few snaps and we headed to matupetty dam.

Photo Point

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The dam was pretty crowded at the entrance as that was the only route to echo point and top station.  However I managed to find a good location to take some photos  before moving to echo point.

View of matupetty dam

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There was a speed boat ride on matupetty dam which was closed, hence we headed to echo point which was a short distance away. Dark clouds had gathered and it looked it it was about to rain. We reached echo point only to find a whole lot of cars parked there.

Echo point is given name to the place where one can hear their echo, however due to the rampant cutting of trees as per one local getting an echo is becoming increasingly difficult. We were still suprised to see the amount of people there.

View on the way back

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It soon began to drizzle and we rushed to the nearest chai shop for shelter and some hot tea. Once the drizzle stopped we looked around for some souvenirs before heading back to munnar thus concluding another eventful day of sightseeing

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Deepambudhi Lake/Marconahalli Dam

A visit to a couple of dam’s, a lake along with a overcast sky is ideal setting to get away from the maddening crowds and the daily city life. Throw in a ruined church and a couple of monuments, it becomes a perfect reciepe to spend the weekend. This is what I was planning to do over the course of the weekend.

Browsing the net in search of places that could be covered in a weekend, I chanced upon a rather deepambudhi lake which is in huliyurdurga and markonhalli dam located on the banks of simsha river in yediur. The lake was in pristine condition . I decided to visit the lake and dam. After checking a few more places that could be visited, I found a ruined church in shettihalli , which attracts hordes of visitors and gorur and yagachi dam’s could be covered in 2 days along with the famous belur and halebid temples.

With the places shortlisted, I decided head out on sat morning. Left bangalore at 7 at reached nelamangala. Refilled at a petrol bunk and reached the nelamangala bypass in a short while as there was less traffic. Took the left turn, to hassan and was cruising along.

Roads are being relaid, across the entire stretch, from nelamangala bypass till hassan, on both sides. Riding for another hour or so, I reached kunigal  by 9.30 and asked for directions from locals. I was told that I had taken the longer route , as there is another route which one can take from magadi road as It leads directly to lake.

I was told to go a little further and take the left at the circle and go another 20kms before taking another right near the Indian Oil petrol bunk. Another 4-5 kms of travel in huliyurdurga state forest would lead me to the lake.

Scenary on the outskirts of kunigal

The roads improve dramatically once we leave kunigal bypass. It was a real joy driving on those roads, as there were no potholes and traffic was sparse.

Beautiful Roads

After a short while I reached the petrol bunk and took the left, at the sign boards and entered huliyurdurga forest. The winding roads gives u a feeling of driving in the ‘GHATS’.

Riding on those twisty roads, I could see the lake in front of me. There is also an arch which goes to marikamba temple. One can park their vechile after taking a left at the arch or at the temple go to the lake.

Deepambudhi Lake


The lake is clean and there is no garbage being thrown, which is suprising. The place is also teaming with a variety of birds and is a ideal place for bird watching.

A few shots of the lake

I spent some time at lake relaxing and taking snaps before leaving the place.

Note: Apart from visiting the lake, one can also visit kunigal stud farm owned by vijay mallya, huliyurdurga state forest or one can trek to huliyurdurga hill which is located closeby.

After finishing my visit to deepambudhi lake, my next place on the list was marconhalli dam.  Reaching kunigal bypass, I again asked for directions.

To reach marconhalli dam, travel 16 kms from kunigal. After 16kms one can see kstdc hotel on the right, take the road going to the left and proceed 5 kms to the dam.

View near the dam

Entry to the dam is restricted and photography inside for security reasons. However one can spend some time taking snaps on the outskirts of the dam, and visiting the climate stattion

There wasnt much to do at the dam, so I headed back, stopped briefly at another spot near the river before heading back to the kstdc hotel

Scenic view near the river

Dark clouds began to gather, as I reached the hotel. To go to shettihalli , I was told to go to chennarayanapatna which is 60kms from the hotel, and ask for directions. With more dark clouds gathering, I decided to head back to bangalore, as the chances of rain was imminent. Reached nelamanagala around 4 and had a late lunch before reaching my house at 5, thus concluding another wonderful trip

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OOTY

After a three month workathon, I managed to get a 3 day break.  Dad had planned for a trip to ooty and coonoor and I was assigned the task of checking the places to visit.  I had visited ooty and coonoor in may, however due to the short time span I couldn’t cover all the places.

This time I wasn’t interested in visiting the usual places in ooty. I checked the net for places to visit ad I found this excellent travelogue in team-bhp by a lalu ks. He had visited ooty in Nov last year. Going through his travelogue, I made a list of places which could be covered in 3 days. Though I had visited many of the places in my earlier trip, I included those and a few others which I couldn’t visit.

Day 0

With my brother having to attend his XAT exams we left for mysore at 2 in the afternoon on sunday.  Me and my bro decided to share the driving on all 4 days. Navigating the traffic we moved to mysore.  With a brief stop in maddur coffee day, we proceeded to mysore. We reached mysore at 5 and drove to my cousin’s house where we would spend the night.

Day 1

We left for ooty early morning and I took over the driving.  We made good progress as the roads were empty. We reached gundulpet at 7.30. The weather was quite cold, and after breakfast, we took out the jackets and shawls to make ourselves warm and we proceeded further.

The condition of the roads deteriorates after gundulpet. The road to bandipur is being repaired and it has been converted to a single lane as the repair work is being done on either side.

On the road to bandipur

Driving slowly we reached bandipur and stopped there for a short while

Enroute to bandipur

With a small pit stop we headed to mudulamalai and then to ooty via kalhatti ghat

Roads in Mudumalai

We were on lookout for animals as we reached mudumalai early, but all we could find were a couple of elephants and being taken to work

Elephant and its mahout

With a steady ascent through the 36 hairpin bends, with a break in between to see the valley we reached ooty at 9.30.

Valley

Accomodation was booked at silver oak hotel at ettines road. The nearest landmark is alankar theather. Asking for the theater we reached the hotel at 10 in the morning.  Having checked in, we took some rest and had a bath, before heading for sightseeing

Since I was interested in visiting avalanche and upper bhavani, which come under the reserve forest area, we had to get permission from the forest dept.  We went to the forest dept office to get the permission so that we could visit both the places the next day. We were asked to submit a written application which my dad did. Since the superindentent was on leave we were aked to come in the day morning.

With the permission sorted out, we headed to pykara falls and lake which was around 25kms from the forest dept office.

Kamaraj sagar dam was enroute to pykara and we stopped there for a few min for a photoshoot. I had visited the dam in may and it was pretty clean.

Kamaraj Sagar Dam

With dirt being thrown in the water, the dam waters was looking quite dirty

Dirty Waters

After spending some time near the dam, we headed to pykara falls. The falls had water in it and there were plenty of tourists near the falls. The scenery is quite good, at this time of the year

Scenary @ pykara falls

Pykara Falls

The next stop after the falls was the pykara boat house which was a few kms from the falls. The view from top of the boat house was quite good with crystal clear water and boats in it

Pykara Lake

The boat house is located at the edge of the river and offers a decent view of the river and the boats present in it

Boat House and River

We had lunch at one of the hotels near and moved to shooting meadow.  The place is called shooting meadow as a lot of film shootings occur there.

Route to shooting meadow

The meadow is just a flat land with a small forest used for shooting.

View from top of the meadow

There are various mountains present at a distance which can be seen when we reach the top.

Distant mountains

With nothing much to do there, we headed for glenmorgan. There are two routes bifurcating, and during the last we took a power station worker to show us the way. I had forgotten the route we had taken, and I missed the turn and went further. After going a bit further I realized I was on the wrong route and had to turn back. The road was not good and my dad was not in favour of taking the other route, hence we had to abandon the plan of visiting glenmorgan

Here are a few snaps from my trip in may

Sunset at glenmorgan

Scenery near glenmorgan

By the time we left glenmorgan it was 4 and we still had enough time. Dodabetta was the closest place we could visit and i had missed it during my earlier visit. Since there was plenty of time left, i streered the car towards dodabetta

Repair work was going on as roads had caved in at some parts due to landslides. The road to dodabetta is good for most part, however the roads worsens when we take a right where the direction is given. There are huge potholes and care has to be taken when driving.

Dodabetta is the highest peak in south india and there is a telescope tower present which from where visitors can ooty town, bus stand and the highway.

Telescope Tower

From the telescope tower we can also see mukruthi and a few other peaks. With cloud cover at a distance, the view looks quite good

View from Dodabetta

With shopping being done, we left dodabetta by 5. With driving in highways banned after 6(for me), we headed to botanical garden which was located in ooty town. This would be the last place we would visit for the day.

Botanical garden is just like lalbagh in garden, which has a glass house and a huge lawn surrounded by trees. Evening was spent relaxing at the lawn

Inside the glass house

With the sun setting we headed back to the hotel. After having dinner at a local restaurant, we hit the bed

Day 2

The guy at the forest office had asked us to come by 11 to collect the permission letter. Since there was time left to go to the forest office, my parents and my brother went to the rose garden and the wax world in the morning, while i stayed back at the hotel. The wax world contains statues of some prominent Indian personalities. As per the guard, these statues are made in Bangalore, before they are shipped to ooty

Wax Statues

Apparently not many roses had bloomed in the garden and there was nothing much to do. Once my parents returned to the hotel, we went to the forest office dept to get the permission letter for avalanche and upper bhavani.

We reached the forest dept and as is the usual norm in any govt office, we had to wait for a while to get the permission as the sp in charge was a busy man. We had to give our names along with the vehicle no and we got the permission letter.

We left for avalanche the moment we got the letter. The place is called avalanche because of an avalanche in the late 1900’s .

The place comes under reserved forest area and scenery enroute to the place is fantastic.  Asking for directions, we proceeded. We caught a glimpse of Porthy lake , and the scenery from the road was simple fabulous

Porthy Lake and tea estates

Our journey continued towards avalanche and we soon spotted the deviation towards emrald dam, which we decided to cover when coming back. The scenery improved as we drove further.  Negotiating a few hair pin bends we continued, we soon found the direction to avalanche written in Tamil, which was confirmed by a passerby. The smooth tarmac changes to a mud road as we drive by

Scenery near avalanche

As we drove we got a look at avalanche lake. The road leading to avalanche checkpost, is not maintained and driving there is a very tedious process as the roads is full of potholes. There is a small path midway which leads to the base of the lake. After a small photo session we headed to the checkpost

A few shots of Avalanche Lake

The road condition, worsens further and we had to drive slowly, in order to avoid any damage to the car. Within a short time, we reached the checkpost. Once we showed the permission letter, the guard let us through, he also told us, there is a power station about 2 kms down the road. He also mentioned, that we can go to upper bhavani through the same route. We found the distance marker, a little ahead, which showed the distance to upper bhavani as 24 kms. Since the power station was only a km and half from the distance we went ahead to visit that.

The view of the lake improves as we drive further, the condition of the road, however remains the same(i.e  full of potholes).  One can stop the vehicle and go to the base of the lake. It was seen that people have made it as a tourist spot and we could see, a lot of paper plates being thrown there. The view of the lake from down is spectacular. One can also see distant mountain ranges from the base of the lake

Avalanche Lake

Distant Mountain Range

We went to the power station, however access was denied. Since photography was not allowed,  we had to go back. The road to upper bhavani was in the same condition. My dad told me to go back as the car would take a battering if we would go through the forest path. We reached the checkpost and upon inquiring of an alternate route, the gaurd told us, it would take us 70 kms to go through the other route, and he assured us the road is good. Since the distance was a little too much, we skipped upper bhavani and went to emerald dam.

The dam gates were closed, when we reached there, however we could get to the dam, through the side gate. We also met a teacher from a nearby school who gave us some gyan about the dam. The view from the dam is quite scenic with the river on one side and the valley on the other

Bhavani River

Way to Emerald Dam

As per him emerald dam is built on the bhavani river. It was built around 1950 and pandit nehru had come for the inaugaration of the dam. He also told that  the dam is 200 ft from the base of the river, and during monsoon, the river genrally overflows

The teacher also told us to visit avalanche dam, which is also called canada dam, as it was built with the help of the canadian govt. This is one the biggest dam’s in ooty.

Just like emerald dam, the view is stunning.

Way to canada dam

Avalanche River as seen from canada dam

Note: Photography is not allowed upon entering canada dam. If u r lucky, u will be able to take a few shots if the gaurd is not present 🙂

We had a short conversation with the gaurd and got to to know that the ooty-conoor route had been opened to public yesterday as the repair work had been completed, on the route as parts of the road had been damaged due to the landslides. Upon further inquiry we got to know that even the train route had been opened till coonoor. Repair work is going on the tracks till mettupalyam.  My dad insisted we go to coonoor by train as the scenary is quite good.  As there was still enough time for dusk, we headed back to ooty

Fernhil palace, which was once the summer residence of the maharaja’s of mysore was enroute, and, i stopped the car, at the entrance. The gaurd however refused to let us inside, as the palace has become private property and it has been converted into luxuary hotel. Apparently we book the room in advance.

With the entry to the palace denied , we headed to the railway station to inquire about the train to coonoor. As luck would have had it, the last train to coonoor was at 6 pm. Since we had more than an hour to spare, I told my dad to book the tickets for the train. The cost of the ticket is just Rs 3/-.  Once the tickets were booked, I enquired in the bus stand regarding the return journey to ooty, and we were assured that regualar buses are there for ooty and they would be taking to regular ooty-coonoor route which was opened.

With enough time left for the train to arrive,  we went to the ooty lake to spend some time.

Ooty Lake

After a boat ride, and a some refreshments, we went to the thread garden which was located opp to the lake

The thread garden contains, a variety of flowers all hand woevn using various threads. A few of the samples are also for sale and the cost ranges from Rs 250 to 1500

By the time we left the thread garden it was 5.30 and we headed to the railway station. The train arrived shortly and I saw that it was decorated for its maiden journey to coonoor

Decorated Train

The train started for coonor at exactly 6. The train would take an hour to reach coonoor, passing through various stations.  The train passes through hills and forests, and we get to see a glimpse of ooty town

The train reached coonoor at 7 and halted at the station. It would go back to ooty in the morning.  Getting out of the station, we headed to the bus stand to catch a bus to ooty.  Return journey also takes an hour. Reaching ooty at 8, we headed back to the hotel.

Day 3

This would be our last day in ooty. We had planned to cover coonoor and then return to mysore by evening, where we would be spending the night

We left to coonoor early in the morning. After a quick stop for breakfast we headed to dolphin nose after asking for directions from the hotel guy. We also took a guide with us to explain about the places.

The road to coonoor passes through ketty and one can see vast tea gardens and the vast nilgiri ranges from here. This place is also called ketty valley view

Ketty Valley

Dolphin Nose was the first view point we would visit. The place is called dolphin nose as the hilltop from the view point is in form of a dolphin’s nose. We can also see Cathrine falls (named after a british lady St Catherine who committed suicide by falling from top of the falls)

Catherine Falls

View from Dolphin Nose Viewpoint

The guide explained there are tribal’s living in these mounatains, and their main occupation is to collect herbs and spices.  It would take a day’s trek to reach the place where the tribals are living.

The next place we would visit would be  lamb’s rock which was located a few kms from dolphin nose. There is brooklands tea factory located near dolphin’s nose.

Brooklands Tea Factory


We went inside the factory to learn how the tea is being manufactured. The person inside the tea factory gave us a detailed explanation how the tea is made.  We bought some tea at the factory before proceeding.

The next stop was lamb’s rock,which is also another viewpoint. This place is named after charles lamb, the person who found this place. This place also has a suicide point 🙂

Lamb’s Rock Suicide Point

We bid adeiu to the guide and headed to sim’s park. This is one of the biggest parks in coonoor and is well maintained. Relaxing for some time in the park, we headed to ooty

Sim’s Park

After lunch we packed our luggage and bid farewell to ooty.  Return journey was again through kalhatti ghats. With a brief stopover at nanjangud to see the temple we reached mysore by 7

Dusk at Nanjangud

The following places could not be visited

  • Stone House
  • Jain Temple
  • Upper Bhavani
  • St Stephen Church
  • St Thomas Church
  • Arboretum

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Waynad

Having been in the house last week, with some pending work to be completed, I was itching to get back on the road.

I initially thought of covering Mookamane Abbi Falls, Herrur Hills and kagginahare aka kagineri ruins  in sakleshpur. After checking a few blogs on the route and the road conditions , and discussing with my friend , it was found that we had to park our vehicle and then walk to the falls and we had to travel a few kms on sandy jeep track to reach herrur hills. Since we were planning on going in the car,  it was not possible for the car to go all the way till top. The car had to be parked at the base and we had to climb to the top

When my friend informed , his friend and wife were joining for the trip, I knew , we had to find accommodation also. Our initial plan of camping atop herrur hills would not work.  Hotels and home stays in sakleshpur were costly as there  was no budget hotels available and leaving the car in the open was ruled out as the area around kagineri and herrur hills was elephant territory. After some more discussions we zeroed in on waynad as it was an ideal spot for a weekend visit.

I had been to waynad in may with my parents and we couldn’t cover all the places. This was my second visit and i wanted to cover the places which I had missed out during the first trip.

I had covered Edakal caves, phantom rock, karapuza dam , kuruva island and muthanga wildlife sanctuary during my first trip.

Karapuza Dam Backwaters

View from Edakal Caves

During this visit we covered Banasura sagar dam, Sunrise Valley, Likkidi, Kanthapara waterfall and phantom rock.

With things planned out , we left for waynad at 6 in the morning to escape the morning rush in Mysore road. With very less traffic so early morning we reached Mysore by 8.30.  A quick breakfast and after meeting a common friend who had joined us there, we headed to waynad promising to visit his house before going back to Bangalore.

After negotiating traffic in najangud , we proceeded to gundulpet and then to sultan bathery. With good roads I was enjoying the drive. A quick stop for cuppa and we proceeded to kalpetta. My friend took over the driving and with roads becoming better and better we were moving at a good pace.

Enroute to kalpetta we stopped briefly at phantom’s rock.

Phantom Rock

The place provided some fantastic scenery however, I was sad to see the amount of quarrying going on. We spent some time taking snaps of the rock formation and the scenery before leaving to kalpetta.

Scenery near phantom rock


We finished lunch around 2 and headed to banasura sagar dam.  Driving among lush tea estates and asphalt as smooth as silk was a experience in itself.  As we proceeded higher , more curves began to appear.

Roads & tea estates

But with excellent roads we had no problems in negotiating the turns and we reached banasura sagar dam backwaters. With hills on either side, the place was quite scenic. We spent some time there taking snaps before heading to the dam

Banasura Sagar Dam Backwaters

Hills and water


The scenery was even better atop the dam. Banasura hills in the backdrop and the vast expanse of water provided a picture perfect location. We proceeded along the dam enjoying the scenery and taking snaps.

Banasura Hills

After  paying 300 for the boat ride and we set of for a ride on the water which lasted for 20 min.

Waters of Banasura Dam

We left the dam and returned back to kalpetta. It was already dusk by the time we drove down to Likkidi also called vythri viewpoint. It was dark by the time we reached the viewpoint and we couldn’t see anything. With nothing else to do , we headed back to the hotel.

We went out for a short stroll before retiring for the night. Once we reached the hotel we checked with the manager about the places which we could cover the next day. We also had plans of leaving waynad on sunday and with a brief stopover in mysore , we thought of making it back to Bangalore by 7 in the evening.

Things however didn’t start with a positive note on Sunday :(. By the time we left the hotel it was 7.30,  hour and half behind schedule. We immediately went to phookot late which was 13 kms from the hotel. When we reached there we found the gate wasn’t open. Not wanting to waste any time , we headed to vythri viewpoint.

Vythri

Spending some time at the viewpoint and enjoying the early morning sun we left deciding where to go on the way. As we weren’t sure as to what time phookot late would open , we went to kanthapara falls which was about 20 kms.  I was told not to go to soochipoora falls which was on the way because lots of people would already be present at the falls and it would also be dirty.

We proceeded towards kanthapara falls driving among tea estates. The road to kanthapara is quite steep. Driving slowly and negotiating the steep stretch , we reached the falls. I was thinking we would be the first to be at the falls , however a car was already present 😦

Kanthapara Falls

By the time we left the falls it was 10.  Sunrise valley which was around 6 kms would be the final spot which we would visit. The road would become a mud road after going some distance. We parked the car near a house and we went to the valley.

Sunrise Valley

It was already 11 and we were running quite late. We knew we couldnt reach bangalore by sundown. Reaching kalpetta we checked out. A quick lunch and we headed back to mysore at 1 in the afternoon.

With a few delays due to traffic we reached mysore at 4 and headed to our friend’s house.  Spending an hour in his house we left for Bangalore at 5 and reached home by 9 at night after dropping my friend’s at their houses.

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Manchinbele Dam

Manchinbele Dam is a dam built on the river arkavati. This place is ideal for a day outing, though not much can be done here except play in the river , however the view of the dam from the top is really mesmerizing. This place is full of birds and is an ideal spot for bird watching along with TG halli reservoir which is a few kms away from manchinbele

While chatting with my friend in office , he suggested we go for a sunset photoshoot in manchinbele on sunday. Since I had nothing to do on sunday I immediately agreed as I wanted to visit this place , after reading so many blogs , however the visit could not materialize due to some reason or the other. Now that the plan was finalized , I was determined to go there.

I left for manchinbele at 3 in the afternoon along with two of my friends. We reached Rajarajeshwari medical college and took the right next to the college. We were crusing along and we reached Big Banyan Tree in an hour or so. After a small break and we proceeded to the dam. After negotiating a bad stretch of road we could see the backwaters of the dam. We had a small photo session from the top, as the view was fabulous.

Manchinbele Dam

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The sun had hid itself behind the clouds , and a lonely tree near the banks of the dam , provided an ideal view to experiment with different compositions. We tried various composition techniques and moved on.

Lonely Tree

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We could see a lot of people near the bank , while some were playing in the water others were drinking , others were cooking food, and as usual they were littering the place.

Cloud Patterns

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The sun was playing hide and seek with the clouds , and the patterns in the clouds along with the cloud cover provided us with a good view of the sunset. We took quite a few snaps in various angles before heading back.

Celestial Sunset

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A Fiery Sunset

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We found a good view point when coming back , which was utilized well by taking a few shots of the backwaters and the evening sky. We headed back to bangalore after having a cuppa in one of the hotels near Big Banyan Tree.

Twilight at Manchinebele

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View of manchinbele just after sunset

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The weekend that was almost ruined

With a 3 day long weekend , I was in no mood to stay at home. I had completed lepakshi on saturday and was happy with the performance of the swift.Got back thinking of the long drive for the next 2 days. Smsed by friend asking him to be ready by 7 the next day so that i could pick him up and dozed off for an hour.

Things began to take a turn for the worse when i got up. I had recieved a sms from my friend saying he wont be able to come as he was going for the mullayanagiri-bababundangiri ridge walk. Just what I did not want as dad would not allow me to solo drive in the car.

With one guy stuck in office and a few others not interested to come I decided to go alone.

Things took a turn for the worse later on when dad forced me to stay in the house to attend an important function which i wasnt keen on attending. I was planning on leaving bangalore at 6 or 6.30 in the morning as I had planned to cover bluff, talkad,somanthpur and srirangaptna before heading to mysore. The next day being vijayadashmi and with most of the people in mysore for the procession and festivities, I was thinking of driving down to pandavapura-> KRPET->Kikkeri and govindhalli to see a few hoysala temples which was built in the helebid style.

This plan was defanitely not going to work and I was thinking of an alternate one. My bro further gave me a scare by saying the clutch on his pulsar was not functioning properly. I decided to take a risk as driving on my splendor was out of the question.

Sunday arrived and I was still in the house rather than being on the road. After finishing the function I was it was already 2.30. Finally tanking up the pulsar fully I left bangalore at 3 in the afternoon.

My first pit stop was at kanva dam. Saw a few people playing in the river. Took a few snaps of the backwaters and zipped off towards mysore.

Kanva Dam Backwaters

View from kanva Dam

Took a small break at maddur cofee day. Reached mysore at 7 at night. I was amazed to see the rush as vijayadashami was the next day. I managed to drive down to my grandma’s house.

After a quick cuppa i headed out to the mysore palace which was lit up like a christmas tree :). A gaint pandal was erected and they were broadcasting yedurappa’s speech. Took a few shots of the palace in all its glory from a few different angles before heading back home.

Palace

Side view of palace

Next day  left home early as i had to cover a few places. Had a smooth ride till bannur. After bannur there are no roads except in patches until u reach bluff. My long ardeous ride had just began. Reached somanthpur and 8.

I found that they open the temple only at 9. With nothing to do , i got chatting with a retired wing commander who had come there with his family as incidentally was on the same route as mine. He was boastful about his bicycle rides and treks which he used to do.

The authorities opened the temple around 8.50. After a photoshoot i left for talkad around 9.30. My back and the bike’s suspension were getting a real work out driving on those roads :).

Somanthpur Temple

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Carvings in somanthpur temple

Carvings

There was a lake just a few meters from somanthpur temple which provided a good scenic location.  I left the places taking a few snaps of the lake

Lake near somanthpur temple

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Driving another 30 kms, i reached talkad around 11. Hired a guide to show me around. Explored talkad for an hour and after taking photos, left the place at 12 in the afternoon.

Talkad Temple

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My final destination was gangan chuki and bharachuki falls popularly called as bluff. It was another bone rattling 40 kms drive till I reached bypass road from maddur which goes through malavalli to MM Hills and chamarajnagar . Reached gaganchuki falls around 1.30. After spending some time and taking snaps , I left for bharachuki falls after munching a few snacks as i hadnt eaten anything since my morning breakfast.

Gaganchukki Falls

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Bharchukki Falls

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The 13 kms drive was through good roads and i was made the most of it by clocking speeds of 90 kms. After a photo session , left for bangalore. It was already 2.30 by the time i left. Dark grey clouds began to appear on the horizon and i didnt want to get drenched. The rain started to fall heavily as I was driving towards malavalli. Had a take shelter at a bus stand. The rain dance continued for another hour , as i had to stop quite a few times so that i dont get drenched too much in rain. Contiuning on this road I reached the mysore-bangalore highway at 4. I was suprised to see it had not rained in this part of town. The road was absolutely dry.

With less traffic I reached ramangaram and had my “lunch”. Proceeding further I reached home at 7 thus ending an interesting trip.Hoping to cover srirangapatna and pandavapura route some other day

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