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Heavenly Chikmagalur – Part II

September 22, 2008

(….Cont. from Part I of Chikmagalur weekend….)

So..Where were we? aaaah..the blissful, almost perfect night of bonfire and food…aaaaha! after a beautiful and blissful evening, we woke up the next morning to clouds at our doorsteps and drizzling rain. It still felt PERFECT and we looked forward to getting drenched and seeing the surrounding areas of Chikmagalur. But not before we had a hearty breakfast. First we had 2 cups each of piping hot Coffee, which, of course, was made from freshly roasted and grounded coffee beans from the plantation in the Homestay. I must admit, it was a taste that i have never tasted before. Pure Nirvana
Even though putting that cuppa of coffee away was a difficult choice, we made it and got ready to have a mouth-watering breakfast, which we could smell 500 mtrs away! yummm…We had a palate of varieties – Upma (so different from the way we eat in Bangalore), Omlette, Sweet Bread, Boiled Eggs, More Coffee and Juice. Having filled up our stomachs, we were on our way out. We had planned (as mentioned in part I- the print-outs of information taken by S…) to drive to Kemmanagundi and Kalahatti Falls and if time permits – Hebbe Falls. All of this was about 25 kms away.
It was still drizzling very lightly and there was a nip in the air when we bundled up in our car and left. The road was winding and beautiful and the clouds gave us company throughout the way. It was quite mystical, if i may say so. It was supposed to take us 2 hours to reach there, keeping in mind the road conditions. But the views and the little exciting stops on the way made it a 3 hours drive…yet it was all worth it. I am gonna let the next 4 pics speak for themselves, when i say that what we experienced on our way to Kemmanagundi was ‘The Real’ beauty, the sight that i have not seen before in any of my travels….it was an ‘experience par excellence’.

After such fantabulous sights, we reached Kemmanagundi, which is called a ‘hill station’ in itself. The guard takes 5 bucks a person and lets us in. We parked our car much before we reached the entrance coz we saw a number of other vehicles parked there. Kemmanagundi, in itself is a mixed bag of tourist places and attractions – Rose Garden, Rock Garden, a cafeteria, a waterfall and the most wonderful sight — the Z point, which is reached after trekking 20 minutes and you can see the entire valley from up there. We were charged and ready to walk the first 3 kms (which can be covered by car) and then the next 2 kms which is the climb to the Z point. Not interested in seeing the various gardens and parks, we focussed on reaching the Z point.

It had stopped drizzling and things were clearing up. After covering about 2.5 kms of the stretch, filled with un-jumpable red-faced potholes and uneven terrain, we came to a spot from where we could see the sky, the valley, the Z point and the near-by Shanthi Falls. It was breathtakingly gorgeous. The sun was peeping out of the stubborn clouds and it created a mist which we coudn’t take our eyes off.

And then we heard a ‘shriek‘ — aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa….. we turned around and saw R – white-faced, staring at her shoes and her dark pair of tight fitted jeans. We knew what was coming!!! Errrr….did i warn you..? i dont think so..

Well, lets rewind, a day before we left for Chikmagalur, i went to my office colleague who had been there a week back and asked him for tips etc. The first thing he said was, “Tanu, there are millions of Leeches in that area, be very very careful, carry Salt, Deo and wear very tight clothes so they dont crawl in…” and so we were ready with Salt and Deo.” Coming back to our present scenerio, hearing R scream, we ran to her. We had just crossed a very difficult puddle, which had turned my olive green sport shoes to RED! :S. R was standing at the edge of the waters and pointing to her shoes, which had about 5 leeches crawling up. We calmly took out Salt and sprinkled over her shoes and the bloody Leechs fell off.. phew!…oh no, wait, we didnt check our shoes and jeans….panic struck us and we frantically looked all around our clothings. We found a dozen more leeches on us and thanked R for announcing this, or else we would have reached the Z point with leeches stuck to our skins! yuck!…

Unfortunately, the Leeches spoilt our party and downed our spirits…ad we turned around and left,with our shoes looking white with Salt. S was very upset, since he was most enthu about going to that place. We made promises that we will come in a gypsy the next time and go all the way to the Z point. Coming back, we changed in the car. A couple of guides standing around told us that its raining crazy at Kalahatti and Hebbe and the roads are inaccessible. We cursed the weather, which we were loving sometime back and made our way back to the plains…and home….

We reached Bangalore by 8:30 pm and sat in the candle light with chinese food (thanks to the bangalore #$#% power cuts), recollecting our thoughts about the gorgeous, most memorable and extremely breathtaking weekend we just had!..despite the leeches spoiling our fun towards the end, the weekend was all worth it, coz as i read on ‘Discovery Travel & Living’ once…”its not the destination but the journey that makes it all worthwhile” ….sigh!so true… wish we have many more such ‘breaks’ to follow…it was truely a ‘Heavenly Weekend Getaway’….. 🙂

One Comment
  1. RUCHI MANN permalink
    September 29, 2008 11:51 AM

    woman!!! u seem to having some very serious fun in Bangalore..sigh! I had no options while I was there. And yes,w elcome to the blogging world. I need a take a few lessons from you. Haven’t updated mine in quite some time 🙂

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