Panorama Shots – How much I love them and this place is ideal for such shots Pano @ Kudremuck National Park Pano @ Lakya Dam --- Double Post Merged, Mar 11, 2015 --- We spent some time near Lakhya Dam. It started raining there as can be seen from the pics. The place was pretty serene but we could spend much time there as the rain started getting heavier. Papa and Beti Bonding --- Double Post Merged, Mar 11, 2015 --- Next we went to Hanuman Gundi falls. Pretty beautiful location and nice waterfall. But one has to take pretty steep stairs down to be at the location. It would be like 30 meters down from the road. There is an entry fee of Rs. 30 for adults. The climb down is pretty steep, elderly and ones with joint pains should avoid. The water is pretty voluminous after monsoon and one can go still further down and have a nice bath. But the rocks are pretty slippery and once have to be careful as one wrong step can lead to life threatening injuries. Few click @ Hanuman Gundi Falls Just before we started to return it started raining heavily and we had a hard time climbing back. It became wet and slippery everywhere. We had to carry our daughter along with umbrellas and I have to admit the climb up was very frightening. Climbing alone itself was difficult and we took turns to carry our daughter along. Then there is the fear of leeches and such climate is perfect for these small blood suckers. Fortunately for us we never had any issue throughout our trip, maybe we were ultra careful. Steep steps @ Hanuman Gundi Kadambi Falls – There were many such small falls all along the way. --- Double Post Merged, Mar 11, 2015 --- There is a beautiful Ganesh temple in the midst of a tea garden. We stopped by for a few clicks and had hot bhajjis and tea there. Few clicks of tea estates and the surrounding environs The light was fading slowly and it added to the beauty Finally some color other than green ... Phew! Mist , Fog and Visbility --- Double Post Merged, Mar 11, 2015 --- There was still light on the horizon after we came out of Kudremukh. We headed towards Annapoorneshwari Temple in Horanadu as planned. Very beautiful and clean temple and well maintained I must say. Most temples in South India are very clean and well maintained and this one was no exception. --- Double Post Merged, Mar 11, 2015 --- The above pic is of Annapoorneshwari Temple in Horanadu. It was almost dark whne we reached there so could not take any more photos. With camera not allowed inside smart phone cameras were carp in dark. Even the above pic is taken with Samsung S3. --- Double Post Merged, Mar 11, 2015 --- It was an awesome day and the scenic beauty of the place impressed us so much that we decided to drive through Kudremukh once more next day. It kept raining on and off through the day making the drive through the Western Ghats very dreamy. I had seen a lot of pictures on net and the scenery mostly matched. We were pretty confused before we had decided the place that we would be going to Kudremuk for this particular trip. No regrets what so ever. One of the best trips we could have had. The trip bought forward all the strengths of Fiat and made the drive all more engaging and the virgin beauty of the Western Ghats just after the monsoon was nothing short of mesmerizing. We had the option of covering Chikmaglur or go to Sringeri next day after the drive through the national park. The distance to Chikmaglur was more and I didn’t want to risk driving late in night again on the ghat roads. So it was decided that next day we would cover Sringeri and Agumbe Sunset Point. We were back to our hotel by 7:30 PM. Had our dinner and retired happily for the day unaware of what lay in store for us the next day.