Muthodi: Of Squirrels and Birds

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I set off at dawn on the 26th of September, the destination for the day being Muthodi in the Bhadra wildlife sanctuary. The route would be

B’lore–>Nelamangala–>Kunigal–>Hassan–>Chikamagalur–>Muthodi

I started at around 5AM in the morning and reached C’magalur by noon. The drive was pleasant and the stretch between Hassan and C’magalur particularly so. En-route i passed through Belur but resisted the temptation of visiting the magnificent Hoysala temples. More

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Goa,when it rains

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In 2009 there was a slot of days in the last week of Sept and the 1st week of October when because of the various holidays just 3 days of leaves would yield a 9 day vacation. I was eying this slot from the beginning of the year but did not have any fixed plan as to where to go.

Eventually i zeroed in on a post monsoon Western Ghats ride. It would be GREEEEN all around. I came up with a circuitous route spanning most of the Karnataka part of the Western Ghats all the way up to Goa.
Welcome to the ride.
Part I- Muthodi: Of Squirrels and Birds
Part II- The Green Road to Agumbe
Part III- Ride up the Coast
Part IV- To Goa,through the Jungle
Part V- Wet Goa
Part VI- Riding back, through the floods

The wonder that is Mangalajodi

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During  my bike trip from Bangalore to Kolkata, bird-watching at Mangalajodi was going to be the high point. Mangalajodi is a huge marshland along the northern edge of Chilika lake. It was on my wish list for quiet sometime now and when i was in that part of the country,i did not miss the opportunity to visit the place. The place was simply awesome, and birding from the boat  slowly moving through the mashes was a pleasure.

For more information about the place:

http://www.kolkatabirds.com/mangalajoditrip.htm

When in Mangalajodi, ask for Madhu as your guide. He is just brilliant.

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