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Moonbow at Unchalli Waterfalls, Sirsi

Unchalli waterfalls, Siddapura Uttara Kannada
Unchalli Waterfalls
Sometime back,  having read about the phenomenon of a Moonbow or Lunar Rainbow occurring at a few waterfalls around the world, we wondered if we would ever get an opportunity to witness this rare phenomenon. The chances seemed were very minimal or nil, owing to the locations of its occurrence previously. The formation of Moonbow has been documented in 5 locations of waterfalls throughout the world so far, though there could be many such places where the Moonbow would form. One and only such place documented in Asia is our favorite waterfalls of Unchalli. We have the privilege of visiting Unchalli quite often, as Sirsi is always on our annual pilgrimage tour. This year however, we were unable to visit Sirsi earlier due to various reasons. Somehow, we got a chance for a quick visit to this place during the last weekend. As we wanted to visit Unchalli falls in the evening, we had to meet a few locals whom we knew from our previous visits and seek help to get the required permission.
Moonbow Unchalli Waterfalls
Note the Faint Moon Bow
Moonbow Unchalli Waterfalls
Chandra Dhanasu, Unchalli Falls
A Moonbow or Lunar Rainbow is a celestial phenomenon similar to the  usual rainbow, but formed only during moonlight. They are very rare in occurrence and invisible to the naked eye. Moonbows are very faint and believed to occur during a full-moon or bright-moon night. Though capturing them in the right angle is very difficult, there are a few who have been chasing Moonbows at Unchalli since a few years and have succeeded in documenting them only last year. As Unchalli waterfalls comes under the area of reserved forest, there are restrictions of movement during the night times and a strict ban is imposed on camping here. The locals were quite helpful in getting us the necessary permissions from the forest department for a late evening visit.
Moon Over unchalli Falls
Moon Over Unchalli Falls
I, along with my friends reached the house of the local friend around 6.45 pm that evening. Taking a moment to refresh, we quickly started our walk towards the view point of the waterfalls. Though that night was a half-moon night or Ashtami Chandra, the falls was clearly visible and we were enjoying our moonlit descent towards the view point. We made sure to be well equipped with torches to help us descend. The view from the watch tower was just splendid! The scene is indescribable in words or sentences! It  would easily convert any normal man into a poet. But I instead chose to photograph this spectacular scene, which was quite difficult due to the dim light. After a lot of trials, I  managed to get a couple of decent shots of the waterfall. While I zoomed in to take a look at the picture, I was shell shocked to see that we had additionally captured a Moonbow! A quite faint rainbow it is, but is yet so exciting to realize that very few people in Asia have ever been able to witness and capture it. Thoroughly and unbelievably excited I was! Holding the same excitement on reaching home and transferring the pictures to my system, I had a closer look just to reassure it was a Moonbow. I was happy that we were able to capture it on camera. Thus making Unchalli closer and dearer to us. Don't miss to stop by a short video tour on Unchalli waterfalls.
Trek at Unchalli Waterfalls ,Sirsi, Uttara Kannada
Descent to the Falls
Waterfalls of Karnataka
Unchalli Waterfalls

Our humble request to all is 'Please take prior permission from the concerned authorities before heading into the forest area during nights as it comes under reserve forest area'. Also, entry to the falls is prohibited after 6 pm. Remember not to litter the place and leave it as it is for others and future generations to enjoy. 
You can also read one of our experiences at this waterfalls here.

1. Times of India
2. Landscape Wizards 
3. Time and Date 
4. Wikipedia

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Good Bye -2015

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day."-Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Wishing all a very Happy New Year - 2016. Have a great, fun-filled and an adventurous year ahead!

Bandallidurga Trek
Ride atop Nandi Hills
Cycling around Sharavathi River Valley (Photo credit: Prashanth M)
Drive through Bisle Ghat
Walkway leading towards Bisle View-Point
Twin Hills of Chandragiri and Vindhyagiri at Shravanabelagola
Betteshwara Temple at Agrahara Belaguli, Hassan
Lakshminarasimha Temple at Javagal, Hassan
Chennakeshava Temple at Ambale, Chikmagalur
Asokan Rock-Edicts at Gavimatha, Koppal
Mahadeva Temple at Itagi, Koppal
Age no bar for travel-An inspiring young lady from Bengaluru at Itagi Temple
Venkatappa Baavi (Well) at Kanakagiri, Koppal
  Cave Temple at Amminabhavi, Dharwad 
The Fortress of Chitradurga  
The Mighty Gol-Gumbaz, Bijapur
World's Heaviest Medieval Cannon (weighing 56 tons)  at Bijapur, 'Malik-E-Maidan'

Apsarakonda Falls and Caves

 Nestled on the edge of a hill and lined by a beautiful beach, this serene waterfall lies hidden amidst thick vegetation in Honnavar taluk of Uttara Kannada district. As we had halted in Honnavar one night, we decided to visit Apsarakonda the next morning. We left early in the morning thinking that the place may get crowded with people and also since early mornings are a good time to sight birds. 'Apsarakonda' means 'Pond of an Angel'.
Ready To Fall
After parking our vehicle, we walked up to reach the park entrance. There were no directions to the waterfall anywhere initially at the park and also since there was nobody to give us any information, we just walked ahead hoping to sight a sign board somewhere along. There were steps that lead us to a beautifully developed park though there were no signs of any waterfall yet. Luckily, the birds at the park kept us busy for quite sometime as the day started to get warmer.  Finding a way out of the park, we reached a point from where there was a way down and another way up! While my partner chose to rest at that point, I decided to go down and check the way out. A few minutes down, I reached a temple from where I could also hear the sound of the waterfall. Excited! I was. Walking a little further , I saw a few steps that led to the waterfall. Quickly backtracking,  I called for my partner who joined me mid-way and both of us reached the waterfall. Equally amazed on seeing such a beauty, we eagerly jumped into the waters and enjoyed the touch of those waters. It was calm and cool with just the nature and us. 
Seat Decorated With Sea Shells 
Steps To Bliss
Pond of  An Angel
Apsarakonda Falls
Hereon, we went on to explore the Pandava caves. We found two such caves, small in size, and guessed there would be many more.
Pandava Caves
Apsarakonda Beach
Paddy Fields
Monsoon Blossom 

Break Fast Time

Dandeli- Resting in the Lap of Nature

  At last, it was the turn of our much awaited trip to Dandeli. Dandeli is a town located in the Uttara Kannada district and is a part of the Western Ghats, which is one of the bio-diversity hotspots in the world. Dandeli is home to some of the finest forests and rarest species of flora and fauna. Dandeli's major tourism activities include the very popular water sports of white water rafting in the Kali rapids, Kayaking, Coracle Ride, Rappelling, Jacuzzi Bath, Angling, Nature Walks, Trekking, Jungle Safari, and Bird Watching. Dandeli proves to be one of the best getaways for nature lovers and adventurers.
The Sun Rise
Road to Destiny

  Our journey started  as we watched a  few playful river terns by a lake near Haliyal, thus guaranteeing a great bird watching ahead.  The list of birds sighted only grew with our journey. Due to lack of time, we chose bird-watching over white water rafting and enjoyed the hours we walked through the jungle and spotted birds.  My wife was doubly excited as we went on to spot the Thrush and Hornbill with the help of our guide and a great bird spotter, Hanumanthu.
Playful River Tern
Indian Magpie Robin

Brown Capped Pygmy Woodpecker
Black Lored Tit
Dense Forest

   The list of birds sighted is as follows- Scarlet Minivet (pair), White Throated Thrush, Greater Racket Tailed Drongo, Common Iora, Marshall's Iora, Greater Flame Back, Common Flame Back, Wood Swallow, Crested Serpent Eagle, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Blue Winged Leafbird, Golden Fronted Leafbird, White Rumped Shama, Great Tit, Black Lored Tit, Barn Swallow, Ashy Drongo, Black Drongo, White Throated Fan Tail, Brown Capped Pygmy Woodpecker, Streak Throated Woodpecker, Hill Myna, Sun Bird, Magpie Robin, Fly Catcher.
Malabar Pied Hornbill
Camouflaged Gecko

 Our trip was arranged by is a first official travel website on Dandeli, launched to help travelers visiting Dandeli. In response to the incoming requests and inquiries about Dandeli, and with increasing popularity of the website, a thought of starting a resort arose and the result was, Dandeli Jungle Camp. DJC is located at Pradhani, a village situated on the Dandeli-Karwar Road and is professionally and jointly run by Mr.Sanjay and Mr.Ramnath.  DJC being nestled in deep wooded surroundings overshadows the feeling of being in a resort. The resort being so close to nature, has been designed with the sole purpose of providing the best facilities at affordable prices, without stealing away from mother nature. For further details, contact Ramnath-9900547763, Sanjay-9448797270 or e-mail at:

Tents pitched in the Resort
   The staff at the resort are most hospitable, humble and helpful. Accommodation is comfortable with the basic facilities being made available. The food was simple and tasty. The place is quite rustic and is perfect for people who wish to be with nature. Overall, our stay was pleasant and we surely wish to visit Dandeli again and again! Our first time experience at Dandeli will always remain close to our hearts and by far is the most enjoyed bird watching trips ever.
Malabar Giant Squirrel
 Why Dandeli : Dandeli is amongst the most densest of  forests in India with a thick canopy of evergreen trees, making it difficult for light to pass through. River Kali, the life line of Dandeli provides ample opportunities for water adventure sports and  is internationally acclaimed for White Water Rafting. Dandeli is one of the very few places in India where black panthers roam and are sighted regularly. The bird life here is so diverse that we were spellbound at the varieties of birds we spotted in just a few hours. During our visit, we met two bird- watchers from Maharashtra who also acknowledged the same. Dandeli Jungle camp, located amidst the forests gives one an opportunity to explore nature closely. Places worth exploring around Dandeli  include Syntheri Rocks, Kavala Caves, Ulavi caves, Supa Backwaters, and Ganesh Gudi.
Indian Wild Bison
Syntheri Rocks
Ulavi Caves

  Heartfelt thanks to Rajesh, Sanjay, Ramnath, Dharmesh, Hanumanthu, Mahesh and all involved in making our trip memorable.Though this was our first visit to Dandeli, our enchanting experiences here crossed the limit of our expectations by a great margin. It was quite thrilling and much refreshing.We'd like to believe there are many places in Dandeli that are waiting to be explored. Dandeli promises much more than just the water sports and adventure activities. It is a treasure trove of nature with its rich diversity of flora and fauna.
Panoramic View of Supa Backwaters
Suggested Readings:
1 Huchchara Santhe
2 A Wandering Mind
3 Travel with Neelima
4 Be on the road with Sankara