Madikeri Sunset

Day 3 cont. – 27th December 2011


People waiting for sunset
People waiting for sunset
On the way back, I asked Prakash if it would be possible to drop the others at the resort and take me to Raja Seat for the sunset. Sunset at this place is considered to be very beautiful, and I did not want to take any chances by waiting to photograph it on the last day.

Around 5:00 pm, we dropped everyone at the resort and drove back to Raja Seat. There was no rush at the ticket counter as there was ample time before the sunset. I quickly bought the ticket for Rs. 5.

Without a tripod it is not possible to take photos in low light conditions, like a sunset. I was not sure if tripods were allowed, but when I asked the ticket collector, she told me I was welcome to take mine.

Here I was, all alone with my camera and tripod on a mission to shoot the sun set.

I saw a person settled with his tripod and made the classic mistake of taking an adjoining area. Not that the place I chose was not good, but I should have scouted it out a little.

Another mistake I made was to remain at the same place instead of trying different viewpoints. Despite these mistakes, I was quite happy with my effort. The other guy left the place as soon the sun set but I remained there to capture the afterglow.

Joohi called and asked me to get some ready-to-cook pasta and milk from town. Prakash took me to a grocery shop.

It is only when you visit a small town that you realize the things that you take for granted. After making futile attempts at five shops, I gave up hope of buying cheese-based pasta. Milk was another issue. A tetra pack was available at a few places, but they were dated more than a month ago, I was hesitant to buy any.

The sunset at Madikeri
The sunset at Madikeri
Prakash stopped the car at a parking place (they are quite scarce in Madikeri) and told me to wait. After about 15 minutes, he came panting with two fresh milk packets in his hand.

Yesterday’s dinner experience at Coffee Blossom made us try the Mercara. Thankfully our wait was no more than 15 minutes. The menu was elaborate, and sweet dishes looked delicious. My agenda today was to go for sweet dishes.

The next morning we had to leave by 6:00 - 6:30 am for a day tour of Mysore. There are many places to visit in Mysore, and it is not possible to cover them all in a day. We needed to set our priorities. I like to visit historical places, so they went to the top of the list:
  1. Chamundeshwari Temple
  2. Mysore Palace
  3. Srirangapatna (Tipu Sultan’s summer palace, Tipu Sultan’s Tomb and Ranganathaswamy temple)
  4. St. Philomenas Church
  5. Vrindavan Gardens
  6. Mysore Zoo
My father-in-law told us that they have been to Mysore several times, and that they would prefer to spend the day with Shubhang at the resort. I was very thankful to them because with Shubhang it would not have been possible to visit so many places and to spend time on my photography.


Madikeri Sunset Photographs
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Sunset in the valley
Sunset in the valley
Madikeri sunset
Madikeri sunset
Madikeri sunset
Madikeri sunset
Madikeri sunset
Madikeri sunset
Madikeri sunset
Madikeri sunset
Madikeri sunset
Madikeri sunset
Madikeri sunset
Madikeri sunset
Madikeri sunset
Madikeri sunset
Madikeri sunset
Madikeri sunset
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