Thursday, January 14, 2010

A journey through Western Ghats

Yeshwantpur Mangalore Express(Train No.6515) left Bangalore at 7 30 in the morning. Train from Bangalore which runs at night stops at intermediate stations for few minutes. But the day train to Mangalore stops at the stations for some more time. But then if you have a good company, its a good time pass. Also, for me, the main purpose of this journey on a day train was to enjoy the panoramic views of Western Ghats.Flowing river in MalnadBangalore-Mangalore night train(Train No.6517) reaches Mangalore via Mysore-Hassan. But the day train goes via Tumkur-Hassan route. Stations you will find in this route are Tumkur, Tiptur, Arasikere, Hassan, Sakaleshpur, Subrahmanya, Puttur and Bantwal. Train reached Hassan station at about 12 15 in the afternoon. Then we head towards Sakaleshpur. Yes, the same Sakaleshpur, which was immortalized in the film Mungaaru Male. If you had watched Mungaaru Male, then you would certainly remember the scene, in which our hero Ganesh rescues Devdas, the rabbit from a fast approaching train. This scene was shot here in Sakaleshpur railway station.Sakaleshpur Railway Station Mungaaru Male Spot
Sakaleshpur Railwya Station : This is where Ganesh rescued Devdas in Mungaaru Male
Next three 3 hours starting from Sakaleshpur to Subrahmanya was a enjoyable journey. Greenary all around you is a treat to watch. You will be watching pictureseque green paddy fields of Malnad and Areca nut palms all over.Wester Ghats Greenery All OverSoon the train enters the enchanting Western Ghats. When train passes through the ghats, it passes through 57 tunnels. Total length of these tunnels is 10.98 kms and the longest among these is of length 578 meters.Train on bridgeOn the way, you will find numerous streams, bridges which are at such a height, you say wow!, and tunnels carved out of rocks. When train enters the tunnel, passengers happily shout and you may want to wistle out loudly. Bridge and then a tunnel - this combination repeats several times during the journey. Misty Western Ghats Further, the misty mountains, sparkling water bodies flowing from the hills are absolute treat to the eyes. Sometimes, landslides in this train route causes the train service to be suspended for some time. To avoid this, effort is on to build stone barricades, which will prevent the landslides affecting the rails.Train Entering A TunnelIf you have not travelled in this route, catch this train. You will be in for a thrilling and enjoyable journey.Misty Train Route
Barricades To Avoid Landslides
Stone barricades to prevent landslides

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