As Independence Day was on a Friday and with the weekend as well, we planned to go out for a small trip to the Shivasamudram falls near Srirangapatnam. None of us have been there earlier, although we were staying in Bangalore for so long.
We decided to hire a cab as it was a long drive of almost 350 km, and none of us were ready to take a chance of driving for long. By morning at around 9:15, we boarded the cab. We got a little late in collecting everyone from their respective houses, and by the time we were having our breakfast at Kamath Hotels on Mysore Road it was already noon.
Then some more drive and we were there at the Talakkad waterfront, and then onto the Shivasamudram falls. Awesome view of the three falls at Gaganchukki from the top. We decided to climb down the steep slope to have a closer view, but the return climb took all our breath away and made us realise that we have grown old.Two of our friends preferred to stay at the top than climb down the steep hillside.
Another drive and we were at the other end of the falls at Bharachukki, few kilometres left of Gaganchukki. Both are parts of Kaveri, the reason behind two separate spots being the Kaveri river split up a few kilometres north of these falls. Here the climb down was much easier with the flight of some 300 steps made out of rock. Down at the bottom of the falls at Bharachukki, it was an amazing sight with the water gushing down through the rocks and forming clouds sky-high; and the water-current out there is breath-takingly dangerous. Who says Niagra is the best?? People need to come and check Shivanasamudram. The life-threat thats here is no where in comparison to Niagra.
Some coconut water to quench our thirst after climbing up those 300 steps again, and we headed back for Bangalore again. But a wrong decision by our driver to take a shorter route, and we were onto the worst roads ever. It took us longer time to reach back but we all had a nice experience added onto our memories.
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