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 sound of Chenda

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Thrissur Pooram


Last year when we had visited Rivas’s house in Thrissur, his dad had spoken very highly about the “Thrissur Pooram”. He had talked about how during the Pooram, a lot of chenda (a kind of drum) players would play together to hypnotic effect. From what he described, it seemed to be a kind of thing that I would very much like to attend.

This year I was surfing for some information about Pushkar, when I came across an article mentioning the Thrissur Pooram. I immediately called up Rivas and he told me that it was due on the 24th of April. It being a Saturday and nothing major planned, Thrissur Pooram was on :)(along with some very delicious beef cooked by Rivas’s mom which should never missed).During Thrissur Pooram various nearby temples bring processions to the  Vadakkunnathan temple to pay their homage. Of these temples, the two major “heavy weights” are Paramekkavu and Thiruvambadi. More

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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Take me home

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While driving during my September 2009 Goa road trip I started to think about the idea of driving from Bangalore to Kolkata, for the trip home.
I first saw the milestone for Kolkata(which read about 1900 odd kms) on my way to Chennai and since I’ve started riding , I’ve this weird temptation of riding to the place if I see a milestone for it :).
Even though i was playing around with this idea, I was quiet skeptical about actually executing it because the distance was pretty big and that I would have to take some extra leaves too.

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