Dandeli Anshi Karwar – Bicycle Ride

This was being planned for quite sometime now – from last year, to be precise. Me switching jobs meant the plan could not materialize in 2014.

But in 2015, I wanted to make it count. And the plan pretty much went like clockwork considering the initial logistics hiccups  that we had to face. Buses, government and private, refused to carry the bikes in the cargo or in some cases, they weren’t convincing and not confident about shipping the bicycles.

So we headed out in a car. Some pictures and the routes we took.

Three days | Three bicycles  | 157 kms  | Western Ghats | Monsoon | Karnataka | India

Day 1: Dandeli  -> Supa Dam  ->  Ganeshgudi  ->  Dandeli   –  Night halt  [ 50 kms ]

Dandeli | Supa Dam | Ganeshgudi

Dandeli | Supa Dam | Ganeshgudi

Dandeli | Supa Dam | Ganeshgudi

Dandeli | Supa Dam | Ganeshgudi

Day 2: Dandeli  -> Anshi National Park  [ 50kms ]

Dandeli | Anshi Nature Camp

Dandeli | Anshi Nature Camp

Dandeli | Anshi Nature Camp

Dandeli | Anshi Nature Camp

Day 3: Anshi National Park  -> Karwar  [ 55kms ]

Anshi Nature Camp | Karwar`

Anshi Nature Camp | Karwar`

Anshi Nature Camp | Karwar

Anshi Nature Camp | Karwar

Route Map combined:

A Lazy Weekend In Coorg

It was Thursday, 2nd of October, Gandhi Jayanthi and Saturday, 4th of October was Dasara – A Friday’s leave invested meant another long weekend on offer! Yay! We had planned this well in advance! Actually Jyothi did. We had our stay booked at Meriyanda Nature Lodge. While going through the reviews, this had turned out to be one of the most sought after stays in the Coorg area. We were skeptical about the availability – even three weeks before the actual dates. Fortunately, one of the Planter’s Cottage was still available and we grabbed it without a second thought.

The resort cottages are excellent with a huge sit out opening up to the view of the coffee plantation and the Coorg hills and mountains beyond. One of the walls of the cottage is mostly  glass and fully open giving you a very nice view of the surroundings.

Also, one unique thing about the cottages – no TV, no Cellular signal and other distractions. This meant lots of interactions with other folks in the resort. We made several friends there during our stay! Along with others, Donald Pereira and family were friends we made and got along well – we had breakfast , lunch and dinner together for the rest of our stay there in the woods. Donald and Zarine are originally from Goa and settled in Doha and were visiting their kids – Christian and Stefan, who were on Dasara vacation. What a time we had together!

It was Dasara! That meant, a lot of fun and frolic in the resort! It was a totally festive atmosphere out there! Meriyanda had arranged numerous activities – Dandiya, games , a professional free-style drummer troupe etc.

Sharing some memories from the trip.

Us and the Pereiras

Us and the Pereiras

Monsoon Drive: Honnavara And Kasargod

With the monsoon in full swing in late July pan India, it was time to head to THE place to be in the monsoons – The Western Ghats. After some deliberation on where to head out for the weekend, the winners were – Honnavara and Kasargod.  Honnavara – the Apsarakonda Falls, just beside the beach, the water falling from a small hill with a thick, dense forest cover. I had never heard of the place, but TripAdvisor and other websites gave solid reviews for the same. Kasargod – for the famous Bekal Fort. I had planned Bekal Fort many a times in the past, but never materialized. I had seen it only in pictures. This monsoon it would be then!

I want this blog to be more of a photo blog than a write-up. So I will allow the pictures to portray the places than my shabby writing skills, which might spoil the whole narrative.

Day 1: Bangalore – Sagara ( 400Kms).

The Drives, the Selfies, the Rain...

The Drives, the Selfies, the Rain…

Day 2: Sagara – Honnavara (90Kms) – Apsarakonda Water Falls (8Kms) – Udupi (127Kms).

Sharavathi View

Sharavathi View

Apsarakonda Falls | Honnavara

Apsarakonda Falls | Honnavara

Maravanthe Beach | NH 17

Maravanthe Beach | NH 17

Day 3: Udupi – Kasargod (104Kms) – Bekal Fort (16Kms) – Bangalore (380Kms).

Bekal Fort Overlooking The Arabian Sea

Bekal Fort Overlooking The Arabian Sea

In Bekal Fort

In Bekal Fort

Total Distance Covered: 1200Kms.

Route Map:

Panoramas:

Bekal Fort |  Kasargod

Bekal Fort | Kasargod

 

Some moments captured in motion ( draft only. not completely mastered yet):

From The Past: Ladakh Bullet Trip

This day, 13th of July in 2008, a good 6 years ago, we were all gearing up for “THE” start!

It was going to be a “India Gate” start.

In YHAI, New Delhi, all ten bikes were getting saddled.

The Black Stallion taken out for a final test ride!

The formation in front of the India Gate!

The caption for the trip:           Ten Men, Ten Bullets, 18 Days, 2700Kms.

Ladakh Biking Expeditiion

Ladakh Biking Expeditiion

The Trip and the Team Tee Shirt:

The Bulletpunters Tee Shirt

The Bulletpunters Tee Shirt.

The route map ( tracked using Nokia 6110 Navigator):

 


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The Trailer:

Scapes From The Past

I was surfing through all my photograph collection to pull out a set to make the Monuments portfolio page.

For some reason, this one particularly caught my attention.

Intricate Art Work | Udaipur Palace

Intricate Art Work | Udaipur Palace

 

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Stone Scriptures

One of my favorite photographs. Shot in Somnathpura temple complex, this old scripture is in Old Kannada [Hale Kannada]. I like the lighting on the stone slab and how it is weathered with age.

Stone Scriptures | Somnathpura

Stone Scriptures | Somnathpura