Sunday 17 January 2016

Road Trip -Day-3-Evening - Hogenakkal Falls

Hogenakal is framed of two Kannada words hoge and kal. At the point when the water falls on the stones it shows up as though hoge (smoke) is radiating from the highest point of the kal (rock) on account of the power of the water, consequently Hogenakkal (smoking rocks). It is in some cases alluded to as the "Niagara of India". With its distinction for restorative showers and shroud pontoon rides, it is a noteworthy vacation destination. Carbonatite rocks in this site are thought to be the most established of its kind in South Asia and one of the most established in the world.This is additionally the site of a proposed task to create drinking water. The Kaveri is considered to shape at Talakaveri in the Brahmagiri slopes in the Western Ghats of south India and accumulates energy as the area drops in height. It gets to be bigger as different tributaries encourage into it in transit down. At Hogenakkal, the Kaveri, now a vast stream, drops and makes various waterfalls as the water slices through the rough landscape. In spots the water falls as much as 20 m (66 ft) and is said to sound like ceaseless thunder.[citation needed] Soon after the falls the waterway takes a southerly course and enters the Mettur Stanley Reservoir.

The stream conveys silt which makes the downriver arrive fertile.Boating in Hogenakkal is permitted amid the dry-season as the water falls are not sufficiently solid to upset the entry of the pontoons.

Saturday 16 January 2016

Road Trip - Day -3-MM Hills (Male Mahadeshwara Betta)

Male Mahadeshwara Betta is an piligrim town situated in the Kollegala taluk of Chamarajanagara area of southern Karnataka.It is around 150 km from Mysuru and around 210 km from Bengaluru.The Mahadeshwara Temple at Male Mahadeshwara Hill was constructed by Junje Gowda Rich Kuruba Gowda Landlord.The Lord Sri Mahadeshwara is accepted to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva.It is an extremely mainstream and sacred old temple, encompassed by 77 hills in the Eastern Ghats. The Lord Sri Mahadeshwara is accepted to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva. It is an extremely acclaimed Shaiva piligrim focus. The Lord Sri Mahadeshwara's supernatural occurrences are perfectly sung by the town people in Janapada Style. The tallness of the hill is around 3000 feet from the ocean level. Around 600 years prior, Sri Mahadeshwara Swamy came here to perform atonement and it is trusted that he is as yet performing repentance in the temple's Garbha Gudi as Linga. The Linga, worshiping now in the Garbha Gudi is a self created one. Sri Male Mahadeshwara Swamy was proceeding onward a tiger known as Huli Vahana (Tiger as a vehicle) and performed various supernatural occurrences around the hills to spare the general population and holy people living there.

Other Shrines to visit at Male Mahadeshwara :
Sri Nagamale
Sri Adi Madappa
Sri Indi Basavwshwara
Sri Goujala Katte Basaveshwara
Sri Bale Kallu Basaveshwara
Sri Tapasare
Sri Paada Dhare
Sri Karaiah's Boli
Sri Kanave Basappa

MM Hills is sourrounded by timberland having a place with the Eastern Ghats which is contigous with the BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary.
Through this timberland district the Cauvery stream quietly spills out of Karnataka to Tamil Nadu.There is a massive measure of trekking opportunities bound to these woods.
The Forest office ( Ph:08224-252027 )have distinguished numerous trekking trails and directs trekking activites through these backwoods.The Stanley dam at Mettur in Tamil Nadu is just 30km from here.

Places nearby Malai Mahadeswara Hills
BR Hills
Bilikal Betta
Kolli Hills

The temple administration runs ample amount of accomodation facilities which can be booked over phone.
Given below are some guest house names and contact numbers Guru Darshini Ph:0822-5272108 Shiva Darshini Ph:0822-5272139 Mahadeshwara Guest House Ph:0822-5272124 Mahadeshwara Kalyanamantap, Kollegal Ph:0822-5252968.

Road Trip - Day -2 - BR Hills and K Gudi

The Biligirirangana Hills, normally called B R Hills, is a slope range arranged in south-eastern Karnataka, at its fringe with Tamil Nadu (Erode District) in South India. The territory is called Biligiriranganatha Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary or essentially BRT Wildlife Sanctuary. It is aprotected reserve under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. Being at the confluence of the Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats, the asylum is home to eco-frameworks that are one of a kind to both the mountain ranges. The site was declared a tiger save in January 2011 by the Karnataka government, a couple of months after endorsement from India's National Tiger Conservation Authority. A vast Michelia champaka known as "Doddasampige"(from Kannada for substantial Champak tree.It is one of a few sacrosanct forests of India of the Soliga individuals. The tree is accepted to be a few hundred years of age and its extensive covering gives safe house to various lingas adored by neighborhood groups, including the Soligas. The tree is on the banks of a stream, Bhargavi. On the event of Mahashivaratri, a few merriments including move and supplications are generally performed around a flame by the Soligas. The sanctuary of Ranganatha is arranged at the edge of an exposed precipice disregarding the northern parts of the haven. The uncovered rock-precipice looks white in shading, giving the slope its name (Biligiri in Kannada implies white slope). The divinity is frequently alluded to as Biligiriranga and is portrayed in an extraordinary standing position. The Ranganatha divinity at this sanctuary is perhaps the main standing type of Ranganatha, ascribed to Tipu Sultan's rechristening of a past Venkatesha sanctuary, when he went to these slopes amid a chasing endeavor. This may have happened to draw in support of the Sultan as he was assumed be a benefactor of Ranganatha. Different divinities in the sanctuary incorporate those of Ranganayaki and a few Alvars.A yearly auto celebration is held amid Vaishakha in the month of April.At regular intervals, the nearby Soliga tribe show an expansive pair of shoes measuring 1-foot (0.30 m) and 9 inches, to Ranganatha.

Closest Airport - Mysore (86kms), Bangalore (180kms), Coimbatore (180kms)

Closest Railway Station - Chamarajanagar(27kms), Mysore(86kms), Ramanagaram(128kms)

Friday 15 January 2016

Road Trip - Day-1 Somanathapura and Bharachukki Falls

Somanathapura Keshava temple is situated on the  banks of Kaveri, around 30 kilometers from Mysore city. This temple is currently under the care of Archeological overview of India. This is likewise announced by United Nations as 'Society Heritage Center'. Each carving of a stone in this temple makes you wonder about the sort of craftsmen our nation is honored with. Particularly the Hoysala style which takes after that of Belur and Halebeedu, all belonging to  Karnataka.750 years of perfect social history and that excessively situated at pretty much 120 kms from the heart of Bangalore.

Other Hoysala Architectures Around Bangalore: Belur , Halebidu

It's strength is its many-sided chiseling and cutting that delineates stories from legends, legendary occasions, Hoysala fights, fables, musical and move occasions and a great deal more. The key component of this temple are its sculptures.Each stone and column on the outside dividers of the temple delineate such a large number of stories from our rich Hindu mythologies.

The 10 avatara's of Maha Vishnu, the sun god, Lord Indra, the different goddesses, the everyday scenes, Kamasutra and substantially more can be seen on the sanctuary dividers. It is trusted that the temple was set as an instructive stage for the basic man, who could take in everything from the divine beings to sagas to sex to music and much more.

The construction of the temple was started by Somanatha, an authority for Hoysala ruler Narasimha III (1254-1291 AD). It is a spendid sample of the Hoysala style of structural engineering. It remains on a brought stage up in the focal point of a roomy fenced in area having sixty four cells. This three celled (Trikutachala) structure comprises of three Garbha Grihas (Sanctum), every houses statues of Venugopala, Kesava and Janardhana.

The mahadwara (principle passage) confronts the east, Keshava sanctum is lifted to confront the east while other two are towards north and south on either side of the Keshava statue. All these are encompassed by carefully carved shikharas.

Bharachukki Falls:This was 2nd visit to bharachukki falls but this time water was very less compared as it was January.
Detailes on my previous logs 1st visit: Beauty overneath

Saturday 9 January 2016

Siddarabetta Trek

Siddara Betta means"Hill of Saints" (in Kannada) is prestigious for various the Hindu sadhus and their reflections. It is rough slope which has full vegetation It is said that, numerous holy people used to perform contemplation in the caves which is extended more than 1km inside. Subsequently the name "Siddara Betta" in Kannada implies the heap of diviners. We have Lord Siddalingeshwara(Shiva) temple inside the caves. Trekking to top of slope to visit Sadhu Dhyana Sthana likewise great one for nature sweethearts. Cave exploration is an agreeable affair. There is a temple in the precipice also.Priest pours holy water on our heads, which is said to have medicinal essence and cure diseases.However water is very cold. Inside the temple there are few caves which was restricted.

Route: Bangalore -- Tumkur --- Siddara Betta
How to get: own vehicle
Distance: 5 Kms (One Way) to the top of hill. 2km to the temple
Permission: Not Required
Food/Breakfast: Available near the base

Note: Be aware of monkeys
Photo Courtesy: Kevin and Vikas Jakati

                                   Please carry all the plastic and litter before you leave