Thursday, June 09, 2005

Coorg - contd

This is the continuation of the post on Coorg...

inside the meditation hall

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Near the entrance

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Younger monks in the prayer hall...

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More of prayer

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The Elder Monk

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Their prayer was very nice... dint understand a word of it... but was very pleasing... their humming, the drums.... early in the morning...... Just gr8....

Just not able to restrict myself to stop posting photos from the monastry.... :)

By the way did i mention .... the cute little monks were staring at us... wondering y we were shouting[though we werent... but its so silent there...]

ok....After the wonderful monastry we had our breakfast... I was so hungry that i was ready to eat in any hotel nearby...

Then we went to Nisargadhama...it was full of trees. We felt we were in a jungle. A river rather a stream[there wasnt much water], where we played for a while, and finally the boating.

The stream in Nisargadhama

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I think we spent nearly 2-3 hrs there, pulling each others legs....singing songs etc etc.
And ya there was an old swing there... It was very similar to the one in Vaastushaastra... It was very old. It made noise even at the slightest touch. Few people felt it was creepy.;)

Hey even saw these cute rabbits

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After this we went to another place, dont remember the name now - but there we crossed a river, not on a boat, on foot. It was just gr8... There were tiny stones/rocks and the river had little water and we had loads and loads of fun :)

After crossing the river we went for a elephant ride. Felt very bad for the elephant, but i must admit we had a nice ride. All the while we were discussing "what if the elephant goes wild all of a sudden"...

After all this excitement had a nice lunch. Then we headed towards "Raja Seatt". The view from here is simply mind blowing...

View from Raja Seat

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We went for a small trek... It was just for 15 mins but it was amazing... few of our team mates dint want to come .... So just 4 of us went and it was really good...

View from where we stood

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After this was the last one of our list -- The Abbey falls.

The Abbey Falls
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People have met with lot of accidents here. Before they used to allow people to go till the top of the falls, but now its banned. I dont think people are even allowed to enter the water here...

Another pic
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But still u can see people going into the water...... :)

One more

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We had a lot of adventure here... But we broke the rules, we decided to climb to the top. Later we got a nice bhashan from the policeman though, anyway then i decided never to break rules esp in places like that.

Now back to Adventure part of it... It was very steep in the beginning to climb this... but with help and determination we finally reached the top... infact we felt top of the world. And it really was.... coz we could see only water flowing down... trees around.

route - going down from the top

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the above pic isnt steep at all...

But where it was really steep.... we dint take photos, as we were already getting late and we dint want to get stuck up there in the dark.... It was nearing 5.30 already:)

After we came down.... or i would say as we were coming down... we saw so many people staring at us. We were wondering y..... So many school kids esp.....

Then did we realize y people were staring at us.... We werent supposed to go on top, and we did... so the police there started questioning us... I was so scared.............. Not even a horror movie can scare me so much....

Then we told them we werent aware that we arent supposed to go on top... and that it was the first time... I was too scared even to talk... literaly on the verge of crying... I felt my heart had stopped beating....

But then we could tell the policeman that this was our ignorance and we would never repeat it[ well i have decided not to repeat it]... Oh man u should have seen the way they spoke to us... my heartbeat..... i thought everybody could hear.

As soon as they said go and dont repeat[no bribing involved here]..... we just went silently, climbed a few stairs towards the road... and when we knew we were out of sight of the police.... could we [esp me] breathe properly.... We drank 2 glasses of sugarcane juice - yummmmmmmmy..................
I was more stressed out because of the police incident than the trek...

Hey but the trek was really amazing............
[though i have been to treks other than these which are more tough and tedious]

Well finally all tired we squeezed ourselves into the sumo and started off around 6.30 or so... Played a little bit of Antakshari.... and yes not to forget a prank on one of our proj mates.....
We just scared one of our proj mates.... she used to scream on drop of a pin.... i mean a small lizard or a small insect.... or a chamaleon..... so one of our projmates told a horror story, which finally ended in a funny note, but scaring her.... i dont remember the story very well...

Anyways, after all fun n frolic, we shifted to soft songs.... slow songs..... and somewhere somtime i just fell asleep.... I could hear someone humming but then dint want to open my eyes.....
If it was some other time we would have played pranks if anyone was sleeping... but all of us were totally stressed out.... So just kept to ourselves....

We finally reached Mysore around 8.30.... then had dinner together... We dint have the energy even to eat.... we just wanted a bed to lie down.....

Somehow after all this reached home around 9.30 and then off to bed..............................................
Gr8 day came to an end :)

The next i opened my eyes were at 7.30 AM on thursday......... ooooooooohhhhhh i had to go to office...... wish we could get leave to rest..............

26 comments:

AmitKen said...

nice pics.. especially the last one "route going down from top"...

heheh.. I know breaking these small rules sometimes gives a cick, its fun.. though handling police is not a lesser adventure too :)

pranav said...

Great pics...

Raju PP said...

art.... u can be a story teller... trust me, i am not at all exagerrating... u can definately be a story teller :):)
AWESOME POST!!!

Art said...

Amitken,
thats true... according to me handling police was the gr8est adventure :)

Pranv,
Thank u and welcome.

Raj,
Thank u thank u... Well i can tell stories...but writing them down is a bit difficult :)

Baejaar said...

Did you reproduce this from your diary? If not then you have a great memory. I can hardly remember the details of my trip to hyd last month.

Is this what they call as arm-chair vacation? Sitting in the cubicle and travelling all over the place through others blogs....

Raju PP said...

i second baejaar here... how can u remember each n everything so clearly :-o
swalpa memory power namgu tallu plz ;)

Art said...

Dheepak & Raj,
well the first post... i had written half of it when we came back from trip...
But rest of them wrote it afresh...
Well i can remember a few things very well... not everything... If u ask me what all i did yday maybe i wont remember... Just a few eventful days in my life and a few other days which i feel i can never forget.....
By the way if my memory was so fresh...my post would have been even more longer and yes i had to think twice to jot down the order of the events... the photos helped me to some extent to refresh my memories.

Dheepak,
May be u can call this a trip via blog :)

Raj,
Ashtondu memory power nange illa :)

Smyta said...

Art,

Lovely picts...Rabbits I loved them..and the waterfalls too:-)

Smiles etc.,

Smyta

Fundoo said...

Beautifully narrated! Gosh... I am sure there are many of us feeling jealous of you. Oh and btw the adventure part of it was the most exhilarating one for sure! :D Encounter with cops?! Ahem ahem! I am sure those policemen would have repented letting you folks go for nothing. :p They deserved a gift for entertaining us if for not anything else. :p Actually you too deserve an equal share for the entertainment part! :D

Fun read for sure!

Art said...

Smyta,
Thank u dear... wish we could go under the falls :)

Fun_da_mental,
hey how mean...... :)
But it was really nice that they dint accept bribe :) and Left us innocent people ;)
Well keep watching i have another set of photos to share... and this is going to be in Kerala :)

Karthik L G said...

good one pal, could visualise the scenes..the last photos was too good
:)

Gangadhar said...

Lovely pictures...I like waterfalls..Eventhough they are noisy while falling...but i get a peaceful feeling!!

Art said...

Karthik,
Thank u... So u think i was successful to take u for a tour :)

Gangadhar,
Thank u...Waterfalls are ever beautiful... esp the water which get sprinled....

Vivhyd said...

Nice Pics.. haven't been that side.. but I guess go to see most of it thru ur pics.. the falls look beautiful.. reminds me of the trip I took down south to couple of falls with my frnds..

Tarun said...

Coorg seems a very nice and quite place.......or is it a camera or photographer who make us feel that way.......

gulnaz said...

you have had a wonderful holiday!!
i love the colours in a buddhist monastery!

hey thanks for dropping by my blog. :)

GS said...

nice snaps! long post ... i read only half ... the buddhist monastery snaps are really nice!

Where are these falls located?

Art said...

vivhyd,
i have tried my best to post most of the pics to get the feel of Coorg :)
But to see the real beauty u have to go there...

Tarun,
Well it really is a calm and pleasent place....

Gulnaz,
Thanks for dropping by and welcome :)

Gayathri,
I know post is pretty long... I took more than 2 days to write up the whole stuff... :) Well had to finish my story in this post....:)
Falls are located in the Coorg district.... Abbey falls

Unknown said...

Great pictures and lovely account of the trip. As Baejaar said you have good memory, very nice

G Shrivastava said...

Wandered here via Gulnaz's blog...

A frnd of mine visited the pagoda in Coorg recently and when I was the picture I was quite awed by the pagoda - it's awesome isn't it?

Avinash said...

Coorg looks so beautiful especially the monastery! I have never seen Coorg myself...even after having been to Mysore/Bangalore scores of times.
Did you guys happen to go up to the tea gardens? I hear they are nice too and so also the Tibetan colony.

Cheers
Avinash

Visithra said...

nice photos nice trip and nice story - now I want to go to Coorg ;p

Art said...

Uma,
Thank u... but good memory... well wht do i say :)

Geetanjali,
Being there its a great feeling...

Avinash,
Tea gardens.... dint have much time.. had to cover a lot of places in a day... May be some other time...

Visithra,
U must visit the place when u r in India.. Its really beautiful :)

Joshi said...

Hi Arthi, nice post! I had been to these places around the same time. 'Dubare' is the place just before Kushalnagar/Nisargadhama where we can cross the river and have elephant ride :)

Art said...

Joshi,
Thanks for commenting and welcome to the blog... And thanks for the update

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