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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Weekend Trip: Shivasamudra, Talakad & Somanthpur

This was a long waiting post, we went on this one day trip - covering Shivasamudra, Talakad and Somnathpur ,  almost a year back :), but now only got the time to write about it.

1. Shivasamudra
Shivasamudra has two striking falls - Barachukki and Gaganchukki ., situated at Mandya District of the state of Karnataka, India. I would call it as a “Mini-Niagara”!!!. The thunderous flow during the peak monsoon season is so huge as Niagara. Downstream from the falls has Asia's first Hydro – Power Plant, established at Sir M Visvesvaraya in the year 1902. Yeah!, it’s India - You do have a set of ancient temples located in and around Shivasamudram :) .

Total height of the Falls : 98 metres (322 ft)
Watercourse : Kaveri River
Average flow rate : 934 cubic metres/s (33,000 cubic ft/s).
This trip was on a peak monsoon season., when the falls were gushing with water. That’s the best time to visit the falls. Mesmerizing droplets rising in the air about 50 feet high from the falls!!!. It was such a beauty to witness.  But, there was no way to get-in to the waters . Since the water current was more, they did not allow us to get near the water. We clicked a few adventurous pics, spent some time and packed-up.
Straight from Shivasamudra, we headed to Talakad.

2. Talakad:
Talakadu is an ancient town on the banks of river Cauvery, most of its area filled with White Sand. Talakad has an interesting history to read through. It’s believed that entire talakad town was buried under sand  once due to a legendry curse from Alemalamma – the queen of Vijayanagar Empire. They say that, the Queen's curse turned the once flourishing Talakadu into a place like desert. We still can see a number of temples/towers half-sunk under the sand dunes.

We reached there at around 1PM. Had one of the best lunches of my life. The same Veg. Biriyani with set of side dishes, prepared by my wife – but the chilly drizzling at the greeny water front made it magical! , except some disturbance from the monkeys over there. But, fighting with the monkeys and saving our food was itself so much fun :P , me and my daughter enjoyed that part too , very much!

We took the fun coracle ride over the back waters (couldn’t go onto the main river, as the flow was so huge and dangerous). After relaxing for sometime, we packed-up for the next location Somanthpura.

3. Somnathpur:
The Keshava temple at Somnathpur situates at around 35km from Mysore, is an immeasurably beautiful Hoysala temple. It was built in 1268 AD. History says that it took 58 years to complete the construction of the temple, that much stone art carvings it has. It’s well maintained. Truly an amazing piece of human excellence and creativity, but we failed to enter the premises, as we reached there just a few minutes late. (Needless to say,our government officials are so punctual while closing :) ..
It was already 6.30PM and  we were dead tired, so after a tea and snack at Somnathpura we packed our bags to home.

This was one of the best one day trips ever!!!.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Barachukki and Gaganachukki Falls

After so much of fun at Sangama, we headed to Shivasamudram in the 2nd half of the day. This is our 2nd trip to shivasamudra,  was at an off-season- but still had decent water flow. Within another hour or so we found ourselves at mesmerizing Gangan Chuki falls !!!. It was around 3PM, the sunny afternoon light was augmenting the scenic beauty of the falls!!

We spent some time enjoying the sceneries of the Gangan Chukki falls and left for the Barachukki, which is just 10minutes away from there. Without wasting a minute, we rushed down to the bottom, and the Coracle ride took us almost to the feet of the falls! Watching the gushing waters from right at the bottom of it, was so spectacular !!!.
After the coracle ride, We decided to get drenched , all of us got into the cold waters, including the kids. And did I miss something???? Yeah,  Adventure!. We tested our swimming skills at the wild waters :P .It was incited by the most daring person in our group (yeah, no need to guess… it was NOT me :)  and soon a few of us joined. Can’t stay long… the rocks were very slippery and the cold water made us completely numb within 15-20 minutes.

We dressed up, spent some more time enjoying in clicking the cameras, and climbed up back to our car at around 6PM. As soon as we start, the rain also started. It blasted heavily till we break for a hot coffee at Kanakpura. With the company of some nice music for rest of the travel, we reached home at sharp 9PM. We’re so tired, did not even feel like having dinner. For the sake of health, we had a few chapathis and wrapped ourselves into the bed in minutes.

We really cherished the whole day. This became yet another memorable trip.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

One day getaway – Sangama & Mekedattu

We did not go out of Bangalore for quite a long time, was desperately looking for a getaway out of all our routines! . As recommended by a friend, we decided to pack our bags for a single day trip to “Mekedattu”.

We’re nine people, hired a Chevrolet , was good enough for the short trip. Mekedattu is not so long, just  100KMs  one way from Bangalore.

The word Mekedattu means a “goat’s leap” in Kannada. The place is a rocky terrain the river Kaveri flows through narrow gorges that one would believe that a goat can leap across it. But It is not really that narrow and we did not see goats in that area though :P
We planned to start at 7AM, the vehicle arrived on-time, but we’re late as usual :). Not bad, we could make it at around 8.15AM at least. Good that we had a couple in our group who had been there already – to guide us (in fact they’d to guide the driver too, he was also not sure about the route).

We started-off with the “nice” NICE road drive, and headed to Kanakpura Road. There was not much traffic anywhere, since it was a Saturday. The nature all along the road was awesome – super green trees on the sides, blue sky, milky river flow… throughout the drive was so pleasant, it totally upto us to sit in the front and enjoy them or sit back and snore :P

One of our friends had brought nice idly’s with chicken curry. Had a good group breakfast at the outskirts of Kankapura town. In about another 20minutes, we had to take a left from the main road, reached the Sangama in the next 40 minutes.

Sangama is the place where River Akravathy convergences with Cauvery river. Our vehicles can go up to this point only. We parked our car and got into the chill water.

Mekedattu is another 5 KMs from the banks of the Sangama. We took the super shuttle service – an old bus which takes passengers to-fro Mekedattu. That’s the only option available to reach Mekedattu, or else you can walk! . But believe me, the bus itself was an tourist attraction, still alive from the stone age :P . The fare was INR.50 per person for a 2 way trip.
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In 10-15 minutes, we’re there at the Mekedattu, could enjoy the deep Cauvery gorges and beautiful rocks all over. Rocks were so softy & slippery, with little kids we couldn’t try any adventures over there, came back to Sangama after a few nice snaps (History is important!!!! :) )

Sangama is the place where we all cherished a lot, kids especially. There was not much water; it was not deep even for my 3 year old daughter.  We had brought Mushroom Biryani with apt junky side dishes for the lunch (what a wonder, my wife’s cooking came out very well for the first time :P). We enjoyed the food still while we’re bathing.
Dragging our kids (they’re not ready to come out of the water even 2 hours of fun), we headed for the chuki falls, which another 1 hour from the Sangama. Will write the Chuki falls experience in a separate post.

At around 7PM, we started our return journey from Chuki falls. We’re in Koramangala at about 9.15PM ;  friends got us some hot madurai parathas for the dinner – what nice way to sign-off a happy trip :), we thoroughly enjoyed it!.