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Old 15th November 2013, 07:16   #31
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Animated banter, pervaded the boat, marveling at our very own desi fall colours and waterscapes, flora and fauna.
Bhadra JLR I think is one of best (if not the best) place of all JLRs. Of course people head to Kabini for more wild life action. But if some one wants to laze around in any one of the JLRs, Bhadra would be the pick of the lot by default; thanks to its amazing location. Tea/Coffee on the sit-out overlooking the reservoir is a beautiful moment to Cherish.

And the fall colors are brilliant to say the least. I had been here in the same Oct/Nov season some 3 years back armed with a newly acquired Canon 70-200 F4 IS L and the boat ride was one of the most amazing. Of course we were not as lucky as you guys to spot a tiger! (Bird watching morphing on to Cat spotting? ).

You can also walk out of the JLR campus, cross the canal and walk to gates of the reservoir. The downstream view over looking the SH to Lakkavalli is also nice.
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Old 15th November 2013, 14:52   #32
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Wow! A nice idea for a team bhp meet. A tiger reserve! Looks like you all had a really good time, what with a tiger sighting and all ! Thanks for sharing the pictures Banglore bhp-ians seem to have the most number of meets on team-bhp!
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Lucky guys you are .... Me and wifey have been to most of the JLRs - Kabini/Bandipur/BRhills/Devbagh.
The cat has been always elusive .... And you could spot TIGER in Bhadra!! which has only handful (30+ if I am not wrong) population, that too during a boat safari. I envy you guys.
Always heard that River Tern is the most Picturesque JLR, while Kabini is know for better spotting and BR hills has the best forest.

Couldnt join you as I became a BHPian recently/was travelling in Japan ... Will join the next outing for sure.
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Awesome report and snaps. Kudos to the organizer for taking all the pains to arrange the trip.
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Contd... homeward bound

Breakfast done, it was time to check out and assemble in the car park.

Waiting for the rest to arrive
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After the big cat, Cheshire cats all
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Departed at 12 pm, a good ninety minutes late,
but who cared, 'twas the tiger moments that mattered.
Diesel_convert leading us out of River Tern Lodge
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Turned off at Tarikere, on to SH 57 towards Chikmagalur. Narrow but smooth road, traversing villages with the usual sprinkling of cows,
buffaloes and sheep. Ascended a small ghat with a fair share of twisties
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through coffee plantations
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to arrive at Coffee Barn Cafe, Chikmagalur for a scheduled coffee halt
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Diesel_convert who arrived first coming out to check the next arrival.
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Jayanth expounding how he scorched the hills
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The rest arrived sedately
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Steps to the cafe
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Our swinging buddy
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Who's shooting whom.
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Interesting vintage
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Chilling out
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Standing tall, nay, pretty
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Karthik... for whom the flowers toll
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The quaint Coffee Barn café had quite a treat on its menu. Most of us helped ourselves us to delicious cold coffee and cheese cake which soon ran out.
Late breakfast, early coffee break and our gastronomic sojourn was not yet over.
A delectable spread awaited us at Hoysala Village resort.

So a final sprint towards Hassan was done with great gusto, Karthik in pole position
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The inviting Chikmagalur-Hassan tarmac
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an invitation the Fiestas, Rapid, Octavia, Abarth and Polo GT accepted with unabashed delight
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and today, casting off all self restraint, the 320d, positioning itself for take off
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At Hoysala Village resort, a cameo shot till the rest saunter in
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The spread
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Down to brass tacks
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Live counter...fresh off the tawa/wok
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A serious discussion
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Jayanth in "haftha" mode
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Repast over, our rides lined up for the last customary photo shoot, before the final lap home
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That done, it was a sedate convoy drive all the way to Taj Vivanta,
Yeshwantpur for final byes over coffee. The Pajero ( "tortoise" ) beat the rest ( "hares" ) to the Taj, neatly accessing VIP exit at all toll plazas brandishing the defence id card.

Last regroup @ Taj Vivanta, Yeshwantpur
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coffee, reminiscences and byes
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Bhadra - mission accomplished !

Tail piece
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Old 16th November 2013, 21:16   #36
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So the call of the wild was well worth it after all with the sighting of the beast!

Seems like an excellent tour once again with the best of the company!
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Excellent trip and congrats to the guys who made it.

Glad you guys had a fantastic trip. Amazing number of highlights with the Tiger sighting being on the top of the heap.

Super show.

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My first Drive with Team-BHP family and I am over awed with the exodus of fun, lovely people and a fantastic Drive. Ravi Sudarsanan- kudos to you for an awesome plan and execution! Thank you!!! We made friends with all so easily as they were like minded people. It is always a state of dilemma when you advance to a program when all folks are new to you and believe me you can never regret. Wonderful people, passion, drive and good human beings. Would love to Drive out more!!! Thanks Forum Team- BHP. Thanks "Rush" for getting me in!
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Looks like you guys had an awesome meet! Thanks a lot for those nice pics! Hope to join you guys next time!
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09 Nov contd... Jungle safari:

Two JLR jeeps awaiting the bhpians for a jungle ride
Attachment 1165492
Great pics man! BTW the only JLR i know of is Jaguar-Land Rover, and that Jeep sure doesn't look like either! What does it mean in this context? I wonder if we have such great outings organised around Delhi?
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Great pics man! BTW the only JLR i know of is Jaguar-Land Rover, and that Jeep sure doesn't look like either! What does it mean in this context? I wonder if we have such great outings organised around Delhi?
Reference to context JLR=Jungle Lodges and Resorts
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TRIVIA:

Karthik wrote:

"One part of the resort is on the mainland (where the car parking, reception and dining area are)" i.e. the "Log Huts" category, as seen from the balcony of a cottage on the island and..

Loghuts on the mainland:
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.. from the balcony of a log hut (where I stayed, a decade ago) is the same island, where...

Island before development:
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... "the rest of the resort is housed in this island, connected by a cable bridge." where we BHPians stayed this trip, in the "cottages" category

Cottages on the island:
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I really envy you guys . Absolutely gorgeous pictures and looks like god let the cat right out of the bag just when you people were looking, Lucky people, sighting a tiger is harder than getting a tirupati darshan .
How i wish our Chennai bunch had an active group like this to go and see places.. much fun.
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Day 1 : Reaching River Tern Lodge, Bhadra (contd...)


To be continued...
Hi Karthik, we are waiting for next set of the pics
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<Looks at the thread, stomps off to his manager, seeking an immediate transfer to bangalore>

I really envy you guys . Absolutely gorgeous pictures and looks like god let the cat right out of the bag just when you people were looking, Lucky people, sighting a tiger is harder than getting a tirupati darshan .
How i wish our Chennai bunch had an active group like this to go and see places.. much fun.
You could perhaps join in for the next meet being planned here
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/team-b...t-meet-q1.html

Ample time to plan from now, and since you need to get back home after the trip, one of us can drop you off at the Bangalore airport / railway station / bus station.

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Hi Karthik, we are waiting for next set of the pics
Sorry guys, I was stuck last week with some other work and couldn't complete the picture set due to an abrupt departure. I'll upload a couple of sets tonight.
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