It’s been more than a month now that I got married and we haven’t spent some quality time together. Adding upon that was, setting up the home with furniture, shopping for household items etc etc. It was one busy month where the plans for next week was made a week or so prior.  Hence, the chance of escaping from the Bengaluru city was not in the cards for us, and decided we would think of it after a month when things settle down a bit.

screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-7-39-55-pmIt was post lunch, when we friends made up the plan for Talakadu for a day for the coming weekend (which was 18 December, 2016). Most of them were ready but one of my friend had to attend the ongoing training on weekends and had to opt out, due to which others also were dilemma. I took the same plan to my wife and she was up for it as this was a one day trip. But then there was going to her aunt and uncle home to purchase some household stuff pitched in. After confirming with them, we decided to leave on Saturday and pay them visit on Sunday. We googled the route and found the best way was through Malavalli (which happens to be, native place where one of my close friend).

We left Bengaluru at 8.00 AM and reached my friend’s home around 11.00 AM. Had good time there having spent a good half an hour with their family and loads of snacks. We enquired once again on what to see nearby and hit the road. Gagganchukki View point was half an hour from Malavalli and by the time we reached, it was 12.30 PM. It was disappointing to see very scare water and rocks. Within half an hour, we left from the place to Talakadu, deciding not to go to Bharchukki or Shivanasamudra Falls as there was no water. One of the most refreshing moment of the day was when we came across the narrow road which had lake on one side and fields on other side.

At Talakadu

We reached Talakdu at 1.30 PM and sun was blazing hot upon us. Upon reaching, we followed a group of school childrens who had taken guide in order to explain the importance of the sculptures, symbols, temples etc. We youngsters forget to know the history of places and visit places just to cover and for the thrill of it. I was of that kind earlier but maturity has brought in some good factors which encourages me to learn more about the place I’m planning to visit. It was sound knowledge we had gathered from the guide and the imagination and hard work of those people hundreds of years back has to be praised of. There are in total 5 temples (Pathaleshwara, Maraleshwara, Arkeshwara, Vaidyanatheshwara and Mallikarjuna) in and around Talakadu to visit, the five Lingams believed to represent the five faces of Shiva, form the Pancha pathi and have become famous tourist place in the recent times.

By the time we finished paying visit to the temples around Talakadu, it was lunch time and we were hungry to the core. wp-1483538267175.jpgThere was a udipi style hotel in front of the temple. It was long time since our taste buds has tasted udipi style food. We sat down on the bench outside and had mouth-watering food (rice and sambar was just tempting). We finished our food and headed towards banks of Cauvery river to take a coracle ride and spent some time relaxing. It was soothing experience having taken the ride where water was very clear, can see fishes getting caught by fishermen, ducks making noises underneath algae. The ride costed us Rs. 120 per two persons in a separate boat. Once reaching the shore, we spent sometime in the water and then moved towards the tea stall. We sipped our tea and relaxed a while before kicking off to next temple. As we were at the crossing of the last temple, we were stopped as the road was getting constructed due to which we had leave it out. It took us around 3-3 1/2 hours to travel back to Bengaluru due to the traffic. It was 8.00 PM by the time we reached our home and ended our trip with neutral feelings.


Escapade: Bike ride to Sangam, Mekedatu

Planning a weekend is a very challenging task in every software engineer’s life. I just want to escape the weekends in and around Bangalore and explore the nature with lots of fun and adventure. I lead a life where-in normality is very boring and unorthodox. It was yet another weekend where we all room-mates were boozing and playing cards. That’s when Shrinivas told his plan to go to Mekedatu with his wife on bike. As soon as we heard the plan, we said lets go for it. As usual, there were some dilemma in the mind of couple of room-mates whether to go or not due to pending office work but we were destined to pull them to the ride. Then he explained the plan on what are the places to be seen there and when to start and all.

For me, it’s very more than 5 years that I haven’t been on bike ride (last ride being Dandeli with M.Tech guys), so I was excited and up for it.  We decided to leave early morning around 4.00 AM and meet at Banashankari Bus stop. As planned, we (Lokesh, Vijay, Ravi and Me) reached banashankari around 4.00 AM and stopped at roadside stall for tea and quick breakfast. In the meantime, Praveen and Roopa joined us there. We were waiting for Mr. & Mrs. Shrinivas to arrive in order to start our trip. They arrived after half an hour, we filled up the tanks and started our bike trip. The weather added glare to our drive as it was bit foggy and not to chilly. We drove around 50 KMS to stop at Sri Srinivas Sagar hotel, Kanakpura for breakfast. We had a huge breakfast and moved forward to the Mekedatu.

We reached Sangam around 9:40 AM and got into coracle ride to reach other side of the river to visit Mekedattu. After reaching the other side, bus was waiting for us to take us to the location. When we reached the location, there was a railing (kind of high point) to see the water flow as the road to go down was shut down. I was in such a disbelief by seeing this as many a people told me so many things about the place. The place was fenced so that no one can go down. We didn’t come this far to this from some high point, so we all found a way that will take us down. We managed to go down and climb the rocks to see the water to a closer distance. One thing which stood out is the impact of water on the rocks, it pierced through the stones in ways which describes why its so dangerous. We took pictures there and relaxed for a while.

After an hour or so, we moved back to the top where in few bunch of people were agitated that they were not allowed to go down as forest officials arrived at the place. We ignored those fellas and hopped the bus which dropped us back at Sangam. My friends decided to get drenched in water and cool themselves up. I was in no mood to get into water so I did what I loved most, took pictures of those moments.  After all the fun, we crossed the rivers and were hunger for food. We quickly went into the restaurant beside the river and ordered food.

After finishing the lunch, we started our journey back to Bangalore but changed our mind and decided to visit Chunchi falls. Its about 10 kms from Sangam. We clicked few group pictures near a beautiful landscape and moved ahead. It was around 3:00 PM when we reached Chunchi falls. We parked our bikes and trekked to a high point first to see the waterfalls. Then one of the local guy informed us that there is one more view point where in you can see it clearly. So, we trekked down a bit to check the view point. After reaching to the view point, few of the them wanted to trek down to the bottom so that they can get into water yet again. Few opposed but that didn’t matter, so we all trekked down to the bottom of the waterfall.

By the time, we reached the bottom, Vijay and Ravi were already in the waters relaxing themselves. We had this Bluetooth enabled speakers which we turned on and everyone around us started shouting and humming with the songs.  After a while spending there, we decided to go back. By the time, we reached the top,  everyone was so exhausted and thirsty to hell. We rested their for a while and walked back to our bikes. By the time, we were half way to Bangalore, it started drizzling. We stopped by at two places and then later point moved even when it was raining. It was around 9:00 PM by that we reached home.

It was a great ride after many years and it made much more special with the company of wonderful friends. Looking forward to many more escapades :).