Trip to Pearl Valley (Muthyala Maduvu)
Pearl Valley , also known as Muthyala Maduvu (Muthyalu means Pearls and Maduvu means Pond or Pool in Kannada) is located about 50 Kms from Bangalore. It is famous for the couple of small water falls that are secluded in a forest in the valley.
I decided to visit the place on a holiday due to the Independence Day (15th August) with 2 of my friends. The plan was to leave home at 5 a.m in the morning and we did. The ride was very pleasant , especially with lower traffic in the early morning combined with the cool monsoon winds on the highway. It took about 1.5 hours to reach the point. Arrangements are present to park the vehicles and there is a restaurant as well (run by Karnataka tourism department, KSTDC).
A stairway right next to the parking lot leads down from this point. The climb down over around 100 laid steps passes through a forest and takes only about 10 minutes.
There is temple located the bottom of the valley, dedicated to lord shiva and the waterfall is located opposite to the temple.
To be honest we were quite disappointed with what we saw ; the waterfall was essentially a very narrow stream tricking down the rock from a height of about 100 feet.
It was the monsoon and it had rained quite a bit in that month ; so we expected a decent amount of water in “fall”. It is possible that the flow of water was restricted intentionally from the lake above. We spent about half an hour here trying to get some good shots of the spot.
After half hour, we climbed back up and visited the lake which is only 100 metres away from the parking lot.
Another 15 mins here and it was the journey back to bangalore. Overall a bit disappointed with the location but the pleasant ride in the beautiful weather was the saving grace.