Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Abby Falls

This is one of the most well known tourists spots in Madikeri, called Abby Falls. Abby in Kodava, the language of the indigenious Coorgis, means falls. This place has featured in a number of film songs. Remember the old Hindi film 'Khoon Bhari Maang'? The ethereal Rekha gets half eaten by a crocodile here.
Abby loses its glory after October. Actually its even better in the peak of monsoon but I didn't have a better pic.
Tourists think this is a tributary of River Caveri and fill up their bottles with this"thirtha". The truth is the entire sewage of Madikeri, including septic waste, goes into this water. (Disgusting , I know!) Tourists usually go into such a frenzy seeing it that they never believe the water is dirty. There is a whirlpool on the left end.
Nestled amidst lush coffee estates, it is a beautiful place. But please look, dont touch unless you... you get the picture!!!!
Added on a later date: Went to Abby Falls recently, like we tend to do every monsoon. Got some good pics that I will upload later. Here is some info about the place that I knew but had forgotten. The stream that makes up the falls is called Muttaramuttu. The falls is also called Jessy Waterfalls, after the daughter of the first chaplain of the erstwhile Principality of Coorg.
Along the way, we had a strange fruit that looked like a distant cousin of arecanut and tasted like the bland off spring of passion fruit. Some locals we asked called it 'kadchi'.
Abby Falls is about 08 kms from Madikeri.

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