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Mangalore Masti

Dudes: Me and Vijendra..

Date: 24th and 25th Sept 2016

Its been more than 2 years since I met Vijendra and went out for any trip with him… So this time we planned to visit our regular place which is Malnad..

Vijendra came up with different plans and itinerary details.. Finally we decided below route and plan..

Mysore–>Srirangapatna–>Pandavapura–>Nagamangla–>Bellur Cross–>Channarayapattana–>Hassan–>Belur–>Mudigere–>Kottigehara (Went towards Charmadi Ghat and came back)–>Kalsa–>Kudremukha–>Lakya Dam–>Karkala–>Moodbidri–>Mangalore. (Around 400 KM)

Mysore to Mangalore Via Kudremukha

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Friday evening (23rd Sept 2016) I left Mysore in Bus and joined him in Nagamangala.. He picked me in Nagamangala bus stop and we packed some snacks and headed towards Hassan.. The road was super.. it was toll road and very well maintained..

We reached Hassan and checked into Southern Star hotel around 8 PM..we got freshen up and boozed in hotel only.. After that we enquired about some good Non veg hotel.. they adviced Miltry Hotel Mamtha .. on the way we stopped in fish stall and had  Crab, some small fish and one big one Madubala fish..

After that we had nice dinner in Mamtha miltry hotel.. there were more than 5 miltry hotels nearby..

We came back and slept nicely..

Saturday morning we woke up early around 4 AM and talked so many things… we tried to sleep but couldn’t and got ready early.. We had complementary breakfast in hotel itself and checked out from hotel…

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Zoom Burst photo…

We stopped in Kottigehara and took deviation towards Charmudi Ghats just to see that ghat in this beautiful weather..It was like haven on earth…

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Wind Turbines on the way..
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Charmadi Ghat !!

then we came back to Kottigehara and went towards Kudremukh. the road was super and not so much traffic in this route..

First we reached Kalasa and visited Kalsheshwaraswamy temple.. bought some herbal medicine which cures head ache and cold in seconds.. yet to try that!!

We reached Kudremukh, It was very bad to see this kind of deserted city.. hardly anyone leave there now.. once it was very nice city with all the amenities

We visited Lakya Dam, It was constructed in 1994 by Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Mainly to To collect silt and other waste materials deposited by the mining companies in and around Kudremukh and provide water supply for drinking and irrigation of agricultural land. Now this dam is completely dry and they are growing Silver trees on top of waster materials

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Plantation on Lakya Dam

They have stopped vehicle entry to this dam, so we parked our car and went by walk.. on the way we plucked Gua fruits and had nicely.. Rain was on and off frequently.. we got drenched in water also..

After that it was getting late and we came down from Kudremukh, it was super road and literally no traffic!!

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Unnamed water falls on the way from Kudremukh..

We decided to pay visit to Moodbidri and meet our cousins who is studying in Alvas education trust, the hostel campus itself was very big and it was difficult finding our cousins there.. Finally we met them and they were also very surprised and happy that we met them..

Then we left towards Mangalore and checked into Hotel Poonja International.. It was very old hotel but good one..

We heard lot about Mangalore night life and we wanted to visit some pubs over there..

First we went to ReTox lounge bar, It was very crowded and bouncers were not allowing us to get in!!! he asked us to come after some time.. so we went to The Liquid Lounge, this pub was also nice and luckily we got seats… we had nice party over there and went towards ReTox lounge bar, again that bouncer were not allowing us saying its closing time bla bla.. but some how we got inside.. it was very good place with loud music and dance floor …@ 11 PM they stopped music and we came outside and had nice Mangalore Fish food…we reached hotel and slept nicely…

Sunday morning we woke up late and had complementary break fast in hotel itself.. Then we went to Pamanbur beach.. It was nice clean beach.. they were not allowing people to get into water as it was dangerous..we spent nice time over there and I rode speed bike also.. which was fun..

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Me in New look!!

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After this we came back hotel and got fresh.. checkout hotel.. We again had Fish curry meals/Angel fish/Bangda fish…

Then we decided to cut shot trip and come back to Mysore..

We took below route to reach Mysore.. Driving in Shiradi Ghat was super experience… at starting the road was not good.. after some distance we will get nice Cement road.. The view was excellent… that too river flowing next to road..

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Super Driving on a rainy day

 

Mangalore–>Bantwal–>Uppinangadi–>Shiradi Ghat–>Sakleshpur–>Hassan–>Channarayapattana–>Bellur Cross–>Nagamangla–> Pandavapura –>Srirangapatna—> Mysore

(Around 343 KM)
Mangalore to Mysore Via Shiradi Ghat

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Majestice Leopard of Bandipur Forest

It was long time since I went Bike trip.. this time I got chance and without thinking twice I went to Bandipur Forest

The route I took is Mysore–>Nanjangud–>Gundelpet–>Bandipur (Around 80KM’s from Mysore)

On the way I had nice lunch in Guldelpet, Madina hotel which is famous for Teetar and biryani..It was so delicious… I am waiting for my next visit to this hotel

I reached Bandipur around 2:30PM and I was told that safari tickets will be issued 30 mins before safari starts, Safari timings is 3:30 PM to 5: 00PM, 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

I took 3:30 PM safari and got into safari van, My 6th sense was telling that I will defiantly spot some good animals in this trip.

Driver stopped in some lake and was telling that yesterday he was Tiger in this lake.. we waited there for some time..Then I saw paradise fly catcher !!!, I pulled my camera and clicked nice snaps

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its is one of my dream bird to capture….

 

Then we saw Languors an Indian peacocks

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Then we spotted leopard!!!… actually driver went very close to leopard, which was sitting and relaxing.. then we came back giving it some safe distance

It started yawing and after some time it got up due to some buggers making some noises in safari jeep. It walked straight towards jeep and went inside forest. it was sitting in the side of road and was watching us!!.. the camouflage is so good that we cant see anything once it went inside forest.

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I was lucky to spot leopard!!!… it was my first sighting in forest… I always used to see pug marks…:-)

Then we went towards one more lake, then we saw some 4 Elephants with Cub.. superb it was

 

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It was indeed a pleasant trip to Bandipur in Bike…Enjoyed a lot…

 

Mallalli Falls_Coorg

DATE: 24th May 2015, Sunday

Dudes: Me, Amar, Vivian, Harish

2 Bulls!!

I was planning for the short trips around Mysore after buying my new Bull (Bullet Std 350 CC), and we decided to go Mallalli falls which is in Coorg. This is Kumaradhara River which will later go to Kukke Subrahmanya!! This is around 130KM’s from Mysore,

I have invited one more college of mine Vivian, he had bought new TB, Harish joined him, and Amar was glad to join me.So total 4 peoples are all geared for the trip The route which we took was: Mysore–>Hunsur–>Kushal Nagar–>Somwarpet–>Mallalli Falls Route Map: https://www.google.co.in/maps/dir/Mysuru,+Karnataka/Mallalli+Water+Falls,+Kumaralli,+Karnataka+573123/@12.4844414,76.1010498,10z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x3baf70381d572ef9:0x2b89ece8c0f8396d!2m2!1d76.6393805!2d12.2958104!1m5!1m1!1s0x3ba51de48fdc729b:0x649b67a3f4bccf84!2m2!1d75.723867!2d12.681436!3e0 Mallalli Falls_RouteMap We all met in common place and left Mysore around 10:30, it was pretty hot, I had to remove my leather jacket !! We took small T breaks on the way to falls.. Road is very good till the last 3 KM’s to the falls

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Amar, Me and Harish
Vivian with Bulls
Vivian with Bulls

We reached last tarred road, it was 3 KM’s before falls, There is one Homestay right @ the point, (sorry I forgot the name). We have to order food in advance, so we ordered food and they told they need min 30 min or so… Then we took our bulls to the falls starting point… The last 3 KM’s stretch is very bad, Ups and downs and road is full of lose stones.. it is difficult to go in doubles.. our bulls got skid in couple of places Finally we reached Falls Starting point.. We were little disappointed to see less water in the falls, We decided to go till down and get into water On the way there was one lovely spot, there is Rock at the edge of the cliff, If you can able to climb on that you can see entire cliff We went to that place to took some nice snaps.. Vivian had little height phobia so he was strugglingDSC_0061

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Its very deep from here Mamu!

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Only till some distance there is cement steps, after that it is rough terrain till the water falls but it is very scenic We reached the falls and water was very pure and cold, we enjoyed for some time..

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All dudes together!! There we very less water during this visit
Selfy time!
Selfy time!

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There will be one guy guiding all tourists, It is very dangerous even if you know swimming.. I suggest not to go deep in water and careful while walking on stones as it will be very slippery After that we came back to home stay which is 3 KM’s from that falls, we had nice lunch and Coorg style Pork also.. We left around 5:30 PM and reached home around 8:30 PM…

Best time to visit: June end or July (During monsoon)

More information on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mallalli_Falls

Edit on 20th July 2017:

I had chance to visit this wonderful falls once again during monsoon and falls was flowing full, green everywhere.. awesome weather..

They have laid nice cement road till the falls view point.. earlier it was horrible..
Entry fee is 100/- per car..for bike its 30 I guess not sure..
3 KMS before falls there are 2 hotels where you will get some food and tea/coffee..
again at the view point, there is small hotel where you can get Omlet/Maggie 🙂
I had visited this falls once during summar and during rainy season.. both time its nice…
during summer you can go till water point and play with water.. during rainy season its very dangerous to get into water.. not advisable ..
couples be careful as its lonely place..you can see some crowed only during weekend not on weekdays..
Kids have to be careful in the steps and view point.. there will be leaches also during rainy season..
I am attaching photos of the hotels there, you can call them and order food…

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Muppane Nature Camp on 28th Feb 2015_Trekking and Swatcha Bharath

Who: Myself and Anand Kotteswar….

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When: 28th Feb and 1st March 2015

Place: Muppane Nature Camp

14°06’40.0″N 74°47’24.0″E

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Route: Mysore—Arasikere—Shivmogga—Sagar—Talguppa—Kargal—Muppane Nature Camp

I got email from Sampath that he planned one Trek cum Swatcha Bharath program in his Muppane Nature camp, I was over exited and booked this program…

I had hard time convincing my wife.. finally she agreed.. since my FIL had fever.. she didn’t go to her Mom’s place.. instead my SIL came and stayed in our home…

Anand was in town for his vocation, So I invited him also.. he agreed and we both planned to travel in Train till Arasikere then join Sampth’s team

Friday night: Feb 27th: I took train tickets and packed all my luggage.. I went to Anand’s place around 9 and he was having dinner @ that time.. then we both went in his Activa to Railway station.. our train was around 10:30 Darwad express.. we boarded the train in General compartment, we didn’t sleep and had nice conversation, we reached Arasikere around 1:30 AM, Sampth and team came around the same time and we boarded TT…

Saturday Feb 28th: We reached Muppane around 6:30 AM, it was very chilling and misty morning… since the gate was not opened, we took walk.. mean time I talked to fellow travelers

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We reached camp, it was shocking for me to see well equipped Toilets!!.. we got freshen up and had nice break fast.. I had only 3 Idli and Masala vada..

Later I came to know that plan is changed … we will go for trek today and tomorrow in the camp…

We had two families.. one Putgowri and her cousins..

We all started towards Trek to Vasagitti falls!! (VG Falls), we started walking in the road and it was down trek towards first water falls.. so many people fell down while going as it was very slow and slippery, even I fell down..

We reached first water falls, after reaching there I realized that I had visited that falls long before around 5-6 years back!!

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Many people started getting into water.. we did not go as there was one good water falls @ the end of the trek

After some time we left that spot and started walking to the next water falls (VG-2)

It was already very late and path was very difficult.. we had to walk next to water streams, most of the places were slippery .. I fell down again this time hurting my head!! Luckly nothing happened…after me some 3 more people fell down on the same spot!!, then I removed my costly shoes and started walking only in bare foot..!!

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It was only me and Anand in the trek, there was one group left in front of us and one way back .. it was lengthy walk and we reached spot around 4 PM!! I was very hungry and had lunch without waiting for Anand.. He reached late, by the time lunch was over!! I was very upset that he didn’t get any food…

Then we got into water streams.. it was dam cold… freezing… it was very nice experience. Then I went to one more falls, there it was like natural swimming pool… I really enjoyed swimming over there..

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After we got ready.. we started trekking upwards.. again it was long trek.. !!

Finally we reached assembling point… every one were waiting for us..!! it was relief…. There we saw Malabar pied Hornbill!! (My first Sighting)

We reached base point around 7 PM, it was already dark.. some forest officers were waiting for us, as we did not take permission.. finally Sampath had to give some money and adjust..

We had nice Kashaya and bajji snacks.. later we had nice dinner.. and took rest..

We had to come back to Nature camp for sleeping…

We reached around 11 PM and started pitching tents..

Myself and Anand got into one tent and had nice sleep… everything was first experience for him..

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Sunday March 1st :

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I woke up early morning and got freshen up… I saw wonderful Rainbow on the back water.. and again spotted HB!!

We packed all our tents and started Swatch Bharath… as a warm up before breakfast getting ready..

We had Poori and avalakki as breakfast .. Sampth later brifed us on cleaning activities..

Everyone took one gunny bags and started collecting plastic and bottles…we collected more than 10 bags full of bottles

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Later we went towards backwater for water sporting..

We all got life jackets and started entering to water.. it was nice experience.. feeling floating in the mid of water…

We enjoyed a lot.. I gave my life jacket to others as they didn’t know swimming..

It started raining and we came to base point for lunch!!

We had nice lunch and I took some rest…

Later forest RFO Shrikanth Naik, naturalist Imran Patel briefed us about nature and forest crime.. we had very nice discussion on various factors..

We took group photos and left that camp…On the way we visited Sampath’s one more Camp which was still under construction..

It was very good place for hangout..

Photos:

By Sampth:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/129701958@N07/sets/72157650665765307/

By Me:

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