February 12, 2006

Wild Karnataka - Chunchi Falls!

I hadn’t been anywhere out of Bangalore ever since I started studying and working simultaneously. After very long this thought of going out with colleagues just flashed my mind and within no time we just planned a weekend trip to Chunchi Falls with Charles, Nandini, Jeni, Ralph, Reshma and the little Lumina.

I hadn’t heard much about this falls and so was a bit nervous about how it may go :) Since Chunchi falls was not very far, we decided to leave a bit late against the usual protocols of leaving early morning, only to know that we’d get stuck in Bangalore’s most amazing traffic jams!! So the lesson learnt was whether close by or far, leave early :)

Chunchi falls situated in Kanakapura taluk is about 90 kms from Bangalore. About 16kms before Sangama, a left to Yeleguri village will leave to the falls ruled by river Arkavathi.

To experience the falls, one needs to go down the rocks and its quite an exhaustive job. Just a little care and we were down there. Probably it was not the right time to visit Chunchi Falls (First trip. ‘m learning :). There was no much water as I expected it be. But still it was not bad at all. The experience of looking out for streams to play in and bouncing over the ball shaped rocks was just fun!! To play at the foot of the falls is quite a dangerous affair, but still, I could see some brave ones down there. I know ‘m modest :) So accepting I couldn’t dare go down, I was happy playing the smaller streams of water joining falls on duty.

Legs in the cool water and watching the sun go down, was an experience!

After all the fun time (and yes, my legs were already aching so badly) climbing up hill to reach the cab looked like something that was next to impossible. Well all I could do is just carry all the lovely memories of having experienced this place called Chunchi falls and reach home for a sound sleep after all the day’s hard work :)

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Distance: 90 kms from Bangalore

Best time to visit: Early winter, early summer

Commuting: It is best to visit the place with one’s own vehicle. There are good numbers of buses available till Kanakapura but limited buses go further.

Food: There is absolutely no food available in the spot except tender coconuts.

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