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Muppane

Ayushee Chaudhary
Imagine a cozy house deep inside the forest, literally somewhere in the middle of nowhere with green all around and water, water everywhere. The main house door that opens to a staircase that leads directly into water spread till where your sight goes. Reminded of The Lakehouse from the 2006 movie? Well, luckily Bengaluru residents have a chance to have their own lakehouse experience and turn this imagination to reality. The house might not be as beautiful but the surrounding is totally to eat one's heart out.Karnataka's version of The Lakehouse
Ayushee Chaudhary
Our day two was supposed to end in Muppane, the nature camp at Sharavathi backwaters, at a distance of 200 odd kilometers from Chikmagalur. This place can easily make up to being the hidden treasure of this state. It will take you closer to nature, allow you to snuggle the silence, and give you feels of being deep in the woods and stranded on an island at the same time. While there is now a nature camp available to book, we went through a connection in the forest department as the forest rest house and tents are maintained by the Wildlife Division of the Karnataka Forest Service. The little house we stayed in was right at the end of the forest, too deep to make you doubt it's existence. We reached extremely late at night ending our scary adventure and woke up to one of the most beautiful views ever. The house door is followed by the stairs that lead straight to the lake and you are right in the middle of trees and water.
Anusha Nakshathra
Another hour of driving and we were deep inside the forest with no signal on any of our phones - not even BSNL. There was a lone building in the middle of a small clearing between the trees and two locals came out to greet us. Expecting a tent of some sort, I looked around for the sound of the waterfall at least and I couldn't hear a thing. I asked them, "When are we going to Jog Falls?" He said, "Um, that can be arranged."Confused, I assumed he meant that they would take us later and let it go. We carried our bags and they walked us past an amazing sight.