Golden Temple-Nisargadhama-Dubare elephant camp-Maandala Patti-Raja Seat-Abbi Falls-Bhagamandala-Talakaveri - June 25th - 27th 2010.
The four elite gang included Vinay, Sandeep, Ravi and Myself, decided to venture in to the cold, misty Madikeri. For our surprise the “driving” force Sunil brought one of his friends Raaghu, he was effervescent. and both brought a lively atmosphere to our trip. We had a nice time in the next 48 hours.
Sunil started from Bannerghatta Road picking up Vinay from Belandur Junction, Then Ravi near Gopalan Mal in Mysore Road, Myself from Vijayanagar, and finally Sandeep near BHEL factory on Mysore Road. After a small pooja to the vehicle, left Bangalore behind at around 1.45 in the night.
The Dubare elephants were waiting for us. We Six of us ventured in to the Rafting. It was breathtaking experience. We made a good out of half an hour in the flowing river. The Guide and lifesaver “Shankar” helped us to know thing or two about the rafting. It was Rs.100/ per head for an half an hour rafting, they had closed 7.5 Kms rafting due to swollen river. It was good outing for all of us. The elephants taking bath, feeding the giant with Raagi+Huruli Mudde was a treat to watch. In between there were crew from “Samaya” News channel taking interviews from the senior citizens to throw the limelight on the elephant camp. We were amazed to see the giant animals heeding to the words of the man and it is painful to see the ambitious man depriving innocent animal’s privacy and freedom.
On our way back, the road was in a pitiable condition due to heavy rains, A troop from Bangalore in a tempo traveler were stuck in an muddy path when they were negotiating a curve. We converged ourselves to bail them out of the woods. In this scene three people were decisive Raaghu who first showed herculean interest to bail them out, then the smiling assassin “Vinay” who inspired us to pull them out from the ditch, and finally Sunil who was instrumental in taking the TT and also a Maruthi Alto out from the pitiable stretch. Even though our plan of visiting the Abbi falls on the same day dashed out, but the experience of pulling the vehicle to the safety was a good enough to keep the memories for a long time. All of us had a permanent muddy stains on our clothes, surely we may win Rin super Contest. The troop from the tempo traveler was kind enough, later on they followed us just like a shadow till we travelled back to Bangalore.
The chat shops near the Raja seat was not an encouraging one, but the savoring chilled ice cream in the rainy, cold weather was a great experience.
We stayed in an “Home Stay” for Rs.1300/- . The facilities were not good enough, but we didn’t had any choice as we were tired a lot, after a not so good dinner in the town, we slipped in to the bed.
We all woke up around 8.30 in the morning, still Madikeri was in deep slumber, we went a small temple Kundur Motte Choudeshwari Temple to start our day two trip.
One the way to Bangalore, Sunil took all of us to his house on the outskirts of Mysore. His mom prepared hot hot bajjis and delightful coffee. We are all grateful to her. Our sagging shoulders required some kind of energy, which came in the form of Bajji and Coffee.
Our driving force Sunil brought down memories of our Sahasasimha Vishnu by posing like him and also some memorable chartbusters from his great hits. It was nostalogic journey as we had plenty of Annavaru mattu Sahasasihmana hadugalu playing in the music system throught out the trip. Literally this trip will be dedicated to the two stalwarts of our kannada cinema whose innumerable pictures were shot in Mysore, Madikeri and sorroundings.
Some of the immitated images can be seen below :-)
After the dinner near Mandya around 23.00Hrs, We reached Bangalore at mid night around 1.00 Hrs safely.
The engrossing moments of the trip
· Wonderful combination of Sunil and Raaghu.
· Photographic R & D from myself and Sandeep.
· My Drenched camera, played safely all the way, except Abbi Falls, and Talakaveri
· Rafting and Elephant Camps was breathtaking experience.
· The last and but not the least mesmirsing Mandala Patti, which was craving for more from us.
· It was an expensive trip, but it was fully a paisa vasool.