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Mysore – Bandipur trip

December 12, 2010

This is a long overdue post on the trip we made by mid-September. I wanted to write once I was back then. But I waited to get all the pictures from my friends so that I could get my long time desire of making a video done. My dear friend Ravi and his local BSNL employees made the task harder which meant I got the last set of pictures from him by last Monday i.e. 2 and half months after we returned from that tour ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

Lets go through the cause of the tour… Ravi’s farewell was nearing then. Only some 50 days were left and its decided that we should go to Mysore. Ravi went to a cottage named ‘Tiger Ranch’ inside the Bandipur forest by May and he liked it much. He said we all should make a trip together. After looking around and discussing about many weekends, September 18 and 19 were zeroed in as many people were available on that day.

We all started from the office directly to Chennai Central to catch the train. As usual we made it just in time i.e. a min or 2 mins before the train started (9:30 PM). With many of my friends went on to chat beyond midnight, I slept soon. We reached Mysore by 7:30 and went straight to Ravi’s home. The road we went is clear of any vehicle; a welcome change from a vehicle stuffed Chennai roads. The path is scenic also with lot of trees on both sides of the road providing enough coolness to eyes. After a 15 minutes drive we reached Ravi’s home where we were welcomed by Ravi’s father and brother. We had a nice chat with his father and also we were served with nice, hot tea for the coldness in the morning.

With few chosen to stay back at Ravi’s home, we headed to our office’s Mysore campus to look around (Its a kinda picnic spot ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ) and have a bath. That is the first time I was in Mysore campus and its really good. Very vast and beautifully built. As usual our photo session started once we put our feet in and it didn’t ended till we got out of it. Here are some of the pics of the campus (Click on the image to see it completely):

We went back to Ravi’s home by 12 noon which meant everyone of us missed our breakfast and very hungry. We started from Ravi’s home to Bandipur which is around 90 – 100 kms travel. Even though we were hungry but people said a strict ‘no-no’ for lunch as it was waiting in Bandipur. So we gulped few Aloo buns, Soft drinks to suffice our hunger. Its a pleasant travel as we moved outside the city with lot of greenery to see and we had some tender coconut too on the way.

After some 2+ hours of journey we reached the board which said ‘Tiger Ranch’ resort and our van traveled through a path which we dare to walk. The path is very narrow and to be clear there is nothing called path. There were some gaps with some arrows leading us and at last we reached the resort. With that our connection with the outer world was ended. Any mishaps there, the world would have missed us for good ๐Ÿ™‚ Its a kind of hut with trees and a small lake around. The place is full greenish. An iron plate was hung around a tree and when asked they said it is scare away the wild animals. Are they scaring them or by saying this, scaring us?? ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿ™„

We were welcome there by warm people, friendly monkeys and 4 feet height dogs (4 of them roamed around there and totally more than 10 were there). Bah.. I am scared by last two. We were asked to wear dresses which completely covers us as dogs may get tempted to get fresh flesh ๐Ÿ˜› :P. We booked 2 rooms for 13 of us. The rooms had a gloomy look to them with only a We kept the luggage there and walked ahead to have lunch.ย  And lunch is really good. To be honest, I never thought I will get such tastier meal inside the forest. It is really good. After lunch we sat in the benches just outside the cottage chatting. And few started roam around the space a little.

After the lil chat we started to play volleyball and football which was quite fun. We played for around 2 hours and when the clock turned 6 its almost dark and we resided back to the benches to get refreshed. We ordered some chilly chicken, Onion Pakoda, gobi manchurian and some other dishes to fill up the tummies and our chat went on and on. By 9:30 or 10, the cottage owners said that they will shut by 11, so we went on to have dinner. A funny thing happened here.

They served the same chicken curry which was served by lunch. Its good. So we didn’t said anything started having it. But Sujai went on and asked the guy who served the chicken curry, “Is it the fresh one?”. He answered, “Yes”. Sujai turned around to Prasanna and said, “Macha.. avan ennaya yematha paakuran da. Athu mathiyam vanchathu-nu enaku theriyum da” (Machi.. he is trying to fool me da. I know this was prepared by afternoon). He said it that the half of the people there heard it, Prasanna standing there with lil embarrassment and the worker there don’t know what to say ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

After the dinner we again started our chat with Prasanna dishing out one scary story after another to scare us as if the dark and out of connection with the world are not enough. The camp fire which was put on by the evening started to go off and I am so eager to keep it on. Whenever it showed signs of going off, I get down and start doing ‘poof-poof’ at the remaining fire on the woods. Impressed by my work or jealous of my beautiful face ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› Lenin patted on pushed my back while doing ”poof-poof’ which almost send my face crashing into the fire. I managed to balance myself and saved my face, literally ๐Ÿ™‚

We went to bed by 2 and few still not willing to hit the bed. By night a wild boar came over and my friends clicked few pictures of them. By morning 7, we woke up we were made to get up to go for a safari. By 7:30 Safari started and we were walking through the jungle. Its an interesting walk. But we couldn’t see any animals on the way. Only the fresh shit left by them said that they passed that place few hours ago. And guys took a picture of that too ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ After walking for about 15 – 20 minutes we reached a dam (forgot the name) which is said to be the place the animals come by morning to have water. Its one of the very scenic place I have seen in my life.

By 8:30, we returned back to cottage and had breakfast. We had bread, butter, jam, Omelette and kichidi as our menu and they were good. After the breakfast we started to play again till 11. After 11, we wrapped up and started heading back to Mysore. We stopped during the travel to have tender coconut. And we almost filled ourselves with that. There is a famous hotel in Mysore called RRR. We went there to have lunch. But its too crowded that we may loss our appetite to have food. So we moved on to have lunch with some peace. We hit an Andhra restaurant and had fool till we can say enough ๐Ÿ™‚

After the lunch, we again went to Ravi’s home back again to refresh ourselves. As I had the plans to go to Bangalore I couldn’t join everybody for the Chamundi hills trip. Me and Karthik went to Mysore railway station to catch the train to Bangalore which ended our eventual trip. Maybe next time I Should visit Chamundi hills. I am planning to go there in 2 weeks time ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is the video I made for this trip (Inspired by Vimmuuu) . The first one from me. Let me know how it is friends:

Phew.. thats a long post. Thanks for reading it till this point. I myself happy as I worked a lot for this post and my memory shows that its still working fine. Else I wouldn’t have been able to write such a big post for a trip I made before 2 months. Hope you enjoyed reading it ๐Ÿ™‚ Else tell me… I will try to edit and make it crisper ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. December 12, 2010 5:55 pm

    Hee haw haw haw haw FIRST!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ Danganakka!!

    kanagu: You are Crafty!! let me dance too ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. December 12, 2010 6:28 pm

    I was just about to comment on how lucky you are to be going off on trips…till i read the first para ๐Ÿ˜€
    But still… you will be going on one in 2 weeks time!! ๐Ÿ˜›

    kanagu: I am in some rounds… ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    You slept off early???? You fake night-owl, how did this happen? ๐Ÿ™„
    kanagu: In home I will be all awake.. but outside.. I am a disciplined boy who sleeps when the ‘world’ sleeps ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    The descrip of path with trees…. sigh!!!

    kanagu: ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your Mysore campus truly looks like a picnic spot! Quite elaborate!!! How lucky…
    *grumbling about stupid cramped office compound*

    kanagu: Thats what I really love about my company ๐Ÿ™‚ Enough to see and relax ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    What is Aloo buns? Anything with potatoes raises my interest!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    kanagu: Masala aloo inside the bun.. very tasty ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    to be clear there is no path Hahaha! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    kanagu: ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Dogs!!!! Were they alsations? By your descrip of height, either that or Great Danes?

    kanagu: Is that really needed in a life saving situation??? ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ™„

    Kanaguuuuuu staaap being scared of doggies!!! :mrgreen:

    kanagu: what to do Crafty ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I can’t come over it…

    What? dogs would be tempted to get fresh flesh?!! Were they dogs or wolves?

    kanagu: Thats what they said ๐Ÿ™‚

    Gobi Manchurian!!! Kanagu….. double sigh! I shouldn’t be reading this post at all!!!
    Now poor mom will suffer…. i will have to request her to make it for me!!!

    kanagu: What all troubles I am giving to your mom ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ let me be avoid them ๐Ÿ™‚


    After the lil chat we started to play volleyball and football

    See, this is why it’s good to have a few gusy around. Not generalising on gals, but most gals I know, when we go out…they chat, chat, then chat some more…then chat and ONLY chat!!! No one even wants to loiter about or even get up! They even chat on what to chat about next! Arrrghhhhh ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

    kanagu: ROFL!!! ๐Ÿ˜† gals never short of topic to chat ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    ROFL @ poor colleague and the worker! But worker deserves the embarrassment!!

    kanagu: Wish he didn’t understood Tamil ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    Scary stories!! This is the point in friend’s get-togethers when I excuse myself and go sleep!!! ๐Ÿ™„

    kanagu: ha ha ha… ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ kiddo crafty ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    This Lenin friend of your’s, you did try pushing him near one of those 4-feet-heighted doggies? :mrgreen:

    kanagu: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooo ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    Your friends clicked pics of animal poop?!!! ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

    Where are those pics? Buhahahah! ๐Ÿ˜€ No, do not mail them to me!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

    kanagu: ROFL!!! ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

    That dam really looks so nice and serene!! what a pity you didn’t get to see animals except a wild boar ๐Ÿ˜

    kanagu: Not a problem ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ Its better we didn;t disturbed them ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yes, your memory is pretty good…. but we can only take your word for it…. that you remember all about the trip ๐Ÿ˜ˆ ๐Ÿ˜†

    kanagu: ha ha ha ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ I think so ๐Ÿ™‚

    You want to edit and make this crisper?!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ
    Haven’t you learnt anything from Indyeah Madam??!!!!! Tch tch! Dare you touch this post, Kanagu!! ๐Ÿ˜›

    kanagu: LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜†

    Lovely video too! ๐Ÿ˜€ Hugs!

    kanagu: Thanks Crafty!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    Wail wait to read about Chamundi Hills trip! ๐Ÿ˜€

    kanagu: Will post soon ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. December 12, 2010 10:33 pm

    This was the same trip where you met us right?

    kanagu: Yes ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    I remember hearing about the dogs ๐Ÿ™‚

    kanagu: ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    2 rooms for 13 people? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    kanagu: It is spacious AK.. and it had enough beds ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    wow! Loved the video..

    kanagu: Thanks AK ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Mysore Infosys campus looks so cool.. havent seen it but have heard it’s great..

    kanagu: yup.. its very nice ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have been to Bandipur though, love it! Chamundi Hills is one place that you must not miss.. Friend pushing you onto fire? oh be careful.. You must hv’d so much of fun! It is always fun to go on a trip with friends ๐Ÿ™‚

    kanagu: Yes.. lots of fun ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. December 13, 2010 2:07 pm

    //we gulped few Aloo buns, Soft drinks to suffice our hunger//
    was tht enough for u kanagu.. ๐Ÿ˜›

    • January 7, 2011 3:26 am

      not enough.. but good considering the situation of nothing ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. December 13, 2010 2:10 pm

    // But we couldnโ€™t see any animals on the way//
    this is the problem with national parks.. this is why many people preferred Zoo.. Or better to go to bannerghatta national park, a zoo designed like a national park.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • January 7, 2011 3:27 am

      I am happy that we didn;t seen any animals.. they might get disturbed…

  6. December 13, 2010 5:59 pm

    Wow Kanagu! What a post after 2ish months at that! U inspire me to put up all that I missed putting up the last 3 mths when I mostly posted only WW and TCs ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

    kanagu: ha ha ha ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Post them Swaram.. I like to read them ๐Ÿ™‚

    The resort seems to be good and the food too ๐Ÿ˜‰ except for the left over curry ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

    kanagu: ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ thats also good ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
    Err u went to Infy campus to go arnd and take bath ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    kanagu: Yeah.. its a kind of picnic spot ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    The rooms had a gloomy look to them with only a ….. – did u miss something here ๐Ÿ˜›

    kanagu: Yes… with only a zero watts bulb thinking about glowing. but only flickering ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ thanks for pointing out Swaram ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. December 13, 2010 6:26 pm

    It feels so great to read this post after such a long time. I liked the pictures but you shld have posted a few more individually :P. Its sad you dint see animals though. I would be very disappointed if that happened to me. How was the Andhra restaurant and food there ?

    • January 7, 2011 3:30 am

      More pics in FB Harini.. you can check there ๐Ÿ™‚

      I am not.. I am happy about not seeing any of them ๐Ÿ™‚

      andhra restaurant is good and I liked the food ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. December 13, 2010 9:43 pm

    Good,better late then never thambi.

    Loved the video and our song selection…..

    Loved the pcs of infosy campus ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. December 13, 2010 10:46 pm

    Thanks for mentioning and a great video for friendship ! Glad you chose an instrumental for the bgm ! ๐Ÿ˜€

    kanagu: ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ that gives wonderful feel to the video ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Inspite of eating leftovers, and getting pushed into the fire, you still look so cheerful kanagu ! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    kanagu: LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜†

    and you are leaving to chamundi ??? did you get a job in swarrrs office ???

    kanagu: ha ha ha ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ why Swarrs office???????? ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
    whats with this frequent holidaying, eh ? ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    kanagu: Just for fun ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. December 14, 2010 8:09 am

    Looking at ur pics we are in the same company ๐Ÿ™‚ but couldn’t find u in the directory
    Mysore is a beautiful place and the campus is really good. Safari poita animals koodha paakama vandheerkeenga enna safari ada?

    • January 7, 2011 3:36 am

      I didn;t looked into directory as it will be really difficult to find you from 100s of Shilpa’s ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

      Yeah.. the campus is good.. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved it ๐Ÿ™‚
      If they come.. we can see.. we are not lucky ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. December 14, 2010 11:26 pm

    the place looks absolutely refreshing…

  12. December 15, 2010 11:59 am

    Mysore campus looks fab! btw, did you get to see any wild animals in the dam or not?

  13. December 16, 2010 7:58 am

    You are fortunate to have good friends, Kanagu!

    kanagu: Yes.. I feel blessed for that matter ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    The Mysore area itself is beautiful. I have heard that Infosys office over there is beautiful.

    kanagu: Mysore is a pleasant place ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    You didn’t see animals? Very bad.

    kanagu: ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    You should have put more photos. The video is interesting.

    kanagu: The pics are in FB.. you can check it ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    So next trip is to Chamundi hills? It is a nice place. Post more pictures!

    kanagu: Surely will do ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. December 17, 2010 11:28 am

    ohh great…
    i guess it came at the right time for me…
    ummm , it s worth the length i guess ๐Ÿ˜€ coz my cousin is planning a trip there next week…
    now i dont think, i need to explain this n that but just let him read this …
    ๐Ÿ™‚

    • January 7, 2011 3:41 am

      Thanks Deeps ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ So how is his trip???

  15. December 18, 2010 8:44 pm

    wow!! such a great place! But I am too scared to go on a camping trip in midst of wild animlas ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. December 19, 2010 4:07 pm

    Actually there are a couple of dams nearby where I live, and the only reason I am not visiting is the elephants and other animals are frequently seen on roads, blocking your way it seems! I wouldn’t want to take a risk with elephants on a two wheeler!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    kanagu: LOL!!!! ๐Ÿ˜† :lol;

    Destination Infinity

    Nice Karoke… the BG Song in the video, I mean.

    kanagu: Thanks DI ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. December 26, 2010 1:59 pm

    May this Christmas end the present year
    on a cheerful note and make way
    for a fresh and bright new year for you.

  18. Princess permalink
    December 29, 2010 6:16 pm

    nice video.. for first attempt.

  19. December 30, 2010 11:14 am

    Knock knock!
    Post pls!

    • January 3, 2011 2:07 am

      Will post soon Swaram ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. January 6, 2011 8:36 pm

    Happy New Year
    not too late ha? ๐Ÿ˜›

    • January 7, 2011 3:44 am

      Surely not too late ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Deeps and wishing you the same ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a wonderful year ๐Ÿ™‚

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