I wanted to go home (Kasaragod) last month, but could not go due to closed roads. Shiradi Ghat (Mangalore Bangalore highway) and Sampaje ghat (Mysore- Mani highway NH 275) were closed due to massive landslide after ‘flood of the century’ in Coorg and Kerala
Recently both ghat roads are opened for light motor vehicles, so I took a chance.
The Madikeri Ghat road has been made ‘one-way’ for the time being. So, if you want to go to Mangalore, you have to take left-turn towards Virajpete and connect to Mangalore highway through Bhagamandala/Talakaveri road. That’s around 5km extra drive.
Maximum damages took place near Jodupala waterfalls. I have taken 360 degree video. Surprisingly, lots of people are coming here just to watch the disaster. Not many people are bothered about raising fuel price!
I think these damages simply cannot happen due to excessive rain and resulting flooding. This area always gets lots of rain every year. Perhaps earthquake was the reason?
Brother came from Muscut for his annual holiday and came to Mysore. It was raining almost everywhere so I decided that visiting low-rainy places like Coimbatore (Coimbattoor in Kannada and Tamil) would be good idea. I quickly booked Hotel through Makemytrip.com at ‘Holiday Residency’. It is a hotel, not resort.
We visited GD Naidu (GEE DEE) car museum. Photos taken from my iPhone8. Indoor pics, hence photo quality isn’t great
Isha Foundation & Dhyanalingam
We also visited to Sadguru’s Isha Foundation. If you are into spirituality this is a must see place in Coimbatore. Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev spent massive resources to construct ‘Dhyanalingam‘ and ‘Shiva Statue‘ which was recently inaugurated by PM Modi.
Below are some more pics.
I wanted to touch this Nandi (Desi Bull) but kart operator did not allow
We travelled on this massive bull cart from Shiva statue to Dhyanalinga temple. Around 500 meters journey took almost 10 minutes. It was drizzling, cold and was a joy ride!
From Coimbatore we went to Palakkad district (Kerala) to see Malampuza Dam (Malapuya, Mayapuza) which is the second largest earth dam in Kerala.
This dam is must visit place if you have kids. Cable car (ropeway) is the main attractions besides toy train. Watch the video below for virtual thrilling experience
Gypsy comes back to Bangalore sooner than anticipated. 4 days of continuous holiday for kids made me to visit home. We traveled by bus on Friday night and reached home Saturday morning. On Monday visited famous Madhur Ganapati Temple (Madoor Siddivinayaka) in Kasaragod.
A small river (runnel) flows behind the temple mostly during monsoon and completely dries-up in December. When you visit a place, having a proof is important. Here is the selfless selfie!
On Tuesday morning (August 15th) we left home early morning (6.30 AM is early for me 😉 ) Since I had to visit my Mysore Flat I chose Madikeri road (Sampaje Ghat). For breakfast we stopped at Santrupti Restaurant in Sullia (Sulya) Perhaps, this is the only good veg restaurant between Puttur-Madikeri road (Google map location)
The restaurant serves very good veg foods and my daughter Avani loves yummy Masale Dose!
Jodupala Abbikolli Water Fall
For a short break I stopped at Jodupala water fall. Although I drove through this route numerous times, it was almost 10 years ago that when I last stopped over here!
Water Fall Gallery: Click to enlarge
The break was refreshing & soothing as it was not raining. Watch the short video clip below.
We reached Kengeri around 7PM. Ohh god, it was raining cats and dogs. On NICE road (Kengeri- Tumkur road strech) almost nothing was visible. As I continued to drive my feet was getting soaked well with all the water seepage. Hehe, Gypsy is meant for these conditions… we reached Yelahanka home around 8.30 PM.
More than 14 hours of journey was tiring. Indeed I was very tired but couldn’t sleep sooner as I was still hearing Gypsy’s drrrrrroooooooommmmmm sound even after closing eyes!
We started from home early morning around 5.30 thinking of potential problems and possible break-downs.
We somehow managed to put this old coir mattress into Gypsy’s rear. Overall, it was a good set-up for kids to sleep, sit, jump and play! (idea courtesy: wife)
Reached Hasana around 8.45 AM. It took little over 3 hours to cover a distance of 170 KM. It was weekend (Saturday) hence traffic was above normal.
Breakfast at Sri Krishna Bhavan- Hassan
This is located just before Bypass-road circle on the right side (from Bangalore) There weren’t any good veg restaurant on Hassan bypass road earlier. Hence this newly inaugurated Sri Krisha Bhavan is good choice for vegetarians.
Gypsy taking a break on Shiradi Ghat
Shiradi Ghat forest looks beautiful during monsoon. Unfortunately some of them would be gone in few months due to 4 lane work of NH 75 .
A selfie… you can add caption.
You can notice muddy water coming from Kempu Hole dam behind.
The final stretch near home was almost getting ready for Gypsy
The road is though well soaked in rain, not too bad. Haha, this road is made for Gypsy!
Finally, Gypsy reached home around 2PM. 2 Desi cows at the cattle shed looked at it curiously once and continued their business carelessly!
Total commuted journey is 350KM and time taken is 9 hours with 1 hour break… great cruise 🙂
Some issues noticed:
Minor coolant drops from radiator hose on engine side. Old pipe and weak fastener clamp is the cause.
Some water seepage from all the doors. Known issue as the door doesn’t seal properly.
Lots of water enters from dashboard. Foots are fully washed for free of cost. I will have to figure it out later, but heard that water proofing gypsy is a challenge.
I came to Bangalore in 2007 and been a Bangalorean for almost 2 decades. Since I work from home I have no practical reason to stay in Bengaluru, except few metro city benefits. I was thinking of saying ‘goodbye to Bangalore’ for some time.
Mysuru was shortlisted for couple of reasons. First, it is almost 150 km shorter to my home town Kasaragod; secondly, it is less crowded and least polluted. Since I already have a residential plot in Yelahanka, I decided to explore some apartments in Mysore.
I booked at Cauvery Sannidhi Resort through TravelGuru for 2 days. I paid Rs 4200. The tariff is inclusive of all the meals; hence it is worth.
How to Reach?
It is a tricky place to reach, especially if you relay on Google Maps!
Google maps shows us wrong route. It takes you to ‘Hotel Mayura River View’ which is located at another side of the river.
To reach Cauvery Sannidhi, you must continue till ‘Paschimavahini Circle’ (if you are coming from Bangalore) and take left turn. Taking right turn here takes you towards KRS/Madikeri road.
I have taken screenshot of Google maps and highlighted correct route. There is a hoarding for ‘Young Island Resort’ here.
Cauveri Sannidhi Resort Review
Cauvery Sannidhi means “near to Kaveri River” in kannada. That’s exactly what you get here. This is not a resort, but more like home stay or farm house stay.
This is a private farm of an agricultural scientist who grows plants of fruits and vegetables. There is a Gurukulam for underprivileged girls and a Yoga training center for foreign yoga teachers!
This is a tiller, not ATV
Meet Mr. Kuldeep, the superman
A supervisor named Kuldeep acts as attender, manager, chef and servant – very humble & active!
All the meals are included in the package. They only serve pure veg dishes without added chemical colors and additives. Junk-foodies may not like their menu.
Rooms are reasonably clean & hygienic. Don’t expect bathroom fittings, fans, lights and hot water connection to work properly! This is not a professionally managed place. Visit the place only to experience refreshment of mind and body.
Overall kids enjoyed playing with Kaveri water flow. It is February end; hence water current was moderately low, but enough to soak our body.
How they make jaggery?
Close to Cauvery Sannidhi there is a mini sugarcane factory where they make jaggery by boiling sugarcane juice.
Watch the short video….
We checked few apartment project around Mysore outskirts, but did not like any. I decided to come back again later.