Mysore, Byalukuppe, Madikeri, Bhagamandala, Talakaveri, Dubare.


It was our wedding anniversary over the weekend and another reason to head out somewhere for a long drive! Initial plans were to drive towards Kerala / Wayanad areas, but the news of all the recent forest fires led to us having second thoughts and we veered towards Kodagu.

Route taken (in terms of the order of places covered / touched) was:
Bangalore > Dubare> Madikeri > Bhagamandala > Talakaveri > Byalukuppe > Mysore > Bangalore.

Total distance on the trip meter: 726kms.

In the past few months we had driven through Kodagu and Madikeri areas a couple of times, first when we were on the year-end trip in December and more recently when we were driving to Kukke-Subramanya for the KP trek. We had missed seeing Talakaveri both the times, so we planned to drive upto Talakaveri, covering a couple of other places along the way.

Since there are plenty of travelogues here covering all these places, I thought I’ll skip the write-ups and just post some pics from the drive.

The one comment that I have to make is that Mysore palace is just not what it used to be. I had been to the palace around 10 – 12 years ago and so had Sangeetha. This time around we were quite disappointed to see that not only has photography been banned inside the palace, the number of displays also seems to have gone down. Moreover, the way in which Raja Ravi Varma’s paintings were displayed in the Jaganmohan palace art gallery is quite sad. There are no protective casings and the paintings are visibly deteriorating with age. Instead of soft-muted lighting, spot-lights have been used to light-up the paintings, which results in glare, thus spoiling the display. 🙁

Route map:

Map Courtesy: MapmyIndia.com

Now, onto some pics:

The drive on Mysore road…

The ‘Honey tree’!

The Cauvery near Dubare…

Mushrooms…

Dubare…Note that most activities happen between 9am to 10.30am and only the elephant rides go on till 12.00noon and beyond, so plan accordingly.

The path leading to Abbe falls…

Abbe falls…

Sunset at Raja’s seat, Madikeri…

Madikeri…

Bhagamandala…

The Triveni sangam…

Today’s Pandi, Tomorrow’s Pandi Curry…

Talakaveri…

The steps leading up to the hillock next to the temple…

View from the top…

Stopped at the Bhagamandala temple on the way back. Very nice temple, featuring typical Kerala style architecture, well maintained, clean…

Contd…




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