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Old 13th November 2013, 10:10   #16
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Wonderful! Must have been a very refreshing break.

How many families in total?

How many cottages are available and at what rate?

Did the offer discount on the group booking?

The accommodation looks neat clean and functional. Apt for the country stay!

Waiting for more to follow...
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Wonderful! Must have been a very refreshing break.
How many families in total?
How many cottages are available and at what rate?
Did the offer discount on the group booking?
The accommodation looks neat clean and functional. Apt for the country stay!
Waiting for more to follow...
Yes, chicken soup for the soul
1 family, 5 couples, 8 stags
22 cottages @ INR 10200/- per cottage, full board, jungle & boat safari
5% online discount
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Lovely narration sir, it looks like you all had a lot of fun.

In all how many cars where there sir????

Awesome pictures also sir
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09 Nov contd... Jungle safari:

The jungle was dotted with cobwebs and herds of deer. Spotted the odd monitor lizard and the molted skin of a snake in pristine condition. The sounds of the jungle drowned by a growling Mahindra engine. A langur perched above, surveyed us beneath.

The Bhadra mascot
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Two JLR jeeps awaiting the bhpians for a jungle ride
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Oh deer
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Molted skin
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A Langur, sitting pretty
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Monitor lizard basking in the evening sun
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Karthik in action
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Barking deer
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A forest break
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Wood spider
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Glade in the forest
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Safari ends. In this jeep, folks were almost conned in to sighting a tiger amongst the bushes; but when it shook and stirred it was so oh dear, not another deer. Likewise they believed they saw a sambhar, but end of day there was no rasam in the safari. The cat was not yet out of the bag.
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Lacklustre of a safari it was but no dampner to the pre-dinner nirvana. We made up for it lock stock and barrel and unbottled our spirits in room no 17.

And how... Karthik showing a flash of a Hrithik Roshan step. Don't believe me - a picture and hips don't lie.

Night safari beckons...
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Ms Sharma raising a toast
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Look what I can do in front of the camera.
Way to go Karthik
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After a sumptuous dinner we went horizontal, in our rooms ofcourse ! A trek on full tummy, down the hill, across a hanging bridge, uphill again to
the rooms; I don't think any one was left standing after that.

To be contd...10 Nov boat safari

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Lovely narration sir, it looks like you all had a lot of fun.
In all how many cars where there sir????
Awesome pictures also sir
  • 'lot of fun' is putting it mildly
  • nine cars
  • thankQ
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Yes, chicken soup for the soul
1 family, 5 couples, 8 stags
22 cottages @ INR 10200/- per cottage, full board, jungle & boat safari
5% online discount
You know what 1+5+8=14! But 22 Cottages? Something fishy there...

BTW IMHO 10,200/- per cottage/night is on the higher side, don't know what's the trend in other parts of the country.
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Wow, Ravi Sir & Karthik - this seems to be evolving into an amazing travelogue, superb pictures and seems like you'll had loads of fun, thanks for sharing

Missed this one, hoping I can make it to the next such meet sometime soon!

*Since you'll drove past Tarikere, maybe the Amrutheshwara temple would have been a good place to see as well to throw in a place of historical value into the trip.

Also, did you'll visit the Town Canteen in Chikmagalur for their Dosas ?

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You know what 1+5+8=14! But 22 Cottages? Something fishy there...

BTW IMHO 10,200/- per cottage/night is on the higher side, don't know what's the trend in other parts of the country.
Your question:
How many cottages are available and at what rate?

The answer remains:
Available cottages = 22 ( fishy )

10 cottages were booked
You know what 1+5+8=20 !

1 family = 2 adults + 2 kids < 12 years
5 couples = 10 adults
8 stags = 8 adults

QED

PS: Cottage cost for 2 adults includes stay, lunch, dinner & breakfast, jeep safari into Bhadra Tiger Reserve, Boat ride, Bird watching, Forest entry fees, camera fees & taxes

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Day 1 : Reaching River Tern Lodge, Bhadra (contd...)

It was getting warm as the sun was fully up in the sky. We wanted to get to the next meeting point quickly. Tiptur cross was the next re-group point to help the convoy catchup.

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Even beemers need a break!
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Snapshot from a moving car, of what Tiptur is really famous for. No, we couldn't stop for a refreshing drink!
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Ratan (ratsharm) sir's Bolero in action
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Our next regroup point was ~50km later at Birur, at the famous Preethi canteen. Everyone wanted to pig out on the delicious food at JLR's lunch buffet, so they just had a coffee or tea to preserve appetite for better things

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More animated conversations
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Akshay_s was contented with his coffee meanwhile
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raajks and junior
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We then hit the road again to resume the journey to Jungle Lodges, Bhadra. It was almost 12.30 PM when we left Preethi canteen, Birur

The convoy departs
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The classic single lane highway continued till Tarikere
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After Tarikere, we took a deviation to hit the JLR road. I took the lead on this stretch and the others followed
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This was another single lane highway, slightly patchy and potholed at stretches but manageable
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Nice views entertained the drivers and passengers
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Following directions
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We were wondering where this constant maze (With guiding direction boards) were leading us to. The confusion increased when I saw this canal.
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We drove along it for some distance
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And then crossed it...
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Then I saw another signboard guiding us across a bridge. I entered the bridge
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And the others followed suit
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Right after that bridge, we could spot Bhadra reservoir from the road.
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River Tern lodge is located on an island in Bhadra reservoir. One part of the resort is on the mainland (where the car parking, reception and dining area are), while the rest of the resort is housed in this island, connected by a cable bridge.
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A couple of minutes more on that mud road brought us to the gates of River tern lodge. Phew! Finally, we were there.
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To be continued...

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Fantastic photos! Looks like u guys had a wonderful time!
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Nice moves Karthik was that T-O-T acting up at night . The island retreat looks really great, no wonder all rooms have views.
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Contd... 10 Nov - 6 am:

A sharp tap on the door jolted us out of our slumber. Room mate Praveen Balan, mumbled, turned over and decided to extend his shut-eye. His loss in a sense was my gain, blissfully unaware then, the experience, to be encountered in some time.

Freshened up, a brisk trek for a quick cuppa chai-biscuit and caught up with the rest
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At the jetty, all eyes...
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... awaiting Diesel_convert's signature, un-Rapid, arrival.
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Thereupon, the outboard motor spluttered into life and we sailed into the placid waters of Bhadra reservoir.
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The sun rose gracefully from
behind the hillocks lighting up the sky with its radiance and casting its warm glow on us beneath.
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Desi fall colours:
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Tranquility
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As we sailed skirting one island to another
we espied birds of different feathers and leave it to you to identify them from your armchair perch.
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This is how I dry myself
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Kingfisher (not grounded)
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Serious bird watchers
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Improvised zoom using binoculars
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Look, a Hornbill !
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To be contd... the encounter

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Awesome Pictures Karthik and Ravi Sir.

I have traveled on this road 'n' number of times to Shimoga and the last time was a year ago when I drove down from Pune - Shimoga - Bangalore. Have seen the road evolved from the bad state it was the 1st time I drove down in 1998.

I wish I was still in Bangalore and could have positively made it to this trip.

I guess after the Nagarhole and Gokarna overnight trips way back in 2010 this was the next big one.
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This is just getting interesting. From your post "To be contd... the encounter", I would assume that you are talking about your encounter with the king of the jungle!I'm very much excited to see those pictures.
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contd... the encounter:

By now we had finished most of the bird watch and sailing the home stretch.
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Animated banter, pervaded the boat, marvelling at our very own desi fall colours and waterscapes, flora and fauna.
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... when suddenly the boatman hushed our chatter. He was pointing to a small beach, stage whispering ... "tiger, tiger"... and cut the engine. An eerie silence descended upon us, the boat gliding to a gentle halt.

Sixteen pairs of eyes, straining in their sockets, ciliary muscles fine tuning their focus on the beach.

Vision coming into focus, there in the distance, on a beach, lo and behold, lay a majestic tiger, c'est magnifique !
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Time and tide stood still. Every second savoured with bated breath. Binoculars were passed around. The four specialist photographers
clicked away furiously to capture the rocking moment for posterity.
Their efforts did not go in vain.

Presenting the tiger in all her moods:
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Then, after what seemed to be an interminable length of time, the beast decided it had enough of being ogled at. It got up...
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... and retreated into the thicket seeking its privacy.
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Gunned outboard motors and excited babble rent the air. A bunch of mesmerised BHPians headed back
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Our cottages as seen from the boat
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Bhadra Dam
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An ecstatic band of "birdwatchers", disembarked and raced to the dining hall to for a hearty breakfast and 'post mortem'.
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It was now pack up time.

To be contd... homeward bound
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