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    Default A little bit of Karnataka

    This thread has been pending for over 6 months, so now over warm beer and (shitty) self made bhurji I guess its time to finally start and complete this..

    I did my MBA from Manipal (its in Karnataka, not in Sikkim). Situated in western ghats with overdose of beauty all around, Manipal is the place I started motorcycle touring once again. Our college had extremely strict rules, it was a residential course and night outs were strictly banned for our batch. So mostly I toured within 200 km radius of the college, which on those kind of roads and abundance of places to stop and take photographs, usually translated in 15- 16 hour touring days.

    During short mid term breaks I also toured other areas like Hampi and Chikmaglur.

    This thread is a collection of all those photographs over the two year stay at what is surely among the most beautiful places in India. Those who have visited this area (there are lot of threads about these areas) will testify to this statement.

    Waiting for approval, I will post some pics from the first ride I undertook in years(switching jobs here and there before MBA, motorcycling had more or less stopped). After that I will upload pics in sets giving a brief description about each of those places.

    Maravanthe beach, among the most beautiful beaches in that area. The roads passes with the beach on one side and the river on the other.

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    The faithful, reliable companion, the brilliant Karizma R


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    There is no happiness for him who does not travel!
    The fortune of a man who is sitting, sits; it rises when he rises; it sleeps when he sleeps; it moves when he moves.
    Therefore, Wander!
    - Rigveda, 1500 - 1000 B.C.

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    Default Re: A little bit of Karnataka

    6 month old pending thread approved!

    I guess you first need to buy a fridge and learn to cook better

    Waiting for the beaches also
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    Longing to go there for quite sometime now. Wonderful start!
    Looking forward to the updates; will the ninja, eventually show up?
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    Default Re: A little bit of Karnataka

    Good start. Waiting for more!

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    Holding the helmet pic is brilliant, appeals of a hardcore rider. Nice start, bring on the rest.
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    Default Re: A little bit of Karnataka

    Thank you for the quick approval..

    Quote Originally Posted by chaosaddict View Post
    Longing to go there for quite sometime now. Wonderful start!
    Looking forward to the updates; will the ninja, eventually show up?
    Heh heh no, Ninja is only a recent acquisition

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    Holding the helmet pic is brilliant, appeals of a hardcore rider. Nice start, bring on the rest.
    Thank you

    Baikal Fort, Kerela

    This place was only 90 or so kms from my college, so covered it as well. This fort is located right by the sea and that gives it much of its appeal. Otherwise there is nothing grand about it, and frankly this doesn't look much of a challenge for a determined attack. Its basically a largely empty area surrounded by walls with a few out posts. There arent too many other places to visit nearby afaik so if you don't visit this place you won't really lose out too much. It was really hot and sunny when we visited this place and perhaps that is why we did not enjoy it that much.

    Anyway the fort:

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    The view from the fort is amazing. Just after the rains meant the greenery was at its peak.


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    Yours truly..

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    Other reasons we did not enjoy the ride were extremely bad drivers of Kerela, and equally bad roads.. Take this as word of caution, be extremely careful if you go that side. We saw lot of truck accidents but that had no effect on the way people were driving. Car drivers were worse. On a two lane highway a car will just overtake a truck, even if that means you have to get down the road, the car will not even reduce speed and completely ignore you. On a short ride inside the Kerela border this happened more times than I could count.

    Be really careful.

    There aren't many good places to eat in that area, but there is a resort with restaurant adjoining the fort. Good ambiance and good food..

    The entrance to the resort


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    Jog Falls

    Not many images here, this place was ~190 kms from my college and there were some really bad roads. Also otal of eight motorcycles went, this meant slower average speeds. The day consisted of riding more than 14 hrs. But all in all a good day.

    Also we chose to go after the rains, so the you won't see Niagara falls kind of images for which Jog is famous. The reason being that once the water subsides you can go all the way to bottom, at full flow the stairs are blocked. So decide if you want to take pictures or a bath in the pool..

    Some small random waterfall on the way

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    The mighty Jog Falls

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    I don't have pictures of the road but there were tons of twisties and as is the case with everywhere in that region, the entire route was jam packed with natural beauty. In coming images lot of those areas will be covered.
    There is no happiness for him who does not travel!
    The fortune of a man who is sitting, sits; it rises when he rises; it sleeps when he sleeps; it moves when he moves.
    Therefore, Wander!
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    Kondadri (Kundadri) Hills

    You know how some places are a source of great joy,they don't feature in too many tourist maps, there just aren't enough tourist attractions to be worth the detour. But a source of joy they are.

    Located at a height of above 800 meters Kundadri Hlls near Agumbe ghat is one such place. We went there mid rains,but we were mostly dry (on the peak that is), the rain clouds that did reach us just did not have enough water at that altitude to drench us. The worst they could manage was a mild misty drizzle, and that's a gift if you ask me.

    We hardly covered 200 kms but it took us over 12 hours. Long breaks, beauty and some detours were the culprit.

    If you come from Manipal/Udupi side, this is the way to Seetha nadi camp, before Agumbe, its an adventure sports camp..

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    The road starts...

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    It ends, and how...


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    In the background is Agumbe Ghat


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    Some random waterfall we tried to climb, apart from King Cobras this place has tons of Vipers and Kraits and Monocled and Spectacled Cobras. We were really careful to avoid any hidden vipers, they are really small and can strike like lightning. Back in the college snakes were really commonplace and everybody had seen vipers (hump nosed pit viper and kraits being the most common)


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    View from Agumbe Ghats


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    This little critter tore my seat cover.. But I was thankful, my keys were still in the ignition and the pitiful animal left them there, even though monkeys in that area have a reputation for taking your keys and sending you down a thousand feet trek to find them


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    Teeming with King Cobras, they are trying to make Agumbe the world's first King Cobra sanctuary (Romulus Whitaker the legend from Chennai has been fighting for this). There is this Agumbe Rain Forest Research Centre (ARRC) in the Jungle, we decided to visit the place. Below pics from resulting off-roading required to get there. We hoped to see some king cobras, but sadly the centre did not have any that they were studying (they are striclty against captivity). There were some students living in the centre, so if any body is interested, take a prior permission, contact them and they misght take you to trek in 'real' jungle.


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    The dense forest and narrow trail suddenly clears up and then as suddenly closes again.

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    View from somewhere I don't remember..


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    The white protion is dense fog coming our way


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    The only good section of the route..


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    The place was so windy that in one careless moment I almost slipped off the hill. There is slippery moss all around and there is no fence around the hill.

    On the way back, below is the road at 4 in the evening...


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    Discalimer: This is a 6 year old 9 mp digicam, I am a bad photographer and somehow the images have come off worse then they seem to be on my computer screen..
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    There is no happiness for him who does not travel!
    The fortune of a man who is sitting, sits; it rises when he rises; it sleeps when he sleeps; it moves when he moves.
    Therefore, Wander!
    - Rigveda, 1500 - 1000 B.C.

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    Images are still far better than some taken with a 16MP camera I've seen. Loved your log.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krishna77 View Post
    Images are still far better than some taken with a 16MP camera I've seen. Loved your log.
    Hey thanks a ton man..

    Kudremukh and Hanuman Gundi


    Kudremukh is basically a trekking place and you need forest department's permission if you are planning to camp overnight. Nevertheless this place offers breathtaking routes for motorcycles. There is a small peaceful mining township there and the whole area has the laziness typical of a small easygoing town.

    It is ideal for one of those days you just want to wander on your motorcycle with no particular aim when you just want to lazily ride your motorcycle taking in the sights.. There are dense forests and clear green cover in their midst, rivers and waterfall. Just a place you want to sit and relax and enjoy a can of coke, or a beer if you are camping overnight.

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    Google map showed a huge water body.. well at least there was empty space


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    You can see dense forest in the background. That is how Kudremukh is, the hills are covered with grass rather than trees even though they are located in dense forests. I don't know the reason for this. Makes for a good trekking experience though.


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    Riding buddy..


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    This is Hanuman gundi. Skip this place. We reached within 15 minutes of it opening and the place was already crowded. There are two pools, the one behind me is difficult to reach and a bit dangerous, the other pool was so full of people that we decided not to go. There are lots of stairs you have to climb down to reach the falls, then climb up of course. Just not worth the effort, many more spectacular falls in the region.


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    The fortune of a man who is sitting, sits; it rises when he rises; it sleeps when he sleeps; it moves when he moves.
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    Pics are awesome.
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