Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Malenadu [Beluru Halebidu Mullayanagiri Manikhyadhara falls]


This is the ideal time to witness the great beauty of malenadu. Hills will be covered with mist…. You will find the pearl like water droplets on the top of coffee plants… one should experience such climate…
I visit to dharmastala every year in the time of August/September.
This year we [ my friends and I ] planned to cover some surrounding places along with dharmastala
We planned to visit Kukke, Dharmastala, Chikkamagaluru, beluru, halebidu,Mullayanagiri,Bababudanagiri and manikyadhara.
Following is the brief introduction of two days.
14th August: 9.45pm: Leave Bangalore by Kukke Bus
15th August: 6AM: Reached Kukke
10.30AM: After Subramany swami darshana Left to Dharmastala.
12.30PM: Reached Dharmastala
4PM: finished darshana and prasada by.
5PM: Left to Chikkmagaluru and reached there by 9PM.
16th August: 7am : Left chikkmagaluru
8am: reached Beluru
9.30AM:reached Halebidu
11AM : Back to chikkamagaluru
12.30PM: Left to mullayanagiri, covered manikyadhara falls
8.45PM: back to chikkmagaluru
9.30PM: Left to bangaluru ….
17th August: 4AM : Reached Bangalore.
Kukke:
Kukke is around 300km from bangaluru. It is in dakshinakannada District.
Entrance of Kukke
Kukke is famous for Subramany swami temple and the trekkers dream spot Kumar Parvata is also here. Aadi Subramnya swami temple is on the bank of Kumaradhara River.
Subramanya swami temple
Devotes who have naga dosha performs special pooja in this place.
Dharmasthala:
It is around 75 km from Kukke. Dharmasthala is on the bank of Netravati river.
Entrance of Dharmasthala
Temple
Dharmasthala is famous for Manjunath swami temple.
Beluru:
Beluru is around 25 km from Chikmagaluru. Beluru was the capital of the Hoysala Empire. The main attraction in Belur is the Chennakeshava temple.
Chennakeshava temple
Its believed that, Lord Vishnu in the form of Mohini killed Bhasmasura in this place. For this reason lord chennakeshava is decorated as mohini in the temple. , this temple is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture.

Hoysala


Elephant, lion, and Horse, represents-Strength,courage and speed respectively.

It was built by king Vishnuvardhana in commemoration of his victory over the Cholas at Talakadu.
Halebid:
Halebidu was the 12th century capital of the Hoysalas.
Halebidu
Hoysaleshwara temple
Ganesha
The architecture at Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temple is the best architecture. The Hoysaleswara temple
was built during this time by Ketamala and attributed to Vishnuvardhana.
Mullayanagiri:
It is 18km from chikmagaluru. It is the highest peak in Karnataka.
Mullayanagiri Peak

On the way to Peak



View from Peak



Caves at Peak....


Mullayanagiri is located in the Baba Budan Giri Range of the Western Ghats.
From Mullayanagiri we went to bababudanagiri, but unfortunately because of renovation of datt peeth, we were not able to go to peeth.
From here we went to manikyadhara falls. Its really good place and beautiful.
View at manikyadhara...

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Kalavarahalli Betta

It is also known as Skandhagiri. This place is situated around 75 KM from Bangalore. This place is well known for the Sun rise point and night trek. It is around 10km from Chikkaballapura.
On the day of Ram Navami 3rd march 2009 we (group of seven members) left Bangalore around 11.30Pm (Hebbala fly over) . We watched Ramayana Play on the way to Kalavarahalli (The place was Avati). We reached Kalavarahalli at 1.30am.
Ramayana Play..

We need to pass through the Chikkaballapura town to Kalavarahalli (As shown in image below)
We were equipped with torches and carried some snacks and water.
The starting point of trek is Papagni math. There are two routes to reach the top.
First one is the easy path which could take around 2 to 3 hours to reach peak and the second one is the most difficult path you should go with guide in this route.
Map to reach kalavarahalli betta
Click on Images to enlarge...

We are accompanied by another five member group. We started our trek without guide through the second path around 1.45 am. We thought we are going in correct usual path but it takes around an hour to realize that we are in wrong path. Then from some point we call guide. He told us the further path is the most difficult one and ask us weather we wish to continue in same path are to start from initial point. We thought if we start from initial we would miss Sun rise, so we were proceed in the same path with guide.
Papagni Math


Omkar Jyoti Ashram

There were two points at which we need to climb the rock which is around 70-80 degree steep. But guide helped each of us to cross these obstacles. Lakshman, Harsha and me slipped once and it was really horrible for us. Trekking with around 4 liter water was really horrible for me.
70-80 degree steep rock


At the top of Hill
Sun rise....
We took around 3 and half hour to reach the top; we were at top around 5.30am.6.30am Sun rise was really awesome (can see more photos in my web album). All of us really enjoyed that time. We took lots of snaps. After having snacks most us enjoyed a nap also.
We left the place around 7.30am. This time we came down through usual path. It was like a cake walk for us. The path seems to very easy as we faced the most difficult one while climbing. We amazed after seeing the path which we climbed. If asked to climb the through same path none of us will be ready for any cost. It was so steep.
While coming Down...

The most remembering moment of this trip is trekking through the difficult path, really enjoyed it.
Finally we reached the starting point at 9.30 and let the place by 9.45am. All of us were so exhausted. We reached Hebbala around 10.30 am.

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http://picasaweb.google.com/manju.ngl/KalavaraHalliBetta#

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

TAJ MAHAL or TEJO MAHALAYA

“Taj Mahal was not built by shah Jahan.

He captured it from the Rajput king King Jai Singh.

It was lord Shiva’s temple called Tejo Mahalaya

This message from my friend makes me to think a while. I heard this fact by my friend Deepak when we were studying BE.

Next day when I got some free time I googled to get more information about the Taj Mahal. I got many sites, in that I found following site more informative.

http://www.stephen-knapp.com/true_story_of_the_taj_mahal.htm


The research about the fact is done by Purushottam Nagesh Oak generally known as P N Oak.

The information given in his research makes me to search for his book "Tajmahal : The True Story"

Go through the above link at least once.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Wynadu trip..

At the time of our Madikeri trip, we planed our next trip to Dhandeli on 24th and 25th Jan 2009. But due to some reason we shifted our plan from Dhandeli to Wynadu.
This place is in Kerala. We all heard that Kerala is the Gods own country. We felt it when we entered the Kerala through Bandipura forest. We reached the state border check post around 6am. It was full misty environment. We paid 1800/- interstate road tax and persuade our journey towards Sulthan Bathery.



Sun covered with mist.....


We had already booked a home stay at Menamutti. We finished our breakfast at Sulthan Bathery. Home stay owner Mathew said he will pick us from Sulthan Bathery.

We reached home stay around 9.30am. After drinking a full glass of Tea (which was not good. It was not strong; as we used to drink small quantity but very strong tea here obviously none of us liked that tea) we left for Minamutti falls under the guidance of Mathew (home stay owner). The time was around 11am




We paid 30/- per head near Minamutti and head towards the falls. Mathew guided us towards topmost point of falls through a short cut route.
The path we were moving was surrounded by greenery and every one of us was enjoyed a lot. We found two small water falls.

View on the way....

Small water fall on the way to minamutti falls...

After walking around an hour we reached the topmost point of Minamutti falls. It was just awesome. I slipped and fell down here :(.


First point of falls.

From here we moved to the second point of the falls. We reached the lower point of this falls by the help of rope. We swim there and enjoyed lot. We spend almost an hour in this place.
Before moving towards the third point, we ate banana and biscuits we bought.



Second point of Falls....

From here we started towards the third point of the falls, where we can’t touch the water, only thing we can watch the water fall from the view point. The path towards this point is really difficult. We have to walk most of the part with the help of rope. It was really challenging. All of us were able to reach the view point safely.

Third point of falls

While coming, near the third view point we found one green snake.

We faced much difficulty while coming back to cottage as we have to climb up. We reached one stall in which we drank buttermilk, and then we felt some what relief. It was our first trekking experience. We reached cottage by 5pm.


After taking a little rest we spent by chatting with cottage owner and family. We learnt some Malayalam words with the help Shobin (Son of cottage owner) and teach him some Kannada words.
We finished our dinner (it was not so good) and started climbing towards tents in the tea plantation area. We spent some time with chatting. I laughed like any thing when Kalleshi got scared by a noise.





Tent where we spent a night...

Next day morning we (kallu, niru, deepu and me) woke up at 6.30 am and reached the top of the tea estate. The Sunrise was so beautiful. I can’t explain that moment with words. See the following pictures.





Sunrise...


After having breakfast we left the cottage at 9am. Mathew was with us to guide.
We went to Edakallu Gudda. Two caves are there . It’s 15 KM from Sulthan Bathery. From parking place to caves we walked around 1.5 km. Transport facility is there to one who does not want to walk. For 6 persons they will charge 70/- .The entry fees for caves is Rs 10/- per person and for camera its Rs 25/-.

Information...

There are two caves in this place. First cave is at the entrance. It is not so big. I thought caves means deep darkness. I was wrong. Sufficient light helps you to view each rock of the cave. In second cave the different drawings were engraved. From these caves we started climbing the hill. It was little bit difficult to reach the top of the hill, but Vijay and Guru reached the top. We stopped climbing one step before reaching the top. It was great experience to see from the top of the hill.
It will be good if you visit this place in the mornig time. 
Cave ...
Climbing the hill....
Topmost point of hill.....

From Edakallu Gudda we left to Karapuzha River, we swim there and some of us (nayak, harish and me) get hurt by the rocks in the river while swimming.
We finished our lunch and moved towards our next place Soochipara falls. It was an hour journey from Karapuzha River. We reached the destination around 4.30pm and started walking towards the falls. It was a beautiful, natural spot to enjoy the beauty of nature.


Soochipara falls...

While coming back from this falls sun was punching out and was eager to take rest. The sunset was simply superb.




Sunset...

We left this place around 6.30pm and we were at our home at 1am.
We planned our next trip on May 1st to Dhandeli. Don’t know whether we could make this one or will change the spot again …. :)


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