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19) Shivanasamudra aka Bluff: (28/8/10)

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Place: Shivanasamudra = Gaganchukki + Barachukki.
Distance: 150 x 2 = 300kms.
Directions:
1) Bengaluroo > Kanakpura > Mallavali > Shivnasamudra
2) Bengaluroo > Maddur > Mallavali > Shivnasamudra.
Participants : DiLLi > Abhilash > Dhanush > “S” > Manu > Gauressh > Arvi >Sp .
Bikes : Gs150 >Royal Enfield Thunderbird > Apache150 >Pulsar .

Previous Visit: Kanva Mechanix Tour.

INTRO:
It was 7 days since the Kanva trip….. we wanted to hit the road. & hit big this time!! Last time it was 120kms…this time 300 kms :D…..YUP – Shivnasamudra and not to forget THE ISRO lake too 😛 .
Alrit on 27th due to a lot of confusion and loads of texts …. The trip was cancelled… then we all started working out a plan at about 11pm… Dillip , Abhishek S (“s”) , Abhilash, ,Manu , and Gaureesh confirmed their spots !!! Arvi , Dany & myself stayed up late night till about 2 am …confirming the people and bikes and the place decided was Muthyala maduvu – pearlvalley !!!
Next day morning 6:30am…. Dany was the 1st to arrive at my house!! Then Dillip , latter Gaureesh , “s” , abhilash…Manu turned up….after about 20 mins more arvi also joined us!!! Now the place was not yet decided….”s” was for pearl valley… Dany , Gau was for Shivna!! ARvi , manu , Abhilash, DilLi & me were ok with anything…. So fianlly Shivnasamudra was decided as it was at its best , i had visited it about 7 days prior to this trip.

WRONG TURN TO ISRO LAKE:
So we went to the petrol bunk 1st… then after a long discussion it was Shivna 🙂 … then arvi & me said NICE road was the best route to get to kanakpura road…. It would save us a lot of time … ( we had been to shivna on 14/3/10) But Dillli told he knew a shorter route to Kanakpura so we followed him & headed on mysore road we reached kengeri, from then it was only traffic filled, but after a lot of riding in the small roads with lots of pot holes we ended up in a water body called the ISRO lake. We were all furious , but yeah it was not a bad place at all, we had the privilege to see one of the best bird races ever witnessed . After spending some quality time there we left to the pre planned destination Shivanasamudra.
RIDE TO SHIVNA:
Finally we reached kanakpura road… and we were way behind the NICE road entry…so we hit it… and hit it hard….We reached a small dhaba …finished our breakfast ..and headed towards shivnasamudra… There was this incident.,, I was going at 85-90’s…. overtaking a bus…opposite side pulsar rushes in…squeezed between the two :O … the part of my jacket on left arm touchin the bus…and the one on right touchin that guys shirt at 80+km/hr… It was scary , but yeah dangerous at the same time !!

GAGANCHUKKI:
Finally we headed in full flow…the road to shivnasamudra is pure heaven!!! 🙂 …reached kanakpura and headed further towards shivnasamudram… on the way the the place we saw many cyclists traveling after kankpura…. Then in a after a steady ride… we were at the 1st part of shivna …Gaganchukki…. Here at this place we cant get down in water…we saw the waterfalls from a viewpoint. It was pretty full and one can never get tired of looking at it… it is the 2nd hydro-electric power station in Asia after shimshapura … and Gaganchukki belongs to Mandya district..whereas the 2nd part barachukki belongs to chamrajnagar district…
BARACHUKKI:
Then we headed towards barachukki…. . its about a 10 km ride from gaganchukki…. With a 2km bumpy ride.!!! We reached barachukki ..parked our bikes … we climbed down a long way to reach a small stream which packed super power…. As we were crossing it , Dilli slipped and the currents started dragging him away, but he was ale to pull himself back. After crossing the stream, we were right in front of the falls and this really tempted us to go one step further and sit below the power packed falls.

BELOW THE FALLS:
There was no stopping us… everybody got down into water …the water was pretty dangerous as the falls packed in a lot of power… I decided to stay back and take care of the bags… after sometime… I tried getting down in water… the power … It was intense.. then we stood right below the falls!!! Everybody else climbed on the rocks and started jumping from it 😀 …. The water falling on the rocks… man it was an amazing sight!!! 🙂
Then after about 2hrs … decided to head back… just then I turn back & see a monkey … it had opened my bag’s zip..kept my shirt , my documents, my towel all the things aside…and taken only 4 biscuits!!! Ha-ha
Then we decided to have something and head back to Bangalore…..again we had to cross the stream !!! Damn…. This time diLLi threw his shoes to the other side.. people arnd took shelter from the incoming shoe attack :P… evrbody crossed safely …. While crossing back Dany slipped and fell into the water…. I got down and caught his leg… and managed to pull him back… finally we crossed the stream.
Then we had to climb back all the way we came… believe me it was the hardest part!!! We took 2 pit stops… and finally made it back… had juice, churmuri, DilLi , arvi dany had fish.. etc etc… finally we headed back to Bangalore!!
TWO RAINBOWS: ( RIDE BACK)
It started raining and it was pretty heavy… we stopped at a small shop had tea ..and waited for the rain to slow down… once it reduced we continued….We stopped at a petrol bunk as manu wanted to refuel!! Well after tat…there was no stopping Dany…diLLi , manu & me stuck together..The drive back was kikass!!! Open shirts… Cool weather… and we looked up the sky to witeness a wonderful sight, there were 2 rainbows at the same time…it was my 1st time seeing it :D… finally when we were a few kms from kankpura… Dany and abhilash were waiting for us since 15mins :D!!! Then arvi took over my bike and we headed further… we drove at a decent pace…and reached my place at 6:30 pm… and after that, It started pouring cats!!!…we had caape, tea , puff, etc etc… and watched the rain… 🙂 🙂
Finally we all headed back home!!!

WHEW!!! 300kms in day again was super awesome… the falls was at its best!! And we were right below it \m/

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Written by Karthik Prabhu

October 15, 2010 at 9:00 pm

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  1. Shivasamudra is a beautiful place. Had gone there when I was in Bangalore. Started trekking and found ourselves next to an wild giant elephant. What a crazy experience that was.

    greenerpasturesind

    July 31, 2011 at 3:22 pm

  2. Woah that's awesome !!!

    Karthik

    July 31, 2011 at 3:58 pm

  3. It would be great if you could also mention the approximate time taken by road. It was a great account of your trip. I enjoyed reading it.

    Anonymous

    December 4, 2011 at 5:14 pm

  4. Hey thanks a lot for the feedback!! Will do 🙂

    Karthik

    December 5, 2011 at 3:09 pm


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