Thursday, May 31, 2012


26 May 2012

It was only recently that I came to know about Mandalpatti. The movie “Gaalipata” was shot there increasing the popularity of the place. Breathtaking views, vast grasslands and dense forests make this area spectacular. And Government has made it easily accessible.

I and Sankara with our families had come to a home stay near Mandalpatti. I had heard that the roads were in bad condition. But recently it has been given a facelift. Hence we dropped the plan of hiring a Jeep but instead took our vehicle. The complete stretch is not tarred and at some places crushed stones were just put on the road. At one place our Innova had no space to go ahead. We had to get down and make these stone mountains flatter to allow the vehicle!! We sincerely hoped that there would be no rains as the entire road would turn slushy making the drive impossible.

After few km of dust filled uphill road, we hit a tar road. A wide opening is seen on the right side with some great views. Two Jeep loads of people who arrived before were all running from one place to other!! Looked like they were excited. Kids were equally thrilled and started climbing a hill nearby with cool breeze accelerating their spirits.

Moments later the jeep people were all gone. Apparently Mandalpatti was still few km ahead. With their exit the place fell into silence.

After sometime we decide to move ahead. Kids are reluctant with come back after we promise better places ahead. Indeed the road further was a treat for our eyes. It meandered though grasslands something similar that I had seen in Bababudangiri – Kemmangundi road.

Last stretch was bit difficult where we had to drive on a rocky path. After that stretch we reached end of the road. Ahead was forest department Office. The area falls under Pushpagiri wildlife reserve hence require permission from forest department to proceed further. Forest department has built a view point on top of the hill.

Again kids were first to climb the hill to reach the view point. Needless to say that the place was beautiful. One needs to experience it.

Last words:
If you want to visit this place, go as soon as possible. The good roads constructed will open the floodgate of people. With people comes the litter. The place is already turning into a garbage dump. In no time, drunkards will get the news and come to destroy the sanity of this place. Looking at places like Kodachadri and Jogfalls the hope of “responsible tourism” does not fit into this land.


Chitrai Senthamil Selvam R said...

Nice Photos.. New places to explore...

R Niranjan Das said...

Gorgeous place and wonderful captures.

Srikanth Manjunath said...

Good write Arvind. Maandalpatti mesmarises everytime you visit. Your narration is so good, the images are just out of this world..You are the man with the wheels on your feet..

The views are just breath taking..We had been there almost during this was raining cats and dogs..but the fun factor was unlimited..

Mandalpatti is among the few locations demands a second visit.

Vineeta Yashswi said...

All shots are WOW shots...

Kishan P said...

Awesome Place. Need to do this after the rains!

And I totally echo your sentiments on the "responsible traveller" comment. It's sad to see people trashing the place and of course the DRUNKARDS!
There's not a tourist place in the country where you dont find broken alcohol bottles!!!

Santosh bs said...

Lovely place and as you have said rightly, very soon it will be a hot tourist spot with lot of litter and picnicking families all around and not to forget drunkards and what not :(

Chetana said...

Yes ...sad to see garbage around :(

Nona shivangi said...


Team G Square said...

We loved this place , especially a bike ride that from a rugged route was awesome .This place has already gained popularity .

Arun said...

Beautiful !!

Gowtham said...

Very beautiful shots. It looks very much deserted!

Naveen P G said...

Hey Aravind nice write-up regular follower of your blog :) Could you give the home stay details near mandalappati?

Drop me mail at

Aravind GJ said...

Chitrai, Niranjan, Vinneta, Nona,

Mandalpatti during rains would be fun!!

Kishan, Santosh, Cheatana
Very true.

That's right. The place is quite popular now.

The place looks deserted in my photos.... but it is not.... there were several people!!

Thanks. Info sent.

Srik said...

A Paradise, in deed!!

Aravind GJ said...

Very true.

ರಾಜೇಶ್ ನಾಯ್ಕ said...

It is a good place but it seems to be on fast track towards becoming a hotspot with tourists of all types. Add to it the new road being constructed. Litter and liquor go hand in hand.

SoMa782 said...

Wonderfull place!
And a nice write up.
It would be a loads of help if u Could shed some light on direction to reach this place.
mail me at

Sana said...

Well, we saw a totally different Madalpatti. A cloudy day dint let us embrace the view around, I now realized what we missed from these pictures.

Aravind GJ said...

You are very much correct.

Sahana, Soma
Thanks for your comments.