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Shivanasamudram - Gagana Chukki, Bhara Chukki & Talakad (August 2007)

This trip was one hell of a bike trip!
Fourteen guys in seven bikes on Independence Day...that should say it all!

"My so called patriotic friends"
"My so called patriotic friends"
On our way, Mysore NICE Road
On our way, Mysore NICE Road
On our way, Mysore NICE Road
On our way, Mysore NICE Road
Shivanasamudram, "Gagana Chukki"
Shivanasamudram, "Gagana Chukki", about 150 kms from Bangalore
Shivanasamudram, "Gagana Chukki"
Shivanasamudram, "Gagana Chukki"
Shivanasamudram, "Gagana Chukki"
Shivanasamudram, "Gagana Chukki"
Mountains
"Mountains on the way"
River Cauvery
River Cauvery
River Cauvery
River Cauvery
Shivanasamudram, "Bhara Chukki"
Shivanasamudram, "Bhara Chukki"
A cloud in the sky
A cloud in the sky
Shivanasamudram, "Bhara Chukki"
Shivanasamudram, "Bhara Chukki"
Shivanasamudram, "Bhara Chukki"
Shivanasamudram, "Bhara Chukki"
Mountains surrounding Bhara Chukki
Mountains surrounding Bhara Chukki
Mountains surrounding Bhara Chukki
Mountains surrounding Bhara Chukki
Shivanasamudram, "Bhara Chukki"
Shivanasamudram, "Bhara Chukki"
Talakad
"Talakad by late evening"
Talakad
"Talakad by late evening"
Talakad
"Coracles"
Talakad
Talakad by late evening, time to get back home

There are two roads that lead to Shivanasamudram, over 150 kms of bumpy and non-existing stretches through Kanakpura and a four-lane-well-tarred alternative route via Mysore. We covered both the routes; we reached through the Kanakpura road and returned through Mysore road.
So what’s Gagana Chukki and Bhara Chukki?
Well Cauvery splits here and creates Gagana Chukki and Bhara Chukki falls.
Talakad lies nearly 70 kms from Mysore and one would be really surprised to see seashore like sandy banks here.

Must Do's:
A short coracle trip on the river in Talakad!
A walk down the steep staircase made of rocks and a coracle ride is a must in Bhara Chukki!