Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Periyapatna: A historical town lost in modernization

Periyapatna: A historical town lost in modernization
Overview: I knew this place called Periyapatna as a small town on the way to Madikeri. It happens to be my wife's granny's place as well. So on my recent visit to granny's house, I thought of exploring this small town. It was good to learn that there is more in Periyapatna than just serving as a pit stop point to Coorg. The Granny's place was located at a calm and clean area and was very well maintained with areca nut plantations all around. We visited the Fort which was probably built by the Kodagu rulers of Coorg and then further renovated by Tipu Sultan where he held the Kodava king Dodda Vira Rajendra as a prisoner. The fort walls cover the entire area and there are entry and exit points which lead to Periyapatna lake. I took one of the exit points of the fort and the lake was amazing. The early morning mist added to its beauty and the lotus flowers were blooming on the surface. On the way back I took a leisurely stroll along the streets where houses were built in traditional manner which are difficult to be seen in cities.
Periyapatna Fort walls Periyapatna Periyapatna Periyapatna Periyapatna Street in Periyapatna House in Periyapatna Periyapatna
In the evening, I took the chance to visit the ancient Chennakeshava temple which was probably built by the Hoysalas in the 12th century. The structure was great but was painted in silver and black which was not too impressive. The temple was locked but we had chance to appreciate the temple from all sides. The temple lies in the state of neglect and needs immediate attention.
From here we went to the two more popular temples in Periyapatna, the Kannambadi Amma and Masanikamma temples which are frequented by the villagers.
Chennakeshava temple, Periyapatna Chennakeshava temple, Periyapatna Chennakeshava temple, Periyapatna  Periyapatna Chennakeshava temple, PeriyapatnaSree Kannambadi Amma temple, Periyapatna Sree Masanikamma temple, Periyapatna
How to reach: Bus: KSRTC buses plying from Bangalore and Mysore to Madikeri have to pass via Periyapatna.
By Car: Travel towards Mysore and after Srirangaptna take the right deviation towards Elvaala to reach Madikeri road. Turn right at Elvaala to reach Periyapatna.
Food/Accommodation: Accommodation is slightly difficult to get in Periyapatna. Though good Homestays are available in Kushalnagar and Madikeri which are not very far. This can also be taken as a day trip from Bangalore and Mysore.
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Sunday, 16 September 2012

Shivanasamudra: Visiting the mighty waterfalls

Shivanasamudra: Visiting the mighty waterfalls

Overview: We did this trip long back and I thought I would pen down my experiences with my trip to Shivanasamudra falls.  We started early in the morning and set off for Shivanasamudra. The place is located between Kanakapura road and Mysore road. It can be approached via Malavalli. The route to shivanasamudra is very scenic and passes through rural Karnataka. We reached Shivanasamudra falls at around 10:30am. Shivanasamudra falls is formed by the river Cauvery and forms two waterfalls called Gaganachukki and Barachukki. First we visited the Gaganachukki falls which had good amount of water pouring down from great height forming a spectacle. We visited this place post monsoons so there was good amount of water. We sat along the pavement in front of the falls and there was fencing all around to prevent more adventurous people venturing out close to the falls.
near Malavalli  On the way to ShivanasamudraGaganachukki falls Gaganachukki falls Gaganachukki fallsGaganachukki falls Gaganachukki falls
After this we went to Barachukki falls which can be reached by climbing down a series of steps leading to the base of the waterfalls. Barachukki falls also made thundering noise as there was good amount of water. The clean water and the clear greenish blie colour of the water added to the beauty of the place. This place was infested with monkeys so we could not eat anything in the open. We had to pack everything and eat the stuff inside our car because of the monkey menace.
near Shivanasamudra Barachukki falls Barachukki falls Barachukki falls Monkeys @ Barachukki falls
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 References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shivanasamudra_Falls
How to reach: Car/Bike: Take NH209 towards Kanakapura, from there continue on NH209 to Sathanur, on reaching Malavalli, continue on NH209 and turn left onto Panditahalli village and ask for directions to Shivanasamudra falls.
Food/Accommodation: Its advisable to carry home food as there are limited options on the way.
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Sunday, 9 September 2012

Soraba: Traces of the ancient Surabhipura

Soraba: Traces of the ancient Surabhipura 

Overview: Soraba in Shimoga district, named after the Holy cow Surabhi which used to milk on a stone statue of Lord Ranganatha. This place was called Surabhipura in ancient times which got changed to Soraba over centuries. We visited the Ranganathaswamy temple in Soraba which has become popular because of the legend. The temple is believed to be built by a local Gowda from Halesoraba from the bay of the river Dandavathi. Several manuscripts and inscriptions have been found near the temple supporting this.
Ranganatha temple, SorabaRanganatha temple, SorabaRanganatha temple, SorabaRanganatha temple, Soraba Ranganatha temple, Soraba   
This place is easily approachable as it is near to many tourist destinations like Banavasi, Sirsi, Chandragutti.
We visited Soraba during our visit to Banavasi. The main road connecting Soraba to other towns is the main shopping area of Soraba with all facilities.
Soraba MarketSorabaSoraba-Banavasi road

How to reach: Bus: KSRTC buses ply from Bangalore to Soraba and Sirsi.
By Bike/Car: Take the NH4 to reach Ranebennur, from there, take a deviation towards Soraba.
Food/Accommodation: Vanavasika tourist home in Banavasi is the nearest place to find good accommodation around Soraba.
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