From Here & There

Spectacular Shivanasamudra

The best time to visit the famous Shivanasamudra Falls, popularly known as ‘Bluff’ is during the monsoon when the water level in the KRS starts increasing, which means more water to the falls. Easily accessible by road and just three hours from Bangalore, the falls is spectacular. The water splits into two streams - Gaganachukki and Bharachukki.

There is a vantage point to see the falls at closer quarters. The adventurous ones trek down to the bottom of the falls where coracles are available to take the visitors for a close-up look at the falls. There is little to recommend by way of food or other facilities at the site, which overlooks the falls.

A few small dhabas provide packed snacks, drinks and tender coconut water. The restaurant overlooking the falls serves a limited menu. Buses ply regularly from Bangalore and Mysore. However, a hired cab could be ideal to visit nearby places like Talakad and see the mini-dam near the top of the falls. Permission is needed to tour the hydroelectric station, one of the oldest in the country.

DBN Murthy

Raichur’s sleepy Bichale

Bichali, a sleepy village known for its scenic beauty and sacred shrines, is just 20 km from the famous pilgrim centre Mantralaya in AP’s Kurnool district.  Bichali, also called Bichchale is said to be the birth place of Appannacharya, a devotee and contemporary of the sixteenth century saint of Mantralaya Raghavendra.

In Karnataka and elsewhere, there are hundreds of Brindavanas dedicated to the saint of Mantralaya, but Bichali is the only pilgrim place where an open air shrine is located near the Thungabhadra. Bichale village was marooned during the last year’s devastating floods and most of the villagers were displaced.

S V Upendra Charya

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