My leafy home!

A house is an embodiment of lot of things. It is not just a shelter. It is the love amongst people who live in there, It is the result of our hardwork, It is the place we always want to be at the end of the day, whether we are out on our job or on vacation.

Is it just us humans who work hard to make home? I always used to wonder when I see the construction process of buildings; about the effort the workers, starting from drawing the plan till the final enhancements and furnishings. Did you ever thought friends how the animals and birds around us built their houses?

When we look around, we see pretty little nests of birds made from twigs to the small pits of ants, crabs and so on. How many of you appreciate the effort put by them? See this leaf house made by ants. The perfect symmetrical folding, the conical design and overall the elegance is worth appreciating. Hats off to those cute little souls and their excellent craftsmanship! I couldn’t stop myself from sharing this with you all. Have a nice day friends😊

Welcome to my beautiful home

Tailored with lot of hardwork

It keeps us safe under its roof

When Rain and wind compete

Isn’t ours a pretty little house

Incomparable to yours though

Its all we have to protect us

When all seasons play its part…

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Layered

They came to teach me a lesson

no one likes to be abandoned

love and to be loved is a blessing

like these bunch staying close

trying to comfort each other 

against lashes of rain and sun

every layer pointing out at us

our beauty lies in our unity

promising deep from heart

no power can tear us apart…

 

 

Ugrana caves…

Nature always surprised me with a bundle of knowledge, excitement and bliss. Ugrana caves are situated near Karinjeswara temple located near Bantwal, Mangalore. ( I have already did a blog post on Karinjeswara a month ago – “way full of surprises” <- you can read how to reach there and more about the location here).

Ugrana caves were also part of my plan during my last tour. Unfortunately adverse weather conditions forced me to postpone it to another day. Thankfully my wait was not too long. Day before when my friends asked me to plan a short getaway nearby Mangalore, there was no second thought. So finally yesterday morning we were on the way to this amazing destination hidden under the deep forests of Kodiyal hills.

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The way to the caves was quite easy with proper steps to climb. After climbing around 100 steps we reached the cave, which is totally inside the forest. The cave was comparatively a small one (around 2 meter) where you have to crawl and there is no light inside. Outside the cave we saw a demolished wall which might have been constructed to make a cover for those who might have stayed inside the cave. I searched for the history in google, unfortunately couldn’t find any. The temple Karinjeswara near this cave has a history connecting all 4 yugas  ( Satya/Krita , Thretha, Dwapara and Kali ). So we can assume that even this cave is part of these historical stories.For your information, a yuga is considered as an era in epics of Hinduism.

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Ugrana cave entrance

More than the cave, the huge rocks and forests fascinated us more. We walked around exploring the place and found a small way through the rocks which led us to a breathtaking forest area surrounded by tall trees, huge rocks and creepers.

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It was difficult to climb these rocks and find the way out. Our excitement to see what is there ahead of this passage kept us going. the nature didn’t disappoint us. a spectacular view of a dense forest was awaiting us.

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We walked further ahead through the forest, capturing images and admiring the beauty and wondering about those people who would have occupied this area years before..

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Just like you, even I was wondering whether anyone lived in this area before. I got the answer for that question there itself. We found carved stones in different shapes, but couldn’t interpret and guess what it might have been used for. If you have any idea what this might be, do share your views with me in the comments column. I am really excited to know.

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Though the magnetic charm of the place was holding us there, we were running out of time as already evening sun rays started kissing the forest and the place was getting dark. After making the promise that we will come back soon to explore more we said good bye to Ugrana caves…

Kalba Mangrove Forest

Hey all,

Here I am back with another beautiful destination which is hardly known to tourists, neither displayed in the top attractions near Dubai. Dubai is always known to the world as the land of deserts, sky-kissing buildings, luxurious lifestyle and adrenaline-rush activities and sports. I shared a similar belief until I came across this beautiful Mangrove forest during my search for new destinations in and around Dubai. “A lake and a mangrove forest adjoined in the middle of desert!” This information was quite surprising. I decided to visit the place though the questions like whether the place is worth travelling for more than an hour was running in my mind. Apart from that I couldn’t find much information about the place in Google too.

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Wadi Al Helo Tunnel, Sharjah – Kalba Road

Kalba Mangrove forest is located 116 km from Sharjah. The Sharjah-Kalba road itself is a feast to travel fanatics. The huge mountains and tunnels in between awes anyone who passes by. Empty roads, quiet surroundings , sunny sky and hustles of breeze were our companions throughout the journey. In an hour and half I arrived at my destination, the beautiful Kalba lake sorrounded by Mangroves which was totally a spectacular view in the middle of the desert.IMG_0729

Kalba lake hosts paddle boating and Kayaking during September to May which unfortunately was not available as my visit was during last week of August. One can opt for camping too in the banks of the lake during these months.

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The Mangroves, Kalba.

Though I was disappointed by the non availability of activities over there, I was happy to have a close look at the mangrove trees and explore it and undoubtedly shocked in finding these in the middle of the desert.

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Another interesting fact which I found while examining the rocks over there was the existence of small shell organisms in a cluster on the rocks which I have only seen over the rocks near seas. The beautifully shapes clusters was again a curious sight.

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I started my journey back after an hour, quite happy and contented with my findings about my new destination and with an eagerness to share with you my experience though I was a bit late due to my hectic flight schedules and fatigue. See you all soon with a new destination. Have a great day. 🙂

Colors of life..

Charming all with their colors

Painted by God’s own hands

Melting the toughest hearts

Spreading the word of peace

Carpeting the world around

With its soft elegant touch

Gentle, naive and adorable

Away from all wicked hearts

Hurting someone is not us

Still we live our life in terrors

We wear different colours

Still living together in peace

Its only you we are scared of

You cut-short our life afore

Is it because you are jealous

You can’t stay happy like us

A day or two is what we last

That too you aim to cut down

We too are creation of God

Emblazing world is our aim

We live to bring a message

Be like us and enlighten life

Admired and liked by world

Creating an example of life.

Weekly photo challenge – Trunk of a Date Palm Tree ( Structure)

Trunk of a Date Palm Tree.

I stood there in the burning sun

No one bothered about my pain

I took every piercing sun strokes

My roots buried under hot sands

They never cared about my life

My juicy fruits were all they want

My skin turned hard and rough

Cracks around was all I could see

I spent all my life in the desert

I lost the count of days I lived

I realized the bitter truth of life

My fruits are all they crave for

I saw my friends losing their lives

When Old age overpowered youth

I stood there with a clear vision

Waiting for fate to take my life…

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Cauvery River Rafting…

Coorg in Karnataka state, India is a major tourist destination in south India. She is blessed abundantly by nature in the form of luscious green hills and water sources. This gives her opportunities to host various adventurous activities like river rafting, hiking, trekking, zip-line, rappelling, camping, quad biking and much more. As of now I would like to share with you my River-rafting experience in Cauvery river, Kushalnagar, Coorg.

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Starting point of rafting in Cauvery river

After enrolling our names and finishing necessary formalities we were given our raft and a guide to assist us. As any other activities, before commencing, the guide gave us a briefing which included how to hold the paddles, expected commands to row forward and backward with a demo of it and finally about the risk level of the activity. Our trail was 5 km long. At the starting, around 500 meters, water was still and we rowed freely and was given permission to get out of the raft into the river with life jacket on. When the journey advanced we had to face rough currents and swift waves which added a pinch of adventure into the activity.

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After 1 Km , awaiting us was rapid surfs, narrow passageways, rocks and small waterfalls. At few places we really felt that the raft may go upside down or turn to a side. especially jumping down the waterfall was really an experience. We were holding tightly to the handholds on the sides of the raft and was soaked completely when the raft found its way through these mini falls. It was really exciting and thrilling.

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The Rafting trail 

The guide stopped the raft in between for us to click photos and enjoy the scenic beauty of the location. Water gushing through the rocks to form the fall was a breathtaking view. We totally took advantage of the short break to explore the stunning small island formed by the rocks and click photos of us as well as the place.

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View from the Island in the middle of the trail.

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It took 2 hours to complete the River-rafting and we came out with the satisfaction of experiencing an exhilarating and exciting activity  which was truly overwhelming. Though I was little concerned about maneuvering as I was doing rafting for the first time, on contrary to my anticipations, it was quite easy under the direction of the skilled guide. The bewitching beauty of River Cauvery added with the adrenaline charged rafting made my  trip an exquisite one.IMG_9762

Connected by a bridge..

Coorg, the place which is also known as Scotland of India, is a popular tourist location in South India. This hill-station has always been popular for its scenic beauty. She never disappoints the travellers who come to her. She embodies everything a nature lover crave for. From rivers, mountains, forests,streams, lakes, valleys, cliffs, one can find a full course meal to satisfy your appetite to explore the beauty of nature.

Though my goal was to do River-rafting in Cauvery river, as always when my travel plans are made, somehow I end up in places which are less crowded and less visited. Cauvery River-rafting is located near Kushalnagar, Coorg. Almost a kilometer before my destination, I came across this beautiful hanging bridge. It is not built as part of attracting tourists, but it is the only connectivity for the people living in the village across the river. It was a surprising fact for me to see that in real, though I have heard a lot about underdeveloped places having less connectivity with the external world.

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Across the bridge awaited me a beautiful village, with mud roads and paddy farms on either side of the small walk way. The villagers around the area totally depends on this small road and the hanging bridge to go to the next nearest town, Kushalnagar.

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Muddy pools formed by the rain
has a painful story to say
we were fresh,pure and clear
little droplets blue in color
diamonds were jealous of us
rainbow shades sparkling on us
we hit the ground wrapped in mud
our shade changed into deep brown
we lost all shine and shimmer
living life ignored by all…

P.S. My experience on river-rafting in Coorg will be shared in my next post 🙂

A way full of surprises..

The wonders hidden in the heart of nature are uncountable. Few places are well known and explored by people while there are few places which is only known to the natives and unknown to world beyond that area.

During my search of those places in south India, I found one such place, Karinjeswara temple, which existed since a thousand years hidden by the lush green hills in Bantwal, situated 35kms away from Mangalore, Karnataka. I was also quite surprised when I came across this place in the map. I have been living in Mangalore city since last 4 years and have explored all nearby attractions in and out the city but never heard about this place.

It took me 45 minutes to reach the destination in my bike. Except for last 3km, road enroute was perfect. The last 3km ride was totally through dense forest. Though rain was trying its best to trouble me, I reached my destination without much delay.

The temple is situated on top of a hill and you will reach the top after climbing 555 steps. I didn’t realize I climbed that many steps as each and every step takes you through a magical world. A magnificent area embraced by greenery with rocks adding flavor to it. Apart from that fog was creating an ambiance which will get you into trance.

I was already in a hypnotised state mesmerised by the magical beauty of the place, but whatever I experienced was not the end. There were more surprises awaiting me during the climb. On top of the hill a beautiful pond with crystal clear water was awaiting me. Covered by the trees on one side and rocks on other side, it was only partially visible till you go close by it. With rainwater creating small circles on the surface of green water, it was no doubt a breathtaking view.

There was another trail which led me to a cliff which is kindof a view point. Again the whole area was filled with fog and light green grass which actually created confusion in my mind whether I am on earth or in heaven.

It took me some time to pull me away from this spot to continue my climb to the temple.The whole area to the temple was covered with tiny green grass giving the feel of a carpet. In between there were trees filled with yellow flowers adding an additional touch of spice to the sweetness of the view.

The last leg of the climb consisted of steep steps. Which finally took me to the temple of Lord Shiva. Just like the place, the temple was also quite peaceful without much visitors. More than people I could see monkeys all over the place. There were hundreds of them around the temple. I sat there along with them, my mind filled with fulfilment, heart filled with euphoric feeling and lungs filled with fresh air.