November 30, 2009

Barachukki Waterfalls

Barachukki falls is the more awe inspiring (and my personal favorite) of the 2 falls at Shivanasamudra (Literally means Lord Shiva's Sea). Bharachukki is about 2 Km away from Gaganachukki Falls, River Cauvery splits into Western and Eastern branch. The western branch results in Gaganachukki, whereas the eastern branch results in the Bharachukki falls.

Barachukki is a jagged crashing cascade, its a segmented waterfall where the water flow is broken into many channels before dropping over a cliff, resulting in multiple side by side waterfalls. These falls are beautiful and during the monsoon the falls swell to about 1, 000 feet wide and its a sight to behold.

A particular section of a Barachukki falls (Picture below) resembles a horse shoe or a inverted "U" shape and looks like a mini Niagra Falls when the water flow is at its peak

Best time to vist these falls is monsoon, even though it was Peak season when i visit this place the water was less due to lack of rain.

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November 29, 2009

The Ruin

One of the statues found in somnathpura temple which dates back to 12th century

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November 23, 2009

Gaganachukki Waterfall

Gaganachukki Waterfall is at Shivanasamudra Island (Which is about 85kms to the east of Mysore). Gaganachukki means waterfall from the sky. It is said that the Gaganachukki falls are shaped like a large horsetail and you can see why from the picture below.

At Shivanasamudra the river Cauvery cascades down a deep rocky gorge in two breathtakingly beautiful segmented waterfalls - Gaganachukki and Bharachukki The river divides around the 700-acre picturesque Shivanasamudra Island. On the one side, it forms the Gaganachukki falls and on the other side are the Bharachukki falls.The sight of these two falls is enchanting and the best time to visit them is during the monsoon. The falls are considered to be one among the 100 best waterfalls in the world. There is a hydral power generation station belonging to Karnataka state. This hydral power plant is the first in Asia.

Gaganachukki waterfall itself is split into two segments and a common misconception about Gaganachukki is that left segment is called Gaganachukki and the right segment is called Bharachukki. In reality the Bharachukki falls are a about 2 kilomoters to the south-west of the Gaganachukki falls. This is due to the Kaveri river itself splitting a few kilometers to the south into western and eastern branches The western branch results in the twin waterfalls of Gaganachukki. (The picture above and below are the two segments of Gaganachukki)
The Waterfall in the above picture is nick named ROARER and you can imagine why

The WaterFalls are created as the River Cauvery has wound its way through the rocks and ravines of the Deccan Plateau and drops off to form waterfall, Gaganachukki is about 80 meter's high.

November 16, 2009

Lalitha Mahal Palace

The Lalitha Mahal is the second largest palace in Mysore. It is located near the Chamundi Hills, east of the city. Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV commissioned this two-storied Palace in 1921. This Palace was built to exclusively to accommodate the Viceroy of India. The palace is noted for its white colour and is visible from a great distance. This Palace is designed in Renaissance style and included designs concepts from the Italian palazzo and English manor. 

The Palace meant for special royal guests has now been converted into a heritage category five-star. The Palace has been maintained very carefully to keeps its grandeur intact. Life size portraits of the royalty of Mysore, lithographs portraying Tippu Sultan's battles with the British decorate the main hall and most of the old Palace furniture is being used in the hotel to this day

November 12, 2009

Inferno Sky

This is one of my favorite place to visit and photograph, this beautiful lake and mountain is in Pandavapura and this photo was take a few days back during a visit to my Aunty's house. I never fail to spend some time near the lake watch the birds and sunrise when ever i go there.

November 8, 2009

Masjid E-Ala

The Masjid-e-Ala or Jama Masjid in Srirangapatna is Major tourist attraction in the city and is at a walkable distance from the Srirangapatna bus stop. The mosque is located near the Bangalore Gate of the fort. Tippu Sultan built this masjid in 1784. 

The mosque has tall minarets which seems to touch the sky and the minarets stand on a high platform and has an open court in the front and a covered verandah. The minarets are double storied and octagonal in shape with pigeonholes surmounted by domes that adds to the grandeur of the entire structure. 

Masjid has a huge prayer hall and there are about 200 steps leading to the top of the minarets from where one can have a splendid view of the surrounding area.

November 2, 2009

St Francis Xavier Cathedral

I have very little information on this Cathedral but sure is a good subject to photograph and this is my first try on HDR Photography, so let me know what you think.

The first church was built in 1851 and the site on which it was built was brought from a French Catholic and a Widow of English Commander for the sum of Rs 1,000/- after about 50 years the cross from the tower of the old church fell and it was considered an outward sign to build a new church. The construction of this current church began in 1911 and was opened on May 26th 1932

Was lucky enough to take a few pictures of the interiors too... not many people were around when i visited.