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Madikeri at our feet

The next day we woke up a bit late. Unlike the previous day it was cloudy -- therefore a day to explore the spots in and around Madikeri.

First stop: Abbey Falls, about seven kilometres away. An autorickshaw man agreed to take us there, wait for an hour and bring us back for Rs 150. That seemed decent.

Abbey Falls was accessible through narrow winding roads. The cold air whipped our face. A picturesque path with steep steps led us to the waterfall. We could hear the roar and feel the spray of the water long before we could see it. We gasped when we finally set our eyes on the waterfall. It was awesome.

The waterfall is at its best during the monsoons, with torrents of water falling from a great height.

We walked on the rickety bridge to get a better view and got a little wet too.

Airfare for Rs 599 and less!

It started to rain so it was time to head back.

Raja's Tomb, also known as Gaddige, was our post lunch programme. The royal tombs are on a hillock that offers amazing views of the town.

The Omakeshwara temple, frankly, was a big disappointment. A Kannada serial was being shot inside the temple premises when we went there.

Madikeri Fort too was a disappointing as it houses the police commissionerís office and other commercial establishments.

We then decided to explore the city on foot. Up to the town's view point, up a long winding path. But after barely five minutes of trekking, my friend started huffing and puffing. Fortunately for us an auto rickshaw came along who took us to the viewpoint. It was magnificent. You could see the entire town of Madikeri.

The Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary about 110 kms away was another interesting place to visit but it was too far and we decided to save it for another trip.

In the evening we went shopping for coffee, honey and spices. I bought some figs too. It was a perfect end to a hectic day.
Text and photograph: Srinath Sridhar
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