'Lion king' expected at pilikula zoo

If everything works well, mangaloreans and the tourist coming here would be fortunate enough to have a glimpse of Asiatic lions, within a month.

The only Zoological park in D.K. district which is situated in Pilikula(where it is told that tigers used to come to drink water in a lake here) would be having Asiatic lions. The zoo authorities are contemplating to bring such Indian breed lions from Gir forests, which are situated in Gujrath. The other zoo in the state has the foreign breed lions, which belong to afro-Asiatic origin. There is likely that one male and 2 lionesses may be brought to pilikula.

Now Central Zoo Authority has upgraded the zoo to the status of medium zoo, around 4 months back, after thorough inspection. The animal health, total management is a reason for this promotion says the director Jayaprakash Bhandari.

Right now zoo has got 3 tigers, 3 leopards, sambar, monkies, deer, variety of snakes including king cobra. The Zoo has to shed around 15 lakhs Rs. Annually for the maintenance of the zoo including feeding cost.

Recently zoo has started adoption system, which has ignited a nice response from mangalore entrepreneurs. Around 6.25 lakhs Rs has been collected already within a period of 3 months after the announcement of adoption system.

The approach road to pilikula zoo is posing problem. The road still left without tar. The stones on the road are a big problem for two wheelers. The gate collection is estimated around to be 12 lakhs Rs. Says Bhandari.

The gate collection would go beyond 15-17 lakhs Rs annually if the road is well maintained. And the tourist can be satiated well.


Very recently i had the opportunity to participate in a unique book release function.
Dinesh Holla, an avid trekker, graphic artist by profession, wrote poems and those poems were brought out as a nice anthology named ADAVIYA NADUVE.
The venue of book release....can you imagine? a hotel hall...or a posh lawn in the city...no..oops Whetre then?
It was arranged amidst thick forest of YESALUR RANGE in BISILE ghat, which bosts of having thickest shola cover in the state.
There were a few peaks like the mejestic PUSHPAGIRI, Doddabetta and a river too watching all these the proceedings. well, it was not just book release. but Holla had a nice idea of neatly bringing together artists and poets amidst nature. Canvas were distributed poets started playing with words. soon we could see nature redefined in their own way.
The children who were left to themselves free seemed to be enjoying an entirely different set up which you can make out from the picture here.

Can we save KUDLA?

Multiplex….Pizzahut….ATMs in every corner….multistoried buildings….concretized roads…So Are you happy Mangalorean?

A person with a bit concern can just think and analyze the direction of Mangalore city's development. Our builders are ready to bulldoze any hill or forest canopy in the city, for them all these are mere obstacles to so called development.

So from last 2-3 years, we see the buildings without shades of tree. The sad thing is that most of us too have started to believe that life is just earning, spending and nothing else. Its not fair to generalise but still most of us neither like our children play in the shades of trees, nor we are ready to allow them to play in the village with their The easy money has started to come through mushrooming call centers and such other institutions. So for the professionals here we have got multiplex, pizza centers.

The irony is that our lalbagh hasn’t a single tree. So now we can happily change the name to concretebagh!

How nice our MG road is now without those old trees!

No tiles house: We now don’t have those good old tile roofed houses. You dont see those green paddy fields in the city limits. Even if a farmer is happy ploughing, our builders are brilliant enough to lure them, and acquire the land. If a NRI who had gone to foreign a few years back and if he returns now, it may be hard for him to identify his own house and surroundings.

We see a few such traditional houses in old port area. Similarly we can spot a few trees at kadri gudda and old court hills. The famous light house hill looks paralyzed after it was dozed and now its converted to a big ditch. The famous woodside hotel and the cool trees around are no more. Within a few months we can see a skyscraper over here.

Finally, who has to correct all these? A question needs to be answered soon, lest we will loose our beautiful costal city KUDLA forever.

Hi, friends, Here are a few pics of enchanting doodhsagar falls, which i have taken a year ago.
Enchanting western ghat...the seriously looking rocks...the long and roaring goods trains pulled and pushed by several engines... .and amidst these settings jumps `Doodhsagar' the name means ocean of milk in hindi.
This picturesque falls can be spotted on the trainway which runs from Madgon to Londa. The speciality of the falls is that the top of falls is in Karnataka where as the bottom is in Goa. On your way to Doodhsagar, aroun 2 Kmt before the exact spot of falls, you can get the glimpse from varoius angles. There is only train to take you there. Otherwise you should be ready to spend more than 2,000 Rs for Tracks service available from Kulem, which only foreigners chose.
One can erect a tent near the falls, and spend the night with the backdrop of roaring falls, gigantic goods trains and the serenity of thick forest.
Why delay? Rush now....you can still find enough water in falls....which gives different view altogether in the rainy season.

This was my personal experience of visit to MAHARAMAHAYANA SATRA which is being held at Hosanagara ramachandrapura Matha.
We three, KMT, Giri and i(Venu) started early morning 6 o'clock from suratkal on our favorite hero honda bikes. the onward journey was a memorable experience. We had breakfast at kundapur, which was not upto the mark. The ride through the thick rain forests in the mookambika range was a soothening experience. Kmt had a unexpected meet of his aunt and brother in kollur temple. we took snaps too. Kmt later had met several of his relatives in Mahasatra.
we reached there at around 11.30. The parking slot was spacious. there were generous volunteers chanting HARERAM again and again, and ready to help of any kind. people were made in to single line and being lead to the huge Mahasatra campus. The main attraction was GOSHALA, consisting attractive cows mainly from northern india.
it was sad to watch a few dying cows too. later we had a glimpse of Matha, Ravana, Ramapattabhisheka mandira and hundreds of Kolyas chanting ramayana. There was a huge venue for Yaga.
vounteers were spirited in distributing panaka. Kmt showed interest in drinkg as much cups of panaka as possible. Lunch was arranged in a nice manner, the taste was praiseworthy.
we started from there around 3 o clock, after few minutes rest in parking slot. we came through Theertha halli, attractive Agumbe, Manipal and reached Suratkal at 8 pm.
Of course riding gives this much long brings fatigue but also joy