Thursday, December 30, 2010


Trip details:

Place: Dandeli
KM: around 450km from Bangalore. 54 km from Dharwad
Mode of transport: Train and Bus
No of People: 10

We were planning to visit to Dandeli from last one and half year, due to one or the other reason we were not able to visit. This time we all decided to visit Dandeli.
Because of the distance between Bangalore and Dandeli we decided to go by bus or train. Considering journey comfort we decided to go by Train. We fixed the 23rd December will leave Bangalore and spend two days in Dandeli and back to Bangalore by 26th December.
As we were visiting on year end and Christmas season, we decided to reserve the train tickets before 3 months. But no of peoples who will join was not clear.

After so many emails, discussions, calls finally I got the no of people who all are joining to trip.
I reserved the tickets for both way journey before three months of journey date. Nayak took care of cottage @ Dandeli.
Dandeli is the sanctuary of Hornbill. For more information regarding Hornbill visit site Hornbill.

Deepak sent many emails regarding Hornbill to boost guy’s interest.

            We left to Dharwad from Yeshawantpur @9.20pm by rani channamma train. We reached Dharwad by morning 7.45. We went to Nayak home. After finishing breakfast we left to Dandeli :).

We reached Dandeli by 12 noon and Nayak’s uncle received us at Dandeli bus stand. Till now none of us have clear idea about what are things we are going to do in Dandeli. Everybody was asking about this.

As Nayak told he will take care of cottage, he had many round of discussions with his uncle. His uncle arranged a cottage which is around 9km from Dandeli. He told us that,at 3pm cottage people will take us to rafting.

        The Cottage

After finishing our lunch we left for Rafting , which was near Ganeshgudi. After signing at so many forms, we were allowed to enter the Rafting point.

 Before the start of event we all get the life jacket,helmet and row.

 Everybody was ready to experience the most exciting and memorable time of our trip.

As we were 10 in number, we have to split into two groups of 5 people each and one group has to join the group of 4 people. No one was voluntarily ready to join; we pushed Harish, Raghu, Giri, Chandan and Kallu and force them to join :) :) . Niru, Nayak, Viajay, Deepak and Me formed the second group. First group was happy after joining the 4 member group; as its family with a beautiful girl :). We [2nd group] joined Ravindra and his son Dhruv. There were total 5 rafts including 2 of ours.

We got Kim as raft instructor; he is the most experienced person in rafting and the leader of the raft instructors.
Kim started to row the raft after giving a COLD welcome to all [by sprinkling cold water :)]. He explained basic points of rafting, sitting position, how to hold the row and instructed us some command; and asked us to follow them strictly. Rafting was kick started after swimming in river with life jacket,  . Everybody was so excited to experience the rafting. 

Only Nayak and Vijay had a past experience of rafting. Vijay did it in the same place Dandeli and Nayak in Hrisikesh.

Just sailing a small distance in calm river we encountered the first turbulence. 

Wooow it was awesome experience …!!!

Dhruv was shivering…

We faced some more turbulences before reaching the final one the Biiiiiiig one.

As soon as we entered the last drift our boat becomes unstable. At that time Nayak and Deepak were at front side and Dhruv was sitting in between them. He lost control and fell on Deepak who was left side of the boat and both fell down into the river. Kim was shouting to move right side of the boat but none were able to follow that instruction. In fraction of seconds Vijay who was left to me also fell down… Nayak tried to hold the Deepak’s leg and succeeded in some extent.. Deepak lifted the Dhruv; Ravindra and nayak pulled both of them into the boat. Vijay came to my right side from the bottom of the boat !!!. Kim and I pulled him into the boat.. 
Ooooh !!!! for some seconds everybody was stunned and Kim was so relaxed after finding everybody safe... 

   After rafting : with Kim,Dhruv and Ravindra
We did 5 rounds surfing before leaving to the end point. Everyone was very happy with the experience. Then we left to cottage after taking something for night ;) ...

Next day morning we checked out from the cottage after finishing the breakfast and hired a Jeep to visit Syntheri falls [30 km from dandeli], Ulavi temple [16 km from falls] and Kulagi nature camp [on the way to Dandeli from Ulavi] .
We reached the Syntheri falls at around 12 noon and spent a good time there. After finishing the photo session :), we left to Ulavi temple. 

     @ Syntheri Falls
We reached the temple by 2pm. We took prasada at temple.
    Ulavi temple
We reached the Kulagi nature camp at around 4pm. The camp is really good and comparatively cheaper than other resorts. Vijay enquired about the procedure for advance reservation of rooms. At that time we were buying the T-Shirt in the same office.
We went some distance into the forest with hope of finding deer. Unfortunately did not find any in that forest… while coming back Kallu told us he saw deer !!!! [Actually it was not deer..]. We came across a red squirrel at the tip of a tree while coming back.
We were about to board the Jeep, driver told us that there is a Deer park if you want you can visit….!!!!!
We reached the Dandeli by 7pm. We left to Dharwad by 8pm bus and reached there by 9.30pm. We halted in Nayak home.
    @ Nayak Home
From Left: Harish,Kallu,Raghu,Me,Viajy,Deepak,Niru,Chnadan,and Nayak

We left Dharwad by 11.50am Chalukya train and reached Bangalore by 10.30 pm.

For more photos, click Dandeli


Monday, December 27, 2010

Mekanagadde ...

Trips details:
Place : Mekanagadde
Distance: 250km from Bangalore
Route: Hasan,Sakaleshapura,Mekanagadde.
Date: July 31

One week end evening Guru Deepak and Me visited the JP Park [it is our almost every week end routine] and were discussing about the Guru's higher education.He was flying to Sweden for almost 2years [if he takes more time to clear the subjects it may even extend ;)], with the hope of  that he will finish his MS in 2years ;). We were teasing him with saying "don't worry guru we all friends will come with family to receive you"  . Guru suggested to have a trip with all friends.Also it was almost a year we friends had been to a trip. So we planned for trip on first week of August, as Guru was flying to Sweden in mid of August.

Deepak took care of home stay and cab arrangement. As it is around 5-6 hour journey we left Bangalore around 1am. We reached mekanagadde around 6.30 am. Faced some difficulties to reach home stay, as we lost the path to home stay from mekanagadde village.Finally reached it around 7am. It was raining on the day and full environment was covered with mist. Throughout our stay at mekanagadde sun was hiding from us ;).
We had breakfast in home stay after settling in different rooms.
Prasanna, owner  of home stay  explained us the two days plan:

Day-1: Trek to hill called 'Ettina Bhuja'
Day-2: Trek to hill pandavara gudda.

After finishing breakfast prasanna gave a rifle with dummy bullets and asked us to aim a target. Everybody enjoyed it.
After that we left to ettina buja.It was drizzling and all of us were covered in a plastic long coat...

Start to Ettina bhuja from home stay...
It was an awesome  environment and did not feel any tiredness while trekking the hill. The hill resembles a Ox  shoulder so it called as Ettina Bhuja.
Guru enjoying in long plastic coat  :)
Ettina Bhuja...

Hunting for leaches after trek to ettina bhuja .. 

We reached back the home stay around 3pm and slept well after having a good lunch :).

Second day morning after having breakfast we left to Pandavaragudda. It's believed that Pandavas took shelter on this hill at the time of there vanavaasa. So it is called as Pandavara gudda .

The wind was very turbulent at the top of hill.
Pandavara gudda 
Team :)

We went to prasanna's farm after visiting pandavara gudda and water ball for some time there.

@ prasanna's farm ..

With Home Owner Prasanna and Family..

We left to Bangalore after having our lunch.

more photos at - Mekangadde Photos

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Ashes ಸರಣಿಯ ಇತಿಹಾಸ

Cricket ಅಂದ್ರೆ ಯಾರಿಗೆ ಗೊತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ ?? ಎಸ್ಟೋ ಜನ ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟ್ ನೋಡದೆ ಇರೋರು  ಕೂಡ at least  score ಆದ್ರು ನೋಡ್ತಿರ್ತಾರೆ.
ಇ ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟ್ ಹುಟ್ಟಿದ್ದು ಇಂಗ್ಲೆಂಡ್ ಅಲ್ಲಿ . ಬೆಳೆದದ್ದು ನಮ್ಮ ಭಾರತದಲ್ಲಿ ಅಂತಾ ಹೇಳಬಹುದು. ಬಾಲಿವುಡ್ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಬಂದ 'ಲಗಾನ್' ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಅಂತು ನಮ್ಮ ದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟ್ಗೆ ಒಂದು ಹೂಸ ಕಳೆ ತಂದುಕೊಟ್ಟಿತು .ಇತ್ತೀಚಿಗೆ ಬಂದ IPL, ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟನ್ನಲ್ಲು ತುಂಬಾ ದುಡ್ಡು ಮಾಡಬಹುದು ಅಂತಾ ತೋರಿಸಿಕೊಟ್ಟಿತು ..
ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ವಿವಿದ ಬಗೆಗಳಿವೆ. 'Test' ಮತ್ತು 'one day' ತುಂಬಾ ಹಳೆಯ ಬಗೆಗಳು. ಇ 'T20' ತುಂಬಾ ಇತ್ತೀಚಿಗೆ ಶುರುವಾದದ್ದು.
ಇ ಟೆಸ್ಟ್ ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟ್ನ ನಿಜವಾದ ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟ್  ಅಂತಾನೇ ಹೇಳಬೇಕು. ಇದು 5 ದಿನದ ಆಟ. ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಬ್ಬ ಆಟಗಾರನ ನಿಜವಾದ ಸಾಮರ್ಥ್ಯ ಗೊತ್ತಾಗಿಬಿಡುತ್ತದೆ.
ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟ್ನಲ್ಲಿ ಇಂಗ್ಲೇಂಡ ಮತ್ತೆ ಆಸ್ಟ್ರೇಲಿಯಾ ಮದ್ಯ ಅದೆಂತದೋ ಪೈಪೋಟಿ... ಇದೆ ತಂಡಗಳ ಮದ್ಯ ಪ್ರತಿ 2 ವರ್ಷಕ್ಕೊಮ್ಮೆ ಒಂದು  test series ನಡೆಯತ್ತೆ, ಅದೇ 'Ashes' series. ಇ series ಗೆ ಒಂದು ತುಂಬಾ intresting ಆಗಿರೋ ಇತಿಹಾಸನೆ ಇದೆ.
1882 ರಲ್ಲಿ ಆಸ್ಟ್ರೇಲಿಯಾ ಇಂಗ್ಲೇಂಡನ, ಇಂಗ್ಲೇಂಡಿನಲ್ಲೆ  ಮೊದಲಸಲ ಸೂಲಿಸ್ತು. ಆಗ media "English cricket had died, and the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia"  [ಇಂಗ್ಲೇಂಡ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟ್ ಸತ್ತುಹೋಯ್ತು, ಅದರ ಅಂತ್ಯ ಕ್ರಿಯೆ ಮಾಡಿ ಬೂದಿನ ಆಸ್ಟ್ರೇಲಿಯಾಗೆ ಒಯ್ಯಲಾಯಿತು] ಅಂತಾ ಬರೆತು.
ಮಾರನೆ ವರ್ಷ [1883 ] ಇಂಗ್ಲೆಂಡ್ ಟೀಮ್ ಆಸ್ಟ್ರೇಲಿಯಾ tour ಗೆ ಹೊರಟಾಗ ಇಂಗ್ಲೇಂಡ media ಇ ಪ್ರವಾಸವನ್ನು  "The quest to regain The Ashes" ಅಂತಾ ಬಣ್ಣಿಸಿತು. ಇ ಪ್ರವಾಸದ ಸಮಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಇಂಗ್ಲೇಂಡನ ನಾಯಕನಿಗೆ, ಒಂದು ಚಿಕ್ಕ ಕಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಇಂದ ಮಾಡಿದ ಹೂಜಿಯಂತಹ ಆಕ್ರತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬೂದಿ ತುಂಬಿ ಕಾಣಿಕೆ ಅಂತಾ ಕೆಲವು ಜನ ಕೊಟ್ರು. ಅದರಲ್ಲಿ ಇರೋ ಬೂದಿ ಒಂದು 'Bails' ನ ಬೂದಿ ಆಗಿತ್ತು.  ಅದು ಅಕ್ಷರಶ ಇಂಗ್ಲೇಂಡ ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟ್ನ ಅಂತ್ಯ ಕ್ರಿಯೆ ಮಾಡಿದರ ಸಂಕೇತವಾಗಿತ್ತು.
1998ರ ಇಚೆಗೆ, ಅದೇ ತರಹದ 'Trophy' ಅನ್ನು ಗೆದ್ದ ತಂಡಕ್ಕೆ official trophy ಕೊಡ್ತಿದಾರೆ.
ಇ Ashes ಸರಣಿಯಲ್ಲಿ 5 match ಇರತ್ವೆ. ಯಾವ ತಂಡ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಪಂದ್ಯಗಳನ್ನ ಗೆಲ್ಲತೋ ಅದು ಸರಣಿ ಗೆದ್ದಹಾಗೆ .ಒಂದು ವೇಳೆ ಸರಣಿ ಸಮಬಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಮುಕ್ತಾಯವಾದ್ರೆ, ಹಿಂದಿನ ಸಲ ಸರಣಿ ಗೆದ್ದ ಟೀಮ್ Trophy ನ ಒಳಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳತ್ತೆ.
ಸದ್ಯ ನಡೆದಿರುವ ಸರಣಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಇಂಗ್ಲೇಂಡ ತಂಡ 1-0 ಇಂದಾ ಮುಂದೆ ಇದೆ .
ಇರತಹದ ಇತಿಹಾಸ ಇರುವ ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟ್ ಸರಣಿಗಳು ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟ್ನಲ್ಲಿ ತುಂಬಾ ಕಡಿಮೆ. ಯಾಕೋ ಇ ಸರಣಿ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಬರಿ ಬೇಕು ಅಂತಾ ಅನ್ನಸ್ತು ಬರದೆ.
comments are always welcome ;)

-ಮಂಜು !!!