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

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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