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Mandaragiri hills / Basadi Betta - Sunset moments

Watch more sunsets than Netflix :P. I have always fallen in love with sunsets :). The hues on the skies with different patterns every day, tells a story in itself. This post is dedicated to one such sunset moments. Previously, we had an adventurous trek at Shivagange and were heading back to Bengaluru. It was 4:45 pm when we stopped at the Kamat restaurant. While we munched on the masala dose and Mirchi bajji. Somehow the discussion turned to watch the sunset and then returning to Bengaluru. That was a crazy sudden idea and we knew that Mandaragiri hills a.k.a Basadi betta was just 20mins away from us. The next minute we started heading towards the hills to watch the sunset of the day.  I have been to Mandaragiri hills before on a bright day. I would probably write a detailed post on the place sometime later. So this would be a very short post on the moments of sunset.

Mandara Giri hills / Basadi betta

On a quick note, Mandaragiri hills a.k.a Basadi betta is an abode of Jainism which da…

Shivagange trek - Let's get adventorous!

Sipping my coffee on a Friday evening and watching the monsoon rains pattering from my balcony. I said to myself - "It's time for a ride tomorrow morning". Within no time, the crew was set!  Where to? - A quick one! Alright, Shivagange trek was on my list. Although my mom defends that we had been there when I was a kid and she was the only one among us who could get the Olkal theertha (the sacred spring water, read on). Anyways, coming back, even though it's very close around 50kms from  Bengaluru,  I don’t remember trekking that hill.  Without any more plan, we woke up in the morning and started the journey at 7 am.

Brief on Shivagange hills

Shivagange hills is a perfect weekend getaway with a combination of moderate trekking and spiritual miracles. From the trekking point, the place is ideal for moderate day trek with ample steep trails. From a religious point, the place is dedicated to Gangadhareshwara - a form of Shiva Linga. An interesting miracle here is that a g…

Shivanasamudra in monsoon - The glorious Gaganachukki & Barachukki waterfalls

Monsoon rains had cast its magic! What's more fascinating idea than a short ride in monsoons?  To witness the blooming greenery and showers. I was craving for a bike ride to refresh my mind from the chaos of urban life. A swift thought on visiting Shivanasamudra struck and I was like get set go! 150kms ride from Bengaluru did not seem far for me. Planning on a Friday evening, I called up my friends for a ride the next day [Too late, I agree to it :P]. Many did not turn up, it was indeed a last minute plan. However, I knew that it would be the best time now to visit the glory of the falls as the water was released from KRS dam, just a week before. It was a Do/Die situation for me :P (Happens to me always! :P) I did not back off and the next morning four of us were all set to hit the road.

Brief on Shivanasamudra

Shivanasamudra literally means Shiva's sea.  The river Cauvery divides into two branches that flow around the island of Shivanasamudra. The western branch is Gaganachukki…