October 9th, 2012 by admin

I visited Shivanasamudram falls for the first time in 2004 on a KSTDC package tour. Next time was in August 2010 – Shivanasamudra Falls Bike Trip. This time I enjoyed a royal bath of the falls made by river Cauvery. The part of the falls we took bath is called Gaganachukki falls. One has to walk more than 150 steps to reach the base of the falls.

I suggest to bring comfortable bathing cloths to enjoy your bath or it can be risky as well. There is no change area so we changed using our towel in the midst of nature. Cauvery river in the form of milky water keeps gushing with roaring sounds from the woods. To enjoy the splash of the falls directly, we walked left crossing small streams in between stone boulders to reach the pool created by the wall. The color of the water in the pool is little greenish but it is clean and pure.

After playing with friends a while in the pool, I kept my sight on the ridge through which the falls is flowing. There is a small platform and people were climbing. We took turns to climb on to it. On top of it is, nothing but Alive is Awesome bathing experience. The gushing sweet milky water splashing directly on me was a massage of river Cauvery. With my backside facing the water, I sat for a while and it soothed many pain points. I could not sit that way for long as the force of water was pretty strong. The water hitting hard on the rock creating droplets so crystal in shape that I came to admire them. Around the falls it was like a cover of mist.

There were waters sprinkling on the right hand side of the falls. I stood under them and it was like a natural shower. Following this we went for a coracle ride on another pool which we encountered first. The coracle man took us just besides the plunging water on this side. We could feel the wind created by the force of gushing water. It was misty around and water was sprinkling on us. After bath I was feeling a lot lighter both in terms of mind and body. While we were climbing the steps on our way back, we had Chilli Fry from the local vendor. I will cherish this bathing experience whenever I will remember.

Be careful, Be safe. Enjoy Madi!

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August 1st, 2012 by admin

 Pattabhirama Temple, Kamalapur

Pattabhirama Temple is located at Kamalapur 6 km away from the main heritage site of Hampi. It is around 1 km on the same road from Archeological museum, Kamalapur. It is one of the most beautiful temple on the Hampi trail. The temple is completely walled and has 4 towers indicating four doors namely the east gate, west gate, north gate and south gate. As we entered through the small gate, it led us through a lawn garden to a door on the compound wall, giving us first sight to the vast amazing temple. The main temple structure is located at the center of the walled compound. The hall has ornate pillars outside depicting art of those times.

 Pattabhirama Temple, Kamalapur

One round of the temple we could clearly understood that the ground was completely plated with stone slabs but some of them are missing now. To see Pattabhirama temple completely without hurrying, it would take at least half an hour. I went outside the compound wall using the south tower gate. The large wooden gate still hold good. I am sure it might had some pointed nobs which has been plucked away. Outside I mainly saw coconut plantation. There are no idols in these temple.

 Pattabhirama Temple, Kamalapur

The temple is little secluded. It is open from dawn to dusk. There is no entrance fees and camera fees. Nearby is Daroji Bear Sanctuary. This sanctuary area is rugged terrain. One can enjoy safari and photography. I suggest you stay at Jungle Lodges’ Sloth Bear Resort. An alternative stay at Kamalapur would be KSTDC Mayura Bhuvaneshwari.

 Pattabhirama Temple, Kamalapur

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July 16th, 2012 by admin

Anegundi is a small village in the Gangavathi taluk of Koppal district of Karnataka. Anegundi was the earlier capital of the Vijaynagar empire when it was still in nascent stage. It is located around 5 km from Hampi on the other side of Tungabhadra river. Indian mythology says this is the monkey kingdom of Kishkinda from Ramayana. Hanuman (monkey god) is said to be born here at Anjanadri hill. Anegundi is also said to be the maternal home of Bhoodevi (mother Earth). It is also believed to have the oldest plateau on earth over 3000 years old.

How to reach there: 1. If you staying at Hospet, you can either take a bus to Kamalapur and then an auto the ghat where we need to cross river Tungabhadra on a boat. It cost Rs 2 per person. Be careful as the boat handlers might try to full you and demand more. The ghat is little away from the battery car stand for Vittala temple. From here you will have to walk around 1 km to reach the ferry.

2. If you are in Hampi, walk to Vittala temple through the bank of river Tungabhadra. Then walk straight further to the battery car stand and take left for ferry ghat at river Tungabhadra.

I visited there in the month of January when water level was low in river Tungabhadra. I saw one broken bridge here. That’s why boat is like essential service here. The boat are filled to the core with just not only people but also cycles and motorcycles. Not sure what stops the government from building a bridge here.

Once we reached the shore of Anegundi, we walked little further and reached a circle. During day it was pretty hot, particularly the sun was scorching. We tried to negotiate with few autos for a day trip to show us everything in Anegundi. But they quoted exorbitant. So we hesitated. On the right hand side we saw direction for Huchchaiappana Mutt. As it was near we decided to walk. While we were reviewing Huchchaiappana Mutt the auto fellows were doing sortie around it. Then we started walking again through the narrow country road. On the way we were photographing a parrot sitting on the electricity wire, when one auto fellow came again and offered to take us around. Then we negotiated the tour for Rs 350.

Then we drove to the center of Anegundi where we saw the palace Gagan Mahal. On the other side of the road was Ranganathaswamy temple. We went further inside to see Pampa Sarovor (lake). Out last destination was Durga temple located on top of a hill. Like Hampi, Anegundi is also fortified and there are many entrances like Anegundi North Main Entrance Gate, Chintamani Main Entrance Gate
and Anegundi South Side Entrance Gate.

There are some other places which I was not able to visit like Nava Brindavana, Sri Krishnadevaraya samadhi (burial), Chintamani Lord Shiva Temple, Anjanadri hill etc.

Anegundi is typically an one day tour. There are not many lodging options there. However, if you would like to stay, then you should check the guestrooms of Kishkinda Trust.

June 26th, 2012 by admin

Archaelogical Museum, Kamalapur

How to reach there: The Archeological Museum in Kamalapur is located around half a kilometer from Kamalapur bus stand. Walk from the bus stand to the circle and take left. Kamalapur is located 6 km from Hampi. To reach here one can take bus from Hampi or Hospet. One can also hire two wheeler from Hampi or private Vehicle from Hospet.

Timings: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, Friday closed

Entry fee: Rs 5 per person

Note: This entry fees also works for Lotus Mahal / Elephant stable on the same day. So do not dispose your ticket.

Archaelogical Museum, Kamalapur

The collection of sculptures were mainly done by the then British officers by ASI’s own admission and were kept at the Elephant’s stable. The Archaeological Survey of India constructed their first museum in Hampi area at Kamalapur in 1972. Then the collection was shifted to the present location.

At the entrance we found two stone sculpted lions on both sides. As we walked further we found the statues of Krishnadeva Raya and his two wife welcoming us.

Archaelogical Museum, Kamalapur

At the center of the museum is the replica of the geography of Hampi.

On the 4 sides there are rooms containing treasure trove collection of Hampi. Various stone carved architectures, utensils, metals, coins of various kings and era, their tools, their weapons etc. Photography is prohibited inside so I do not have any pictures from inside the museum.

Archaelogical Museum, Kamalapur

The museum also have a very interesting section where it shows how the Kannada letters evolved. It shows that Kannada letters in early stage was mainly using Devnagari or borrowed from Devnagari letters but slowly it changed. Today Kannda and Telugu letters are same apart from few letters. The Vijaynagar kings gave royal patronage to both Kannada and Telugu language. At this point the thought of Origin of Telugu and Kannada language comes to mind. In the border districts of Karnataka like Bellary, Hospet most people are well versed in Telugu. Both of them might have a common origin but answer is not clear.

Outside there is a lawn with green grassland where many stone statues are stationed. A very nice place for photography. During day time it could be hot.

June 21st, 2012 by admin

Durga temple, Anegundi

Durga temple is located on the top of a hill in Anegundi village of Karnataka, India. The Durga temple is located a few kms from Raghavendra Swamy temple. There is a concrete path leading to the top of the temple. One can park their vehicle mid way and then walk through the road and steps. The temple is a cool place with trees around.

Durga temple, Anegundi

We rang the bell and prayed to Maa Durga. Here the picture of goddess Durga is similar to what we typically see in Northern or Eastern India. There were many bells and cloths tied to the tree. I think these were tied by people who prayed for something here. If we go to the edge of the hill, we can see a wide area of Anegundi village. In between the stone fed hills, we saw small valleys with green patches. It makes for a beautiful picture. Sunset or sunrise will be awesome here.

Durga temple, Anegundi

Also, we climbed further and found fortified walls of the Vijaynagar empire with a nice gate. It is said that this is the north gate of the fortification wall of Hampi (capital of Vijaynagar empire). On the other side of the gate, we saw some tombs. Not sure whose tombs they are. The temple is isolated and not visited by many people typically. I suggest to visit it only during day time.

Durga temple, Anegundi

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June 4th, 2012 by admin

Gagan Mahal

Gagan Mahal is a small royal palace built in the market place in Anegundi. It is located on the other side of Raghavendra Swamy temple. This small yellow color palace has protruded decorated windows and 4 beautiful towers. The building needs preservation as the red bricks are showing corrosion.

Gagan Mahal

This palace could be one of the earliest palaces in the Vijaynagar empire. Anegundi is said to be the earlier capital of Vijaynagar empire.

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