Oct 17, 2008

Chikkasiddarabetta



Satish, Anil and me came here some time 2003. We left Bangalore early morning by Satish's Santro, took NH4 towards Tumkur, stopped for idlis at one of the road-side restaurents and parked the car in one of the petrol bunks. We crossed the railway tracks and walked to the hill. Took few pictures of a tree with thick-petalled red flowers.


We talked about college days; adventures, mad driving, friends... As we climbed the hill we spoke more about the hill. What it was like some years ago. There's a small fort wall on the top. The path to the top was littered with discarded plastic bags and chicken feather. There's a tomb of a saint close to the summit. People of a particular community visit to pay respect and pray. These piligrims cook there.





It was not possible for us to reach the summit since we had to do circus... I mean climb steep faced rocks. This hill seemed to be a kind of a watch tower for Paleger soldiers. There's two a small stone structures; one within the huge rocks and another one built on one of the edges. The fall is a couple of hundred feet deep.





That's Anil kneeling a feet away from the edge and acting as though he's falling. Satish was screaming at both of us.

Check out this natural Bonsai on one of the structures.



Standing on the edge was fun!

We saw a passenger train pass by on the railway line and traffic was busy on NH4 which runs paralell to the railway line.



The entire area is full of rock covered hills. We could capture a hazy shot of Shivagange which is close to this hill.



We explored the top and found that lot of rocls had a peculiar shape on the bottom side. We wondered if it was the effect of the wind... Later, during my visit to Thenginkalbetta I learnt that this is the effect of soldiers rubbing their swords on the rock to sharpen them.



The sun was up getting warm. As we explored, we stood at an edge and could see the shadows formed on a rock below. It was fun to shoot it. The three of us in shadow...


and in real...


It was a nice little trip to mark our other trips and wild adventures.

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2 comments:

Guru said...

Hi, where exactly is this place?
i've never heard of this place. can you give me some info.. will b very helpful.

--Guru

siddeshwar said...

Hello Guru,

It's easy to locate. Going towards Tumkur, just after Dobbasept, right opposite Kamat ___. You cannot really miss the hill.