This trip or rather can be called as a drive was entirely planned to celebrate the happiness of buying a new car by my friend Manja. A long awaited dream of him owning car had come true a couple of months back and all he wanted was a good long drive with us. It was a month of August when we planned to go for our favorite route Bangalore to Sulthan Bathery via Bandipur. We had traversed in this route for three times already, twice on motorbike and were in love with the lush green canopy of trees on both the side of roads in the stretch of Bandipur to Sulthan Bathery and back to Karnataka.
So without much to worry about luggage (As all we needed was a pair of shorts and t shirts) and money (as it was Manja’s party), me and Santu were set for a long drive. On a Saturday morning we left Bangalore by 10.30 a.m. and finished some work in Ramanagara by 3.00 p.m. and set ourselves into the complete trip mood. So the main aim being spending time in the gates of Bandipur National reserve entrance for the whole night we had to plan some other place which would fit in the time to be passed. The next thing we did was to buy beer for us as it was too hot on the road and we had to drink something which can be only drunk outside the home, no reasons all we were in need was a beer. Now we decided to head to our first destination of the drive, The Balmuri water falls which can be visited on the Bangalore – Mysore highway.
This is a man made waterfall as there is a check dam along the river Cauvery here to check the level of the river and when the water overflows, it creates a long and lovely cascade and a beautiful view to watch for. The waterfall derives its name from the right turn that the river takes near this site. In Kannada ‘Bala’ means right and ‘Muri’ means turn, hence the name Balamuri or Balmuri. The waterfall was packed with people as it was a weekend and also in August the water here flows calmly and is very apt for the people to get into water and swim or play. We could see so many tourists with their family from all the age groups playing here. By 4.30 we reached the waterfall and played in water for almost one and a half hour and came back to our car by 6.30 p.m. Had few Bhajjis and tea in a nearby shop and were waiting for the crowd to lessen as it was overcrowded with vehicles also.