Jo always wanted to pay a visit to Kushalnagar, Bylakuppe and surroundings and I always wanted to drive down that side, but thanks to our sheer laziness or something always coming up, Madikeri – Kushalnagar trip always remained a pipe dream.
Day 2 continues..
So, for Day 2 we had originally planned like so: Nisargadhama – Mysore – Chamundi Temple – Bangalore. However, since we couldn’t visit the Monasteries on day one, we decided to visit Monasteries on day 2 and skip Mysore/Chamundi since it’d have been way too late by the time we reached home.
Having had breakfast, we went walking around the property. Jo spotted a swing and couldn’t help sitting on it..
Also noticed an AntHill around.
We checked out from Palm Era resorts and headed towards Nisargadhama. Nisardhama was barely 2 kilometers away, so wasn’t long before we reached. There was a fair bit of crowd but nothing that you’d feel uncomfortable with.
When you reach the place, a very nice suspension bridge with the sanctuary board welcomes you. From the bridge, you can see river Kaveri flowing. There’s boating here and you can hear the crew whistling regularly to warn people from not go away too far off.
Once the euphoria of seeing the suspension bridge and the river is over, you see Nisargadhama for what it is – a huge, barren island which hasn’t been maintained really that well(except for being sorta clean). There are treehouses, the trees have paintings of various animals on them(which is pretty neat) but really, there isn’t much that can be done. Sure, there’s an elephant ride but that didn’t start till 11, so we didn’t get to try that.
We headed on to the Deer park but that was in absolute shambles. There was literally no green cover, the ground was really dry, the trees were chopped and charred, there was one tiny shed for the Deer to take shelter and to make matters worse people were mocking and teasing deer without care or bother.
As there wasn’t much to do, we decided to head on and exit Nisargadhama – that’s when we spotted the zipline board. After couple of no, maybe, no, I convinced Jo to take the zipline.. and that probably was the best part of the park.
From here, we headed towards Bylakuppe which houses the Tibetian settlement and the monastaries. I wasn’t sure what to expect(especially coming from my Leh trip and all the wonderful monasteries) but considering how close this is to Bangalore/Mysore and how famed it was, did expect a fair bit of crowd and parked my car a bit away.
And true to my expectation, the place was packed. Unfortunately, it was packed way more than expected and resembled more of a market than a monastery.
The main monastery was also pretty crowded and all signs requesting silence to be kept were gleefully ignored.
The temple, however instills a sense of peace and quiet you don’t see elsewhere. The insides have some incredible paintings, depicting Gods, Demons, lifecycles around Buddhism. If you’ve been to Leh, you can related to these paintings especially if you’ve been told the story around the paintings or explained them
With people getting too loud in the temple, we moved out and started walking around the monastery, where we found another smaller temple with much lesser people around
Sat here for a while, soaked in the peace. With the trip ending, we started to head back toward Bangalore and reached by evening.