It’s been a more than a month now that we haven’t gone anywhere on weekends, family tie-ups and other commitments took up our time. Life at office was not that great as there was no real work, pretty much nothing to do (except browsing, learning or talking with friends). It was monotonous and everyone in my friend’s group needed a timeout, especially me who was frustrated to the core. Topic of trip on weekend brought up yet again by a friend and discussed it for a while, as we would leave that feeling while move inside our office. We friends talked about going on a trip but that never charted out properly. This time, it was on a serious note to go on one. We have been checking places to visit in the month, which suits the season, and most of pointed to either Kerala or Chikamagalur. Votes were up against both of them and the Chikamagalur came on the top, as its nearby and also on the hills. The difficult part was to select where to stay, what to see and what to ignore as we had only couple of days to rejunavate. There were many places to stay but we had our picked place: CoffeeGuda. Upon enquiry, we had to change to Bynekadu as there was no wooden cottage available in the earlier. We made an advance payment of Rs.5000 and that was when everyone was tad relaxed as the plan was ON. Everything was set now and we friends decided to leave at midnight 12 from my place in one of my friend’s XUV.
DAY- 1 :
We reached the place at 7.15 in the morning and were welcomed with refreshing taste of coffee. The view from the place was scenic with fog all around and river flowing behind it. We moved into our wooden cottage (of which we were the first people) and within minutes all my friends were out of the cottage to explore the riverside. They played around for a while and then we all went for our breakfast. Food was of Mangalore & local style which brought more craving to all my friends and wife. After finishing our breakfast, we played Badminton for a while and hopped on the jeep for the waterfall visit. It was an 30 minute off-road drive from the stay. The waterfall resides behind one of the houses of the villagers. It was not much of excitement after seeing the waterfall, as water flow was not great. Water was super cold and we were afraid of getting hypothermia. It took us sometime to get adjusted and once soaked in, we spent an hour or so playing around before we left from it.
Riverside early morning
Mangaluru style breakfast
Fun under the waterfall
We came back to our stay and had kokum juice to quench our thirst and went straight to Bhadra river for swimming/floating. Life jackets were given to all of us and we had blast there. Water here was clean as a whistle. Even after swimming and floating in the river for more than 2 hours, people were hesitant to come out of it, so were we. With heavy heart, we came out of the river and went to our cottage for a quick bath. It was beyond lunch time by the time we all had finished our bath and everyone was hungry to the core. We had our authentic mangaluru cuisine food and then couple of guys (Venu and Navin) had to drop off from the plan to visit the hill as they needed rest and others were ready with sleepy heads as we had to visit GAALIGUDA in the evening. Road to the Gaaliguda been through the wars, it was as steep as it can get with lots of bumps and trails (as if, the road was created by the jeeps).
Our driver was friendly in nature and shared us good information about the place, what people do for living etc. The vehicle reached the top of the cliff, thats when he shutdown the engine and told us to walk to the other edge for sunset. It was remarkable to see how the sun sets down especially when it dips down rapidly behind the mountains. It was refreshing as there was cool breeze with almost no sound except the human voice. We reached back to cottage and had hot sip of coffee. In the meantime, campfire was being set for individual groups. Couple of my friends wanted to booze, so we ordered drinks for them and snacks were on the resort. By the end of the day, one of our friend (Kamal) was very high and hilarious by his words spoken and also by his actions. It was 11 PM when we reached the cottage, everyone were so exhausted that they hit the hay as soon as they touched the pillow.
Floating in Bhadra river
The hill top selfie
Me and my wife
DAY – 2:
Plans for day 2 were not as scheduled as day-1 and we wanted to laze a bit in order to sulk in the cool weather and little fog which was around the hills. Everyone woke up from a good sleep and as decided last night, we got ready for badminton match. It was one hour of badminton play which was fun-filled and enthralling. We rushed to have breakfast and in no time got ready so that we can start for the Kudremukh drive. First place to visit en-route was Tea Estate near Sumsay. The beauty of this place was the Ganesh temple in its estate. Few of my friends were excited to be inside tea estate as it they were first timers. A good thirty minutes were spent taking pictures, enjoying the view and strolling around. Then we headed our way to HANGING BRIDGE which is in the village of Jamble, which comes under Kudremukh Forest. So, we have to first register ourselves with the forest department check post and take the paper slip which gives us free entry pass for a particular duration, exceeding which fine has to be paid. After collecting the free pass, we resumed and headed for the Hanging bridge.
Just as you pass the Jamble village, you can find the bridge connected to the road. We hopped on the bridge and found the water level was too low and the greenery was losing it charm as the season was changing. After shaking the bridge and frightening couple of my friends, pictures were snapped and selfies were clicked. After that we hit the road to visit KADAMBI FALLS which is around 16 Kms from the Hanging bridge. The road to the falls was ghat section and scenic at few places. When the falls appeared at first, we didn’t acknowledge that, this was it. Only when we saw the board beside it, we realized this was the falls we came to see from so far away. The water flow was very very low, which brought us disappointment. We hardly stayed there for 10 minutes and were headed back to our cottage.
At the temple
Epic pic by Navin
On the way back, we stopped at the tea estate to have hot cup of tea and purchase few stuff for home. We reached cottage around 2.15 PM and had our lunch. After lunch, we packed our bags, settled the account with the resort and started our journey back to Bengaluru. It was 3 PM when we started our journey and reached our home by 10.30 PM. everyone was tired but no one of them and we had a blast even while coming back.
Looking forward to many more trips, treks and parties with you guys :).