Monday, December 12, 2011

Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse My Capture

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Mallalli Falls, Coorg - Our Chartered falls

This August Myself, Yuva, Anand anna, Bharani and Kavya planned a trip to Coorg, I've been there many times and been to most the common tourist spots like Abbey falls, Golden Temple, Chellavra falls etc., many times, We want to goto some place we have never visited, did some search and found the few good falls. Mallalli falls is one of the biggest and beautiful falls, we decided to go to this falls, Collected some infos how to reach, how long we have to walk to reach the falls, how it will be in the monsoon season.

August 22, We have started from Prakruth Homestay near by Harangi Dam and took Kushal nagar->Somvarpet->Mallalli Falls route.  It was some 55km drive, we have crossed one golf course on the way and spent sometime there, 11km drive after somvarpet was really good, road condition was good too,  we have to take right on Kalahalli Road to go to falls only that road was bad, that road is used only by Mallalli Villagers and tourists, after a point only jeep can go in that road, so we have parked our car there and made sure it will not block the way for others and started walking.  From the parking place to falls in was nearly 2kms.

                                                                                      Trail taken us to the top of the falls after few ups and downs, Mallalli falls was majestic, it is in the middle of thick forest surrounded by big mountains and important thing is place was not polluted and crowded, infact there was no one on that area that day, it was our chartered falls that day.

                                                                                  Mallalli is multi-stage water falls and it goes deep it to the forest, there is one trail which goes to the bottom of the falls, We decided to go to the bottom of the falls, We had lot of time left for the day and we decided to spend some good time there.  After trekked down for some 30 mins we have reached the bottom,  nature at its best.  Drizzle from the water falls can felt even from some 200 meters, it was just amazing as we get closer we were almost drenched by the drizzle.

There is no shops/restaurants near by that place, it is always recommend to carry food, this is the case in most of the places we went.

On our way back we inquired few peoples who are going to mallalli village about this place and how many tourist comes here, they said normally on weekend few hundred people comes to this mallalli falls,  Mallalli falls is not quite famous may be becauase it is little far form madikeri.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Koodlu Theertha Falls Trek - A Thrilling Experience

Sitanadi Starting point
Koodlu theertha falls is the starting point of sitanadi river,  We came to know about this trek from one guy in Sitanadi Nature Camp near hebri last year, we were planning to do this trek from then.  This season myself and santhosh were on bike trip around that area, so we have decided to go for this trek too.  Sunday 14th morning we have visited Udupi and started to Hebri via Manipal, right after sitanadi nature camp we took right and from that right the trek starting point is around 15kms.

On the way to Koodlu Theertha falls
There were few villages on the that road,  view was just amazing, rubber plantation and lush green grass on the both the sides of the road.  We have spotted few peacocks with full feather on the road, this is the first time i've seen a peacock out of cage.

After few kilometers road condition went really bad, it took nearly 1hr for us to cross just few kms, due to heavy rains most of the road were washed away and all the stones came out, here and there small streams crossing the road, which also damaged the road heavily, it gave good test to our driving skills.

                                                                                    Finally we have reached the trek starting point, few tourist vehicles were standing there, we thought of parking our bike there but one local person said, bikes can go beyond that point for few kilometers,  we didn't even asked for the road condition and went ahead.  We have to cross small bridge constructed over sitanadi, only two wheelers can cross bridge, bridge is hardly 3feet wide, that is why all four wheelers are stopped before that. Even the bridge railings are green in color due to continuous rain.

One of the wildest drive
 After crossing the bridge only we realized the road is dangerous to drive bikes, road was full of mud and very steep at some place, we didn't want to take risk so parked the bike on side by and started walking.  In most of the blogs it is written as people will easily get lost in the trek path,  many took wrong directions and went some where else instead of koodlu falls and wasted time in wrong directions,  right after we started walking the road divided into two, left one was normal road and right one was kind of muddy and small trail and there is no sign board also,  we stood there for a while and waited for someone to come but nobody turned up,  mean while we asked many questions to our-self 'where the others would have gone, if they have taken the right then we should be able to see some foot print but there is none,  local person said we can take the bike for few kilometers its because of the left side normal road?',   we both walked in the both directions for some distance and on the muddy road we found some bike tyre impression, some footprints also and more over the stream we crossed is coming form right hand side, so we took the right side road with little bit of doubt.   We both were taking about something and started walking,  we saw a small wooden bridge laid to cross one of the stream but water in the stream was less  so we just walked on the stream but it gave an impression that there are some people use this trail regularly.

                                                                                                                                                                               Few more distance passed we started hearing a water falls sound, the sound was very high, we thought we have reached falls and we have concluded that we took the right direction, unfortunately it was not koodlu falls it is again a stream.   We have crossed many such situations but not reached the destination and the trail is going very deep in the forest and getting wild,  Santhosh was telling we might have choose the wrong route, we will go back and try the other route but i was insisting we will continue on this trail whether it is right or wrong route since it is very good and thrilling, we will go till end of the tail  or atleast till meet someone.  I've started walking fast and to find the end of the trail if we are wrong path it will help us save sometime,  after few distance i could not see santhosh and i didn't wait for him just continued,  after one steep i was able to see a big mountain, three falls in the mountain, and a village,  my heart started bouncing in joy for both falls and we choose the right path,   started shouting we are on right path to inform santhosh.

One of the three falls
In few mins santhosh also joined me, we both walked towards the village,  someone the from the village guided us to the left most falls among the three and saying it is good and right most is not at all possible to reach but that is the big and wide falls,  we took the trail goes to left most falls,  at a point we have to cross a stream which is coming from the falls, force of the stream is high and deep, there is no bridge also like the one we saw before and we spent sometime to find path, at one place i've almost crossed the stream but next step was very deep, even the stick we had immersed completely,  so we decided to go the next falls.
Stream which came as villain
Suddenly atmosphere completely changed just like a scene comes  in few movies when 'the hero was hit by villain the whole dry atmosphere will turn into dark clouds, lightning and thunders' same thing happened,  within few seconds the whole place is covered by dark clouds and started raining heavily,  we covered ourself at started towards next falls,  while crossing the village we saw two apache bikes standing, someone drove the bikes in these conditions too, wondered how they will go back,  in some distance there were four guys standing and we confirmed they are the ones who came in that two bikes from mangalore,  they tried to goto the other falls and failed, so second one is also not possible.   We waited there for sometime and decided to go back instead of wasting time.  Its good that we didn't crossed the stream, because of the rain water stream is increasing very fast.
Falls faded away and dark clouds covered in few mins
While coming back  i was feeling something itching in my leg,  yes it was leeches,  four leeches got settled on my leg and drinking my blood,  kicked them and we searched our bodies i found two more and santhosh found few on him, we changed our clothes as precaution.   Just wondered how long they are on us and were they caught us and found right after the rain there were many leeches crossing the trails along with water, even if we stop to take some snaps they are climbing on us, so put the camera back into the pack and started non stop walk to the bike.   While coming back few bunch of people were going to falls, we told them it was not possible to reach even before rain but everyone is like us they want to experience by themselves.

We came back saying we will definitely explore you in the right season,  tough were are not able to reach the bottom of the falls, it was a nice trek, experienced dynamic climate change, deep forest and not to forgot the adventure of finding tracks and leeches.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Shivanasamudra Falls in July 2011

Mindblowing place we are going to this falls every year,  we don't want to miss this natures beauty at any cost.

Barachukki Falls at its best
Gaganachukki Falls

An old bridge on the Cauvery river where the rivers divides into two and leads to gaganachukki falls and barachukki falls, this bridge pillar is made out of hard rock stones, don't know when this was build but stand there solidly.

Gaganachukki falls long exposure shot
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Shivaganga Trek

My aunt saw this place on one tv channel and she told it to me, i searched for shivaganga on flickr and found one set and the set was very interesting and inspired me to go.  Shivaganga is 1368m above sea level.  I've mailed all my friends, everyone was interested to go shivaganga, we planned a trip in second week of june but one or the other guy was stuck in work or other commitments, so we postponed the trip to next saturday 24th, on saturday also same thing happened we couldn't make it, arun decided we will call everyone who ever is ready at sunday morning 6AM will go to shivaganga.  Sunday morning 6AM only myself and arun were ready, we decided to continue our plan, we both started from indiranagar by arun's apache bike.

We took Palace gorunds->Yeshwantpur-> NH4 Highway path->Nelamangala->Dobbasapete->shivaganga,  after Neelamangala we can take banawadi or Dobbasapete route, since Dobbasapete on NH4 we took that route and shivagana road from Dobbasapete was also in good condition.   We parked the the bike at the bottom of the hill and started our trekking, there is one temple after two hundred steps, we took left from their which led to the peak, After some distance there were two ways, one looked little steep and shortest way to the top.  Trekked for sometime and we took 10 mins rest at one mandapam.

We continued our way, there was no steps beyond a point but there was route and it made our life easy,  actually we felt climbing on steps made us more tired than non-steps,  on the way there were many small mandapam and place is full of lush green because of fresh rains, is this what green carpet means? :)  We have reached a place were both the tracks merges (normal and the one we took).  Now we were on the other side of hill and breeze started, it was very pleasant,  We rested for sometime there, clicked few photos and getting ready for the final challenge.  We found a lemmon soda shop near by, we were wondering there is hardly few people here how does he runs the shop and asked the same to owner, he replied saying more people comes to this place, already 11:30AM when people will come? we discussed within ourself.

 Final phase of the shivaganga is very steep and steps are either too big or it is small carvings on the rock itself.   We put the headphones on and started to climb,  it was very nice experience and no words to explain it, a picture can explain 1000 words better :)

Finally we have reached the top, it is almost touching the clouds, view from there was awesome and wind was very heavy even it can throw a person.  All the mountains around shivaganga was small and rest of places is covered with green or small lakes.   We sat near by the cliff and played some good carnatic songs on my ipod. There were so many monkeys on the top only, i don't know how they know these kind of place, wondered do they have any neural network connection with all trees and nature products like the on Pandora planet ;)  One more big group was at the peak in some sort of uniform, they bought the drums and other instruments, they visited all the gods around and started playing all bajan songs.  Shivagana is good place for trekking and it is also one of the devotional spot in the local, so we saw both sort of crowd there.

Spent sometime and started coming down, we reached the place were the way splits, we have taken the normal route this time, wanted to see who is that path, this time we didn't took any rest and jogging down, on the way down there was one cave temple, that is the reason why most of the crowd is taking this path and this path is longer than the one we took to climb and less scenic. In 60 mins we have reached the bottom and ready to drive back.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Forcing is a way to develop?

Recently Kannada Development Authority recommended state government saying "If you are new to Bangalore and dreaming of settling down here, you will have to pass the Std VII exam in less than one year and prove that you can read and write Kannada."  in order to develop language and to get respect.  While reading this news something stricken my mind of my school days.  In our school system we have to mandatory study few subjects like Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.  Out of all subjects i had interest only in Mathematics, may be the way it was thought to me created interest or it is that i was able to understand maths better than other subjects, chemistry and physics i had no interest to study but it was forced on me, to goto next grade i have to pass in these subjects too, what i did just before the exams mugged up the books, vomited on the paper and forgot what i mugged up after exam, slowly i started hating the forced subjects though they are good.  After school education i choose mathematics as my specialization in degree which is influenced by my interest and the hate feeling i had toward other subjects because it was forced without try to create interest in it.  I'm pretty sure all us choose our specialization because of the same reason.  Same thing will happen to Kannada also if it is simply forced to learn without making interest.  I've never seen any real movement to create interest in language and culture in the last few years in bangalore.

Blaming the people for showing interest in foreign language is unnecessary, many of us learned foreign language(s) is not by interest it was by necessity to compete with other indians/countries to grab jobs.  Tough i know english, when ever there is possible i give preference to my mother tongue.  One question we should ask ourself is what ever we leaned so far is for knowledge or for job?  That answer will clarify most of our knowledge hunt is driven by need basis not by interest but reading poems, books, religion stuffs are interest driven.   So forcing a language or culture just for its beauty will not work, it should be driven by interest.

Few question to KDA,  Forcing something on peoples of world largest democracy country is democratic? What was done so far to create interest among public to learn the language?

Learning the local language is always helpful but we can't achieve anything by forcing people and it might provoke negative impact.

You can ask creating interest will solve the problem and everyone will learn kannada?  To some extent only, who ever inspired they will not stop at 7th standard and atleast it will not create any negative impact, We can't create interest in language/force it on few people like me :)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tamil Nadu politics and Eelam

Recently i've seen Prabhakaran photo in many public meeting, shops and even in facebook profiles photos by tamilians from India.  We are proud of unity in diversity, we say we have many languages and different cultures but still we are united, non-violence is the power of india after saying all these things, when i see prabhakaran photo on a public meeting it hurts me. Prabhakaran is a separatist, Prabhakaran is the one who wanted independent tamil state by means of violence in srilanka, if these guys support him then why not they will do the same here and demand for separate independent state.  More over he his classified as terrorist in india and He has been issued a death warrant by the Madras High Court in India for plotting the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991. For example Respected Tamil Nadu CM Karunanidhi said the following in one interview in 2009 "Prabhakaran is my good friend". 

Portraying Prabhakaran in public started two-three years back only even though he his fighting for more than two decades, who ever portray him in TN were they blind before?  Karunanidhi started fast unto death demanding ceasefire in Eelam but he stops fasting after assurance from Indian PM, who never talks to srilankan ministry (even a kid knows the state of central government) but karunanidhi believes his words and call off the fasting before lunch, he just did the fasting show for votes not for people.  It is one of the cheap publicity show in the politics i would say.   Finally LTTE defeated and prabhakaran killed by srilankan army and politicians stopped talking about eelam. Never proposed a plan for administrative sharing between two ethnic groups, never worried about post war crimes and inhumanity acts in eelam and let the srilankan government to do what ever they wanted.

All TN politicians who made use of the crisis in 2008-2009 are really want to help tamil people in srilanka, i doubt it,  they let Mahinda Rajapaksa visit india lately, he entered our land with smile in face after brutally massacred the children and women in elam,  they didn't accuse him for war crime he committed instead they shake hand with Rajapaksa.  Leave Eelam people, what these people do for the TN fisher mens gets killed by srilankan army?  nothing apart from sending a letter to central govt., which has no eyes or ears.  TN government is ready to walk out of central ministry for conflict in election seat sharing but not to protect the people.  All they care about is power not people, they are masters in fooling people and making people blind of truth.  

Check out the following photos, prabhakaran photo is publicly portrayed by a political party in Tamilnadu.  Government and police is watching all these and keep the mouth closed, will they keep quite if Paresh Baruah of ULFA photo is portrayed publicly?   never they will arrest and accuse the people but why keep quite for prabhakaran?

I support saving peoples in eelam and to put full stop to all inhumanity acts but not by supporting cheap politicians or any group who portray Prabhakaran.