Monday, December 29, 2014

Iruppu Falls and Nagarhole

Last day of the trip to Coorg we visited Iruppu falls and then Nagarhole.

Iruppu falls was 82 Km from Madikeri town.

We reached here around 11:30 and it was too hot down near the car parking.

Falls is open from 8 AM to 5 PM.

There is only 1 hotel, 1 Ice cream cart and one shop.

Entry fee for falls is 30Rs per adult and 10Rs parking for car.
Road from madikeri town to Iruppu falls.

You can keep clicking pics as the whole way was too beautiful.
Small trek to reach the falls top.

Need to climb 120+ steps and its not difficult.

My parents were able to climb up with small break.
Hanging bridge on the way.
Bhramagiri wildlife sanctuary. Good that there are no shops down else this place would have become dirty and dangerous to wildlife.

Though it was very hot down the trek path was pleasant.

You can get into the falls here. This is the second stage of the falls. One can climb up another 20 steps but that place was too crowded.

We had a nice time here and Harsh enjoyed the chill water.

I tried to take a dip in the falls but the water was too cold. After spending 30 min we climbed down.

Had meals in the hotel down. Only meals with chapathi available. The food was average. Sambar and Rasam was watery. Curd and Payasam was very good. Rs80 per plate.

Also try Butterscotch cone it was very good.
Nagarhole national park. We saw plenty of spotted deer and saw no other animal. It was around 3 PM and hot.

Our trip ended with a splendid sunset near paschimavahini railway crossing.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Mandalpatti and Kote Abbi falls

One of the most beautiful mountain ranges in western ghats.

Visited on 26th Dec 2014 during Coorg trip.

Must visit place in Coorg.
Had only seen one picture of this place at the last minute before starting to coorg.

I am so glad that i saw that pic and decided to go here.

Gorgeous mountain range with amazing view.

Inquired about this place in hotel as i had not done much reading about this place.

Mr Jeyaraj informed us that we have to take the jeep 3 Km before Abey falls.
Reached the junction and parked the car. There were lot of jeeps parked and finalized one for 1300Rs.

Driver said it was around 18 Km from there.
We boarded the jeep and started. It was a nice tared road but little steep. Shilpi and My mother said road is good why we needed to take Jeep. Even i saw few cars coming back. We still did not know what lies ahead.
The road was bit steep but well tared till the mandalpatti gate.

After entering inside we understood why we were advised to take a Jeep instead of the car.
This is the reason. No way our car would have made it through this road. Only 4x4 can reach till end.

Take a closed jeep if you are allergic to dust. My camera had almost turned red with dust.

Walk up to the view point. It was a small trek and anyone can easily make it to the top.

Harsh trying to catch up with his mother and  grand parents.

The gate opens at 5:30 in morning and closes at 5 in evening.

Try to reach early to avoid direct sunlight which affect the photos.
There are multiple routes for trek.

You can probably talk to the driver and ask him to wait for few hours so you can walk through all routes.

Trip to Coorg is incomplete without seeing this.

Jeep route.
Happy Harsh. He likes walking up these kind of path than climbing steps. He was very satisfied.

We came back down after the photo session and driver was ready to take us back.

I asked him to stop in other places to take pictures. I told him we are going next to abey falls.

Driver Achaya said there is Kote Abbi water falls which will be less crowded and water will be clean. He charged us 800Rs more.

We decided to go and did not negotiate.

It was a good decision at the end.

The falls was small but clean and not crowded.
One family was finishing their photo session and leaving and we started :).

Harsh wanted to get inside the water but the driver said it will be deep and said we can get in at the start of the bridge.

Clear water and stones seen through the water.

Very rare to see a tourist place this clean. Thanks to the bad road. Will be very happy if roads to these places never get fixed.
The water was too cold and you can make it out from Harsh expression.

Don't dare to take your car (unless you have a 4x4)

Another view of the mountain range.

Driver Achaya and his jeep.

It was one hell of a ride for a heavenly view.

Bylakuppe: Golden Temple

Visited the golden temple on the way to coorg on 24th Dec 2014.

Namdroling Monastery, largest teaching center of Tibetan Buddhism.

Bylakuppe is the first Tibetan settlement set in south India.
Duration of visit: 2 Hrs.

Statue of Buddha inside the temple. The place is peaceful and very beautiful.
Some paintings and dragon sculpture on the wall.
Another dragon sculpture on the pillar.
Ornate door.
Decorated top.

Bee on its way to collect honey.

A model of Palyul monastery.

Prayer wheel.

Prayer flag.

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