A little flashback, during the time between my trip to Pondicherry as narrated in my last blog until this day, I made many small trips. Most of them were corporate outings where I work. Few of the prominent are,
- A trek to Skandagiri Hills (02232019) : Just two days after I turned 23 and as I call 23 years of sheer madness. We had planned and booked this through a private organisation. They take care of the to and fro travel from the Bengaluru city, documents for permission needed to carry out the trekking from the Karnataka State Forest Department and your morning breakfast while returning back to the city. The booking fees was around INR 1200, believe me it is worth it. They have few pickup spots through the way, ours was at the Udupi Garden Bus Stop, BTM at around 2300 hours on 22nd February. It is located approximately 65kms from the Bengaluru city in the Chikkaballapur district, Karnataka. A mere 2 – 3 hours of journey. We reached the foothills by around 0300 hours on 23rd February. Our trek was about to begin at 0400 hours. The organisation through which we booked have certified guides for trekking, they accompany with us till atop the hill. This trek is termed at he moderate level of difficulty. Make sure you have necessary equipment required for the trekking, mainly the shoes, a torch and first aid. It takes around 80 – 100 minutes uphill. We reached atop the hill by 0530 hours, it was still dark. In a matter of few minutes we saw a ray of sunlight hitting us, yes it was time for the sunrise. Until then the weather was chilling to the bones. I still believe we were probably a month late visiting and experiencing the clouds when atop the hills. The Indian summer had started to begun. The best time to visit Skandagiri hills is between mid-October and mid-January. No worries, the view was mesmarising. We spent around an hour and then returned to the base. We were back to the Bengaluru city by afternoon. I’ll just post the view of sunrise we had that day…
- Coorg again (05252019 – 05262019) : Yes Coorg again but this time with my colleagues (Ravi, Gaurav, Bhargav, Meenakshi, Vaishali and Swetha). We had booked the Tata Hexa. Hats off to Bhargav’s driving skils, he drove us literally till the end point of four wheelers at the Mandalpatti hills. The only place which I hadn’t been the last time around when I was in Coorg was the Dubare Elephant Camp. Located on the banks of river Kaveri, it is one of the best elephant camps in the entire nation. The elephants for the Mysore Dussehra are trained at Dubare elephant camp. It is famous for the elephant interation, now fortunately it is very much limited. They are not just my colleagues but my friends. This was probably my last trip with them with everyone in the below picture present (Bhargav is in Germany pursuing his higher studies, Meenakshi left recently, Swetha switched the company, Ravi switched the department) I have some drunken memories with this group which won’t be revealed here 😛 … Miss you people…
Back to the present. OK, so we were 3. Me, Aboli and Shraddha. I booked the bike, Honda Hornet a day prior to the trip. Aboli arranges Yamaha Ray from one of her friend. Would like to thank my colleague Srikanth for letting me use his helmet for that day. Our plan was to cover Bharachukki and Gaganachukki falls, Somnathpura and Srirangapattana in a single day. We planned to leave the Bengaluru city by 0400 hours on 27th July.
Interesting part starts now, it’s 0400 hours in the morning. Aboli and Shraddha are calling continuously, but I’m busy in sleep. Nope the mobile wasn’t on either silent or vibration mode. It was just the sleep. I woke up by 0420 hours and called Aboli. One more hurdle, Aboli had a night out with her friends, she had her bag and the scooter key in her PG room. When she returned in the morning, her roommate had locked the room from inside and slept. She wasn’t even receiving the call until it was 0600 hours. Until then Aboli advised me to pick Shraddha and wait at the meet-up point. It was almost 0700 hours until we left for the trip. We then had South Indian breakfast, and the journey began.
It was decided we visit Bharachukki falls via Kanakpura on Mysore road. Bharachukki falls located in Shivanasamudra is approximately 140 kms from Bengaluru. It is one among the two waterfalls of Shivanasamudra, the other one being Gaganachukki waterfalls. Shivanasamudra waterfalls is created by river Kaveri, it divides itself into two separate waterfalls. One to the East known as Bharachukki and to the West known as Gaganachukki.
Touchdown Bharachukki at around 1000 hours. The waterfall is huge and magnificent. Indian Monsoon usually starts at the end of May every year and takes pace by the end of June. Bharachukki had to wait a bit long for the proper rainfall. Indian Monsoon is sometimes unpredictable. We were there till 1200 hours, by then half the day was over. We then decided to drop Gaganachukki waterfalls and Talakaveri (Birthplace of river Kaveri…). Our next stop was Somnathpura.
Ohh no!!!… One more hurdle. My bike was suddenly unable to start. Even the kick start wasn’t functioning. Another 30 minutes wasted. Somehow finally it started and we left for the famous Chennakeshava temple located in Somnathpura.
The temple was consecrated in 1258 CE by Somanatha Dandanayaka, a general of the Hoysala King Narasimha III is a Vaishnava Hindu temple on the banks of river Kaveri. The ornate temple is a model illustration of the Hoysala architecture. The term Chennakeśava means “handsome Keshava”. The Keshava temple at the Somanathapura is a temple of the Vaishnavism tradition within Hinduism, and one of many Keshava temples built in or before the 13th century in different parts of India, as well as in Belur in 1117 CE. (Source- Wikipedia). This is just a glance, visit wikipedia and find out all the amazing details of this temple.
One of the most beautiful temples I have visited. I had been here before with my cousin, coincidentally a bike trip 6 years ago.
Once again the bike just started to trouble me and my friends. And another 20 minutes wasted. I had booked through Drivezy, tried calling their customer care and guess what, no one’s responding. Literally a very bad experience with Drivezy.
Finally after hustling, we decided to visit Tipu’s Summer Palace located in Srirangapattana. The palace is an example of Indo-Islamic architecture and was the summer residence of the Mysorean ruler Tipu Sultan. The structure was built entirely teak and stands adorned with pillars, arches and balconies. The rooms in the ground floor have been converted into a small museum showcasing various achievements of Tipu Sultan and his administration. There are newly done portraits of the people and places of that time. There is a replica of Tipu’s Tiger, which is in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Tipu Sultan’s clothes and his crown are present in silver and gold pedestals. The silver vessels given by a general to Hyder Ali is also displayed.The Horticulture Department, Government of Karnataka, maintains the area in front of the palace as a garden and lawn.
The bike again!!!… Luckily there was garage nearby. Guess what was the problem starting or what could be the problem, “A loose battery connection”. Damn right!!!…
We were drained, it was already 1630 hours by then. Shraddha and Aboli suggested we head back to Bengaluru ASAP. I was in no mood of leaving so early. I somehow convinced them that we visit “Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple” which was nearby and then head back. It turns out to be I’m good in convincing 😛 , they agreed.
Srirangapattana is a small town located in the Mandya district, Karnataka. The monuments on the island town of Srirangapatna has been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its application is pending on the tentative list of UNESCO. We visited the temple which is the most famous among all the temples of Srirangapattana, “Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple” , a very ancient temple dedicated to Sri Ranganathaswamy, a form of Lord Vishnu.
Coming to the end, we left for Bengaluru city via Mysore road. Shraddha had other plans, she made us to stop at the Rasta Cafe which falls on the way. We were not so hungry. Just ordered a regular sized pizza among 3 of us. I then had a black coffee. Few more distance was left to cover and it was already 2200 hours.
Touchdown Bengaluru at around 2300 hours, dropped Shraddha at her home, returned the bike at the Drivezy station and reached my home by 0100 hours on 28th July.
I still remember Shraddha quoting “We had thousand reasons to either cancel the trip at the first or drop the plan by half way through the hurdles faced one after the other, but one reason of passion is enough to turn down all the negative reasons. Hence, we continued, finished the trip and most importantly reached home safely”…
It was indeed a hell of a trip, BENGALURU >> SHIVANASAMUDRA (BHARACHUKKI FALLS) >> SOMNATHPURA >> SRIRANGAPATTANA >> BENGALURU. A ride around 400 km odd in a single day turned out to be worth it. Thank you Aboli and Shraddha…
Until next time then!!!…