Tuesday, November 29, 2011

SANGAMA





Sangama is the confluence of two rivers – Arkavathi and Cauvery. The waters here are shallow and wide, so you can walk around in the water or take a dip. This place is around 110 km and 2 hours drive from Bangalore. The last 5kms of the drive to Sangama is quite interesting and you also face unexpected bends. The road takes a steep dip into a valley and offers a nice view of the running river. Mekedatu is 4 km from Sangama for which you can take a bus or trek along the river banks as preferred by most. There is a deviation towards left at 5 km before Sangama to reach Chunchi falls. Activities around include trekking, swimming in the river, fishing and safari into Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary.

How To Reach
The only mode of transportation to reach Sangama is by road. It is around 110 km and 2 hours drive from Bangalore and can be done on a two-wheeler or a four-wheeler. From Bangalore on NH 209 travel towards Kanakapura which is 56 km away. There you take a left turn which leads to Sangama which is 33 kms away.

Best Season

Sangama can be visited through out the year. During monsoons the river is dangerous and at times people are not allowed to get into the water.

MEKEDAATU







Mekedatu means Goat's Leap in Kannada. Here the Cauvery river jumps in to deep narrow gorge over which even a goat can leap. One can drive only up to Cauvery Akravati Sangama. After this you can cross the river in coracle ( circular boats ) or by walking if the water level is low. From here Mekedatu is 4km downstream. There is only one bus available at the other end which can take you till Mekedatu. The rocks at Mekedatu get slippery during monsoon. Chunchi Falls is also very nearby for which you have to turn before reaching Sangama.

Places nearby Mekedatu
Muthathi
Bheemeshwari
Shivanasamudra
Bilikal Betta
Talakadu
MM Hills
Hogenakkal
Bannerghata
BR Hills
Somanathapura
Bangalore
Srirangapatana
Mysore
Nanjangudu
Savandurga
Melukote
Bandipur
Nijagalbetta
Shivagange
Antaragange

Besttime for Mekedatu
Post monsoon is the best time to see the falls. August to January is the best season.


Food and Accomodation
Only some shops selling cool drinks and snacks are available at the place. Coming with packed food is essential.

Reaching Mekedatu
Mekedatu is 90km from Bangalore.
Route 1: Bangalore - Kanakapura - Sathanur - Chunchi Falls - Sangama - Mekedatu.

KSRTC buses and private buses are available to Kanakapura from KR Market. From Kanakapura there are only few buses to Sangama.

VISHRANTHI DHAMA



Vishranthidhama, the only resort which offers home style facilities. A resort, which combines rich traditional values with the most modern features and it can cater to the young and old alike, yet take care of the nuances that can satisfy each one of them. The resort nestled cozily in a green and serene 5 acre space on the picturesque Kanakapura highway, just 29 kms away from Bangalore city center. Vishranthidhama is a heaven of peace and tranquility, replete with all material comforts which you would look for in the city.

Address: 209, Nettigere,
Kanakapura Road,
Bangalore, Karnataka,

Phone number:+91-80-26635048
+91-80-26547275
+91-9845028720
+91-9845290672

Email: vishranthidhama@yahoo.com
Web: www.vishranthidhama.com

PYRAMID VALLEY






Welcome to the mystical Pyramid Valley… nestled in the serene and pollution-free environs, just outside Bengaluru city, where the pristine beauty of nature overcomes the conditioned human limitations and you become one with the elements of the universe !

Embraced by natural rocks, beautiful hills and water bodies, Pyramid Valley is located on Kanakapura Road 35KM south of Bengaluru.

The central king pin of Valley, the magnanimous Maitreya- Buddha Pyramid, standing 104 f.t tall as a solid rock and surrounded by the hillocks in the unfolding terrain of forty acre Valley campus is, where Art, Science and Spirituality blend seamlessly, making one mesmerized.

The journey from the entrance to the Pyramid is surrounded by beautiful landscape of rocks, lush green gardens, soothing water bodies, and pathways, transcending the mind towards calmness. The peaceful meditative Buddha at the entrance of the Pyramid is a perfect setting to be one with self.


Pyramid valley is a paradise to relax, meditate or just to be one with nature or experiment by learning new life skills where the spiritual and emotional needs are met. It is also a place to encounter the experiences of the world spiritual masters and develop a holistic approach to life and learning.


Maitreya-Buddha Pyramid
Maitreya-Buddha Pyramid, with a capacity of 5,000 people, is the World’s Largest Pyramid built solely for practicing intensive meditation. It has a base area of 160ft. x 160ft. and is as tall as a ten storeyed building at 104ft. height.

This Pyramid is constructed on the principles of Giza Pyramid, oriented exactly in the North – South direction, having the golden angle of inclination at 51° 51’ and the King’s Chamber located at the center at 1/3rd the height of the Pyramid.

Facilities

Pyramid Valley Features
World’s Largest Meditational Pyramid
Hills, Valleys & Water Bodies
Art Galleries with Buddhist Themes
Coconut Groves ,lawns and Nature

Conference Facilities
150-people capacity Conference Hall with Private Garden Area,
Amphitheater with lush green lawns

Accommodation and Dining Facilities
Aesthetically designed Luxury Rooms and Standard Rooms
Large Camping Style Tents, furnished with cots
Clean and budget Dormitories
Simple Indian Vegetarian meals

Proposed Facilities
Holistic Health Centre
Meditation Teaching Centre
Spiritual Science Library
Exhibition Centre

THOTTIKALLU FALLS









Thottikallu is a place near Bangalore off the Kanakapura road which is famous for a falls called Thottikallu falls more popularly known as TK falls. A de route at Kagalpura (Kaggalipura) off the Bangalore - Kanakapura road will lead to a place called Byalemaradadoddi, from where a mud road leads to the falls. The place also has a small shrine.
There will not be much water in summer and hence better to visit in or just after monsoon.
The place is about one hour from Kempegowda Bus Terminal.
Now a lots or residential projects are coming up near TKfalls. This falls is slowly gaining interest in south bangalore. A lot of biking expeditions are conducted to this place. little away from bangalore one can enjoy greenery..
This place is also littered with alcohol bottles and gutka packets. Visitors must take care and keep the place clean.


Friday, November 25, 2011

DAROJI BEAR SANCTUARY




Daroji wild life sanctuary has been my favorite place for seeing and photographing Indian Sloth Bears.. Daroji sanctuary is about 364 Km from Bangalore, via Chitradurga, Hospet and further Kamalapur. We stayed at Karnataka government’s tourist guesthouse ( KSTDC’s Mayur Bhuvaneshwari ) at Kamalapura. This is quite a comfortable place to stay and just 12 Km for Daroji.

Daroji was declared as a Wild life Sanctuary during October 1994. We owe so much to the persons who identified the potential of this place and took steps to protect the Indian sloth Bears.

The sanctuary expands for about 55.87 square kilometers consisting of small hillocks amidst scrub forest. Natural caves found in these hillocks provide comfortable stay for the bears.



Wild boars are common in the periphery of forests and jungles. These animals prefer to live closer to villages and agricultural lands. It used to invade cultivated lands such as sugar cane fields etc.,These wild animals are well known for their notorious behavior of damaging the crops. DAROJI is about 15 K.M from HAMPI town, which was once the capital of Vijayanagar Empire.

Daroji is a rocky terrain and very hot. The summer is simply unbearable. The rock-strewn hillocks that stretch between Daroji of Sandur taluk and Ramasagar of Hospet Taluk in Bellary district have been the abode of Indian Sloth Bears since ages. In October 1994, the government of of

Karnataka declared 5,587.30 hectares of Bilikallu reserve forest as Daroji Bear Sanctuary.


GUNDRA FOREST





In the jungles of Kakanakote, the shrill trumpeting of the elephant mingles with the deep, guttural rumble of the tiger’s roar.

The ‘dhoink’, ‘dhoink’ of the alarmed sambhar with his panic-stricken foot-stomping; the furtiveness of the spotted deer as he desperately scurries for cover; the sloppy amble of the sloth bear who seems to be consumed by his own thoughts.

Kakanakote is all about the aloofness of existence—the high spiritedness of being willing to be cut off from man-made civilization and losing yourself to the naked beauty of no-holds-barred wilderness.


To show the pluck and gumption to traverse tracks, mostly untrodden and unheard, somewhere in the foggy, misty, gruelling and unrelenting depths of the backwoods of the world.

And the names of the places inside the jungle: quaint, amusing and sometimes weird.

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Kudresatta Halla: A place where an anti-poaching camp is situated. So named after a horse ridden by a British forest officer suddenly collapsed and died at the spot, many decades ago, presumably after a heart attack.

Nayi Halla: One of the most fascinating places to spot wildlife. On the Bandipur side of the Kabini. Hundreds of elephants roam the area in summer. And the tiger walks proud! Not to forget the packs of wild dogs and other assorted denizens of the jungle.

Masaale Betta: Where the famed last scene of the super hit film, Gandhada Gudi, starring Raj Kumar and Vishnuvardhan was shot in the early 1970s.

Sunkada Katte: A calm forest bungalow built by the British in 1905 that still exists. It is to the back of this bungalow that the small stream that lends its name to the entire jungle, Nagarahole, meanders quietly.

Kymara, where one of the remotest forest bungalows in the area exist. To spend a night there is the earthly equivalent of being in the main hall of vaikunta. Divinely mesmerizing!

Karadi Halla, where the world famous howdah elephant Drona met a tragic end, electrocuted by a high-tension wire.

Udboor Koodu (Udboor Junction), where I recently saw one of the rarest sights in all my life, three leopards on a single tree! Time: 5.23! Post-meridiem.

Balle, where an elephant camp exists.

Hanape Thodu, where an ancient tree revered by the Soligas stands tall. Bisilwadi Kere: A huge lake in the Sunkada Katte area where animals congregate to drink.

Kottige Thittu, where you will surely find crocodiles when you don’t find elephants.

Baraballe: A rocky escarpment known for bears.

Mastigudi, where most of Gandhada Gudi was shot. And in the ancient past, the spot where the thrilling Khedda operations were conducted under the aegis of the Mysore Maharaja.

Gundre: On the Karnataka-Kerala border deep inside the jungle, to reach which you’ll need a four-wheel drive jeep and a driver with well heeled guts!

Dodda Byrana Kuppe: Very much on the Karnataka side but completely inundated with a profusion of Malayalee ‘entrepreneurs’. The good, the bad and the ugly!

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Just take off to Kakanakote.

Take off to hear the incessant chattering of grey langurs high up in the trees. The grunt of the wild boar from inside the pink flowered lantana. The rasping sounds of the gaur feeding on the lush green grass. The plaintive ‘meeeeoooow’ of the splendidly plumed peacock.

Take off to hear the flitting of the racket-tailed drongo amidst the branches. The lonely vigil of the sentinel of the skies, the crested serpent eagle. The frantic twittering of the orange tinted bulbul. And the siren like wail of the weirdly named brain fever bird from deep inside the woods.

Take off to come back refreshed, recharged, rejuvenated and rejoiced.

Route:
Bangalore - Mysore - HD Kote - N.Beguru - Gundre is the route.

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