That’s how “Biligiri Rangana Betta” or “B. R. Hill” has been a victim of sound corruption!!

Last month when my friend Chetan called and said “Shall we go to beeyaarils?” (To be honest, I did not believe that there will ever be a trip. And why would I…..?! I mean…. If the question is being asked for the third time in six months… who would?!) I said “Arrange… I’ll come” and kept quiet as usual.

Chetan didn’t keep quiet!!

In the next few days, along with Vinod he made numerous phone calls, enquired in many places about too many things, prepared a rough sketch of the trip and called me to say something I couldn’t believe. “Dude… We are going to Beeyaarils next Saturday and Sunday!!”

I was surprised as if I saw an elephant fly or Mobin swim or Dhoni score runs!!

But on that Saturday morning when we got into the Traveller (the vehicle) struggling to keep our eyes open due to last night’s lack of sleep, I believed completely… “YES!!! We are going to Beeyaarils, B R Hills or someplace… at last!!”

By the time our Traveller with people enough for a cricket team stood before Gaganachukki, everyone was sure of one thing “None of us has had breakfast and everyone is hungry!” (Oh!! Actually those are two things!!)

“First let’s watch this, and then we shall have our breakfast” said Vinod and everyone agreed.

Gaganachukki Waterfalls

After Gaganachukki we visited Mudukutore Temple which was a beautiful place. But unfortunately we did not find prasada(things, mostly edible, which are offered to god first and then distributed to the devotees) at the temple due to which we cursed Vinod till we reached Talakaadu.

By the time we reached Talakaadu, our hunger had reached its peak and visiting the temple without having our breakfast looked like the biggest mistake!

Though we had our breakfast, we had to spend all our energy and interest in tackling FIVE guides even before we reached the first temple! So we agreed to pay the sixth fellow (who claimed to be a guide) a hundred bucks and opened our ears (most of our guys shut their minds though!!) for his stories and photography tips!!

By the time we finished visiting all the temples, we had posed for a few of his innovative (he said it in Kannada, which roughly translates to) “zoom in, long shot” pictures! And then we went for a swim in Kaveri river…


Kaveri River

The time was a few minutes past three when we reached Yalandooru after a tiring session of swimming. This time we did not wait for Vinod’s advice and went to a “naat good, naat bad” eat out suggested by a local pharmacist.

After our lunch we formed groups and went shopping in Yalandooru bars. After our “shopping” we got into our Trasveler only to get down at a place on the way up the hill where the neighbouring hills gave a very beautiful view! We enjoyed the view and thought of photographing. Our thoughts were cut short by the sound of a Jeep followed by one of us saying “Guys! We are not supposed to get down here!!”. We rushed into our vehicle and reached the place where we had booked rooms and rested for a while.

At night ……………………………………………..30……………………………………………………..90……………………………………water…………………………………..pepsi………………………………. we slept after dinner.

We woke up in the morning to see a few guys missing but that did not bother us much as it was our Photographers’ Team lead by DJ. So we freshened ourselves up, checked out of the Tourist’s Bungalow, had breakfast at “Giridarshini”, all got into the vehicle, reached the hill top, witnessed a wedding at the temple, and forgot ourselves looking at the beauty of the landscape behind the temple (but did not forget to pose for the pictures!!!).

On top of Biligiri Rangana Betta

It was afternoon by the time we finished visiting a few other places after the temple. The places like Soligas’ houses, their school, hospital, the stall where a few of us bought honey and pickles. We then went to Giridarshini for Lunch.

After lunch we visited a a calm and quiet Ashrama. The place was so quiet, even someone who has a loud speaker kind of voice like me was whispering!! After we moved out of that place, we got into our traveller and it started descending downhill showing us Elephants, Deers and Vinod’s school.

And then my mind started making a list of things I observed during this trip.

1. One needs to pay Gram Panchayat to go to view Gaganachukki Waterfalls.

2. There are no good restaurants/eat outs at Talakaadu. There are a few bearable bakeries! But there are a little too many aged beggars!!

3. It’s prohibited to stop or get off the vehicle while on the way to or from the hill. (a measure taken to prevent damages to wild animals from humans and vice versa)

4. It’s good to book rooms in advance.

5. It’s wise to buy things before you reach the BR Hill. Once you reach there, you need to shell out 120 bucks for a kg of chicken (the bird not meat!), and another 150 bucks a kg if they prepare something!!

6. B R Hill is a beautiful place. It’s heavenly in the mornings and evenings!!

Along with all these I must say, I liked a few more things in this trip….

Chetan‘s organizing skills, Vinod‘s contacts, Mobin‘s guts to walk in the neck deep water despite unknown to swimming, The ‘cigarette’ friendship between Venky and Bhatta which grew stronger every minute even on the first meet, Manju‘s Video Commentary, Nidhi‘s enthusiasm in spite of ill health, Suhas‘ GPS which was a guiding light even in daylight!, Pruthvi‘s inventory of jokes which never runs out of stock and ever improving camera expertise of DJ

Man… The trip was awesome!!