Monday, April 20, 2009

By Train to Mangalore

From Bangalore by train to Mangalore is at a distance of approximately 350kms.

The train route is a very scenic one. For the nature lovers it offers a 55km stretch of Western Ghats on one side and valley on the another side. The train passes over 90 major bridges and through 57 tunnels. Ironically the train starts from Bangalore around 7:45 p.m and one will not witness much of this beauty.

But still I could get glimpse of what I had missed on this scenic route.

As Mangalore station was approaching, I could see large number of white spots on a big tree. But as the train approached closer, I could make out that they were white cranes that are sitting on the trees.

It would have been great if the train had operated in the day time so we could enjoy the beauty of nature.

54 comments:

joo said...

The cranes are stunning!!!Wish I could be there. Really nice post.

Sylvia K said...

What marvelous shots! Really lovely!

Zen said...

What a great pictures bro...

SloganMurugan said...

I would love to take this train. Hopefully soon :)

sandeep said...

isnt this going through sakleshpur - donigal - yedakumeri - siribagilu - subramanya road? i guess, the best way to check out this place is via a trek from donigal to subramanya road (or to yedakumeri for a shorter version). i too want to take a train ride along this route sometime :)

Natural Moments said...

What wonderful countryside. I love taking the trains. Seeing all of those cranes is fascinating. They are like ornaments adorning the forest trees.

Reader Wil said...

The country is impressive and beautiful in its austerity. Thanks for sharing.Thanks also for your visit and have a great week!

Rajesh said...

Joo, Sylvia, Zen,
Thanks a lot.

Murugan,
Hope to see more snaps from you on this train.

Sandeep,
This is a beautiful place to trekking.

Natural Moments, Reader Wil,
countryside is beautiful as they are still untampered by the modernization.

Thanks to all.

RAJI MUTHUKRISHNAN said...

Fantastic pictures. Who could have imagined that the cranes could look so stunning against the trees.

George said...

I've never seen so many cranes in one place. You got a great capture. The train ride sounds like it would be a wonderful experience, but like you I would like it to be a daylight ride.
Thank you for visiting my site.

alicesg said...

Lovely photos. Love the scenery and the view of the many birds in the trees are fantastic.

Indrani said...

I had traveled by car, and was concentrating more on the bad road. I should take a train next. :)
Lovely shots!

Sujata said...

Nice post. I agree with you these long journeys should be in the daytime so that we can enjoy the view.

indicaspecies said...

I've travelled Bangalore-Mangalore by bus, both night and day times, and for the scenic beauty, prefer the day journey. It's so green in the monsoons, and so soothing to the eyes!

alok said...

That route is indeed terrific and I had a chance to travel in the first Mangalore Bangalore express train (via Mysore) after almost 11 years. And I so wish for the same ..."It would have been great if the train had operated in the day time so we could enjoy the beauty of nature.". I hope the purposed express train (via Arsikere) will allow the glimpse of Western Ghats in the daytime.

BTW, thanks for dropping by my blog.

SandyCarlson said...

What a gorgeous landscape.

Gauri Gharpure said...

beautiful photos.. this reminds me of the train journey to Goa.. the route is extremely scenic too..

Rajesh said...

Raji, George, Alicesg,
From far I never realized that they are cranes on the tree. When the train approached closer to the point it made sense to me.

Indrani,
Road conditions are bad due to the heavy traffic on the route. It was good sometime back.

Sujata, indicaspecies,
This will be great route to travel by day time.

Thanks to all for the lovely comments.

Raghu Menon said...

One day, I hope to travel too in this route..

मुनीश ( munish ) said...

mast blog ! thnx for visiting Maykhaana !!

Anya said...

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Leah said...

What beautiful scenery! There's a group of trees here (Virginia), right near the city that hosts big white egrets and looks just like your photos. I'm always in awe when I drive by.

Anil P said...

The Egrets are numerous indeed. Which was this train?

The Western Ghats are very scenic indeed.

Ilan said...

Great captures! The colors, the scenes...
Awesome photos, fun to watch. Keep them coming :)

Sucharita Sarkar said...

Long trains journeys are so de-stressing, esp if the view outside is as lovely as this.

india said...

Hi Rajesh, thanks for your visit...lovely photos here, too

Rajesh said...

Alok, Sandy,
Indeed the route is very scenic.

Raghu,
For nature lovers this is one of the good routes.

Gauri,
Even I have heard route between Mangalore and Goa by train is very exiting. I hope to take that route once.

Anya,
You have a beautiful blog on cats.

Munish,
I liked the amazing captures by you. Keep them coming.

Rajesh said...

Leah,
The way they decorate the tree is really beautiful.

Anil,
This is Yesvanthpur Express from Bangalore to Mangalore.

Ilan, India,
Thanks for encouragement

Sucharita,
I agree with you.

Thanks to all for the lovely comments.

Pallav said...

afterreading all ths i find our India is too beautiful...
there r various part which i hv nt seen yet n after reading i think i m gonna catch all this...
amazing pics specially the birds one.. i loved it....
thanks for enlighten us...

Pallav

rahul said...

hey really nice pics..especially of the whit dots :P

keep them coming!!!

Shrinidhi Hande said...

last time my mom and sis went in this train, it left bangalore by 9pM and reached M'lore by 10.15AM So from 6Am to 10AM one would get to enjoy the scenery a bit.

Reeta Skeeter said...

lovely travel blog u have here...
cheers!

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all for such lovely words.

Pallav,

Thanks, there is lot be seen here.

Rahul, Reeta,
Thanks, looking forward to more visits from you all.

Shrinidi,

Thanks, if the train is late u can spend more time with nature. But it is a long trip.

Dave Coulter said...

I loved the shots of those cranes!

Baron's Life said...

I have been ti India several times as a tourist because your country is fascinating and has kind hearted people...Never been to Mangalore...maybe on the to do list for next time. Excellent pics..love the cranes and your eye for details.

Rajesh said...

Baron: Thank you for such lovely words. Mangalore is a nice place to visit. There are other lot of places in the vicinity.

Dave: Thank You.

fishing guy said...

Rajesh: Wonderful capture of all the birds in the trees.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Great Blog You Have Rajesh !! Amazing Capture And I Loved Your Blog !!

Rajesh said...

Thanks to 'fishing guy' and 'Unseen Rajasthan' for the appreciation

(G@ttoGiallo) said...

India is so an incredible country, yep !
Thanks Rajesh.

Rajesh said...

Thanks a lot G@ttoGiallo

Delirius said...

Um dia vou pegar esse trem e me deliciar com esse país que tanto me encanta. Sabe que tive um blog e meu nome era India?
Não posso morrer sem visitar esse canto do mundo que tanto me seduz e que você nos mostra e do qual nos fala e que nos entendemos como se estivessemos mesmo lá.
Hei-de ir sim, e quero dar um beijo em você, menino. :))

Com carinho

Anonymous said...

Nice work Rajesh!. I heard they have started day time train to Mangalore from Bangalore. Planning to take the train next time when I come down to India - Krish

Rajesh said...

Krish: Thanks, as you know the train route to Mangalore is the best one to be amidst the nature.

Delirius: Thank You.

Nalini Hebbar said...

wonderful photos...this stretch is heaven!

Rajesh said...

Nalini: Thanks, this is a very scenic route.

Birgitta "foto CHIP" said...

This is a trip I would like to do - maybe when my husband has retired :)

http://foto.rudenius.se/post/2010/08/16/Blue-Monday.aspx

SmilingSally said...

I love to ride on a train.

Happy Blue Monday!

Mary said...

How exotically beautiful. Happy Blue Monday~

Rebecca said...

Wow-I love seeing different places! Happy Blue Monday!

Briarside Lane said...

Love to ride trains. And all those cranes! WOW!
Happy Blue Monday.

~Karen

xinex said...

Wow! That's a lot of birds!...Christine

Rajesh said...

Brgitta, Sally, Mary, Rebecca, Karen, Christine: Thanks to all for the appreciation.

dguide said...

Day train journey ticket cost Rs 116 only, and it is lovely though it takes almost 12 hours to reach by train...compared to the road conditions it is really worth it.