Friday, January 20, 2017

Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta - Chamarajanagar,Karnataka

There is a favourite dialogue from Imtiaz's movie Highway..
""Jahan se tum mujhe laye ho, main wahan wapas nahin jana chahti, jahan bhi le jaa rahe ho wahan pahuchna nahin chahti, par ye raasta, ye bahut accha hai, main chahti hoon ke ye raasta kabhi khatm na ho.""
Every time we go for a road trip here in Kerala,I remember those lines for sure..

So coming to the post,the next day of Pongal we visited Gopalaswamy temple which is on Gopalaswamy betta in Karnataka..Yeah Karnataka,when you are staying in a forest area which adjoins three states,you've got a rare opportunity to visit so many places nearby..Indeed you need not plan anything prior to your trip..All you got to do is just finish your food,pack some snacks,just sit in your car and go for a drive..This is how we enjoyed few road trips whenever possible,mostly in the weekends..Especially the drive through Mysore road from Bathery is an experience beyond words.. Though monsoons are the best season to visit places like these,we went for a drive as we got a couple of festival holidays this week..

Though we started in the afternoon we however managed to catch the last bus to the hill as own vehicles are not allowed to the hill..So we parked our vehicle at the footsteps of the hill from where they have government buses to take us..The bus only waits for half an hour for the downhill return  journey,so we couldn't spend much time on the hill after darshan..After darshan at 4 pm,they served us prasadam in an adjoining temple room which has Sambar rice,pulihora and payasam..And that was a stomach full of meals for us..On the way back home we stopped at some tomato,beans and cabbage  fields and took pictures..The farmers are very friendly and sold us fresh veggies while telling us about the farming and marketing details..You'll also find beetroot,corn,ginger fields on the way.The trip was quite refreshing for a tired soul.

Here you go with the pictures..

The Mysore road from Bathery..

The Farmer god at work.. 

 
Forest department men at work..

When they caught me taking photo they cheerfully posed for my pic.. :)



The Gopalaswamy temple..
Image Courtesy Raghu-Photography
Bikers on Mysore road..


Another farmer god in his beans fields..

Juicy tomato fields..


 
The vast landscapes are surely an eye feast..

Monday, January 16, 2017

Thirunelli Maha Vishnu Temple - Wayanad,Kerala

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On Pongal we happened to visit Thirunelli Maha vishnu temple which is known as one of the most ancient temples in Kerala,located on the Brahmagiri hill in Wayanad..The temple is surrounded by deep forests..As it was Pongal time,we started around 11 am without any planning or hurry..The temple is 60 km away from Sulthan Bathery and it took nearly 2 hours for us to reach the place as we stopped at some scenic points on the way..The drive via Mananthavady was a nice experience with greenery on either sides through out the  way...By the time we reached the place the temple was closed and they told that it will be opened again at 5.30 pm only..Meanwhile we finished our lunch in the nearby hotel and waited in the car..Strangely I took a nap meanwhile,which was quite too rare in my case..After 5.30 as we finished the darshan we did a little bit of shopping in the nearby store which includes some spices and herbs..The Temple timings are : Morning: 5:30 am to 12:00 pm, Evening: 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm


 The Ganapathi temple on the way to Papanasini.. 

It is said that this is the only temple in the world where the devotees can perform all the rituals related to one’s life, starting from birth to death and life after death..Thirunelli Temple draws pilgrims from all over, primarily for ancestral rites. The rituals are performed on the banks of the stream Papanasini which flows down from Mount Brahmagiri.It is believed that this stream has divine power to dissolve sins of all the mortals.



The evening view from the temple...

The afternoon meals at the hotel near the temple..

The beautiful Brahmagiri hills and the surrounding lush green forests have made the temple premises a valley of tranquility.



The hotels near temple..





Thursday, December 22, 2016

Kuruva Dweep (Kuruva Island) - Wayanad:Kerala

Kuruva Dweep is one of the popular tourist spots in Wayanad..It is located around 14 km from  Mananthavady in the northern district of Wayanad..The place is a group of Islets formed from the tributaries of Kabini river in around 950 acres of forest..
There are two routes from Sulthan Bathery to reach Kuruva islands..
1)  via Panamaram - Nadavayal - Beenachi Rd  (38 km)
2)  via Pulpally - Sultan Bathery High way (45km)

However we reached there in the first route which is also forest route,this includes a ferry ride..The place didn't excite me except from the ferry part..The water bodies place share some similarities with Maredumilli and Rampachodavaram forests in Andhra Pradesh..However it is huge area and wide region when compared to the former ones..The best thing about this place is the breathtaking greenery and birds..It is and ideal place for bird watchers as we can find very rare species of birds and different varieties of butterflies...

Here we go with the pictures,


The forest route to the place


Beenachi road route is full of vibrant colours








The ferry ride experience


You can taste Bamboo payasam in one of the small hotels there..



Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Karapuzha Dam - Kalpetta : Wayanad:Kerala

Staying in Wayanad is a blissful experience indeed..The heavenly Western Ghats with the beautiful landscapes offers spectacular view of the greenery wherever you go..Here,the misty mountains,lakes and grass fields are one of a kind with enchanting greenery all around..When you are having the luxury of staying here,every weekend you get to go somewhere just for a long drive,and you surely end up reaching some pretty good place to hang on..Karapuzha dam is one such place we visited last weekend..The dam is said to be one of the biggest earth dams in India built on Karapuzha river which was tributary of the Kabini River...We drove nearly half an hour from Sulthan Bathery to reach the place which is nearly 20 kms away from our town..The surroundings are still under construction..The guard told that there is a society for fishing in the river and the fishing was done in the early hours when the visitors are prohibited and the fish were send to markets in Ambalavayal for selling..

Here we go with the pics...








Most of the surroundings are still under construction...

You can spot a tribal colony amidst the blue waters..