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60) Muthati forest & Kanva reservoir: (30/7/2012)

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Place: Muthati & Kanva.
Distance: 250kms.(in total)
Directions: Bengaluru – Chenpatna – Sathnur – Muthati – Chenpatna – Kanva – Bengaluru.
Particiapants: Deepak (Deepu) > Datta (Dattu) > Chethan (Zethu) > Karthik (Sp).
Bikes: Avenger > Zeus.
IN LESS THAN 50 WORDS:
This was another formal run to the forest range of Muthati. It had been amost an year since we had visited this place. And well Kanva just had to be on the menu to complete this trip.
INTRO & PLAN:
This was the 3rd run for the month of July, 10 days after the excellent visit to Madhugiri & Nandi hills. The old school 3 (Deepu, Dattu & Zethu) were the ones on the confirmed list. After the meet up time was comfirmed at 06:00 hrs, we crashed.
TIME: 23:00 (29/7/2012)

ASSEMBLE:
Yeah I was up at about 05:00hrs, had a cup of coffee, did a few push-ups & sit-ups and went outside at 05:45. Then the wait began, an hour passed there was no sign of the crew. So I went back home & finished of breakfast. Finally they arrived and we departed Bengaluru.
TIME: 07:30hrs
RIDE 1: (Bengaluru – Bidadi Tatte Idly)
This was a 30kms stretch on the butter smooth Mysoreroad (SH-17). Being a 4-lane road it offered minimum resistance. As others hadn’t finished their breakfast, we pulled over at our regular tattle idly stop in Bidadi. After having an excellent breakfast we had some tea/coffee & left.
TIME: 08:30 hrs

RIDE 2: (Bidadi – Kabblu – Sathnur)
This was about 60kms stretch. After an excellent breakfast, we cruised the next 30kms on SH-17 to reach Chenpatna. From here we took a left turn and continued to reach Kabblu. The ride after the deviation was simply superb as there was lot of shade & surroundings were brilliant. As we got the first glimpse of Kabblu it took me back to my trek which I had pulled off 2.5 years back. After taking a small break, we continued to reach Sathnur.
TIME: 10:00 hrs

 
RIDE 3: (Sathnur – Muthati)
This was a 20kms stretch & something we had been waiting since the start. We started off slow due to the bad road conditions. We did spot a lot of birds & small creatures like squirrels on the road side. Dattu merely sitting on of the bikes meant we were well entertained. As we continued further the roads turned a little better, but there were lots of patches when compared to our last visit.
After about 30mins we reached our regular hangout, the actual place isn’t that good. So going off-road into the forest towards the river is a better option.
TIME: 10:30 hrs
 
MUTHATHI:

First things first we removed our shoes & started exploring the place. Finally found a decent spot to sit down. As we did fishes swan towards us & started eating the dirt off our feet. We also spotted an eel in the flowing river water. After about an hour discussing the plans for the day, we decided to visit Kanva as well. We wore back our shoes & started playing the good ‘old skipping stones’. After about 30mins of the game we left Muthati.
TIME: 12:00 hrs

  
RIDE 4: (Muthati – Kanva)
This was roughly 60-70kms stretch. The ride back to Sathnur was a slow one as it was in forest premises. Once we reached Sathnur it was pure cruising for the next 25kms to reach Chenpatna to re-join SH-17. Once we hit Mysoreroad, we cruised till Ramnagar outskirts. Stopped in between grabbed something to drink & continued to reach Kanva.
TIME: 13:30 hrs

 
KANVA:
Well this wonderful place had to be on the menu for the day. It was peaceful & tranquil as it was a week day. We rode to the other side of the reservoir & sat down peacefully chilling on the shore.
Latter we jumped into to the water and started cooling down under the hot sun. After spending an hour in the water chatting about our high-school days etc., we got out and dried up. We decided to head to our dhaba as we were damn hungry.
TIME: 15:30 hrs

 
KANVA DHABA:
As we left Kanva, we rode the next 10kms at a slow pace to reach the dhaba. Next 1.5 hrs was spent at this dhaba eating ha-ha. We were really hungry, so ate proper heavy 3 rounds lunch & left. The pic below show only the first round, second & third round we were too busy belting 🙂
TIME: 17:15 hrs

RIDE 6: (Dhaba – Bengaluru)
This was a 55-60kms stretch on the 4-lane Mysore road. We rode this stretch pretty quick actually as I wasn’t riding ha-ha!! As we reached Bidadi heavy traffic started, but we rushed through it to reach back our bakery & had tea/coffee etc.,
TIME: 18:15 hrs

 

Until next time Cia\m/

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October 3, 2012 at 11:10 am

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)
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Written by Karthik Prabhu

March 11, 2012 at 10:32 am

47) Mekedatu & Sangama: (16/12/2011)

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Place: Mekedatu & Sangama.
Distance: 100 x 2 = 200kms.
Directions: Bengaluru – Kanakpura – Sangama – Mekedatu.
Particiapants: Madhu (Barca) > Manohar (Notorious) > Karthik (Sp).
Bikes: GS 150> CB Unicorn > Pulsar150.
Previous visit: KanvaReservoir – 2nd anniversary run.
Facebook Page: Mekedatu & Sangama Album.
Budget: Rs300.
IN LESS THAN 50 WORDS:
Mekedatu is a dangerous, fast flowing, and scenic water spot. Last visit to this place nearly two years back almost took my leg away, well this time things were different, the forest almost took our legs away ha-ha!!

INTRO & PLAN:
Initially the plan was to visit a reservoir and forest in Tamil Nadu. But like always, we prefer Plan B – unplanned one. Manu & Madhu were the only people on the confirmed list. So after finalizing the people and bikes we crashed.
TIME: 23:00 hrs (15/12/2011)
ASSEMBLE:
As usual I was up at around 05:00 hrs, had a sip of coffee did a few push-ups and was all set go. Manu arrived at my place at about 05:45hrs & as we waited for Madhu, Manu and myself were discussing other options. Manu suggested Mekedatu, as he hadn’t seen the actual place. Though I was taken back at the suggestions after the previous visit to this place, it was time put aside the fear and go back to this wonderful place. We departed as soon as soon as Madhu reached my place.
TIME: 06:45 hrs        

   
RIDE I: (Bengaluru – Kanakpura)
This was a 40-50kms stretch. Madhu said he knew a shortcut to reach Kanakpura Road, so we followed him. Believe me it was one kickass route, through thick trees on mud roads and saved a lot of time. Once we reached Kanakpura road it was just formality, we rode at a decent pace negotiating the curves of NH-209 to perfection to reach the town for breakfast.
TIME: 08:15 hrs
KANAKPURA: (Breakfast stop)
Alright…. We ordered some hot breakfast and coffee. Yeah as we ate the light breakfast, we again had a discussion about the destination. BR hills & Muthati were the among the hot favourites, but finally we decided to stick on to Mekedatu. After the breakfast we hit road without wasting anytime.
TIME: 08:45 hrs


RIDE – II: (Kanakpura – Mekedatu)
This was another 40-50kms stretch, but we took our own sweet time completing this stretch. We made sure we rode slow to enjoy the surroundings and the curves as we had no intentions of returning back home till evening ha-ha!!
We rode at a decent pace, back to back keeping the formation intact. We took lot of pit-stops, sitting on the road, enjoying the fresh air and scenic view all around us.
The final stretch to Mekedatu comprises of 2-3 hairpin curves, we switched of our engines and allowed our bikes to take us for the nest 3-4kms to reach Sangama.
TIME: 10:00 hrs

 

SANGAMA:
First things first, we parked our bikes under a tree. We started fooling around climbing up trees. I guess our basic instincts got the better of us ha-ha. Even the few monkeys at the place were taken aback.
As we moved on, I received another shocker. The place had a complete make over, restaurants, temples, gardens, clear boards, inspection bungalows etc.,

 

Two years back it had and absolute hardcore isolated look, with only on small shop and nothing else.
As we reached the river we were glad that the water level was low. Last visit it was here that I crushed my knee against a boulder as fell into the flowing waters. So I requested Manu who was the tallest among us to carry my bag which had their jackets and other belongings. We cautiously crossed the river and reached the other side.
TIME: 10:15 hrs

 
ADVENTURE WALK:

So…, yeah we had reached the other side. And as we did we heard there was elephants spotting near by :D, there was no stopping me from rushing to the spot. Jumping across the rocky terrain and running we reached the river shore to find these two huge elephants on the other side i.e from the Muthati forest.
Alright…, there are two ways of reaching Mekedatu after you cross Sangama. One way is the normal way by taking the bus and then there’s our way by picking up basic tools like a stick and a knife and walking 12-15kms through the forest filled with snakes and other wild creatures.

     
As we started the walk, we picked up our sticks and started chatting and cracking jokes. The trees were initially lean but as we proceeded it got real thick and we felt completely isolated. The silence was something we were enjoying but yeah it was scary too.
We were eagerly waiting for some wild animal to jump out of the forest when all of a sudden Manu and me who were in front felt the ground trembling (just like in the movies). As we turned back we could see Madhu, and yeah behind him was a sight I won’t be forgetting for a long long time.

 
About 30-40 huge bulls were charging right at us, in a matter of seconds we jumped out the muddy trail & hopped onto some rocky terrain beside the fast flowing waters. Trust me we were saved by a whisker 🙂
We waited for the gang to pass and then we resumed. After about 30 minutes of another isolated walk we encountered them again. Believe me they meant business, few of them actually turned back and started walking towards us. So we decided to go off the off-road :P. We continued along the fast flowing waters on the rocky terrain and rejoined the path only to find more bulls.

 
Alright…, we worked out a detailed plan and the plan was simple “walk right past it :P”… and thankfully it worked as we didn’t make any sudden movements to piss it off.
Finally the forest adventure ended as we reached Mekdatu 🙂
(Yeah all these encounters with bulls might sound funny, but trust me we had the same notion of bulls as simple creatures but this was something else)
TIME: 11:45 hrs
MEKEDATU:



Ah yeah there she was eagerly waiting for my arrival. We took some rest at the sit out and started to descend the rocky steps. We spotted a small snake on the steps but it was not worth the catch so we moved on to reach the place. And guess what, we were the only 3 at the entire place. Yup we were very glad to have the place for ourselves, and yeah it also meant extra dangerous.
We removed our shoes and started to explore with caution as the force of the water was simply terrifying, the thunderous roar of the water hitting the rocks could be heard during the walk only. Madhu & Manu were totally happy & satisfied with the place; I mean yeah it was worth all the efforts put into the walk. Continuing further we reached the final tip of Mekedatu where the water splits by hitting a boulder on which we were happily sitting.

  

We were at the tip; the clear instructions were no stupid and foolish tricks as nobody was around. We started fooling around, Manu and madhu threw their sticks into the water to examine the force, after further fooling around we took a small 20mins nap on the boulder.
After a while we woke up safely thankfully not falling off our beds haha!! We headed back to the sit out. We didn’t even have water in the bottle, so took extra rest and decided to walk back through the forest.
TIME: 13:00 hrs

ADVENTURE WALK 2:
As we walked back, my right knee which had problems from the start snapped. But we continued further and Madhu and Manu suggested we visit another spot along the way. And there she was Mekedatu-2 aKa Goatiedatu.
GOATIE-DATU: (Mekedatu-2)

Well yeah the name was coined by us only. But yeah this place was simply brilliant; it had a balance of fast flowing waters and small peaceful streams. The water was crystal clear and first thing we did was quench our thirst. Further we washed our faces and started to explore the place to find trees fallen down due to the force, small falls etc.,
We spent some quality time at this place and as we left the place found my shoe sole had a huge crack in it and my right knee was in deep shit pain.
TIME:  13:45 hrs

 
ADVENTURE WALK 3:
As we continued further, we kept laughing all the way to find the biggest hurdle of the trip. About 100-130 bulls were on either side of the muddy trail. And as per the day’s proceedings, even a tiger seemed less dangerous than these creatures. Slowly without any sudden movements we started the 10min walk (literally) amidst the bulls smiling at every creature ha-ha!!
Once we were out, we spotted a snake but unfortunately couldn’t catch it as it disappeared into the woods. We continued further taking a shortcut to reach Sangama.
TIME: 14:30 hrs

 
SANGAMA:
As we reached Sangama, Madhu & Manu jumped into the waters for a much needed rest as I sat ashore. After spending about 30-40mins we crossed back the river cautiously to reach our bikes. And yeah I still had my stick with me (latter it had a name too:P), it was all ready to ride back to Bangalore with usas well.
TIME:15:30 hrs
RIDE III: (Sangama- Kanakpura)
This was about 40 kms stretch. We rode at a decent pace without taking any breaks to reach Kanakpura hotel for a much deserved lunch.
We entered the hotel limping, and ordered a very heavy lunch, ah yeas it tasted so much better since we had earned it totally. After a heavy Oota we washed our faces and left.
TIME: 16:45 hrs

 
RIDE: IV: (Kanakpura – Bengaluru)
This was about 50kms formality stretch; all we had to do was stay awake as we had eaten a very lunch. As the sun started going down, the shadow formed on the road as we rode is something you should have a look. Haha we looked like warriors. We did some smooth riding on NH-209 to reach Bengaluru.
TIME: 17:45 hrs
Sat at the NICE road exit and spoke for about 30mins and left to reach our respective homes.
TIME: 18:30 hrs

 
CONCLUSION:
Well this was one kickass adventure, on of the best till date. It surely stands up with the other adventures like 
Pearlvalley – In search of Elephants, 
Skandagiri night trek – Misty Death trek, 
Kabbalu trek – Peak into the next life, 
TG reservoir – Fun run etc.,
It was crazy on the part of us to walk 12-15kms through the forest encountering snakes and bulls but  trust me it was worth all of it”
PARTICIPANT VIEW:
MANU: Led the way throughout and it was him who suggested this place else we wouldn’t have had such a great adventure.
MADHU: Known for his reserved nature, but this time kept the spirits up with his jokes and not forget his golden find “Goatie-datu”.
SP: Brought back the “Weapon of mass destruction”, ( Haha now you know what the stick has been named)
Until next time, ta-da Ciaa\m/


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February 12, 2012 at 9:11 am

44) Mahadevapura: (10/10/2011)

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Place: Mahadevapura.
Distance: 135 x 2  = 270kms. ( Our circuit came upto 350 kms as we ended up in Mysore).
Directions: Bengaluru – Ramnagar – Maddur  – Mandya – Left turn – Arakere – Mahadevpura.
Particiapants: Chethan(Zethu) > Karthik (Sp).
Bikes: Avenger > Pulsar.
IN LESS THAN 50 WORDS:
Alright this was an old-school smooth sailing run to cover this wonderful bird sanctuary. The place is pretty hard to find but yeah, worth all the effort put in finding it.


 
INTRO & PLAN:
Well actually we had planned to visit this place on 31/8/2011, instead ended up at Muthathi.
So… on the previous night i.e, 9/10/11 made a study a about this place and yeah all the places around it too, you never know where we’ll be ending up ha-ha!!
And finally Zethu was the only person on the confirmed list.
TIME: 23:00 hrs.


ASSEMBLE:
I was up at around 04:00hrs sharp had a sip of coffee, did a few push ups and was set to go. Then got a call from Zethu and we decided the meet up point to be Rajarajeshwari Nagar Gate. So… without wasting anytime reached the gate. About 10 minutes latter Zethu joined me.
TIME: 04:30 hrs


RIDE I: (Bengaluru – Maddur)
This was an 80kms stretch. It was pretty cold and the roads were wet as it had rained the previous night. But yeah we started off slow to get used to the conditions, and it was smooth sailing from then to reach Maddur.
TIME: 06:30 hrs


 

RIDE II: ( Maddur – Mahadevpura)
At the outskirts of Maddur we witnessed a beautiful sunrise and without wasting anytime we carried on to reach Mandya, from here on directions had to be asked.
After Mandya we took a left turn and continued further, the roads were good and the surroundings were brilliant. We cruised past the green fields and lake and also through some villages (Kodyala, Arakere)


 









Again asking fro further directions we continued further to spot the Arakere lake, but decided to visit it on our way back. Finally after sometime we reached the Mahadevpura Bridge, it was a wonderful sight all around and river Cauvery was in full flow. When asked about directions to the actual place, we got back a straight forward answer saying that was the actual place 😛 ha-ha. So we finally caught hold of a localite there, and spoke to him for a good 15-20mins and finally when we spurted out the golden word “Katte” he gave us proper directions.

Yeah that’s the word one should be asking for in-case somebody wants to visit this place. After getting proper directions we sailed smoothly and reached this wonderful place.
TIME: 09:00 hrs

MAHADEVPURA:
It was an excellent place and worth all the trouble we had taken finding it. The force of the water was tremendous so we could not walk on the bund. Check out the snaps taken, it expresses way better.
After spending about 20 mins at the Anicut we decided to walk & explore the place, and yeah we both were the only people in at-least 2km radius so bike’s safety was not a problem. We started walking but the road seemed never ending, so went back and started the wonderful off-road bird safari on our bikes.


RIDE III: (Bird Safari)
We were about 10min into the ride, when all of a sudden two huge blue creatures flew right across our bikes. We stopped at the right moment to witness these creatures fly across the river to the other side. It was peacocks, first thing I wondered was can peacocks fly?? 😛
We also spotted a lot storks, cranes, lucky black bird, and many other strange birds. Ba-ba Bird was definitely the word that day ha-ha!!
After the sanctuary ride we decided to spend sometime sitting on the rocks watching the birds fly around us. Oh yeah I was still in search of the perfect snake!!
Finally… we reached back the “Katte and had one final look at this wonderful place.
TIME: 10:30 hrs


 
RIDE IV: (Mahadevpura – Mysore)
As we left Mahadevpura, we kept going until a we spotted a board which read “Mysore 10kms”, ha-ha!! We had no choice so we reached Mysore, did one full lap around it and got back on our home ground SH-17 (Mysore road).
TIME:11:30hrs


 
RIDE V: (Mysore – Maddur)
After a drinks break at Mysore, we decided the next stop would be at Maddur for breakfast. So this stretch was a non-stop ride, and SH-17 being a 4-lane road didn’t offer any difficulties.
So reached Maddur at about 13:00 hrs and finished a heavy meal. Then we were thinking of visiting Kanva or not. Only one game could decide this , Rock-Paper-Scissor Ha-ha 😛
TIME: 13:30 hrs


 

RIDE VI: (Maddur – Kanva)
This was 40km stretch; all we had to do was stay awake. We rode non-stop to reach this wonderful reservoir at about 14:00hrs. We didn’t spend much time here, we sat in the shade for sometime and decided to leave.
TIME: 14:30 hrs


 









RIDE VII: (Kanva – Bengaluru)

This was 60km stretch though a formality one , but yeah had to keep our eyes wide open this time  ha-ha!! Okay… as we reached Ramnagara the skies turned dark, we pulled over and wrapped up all our belongings in a towel which was kept safely in my bag. Then i asked “You ready for this bro?”, then Zethu replied “Seen worse man…” haha!!


 





As we started to ride all hell broke loose, Sh-17 was totally flooded about 1/4th to ½ the tyre was under water, not just stand still water, but flowing as well. It was a hard ride but a memorable one as we were the only bikers riding all others had pulled over along the road side. We reached back Jnana Bharati split stop in one piece thankfully ha-ha!!

TIME: 15:45 hrs

CONCLUSION:
Once we reached the stop we had a good laugh at the ride and left to our respective homes.
Overall this was a classic run to a new place and to get back some momentum to our overall run.
(And yeah as some Extra’s, I directly went to college ground after this trip and ran a few rounds to get back some warmth in body ha-ha!!)
Ta-ta !!


 





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January 13, 2012 at 6:08 am

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
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31) Muthathi (Muthati) : (19/03/2011)

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Place: Muthathi .
Distance: 100 x 2 = 200kms.
Bikes: Pulsar 200 (3) > GS > Pulsar150.
Participants: Vineet > Darshan > Gagan > Manoj > Chethu > Gauti > Chinta > Manu >Sp .
Directions:
1) Bangalore > Kanakpura > Sathanur > Muthathi .
2) Bangalore > Chenpatna > Sathanur > Muthathi .
Previous visit: Himvadgopalaswamy hills.
If you have less than 5 mins : Muthathi in < 5minutes.


INTRO:
Muthathi – Place known for its mishaps. It’s about 100kms from Bangalore , no doubt the place is very beautiful with breath taking scenery , but the whirlpools and Strong currents are some of things one would want to avoid, Oh yea the Black magicians too . The actual place muthathi isn’t very good filled with litter…So going off road once you spot the river is a better option.


PLAN:
Now that’s about the place… looking at these facts one could say that its kind of dangerous place to visit… but as long as you have your senses under control and don’t try to do anything careless everything will be fine.
Okay after a lots of calls , texts , etc etc Manu , chetu , Gauti , confirmed their spots. Vineetu , Darshan , Gagan were yet to confirm , others said they couldn’t make it. So the departure time was set at 06:00hrs next morning and we all crashed.
TIME: 23:00 hrs (18/03/2011)
THE WAIT : (Assemble & Breakfast)
Woke up at 4 am , warmed up by doing a few push ups ha-ha !! had coffee and took my bike out at 5:15am and allowed it to rev for a good 5mins and took it to the petrol bunk . After filling the petrol went near college to find nobody so went to Gauti’s house and picked him up and cameback to college to find Chethu & Chinta , Manu joined us shortly.
Now the wait began for Vineet , Darshan , Gagan …after an hour our tummies started grumbling so went to a Hotel Siddarta near our college and had one of the best breakfasts till date. ( Till date I eat there 😀 , Awesome food )
Finally after 1hour 45 minutes we heard real loud roaring noise far away ha-ha !! This meant only one thing…. The rest of our group were somewhere near by… manoj also joined us .. finally we left towards NICE ROAD.
TIME:07:45hrs



RIDE I : ( Bengalore – Kanakpura)
Kanakpura is about 60kms from Bangalore the rest of the bunch went to fill petrol Gauti & myself reached the NICE road entrance and were waiting for others. In a matter of 10mins everybody regrouped and we started cruising on the NICE road at a decent pace.
TIME:08:00hrs

After 10-15mins we were out of the NICE road & on Kanakpura road. Then Vineet and me stopped as he said he wanted to draw some cash from the ATM. From then on it was non-stop riding to Kanakpura. We realized that Darshan , Vineet & the others hadn’t finished their breakfast , so we stopped at Kankpura hotel for breakfast
TIME:09:15hrs
RIDE II: ( Kanakpura – Sathnur)
After a good breakfast (MasalaDosa, Idly, Vada , coffee/Tea) , we stood outside for sometime… I asked as to how many were ready for Mekedat as it was almost the same distance as Muthathi from Kanakpura… but we stuck to the original plan and headed towards Sathnur.
Sathnur is 20-25kms form kanakpura , Excellent roads offered very little trouble ina matter of 15-20mins we were at Sathnur . A left deviation from here would lead us to Muthathi (SIGNBOARDS are available and clear)
TIME: 10:00hrs

RIDE III (Sathnur – Muthathi ; Excellent Ride )
The last 20kms was simply brilliant, the initial 5kms was a little patchy… so we stopped in the middle of the road sat on the road and spoke for sometime and continued after 10 minutes.
After this there was no stopping us at all… the forest curves started , surrounding became magnificent … it was total downhill with steep curves… we switched off our engines and negotiated the curves with all the speed …and believe me we were moving at 60-75kmphr. All we did was fool around and save petrol & oh yea look for animals too 🙂
As we went deeper into the forest the scenery became even better, negotiating the curves became real fun. The Awesome roads with excellent curves & the breath taking scenery had left us all speechless. Finally after 45mins of excellent forest ride we spotted the Kaveri river on the left side of the road. The trees to the left of the road were green & to the right side of the road were dry ha-ha!!
TIME: 10:45hrs

RIDE IV: ( Off-road)
We knew that the actual place Muthathi wasn’t that good so decided ride along the river until we get a good place. Finally we found a very beautiful and scenic spot far away…. So went off road welcoming the muddy humps, boulders , rocks , gravels etc etc…
TIME: 11:00hrs


MUTHATHI:
Once we reached the terrific spot, we parked out bikes in line, got our shoes off and had these in our head
1) Don’t wander off into deep waters.
2) Always be near a boulder or a tree, so that u can grab on to something .
Actually the river was very calm and peaceful, the moment we kept our legs underwater fishes started eating the dust of our feet, it tickled in the beginning but latter when we got used to it … we allowed the fishes to clean up our feet 😛
The place was very scenic and we collected all the fresh oxygen we could before we head back home ha-ha!!
TIME:12:45hrs

RIDE V : ( Muthathi – Sathnur ; Heat wavy ride)
Finally after a good nap & foot cleaned thanks to the fishes we decided to head back. Wore our shoes back and got the engines started. As we rode we could feel the heat winds hitting our faces and made us real dizzy… started going back at a real slow pace as we didn’t want to leave the beautiful place but latter we started picking up speed as the head was becoming unbearable.
Finally we reached Sathnur.
TIME:13:15hrs



SATHNUR: ( Drinks Break)
We stopped at Sathnur for cooling down. Bought Coconut water & Soft drinks sat on our bikes and started cooling down. Then I spotted a board which said “ Kabbalu 6kms” ha-ha !! Damn that brought a smile to my place and looked at the mountain and felt happy that I was still alive. Then we headed towards kanakpura.
TIME: 13:30hrs


RIDE VI : (Sathnur – NICE ROAD entrance)
Good roads offered very little resistance so kept a constant pace of 70 kmphr.. As we reached kanakpura we took a vote whether to have lunch at Bangalore or Kanakpura….. once everybody decided Bangalore was the next stop .. we rode at a good pace to reach the NICE road entrance on kanakpura Road.
TIME :14:40hrs

RIDEVII: (NICE ROAD to __ )
There was about 15-20kms to go…after covering 2-3 kms Manoj’s bike ran out of petrol ( okay just another reminder , Vinnet’s , Darshan’s , & Manoj’s bike don’t have Odo , Speedo , Fuel … indicators 😛 )
Everybody were ahead Manoj & me were at the last.. somehow managed 5kms… then we tried all the following
1) Choke , Bike bent down fully.
2) Towing the bike with the help of two bikes from behind
3) Used a coconut tree branch and tried out towing .

Finally told Darshan (+chinta) & Manu (+Chethu) to go to bakery near college & wait while Gauti & myself go and get petrol. The NICE road operators were real nice & allowed us to enter the road again without having to pay . Finally with petrol back in Manoj’s bike Vineet ( +Gagan) , Manoj , Sp (+Gauti) cruised along… and reached our bakery safely to have tea/cofeee etc etc.
TIME : 17:00hrs

The trip turned out to be a memorable one due to the excellent ride, scenic views all along , and the petrol thing 😛 ha-ha !!
Until next time Ciao \m/
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27) Chamundi Hills (Mysore) & Balmuri Falls : (5/1/11)

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Place: Chamundi Hills & Balmuri Falls.

Distance: 350kms in total.
Directions: Bengaluru > Maddur > Srirangpatna > Straight – Mysore
> Right – Balmuri Falls.
Participants: Manohar(Manu) > Arun(Slowpoke) > Karthik(Sp).
Bikes: GS > Unicorn > Pulsar.
Previous visit: BR hills – Coldest ride from Bangalore since 117 years.
Basic Description: Balmuri falls in < 5 minutes.
Facebook Page: Balmuri falls Album.

PLAN:

4th January , Arun & myself were walking on the college cricket ground, when Arun suggested the wonderful idea to visit Airport at morning 4 am .. After a few minutes of discussion the destination was changed to Balmuri falls & Srirangapatna as we had skipped it on Melkote trip.
So called up others to ask their call on the trip& it was only Manu who was ready to hit the road like always \m/. So Arun and me had dinner near college went back to our respective houses to get some sleep as we had to hit the road at 04:00hrs.
TIME: 20:30hrs

RIDE I: ( Bangalore – Maddur CCD)
Morning 2:30 am I was up and got ready. It was a New Year… And the biggest shocker already took place… Arun arrived at my place at 4 am sharp…ha-ha!!! After a few minutes Manu also joined us & we departed at 4:30am on 3 bikes.
As it was dark we started of at 40kmphr and went at this place for about 20kms to get used to the conditions then. After a while we were cruising at 70-80kmphr and reached Maddur CCD.
TIME: 05:30hrs

MADDUR CCD:

Well I have been to CCD only once before this, and Arun wanted have coffee at this place from a long time so it was something special for all of us. Manu & me ordered hot coffee… Arun unique as always ordered cold coffee even though it was cold outside. We spent a hour at the CCD and left towards Balmuri.
TIME: 06:30hrs

RIDE II : (Maddur CCD – SriRangapatna)
The Sun was up & shining ,Balmuri falls is about 60kms from maddur , good SH-17 roads offered very less resistance. When we reached Srirangapatna , a right deviation would lead us to Balmuri falls.. but just then we spotted a board “ Chamundi Hills “ .
Manu wanted to go to this magnificent hills, and so we kept Balmuri ON HOLD again as in melkote trip and proceeded towards Mysore.
TIME: 07:00hrs

RIDE III: (Srirangapatna – Chamundi hills)

4 lane road made our job simple… kept a decent pace of 60’s to reach The Heritage city – Mysore … Zooming through the lanes of Mysore in a matter of minutes we were out of the town and on chamundi hills road.
Chamundi hills didn’t offer any difficult uphill climb, but it was a pleasure to ride on those roads, 3 bikes going uphill at a time when most of the people are still asleep is something awesome. After cruising uphill we reached the temple and very happy to see that it was not at all crowded.
TIME:07:45hrs

CHAMUNDI HILLS:

It was Arun’s and his family’s sacred place ,so he was overjoyed in visiting the same. We got a very good pooja done and spent a good 30minutes on top of the hill. When we were just about to leave we spotted a Rolls Royce- Ghost, Manu – a car freak, went crazy and wanted to stay there till it left… ha-ha!! So we captured snaps of the car & the famous Maheeshasura Demon … Staying there for some more time we left the place…
TIME: 08:45hrs

RIDE IV: (Chamundi-Giant Nandi)

From the temple its hardly a ten minutes ride, but we stopped at many places to get the wonderful aerial view of the Mysore. When we reached the giant Nandi we spent 10 minutes got the pooja done and left the place.
TIME: 09:00hrs

RIDE V: (Giant Nandi – Balmuri Falls)
Balmuri falls is 30kms from Chamundi hills, so we ode downhill at a decent pace , negotiating the curves cautiously . Manu & Arun lead the way to Mysore to reach SH-17. We reached Srirangpatna in a very short time. From here it was 15kms , and the roads turned to worst… It was horrible road and we had to slow down to 30-40kmphr. We came across canals carrying water to the falls. After a some slow riding avoiding pot holes and patches we reached Balmuri falls.
TIME: 10:00hrs

BALMURI FALLS:

Believe me we were shocked to the core because every time I picture this falls in my head , it would always be associated with about 10-20 taxis , few private cars , families , few bikes … basically lot of crowd.
But nothing of such was there, only we 3 with our bikes were at the place. We got a great chance to have the place for ourselves.
The falls was at its very best, great force, clear water, it looked marvelous. Please have a look at the snaps it always expresses way better.

We walked to the other side of the falls, we also observed the unique way the edges were at this place which made the falling water have a unique grain like pattern. It was beautiful but was packing a lot of force.
Balmuri is not a big falls in terms of ‘head’ ( Ha-ha turbo-machines) i.e. the height through which the water falls. But it is a very wide water fall. We washed our faces and walked on the bund lifting our legs up for every step we took.

We spent an hour or so at his wonderful place enjoying the tranquility listening to the water fall and cooling ourselves down. Finally we left towards Bengaluru… we realized that this trip was so good we had forgotten about food, so Maddur Tifany`s stop was confirmed.
TIME: 11:30hrs

RIDE V: (Balmuri – Maddur Tiffany’s)
The ride back to Mysore road (SH-17) was a slow one again; my bike’s fuel was almost empty I was only hoping it could pull it till the main road so that I could re-fuel. We reached SH-17 and cruised on it to reach Maddur in no time, fuel was totally empty. We had excellent Masala Dosa & coffee and came out and took rest on the swing. Gave our bikes sufficient time to rest as it had rode 270 kms and still 80km to go. We went to the petrol bunk and re-fueled our tanks and were ready to hit the road again.
TIME:13:00hrs



RIDE VI: (Maddur Tiffany’s- Bengaluru)
Next 80 kilometers was just formality, Mysore road good 4-lane road, all we had to do was “stay awake” ha-ha!! Rode at a pretty decent pace to reach Bangalore .
TIME: 14:30hrs
Overall it was a Classic trip, never had expected Balmuri to be so empty when it was flowing at its best and well 3 people on 3 bikes – Heaven !!

Before ending this article, here are some of our best runs (Or what we think are the best out of the first 50 runs) Hope you enjoy reading them :
[1] Maddur – The Origin.
[3] Mekedatu – Destination danger.
[4] Nandi Hills – Quick Return Mechanism.
[17] Skandagiri night trek – Misty death trek.
[18] Kanva Resevoir – Mechanix ride.
[21] Pearl Valley – Jungle walk.
[22] Talakadu – Come one, come all. (11bikes, 21 participants)
[26] BR hills – Foggy forest cruise. (Coldest ride since 117 years)
[27]Chamundi Hills & Balmuri falls – Classic Flawless ride.
[28] Kabbaladurga Trek – Hello death!! (NDE – Near death experience)
[29] Himvadgopalswamy Betta – Hot oven ride.
[37] Chitradurga fort & Vani Vilas Dam – Time travel into ancient heaven.
[38] MM hills, BR hills, Gaganchukki,Barachukki – Twin hills and falls ride.( 600kms one day)
[40] Markonahalli dam, Melukote, TonnurKere – Old School fun ride.
[44] Mahadevpura – Explore that sanctuary.
[45] Hogenekkal – Blood filled memories on road. (Must read)
[47] Mekedatu & Sangama – Adventure on!! (15kms forest walk)
[48] Coorg(Madikeri) – Big finish to ‘11.
[49] Yercaud – back on the streets. (580kms 1-day ride)
[50] Panchapalli dam – 50th chapter complete 🙂
Until next time – Ciao \m/

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