Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Visit to Himavad Gopalaswamy betta….. Treasure hidden….!!
After a long discussion over which places to be visited we stuck to Coorg and Himavad gopalaswamy betta (hills) as our destination point for a two day trip. Waiting eagerly for the Friday to strike 4 PM every one of us sat in front of the comp faking busy at work. Knowing that the Manager was in meeting, we decided to come out of our cubicle by 4.15 pm, and sent a message to him saying that we intended to inform him but he was in meeting. As planned, we stayed back in Nanjanagudu in a lodge that night, very tired and weary… yes just after the first 6 hrs.Since all the rest were from other states or knew less about places of Karnataka, I played the role of guide and ordered everyone to be ready before 4.30 in the morning to leave to gopalaswamy hills otherwise which, we would miss the beauty of the place. We spoke a lil on the way to hill, as many were drowsy and still in sleepy mood. When the tempo traveler started ascending up the hill we moved towards the window to see the scenery. I got a little scared for suggesting this place as one of the beautiful place as I saw nothing very great except for ups and downs of the hills, which you can find in every other place. We reached the hill top and everyone became silent seeing that it looked nothing great All the eyes turned towards me as if asking me “Is this all?” Since it was my first visit too I felt very sad that the view looked nothing great. I ran towards the temple to see if anything s there…. To the left of the temple was a hidden treasure of beauty which thrilled the eyes and filled heart with ecstasy. I came running to the rest to stop them from clicking the boring photos of the other side of the hill and cried out to them to see on across the temple. We climbed up the hill and went toward the hills as temple was still closed. I have seen many mountain ranges, but this one stood different in the way it looked. Not too steep or not too low, a range of hills one after the other which invited to climb up each of it. As we stood their awestruck, we saw the mist just raising from the hills and moving towards the temple and covering it. The lush green grass covered hills invited us to sit, roll, dance and sleep on it. The silence which made us listen the chimes of wind, the fresh smell, the distant view of two deer playing and the temple standing alone there, as if guarding the pristine beauty all made me and of course everyone feel we were somewhere next to heaven. We had lots of photos session and the view was a feast for the eyes. Never miss a chance to sit behind the small rocks there and to speak to your inner” self” whom you can hardly do in your busy routine life. Checkout the video to gift Ur eyes a beauty worth watching Location: In Chamarajnagar district, Gundlupet taluk. 10 kms before Bandipur Time from Bangalore: 3 hrs to Mysore >max of 1 hr towards Nanjanagudu > max of 1 hr towards the betta. Please make sure that you don’t carry any eatables/packed food/drinks and dirty the place cos I would like to see it the same way the next time I take someone else there or suggest the place to any Cheers, Soumya