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We had heard about those lavish and extravagant punjabi weddings but never got a chance to truly experience it until recently.

November – December are peak wedding seasons in the north with almost every wedding hall booked out. We were really excited to be part of one of our good friend’s wedding in Delhi during the last week of November and decided to make the most of this opportunity. Week long festivities and mouth watering food are the main attractions here :p (Tip1: Best to book Delhi flights in advance as they tend to go up close to travel dates. We prefer to fly Indigo, Jet Airways and Air India as they are mostly ontime)

Packing started a week in advance sorting out traditional wear for the Dhol and main wedding ceremony and party wear for the sangeeth party. We barely managed to keep our luggage under the 15 kg limit and began to wonder how we would manage on our return with additional shopping from Delhi. (Tip 2: Carry your best clothes as you will never be over dressed in a punjabi wedding)

We landed at the domestic airport T1 around 8.15pm and had to que outside for EasyCabs as they were in high demand. After a 15 minute wait, we managed to get one and reached our destination (Paschim Vihar) in 45 mins. We even had to pay for the cab’s airport parking charges (Rs 90) which I felt was not justified. (Tip 3: Best to book your cab in advance esp during evenings or early mornings. Try Taxi For Sure – 011 60601010 or Quick Cabs – 011 67676767 which offer the best rates of Rs 14 – Rs 16 per km. Tip 4: If you are keen to use the Airport Metro, you will have to take a shuttle to Terminal 3 from where you can board the Airport Express train to the city.)

Dhol guy

Dhol party

We managed to do all our last minute shopping at Karol Bagh which is well connected by the metro and is one of the popular shopping hubs in the city. Other hotspot for shopping are Sarojini Nagar Market and Lagpat Nagar. The only issue is that most of these markets are focused towards women. We also managed to do a quick stopover at a local restaurant to try out the quintessential Butter Chicken and naan. (Tip 5: If you plan to travel extensively in a metro, pick up a metro card and load it with cash. You can return this card at the end of your trip and get a refund of the amount leftover along with the depost.)

Evenings were dedicated to wedding festivities starting with the Dhol ceremony with unlimited drinks and dancing followed by yummy punjabi food. We noticed a lot of money being given away by the family members to the dhol artists and the servents during these festivities and in all subsequent ceremonies to avoid bad karma on the bride and groom.

Mehandi ceremony

Mehandi ceremony

The next day, we decided to visit the famous Dilli Haat which is again bang next to INA metro station. After three metro changes, we managed to reach our destination in about 75 minutes. Considering that we were in one corner of Delhi, it wasn’t so bad. Dilli Haat is an open air market where traders from all across the country display their art and offering local cuisines. A great place to spend half a day and look for some traditional handicrafts, clothes and home decor. One stall that stood out was TJ’s which is essentially products made by the inmates of  the famous Tihar Jail. Their products are quite popular and their chefs are in high demand. (Tip 6: Must try the famous Fruit Beer, Chicken Momo’s and Avadh cuisine while you are visiting Dilli haat. Frankly, we didn’t fancy their Fruit Beer so much.)

The sangeeth ceremony was like another party with a wide variety of starters, alcohol and lots of dancing. If you’ve noticed, food, booze and dancing are pretty much a constant across all these ceremonies. Finally, the bride to be and the groom see each other for the first time in many days and are pulled on to the dance floor soon after their families greet each other. The evening comes to an end with mouth watering food and desserts.

Bride to be

Bride during a ceremony before the wedding

Bride and groom dancing at their Sangeeth

Bride and groom dancing during their Sangeeth

Things go into hyper mode on the main wedding day with the haldi ceremony (both the bride and groom are smeared with turmeric paste by their respective family and friends). The women dash to the local parlor for their makeup session while the men ready their Kurthas and Sherwanis. The barath (groom’s procession) leaves the groom’s residence after some rituals (groom’s sister feeds the horse) and heads towards the wedding hall. The band leads the way playing popular tunes with the family members dancing all the way to the venue.

Barath party leading to the wedding venue

Barath procession to the wedding venue

At the venue, the bride’s sister and cousins demand money from the groom and block his entry. After some negotiations, he is let in and allowed to sit on the dais. Moments later the bride arrives and the exchange of garlands take place again with a bit of drama 🙂

Wedding ceremony

Garland exchange during the wedding

At this point, we soon realized that it’s already 1am and the actual ceremony hasn’t begin. After a formal sit down dinner, the wedding ceremony begins at around 2.30 am.  This is when we decided to wish them both and head back home since some of us were flying back the next morning.

For someone living in the north, this may sound common, but for a south Indian where weddings are seriously boring affairs, this was surely an experience of a lifetime. Does make the entire experience of getting married more lively.

So, the next time you get invited to attend a punjabi wedding, don’t hesitate one bit. Oh, and we did manage to get all our shopping back without spending on excess baggage 🙂

If you have a wedding experience to share with us in an interesting city, do write to brian.ammanna@gmail.com with pictures and we’ll upload them on our blog.

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In our constant hunt to find interesting hot spots closer to the metropolitan city of Bangalore, we stumbled upon this jewel called Devarabetta. This literally mean God’s Hill and true to its name, there is a temple at the foot of this mammoth rock. One monolith is around 80-90 feet high and the temple is situated right at the base.

A group of enthusiastic bikers from BJYMC set off from Bangalore early last Sunday from Silk Board junction towards Anekal town via Chandapura which was the first breakfast stop. A popular eatery called Sri Raghavendra known for its Benne Dose (Butter dosa) was unfortunately shut (closed on Sundays). So our next best option was SLV Restaurant and we were not disappointed. Hot crispy poori’s and soft mallige idlis with hot vadas made for a sumptuous breakfast.

With packed bellies, we continued on our journey towards Thalli which is across the border in Tamil nadu. We had to occasionally stop and ask the locals for directions and finally took a detour about 6 kms before Thalli. There are no boards, but this winding road right next to a small temple led us straight to Devarabetta.

Temple at Devarabetta

Being a Sunday morning, the nearby village was still waking up and the government school premises made for a wonderful parking spot for all 20 odd bikes.

Jawa & Yezdi bikes parked against the hillock at Devarabetta

The spiritualists headed straight to the temple while the adventurous started to climb the rock. After exploring the place, clicking few pictures, it was time for us to head back to Namma Bengaluru. But there was more excitement awaiting us on the road back to Anekal. The forest officials had blocked an entire stretch of the road to allow a heard of wild elephants cross over peacefully to the Bannerghatta forest. This did take a while but we did not mind the wait since we human have eaten away most of the forests that once belonged to these wild animals.

Bikes against the hillock at Devarabetta2

There are multiple routes to reach Devarabetta and you can choose any of the below:

1) Blr – Hosur Rd – Chandapura Town – Anekal – Thalli Rd – Devarabetta = About 60 kms (A small stretch is getting tarred and hence quite rocky)

2) Blr – Hosur Rd – Bommasandra – New Biocon Rd – Jigani – Anekal – Thalli Rd – Devarabetta = About 65 kms

3) Blr – Bannerghatta Rd – Jigani – Anekal – Thalli Rd – Devarabetta = About 65 kms

4) Blr – Hosur Rd – Hosur Town – Thalli Town – Devarabetta = About 70 kms

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Come June, the adventure biking community start gearing up for a ride of a lifetime. Our dream of riding over the mighty Himalayas finally came true this June’11. Can’t believe that with just 2 months of preparation time we were able to complete this dream ride and back in the concrete jungle before we realised.

Caution: This post is quite long and detailed so do bear with us.

View of the himalayas from Kashmir

Preparation:
It all started in March / April when a few Rotary friends from IFMR (International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarian) decided to take on the challenge of riding across some of the toughest terrains in the world. Both my wife and I wanted to be part of this journey and decided to join them but for a shorter version (11 days) of their 17 day trip.
Being a Jawa and Yezdi fan since childhood and part of Bangalore Jawa Yezdi Club (BJYMC), I was keen to do this trip on one of these bikes. Thus began my hunt for a good second-hand Roadking which is tough to find considering the market demand for these bikes now. Finally, just about 5 weeks before our trip I managed to find a healthy 1996 model in Yelahanka, Bangalore and immediately picked it up and sent it for service.
We had to do a practice ride to Ooty to test our bikes on the steep Kalhati route after which I decided to replace few parts. It was necessary for the long ride especially since we were the only one riding doubles. Repairs included new piston rings for additional compression, clutch plates (very important), all lubricants, handle bar, heavy duty clutch & brake cables (very important), resetting rear shocks, double tubing of tyres, new carburettor, back rest, additional luggage carrier and mirrors on both sides.
List of important spares to carry on the trip:
Extra wheel tube, petrol pipe, spark plugs, clutch cable, wire binders, headlight bulbs, york n levers for both left and right side, chain links, spare ignition coil set, foot pump and full tool set.
We also had to buy a 45 litre saddle bag and magnetic tank bag from Cramster (not water proof though), minus degree sleeping bags (Decathlon or Army Store), ankle shoes, lots of woollen socks, woollen gloves, thermal wear, two pairs of riding gloves, balaclava, good helmet, fish net & bungee cords to tie our luggage, plastic garbage bags to cover our saddle bags & backpacks, thick riding jackets, knee and elbow pads, good raincoats, peanut chikkis & energy bars, Glucon D and coke / bisleri bottles to carry extra fuel. Most importantly, we had to get physically and mentally fit for the challenge up ahead.
The Route:
 Srinagar*, Sonamarg, Zoji la pass (11,500ft), Drass, Kargil*, Fotu la pass (13,500ft), Lamayuru, Nimmu, Leh*, Upshi, Tanglang la (17,582ft), Pang*, Lachalang la pass (16,600 ft), Morrie plains, Sarchu, Baralacha la pass (16,050ft), Jispa, Keylong*, Rothang la Pass (13,051ft), Manali*, Kullu, Mandi, Bilaspur*, Chandigarh*(The destination marked with asterix (*) were our stop over points)
Total distance covered – 1,390 Kms
Total fuel cost with oil – Rs 3,900

Route map

The Ride: 2nd – 12th June’11
With our departure dates fast approaching, we packed our bike via Gati cargo to Srinagar which was our starting point of the journey. Gati charges Rs 6100/- plus packing for Srinagar due to the terrain and security reasons but delivers the bike in 10 – 12 days time. We joined the rest of the 3 riders from IFMR (Sathya, Ravish & Jayaprakash) at Srinagar on the 2nd of June when we flew from Bangalore to Srinagar via Delhi. The three others had started six days before us from Chandigarh and completed Amritsar, Wagah Border, Jalandhar, Dalhousie, Dharamshala, Vaishnodevi, Kathra & Jammu. Our stay in Srinagar was at Peacock Houseboat which is in a quiet corner of Nigeen Lake. Bashir, our houseboat owner helped us a lot in getting our bikes cleaned and ready for the journey.

Houseboat in Srinagar

Team with bikes before the ride

Day 1 – We started at 6.30am on 3rd June and stopped at the nearest petrol bunk to fill our tanks and rode for about 40kms to stop for breakfast at a dabha. The staple breakfast in these areas is Aloo paratha and that is what we had for most of our journey. After breakfast, the terrain began to change drastically and the roads began to deteriorate. At an average speed of 30 – 35kmph we crossed Sonmarg and reached our first check post. The road towards Zojila pass was due to a massive traffic jam with over 100 lorries stuck on this steep pass. We were lucky to spot a kannada speaking officer who let us through. This was our first real experience of the harsh terrain which we had to encounter throughout this trip.

Himalayan valley on Srinagar – Leh route

Truck traffic on Zojila pass

Having negotiated the lorries and the slush we finally reached the peak of Zojila at 11,500 ft which was the highest we had ever been. The snow covered peak was a sight for sore eyes but we couldn’t enjoy this for long as we were running out of breadth due to low oxygen levels at this altitude.

Our bikes on top of Zojila Pass

After a few mandatory pictures, we continued on our journey towards Drass which is the second coldest inhabited place in the world. Just before Drass, we crossed a Kargil War Memorial and Tiger Hill where our brave soldiers fought to protect our country during the 1999 Kargil war. After a simple yet tasty lunch at Drass we proceeded towards Kargil which was our stop for the night. We reached Kargil (8200 ft) around 6pm and checked into D’Zojila Hotel @Rs 1350 per room.

Drass near Kargil

View of Kargil town

Day 2 (4th June) began early and after fuelling our bikes again, we rode in the dust covered terrain with a halt for breakfast around 9am. After aloo parathas and omlets, we continued on our journey towards Lamayuru monastery crossing Namikala pass at 12,198 ft and Fotula pass at 13,479 ft which is the highest point on the Srinagar – Leh route. With mandatory photo sessions, we reached Lamayuru at 1.30pm.

Diverse terrain on the Kargil Leh road

Bare mountains on the way to Leh

Lumayaru Monastry 110kms before Leh

Followed by a quick lunch and tour of the monastery we were back on the road towards our dream destination. Having crossed a bad patch of road, we hit another checkpost after which the road improved and was almost downhill all the way till Leh. We crossed the mighty river Indus and entered Leh around 6.30pm to camp at Hotel Thongsal @Rs 1000 per nite which is towards the outskirts on a hill. This was our home for the next 4 days while we wandered around.

Local kids near Leh

View of Leh town

Day 3 (5th June) was quiet as we relaxed, applied for our permits and visited Shanti Stupa. The highlight of the day however was our visit to the Hall of Fame which houses photographs and stories of brave soldiers who sacrificed themselves to protect our borders. This tour was very touching and brought tears to our eyes. We also got to sample few local cuisines and delicacies during our stay in Leh not to forget shopping at the Tibetan market for imported goodies and t-shirts with route maps.

Hall of Fame, Leh

Weapons used by Indian Army during Kargil war

Day 4 (6th June) was our visit to the famous Pangong Lake. This is about 150 kms from Leh and the route is very scenic across Changla pass at 17586 ft with lots of frozen lakes and sand dunes along this route. Pangong Lake is the world’s second largest or highest salt water lake with a length of 130kms and width of upto 6 kms. Only one third part of this lake is in India with the rest of it in China occupied Tibet. This is a must visit for all tourists visiting Leh. Cabs charge about Rs 5600 for a one day round trip to this lake.

View from Changla on the way to Pangong Lake

Pangong Lake, Leh

Pangong Lake, 145 kms from Leh

Day 5 (7th June) was peaceful with a lazy start to Kardungla the world’s highest motorable road at 18,380 ft. This pass is on the way to Nubra valley and is about 45 kms from Leh. We spent about an hour at the peak taking pictures and eating noodles at the world’s highest cafeteria. We were back in town by 12 and it was time to get some tuning done to the bike as it was struggling to run due to lack of oxygen. Found one mechanic on the Leh-Manali road about half a km from town called Mohan Sharma (Ladakh Automobiles) who can be reached on 09419242643. He is the only mechanic who has experience working on Jawa and Yezdi bikes and helped tune my bike to some extent.

World’s highest motorable road – Kardungla, Leh

World’s highest cafe, Kargungla, Leh

Day 6 (8th June) – We were back on the road towards Manali and dropped in at Thikse Monastry which was on the same road. After another round of photo sessions, we continued to encounter one of the worst rides of our lives.

Thikse Monastry – Start of our return journey from Leh

Coldest day of our trip across Tanglangla

By the time we reached the peak of Tanglangla at 17,582 ft (second highest motorable road), our feet were soaked in ice cold water and heavy snow fall made our journey impossible. We quickly changed our socks, put on some plastic covers on our feet before wearing our shoes. We decided to continue as staying there could have proved dangerous for our hands and feet. After a grueling 2 hour ride, we reached the temporary camp site of Pang at 2.30pm which charges about Rs 100 per person for the nite. This is the world’s highest transit camp at 15600 ft. Our hosts were kind enough to make us some hot soup and maggi to keep us warm and kept the stove burning all day.  We quickly snuggled under our sleeping bags and rugs inside the tent to recuperate and recharge ourselves for the ride ahead. This was by far the coldest day of our entire journey and all of us wanted to just give up and take a cab back to Manali. Beware, these camps do not have bathroom or toilet facility.

The highest transit camp in the world – Pang

Day 7 (9th June) looked brighter and we were glad to be back on our bikes. We had to encounter two more passes Lachalangla at 16,600 ft and Baralachala at 16,050 ft before we entered Himachal. The lush green trees were a sight for sore eyes after having gone through miles of snow covered mountains and dusty plains. We reached the little town of Jispa around 2.30pm and stopped at a road side hotel for lunch and decided to ride up to Keylong as there was no mobile network at Jispa. We had not spoken to our family for over two days. We reached Keylong at 5pm and found a very nice river side hotel Deykid @ Rs 800 per nite. We were glad to have a hot water bath and warm rooms after two cold days.

Crossing Lachalangla Pass

On our way to Jispa

Day 8 (10th June) – We were at the last leg of our grueling ride and riding up to Rothangla was a breeze. We stopped to try out the snow scooter which was a thrilling experience. Once we crossed over the top, the scene changed completely as the whole place was packed with tourists. Our ride down to Manali was the most painful one with miles of cars and jeeps stuck on the road due to a landslide. Being on a bike has its advantages as we were able to sneak through the traffic and knee deep slush. Our descent to Manali took about 3.5 hours due to the traffic but we were down finally around 4pm. Our three friends decided to continue riding till Mandi while my wife and I decided to halt in Manali for the night. We stayed at a slightly expensive hotel called Lord’s Regency in New Manali with a lovely view of river Beas. The evening was spent walking around Mall road to shop for gifts. Manali is packed with tourists during this season with almost every hotel fully booked and the roads packed with cars.

My wife and I crossing Rothangla on the Leh – Manali highway

Road to Manali town from Rothangla

View of Beas from Manali town

Day 9 (11th June) – After breakfast we visited an apple orchard but since it’s off season, we could find only baby apples. We checked out and continued on our journey towards Bilaspur which was our stopover for the nite at a distance of about 180kms. We stopped at Kullu for lunch on the banks of the river and continued on the winding hill roads towards Mandi. Before Mandi we encountered the longest tunnel in India with a length of 2.8 kms which was an interesting experience. The bike sounded excellent with the echo inside the tunnel. This is a very scenic route with the river following us all the way till Mandi but the traffic on this route will bother you as overtaking is difficult. We stopped 3kms before Bilaspur at Hotel Sagar View (Rs 950) for the nite with a lovely view of the town.

Apple orchard in Manal

Longest tunnel in India before Mandi which is about 2.8kms in length

Day 10 (12th June) was the last riding day of our trip with a distance of about 140kms. Once we entered Punjab the terrain changed and it was flat road all the way to Chandigarh. We reached our hotel White Palace by around 12 noon and the weather was hot and humid. Our friends were at this hotel & ready to depart as their flight was one day before ours. So after lunch we bit farewell to them and met one of the core members of 3 Biker’s Club, Chandigarh – Deep. Was nice to meet a fellow Yezdi biker from a different region to exchange some quick notes.

Condition of my bike after completing our journey

Day 11 (13th June) was quite slow with a ride around the city hunting for a good book store and back to Gati Cargo to check in my bike. This time Gati charged us Rs 3200 plus packing charges of Rs 700. Once that was done we got back for lunch and left for the airport for our 4.00 pm flight. We landed in Bangalore at 8.30 and were home by 10.30pm. Thus ended one of our most exciting journeys ever.
Important things to remember:
·         Never take your eyes off the road while riding as the terrain is very beautiful but the road is equally dangerous. You might end up with a fall if you get distracted even slightly. Stop riding if you want to appreciate the landscape, take pictures and then continue.
·         Carry your bike spares with you all the time and always ride in a group. You will need help from your friends to push your bike at certain points if you get stuck.
·         Carry 3 copies of your bike papers and your identify proofs along with original ID cards incase you are stopped at check posts and for inner line permit at Leh.
·         Always keep your raincoats handy as the weather might change quickly.
·         On the Leh – Manali route, carry atleast 2 – 4 litres of fuel as emergency and always carry your own engine oil as most petrol bunks do not sell packets or loose oil.
·         Carry good branded helmet which will cut off outside air flow. This is very important as the cold air will hit you while riding. You will also need good waterproof gloves.
·         Altitude sickness medicine is called Diamox & its homeopathic equivalent is Cocca 30 (6 nos – 4 times a day). If you are riding up from Srinagar side, you can manage without this medicine as the climbs is gradual. Pls check with your doctor for any side effects before using this medicine.
·         Always put your clothes and electronic gadgets inside plastic bags before packing into saddle bags as they are not waterproof.
·         Only BSNL Postpaid connection works in most of the region with Airtel, Aircel and Vodafone postpaid available at Leh.
·         Carry enough t-shirts, good thermals and thin sweater to wear multiple layers while covering the snow covered passes.
·         Book your stay at Srinagar, Manali and Leh in advance since you might not get good places during the peak region.
·         Always maintain constant speeds and do not be in a hurry to complete the course. The terrain is bad and might hurt your bike if you over speed.
Do feel free to post your feedback and mail us on info@greatescapes.co.in
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Most of us Bangaloreans tend to neglect this place but trust me, one visit to this biological park and u’ll be impressed with it. Maybe cos it just exceeds your expectation for an animal & bird park but watever the reason, its well worth the visit.

BBP as is popularly known is about 25kms from the heart of the city and is connect with well tarred roads and plenty of buses including Volvos. So getting there isn’t a problem at all i.e if you can handle the traffic until you get to the outskirts of the city.

Once u’r there a small entry fee shud get you into the park but don’t forget to leave behind u’r plastic covers as this is strickly a No Plastic Zone. Thanks to the Forest Officers and a few corporates, this initiative has created a lot of awareness and concern for protection of wild life and nature.

The entire place is spic & span with clean pathways and well appointed description boards. There is a touch screen kiosk set up by Intel with info on all the birds n animals found in Karnataka. There is a small museum of stuffed animals along with pictures of rare species. The audi next to it screens three shows everyday on wildlife and conservation. These shows are mainly targeted at school children as they are the ones who will create impact in the future. Some of the rare animals housed here are Civet Cat, Great Indian Hornbill, Star Tortoises along with varieties of crocodiles. A special Tiger & Lion safari can also be explored at an additional cost.

Recently the park (Tiger & Lion reserve) was successful in breeding tiger and 3 cubs were born which are under special care. There is a special Rescue Centre where animals seized from circus operators and poachers are cared for and is off limits to the public. The park authorities have also set up a special Butterfly park just next to the park with hundreds of varieties of colorful butterflies. This is also something which you will not find everywhere. The park also has volunteers (Techies mostly) who come in once a week and spend time educating the public on the dos & donts and also contribute for the welfare of these animals.

So, the next time when u are free and want to do something interesting, just pick up a bottle of water, a good camera and head to BBP. It’ll be a wonderful experience and your partner / friend / colleague will really appreciate your choice. And if you want to spend the nite at this park, do connect with us and we’ll set u up.

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I remember my first trip to Kodachadri over 8 years ago. This is a hill on the western ghats, close to Shimoga town, tucked away and totally isolated from civilization. I was on a trek with a group of friends and we were all wondering why the organizer had choosen some unheard of place like Kodachadri when we have more popular destinations like Thadiyanmol, Kudremukh etc.

We left Bangalore and took an overnight train to Shimoga. On reaching Shimoga in the morning, we took a bus to this place called ‘sunkunkatte’ (I think!). We requested the bus driver to stop at the point where most people begin the trek. He was good enough to halt at a path that led into the forest that was located at the foothills of an imposing mountain. We split ourselves into groups and started our treks in right earnest. I must say the trek up the hill through the forest was fantastic. We encountered a couple of snakes, a small bear and a wildboar but thankfully managed to reach the peak without incident. There is a government bungalow that can be booked in advance; alternatively, there is an old lady who rents out a dormitory and charges Rs. 20 for a night’s stay. She also provides fantastic rice, rasam pickle and curd served on a bannana leaf.

Kodachadri surely mesmerizes a visitor! there are certain places from where you can see mountains after mountains covered with lush green golf course-like grass. It almost looks like dunes of mountains dotted by a stream here and a waterfall there. You suddenly are in the midst of a low-lying cloud (actually, you are high up there!) and it feels awesome as it engulfs you into its embrace. Don’t miss trekking upto the peak early in the morning to witness the sunrise. An experience definitely doesn’t get better than this!

I visited this place a couple of times again and each time was better than the previous one. I went during the monsoons too….it’s another experience altogether! the only issue is that at any point in time, you have 5 leaches clinging to your leg!

Kodachadri, in the recent past has seen an increase in tourism, with majority of the populace opting to trek their way up. I’d like to make a special mention of the latest Kannada movie ‘Galipata’ that has been extensively shot in Kodachadri. The place looked so very unbelievable! I suggest everyone sees this movie, atleast to check out Kodachadri at its best! With this movie becoming a runaway success, am sure Kodachadri is going to witness a surge in visitors henceforth. So go on and calm your senses in the beautiful land. Just a couple of pointers though – do not venture out from the main paths without a travel guide and for heaven’s sake, carry an empty hand bag to dump all your trash in. We’ve got too many places exquisitely crafted by nature, but senselessly destroyed by us. Lets do our bit to preserve Kodachadri!

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