Deepavali celebration in Mysore captured in slow shutter speed from our home terrace..!
Saw these beautiful Tigress sitting next to lake and drinking water in Nagarahole Forest.. Lucky to spot this…
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)
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…
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…
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
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!!
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..
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..
Mangalore–>Bantwal–>Uppinangadi–>Shiradi Ghat–>Sakleshpur–>Hassan–>Channarayapattana–>Bellur Cross–>Nagamangla–> Pandavapura –>Srirangapatna—> Mysore
(Around 343 KM)
Mangalore to Mysore Via Shiradi Ghat
Dudes: Me, Amar and SP
Bikes: Bullet Std 350, Yamaha FZ
Route: Mysore-KR Nagara-Holenarasipur-Towards Hassan-Take Left in Mosale Hosahalli –Shettihalli Church
I made last minute ride plan to Shetiihalli Church on Friday and Amar and SP joined me with Joy..
Saturday we plan to ride early but SP has to drop his family to railway station, so we waited for him till 11:30 AM.. Finally we all left Mysore around 12 PM.
The ride was superb..Nice weather and it was drizzling some places..
First we stopped at Holenasipur for food and Booz. we packed Biryani rice, Egg and Chiken Kabab from local shop, and got KF Strong Beer..
We inquired about route to Shettihalli, and people gave correct information about going through Gorur.. but our SP did not listen to them.. He belived in his mobile map… and we took local country road.. it was nice ride in gong through villages and all..
Since it was raining we couldn’t refer mobile map frequently and we took one wrong turn!!!
There was no road at all… it was fully covered with Mud… I was reluctant to go in that road but SP forced me to take that road only… but I have to say getting lost was best part of trip..
We had nice off-road experience in that scenic road..
At some point we stopped to verify our map.. and came to know we are in wrong place where there is no road in Map..!!
SP was feeling hungry.. and he wanted to have food there only.. but we convinced him to go Church….
Finally we reached our destination… it was superb view from long distance only..
As soon as we reached SP started opening parcel and eating… since we had to Booz.. we went to some place near water and had…
Some couple asked for my Bike and Helmet and parked it in front of church gate and they had endless photo session.. Lucky Bike…!!
I dont have pic of these babes on my bike.. but captured this candid photo…!
After our food, we also had nice photo session with bikes.. and had nice time…
During photo session I lost my Oakley sun glasses and luckily Amar found it between some grass..
Finally we left that place and this time took road which people said not mobile says!!
We reached Gorur and took deviation to the Gorur Dam which is built on ‘Hemavathi river
This dam was build before I was born, on 1979, its around 58 Mts height (20 Mts Higher than KRS!!)
After that we stopped to have Jack fruit and then for Tea..
We reached Mysore around 7:30 PM..
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
its is one of my dream bird to capture….
Then we saw Languors an Indian peacocks
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.
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
It was indeed a pleasant trip to Bandipur in Bike…Enjoyed a lot…