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TRIP TO HOGENAKKAL FALLS

 

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beautiful falls. ❤ 🙂

 

 (for information –Hogenakkal falls  is approx. 130 km from Bangalore. The best time to visit Hogenakkal is during the monsoon season if you want to see the river in its full flow but  tourists prefer to visit during off-season specially winter as the water flow remain stable and one can enjoy coracle rides )

Hogenakkal Falls is located in southern part of India in the Dharmapuri district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is also known as the Niagara Falls of India. It is a very famous picnic sport. The waterfall is created by river Kaveri which  forms numerous waterfalls at this location cutting across the rocky terrain. The water splashes into deep gorges creating the beautiful view of the waterfall. I got an opportunity to visit this place with my best friend Saheen and her family. It is a well known tourist attraction for scenic beauty of the waterfall, boat rides and herbal baths (it is said that the water is having healing properties).

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on the way… 🙂

 We started our journey in morning and reached in afternoon. It almost took three to four hours to reach the location by cab. To be honest it was very crowded the time we reached the place. No doubt this location is immensely beautiful with a wonderful view of the waterfall. One can see the view of the fall from various angles as  at some places  the water is moving in a full flow between deep gorges and the other side it has transformed into a huge waterfall falling with a tremendous force. 🙂

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view of the fall from a distance….

 

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view of the hills and the water passing in between 🙂

 

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view of gushing flow of the falls from a bridge above it… 🙂

We got to know that this place is very famous for herbal baths , oil massage and fish fry (freshly caught fishes are fried and sold to the visitors. it’s a heaven for people who love eating fish as various verities of freshly caught fishes are available here.) Nearby one can find food stalls too. As I am a vegetarian  😀 I was accompanying Saheen as she is fish lover 😛  I was able to see the soul of a hungry cat rising within her seeing the hot taste fried fishes. 😛

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coracles boats 🙂 ❤

We roamed around and tried coracle ride too. These coracles are made of bamboo and the bottoms of the boats are made up of waterproof sheets of plastic for preventing water from entering inside the boats. These rides are really amazing as they take you to the other side of the river and near waterfall’s base. The view over there was breathtaking and wonderful.

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people enjoying their rides 🙂

 

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We were bit scared as the boat was tilting with the speed of flowing water but the experience was awesome. The water falls creates a misty atmosphere making the nearby area look hazy with droplets of water falling on your face once you reach near the waterfall. It was really a fantastic and amazing experience for us. 🙂

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Trip to Coorg and Namdroling Monastery Part 3 :)

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(For information- The monastery is located around 6 KM from kushalnagar towards Mysore . It is approx. 34 KM from Madikeri and  87 KM from Mysore. Timings to visit: 9 AM to 6 PM. Prayer is at 1 PM.  One can visit  at any time of the year, but the best time to visit is during the festive season like “The Tibetan New Year” where you can see various traditional dance and cultural events.)

As I was describing in my last two posts about my trip to Coorg , my rafting experience at Dubare falls and visit to Barapole ,we concluded our trip with our visit to Namdroling Monastery . After we enjoyed at Barapole river rafting we headed towards the Golden Temple or Namdroling Monastery situated at Bylakuppe. We reached at the temple around 12 PM. It was a bit less crowded that day because of the rain but this place is a very famous tourist attraction  and it remains crowded throughout the year. I found this place very peaceful and magnificent. The temple is known as golden temple because of the exquisite golden craftsmanship;the roof part of the temple is beautifully designed with splendid   golden work. The roof has a huge wheel like structure which is golden too.The amazing beauty of the roof makes the temple look more stunning. 

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the three magnificent golden statues of God 🙂 ❤

 Once we entered inside we found a huge entrance door leading towards a big prayer hall with three big statues of around 40 feet high of Guru Padmasambhava, Buddha Sakyamuni and Amitayus. The top area near the statues was decorated with colourful flags of dazzling red, green and yellow colour. The walls of the halls were decorated beautifully with bright colours and paintings related to Buddhist legendary Gods and other deities.

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monks praying 🙂

We were lucky as we reached around 1 PM which is the time of prayer for the monks. The view of the monks sitting in a disciplined way before the huge golden statues of god was captivating. Musical instruments like drums and bells were played in a sequence with the enchanting Buddhist prayers. It was really a very divine experience. The aroma of incense sticks was making the atmosphere more peaceful and divine. It was a very calm and wonderful  experience. The view of monks praying together was spectacular. We really felt blessed to witness such an amazing experience. We spent some time in the temple complex and started our journey towards our homestay. It was an amazing three days trip to Coorg which will always be memorable for me. 🙂 ❤

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Trip to Coorg and Barapole River Rafting Part 2 :)

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(For information: Barapole is approximately 270 km from Bangalore by road.The best time to visit the Barapole River for the white water rafting  is from the month of June till September.The total duration of the rafting  will be around two hours where a distance of around 2.5 km is covered and one will come across nine furious rapids. )

As I was describing in the first part of my trip to Coorg and Dubare falls about my rafting experience which was quite exhilarating and unique for me in an enchanting and beautiful location. Here I would like to describe about our next day trip to The Barapole River which is a famous destination for white water rafting in Coorg. It is considered as one of the most dangerous fast-moving water  making it a heaven for adventure lover. It was raining the next day too when we decided to start towards Barapole river . As me and my friends were done with rafting at Dubare falls the previous day we were just joining the others who decided to do rafting at Barapole.

The road leading to the river was lavishly green with coffee and tea estates on both sides of the road. As it was raining the view from the car window was looking more magical. The drive from our homestay till Barapole River was wonderful with empty roads and fascinating climate. We parked our vehicle and walked towards the camp, the path was wet and bit muddy due to rain. After a walk of few minutes we reached the location from where the beautiful river was visible. The water was truly having a fast pace. The heavy rain and black clouds which were covering the sky were giving a very intense look to the river. 

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View of the Barapole river 🙂
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view of the flowing water near the camp 🙂

 

 Few of our friends were getting ready for their much awaited experience. 😀 The organizers were instructing and guiding our group about the experience and safety precautions. They were instructed to put there life jackets and get ready for the rafting. As I was looking around I found the river very turbulent and level of water was too high  due to the continuous rainfall from few days. We wished our friends good luck 😀 as they headed towards the river. I heard that they were going to cover a distance of approx 2.5 km, in which they will come across nine furious rapids. The duration of time they were going to raft was around two hours. (Though I was not rafting but I was bit scared listing to all these descriptions 😛 )

 

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greenery around the river … ❤ 🙂
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rain dripping from the roof top of the camp and the beautiful view ❤ 🙂

As we were waiting for our friends who went for rafting I tried clicking few pictures around that place. After a long wait when our friends came back I saw a big smile on their faces they were very much excited as it was dream come true experience for them.. 🙂 They were totally drenched and exhausted but were extremely happy.  As they were describing that the level of water was high the raft was moving in a fast rate, it was very difficult for them to keep balance, the water was splashing everywhere . The raft was moving from a high plateau to still water in a rapid speed.The waves were pulling the raft in  a different direction . Altogether it was a amazing experience for them.

We decide to have our lunch and rest for a while and start for our next destination. 😛  🙂

 To be continued…… 🙂 ❤ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trip to coorg and Dubare falls part 1 :)

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(For information – The distance between Bangalore and Coorg is 270 kms and required time is 6 hrs. The major attraction of Dubare is the river rafting which takes place in the waters of the river Kaveri. Dubare is known for its elephant camp, a forest camp on the banks of the river Kaveri in the district of Kodagu, karnataka.)

It was a sudden plan with my friend’s for a weekend trip to coorg. We started our journey from Bangalore towards coorg in a night bus. It was raining heavily that day and the bus was moving in a high speed.. We were trying to sleep for some time but all of a sudden the road stated to be bumpy,with the intensity of the rain increasing the water was splashing hard near our bus window.. I was seriously astonished with the driving skill of the driver who was driving so brilliantly that night. 😀 Within some time the road became normal and the climate became cool we were quite relived and tried resting for sometime..

 After around six hours of journey we reached coorg. The time was around 3:20 am. It was raining cats and dogs; we were just trying to get an auto to reach our friend’s homestay ; by luck we got into one and rushed towards the location. 😛 I  must admit it was  the most adventurous ride I ever had.. 😀 the rain water was gushing inside the auto and we were completely wet and trembling with cold. The road was entirely empty and dark; in night the beauty of that place was looking horrifying.. Thank god after few minutes of roller coaster ride we reached the homestay.. Soon our friend greeted us with his two big dogs who were not happy seeing us.. 😛 at the odd hours.. My friends were so scared seeing the dogs jumping and running around us that they were not moving  from their place.. 😛  but  being a dog lover ❤ I was really happy seeing them around 🙂 We rushed towards our room as we were really exhausted and we needed rest..

 Next day I woke up early to take a walk around the place and to my surprise the place which was looking creepy in night was beautiful and amazing.

 

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lushly green trees and plants 🙂

 

It was lushly green with big trees and plants everywhere. The grasses were covered with dew drops which were shining in the reflection of sun light.

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dewdrops on grasses 🙂

The pepper vines were laden with pepper. Cool breeze was blowing I must admit it is a perfect place to relax from the rush of the city. I was awestruck with the beauty of that place.

 

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peeper vines 🙂

Soon we decided to get ready and move towards dubare falls for rafting. 🙂  it was still raining that day.. The time we reached the falls the weather was cloudy and it was drizzling… me and my friends were too exited for the rafting experience.  (Sorry I don’t have pictures of my rafting experience as it was raining heavily that day)

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starting point of rafting  🙂

It was really an amazing experience. The scenic beauty of that place and the flow of  water were wonderful. 🙂 The force of water was pushing the raft like anything, we were wearing our life jackets still it was scary 😛 we were instructed to keep rowing  but the force of waves was changing the direction of the raft like anything..  At one moment we were on still water at other we were pushed by the force of water, it was exactly like a roller coaster ride. Suddenly as we were in between the water it started raining heavily and it made the scenario more exiting.. 🙂 Truly it was an amazing experience… 🙂

 To be continued.. 🙂

 

 

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Trip to Khasada Waterfall

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khasada waterfall .. 🙂
 ( For information: Odisha lies on the east coast of the Indian subcontinent. Famous for temples, beaches, handicrafts and ecotourism. Khasada waterfall  is approximately 273 km from the capital Bhubaneswar. Best time to visit this place is during winter)

Bestowed with natural splendor and beautiful surrounding khasada waterfall is a major tourist attraction in the state of Orissa (INDIA)..The location is surrounded with vegetation and hills.Large number of tourist visits this place every year to enjoy the scenic beauty. 

 

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waterfall 🙂

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view of the hills in the background.. 🙂 

 

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flora around the falls.. 
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view of the temple and people crossing the waterfall.. 🙂

The gusting sound of water and the picturesque view makes the location more relaxing.Water rolling over the rocks and the dry leaves falling from the trees adds an amazing beauty to this place…

 

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view of dry leaves falling ❤ 🙂

 To the opposite is a small temple on a hill and in order to reach that place one need to cross the waterfall . I found the base of the rocks  quite slippery but  people were crossing the waterfall  fearlessly with support of a wooden platform. The water was moving in  a high speed and it was bit difficult for them to maintain balance but still they were going ahead. I must admit faith and zeal conquer everything.

 

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view of the temple.. 🙂

 

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people crossing the waterfall 🙂

 

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  I really enjoyed the beauty of this place and the calm and quite environment. Altogether it was a nice trip.. 🙂 ❤

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TRIP TO MADIKERI & ABBEY FALLS :)

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MADIKERI ❤ ❤ ❤
( for information – Madikeri is a popular hill station in southern India in the state of Karnataka. This is a famous tourist destination. It is approx 260 km from Bangalore. Best time to visit Madikeri is winter (December-February) as weather remains pleasant during this time of the year.
 Abbey falls-It is located in between private coffee and spice estates. It is located 8 km from madikeri and 268 km from Bangalore. The river is part of the early reaches of the river Kaveri. The best time to visit abbey falls is monsoon till October when the water is plenty. One can enjoy the view from the hanging bridge opposite to water fall )

 

Madikeri is the district headquarter of Kodagu, also known as Coorg . Sanctified with nature’s splendor and amazing climate it is heaven for nature lovers. The plan was for a short two days trip with my friends to Madikeri and Abbey falls. I was really exited as for me its one of my favorite destination. Lushly green forest, coffee estates, spice plantation, fog and drizzling rain.. I don’t think anything else can make me happier than this. 😛 😀 We started our journey from Bangalore towards madikeri . The trip was very pleasant with beautiful roads and greenery all over the place. It was raining and cold outside…

It was almost dark when we reached our home stay. We   had our dinner and decided to enjoy the weather a bit more sitting around campfire. 😀 we enjoyed till late forgetting about the rain and cold weather. As it was getting late and the temperature was decreasing  we decided to go  back to our rooms and take rest..

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beautiful view from the balcony 🙂

 

After getting a good sleep I woke up early in the morning to explore the nearby place, the weather was cold and it was drizzling, I went out of my room near the balcony & the view outside was stunning . Green trees were surrounding the place with fog and cloud passing over  houses. The hills in the background was making the view more picturesque. I decided to go to the roof top to get a better view. The view from roof was truly relaxing and amazing. The surrounding was calm and quite and it was making the place more heavenly. Due to the drizzling weather the colour of the plants and trees were looking more intense.

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the clouds passive over trees and hills ❤ ❤ 🙂

 

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view from the roof top 🙂 ❤

Meanwhile few of my friends got up and we decided to go out and move around the place a bit more. As it was early morning the roads were empty, wild flowers were blooming all around. There were small pathways leading to  gardens with beautiful plants and trees. The view of the hills from a distance was looking amazing like a beautiful painting.

 

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early morning .. empty roads and drizzling weather…. ❤
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narrow path inside garden 🙂

 

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garden area 🙂

 

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wild flower’s…

We decided to go back as we were supposed to visit Abbey falls. We had our breakfast and got ready for the next adventure.  Within few hours of journey we reached abbey falls. It’s a beautiful waterfall in between private coffee estate and spice plantation and a small path leading towards the waterfall. 🙂 

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way towards the abbey falls 🙂 ❤

 It was our good luck as the crowd was bit less that day. The path leading towards the waterfall was bit muddy and wet due to the rainy weather , and we were lucky again as the waterfall was gushing with water, we were able hear the voice of the water from a distance. 🙂  it was amazing. As we were able to visit the place at the right time of the year when the water flow remain plenty while in summer it reduces.

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mesmerizing view … ❤  ❤

 

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Beauty of abbey falls ❤ 🙂

 

The view of the water fall was incredible, the water was gushing from the top of the hills and the surrounding was full with trees. Small white wild flowers were blooming near the water fall making it look more stunning. All were busy clicking pictures. 😀 few of us decided to go to the hanging bridge opposite to the water fall from where one can get a beautiful view of the falls.

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hanging bridge opposite to the waterfall.. one can get a direct view from here 🙂

The hanging bridge was completely wet because of the force of the gushing water, as we were standing on it we too were able to feel the droplets of water falling on our faces and cameras. 😀 The sound of the falling water was very strong. Due to safety reason people are not allowed to go near the waterfall one can watch it from a distance or from the bridge. Slowly the crowed stated to increase on the bridge and we decided to go down. We spent sometime nearby clicking pictures.. After sometime we decided to leave that place and start our journey back towards Bangalore.

 

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nature is beautiful… ❤ ❤

Altogether it was a lovely trip  to a beautiful waterfall. 🙂

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Enchanting beauty of Chikmagalur (PART 2)

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Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature. —–Gerard De Nerval

 As I was describing about the beauty of  Chikmagalur  in https://shradha099.wordpress.com/2017/03/26/enchanting-beauty-of-chikmagalur-part-1/ 

specially about the place where we were staying and the nearby area. After exploring the location we all decided to get ready and start our trip towards    Baba Budangiri range /datta peeta /Dattagiri range  (hills). The way towards the hill was breath-taking. The route was captivating with beautiful trees downhill.

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the view  🙂 ❤
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road ahead …..

Nature is really marvelous and dynamic…The shadows of the clouds passing over, were giving an impression of dark blue colour to the hills, making it look  beautiful like a work of art.. The tress were even giving an impression of changing colours from dark green to lighter shades.. 🙂 it was miraculous…

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colours of nature 🙂

After travelling for an hour or two we came across a place where there was a small water fall and a pond, the weather was really hot so we decided to rest for a while near that water source..

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stream of water…. 🙂

The place was cool with  green trees around; the sound of the flowing water was  soothing.

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small waterfall ❤

After relaxing for half an hour we decided to move ahead towards the hill…After few hours of journey we reached the location… it was still sunny… there was a pond near the hill. Few of us thought of exploring the nearby hill and started climbing..

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climbing up…

The hill was dry and bit rocky..it was an easy climb but we were bit exhausted due to scorching heat .. after going to a good height the view was really amazing..

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mesmerizing view from the top of the hill…

it was full of trees and mist.. we sat there for a while… it was an incredible feeling.. the climate was bit cooler as we were on a good height . we were totally lost in the beauty of that place. But suddenly we saw half of the crew calling us from downhill as they were not aware we went uphills without informing them.  😛 we were not in a mood as it was really amazing view  at the top , but we decided to go back bidding adieu to the beautiful hill… it was really an amazing trip.. while going back it was almost evening… the road was fully covered with fog… 🙂

 It was really difficult for the driver to drive , but the place was looking amazing.. with approaching darkness and fogy road it was looking like we were entering a dream world.. By the time we reached Bangalore it was almost dark, we were very tired.. Altogether it was a awesome trip, and Chikmagalur became one of my favorite destination