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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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Anchetti and Around

With the jayamangali trip complete on sunday, I was planning for another long drive on 1st as it was a holiday.  This time around I was intending to go to pennagaram located just after hognekkal.

Instead of taking the highway I decided to drive via anchetti as I wanted to experience the thrill of driving on the winding roads again. With the places and the route mapped out, I asked the regulars prashant and rama to join who gladly agreed.

We began the long drive after picking up rama and prashant at Central and headed off towards denkankottai. Empty roads meant it was a smooth journey till hosur. A short stop for breakfast and after refueling we headed towards denkankottai. After going for a couple of kms we were stopped for a random check at a checkpost. A couple of questions and looking at prashant who was sleeping in the back and the camera gear he deduced that he was the cameraman, when we told him we were goin towards anchetti he asked us to proceed.

The roads were excellent and the cool weather made the drive even more pleasant. The twisty curvy roads presented a good oppurtunity for some photography which we did as we tried experimenting with various angles.

Street Photography

 

The drive continued till anchetti through the winding curves and we reached anchetti after a short while. We spotted couple of statues of local idols near a non descripit village, upon inquiring the person sitting there told these were the village gods and they were built recently. They were yet to be painted and we were offered to take a few photos of it which we did.

Village Idols

The next stop was hognekkal for which we had to take a left at the fork which would lead us to hogenkkal. The sun had oame out in full force and the temperature was hotting up. The roads which were good till then had start to deteriorate and we could see more potholes than the road itself. A couple of kms and we saw the same statue that we had seen earlier. This however was fully painted. A couple of snaps and we headed off. The bad roads lasted for few more kms and we were soon back on smooth tarmac.

We reached hognekkal and looked to stop by the river for a while before heading for pennagaram. However upon seeing the huge crowds at the banks with people getting into the same waters where vehicles were being washed we decided to head to safer ground and look for another spot if it was available. This however wasnt the case as we could see rows after rows of cars coming in. It was getting too hot and we saw a shop selling ice creams and we decided to take a break and refill our stomachs and the car with water and other essentials.

The lines increased as we went ahead. We could see buses and cars coming in one after the other. With no place to park the car we decided to ditch our plan to stop by the river and instead head to pennagram. We were suprisingly caught in a mini traffic jam when heading out of hognekkal. The steady stream of cars continued and we were lucky not to have stopped.

Pennagaram proved to be a disappointment as we couldn’t find the river source that was mentioned in Bangalore Mirror. Another visit is required to search for the place mentioned in Bangalore Mirror. Prashant had mentioned about Mettur dam which is a short distance from pennagaram after checking google maps and also a unkown road which would lead back to anchetti. We decided to visit mettur dam as we still had enough time left. The route to the dam passes via mecheri and the smooth roads was a treat to drive on. Zipping past the ghat sections we continued on our way. The humidity was still high and the drive continued with the AC on in full blast. We soon reached mecheri and asked for directions to the dam. The dam was 20 kms from 20kms from the junction.

Upon goin a short distance we had a discussion whether to continue onwards or return back. Rama said there is no chance of returning back as we have some so close we might as well cover the dam as it was an unexpected detour from our original plan. Another half hour and we reached the dam. Parking the car we went inside. We were initially skeptical about entering the dam as dams as generally off limits to general public however upon speaking with the gaurd we found that we could enter the dam. A couple of shots of the distant mountains and the we were roaming around the dam for a while. Entry is forbidden after a certain point and we had to turn back. It was already 2 by the time we left the dam and our stomachs were rumbling.

Mettur Dam

It was time to head back and a couple of hrs of travelling on the highway we had another stop in A2B to feed to stomachs and it was a non stop ride back home where another detour as us go to decathlon to pick up some sports stuff and then to CH for some ice cream to complete the ride.

Snaps can be found here

Roadtrip Day 5: Waterfalls Galore

I was under the assumption that I would have a smooth ride, from madikeri to irrupu falls as I thought the roads would be fine.

Early morning I went to abbi falls which is just 8 kms from the town. As usual I didnt want to experience crowd problem at the falls, so I decided to go early.

Due to the recent rains, there was enough water in the falls, and with no one present I could go about with my photoshoot without worrying about the crowd

Abbi Falls

A couple of tourists came along and soon a large crowd arrived. I packed me cam, and was back at the lodge. Soon, I packed my stuff and proceeded to virajpet. Today would be another day where I had to encounter bad roads, and this time it was all the way till peryipatna.

Reaching virajpet, I asked for directions for gonikoppa and went ahead. The roads looked like it had not been relaid in ages. Taking more breaks than driving, I reached gonikoppa after a few hrs. A short break and I was heading to ponanpet. It took a long time to reach ponanmpet. Next was srimangala, and soon I was at the intersection of nagarhole and irrupu falls.

Soon I reached irrupu falls, keeping my luggage in the registration counter, i headed to the falls. The falls looked majestic with water flowing in full force.

There were very few tourists, and I had ample time to play with various exposure settings in my cam to get the optimal shot

Irrupu Falls

I spent some time relaxing at the falls, while giving my tired body some rest.  Spending an hour at the falls, I headed back to the counter to collect my luggage and head to my final destination for the day – Mysore. I thought the ride would be incomplete without riding through the Nagarhole National park, as I would cover beaches, forests, ghats.

Suprise waited for me at the entrance of nagarhole NP. Two and Three wheelers werent permitted inside the park, which I wasnt aware. My attempts to negotiate with the officials were in vain, and they told me to go back to gonikoppa and then go to mysore.

The next few hours would test my patience to the max as I had to ride through some of the worst roads. I was relieved to reach the highway and soon cruising along some good roads at last.  One of the locals told me that the hunsur road, was also in a bad state and I could go to mysore via periyapatna. Bad roads again, welcomed me in periyapatna, and by the time I reached the Mysore-Bantwal Highway it was 4.30 in the evening. A short stop for some snacks and it was a non stop ride to mysore.

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Snaps can be found here

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