This is my second trip of the year. Five of us- Subramanian (Subbu), Shivshankar (Shiv), mahantesh (Monty), Sudhakar (Siddu) and me planned a one day trip to a trekking spot-Antharagange which is in shatashrunga mountain range located in Chinnada Gani (Golden Land) – Kolar, at a distance of 70 km from Bengaluru. It is known as the Dakshina Kaashi (South kaashi). In addition to trekking, there is cave exploration! With few negative feedbacks about the place, our plan was still on with a feeling that ‘Naav nodida mele decide madona’ (Let’s visit and then decide). (Feedback courtesy: Syed & Rakshith)
Shiv, Monty, Subbu and I headed to Kolar from Bengaluru, via bus. The journey was about 3 hours (Delayed by Bengaluru’s traffic). My friend siddu, who was from Kolar, joined us at the bus stop. Then we bought lunch and some snacks for the day (I am very much interested in such things ;)). Then we took an auto-rickshaw to Antharagange which is about 4 km from Kolar city.
Then we started to hike the hill using the step way (Not the actual trekking!). We were welcomed by a battalion of monkeys.
Soon after, we reached a view point where there was a hillock, we climbed to the top and the sight was beautiful. We thought of having some snacks. Soon after we started eating chips, a monkey came near us for the food item. Subbu gave some chips to the monkey. After eating that it was attacking all of us who had chips in their hands. Finally, monkey succeeded to get the chips (Moral of the story: Monkeys like potato chips and will do anything to get it from us, so carry some other snack if you are coming). Then we moved on, climbing the steps through a straight corridor with Nilgiri trees on either side which gave a feeling of walking through a tree tunnel.
We reached Kaashi Vishwanatha temple, inside which there is Shiva Linga. By the side of which there is a small Gopura inside which underground water- Antaragange flows between two Nandi statues into the Kalyani. The precise source of water is unknown and the flow is eternal. In the middle of Kalyani there is a Small Ganesha Temple. There is also Hanuman temple on the rear side of kalyani.
Then was the actual trekking from the temple. The route was quite hard to climb. Sad thing is, my friends, gave me the backpack, then only I got to know that we have bought so much of snacks! (Trekking is like traveling in Airplane, every gram of weight matters).
We again stopped at a view point, from where complete Kolar city was visible, houses were like an arranged matchboxes. We rested there for a while. Thank god there were no monkeys (except us ;)) so that we had some snacks (peacefully!).
Hiking continued until we found some caves. Then we started exploring the caves. The real adventure was experienced in caves. Caves have multiple entrance and exits. It was so cool inside the caves. After some time, subbu and I took a different route and continued to explore the challenging paths. Finally, we came out the caves and rested on a peak of huge rock, and I just thought that the one who gave negative feedback has failed to explore such an awesome place (Please visit again guys). Other 3 guys met us there and we continued the trek.
We reached a village at the top of the hill. There were around 7 villages in surroundings.
Then was a surprising thing, we found a well in that village (I was so happy:)). I was ready to swim. Siddu joined me first and after some time even shiv and monty joined. The water was extremely cool. It was a refreshing swim. Then we had lunch that we brought.
Then we reached the bus stop and traveled to Kolar from the hilltop. We had tea at the bus stop. We were exhausted and just wanted a seat to rest in the bus on our way back to Bengaluru. Luckily got seats in the semi-sleeper bus. It was time to say goodbye to my friend siddu. We left the city. Monty was sleeping throughout the travel and Shiv was listening to music. Subbu and I were chitchatting and were also clicking some awesome sunset pics till we drained the phone’s battery.
Every year Flower Show will be organized semiannually on the occasions of Republic Day (January) and Independence Day (August) by Horticulture department in Bangalore’s largest park- The Lalbagh Botanical Garden, situated in the middle of the city. The flower show will be at the “Glass House” located in the center of the garden.
This year, the 201st Flower show on account of Republic day was between January 17th and 26th. The main attraction was the model of “Red fort” which was 28 feet high, 40 feet wide and 50 feet long. It was decorated with varied colors of roses. There was also a replica of “Gateway of India”.
On account of Big brother Obama’s visit to India as a chief guest for 66th republic day, a model of “Statue of liberty” was also made.Along with these, there were a wide variety of flowers- Heliotropium, Cineraria, Pinks, Rudbeckia, Phlox, Rose and Velvet which were decorated in a different pattern inside the house. The view was Blissful!
Other attractions at Lalbagh!
The Historical Watchtower (Kempegowda Tower) built by Nadaprabhu Kempegowda. It is situated at the top of a small hill. The tower is one of the four towers which was built to watch the city in ancient days.
Lalbagh Lake is another tourist attraction. It is spread over an area of 30 acres.
It was my first trip of Engineering life with my friends during my First semester holidays.
There wasn’t much planning for this trip. We- Me, Sunil, syed, Udhay, Vinodh (kalam), Vinod (burette) discussed about a few tourist spots of Karnataka and finally came up with Mysuru (Mysore) which is situated at about 140 kM from Bengaluru. All 6 members were ready when we started planning, But it was Me, Sunil , udhay and syed who finally showed up. (This is common with engineering students!). One thing to remember was that, one of my friends vinodh (Burette) made his mom call us, to tell that he isn’t coming for the trip. Udhay used this to tease vinodh throughout the rest of Engineering life.
I was residing in bidadi (ramanagara). The others were from Bangalore. They boarded the train to mysore at Bangalore city junction around 6 AM. Due to some uncertainties I couldn’t accompany my friends on the same train to mysore. I boarded a train at Bidadi around 7 AM and reached mysore station around 9 AM. My friends reached there around 9:30 AM. But I was fined at the platform for no reason by TTE(Travelling Ticket Examiner). His argument was that I travelled in express train (in which my friends travelled) with a different ticket. We failed to convince him that I travelled in a different train (what a great start to trip!). Then we had Breakfast! We didn’t had any perfect route plan for the day.
Finally an auto rickshaw driver suggested the route plan (experienced!). We took the same auto to reach the first spot- Sri Chamarajendra Zoological gardens, commonly called as “The Mysore zoo”. On entering we found a notice board about Student discount for entry ticket! But when asked for it at the counter, they said it wasn’t available (so sad 😦 ). We bought the tickets and placed all our belongings in the baggage counter, and moved on. Many species of diverse animals are being well-preserved in the zoo. Few of them are giraffes, elephants, gorillas, bears, monkeys, lions, tigers, crocodiles and rhinoceros. It took almost 3 hours for us to look at wide variety of animals which were living in the 150 acre area.
Then we boarded a City bus to our next destination which was “Chamundeshwari temple”, situated on top of Chamundi hills. At the temple entrance there was a gopura which had fine carvings. We moved inside and got the blessings of goddess chamundeshwari. Then we thought of resting for a while and sat on a wall behind the temple and the city view from there was mind blowing. One funny moment was that syed’s pronunciation of word VIEWS which made us laugh (Reason sensored!). He said views nodo, views nodo (watch the sceneries). Another tourist attraction was the statue of Mahishasura (king of asuras) located near the temple.
Our next visit was to mysore’s famous and most visited place – “The Mysore palace”. It was the official residence of the Wodeyars during their rule. The palace is surrounded by garden and has 3 gates. We entered through the south gate (public entrance). All historical things are well preserved in the palace, the main attraction inside the palace was the “Chinnada Ambari” (Golden Howdah) weighing around 750 kg, which is made of pure gold.
Our final visit of the day was to KRS Dam (Krishna Raja Sagara) which is built across Kaveri river. We hired a tonga (horse drawn vehicle) from palace to reach the nearest bus stop and then headed towards KRS Dam in a city Volvo bus. It was around 5 PM when we reached there. We bought the tickets and entered “Brindavan gardens”. The garden has a botanical park and also has many water fountains. Then there was the most awaited event, which was the Musical fountain show. It was a spectacular show. The colored lights added beauty to the water flow patterns following the music beats. After the show we had some snacks- Fish fry and Gobi manchurian and then we went to Sunil’s relative’s home which was a few kilometers from the dam.
We were served with a delicious home-made dinner. After dinner we had fruits. And in spite of exhaustion we had a long chat in the room. That words from sunil “Lo malkolro saaku belagge bega elbeku”(Sleep guys, should get up early in the morning) made us fall asleep. It was like a warning, especially for me.
We got up early in the morning around 5 AM (I know few people won’t believe this, well, sometimes miracles happen). We had a hot water bath (water courtesy: Sunil), then dressed up and had breakfast.
Our day schedule was well prepared. Well prepared because, there were only two places to visit i.e, Edmuri and Balmuri mini waterfalls. We took a city bus to a place nearby the falls. From there we hired an auto, it wasn’t a passenger auto, it was a luggage auto! Amazing ride with all the delightful village nature beauty on both sides of the road till we reached the edmuri falls. We spent about 2 hours there. Had wonderful swimming experience with complete refreshment! Then we headed to our last destination Balmuri Falls where there was balmuri temple near the river.
It was time to head back to Bengaluru. We reached the railway station and bought the travelling tickets for 3 of us except sunil as he planned to stay back in Mysore for holidays. As there was 1 hour left for the train to depart we went for lunch and by the time we returned back the train was fully packed. We didn’t even enter into any compartment (indeed we didn’t get a chance in that crowd) so we travelled to Bangalore standing near the door. Udhay and I were chitchatting throughout the 3-hour journey, While Syed was busy on a phone call (come on, you can guess with whom he was talking 😉 )
This trip was special and a memorable one as it was the first trip with my new friends!!!