Sridhar Kanakaraj

Joined May 2014
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    The ETTAnniversary

    May 3, 2015 in India

    It has been precise 1 Year after the first ETTA. Whoa, First Anniversary !

    For those wondering what is ETTA please read through this link and come back https://findpenguins.com/theetta/94554658/munnar

    An 'ETTA', on the 'First Anniversary of the ETTA' is the best way to celebrate.

    Going back to the last year, it was Mohan & Divya's anniversary to which I allied the ETTA.

    This year it is ETTA, Mohan's Anniversary and FiiG. Wait ! What is FiiG ?
    FiiG denotes "Families Together" ( F stands for Families, (ii) Stands for 2/to and G stands for Gether). FiiG is nothing but a family get-together of my college friends.

    I think this is more than enough for an introduction. Let me ignite the Etta Story
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    The ETTAquipments

    May 3, 2015 in India

    The new addition to the The ETTAquipments...

    The B-Grip Camera Belt Holder. So happy to have purchased this, it helped me a lot to carry the camera while climbing the rocks, while crossing the pond infront of the waterfall, while driving the car, while carrying Kavin and what not. The Camera always stayed on my hip and I was able to carryout many other activities. Such a valuable addition to the ETTAquipmentsRead more

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    The Etta

    May 3, 2015 in India

    ETTA @ Chikmagalur. This place has all the potential to impress the visitors provided the visit happens at the right time with right amount of Stamina. Highest peak, Wilderness, beautiful waterfalls and what not ? this place has got a right mix of tourists spots and travellers spots. So did this ETTA @ Chikmagalur happen with the perfect ingredients ? NO. We didn't get the 'Right Time' right. The time I visited this place, all I could remember is the Heat. At the foot hills or on a peak, couldn't feel the chillness that I felt when seeing the chikmagalur pictures in google search. That is what I meant a visit at right Time and April May is not the right time. And why do we need Right amount of Stamina ? Most of the beautiful places are not straight below your Car Door Sill. Either a rough terrain drive in a High GC vehicle and / or a long trek up and down the mountains is required to witness the hidden beauty of this place. If both the right time and right stamina comes together, with a proper planning, a visit to this place will ensure a long lasting memories. Just a zeal to explore the places wasn't enough. An Important and basic lesson learnt: before looking for a Stay, get to know about the weather pattern of the place.

    But all above doesn't mean, this ETTA was dry and full of displeasure. The Rain God had some mercy on us. I intentionally had to start this with a negative note; to bring the expectation level of the readers in to my hand, believing the previous ETTA Story has set a higher benchmark for this story. Similar to the previous ETTA, this ETTA too is comprised of same chapters except the uncertainty replaced by resumption and a detuned adventures chapter. Let me list them down. Resumption, Excitement, FUN, Misspend, Adventure and Yearning.
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    The Resumption Of ETTA

    May 3, 2015 in India

    Wednesday April 29 5:30PM, reached home from office. This time, I left the Car at service station the previous day to avoid last minute surprises. But still had some issues with the alignment but nothing to worry. So, for good, Uncertainty was missing. Packing and Loading the luggages happened as quick as possible. By 7:15 PMwe were out of the city. The Plan was to halt at bangalore in Mohan's house and start early at 6AM next day. I was driving faster to reach as early as possible so I can get some good sleep for the next day driving. But I was slowed down by heavy rain from krishnagiri. The Krishnagiri to Hosur streach was not rain friendly. Speeds above 60KMPH sounded suicidal. And the other thing that slowed us down was finding the route to mohan's house through the city. Finally all the fast driving till hosur made no sense. We reached mohan's house at 2AM. Got into a deep sleep immediately.Read more

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    ExcitemenTTA

    May 3, 2015 in India

    Apr 30. Unusually the Alarm at 5 AM sounded so sweet, I woke up with no hesitation. After collecting the packed breakfast from Divya's parents, 8 AM we started our journey in two cars. The destination being very new to both me and mohan, we got the route planned in Google maps in our androids. On the Tumkur highway we pulled over the cars for those awesome home made poories and side dishes. We once again checked maps for the route to not miss any diversion & resumed. Today my Car felt bit more heavier. Guess what ? the EXCITEMENT in us added to the weight of the Car. He He...Not minding the heaviness, I started driving faster so as to reach the resorts early, We crossed tumkur by a good distance, which means I missed the diversion and still driving on the 4 Lane highways. I was expecting the Maps to show a diversion in some distance, but nothing happened for the next 100 KMS. And here shows the map, we have to deviate left. We had a stop there and still didn't realize we are not moving in the best route to the destination. After another 20 - 30 KMS, The road started getting worse and that is when we realized we missed the best route. Still the map ensured, the way leads to the destination. Unfortunately we were driving through some of the remote villages in Karnataka and the roads were real painful. Not painful for us alone, but for my cat too. A Tractor Trailer hit the right side mirror of the car. Luckily only the outer cover was thrown away to some distance. Collected it back and a gentle push, the cover was back to its position. Thanks for the build quality, the mirror survived.Read more

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    ExcitemenTTA :

    May 3, 2015 in India

    Somehow reached the resort "The Last Resort" at 1 PM. Not bad though. 5 hrs of travel for ~300Kms on the worst roads of Karnataka. The resort was located in the foot hills of kemmangundi hills. Though I expected the resort to be located in the hills station amidst the wilderness, this wasn't any bad. The property was nicely planned and doesn't give a sense of being in the foot hills. Ample space for parking and for kids to play around. Atleast the resort didn't let us down. The rooms were not ready but the need of the hour, the lunch, was ready. Done with the lunch, the rooms weren't still ready and we were given a smaller rooms as temporary arrangement.Read more

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    ExcitemenTTA

    May 3, 2015 in India

    By the time they get the rooms ready, we decided to visit the Kalahati falls which was 7KM from the resort. The kids, after a tiring ride all the way, the waterfall plan energized them and they were hyped about a plunge. Getting to Kalahati falls was easy but the state of the waterfall was pathetic. A beaten up tourist spot, dirty all over and the water flowing down was brownish. I didn't even bother to switch on the camera. The kids were deceived since they couldn't have a dip.

    The evening was spent shifting the rooms, drinks beside the campfire, dinner and a drive to Kemmangundi hills in the night assuming it as a night safari. We badly needed good sleep.
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