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Old 21st March 2011, 22:50   #46
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Funda - Excellent snaps, will be great if you include captions and some details for each snaps. Is April/May a good time to go there if you plan to enjoy the rains?
April -May I do not think you will find enough rains. And if you want to enjoy rains and clouds and see what the end of the world means, visit the rainforests in rainy season. Just kidding. Rains usually start in April so you might not find plenty.
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Old 21st March 2011, 23:06   #47
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Hey all - Funda is back with his daily dose of pics from the Aagumbe. You have to bear the blabber to see the pictures. As I said earlier I did not do anything worthwhile during my stay there so cannot describe much. I kept visiting the same places over and over again and believe me it all looked so different eveytime. The density of the cloud, changing visibility range made all the difference. I still remember those ghostly nights without power and four psycho tourists wandering here and there jobless, but as my friend Murali says its good not do anything at times. After all way back in our regular schedule life is always busy, you cant ever think of not doing anything.

Traversing Along the lifeline of Aagumbe, compare it with the previous picture. It was taken hardly a few minutes before.
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A fern by the roadside - WET
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Fellow tourist and Buddy Sharief
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Ferns on the Wall - The lifeline passes through places like this
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Turn your head and this is what you see- Dense Jungles
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Guess this fruit /vegetable - I'm Sure you are familiar with it. This is a wild species.
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Guess this is a milestone...some how seemed differnt to me. Shot it right on its head, face to face.
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The wall of Green
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Now you know what vegetable it is
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The distance is around 760kms from hyderabad. The road conditions are very good except the 2-3 km Guntakal bellary stretch so you can make it in 10-11 hrs max with sufficient pit stops. Depends on what you want to do there. If you want to venture into the jungles May is better. If you just want to enjoy the clouds and vision block, the months of June-July and August would be better. Aagumbe I guess would be receiving rains from early April all the way till October.
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Funda, excellent pics and narration! Didnt you visit the 'Malgudi days' house while in Agumbe? The owner, Kasturi-akka has retained the old charm of the house and has converted it into a part time motel for travellers. Might i add, she serves excellent local delicacies. Worth a visit!



Josh, from Hyd the best route would be via Raichur-Hospet-Shimoga-Agumbe (Google Link). The Gooty-Guntakal-Bellary strech of NH 69 is best avoided. If you still want to go via Bellary, turn off at Kurnool and take the 'Moka Road' and head to Bellary via Kodumur (Google Link). I did the Jog-Agumbe-Hampi circuit in July 2010 and here is the TL: http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...mpt-ruins.html (Foggy Jog, sweet pineapples, a few leeches and unkempt ruins!)

Summers, i guess would be the best season as there would not be much rainfall, which inturn means less Leeches!

Thanks for the information Funda & E_Torque. Would need your help when the trip is planned.
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Old 22nd March 2011, 00:10   #49
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Thanks for the information Funda & E_Torque. Would need your help when the trip is planned.
Sure thing. Happy to Help. Just leave me a PM or call /mail me.
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I kept visiting the same places over and over again and believe me it all looked so different eveytime. The density of the cloud, changing visibility range made all the difference. I still remember those ghostly nights without power and four psycho tourists wandering here and there jobless, but as my friend Murali says its good not do anything at times. After all way back in our regular schedule life is always busy, you cant ever think of not doing anything.
True. Our city lives are so hectic that we do not have things that we do/can not appreciate the smaller things in life.

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Guess this is a milestone...some how seemed differnt to me. Shot it right on its head, face to face.
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How's that for precision? 55 miles 1 Furlong and 122 yards from Shimoga. No rounding off at all
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Funda great report, looking forward for more.

As mentioned above, i guess we need to make some time to stop ourselfs and observe the magic of Nature, time to visit some relatives on the mountains(Agumbe)
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True. Our city lives are so hectic that we do not have things that we do/can not appreciate the smaller things in life.



How's that for precision? 55 miles 1 Furlong and 122 yards from Shimoga. No rounding off at all

You are one of the few guys who relised this...others were two fellas with me. Great Job Buddy.
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The Tresspasser is back with the daily dose of Anti-Venom.

Bright Leaves on the wall
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Some more Vegetables
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Aah this one is ripe - take it to the kitchen?
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Flourescent Leaves
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You can take some more Green
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And this is what you were waiting for
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Colocascia Leaves
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The Name says it all
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Way to the Sunrise / Sunset Point
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The Road to udupi - This road leads to Sonu Dhaba
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A teaser - Valley pics coming up soon
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The valley as seen from the View point - Calculate the number of time this tree features in the photographs
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And a Distant waterfall - thanks to Digital Zoom
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The trespasser is back with his daily dose. Some more pics of the valley and some macros, yah yah - I am not very good in macros but I love them. One day I will be good. What say? Also I know there are so many good photographers out here, if you have any tips for me, please do share.

The Distant Fall a little closer
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The Actual falls. You will get to see so many distant water falls on these mountains. There are some where you can go as well. We did not venture into the jungle, we were scared of the KCs.
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The Valley and the tree are back. I took a photograph almost every time i went to the sunset point.
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The Valley and Aagumbe's lifeline
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Now see the difference between the previous photo of the fall and this photo. cloud has already started building up. Its just a matter of 5 mins.
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And some more clouds making their way to the top.
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The Valley and the Tree re visited. There is slight movement of the clouds in the two photographs to follow. I just loved the view, s thought of sharing every pic I had.
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Changing the focus worked. Tips to improve are welcome.
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Some more Leaves
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I will bring some more monsoon, some more clouds, some more rains and more of Aagumbe in my next post. Stay Tuned.
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funda, the last plant picture you posted - is it the one that makes you itch if you touch?
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funda, the last plant picture you posted - is it the one that makes you itch if you touch?
No, AFAIK those leaves pic which he has posted will give you an Itch if you touch them.
Almost similar as that of last pic, but it will have almost small small needle like thorns which looks like as snow/ice has fallen on the leaves.
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funda, the last plant picture you posted - is it the one that makes you itch if you touch?

Yes None of the plants were the itchy types. We spent a lot of time around these plants and also touching them etc.
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Funda - I'm religiously following this thread, happy to see lots and lots of green. Really soothing .


Doctor sir, your clicks were amazing.
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Funda - I'm religiously following this thread, happy to see lots and lots of green. Really soothing .


Doctor sir, your clicks were amazing.

Thanks jacs. Yep that was the best part of the Aagumbe trip. Greenary and wet environment. The other aspect that I could not capture was the drive in and around Shimoga. Meandering black wet roads, orange shoulders and greenery. I am not able to put in words what I visualize but it was AWESOME. Will upload the daily dose soon. Stay Tuned.
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Here comes funda, once again with his daily does of Greenery, clouds, mist, rain and the etc etc

Clouds Rising and moving upwards from the valley

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The Same Tree, as you can see is no more in clouds and the clouds have moved up to the mountains. This is just a matter of few minutes. You dont need hours to experience all this. The same valley looks very different every few minutes.

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The other side is clearing up, Thanks to wind that blew the clouds to this side.
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Close buddies and three psychos - Sharief, Sabyasachi and Murali
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Psychos did not trust me - I was showing them a malabar squirrel
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The gang is complete - all the 4 psychos together
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With wind blowing the clouds - I guess this was the only time I had a clear view of the valley below and houses there.
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I want to Fly with these clouds - wish I had wings
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The Waterfall is behind the Clouds
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