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55) BR hills (Biligirirangan betta) – Smooth Ride: (1/6/2012)

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Place: BR hills(Biligirirangan hills).
Distance: 200 x 2 = 400kms.
Directions: Bengaluru – Chenpatna – Sathnur – Kollegala – BR hills – Maddur – Bengaluru.
Particiapants: Viswanath(Vishu) > Dhanush(Dany) > Karthik (Sp).
Bikes: RE Thunderbird(2) > Pulsar 150.
Facebook Page: BRhills Album.
IN LESS THAN 50 WORDS:
Yeah this was another formal run to the forest ranges of BR hills. But this ride was one of the smoothest we’d done till date. Minimum stops & smooth sailing made this trip a memorable one.
INTRO & PLAN:
Talk about late night planning ha-ha! This trip was a result of the same. Late night about 23:00hrs (31/5/2012) the idea of visiting BR was conceived by 3 of us (Vishu, Dany & Sp). To hell with the boring city world we decided to pull this off even if it meant only 3 of us.
TIME: 00:45 hrs
ASSEMBLE:
Yeah I was at about 04:00, did a few push-ups, had a little coffee & headed out towards bakery where the meet up was scheduled. As I reached, I was quite surprised to find the other two already waiting for me (It doesn’t happen often you see :P). After a formal greeting, we decided to leave Bengaluru.
TIME: 05:30 hrs

 
RIDE 1: (Bengaluru – Bidadi)
This was a 30kms stretch. The weather was still icy cold as lots of clouds in the sky left SH-17(Mysore road) gloomy. We kept a decent pace to reach Bidadi for some breakfast.
We had some smashing Tate Idly’s, which tasted simply superb. A highly recommended stop on SH-17 I must say. With some food in our stomach we decided to continue further.
TIME: 06:45 hrs

RIDE 2: (Bidadi – Sathnur – BR hills)

This was non-stop 150-160kms stretch of some brilliant sailing. As we left Bidadi, we continued till Chenpatna, & took a left deviation. Excellent roads from then on made riding easy & we reached Sathnur in no time to re-join Kanakpura road.
Once we reached Kanakpura Road(NH-209), it was pure cruising past Shivanasamudra to reach the town of Kollegala.Riding cautiously through the shortest route known to us through our previous visits, we were out of the town and at the foot of the mighty BR.
TIME: 09:45 hrs

 
RIDE 3: (Sailing through the heavenly ranges)

Alright this is one stretch we’d never get tired of riding. I had told the others about our last visit to this place, where we had encountered about 10-12 wild elephants and about 5 bison. As we began the ride into the ranges, we rode at a slow pace making sure we do not disturb the wildlife and yeah looking out for the same as well. 

 
The lush green surroundings kept us satisfied. After about 15mins we stopped at the standard BR lake stop only to find the water fading off. We continued further the temperature took a steep dip & it became cool as we reached the top.
TIME: 10:30 hrs
BR HILLS:

We were greeted at the top by the cool breeze gushing at the top. We roamed around the temple visiting the various view points. From some the view points, elephants can be seen as ants moving amidst the thick forests. After spending about an hour or so we visited the temple, prayed for everybody we knew and left the temple premises.
We went to a hotel on the top for some hot tea & biscuits. After having which we bid adieu to our BR hills 🙂
TIME: 11:45 hrs

 
RIDE 4: (BR hills – Kollegala – Maddur Tifany’s)

This was a non-stop 120kms continuous riding. As we left BR, we cruised at a slow pace within the forest area. After which we resumed our cruising mode to reach Kollegala. Once we were out of Kollegala, the temperatures shot back again. Dany raced away forwards as Vishu & myself stuck together cruising at a decent pace. As we both reached the T-junction near Mallavali we couldn’t find Dany, but as we had decided earlier that Maddur was the next stop we continued further.

 
The road which connects Mallavalli to Maddur is one stretch which gives me creeps. It had been patched up to some extend but still lots of pot holes present. But Vishu & me kept a decent pace even on this road and his loud horn gave us all the road clearance we needed :P. Dodging the pot-holes & patches we reached Mysore road (SH-17). It was a huge relief reaching back the highway, we continued further to reach Maddur Tiffany’s and were quite surprised not find Dany.


 
We called him up; we came to know that he was still waiting for us at the T-junction about 25-30kms back. So we both grabbed a bottle of cold water and decided to wait for Dany to join us. Nearly 20mins into the wait, when we had just begun to relax, in came like the Dany like a bullet on a bullet :P. he had taken less then half the time taken by us ha-ha!!
TIME: 14:15 hrs
MADDUR TIFFANY’S:

Ah lunch/breakfast at this place is something we don’t miss when we hit SH-17. We had great food and little coffee. Once our tummies were satisfied we fooled around the swing for some more time and left towards Bengaluru.
TIME: 15:00 hrs
RIDE 5: (Maddur – Ramnagara – Bengaluru)
This was 80kms stretch of formal riding. We did stretch without a break. With our tummies full all we had to do was stay awake ha-ha. SH-17 being a smooth 4-lane offered very less resistance. We rode at a decent pace throughout to reach bakery.
TIME: 16:45hrs

 
Until next time Cia \m/

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July 29, 2012 at 7:05 am

54) Maddur & Kanva – Bakery Ride: (10/5/2012)

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Place: Maddur & Kanva reservoir.
Distance: 210kms.(Complete Circuit)
Directions: Bengaluru – Ramnagar – Maddur – Ramnagar – Kanva – Bengaluru.

Particiapants: Arvnd(Arvi) > Ashok(K350) > Chengappa(Benz poolanda) > Arun(Slowpoke) > Madhu(Barca) > Karthik (Sp).

Bikes: Unicorn(2) > Pulsar.
Previous visit: Pondicherry& Gingee Fort.
Facebook page: Maddur& Kanva Album.
IN LESS THAN 50 WORDS:
Alright, this was another formal run to Maddur & Kanva. The main highlight of the trip was the food. Yeah we did this ride for the food and a quick swim at Kanva. And with this run we also welcomed the monsoons.
INTRO & PLAN:
We all wanted to get away from our daily routine from college. Breakfast at Maddur & Lunch at our Kanva Dhaba wass something that was too tempting to just let go. So we put the plan into action on 5th of May 2012.


 
ASSEMBLE:
Yeah I was up at around 04:30, did a few push ups and sat down with some music. Went near our bakery at about 07:30 & waited for others. Once everybody arrived we departed Bengaluru.
TIME: 09:00 hrs
RIDE 1: (Bengaluru – Maddur)
This was a 80kms stretch. Butter smooth 4-lane highway made riding very easy. We cruised along at a decent pace. With about one or two stops in between, we reached Maddur Tifany’s.
TIME: 10:30 hrs
MADDUR TIFFANY’S:

Once we entered we grabbed ourselves a chair and had a proper heavy breakfast. Two-three rounds of excellent food filled up our tummies. Then we had coffee to put an end to a wonderful breakfast. After the breakfast we went outside & sat on the swing. After chilling around for some more time we left Maddur Tifany’s.
TIME: 11:45 hrs


 
RIDE 2: (Maddur – Kanva)
This was about a 20-25kms stretch. Having done with a very heavy breakfast, we were all a little dizzy. We rode slowly on SH-17 to cruise past Chenpatna. After reaching the outskirts of Ramnagar we took a deviation and continued further to reach Kanva.
TIME: 12:30 hrs
KANVA RESERVOIR:

This is one reservoir we never get tired off. Clear, clean and safe water makes this reservoir a perfect place. So without wasting anytime we got into the water & swam for sometime. Then we started the ‘Donkey’ & ‘First Catch’ Games with a half filled bottle. After about 1.5hrs in the water we got out of the water and started skipping stones as we dried up. After drying up we hit the road and reached the Dhaba for lunch.
TIME: 15:15 hrs


 
DHABA:

Again we sat down in a proper cell, and started eating like there was no tomorrow. The swim and the games had pretty much drained our energies. As we ate the skies became gloomy and it started pouring. This made the taste of food better. Once we were done with the lunch we sat for sometime staring outside at the rain and decided to ride back in the rain and greet the monsoons.
TIME: 16:45 hrs


 
RIDE 3: (Kanva – Bengaluru)
This was a decent 60kms stretch. With the rain coming down & the cool breeze hitting out faces, it was a real pleasure to ride. We rode at a slow pace enjoying every moment to reach back bakery for some hot tea.
TIME: 18:15 hrs


 
Until next time Cia \m/



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July 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm

53) Pondicherry & Gingee fort: (8’9’/4/2012)

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Place: Pondicherry & Gingee Fort.
Distance: 800kms in total.
Directions: Bengaluru – Krishnagiri – Thiruvanamallai – Pondy.
Participants: Chethan(Zethu) > Karthik (Sp).
Bikes: Avenger > Pulsar.
Previous visit: Kanva Reservoir.
Facebook Page: Pondicherry Album.
Budget: Rs1200.

IN LESS THAN 50 WORDS:
This was one excellent run to the nearest shore from Bangalore. This run was for about 800kms, it was a hot & tiring ride. Food was eaten only once during the entire trip.
INTRO & PLAN: (trust me this is the must read part)
We had planned this trip 4-5 times earlier & every time we planned it turned out to fail until one day we just took our bikes and hit the road. After several flopped attempts we decided to allow time take its course of action. April of 2012 was the month we pulled this run of successfully.

ASSEMBLE: (8th of April 2012)
Zethu arrived at my place at about 01:00hrs, we crashed at my place and decided to leave early in the morning. We were up at about 04:00, packed & bid adieu to Namma Bengaluru.
TIME: 05:30 hrs.
RIDE 1.1: (Bengaluru – Hosur – Krishnagiri)
This stretch was for about 100kms. We got out of the city in a short time as the traffic was lean during the early hours. After reaching the highway it was pure non-stop cruising until Krishnagiri for some hot tea.
TIME: 07:15 hrs.

 
RIDE 1.2: (Krishnagiri – Pambar dam – Sathnur Dam – Thiruvanamallai)
This stretch extended for about 130kms. But trust me this was one horrible stretch of road. Things to look out for while riding:
i) Huge deep patches covering more than half the road.
ii) If you find a good stretch, it won’t last for more than 500meters.
iii) Do not try to exceed 70kmphr.
So after about an hour of riding we reached Pambar dam.

 
PAMBAR DAM:
Well, this is a neat little reservoir. Very well maintained & less people made our visit to this place a memorable one. We spent a few minutes at this wonderful reservoir had a couple of biscuits and left.
Continuing further on the bad stretch for another hour or so we reached Sathnur Dam.
SATHNUR:

Actually there are many places to visit at this place. We visited the dam premises, CrocodilePark & the deer park. Oh yeah, we were strictly instructed not take any photographs at the Croc park, that made us even more determined & managed to capture a few. The crocodile park is pretty huge, with atleast 100-150 crocodiles of various sizes.
After finishing Sathnur we continued further to reach Thiruvanamallai.
TIME: 11:45 hrs.

 
RIDE 1.3: (Thiruvanamallai – Villupuram – Pondy)
This was a 100kms stretch, but thankfully on smooth roads. We asked directions at thiruvanamallai and managed to get out of the town. After getting out we cruised in comfort via the new route skipping Gingee fort to reach Pondy 🙂
TIME: 14:00 hrs.

 
PONDICHERRY:

As soon as we entered Pondy, we cruised along the East Coast Road(ECR). With the cool ocean breeze hitting our faces we started searching for a place to crash. But unfortunately places close to the main beach were damn expensive so we moved towards Repo beach.
SAND ATTACK:
Alright we tried taking our bikes into this small alley, where only one bike could fit. The terrain turned sandy & we found ourselves stuck in it. After a long tiring attempt we managed to get our bikes out & we also found our stay for that night.
Stay: Rs 300 for 4 guests. TV & a fan… ah yeah felt like heaven. And the best part, it was hardly a minute’s walk from the beach 🙂
TIME: 15:30 hrs.

 
PLACES TO VISIT:
After taking a 20mins nap, we decided to finish off all the places. As we were getting ready Zethu received a call asking him to return by 10th morning as he had presentation :P, so we cut short a few places.
1. Auroville/Repo Beach: as it was the nearest we finished this beach first. We went and slept flat on the beach for about an hour enjoying the waves.
2. Le Café: next stop was Le café; it is a tourist information centre, which also provides food & café.
3. Children’s Park: Ha-ha yeah, this is on the ECR, thoughts of fooling around the place did occur but we continued.
4. The Main Beach: The Bay of Bengal, one of the most beautiful beaches at Pondy. But yeah getting into water is not possible at this place. We just sat on the rocks enjoying the sea breeze.

 
5. Church of the Sacred of Jesus: This is the most famous church of Pondy. Built in 1700, the church still looks brilliant.
6. Paradise Beach: 8kms from Pondy towards Cuddlore, another beautiful beach which can be accessed only by boat,
7. Cunnambar backwaters: Situated on the Cuddlore main road, 8kms from Pondy. Different boat rides available at this place.
8. Pichavaram: I strongly suggest visiting this place. It is about 70kms from Pondy towards south. But trust me worth the travel; it is the 2nd biggest mangrove after the Sunderbans.
So please make yourself free and do visit this place, I’m pretty sure we’ll hit back to Pondy some day 😛

 
So… those were just a few important places at Pondy. A detailed list of places is given at the end. After covering the places, we returned to Pondy at about 19:00. We roamed around the streets of Pondy, grabbed some something to drink & yeah some food too. After doing this we headed back to our home stay. We switched on the TV & started eating our dinner, with the beach a few meters away.
(Trust me I would do anything to re-live that moment )
After a nice meal, which was the first for the day and last for this trip we crashed.
TIME: 23:00 hrs.
SUN IS SHINING: (9th of April 2012)

I was up at 04:00 to find Zethu already watching TV. We went to the beach at 05:00 & waited for the sunrise. After about an hour or so we witnessed one of the best sunrises till date. We spent another hour walking on the beach & finally left to pack our things.


 

Once the packing was done, we tied up our bags to our bikes and left Pondy. And yes Gingee was a place we had decided to visit on the second day.

TIME: 07:30 hrs.


RIDE 2.1: (Pondy – Gingee Fort)
Well this was about an 80kms stretch & yeah we exited Pondy through the actual/official entrance ha-ha. We cruised along the huge 4-lane highway comfortably & reached Gingee Fort.
TIME: 09:15 hrs.
GINGEE FORT:


It is of the best forts of Tamil Nadu. This fort was called the “Troy of the east” by the British. It includes 3 hillocks which are Rajagiri, Krishnagiri, Chakkilidurg in a triangular formation. Old granaries for storing oil & ghee, temples, mosques, barracks and other buildings can be seen on top of these hillocks.

 
So about our visit, we took about an hour to climb. With the sun directly on top & with bags to carry, the climb was no easy one. We had run out of water bottles which made matters worse. But we continued with sufficient breaks to reach the top. We covered all the buildings and sat flat on the top totally de-hydrated. The descent was fairly a quick one, as we reached the foot of the hills we rushed to a small shop grabbed something to drink and sat at the shop and took rest. Trust me I had never felt this level of dehydration till then. Once the fluids had been restored we hit back the road again.
TIME: 11:00 hrs.

RIDE 2.2: (Gingee – Thiruvanamallai – Krishangiri)
This was a good 150kms stretch. We cruised along at decent pace, taking sufficient breaks without over-straining our bodies to reach Thiruvanamallai. After reaching the town we took some small narrow roads through the market and made our way out of the crowded town.
The next was the horrible 130kms stretch which we named “ass-buster stretch”.We rode slowly but steadily taking breaks very often to cover this long gruelling stretch to reach Krishnagiri.
TIME: 15:30 hrs.

 
RIDE 2.3: (Krishnagiri – Hosur – Bengaluru)
This was a smooth 100km stretch. So it was a huge relief to reach Krishnagiri before the descent of the darkness. Getting stuck on the previous stretch in the dark is like digging our own grave. We had some wonderful tea and switched back to cruising mode on the 6 lane NH-7. We took sufficient breaks on the highway to reach back Bengaluru. We pulled over, sat on the footpath wondering if we had actually covered Pondy in 2 days. Then we thanked each other participating, & left to reach our respective homes.
TIME: 19:00 hrs.

 
CONCLUSION:
Eyes drained out with solid red nerves, face covered with a thin film of black soot, haha felt so good. 800kms of non-stop riding for 2 days is what we both enjoyed thoroughly. Finishing the jinxed trip which had flopped for 5-6 times gave us that extra satisfaction.”
Zethu: couldn’t have thought of a better person to pull this trip off. Ever cool and his jokes kept us both going.
Sp: Had nice bath and went on a 10kms walk the next day 😀
Until next Cia \m/

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July 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm

49) Yercaud: (22/1/2012)

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Place: Yercaud.
Distance: 250 x 2 = 500kms. (Our run came upto 560kms as the forest route was taken)
Directions: Bengaluru – Hosur – Dennaikotte – Anchetty – Dharampuri – Salem – Yercaud – Dharampuri – Krishnagiri – Hosur – Bengaluru.(Our run – 280kms)
ii) Bengaluru – Hosur – Krishnagiri – Dharampuri – Salem – Yercaud. (250kms)
Particiapants: Zethu > Sp.
Bikes: Avenger 220.
Previous visit: Coorg(Madikeri).
Facebook Page: Yercaud Album.
IN LESS THAN 50 WORDS:
This was another classic old-school run to the wonderful hill station of Tamil Nadu – Yercaud. Known as the “poor man’s Ooty” this place is more of a picnic spot for family visits. But yeah one thing about Yercaud all motorcycle clubs love is the ride to the place.
INTRO & PLAN:
Well Zethu was the only one on the confirmed list, and both of us had to get back on SH-17a (the interior forest route after Hosur) as it would refreshen the blood filled memories of our Hogenekkal Trip. So… after having decided to meet at my place at 06:00 hrs, we crashed.
TIME: 00:00 hrs (22/1/2012)

ASSEMBLE:
Yeah I was up at 04:00 hrs, had a cup of coffee, did a few push-ups & was all set for a long day on the road. Zethu arrived at my place at around 05:45, it was more than 2 months since we both had pulled of a chapter, so both of us were pumped up and ready to hit the road. We decided to head out on Zethu’s Avy!!
TIME: 06:00 hrs
RIDE 1: (Bengaluru – Hosur – Saints bunk stop)
Alright this was a 50-60kmsstretch, we got out of the city early as the traffic was lean. After reaching Hosur road (NH-7), we cruised at a decent pace to reach the Karnataka-TN border. Once we crossed the border we entered the Hosur outskirts & took a deviation towards Dennaikotte and stopped at our signature petrol bunk.
TIME: 07:30 hrs
Ps: One can continue straight on NH-7 to Yercaud, the distance comes upto 250kms. But for us, this interior route is something special, a remembrance of our Hogenekkal Trip.


 
RIDE 2: (Hosur – Dennaikotte – Anchetty – Saints outpost)
We had some tea at the petrol bunk, we cruised along the excellent roads of SH-17a. It was not long before we spotted the small stone bench on which we had rested on our way back from Hogenekkalwith blood dripping from our heads, knees and hands.
We crossed the two bridges of this route without any difficulty as it was completely dried out. We reached Dennaikottai and as we continued further towards Anchetty the roads became excellent with superb curves. The weather was cool even though the sun was up, this made riding conditions ideal. After some consistent riding we reached the perfect pit-stop.


  

PERFECT PITSTOP:
Well we were a little disappointed that there weren’t any clouds moving around mountain ranges like the last time, but we still sat here for a good amount of time speaking about our last trip & what we had been upto for the past 3 months.
We left the place after 15-20mins and continued further to reach our second signature stop.
SAINTS OUTPOST:
We spent about 30mins here sitting and sharing some of our funny/epic moments. There was thick forest surrounding us in all directions, the idea of night camping did occur but we decided to stick to the original plan.
TIME: 09:15 hrs

RIDE 3: (Saints outpost – Hogenekkal)
So… as we left the Saints outpost, we cruised at a decent pace. In a few minutes we spotted the mighty MM hills and we started recollecting the chapter where we we had spotted elephants. Soon the hair-pin curves started & Zethu enjoyed negotiating each one of them to perfection.
The last stretch to hogenekkal consisted of really good forest roads very similar to Mutathi & BR hills. And yeah everytime we spotted bulls grazing we would slow down & keep enough safe distance 😛 ha-ha!!
Cruising along we reached Hogenekkal, as it was Sunday the place was jam-packed. And it would also be time consuming, so we decided to skip and continued towards Yercuad.
TIME: 10:00 hrs


 
RIDE 4: (Hogenekkal – Dharampuri – Salem)
Well this stretch was for about 120kms and a good one too. As we left Hogenekkal our first priority was to re-join NH-7. As continued further we spotted the place where we had met with an accident, had a hearty laugh and continued further to reach Dharampuri.
TIME: 11:00hrs
After reaching the NH-7 it was pure sailing on the butter smooth highway. We kept re-collecting our college clowns and it not long before we reached Salem.
TIME: 12:00 hrs
It was pretty easy to get out of the city, thanks to the well organised traffic and broad roads to reach the foot of the mighty Yercaud.
TIME: 12:30 hrs
 
RIDE 5: (Ascension – Yercaud)

This stretch was for about 35kms which consisted of 20 hair-pin curves with beautiful views all along the way. As we started the ascension we found broad excellent roads. We negotiated the first 2 HP curves with joy and were ready to for more, But the next 25-30kms was just plain hill climbing with no HP curves, but yeah excellent scenery throughout.
The last 5-7kms to Yercuad is the best, the remaining 18 HP curves are clustered in this stretch, this made the ascension very quick and the drop in temperature could be easily felt. Once we reached the top, we were 1350 feet above sea level, and weather was cool even though the sun was up.
TIME: 13:00 hrs


 

YERCAUD:
Alright there are about 10 places to cover at this hill station. Vehicles can be taken, but yeah we decided to walk. The walk was for about 10-13kms which drained away all our energies and my right knee which had problems before had taken a the worst turn.

i) Yercaud lake:
First we parked Avy at the Yercaud lake. Boating is a big attraction at this place. But definitely not the thing for us, so we took small stroll and decided to continue further.
ii) Lady’s Seat:
We walked through the town; this view point is about 3-4kms from the Yercaud lake. The view was breadth taking and yeah there was a telescope for viewing assistance.
iii) Gent’s Seat:
Continuing further, Gent’s seat is about 10mins walk from the Lady’s Seat. We bought bottles of juice and sat down & sipping away. We could see the hair-pin curves which had lead us to the top, it looked like a snake 😀
iv) Children’s seat/Park:
We thought to ourselves “why couldn’t the entire family have one big seat :P” ha-ha!!


 

v) Pagoda view point:
We walked back to the Yercaud Lake, on our way back we bought coffee powder. We picked up Avy and went to Pagoda point.
Well in our opinion this is the best view point!! The overall view was superb, grabbed a cup of corn and started munching away – it was our first meal of the day 🙂
After spending about 30min we left this wonderful place.
vi) Kilyur waterfalls:
This is an excellent water fall, but unfortunately was dry. Have to take a 3kms deviation from the Yercaud lake to reach this place.
vii) Servarayan Temple:
The most famous temple of Yercaud.


 

viii) Montfort & Sacred heart:
These are the famous educational institutions of Yercaud. We just had a peep from outside and left.
ix) Bear Cave:
This is a huge cave next to the Nortorn Bungalow. This place used to be a play home for bears.
x) AnnaPark:
As we rode back to the Yercaud lake, we came across this park to witness kids playing on slides, see-saw etc., we had second thoughts of joining the kids and beating them at the slides … ha-ha kidding 😛


 
So… these are the important places to see at Yercaud. With the coffee powder tightly packed in the bag & a few sit-ups to make my right knee feel better, we were all set to ride back Bengaluru 🙂
TIME: 16:00 hrs
RIDE 6: (Decension – Yercaud)

We switched off the engine & allowed Avy to take us down the hill. The HP curves were a joy to negotiate. And believe it or not we covered the next 35kms with our engine switched off to reach Salem city.
TIME: 16:45 hrs


 
RIDE 7: (Salem – Dharampuri – Krishnagiri)
This was a good 120kms stretch of easy riding with sufficient breaks taken of course.
About 30mins on the highway we could hear a sound from the bike so we pulled over & inspected the bike. We found that the engine guard was loose, so removed it. Continuing further we took sufficient breaks for snacks, and stopped at the outskirts of Dharampuri for a drinks break. Once we left Dharampur, the sun went down and the cold set-in real quick. The increase in the traffic was drastic but we cruised along to reach Krishnagiri.
TIME: 18:30hrs


 
RIDE 8: (Krishnagiri – Hosur – Bengaluru)

This was a 100kms stretch on the butter smooth NH-7, but it was no easy task pulling this one off. This was one of my hardest stretches till date, considering the fact we had done 450kms and my right knee was pretty much done.
The cold which set-in was a real bad one and the traffic which had increased drastically (Sunday) was something we both were getting bugged of. I could feel the extra cold as there were no hair on my head 😛 ha-ha!! So took out a monkey cap, wore it and continued. Zethu rode like there was no tomorrow to reach the outskirts of Hosur.
TIME: 20:45 hrs


 

Continuing further we entered back Karnataka, there was no turning back from then. Our energies shot up again and without taking any further breaks even though both of us were in bad shape, we reached back home.
We had clocked 560kms for the day as we had taken the interior route, it was kick-ass experience – Literally:P
TIME: 22:00 hrs
CONCLUSION:
I’d like to conclude this article by saying “ This was and excellent old-school run to one of the best hill stations of South India.  Eating only corns & drinking only fluids we pulled this chapter off. And yeah it was a great come back for the both of us after the Hogenekkal trip & a great start to a New Year :D”
PARTICIPANT VIEW:
ZETHU: Rode the whole distance, flawless riding. His humorous stories kept us entertained throughout the day.
AVY: More of a companion, pulled 560kms in day 😀
SP: Right knee dammar, Creep bandage time 😛
Until next time Cia \m/

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April 16, 2012 at 3:50 pm

48) Coorg (Madikeri): (27’28’29/12/2011)

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Place: Coorg (Madikeri).
Distance: 350 x 2 = 700kms.
Directions: Bengaluru – Maddur – Mysore – Hunsur – Bylakuppe – Madikeri.
Particiapants: Arvind(White knight) > Arun(Slowpoke) > Ashok(Classic k350) > Madhu(Barco Mado) > Shekar(Thundersekar) > Chaitnya(Endu) > Vineeth(Red monster) > Anurag(Hanuman) > Karthik (Sp).
Bikes: RE Thunderbird > RE Classic 350 > Pulsar200 > Pulsar 150 > Pulsar 150.
Previous visit: Mekedatu& Sangama.
Facebook Page: Coorg Album.



IN LESS THAN 50 WORDS:

Coorg, the Scotland of India is one of the best places to visit in the entire South India. Known for its wonderful climate and coffee estates, this was one crazy trip we pulled off. The place is no doubt wonderful, but the ride to this place was something we enjoyed even more.
INTRO & PLAN:
Well as far the planning goes it was Arvi was initiated and suggested of visiting this place. The plan got a solid backbone when decent number of people pitched in. So the crew consisted of 9 people and 5 bikes. And yeah initially the plan was 2day-1night trip. I’ve divided this entire article into 3 segments, hope you enjoy reading it.

DAY-1: (Riding the curvy Roads!!)
ASSEMBLE:
I was up at 03:00hrs did a few push-ups and was all set to pull this big one. Left my place at 05:30hrs and headed towards bakery which was without doubt the starting point of this magnificent trip. Once everybody arrived we had some tea and bid adieu to Namma Bengaluru.
TIME: 06:30hrs

 
RIDE 1.1: (Bengaluru – Maddur – SriRangapatna – Mysore)
This stretch extended for about 150kms, and yeah we did take sufficient breaks. As we left Bengaluru, the temperatures dropped and it was an icy cold 30kms stretch till Bidadi. As we passed Bidadi, Anurag said he had some problems with the bike. But we continued till Maddur tiffany’s and had a great breakfast.
TIME:09:00hrs
Anurag said he with Ashok would take his bike to a Service station and asked us to carry on. Having decided to meet at the bridge at the outskirts of Mysorewe carried on. The ride was a smooth one and we reached the outskirts of Mysore at about 11:00hrs and waited for the others.
After about 20minutes the two bikes re-joined us and we took a small 15mins break.
One incident I would love to recall during this break is, a rich businessman in Merc Benz was zooming on SH-17, and he peeped out of the car’s window and was staring at our bikes. There’s a saying “only a biker knows why a dog sticks its head out of the window” I guess that was a close enough ha-ha:P
TIME: 11:30hrs

 
RIDE 1.2: (Mysore – Hunsur – Kushalnagar)
This was another 100kms stretch on SH-88.Once we reached Mysorewe took the by-pass road which was under construction, the first 5-8kms were bad after which we back on smooth sailing roads. We kept the formation intact and rode, enjoying every moment and speaking all the way. We took enough drinks stop to keep our temperatures under control as the sun was directly above us. It was not long before we reached Bylakuppe.
TIME: 14:30hrs

  
GOLDEN TEMPLE:

 
This is one temple one’s gotta go; the ambience of this place is simply superb. Calm & peaceful are the two words which best describe this place. As we entered the place we saw the huge Dalai Lama photo on the temple and saw Anurag’s face 😀 and everybody burst into laughter. The laughter marathon continued as we finished one full lap at the temple.
TIME: 15:00hrs
Next thing we went to the mall right in front of the temple and brought knives, watches, pendants, and other gifts for family & friends back home.
TIME: 16:00hrs
RIDE 1.3: (Kushalnagara – Madikeri)


This was about a 50kms stretch of pure bliss. It was one of my best rides till date. The temperatures took a steep dip, it became cold. The fresh broad roads with excellent curves made riding a pure bliss. We kept the formation intact, bending our bikes to the maximum and negotiating each curve to perfection with joy. We rode non-stop and reached the outskirts of Madikeri.
TIME: 17:00hrs

 
MADIKERI:
As we reached the outskirts, we started looking for a place where we could crash. We split into teams and decided to search and finally we found the best place. Oh yeas it was the best no doubt, huge house for Rs 200 per head per night, definitely worth it.
So we all sat at the sit-out outside the house and changed the plan from 2days-1night to 3days-2night. And oh yeah, the famous Abbey falls was just 5kms from this place. And a bakery right next to our place.
TIME: 18:00hrs

  
We dumped all our bags and went to a small hillock behind our home stay to find two huge monuments which was the tombstone of a Muslim king. It became dark and we witnessed a perfect sunset to mark the end of riding for DAY-1.
We left for dinner at about 19:00hrs, as we were hungry and we had skipped lunch. The town was totally dead; most of the shops were closed. We were the only ones walking around and fooling around the town. We managed to find a good hotel; we had a very heavy dinner and returned to our home stay. We sat on the sit-out and fooled around till 23:00hrs went back inside and crashed. That was not all the scary or rather funny ghost stories of ghost invading our stay kept us awake for a few hours more and finally we dozed off.
TIME: 01:30hrs
So… that was DAY-1 the ride to the place and also covering the Golden Temple. We were all prepared for the next day which meant business.



DAY-2: (Travelling is my business…. And business feels good!!)
RISE & SHINE:
Yeah I was up at around 04:00hrs and after a 3hr wait Anurag & Ashok were up. We went outside to the bakery and got some excellent Coorg coffee. As we sipped on everybody woke up one after another. We left our home stay for breakfast and decided to leave to Talakaveri directly after the breakfast.
TIME: 09:30hrs
RIDE 2.1 (Madikeri – Bhagamandala – Talakaveri – Madikeri)
 So this was a 40kms (one-way) stretch, the bad narrow roads filled with patches and holes made it feel like 80kms stretch. Few of the stretches were still under construction it was a small road, but the climate was something which we were all happy about. After about an hour we reached Bhagamandala.
TIME: 11:00hrs

 
BHAGAMANDALA:
Well this is another beautiful temple. The unique shape of the Gopuras (pagoda shaped) is something to be observed at this place. Also this is a place where 3 rivers meet (Kaveri. Kannike & Sujyothi). We did a few laps inside the temple and decided to head towards Talakaveri.
TIME: 11:30hrs

 
Talakaveri is 8kms from Bhagamandala and roads again are narrow with hair pin curves. But we enjoyed the ride thoroughly to reach Talakaveri.
TIME: 12:00hrs
TALAKAVERI:


This is the place where the river Kaveri originates. But it was damn hot and the place looked good after the renovation done in 2010. The wishing pool is at the entrance where people throw coins and wish for something. Without wasting anytime we decided to climb up the Brahamagiri hill hoping the temperature would dip. After a 20mins tiring climb we made it to the peak, unfortunately the temperature kept rising. But yeah the place is of importance, Kerala & Mangalore can be seen from this peak. After spending about 20mins on top, we decided to leave Talakaveri.
TIME: 12:45hrs
The ride back was again a slow one back to back… two incidents that has to be mentioned are:
i)                    Sekar & Endu taking the wrong route and riding towards Mangalore before being pulled back.
ii)                  Vineet standing on the road with his bike below him in a pit 😀
So… as we reached Madikeri, we decided not to go to our home stay instead have a lunch and then go. So we went to a hotel and started munching away.
TIME:  15:15hrs

OMKARESHWARA TEMPLE:


As we finished our lunch, we peeped outside the window and we were surprised that we could spot Omkareshwara temple from the hotel. So we decided to finish off the temple. One thing that has to be observed at this temple is the style of architecture. It is constructed in Indo-Islamic style i.e., both Hindu & Muslim style of architecture has been employed.
TIME: 16:00hrs
RIDE 2.2: (Madikeri – Abbey falls – Raja Seat)
After a visiting the temple, we scrapped the plan of going back to home stay instead we thought of covering off Abbey falls. We passed by our home stay and continued further towards the Abbey falls. The ride to this place was a rough one, narrow roads filled with pot-holes made riding slightly challenging.
ABBEY FALLS:

As we reached the falls premises, we parked our bikes and walked a kilometre to get the first glimpse of this magnificent waterfall. The water was fading off, but yeah the sight of the waterfalls made all feel refreshed. We spent about 45mins at this place and left Abbey falls.
TIME: 17:15hrs
Again we thought of going back to our place, but we scrapped the plan again and decided to directly head to Raja Seat for sunset.
TIME: 17:30hrs
Two incidents worth mentioning:
i)                    Ashok getting angry for the first time, as a car touched his new bike.
ii)                  All of us waving & making faces  at the kids & pretty girls of madikeri 🙂

  
RAJA SEAT:
Yeah this place is pretty much in the heart of the town. We spent about 30mins at this place wandering around before we got to witness a brilliant sunset which marked the end of riding for DAY-2.
After the sunset, we returned to our home stay and left for dinner at about 21:00hrs.After a heavy dinner we returned home and fooled around outside for about a couple of hours and finally crashed for some well deserved sleep.
TIME: 00:00hrs
So…that was DAY-2 what do you guys think of it eh… we had pushed ourselves to the extent possible. But yeah covering all these places gave us the satisfaction….next up DAY-3.


DAY-3: (Reckoning day!!)
RISE & SHINE:
I was up at 03:00hrs, highly insomnia tic … when all of a sudden I heard footsteps behind me. I turned back to find Vineet, he sat for about 30mins and went back to sleep. After 4 hours of sitting ideally I started waking up others. At about 08:00hrs everybody was half-awake that was good enough. Arun and I went back to the tombstone behind the place and explored the place. We returned back to find everybody geared up and all set to unwillingly bid adieu to the wonderful town of Madikeri.
Oh yeah before we left we bought lots of coffee powder and stuffed it in our bags 🙂
TIME: 09:30hrs

 
RIDE 3.1: (Madikeri – Hunsur – Mysore– SriRangapatna – Bengaluru)
Alright we were all set to put the last rites on this wonderful trip. Started of from Madikeri in full flow, the excellent curves of the forest kept us awake. The weather was cold and pleasant to ride. Once we reached Kushalanagara, we decided to skip Dubare & Nisargadhama as we would run late. Once we touched SH-88 the temperatures went back up again and we all felt dizzy. We rode back at a much quicker rate and reached Mysoreoutskirts.
TIME: 12:00hrs

 
We were damn hungry as we had skipped breakfast. So we took the by-pass route to re-join SH-17 and rode for about 5kms from Mysoreto find decent dhaba with a great ambience. We ate like there was no tomorrow and had coconut water.
The last 120kms were remaining and this was just formality on SH-17. 4 lane butter smooth road offered little resistance, so with non-stop riding we reached back Bengaluru.
TIME: 16:30hrs

 
CONCLUSION:
It’d like to conclude this long article by saying the following “this was one classic trip which would be buried deep in our minds. 3 days of non-stop riding was just heaven and we had pushed ourselves to the limits on DAY-2. And oh yeah, it was also the perfect New Year gift to everybody 🙂 “
PARTICIPANT VIEW:

ARVIND: If it wasn’t for him, this trip would have been just a dream.
ANURAG: Wanted to ride to this place so bad, not to forget the LamaDoma in Tibet Land. Ha-ha!!
ARUN: With his new hair-style, had to sit behind me to provide minimal drag resistance 😛
ASHOK: First ride on his new bike proved to be excellent, stayed last and made sure everybody were safe.
SEKAR: His cruise run kept continuing.
ENDU: If it wasn’t for his Ghost stories the trip would have been so different.
VINEETH: Thankfully didn’t shred the roads of Madikeri into pieces with his Red beast.
MADHU: The most silent guy of this trip, he hardly spoke but blended in with others perfectly,
SP: Unlike others, had to take bath after 4 days as soon we returned haha:P
Until next time Ciao \m/


Ps: 
Other places to visit around Coorg are: Nisargadhama, Harangi Dam, Dubare Elephant camp, Irupu Falls, Nagarhole forest, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. Have covered these with family.
Album: (Harangi Dam, Nisargadhama, Irupu falls, Nagarhole, Dubare Elephant Camp)
Coorg , Dubaare , Nagarhole: ( 11’12/6/2011)
PICASA WEB: (Full photos)
MAP:

Written by Karthik Prabhu

March 11, 2012 at 10:32 am

45) Hogenakkal waterfalls- – the forest ride: (3/11/2011)

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Place: Hogenekkal waterfalls.
Distance: 150 x 2 = 300kms.
Directions: Bengaluru – Hosur – Denkankottai – Anchetty – Pennagaram – Hogenekkal.
Particiapants: Chethan(Zethu) > Karthik (Sp).
Bikes: Pulsar.
Previous visit: Mahadevapura– bird sanctuary.
Facebook page: Hogenekkal waterfalls.
Budget: Rs200/h.
Before I write this article I’d love to say “ this was one of my best trips, and surely goes along with the other major ones like MMhills BR hills ShivnasamudaraKabbalu death trekChitradurga fort & Vani Vilas Sagara etc.,
I’v written this article based on the road rather than the destination. So one might find it odd, but yeah it was never about the destination. Hope you enjoy it”

IN LESS THAN 50 WORDS:
Alright this is one trip that will remain buried in my mind forever. Hogenekkal is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in India. It is called “India’s Niagara” for a good reason. But this trip was “never about the destination, it was about he road to the destination”.
INTRO & PLAN:
Well… as far as the planning goes, initially there was no destination decided. Zethu was the only one on the confirmed list, so we decided to meet at my place in the morning and then decide which way to head. But yeah I had read about this awesome route in Tamil Nadu through forests and greenery, and yeah avoiding the highway is something both of us wanted to do.
TIME: 23:00 hrs (2/11/2011)

ASSEMBLE:
Yeah I was up at 04:00hrs, had a sip of coffee, did a few sit-ups and was all set to go. Finally Zethu arrived at my place & said he couldn’t get his bike, so we decided to head out on my bike and destination being somewhere on that route.
TIME: 06:15 hrs
RIDE I: (Bengaluru – Hosur)
This was a 40-50kms stretch, probably the only stretch on the highway. We first got out of the city when the traffic was lean, then cruised along NH-7 to reach Karnataka – TN border at about 06:45hrs and continued on to reach the outskirts of Hosur.
TIME: 07:15 hrs

RIDE II: (Hosur – Denkankotte)
This was about 30kms stretch. Once we reached the outskirts of Hosur we took a deviation for there, and yeah filled up petrol as it was almost empty and cheap in TN as well. We had some tea and were all set to face what was in-stored for us that day.

The ride started of with some super awesome curves. As we drifted along the curves, the forest started getting thicker and we began to feel the isolation from the noisy word. We did take a few stops to enjoy the greenery and surroundings. It was not long before we reached Denkankotte.

TIME: 08:00 hrs (Around)

RIDE III: (Denkankotte – Anchetty)
This was another 35-40kms stretch. As we passed Denkankotte, we asked for directions and we were enroute Anchetty. The roads continued to be excellent, with surroundings getting better as the time kept ticking.
After sometime we finally found the hairpin curves and Zethu who was riding executed these with fun. Oh yeah we also spotted a huge water falls amidst the forest, it was pretty far.
TIME: 08:30 hrs
As we continued along the hairpin curves, the clouds burst open. We had to put all our belongings inside my bag, wrapped up tightly in a towel.

Ps: this route is fantastic no doubt, but there are two bridges that needs to be noted. During rainy season these bridges are flooded, so it is difficult/impossible to cross.
But thankfully in both the bridges the water was just below the bridge I mean hardy 10cms below and it was fast flowing. So we crossed these bridges without any trouble.
TIME: 08:45 hrs

THE PERFECT PIT-STOP:

Once we crossed the bridges, the trees covered up the sky letting only a few rays from the sun to hit the tar. It was foggy and as we came out of the canopy ride, there it was – the perfect stop!!
We could see a wide range of mountains and clouds right in front of it slowly drifting. Check out the snaps, it expresses much better and I’m kinda actually out of words to explain the beauty. So… this was the perfect pit stop with breadth taking scenery. We sat for a good 30mins at this amazing place and finally decided to leave with our spirits flying high.
TIME: 09:30hrs

RIDE IV: (Songs of the Isolated)

As we continued the ride, we found more hair pin curves. Zethu was enjoying every moment. The forest got real thick & we felt completely isolated from the world. So we kept singing all sorts of songs loudly too :P. Bob Marley songs being the favorites ha-ha!!

As our singing continued the rain gods appeared again and burst open the clouds big time. Well we were lucky enough to find a view point, so pulled over. But yeah we didn’t mind getting drenched in the rain.
The view was superb, once the rains slowed down we could see the clouds and the mist moving all around us. We were very happy with the proceedings and were ready for what was next ahead to come.
TIME: 10:00 hrs

RIDE V: (Glimpses of the past)

As we left the view point, there were signs of land slides throughout. Mud collapsed on the road, rocks fallen on the neat road. The cold misty ride continued so did our singing ha-ha!! After sometime we spotted the magnificent MM hills. Oh yeah Hogenekkal and MM hills are 40kms away. On spotting these hills we started chatting about out our crazy 600kms one day ride we had a few months back.
Continuing further there were many small streams we had to cross, it was a few seconds ride to cross, but had pebbles and gravels. So controlling the bike became a challenge, but Zethu had no problems and we easily crossed it.

As we continued further, the tar roads faded away leaving us on mud road. Yes was an added joy to us, because we had ridden on every terrain possible and this was another.
The off-road journey was for about 5-6kms, once that ended it left us back on tar road. The road condition remained brilliant and yeah the forest got real thick (& yeah both of stopped singing automatically ha-ha!!). It was like a combination Muthathi forest and BR hills forest ride. It was not long before we spotted the flowing waters of Hogenekkal and we rode along side it for about 10-15 kms to reach a small town.
TIME: 11:00hrs

ACCIDENT: (Hit the Bull’s Eye)

Okay… we had to take a right turn (U’ish turn) once we reached the town but we missed it and continued further. As we continued on good roads I turned back to spot a stone which read “Hogenekkal 5kms” ha-ha!! So we took a U-turn and headed back.
Alright here’s the funny part we wondering how the trip had turned out to be so smooth & perfect and other things.
After 5mins BAM!! A bull from no where slammed into our bike. Both of us were baldly injured…
Zethu – forehead busted open, bleeding big time; Right arms torn with scratches; Shoes had a hole in it to damage right foot; Jeans torn and knee bleeding.
Sp – Right palm deep abrasion & bleeding; 3 fingers numb; Right knee had problems before the trip now completely dead!!

Ha-ha soo…. Now that was our situation, I was struggling to walk as I saw blood dripping from Zethu’s forehead onto his face. My right palm was in pretty bad shape too, as blood was dripping out of it too. (The marks still remain as I write this article)
I checked my bike and surprisingly it was all good, only a few scratches near the wolf lamps.
Took out all the small pieces of cloth I had and tied to Zethu and wrapped my bike cleaning cloth to my palm (I know it’s unhygienic, but yeah that’s the best I could do). 

Before we left we searched for the bull that had caused all the chaos, wanted to make sure the poor creature was alright. We found it happily grazing with it’s other companions ha-ha!! So now it was my turn to take over the bike, so with Zethu sitting behind we rode to a clinic and as Zethu was getting his treatment I stood outside with my right hand tightly wrapped.

TIME: 12:00 hrs
HOGENEKKAL FALLS:
Once Zethu was out of the clinic with all the bandages on his head, hand, knees and foot, we looked pretty much beaten up from head to toe ha-ha!! But frankly this did the least bit to pull down our spirits. We laughed looking at each others condition… and said to each other “Lets hope we go back home” and had a hearty laugh.
As we continued towards the falls, every person we met started questioning about our condition, so Zethu took the towel from my bag and wrapped it around his head and wore his sweater back to avoid further question-answer sessions ha-ha!!

 

As we reached the falls premises we found that the boat ride had been banned. We took a walk on the hanging bridge and continued further to view the first stretch of the falls. Well during my last visit to Hogenekkal, I hadn’t seen this stretch. So…. We continued further, Zethu was pretty messed up and I was limping across the rocky terrain with still the blood stained cloth in my hand.

Finally we reached the main falls and spent some quality time admiring the force & beauty of the waterfalls. The falls was at its best no doubt.
As we walked back, we had to cross many powerful streams over bridges all along the way. I removed the cloth on my hand and casually dipped my hand in the fast flowing icy-cold water, next thing you know I was running/limping biting my teeth as hard as possible and the cloth even tightly wrapped ha-ha!! Basically we were out of Hogenekkal…
TIME: 13:30 hrs


RIDE VI: (Hogenekkal – Anchetty – Denkankotte – Hosur)
Okay… we thought of taking the highway, but yeah decided to head back in the same route we came as it was breadth-taking and yeah I could ride the curves this time.
So I rode back pretty cautiously negotiating the curves with joy and cracking jokes all along the way. We stopped amidst the forest ghat roads, and removed Lays from my bag and started munching as we hadn’t eaten anything that day. And as we rode further… we had forgotten about the singing.., so as we began to sing again… yeah the rain came down mercilessly this time ha-ha!!

I mean this time the rain gods were real pissed off at our singing I guess :P,  we had to pull over this time as our wounds were paining. Finally once the rains slowed down, we rode non-stop with some soft singing, to reach the outskirts of Hosur. We sat on a bench and removed some corn and started munching it… and yeah shared it with all the living creatures we found around us… Ants, Crows etc.
We continued further to reach back Karnataka-TN border at about 17:00hrs, and tackling the traffic we reached back to my place at about 18:00hrs. I picked up my helmet from the garage and off we went again to Zethu’s place.
Dropped Zethu to his place, and I rode back to reach my place 🙂
TIME: 20:00hrs

CONCLUSION:
Well this was one of my best trips till date. We had to ride on every terrain possible highways, ghats, forest roads, mud roads, streams… and yeah I was in pretty bad shape even before the trip started and pulling off this trip meant something special… oh yeah the budget of the trip was Rs 200/ head (+Rs 150 clinic).. but the experience of a lifetime 🙂
PARTICIAPNT VIEW:

ZETHU: The perfect rider with whom I can chat, sing along, crack jokes and yeah time is never a constraint when he’s alongside. His cool temper helped a lot in pulling this one off in one-piece.
PULSAR: Well it takes more than a mere accident to stop this baby from ruling the highways… and yeah it was never like a bike more like a companion. And yeah brought us back safely 🙂
SP: Will improve my singing ha-ha 😛
Until next time…. Ta-da, Cia \m/

 

PICASA ALBUM: (Please go through each photo to see the route which we took)
MAP:

Written by Karthik Prabhu

January 17, 2012 at 5:08 pm

41) Muthathi – forest ride (Muthati): (31/8/2011)

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Place: Muthathi – The Forest ride(Mutati).

Distance: 100 x 2 = 200kms.
Directions: Bengaluru > Bidadi > Chenpatna > Sathnur > Mutathi > Sathnur > Kanakpura > Bengaluru.
Participants: Manohar > Sp.
Bikes: GS150 > Pulsar.


IN LESS THAN 50 WORDS:
This was another 200kms classic and formal trip to this wonderful place. It was a green forest ride throughout and Bird was definitely the word ha-ha !!

INTRO & PLAN:
As far as the planning goes, initially we had thought of Mahadevpura the bird sanctuary. When asked others about their call on this one, only 4 of us were ready to go. So the departure timings was set to 06:00hrs and we crashed.
TIME:23:00 (30/8/2011)

ASSEMBLE & THE WAIT:
I was up at around 4am, had coffee and did a few push-ups, and I was all set to go ha-ha. I left my place at around 5:30 am, and went near college to find nobody. The clock hit 6’O clock and still nobody were to be seen, so called up others. Manu responded back and joined in a few minutes. Both us waited for a good 30 minutes and kept calling others and finally when we didn’t get any reply we decided to change the place to Muthati. After a 60 minutes wait we departed.
TIME: 06:30 hrs.

RIDE I: (Bengaluru – Bidadi)
This was 30kms stretch. As the sun was just coming up, it was icy cold. We rode at a decent pace to cruise past RRMC and pulled over at a hotel at bidadi to have the famous “Bidadi Thate Idly” for breakfast. And trust me it is one of the must-have foods on SH-17 (Mysore road). We spent about 30 minutes on breakfast and sat on road side having coffee.
TIME: 07:30 hrs.

RIDE II: (Bidadi – Chenpatna – Sathnur)
This was a 60kms stretch, but yeah excellent roads throughout. We started from Bidadi to cover 25-30kms cruising past Ramnagar to reach Sathnur circle in Chenpatna. From here we took a left turn to continue on the Kabbala road.
This road is perfect for riding, surface and the surroundings are excellent. And after 20-30 minutes we spotted the Kabbalu hill, to be frank I was numb staring at that hillock. It took me back to 26th of January 2011 ( Click here to read the article). We took a small 10 mins stop and continued further to reach Sathnur.
TIME: 08:15 hrs

RIDE III: ( Sathnur – Muthati)
Alright this was the main intention of this entire trip, the “ Muthathi forest ride” began from here. Once we passed Sathnur about 5kms was in pretty bad condition. Once we completed this stretch Manu spotted 2 peacocks on the road-side. We rode very slowly through the forest enjoying the greenery and not disturbing the flora & fauna of the place. The forest was lush green and seemed much thicker when compared to our last visit to this place on 19/03/2011 (Click here to read about our previous visit)
Okay here is on of the “to-do” things during the ride, there are several places where you do not require your engine running. So switch off your engines and allow your bike to take you… and trust me don’t be surprised if your doing 80+ kmphr ha-ha!!.But yeah safety of not only oneself but also the animals must be taken into account.
We spotted a lot different species of birds and small creatures like squirrels etc., after sometime we reached the famous temple on the way, we parked our bikes and went exploring into the forest.
We reached the top of a small falls, but the surroundings was just magnificent. Then we realized that we hadn’t reached the actual place only ha-ha, so without wasting much time we carried on to reach Muthathi.
TIME: 10:00 hrs.

MUTHATI:
We reached the place where we had spent our last visit. To our amazement the place was totally flooded. The river Cauvery was in full flow, the force was tremendous and Mutathi being known for a lot cheating deaths we didn’t want to any risks. So we decided to go in search of a safer palce.
Ps: The actual place “ Mutathi” is not a very neat place, so going off-road once you spot the river is a good move.
So in a matter of 10-15 minutes we were at the new spot after some off road biking. We found for ourselves the perfect stop where a small stream had branched out from the main river. The forest surrounding us was thick, and it was very peaceful. We took off our shoes and kept our feet in the cold flowing waters after which we went on a small walk along the river bed. We did spot some weird insects like a pink dragonfly, purple dragonfly etc… After which we had a quick nap and decided to leave this wonderful place unwillingly.
TIME: 11:30 hrs

RIDE IV: ( Muthati – Kanakpura )
This was about a 60kms stretch. We decided to take the Kanakpura route and make the ride a little and nice circuit. So we rode pretty slow from Muthati to spot a variety of birds and small creatures. Oh yeah we saw dead squirrel on the road too, carried it to the roadside and wished for its peace. We took a lot of breaks amidst the forest on purpose as we wanted to grab all the fresh oxygen before heading back to the city, Once we reached Sathnur we rode at a decent pace to reach Kanakpura.
TIME: 12:45 hrs.

KANAKPURA : (Brunch stop)
We stopped at our regular hotel in Kanakpura as our tummies were grumbling. We had a good brunch to fill up our tummies as we had another 50kms to go.


RIDE V: (Kanakpura – Bengaluru)

This was a 50kms stretch. It was just formality to complete this stretch. The roads were very good with excellent curves and scenery. We reached the entry of NICE road and took it to reach Bsk 3rd stage in a matter of 15-20 minutes. We sat at the NICE road exit for about 30 mins and decided to leave back to our respective homes to mark the end of this classic trip..
TIME: 14:30 hrs
PICASA ALBUM:
MAP:

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November 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm