The whole purpose of this trip was to see the Jog in all its might..!! And this could happen in no better time than the monsoons..
So mom, bro and I boarded a KSRTC on Saturday night such that we could reach Shimoga by 6.00.a.m. From there a jeep’s ride was awaiting us to reach Sagar town.
Firstly, we wanted take a chance to go check out the Hydroelectric project , take a cable car ride down the hill which unfortunately we couldn’t do as we were stopped due to security reasons.
Nevertheless, the view of the Linganamakki dam and the scenery around almost evened up for the miss.
And then.. Six kilometers uphill- we reached the place which was the sole motive of our trip. “The Jog”..!!
But, when we reached there, it was something that caused total dismay..!!! The clouds paired up with thick mist had enshrouded the waterfalls completely.. And were all just blanked out..(literally..!!) there was absolutely nothing infront of us except the mist mist mist and more mist.. To top it all, it was raining cats and dogs..
We turned our backs and decided to walk towards the jeep with a heavy heart .. As we did, I just happened to turn towards the falls to check on our luck.. And yes…. we were LUCKY..!! The mist was slowly clearing out.. And we could faintly spot the Sharavathi streaming down in full action..
2 minutes up and the view was all clear: The Mighty King (Raaja), the Graceful Queen (Rani), the Thunderous Roarer and the Storming Rocket – YES… We did it..!! We felt a great sense of achievement very contrary to what we felt a minute ago..
While we got some nice clicks, the mist enclothed the falls again.. and we waited for it to clear out to capture a few more photos because this time we knew that the action was repetitive..
After a while we walked around to get different views of the falls- we went to the top, almost till the bottom area, sides… and so on.. It was a difficult task considering the heavy rains and the slippery path-thanks to the moss and algae; But totally worth the risk 🙂
By late afternoon, we visited a nearby zoo and also went on a lion and tiger safari.. Not a typical safari in the wild.. It is more like a fenced enclosure.. Also we spotted deers, sambars and peacocks..
And it was all the time we had with us. We had almost reached the end of a funday-Sunday..
We boarded the bus back to Bangalore at night and we had to gear up for the crazy week that was awaiting us..