(Subbu+Quacks)* On the Rocks==Kodachadri +bountiful wilderness

After last weekend’s drive to bluff and mekedatu , me and my friend after a short discussion finalized on kodachadri and arshinagundi falls trek for the 3 day diwali weeeknd. Since we had monday off we thought of either covering jog or head to udupi and cover a few places before heading back to bangalore.

When I went to book the tickets to shimoga , i got a rude shock when the guy at the ticket counter told me there was no return tickets back to bangalore on monday night as everything was booked. This prompted a change in plans as I didnt want to get stuck in sagar/udupi.

Since only me and my friend were goin for the trek we decided to first climb kodachadri and then decide later on what has to be done. With this in mind I booked the last available bus to shimoga.

I reached majestic bus stand at 10.30 after walking from corporation as the bus had broke down at corporation signal Smiling. I was amazed the line of buses and chaos that was present there and I decided to walk as it would have been a better option rather than getting stuck at in the bus. Managed to reached the bus stand and by the time me and my friend could search our bus it took us another 15 min as all buses in majestic seemed to be heading towards shimoga Smiling. By the time we left bangalore it was 11.30.

Further misery was in store for us as we were caught in yet another traffic jam near jallahalli cross. By the time we were out of all this traffic it was around 1.30 in the morning. From there on it was smooth sailing till shimoga.

We reached shimoga at 7.30 and after finishing our morning duties we headed to the private bus stand to catch a bus to kollur. The bus was however packed to the brim and with our heavy luggage we decided not to take it. The conductor of another bus told us to take the bus to samipgekatte which would arrive in a few min. Since we were already late we decided to do what the conductor said. The bus soon arrived and we headed out to samipgekatte

The drive which we thought would be a short one turned out to be a 3 hour drive and by the time we reached samipgekatte it was 12.30. After redistributing the food items which consisted of buns we started the trek.

We happened to see some magnificent scenary just as we started the trek, and we knew we would get better ones as we ascended the peak

Scenary enroute to kodachadri


With scenic views unfolding at every corner which were captured duly, we made good progress as we didnt want to miss the sunset. With the sun beating down mercilessly the progress was slow considering the fact that i hadnt done any treks since ettinabuja in june.

With small breaks in between we reached the peak at 5.30. The views got better as we gained altitiude and frequent stops were made to capture the scenic beauty.

Lush green forests


We reached the IB around 6 and we were just in time for the sunset and immediately rushed to sunset point to capture the sunset in all its glory. With the clouds playing hide n seek we were treated with a surreal sunset. After a photoshoot we headed back to the IB.

Sunset @ Kodachadri


Sky after sunset


The next morning we woke up at 5 and rushed to sanjeevai peetha to see the sunrise. With the sun coming out from behind the clouds was simply amazing. An hour or so was spent taking snaps.



Now that plan of scaling kodachadri was done. We were wondering what to do next. Since there were no guides available we werent intent on doing arshinagundi falls by ourselves as the route is quite risky without a guy. We decided to head down via karikatte route and catch a bus to kollur and then to udupi.

Descent was swift and we were at the santosh malliu hotel by 10.30. A quick stop there for a couple of lime soda’s we headed to karikatte gate. The bus to kollur arrived at 11.30. After reaching kollur we took a connecting bus to kundapur and hopped to another bus to reach udupi by 2 in the afternoon.

Evening was spent in kapu beach photographing the sunset. Lazing around for some more time and having ice creams in diana’s ice cream parlour we caught the 10pm bus to bangalore which we had booked upon arriving in udupi.

Kapu Sunset


The journey was spent hanging on to ur lives as the driver drove like a man possesed on the crater ridden roads in the charmadi ghats. We spent the night being thrown out of our seats as we had booked the last row Smiling.

Reached home at 8.30 on monday morning

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This was a trip which i was supposed to happen last month, but due to few health scares it got postponed to Sept. My dad had booked the maamalla beach reasort for last month, since we couldnt go , the reservation was carried forward for this month. Finally on 19th Sept me, mom , dad and my dad’s friend with his family left for mahabalipuram. After a drive through the morning rush hour traffic on hosur road , we stopped for saravana bhavan for breakfast.

After completing breakfast we proceeded towards our destination. I was really impressed by the condition of the roads. We were zipping at 100-120 kms/hr and i was really enjoying the ride. I am thinking of doing the same when i go to pondicherry shortly. Another small pit stop was taken for cofee.

View of the NH

After finishing some rest we proceeded further. I had noticed a total of 5 toll booths in the entire stretch until we reached mahabalipuram which collect toll for the road maintainence. Since it was the first time we were travelling on this road we were not sure of the directions. We had to ask for the route everytime we stopped at a toll booth. We were informed that we can reach mahabalipuram by going through kancheepuram as was a shorter distance than goin to chennai.

We took the first option and we reached kancheepuram by lunch time. The moment we entered the town we were almost swarmed by people who were intent on making us by some thing or the other , most probably silk sarees which kanchi is famous for. Strangely my mom resisted all that Smiling as we were already running late. After a quick bite we left kanchi and headed directly for our destination. We reached mahabalipuram @ 3 in the afternoon.

The resort is located on the main road just a few mts after the IO petrol bunk. The sea is just behind the resort. The resort also contains a swimming pool 35 A/C rooms and a well furnished dinning area.

After checking into our rooms i headed to the pool to take a dip and to relax for while. I was expecting to see a good sunset , however i was disappointed to find out that I can only catch the sunrise as mahabalipuram lies towards the east.  It began to rain heavily while i was still in the pool. I ddint mind getting drenched as i was in the pool anyways Smiling

Saturday was spent lazing in the pool and in the room in the of the Tv.

Sunday i got up early morning lest i should miss the sunrise. Took the cam and ran to the beach. It was around 5.45 and the sunrise had just began.Managed to take quite a lot of snaps and needless to say it was a really nice to see the sun rise in all it glory.

Sunrise at Mahabalipuram

Another sunrise shot

After a couple of cuppa’s and freshing up we headed for sightseeing.

There are a couple of important things to see in mahabalipuram.

  • Arjuna’s Penance – A monolothic rock with sculptures depecting arjuna’s penance in favour of lord shiva

Arjuna’s Penance

Temple Complex

Krishna’s Bowl

  • Shore Temple – Temples built for shiva and vishnu

Shore Temple


  • Five Rathas – Temples for pandavas

Five Rathas




  • Tiger Cave – An open air theater where the king n queen used to enjoy the dances

Tiger Cave


  • Crocodile Bank

After seeing Arjuna’s penance , shore temple and five rathas we headed back to the resort for lunch. Another quick dip in the pool ensured that the heat would stay away for a while.

Evening was spent at tiger cave , crocodile park and we enjoyed a short boat ride at the river which was at a short distance from the resort. After finishing the boat ride , I saw a partial sunset which I took a few snaps


We returned back to the resort, and spent the rest of the evening in front of the TV. Had dinner and dozed off.

Monday being the final day , got up early again to catch the sunrise.


We bid adieu to mahabalipuram as we left the resort @ 9.30. Reached bangalore at 8 in the night, thanks to the famous traffic jam near hosur

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