I always wanted our BIOME team to visit Tumkur. I had mentioned this to Shubha ma'am and she was equally excited and said it gonna be BIOME's day trip:)
Everyone wanted to visit Tumkur and see the existing water management practices. It was difficult to finalize the suitable date considering everyone's feasibility, the plan had to be postponed multiple times. Finally the BIOME's visit to Tumkur was made on October 4th 2021 and Shubha, Suma and Nikita were part of it.
The key place to visit in Tumkur was of course Baje fields - Everyone's favorite! Suma ma'am was excited to visit Mydala lake as I had told her stories about Mydala lake, its bird diversity, rocky catchment and most importantly she could try and climb all the rocks available! Nikita would always say yes for Mydala lake as she fell in love with everything about the lake in her last visit. Shubha ma'am was interested to take a look at the public wells to be taken up for rejuvenation. We removed Devarayanadurga hill from the itinerary as it would consume more time.
Let me tell you what all did we see, ate and chat during our visit:
The first stop:
We visited Mydala lake from Mandhanagiri hills. What could be better than climbing a hill early in the morning! We took a took at the inscription stone which dates back to 1000 A.D. Eeshwara Dandanayaka, military official of Hoysala dynasty renovated Mandanagiri temple and Padmavati his wife built Mydala kere and a wetland and donated to the people.
We sat on the rock and had wide variety of chat starting from copy pasting in the blog is difficult, plucking the water lily, birds, next trip, well diggers, the still water in the lake,its color and so on... I must tell the company for all of us was the hot black tea that Suma ma'am got (served in steel glass) which tasted heaven.