Saturday, May 28, 2011
Semblance of scenic beauty....
There might not a person who has never enjoyed the majesty and magnificence of waterfalls in this summer season. Waterfalls lend a serene touch to those witnessing them, making them spellbound and completely mesmerized. The water trickling down the hills refreshes both the mind and the body considerably.
This is one of the beautiful waterfalls in the Western Ghats region and it’s very nice in the rainy and non-rainy seasons with lot of different aspects and also one of my favorite waterfalls usually I pursuits to visit in my free time. This month 8th a fine Sunday nippy morning we had no other option to go so once again we chose to visit OnakeAbbi Waterfalls.
After a one hour bike ride we parked our bike in a safe place and prayed to God Ganapathi in nearby temple for our safe journey. After getting a divine feelings and ideas in our hearts we turned to walk the following paved path inside the Jungle. The route takes us through unrivalled scenic beauty, thickly forested green so this is one of the beautiful affluent forest regions in the Western Ghats.
Within about an hour upside walking inside the thick jungle land we reached the bank of one of the small crystal clear stream and were able to sight the long distance view of the waterfalls from the downstream side. Cascade of waterfalls have a smaller volume of water, falls from a height of almost 500 feet.
They descend a series of 2 rock steps. Here water spills over the edge of a very wide rocky surface, this waterfall is covered by rocks on both the sides because of this it named as OnakeAbbi it mean In Kannada language as, Onake means a pounding stick which is used to pound grains in villages.
Final walk through stream between small and big rocks was impressive as we reached the immediate bottom of the falls the waterfall seems which falling from the sky height into the beautiful natural pond. The cool and pleasant atmosphere of the place gave a sweltering heat of the summer a miss. The surrounding areas were full of forests with rocks cover which leads into a deep natural reservoir.
We took bath for a long time in the pond and did lot of harmless adventure activities till the evening and had returned back home mesmerizing with the sweet and cool memories. Recent Naxalite activities have been observed in this area and were a threat for nature lovers.