May 29, 2011 Leave a comment
With the pre monsoon showers lashing the city the past few days, I had assumed that there would be plenty of water around bangalore as well. This made me to search the net for a couple of places that could be visited in a day. I came across one jaramagadu falls near chikballapur which could be done in a day. Searching some more i found a fort located around 30kms from chikballapur.
With the places mapped out, I headed out on sat morning. The overcast skies made driving easier soon I was near nandi hills, which I decided to visit on my way back. I was cruising along the highway stopping in between for a few photoshoots
Clouds atop Nandi Hills
The scenary improved as I went towards ketanhalli. A couple of photoshoots on the way and I proceeded
Scenary near kethanhalli
Driving a short distance, I again inquired about the falls at a shop and I was asked to go straight and take a left at a mud road and proceed for another km. One has to walk for 3 kms through a forest to reach the waterfall
The cool weather and the scenery made driving fun and I somehow managed to miss the turn and thus ended up riding further. A couple more kms of driving and I came across a group of men and I decided to ask them about reaching the falls from kethanhalli.
While chatting with the people I came to know that the falls was completely dry now and there was a board indicating the way to the falls, however a recent murder had prompted the forest department to remove the signboard, also i got to know that the forest officals are not allowing anyone to go near the falls. Also one of them told me there is no route from ketanhalli and to reach the falls we need to go to Jangamarappanahalli which is en-route to kethanhalli.
Jaramagadu will have to wait till monsoon. The excellent roads and the scenary sort of compensated for the disappointment of not being able to go to the falls. A small photoshoot and I headed to the highway
Roads and Scenary near jaramadagu
Jaramagadu Falls Fact file
Name of the falls – Jaramagadu Falls
Distance from Bangalore- 80kms
Best Time to visit – Monsoon
How to reach: Bangalore->Devanhalli->Chikballapur->Jangamarappanahalli. One has to walk 3 kms from Jangamarappanahalli to reach the waterfall. It is advisable to ask the locals to guide the way.
Nearby places to visit – Skandagiri, Nandi Hills,Divyagiri
One has to pack food either from home or from chikballpur
With the visit to the falls ruled out, I then headed back to the highway and to gudibande which has a fort.
To reach gudibande one has to go to peresandra and take a right at the bridge. Travel another 14kms to reach gudibande
Another half hour of driving and I reached gudibande bus stand and asked for directions to the fort. One has to travel a little further into town and take a right at the arch and proceed further till u reach the base of the fort
First look at gudibande fort
The fort is a multi-level fort which has many secret passages for escape. The fort also has an excellent rainwater harvesting system, as this is evident from the numerous small pools which is formed at various places in the fort
A few shots of the fort
Hills surrounding Gudibande Fort
Legend has it, that when the chieftain was fending off a British invasion, he was attacked from behind and his head was chopped off and his body was decapitated. The place where his head fell, it got immortalized in stone. The locals who had accompanied me to the top showed the statue of the chief’s head which is present at the top of the fort.
I spent some time at the fort roaming around, before heading back to the base and back home.
Gudibande fact file
Name of the fort: Gudibande fort
Distance from Bangalore: 90kms
How to reach: Bangalore->Hyd highway->peresandra->Right turn to gudibande->Gudibande
The place is well connected by buses
Approx time to reach top of fort: 1-1.30 hr
Nearby Places to Visit: lepakshi
One needs to pack food either from home or from chikballapur as there are no hotels in gudibande
Reaching devanhalli i went to see the devanhalli fort which also happens to be the birth place of tippu sultan. Only the outer portion of the fort remains while the interior has been converted into residential city. A couple of snaps of the fort and I was cruising back home
Snaps can be found here