|A Leopard in Kabini. Photo by Abhiroop G Dastidar|
|Bangalore to Ramanagara 70 kms. Can be travel in one hour if we start at 4.30-5 am.|
Handigundi forest is abode for some wild creatures, including leopards and sloth bear. Conservationaliists demand this area to be declare as a park to protect Vultures and sloth bear.
Officials of the Karnataka Forest Department have submitted reports recommending that the 4000 hectares Handigundi Reserve Forest area to be declared a ‘Sloth-Bear Sanctuary’. The surveys conducted recently have revealed the presence of about 60 sloth bear in the forests here. This follows the controversy surrounding the proposal of the Sanghamitra Foundation to create a Buddha memorial in these forests. The project involves the carving of a 715-feet high statue on a 1050-monolith for a spiritual center.This huge sized statue to be carved in a hill sized rock which faces to Mysore Bangalore road. The project has been opposed on grounds that it will disturb the flora and fauna here as also the fact that the rocks are said to be nearly 2.5 billion years old. and as far as my knowledge is true these forest and rocks was the shooting location of Bollywood hit like Shoaly.
|Closepet and Kanakpura|
For a start to locate the place,I searched for Kyalanche around 6 miles radius from Ramanagara and found a similar name of a village which lies in an another direction, which is different from book.
|According to the book, the place should be 6 miles far from Ramanagara which is represented by yellow line.|
|So the search down to Kanakapura road|
|Google Map will show like this, but its little far from the actual village.|
|Kylancha is marked in red and Kuppa gudda hill must lie closely inside this Handigundi Reserve forest area.|
|6 miles from Ramanagara is confirmed. The location of dead calf was not accessible by his car. Assuming 1-3 km radius and he had to cross the river .|
|Kyalanche village is marked in Red. Akravathi river flows in between two roads which leads to Kanakapura.|
|Somewhere here Don made a hide inside the Lanthana bush. Distance around 2 miles from village.|
|There is a hill at this spot . But I am not sure of its name.is it Kuppa Gudda hill ?. According to the book the hill lies east to the village at 1 to 2 miles distance.|
|For those who are not familiar with Lanthana Bushes. Its a common sight in South India|
|"Miniature bouquets of flowers"I could d see a visitor too, can you?|
While hiding in the lanthana bush, Don ( KA) described about some creatures of the jungle and it seems interesting.
|7 sisters bird. Jungle Babbler.... well known for their habit of moving in groups giving them the local name of "Sath Bhai" which means seven brethren but translated by the English in India to "Seven sisters". photo Dr.C.S.Nagaraj|
It is a largely sedentary resident, generally associated with boulder-strewn hillsides or rocky outcrops with dense undergrowth, usually under either thorn-scrub, scrub jungle, mixed dry or moist deciduous forest at 300-1,800 m. It is quite tolerant of denuded habitat, although not found on completely bare hills. It is encountered in pairs or small groups of six or more. Berry-bearing shrubs, This bird is usually shy and hidden within scrub and is usually detected by its sudden cackling outbursts of calls. Lantana, is an important food source It also feeds on insects.
|Yellow-throated bulbul photo by Sudhir Shivaram location near Bangalore|
|White Browed Bulbul photo by Anukash location near Bangalore|
|A leopard standing near to a lanthana bush. Photo by Abhiroop G Dastidar|
|There are several boulders and dops in the fields surrounded by Kyalanche making difficult to guess.|
|Several rocky hills sorrounding the village in red|
|A large hill between Kyalancha and Kottagallu makes a wild guess.|
|View from south to north and probable caves at northern side|
|View from Northern side. May be the caves situated in this location|
|Matching geographical features.|