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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 Gaganachu

Vani Vilasa Sagara - Beautiful reservoir and an Engineering marvel

As we grow older, our time with our parents becomes more limited. I believe that at some point in our adult lives we should take the time to travel with our parents. My parents are the coolest and supportive of my travelling endeavours. When it comes to planning the trip with my parents, I take extra care to choose places of their interest - mostly architecture and nature. We decided to take a trip to Shimoga to meet our grandparents. A list of places marked down on the way and we started out to hit the Tumkur road. The first destination - Vani Vilasa Sagara / Marikanive dam in Chitradurga. Brief on Vani Vilasa Sagara Dam / Marikanive dam V ani Vilas Sagar Dam / Vani Vilasa Sagara, also known as Mari Kanive , is the oldest dam of Karnataka built 103 years ago. It is located in Hiriyur taluk of Chitradurga district , which is 160 km from Bangalore . The dam is an exquisite piece of architecture, an engineering marvel for that time, and provides water to lots of surrounding cities, to

Heritage Winery - SULA wine tour and tasting

It was 11 am in the morning when we bid adieu to SRS hills and DevaraKere lake .  Channapatna has notable wineries and the tropical climatic conditions here are suitable for grape cultivation yielding great sugar content.  We had the whole day with us and we started driving towards Heritage wine tour , which is located in Channapatna. Honestly speaking, I'm not a connoisseur of wines or a tippler , who regularly grabs a drink often. Still, I was curious to know how wines are made, how would it be to walk in a vineyard with grapes in full glory. This inquisitive feeling made me pay a visit to Heritage Winery. Journey There were two routes to reach - 1. the Mysore road highway and 2. the countryside route via Bylalu to reach Channapatna . Instead of choosing the highway, we chose to ride on countryside road just to take a glimpse of village life. Shady trees along the roadsides, fresh unpolluted air to recuperate, calm lakes and endless green farms. It was worth a drive along this r