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Old 25th July 2011, 15:35   #1
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Default Fauji's Drivolgues - Mesmerised in Malnad in Monsoon!!

Folks,

There was only one agenda. Just to drive in the rain in Malnad over the weekend. To enjoy the mist. To breathe the fresh air. To count countless water falls! As we drove along, we were spellbound by vast vistas of greenery. We could listen to lyrics written by nature. Words fail to describe the Magnificence of Malnad. We hope these pictures do some justice .

Some facts before we begin the journey

We started on Saturday and returned on Sunday afternoon (23 and 24 July). The route was

Bangalore - Mudigere (via Gendehalli) - Charmadi - Kalasa - Sringeri (via Bale Hole and Hirebylu) - Agumbe - Kundadri - Tirthahalli - Bangalore (via Shivamogga) ( We had planned to go Kudremukh but had to cut it out as we were getting delayed)

For road conditions look at my post here http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...update-29.html (Monsoons - Road Condition Update)

We stayed at Bananki Home stay for the night.

Let nature take over, NOW!!

What a welcome!! Marigolds in full bloom near Belur

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A precursor to what to expect in the journey as we crossed Kottige Hara and started moving towards Charmadi - Overcast sky, Misty surroundings, water and green everywhere!!

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The road to Charmadi was great and you see that here

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Suddenly, the mist cleared giving a nice view of the local school and of the kids who were playing in the rain! It must be fun time!

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What is this man doing in the middle??

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As we drove to Charmadi, it started raining heavily and the whole place was enveloped in mist. The first sight of a stream when the mist cleared for seconds!

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The whole valley was covered with mist and we could hardly see anything

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Local bikers enjoying the rain!!

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Rain drenched Charmadi in full glory

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We now sight the first water falls - a small jumping stream - countless to come!!

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The Scorpio seems to like the surroundings!!

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The mist playing hide and seek!

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Waterfalls, Water falls every where!! You will encounter one every 500 Meters!!

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Mist clad Ghat road - Nature at its best

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Some more!! Some were hidden in the mist..

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Like this beauty!!

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These cute little wild flowers were treat to eyes

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This was a real beauty. A tall one but hidden in the forest. We could not capture the full beauty of falls - we tried different angles - unless we had trekked

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Another smaller cousin!!

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The mist takes over the valley

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The beast and the mist!!

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We did not do complete Charmadi and did only half of it. Reluctantly, we took a U turn to go towards Kalasa

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We were in for another treat immediately after Balur estate

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The Road to Kalasa has some great valley views, here is one!!

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From Kalasa, we did not take the regular route via Kudremukh to Sringeri but via Bale Hole. For 15 KMs, the road is not too good but this gets compensated by some great views and beautiful water falls!!

The Views as we started towards Sringeri

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Bhadra is full roar

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Some more water falls on the way. These were some of the beautiful falls we had seen, falling in layers.

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This was the best of the lot!! It had height and volume

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As we drove to Agumbe from Sringeri, we spotted this lovely pond

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A hamlet - Typical of Malnad, amidst greenery
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When we were nearing Agumbe, it started raining heavy. I had never seen such big droplets of rain. We did not go to sun set point as we felt it will be misty. After lunch in Doddamane - excellent homely malnad lunch - we were on our way to Kundadri.

The paddy field near Agumbe was like a picture post card

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Kundadri was a revelation. Everytime you go this place, you will come back awestruck. The wind, the mist and the feeling of flaoting in the clouds!! Take a look at these pics from the sky - virtually!!

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The whole place was misty. Sun was playing hide and seek. We had to wait for moments when the place down below got lit up to take these pictures
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The drive to the hill is through a narrow singe lane road and not for faint hearted!

Some more pictures from the top.

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This is how the place will be - full of mist - except for those golden moments!!

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There again was an abundance of wild flowers!!

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As we bid good bye to Malnad, we crossed thundering Tunga at Tirthahalli.

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Folks,
It was a refreshing drive in the rain, soaking ourselves in nature at its best. All ye Bangaloreans, just take out time during the weekend and go for it when it is raining. You will come back refreshed and rejuvenated!! In every true sense.

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