Spring

Nachi Falls

Hike to Nachi Falls

I hike to the incredible cliff-diving Nachi Waterfall to witness its wild beauty. The Sanjūdō Pagoda in front of the falls creates one of the most beautiful scenes in Japan. The tall waterfall boasts the longest drop in Japan. One can drink the flowing spring water, supposed to have healing abilities, from the falls at the Shrine directly below.

Today I went back to Wakayama to explore Nachisan and capture the iconic view of Sanjudo Pagoda in front of the Nachi Falls or Nachi-no-taki as it is known locally After the exploits of my first outing on my own to Shirahama, I was much more confident today Shirahama was an amazing experience with the thrilling Sandanbeki Cliffs, the lovely Shirahama Beach and the most stunning sunset at Engetsu Nachi Falls ([那智の滝) in Nachikatsuura, Wakayama is one of the best-known waterfalls in Japan It is said to be the highest single drop waterfall in the country at 133 m The mountain is also popular for Kumano Nachi Taisha, Seiganto-ji Temple, Sanjudo
Shirahama Beach

White Sands of Shirahama Beach

I go for a walk on the soft white sands of Shirahama Beach in Wakayama. The enchanting beach with its sparkling see thru waters make this place a paradise for beach lovers.

From the thrilling cliffs of Sandanbeki, I walked down the road towards Shirahama Beach Buses are available at regular intervals but the intervals are spread out during the afternoon The next one was not scheduled to come soon, so, I decided to walk down to the beach We had passed it while coming down from the station and it didn’t feel very far away Shirahama in Wakayama is known for its Onsen resorts and the beautiful white sand beach It is not very far from Osaka and makes for a nice day trip There are other places in Japan called “Shirahama” which can easily lead to confusion The Shirahama beach in Izu Peninsula
Sandanbeki Cliffs

The towering Sandanbeki Cliffs

I go for a walk on the enthralling cliffs of Sandanbeki, stretching out into the Pacific Ocean. The 50 meters high towering cliffs dating back to the Tertiary period, still stand tall after centuries of erosion. Sitting on the inter-layered limestone rocks, it is scary watching the ocean’s current unleashing wave after wave, crashing up against the cliff. Located in Kii Peninsula, Wakayama, it has the dubious record as one of the most notorious spot on earth for suicides.

Today I ride out of Nara on my own for the first time I am headed for the beautiful town of Shirahama in Wakayama Prefecture I woke up early and walked down to the JR Nara station at 7 am In the early morning, the streets were devoid of people Walking past the closed stores, it took me about half an hour to reach the JR Station I activated my 21 day JR Pass at the ticket counter and walked down to the platform The JR Pass allows me access to unlimited rides on all JR Trains across Japan I have a long list of amazing places on my bucket list that I hope to visit over
Mullayangiri Trek

Mullayanagiri Trek and Ridge Walk

In my search for peace in the wilderness, I head out on a trek to Mullayanagiri, the highest peak in Karnataka. With the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary only a few kilometers away, the area is rich in exotic birds and varied in wildlife.

In my search for peace in the wilderness, I was finally able to force some time out from my work schedule, to go on the trek to Mullayanagiri, the highest peak in Karnataka I had been planning this trek for some time In fact, I was all set for this trek in November 2014, but had to cancel it at the last-minute  Mullayanagiri is located in Chikmagalur, Karnataka, some 280 km away from Bangalore With the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary only 15 km away, the area is rich in vegetation and varied wildlife We started from Bangalore late in the night at around 11 pm The travel time to Mullayanagiri is around 4 hours At the base of Mullayanagiri, there is wildlife outpost It was early dawn and since the wild animals use the area as

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