Muthyala Maduvu (The Pearl Valley)
Trip Start Jul 20, 2008
1Trip End Jul 20, 2008
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Muthyala Maduvu (Pearl Valley), a popular picnic spot located around 45 kms from Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka state in India. Muthyalu means Pearls and Maduvu means Pond or Pool in Kannada, the local language of Karnataka State. It is a nice and calm picnic spot with a waterfall which is approximately 250-300 feet high. August to November (Rainy Season) is the right time to enjoy this pearl-fully beautiful place.
There are two routes to reach Pearl Valley -
1. Take Bannerghatta Road and reach Bannerghatta National Park. Continue beyond and reach Anekal. Take a right turn at Anekal and after about 15 minutes drive you will reach the spot. (Distance : 40 Kms)
2. Take Hosur Road, continue beyond Electronic City and reach Attibele. Take a right turn and reach Anekal. Again, take a right turn at Anekal and after about 15 minutes drive you will reach the spot. (Distance : 45 Kms)
We decided to take the second route as it is a highway with less traffic compared to the weekend traffic on Bannerghatta Road and take the first route while returning.
We got up early morning at around 5:00 am and were ready for the trip by 8:00 am. Packed some food for the outing as we did not expect to get much near the valley. We decided to reach there early to avoid noisy visitors and enjoy the serene nature. We started at 8:00 am in our Hyundai Santro car from Jagadish Nagar (1 km from the old Airport) where we stay. We took the old Airport Road and reached Inner Ring Road within 5 minutes (absolutely no traffic on this road as the Airport is shifted to Devanahalli 2 months back). It took us another 10 minutes to reach Hosur Road passing through Koramangala and to our surprise we found traffic on this road. Since we were new here in Bangalore we were not aware about the 9 km flyover under construction along Hosur Road leading to Electronic city. There were lot of small diversions from the main highway to service road and back. With all the obstacles we could still make the 25 odd kms within an hour and reached Attibele at 8:45 am (30 Kms from Bangalore). We missed the right turn here as there was heavy traffic but realized immediately and took a u-turn to take the road towards Anekal. The initial 5 kms on this stretch was bad. After that even though it was a single road, the journey was pleasant as the road was good and there was hardly any traffic.
After crossing Anekal, there was a village toll (Villagers collecting money on this road by creating a road block using a bamboo) collecting an amount of Rs.12. The width of the road reduced further as we went ahead but we enjoyed the drive as the road was newly laid. Finally, we reached Muthyala Maduvu at around 9:45 am.
We found two motorcycles parked in front of the only hotel available there. We were disappointed for not being the first visitors of the day but were pretty happy on the other hand to be the third. Once we got out of the car we could sense the cool chill in the air. We started the steep descend down the stairs. Took few snaps in between. We strained our ears to hear the sound of the waterfall but couldn't succeed. We reached the rocky bottom and saw a small stream of water flowing between the rocks. We went ahead and saw a pond with lot of rocks in between against the backdrop of a steep rocky hill. A small stream of water was falling in the pond. We were pretty disappointed by the sight as the water was not falling onto the rocks below and missed the opportunity of seeing the pearls created by the fall. We stayed there for sometime taking snaps.
Overlooking these falls is a small shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, adding a religious touch to the place. As there was nothing else to see we started our climb back to the top. It was 10:45 am and saw many visitors coming down by then.
We took snacks in the car and started our journey back. Even though we had planned to take Bannerghatta road, we missed the turn and took the same route.
On the way we saw a Meditation center and stopped there for some time to explore. It was a beautiful structure with a big hall on first floor where many people were attending a function. There was a meditation hall in the basement which was circular in shape. It was cool and calm just suitable for people who like meditation. We stayed there for some 15 minutes and started back.
We reached Bangalore by 1:00 pm. As we still had half day left we went to a Mall at Koramangala, had our lunch and spent the rest of the day there.