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Monday, July 29, 2019

Massive landslide in Coorg swallows a highway and half a mountain

Massive Landslide on the way to Mallalli Falls from Bisle Ghat, Karnataka

We humans are tiny and irrelevant. That is what mother nature tells us from time to time through her wrath. Be it earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, cyclones, hurricanes, landslides or others, mother nature shows us her powerful side from time to time. This is one such instance of her potent prowess. Even though such events cause major trouble to mankind, it is a great way to remind ourselves that there are forces that are way stronger than us.

I was literally in total awe with my jaw hanging open wide when I stood in front of this massive landslide in Coorg. Half of the mountain had disappeared and in its place was a big yawn. It has swallowed a highway (from Bisle ghat to Mallalli falls), rocks, boulders, trees, plantations and all. Just standing at one corner and watching the remnants of the highway on the far opposite end made me gasp. This landslide was the product of the famous Kodagu floods of 2018 and was one of the main reasons why I could not visit Mallalli falls in 2018 even though I was super close to it.

This is how it looked exactly an year after the event. This time around I could visit Mallalli falls as a new road had been built on the other side of the mountain. Due to this landslide, the earlier highway is no more in use and I guess it will go into history unless they decide to build a big bridge over it (which I doubt as that is not the need for this countryside). If you happen to visit Mallalli falls, do stop by this landslide to get a feel of the destruction power of mother nature. Such sights and experiences are truly humbling for the mind and soul.

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