On the eve of the new year (2017), everyone seem to be congregating in groups and crowds to start parties, both small and big. But we were headed to low key place where we can quietly spend time doing what we love most – photographing the last sunset of 2016 by Gundamgere lake.
Chitradurga is a fairly well known destination, specifically for the famous fort. On a visit earlier this year, we learnt about other nearby places which are less touristy and better – Jogimatti and Chandravalli. We made a mental note to ourselves about these places for a later visit. The visit to Chandravalli materialized last week, during the long weekend for Deepavali and Karnataka Rajyotsava.
Vani vilas sagar dam is situated about 200km from Bangalore and close to the town of Hiriyur on NH-4. Its popularly known as Mari Kanive in Kannada. Imagine a body of water snaking amidst hills around, the dam cutting across the water in the heart of the valley. The hills have lush green cover draping them all around, giant windmills rest atop the hills harvesting the wind energy.
A 200 year old church, today lies in ruins at Shettihalli. About 20 km from Hassan, is the village Shettihalli – where, about 30 years ago, the agriculture-focused village was turned into a backwaters’ area with the commissioning of Gorur dam across river Hemavathi. The church is situated bang in the middle of a vast expanse of land, leading up to the Gorur dam.
For quite sometime, there was tension within the extended family of not having been successful in getting everyone together for an outing. Some of us were getting edgy, not being able to get out of the city. Push came to shove, and we had to go ahead and plan a small getaway with only a subset of people. That’s how it is sometimes. Anyway, cutting to the chase, we picked BR hills as the destination and made the necessary travel and stay arrangements almost a month in advance – to kinda lock in the people who had signed up and not letting them slip away again. Now, we just had to wait for the travel dates.
So, I tell my friend who’s hosting us at Singapore – I want to shoot sunset from some nice vantage. He said he knows just the place. We set about to get to this place – on the way, his vivid descriptions of the place we’re headed to, is raising my expectations and I already have images forming in my mind’s eye. Over the last five days, I’d spoken so much about colors, hues, post-sunset-color-riot in the skies and he was using the same language to sell me on this place and how it’s going to be the best sunset I’ll ever see in Singapore.
This past weekend, I had a wonderful opportunity to visit the Satpura national park in Madhya Pradesh and stay at Forsyth Lodge, where a few of us bloggers were invited for #TheForsythExperience. I had immediately jumped at this opportunity when it had presented itself. Visiting a previously unvisited state/place was not something I was going to pass on, especially when its a national park area we’re talking about. After having visited few of the Jungle Lodges and Resorts properties in Karnataka, I knew that any of the national parks would be beautiful. After the visit, I can say that “beautiful” is so much of an understatement.
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