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59) Madhugiri trek & Nandi hills: (20/7/2012)

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Place: Madhugiri Fort & Nandi hills.
Distance: 350kms.
Directions: Bengaluru – Dobbaspete – Madhugiri – Guribidnur – Nandi hills – Bengaluru.
Particiapants: Deepak (Deepu) > Karthik (Sp).
Bikes: Pulsar.
Previous visit: MakalidurgaRailway trek.
Facebook page: Madhugiri & Nandi album.
IN LESS THAN 50 WORDS:
This was one terrific trek till date. Madhugiri (3930ft) being the second largest monolith in Asiaoffered a good challenge to climb. And yeah visit to Nandi is something we planned sitting on top of Madhugiri. Nandi hills shall & will be at the bottom of the ‘to-visit’ places.

INTRO & PLAN:
Madhugiri (3930ft) is the the second largest monolith in Asia after the mighty Savandurga (4022ft). People have referred Madhugiri as the vertical limit, daring trek etc. There are about 10 gates that we have to ascend. The height of each of the fort wall is such that it blocks the view of the next climb. So everytime you ascend a stretch you will feel it is the last one, only to find another hillock waiting just for you. This is something we observed while climbing; our ancestors surely kicked some mighty A. Deepu being a trek freak was the only one on the confirmed list.

 
ASSEMBLE:
Yeah I was up at 05:00 hrs, did a few push-ups, had some coffee and left home. We did carry a water bottle this time, as we didn’t wanted to end up dehydrated like the Makalidurga trek. Left my house at about 06:15hrs & cruised on the Outer ring road (ORR) at a very slow pace & reached Malleswaram. Picked up Deepu and departed Bengaluru.
TIME: 07:15 hrs

RIDE 1: (Bengaluru – Dobbaspete – Madhugiri)
This was a good 110-120kms stretch, with sufficient breaks taken. First we got out of the city & cruised on Tumkur road (NH-4) at a decent pace. After about 45mins of riding we pulled over for a light breakfast, after which we rode till Dobbaspet. At Dobbaspet we took a right deviation & from then on it was smooth sailing 60kms ride to reach Madhugiri.
TIME: 10:00 hrs

 
MADHUGIRI FORT TREK:
Well, we had got the first glimpse of this huge monolith kilometres away. And to be frank, we got a little scared. We reached the town, parked our bike & with the mountain goat’s spirits wide awake within us we were ready to conquer this fort.

Ascension:
We took about 1.5 hours to ascend with a lot of breaks & exploration. And thankfully we both were the only ones trekking as it was a weekday. As said earlier, there are about 10 gateways to pass. And at each of these, the height of the fort wall is such that it blocks the view of the next stretch. So I have divided the climb into 5 stretches namely; “initial, mid, danger, pre-last & final”.

 
Initial stretch:
The trek started off with a pretty easy stretch, with lot of steps. As we proceeded we realised climbing steps takes more energy out of your knees than climbing a plain rock.The initial stretch consists of a lot of doors of Mugal architecture. 

 
After passing through a few doors we reached a huge tank, which was a used as storage of rain-water in ancient days. Also we spotted an outpost on which we climbed up and took our first break. As we sat on the out-post, we stared at the huge hillock that stood before us wondering how long it would take us to reach the top.
TIME: 10:20 hrs

Mid stretch:
After some rest, we proceeded to spot a lot of temples near the out-post. And oh yeah he famous “whale shaped” rock as well. The second stretch was quite tiring as it had steep steps. The doors which were present here, laid mostly in ruins.
TIME: 10:45 hrs

 
Danger stretch:
Yes this is the most talked about stretch of Madhugiri and something we both were waiting since the start. We had to walk horizontally across a steeply inclined rock. But the railings made our job very easy and we crossed it without much difficulty to pass the 5th(/6th)gate.

Once we passed the gate we were shocked to see what stood before us. It was a another stretch of the hillock which seemed to reach the sky, making us feel that we had just started the trek all over again.
Pre-last stretch:
This stretch is very similar to Savandurga, but much steeper. With Deepu’s experience leading the way we ascended to find a lot of boulders & cactus plants. After few minutes we spotted another gate, after crossing which we were left with another hilly stretch in front of us. Ha-ha now I wasn’t sure myself as to how many gates there were.
TIME: 11:00 hrs

 
Final stretch:
We started walking up the not so steep terrain which I must say offered pretty good grip. After about 15-20mins, with a few breaks we were at the top 🙂
TIME: 11:20 hrs
MADHUGIRI FORT TOP:

As we reached the top, first thing we did is looked around wondering whether there was another hillock hiding from us ha-ha!! Yep after we confirmed only the sky was above us we put down our energy levels down and began exploring.

At the top, we spotted two dome shaped oil/ghee storage & a lot of other sit-out places. After crossing these places, we passed through a passage where we could feel the wind speeds pick up in a instant. After coming out of the passage we found a open area with lots of small buildings. The wind speeds were so high, standing up straight was a challenge.

  
As we entered the buildings we were kinda scared, trust we it was a haunted, lonely feeling inside. With darkness everywhere & bright powerful beam of light hitting the floor sent chills down our spines. After a few mins of exploration we climbed upon the buildings & took about 20mins rest, drinking some water. Then the plan of visiting Nandi hills came up. After the rest we got up & were all set to descend as we had another hill to cover.
TIME: 12:00 hrs

DESCENT:
The descent was a quick one, we took about 40mins to climb down the hill thanks to the shortcut. We finished off the final & pre-final stretch in a matter of minutes. After reaching the “danger stretch”, Deepu looked at me said instead of walking horizontal across the plane, we better go down the plane 😛

 

I was taken aback at first, but then was game for some crazy shit all the time. So the “dangerous stretch” didn’t look that dangerous as we began descending the steep plane discussing various methods of treeking. We took sufficient breaks and skiiping all the gates down we directly reached the foothills 🙂
TIME: 12:40 hrs
RIDE 2: (Madhugiri – Gauribidnur –Chikbalapur – Devanhalli – Nandi hills)

This was a 40+30+20+20 kms stretch. As we left Madhugiri, the roads to Chikbalapur was still under construction, so we had to ride at a slow pace. After covering 40kms we reached Gauribidnur. We had an excellent & proper Oota(lunch) & left. 

As we continued towards Chikballapur, the roads turned curvy & the surroundings became simply brilliant. We were enjoying the surroundings so much that we forgot to take a deviation at chikballapur and went off till Devanahalli :P. From there we continued another 20kms to reach the foot of Nandi hills.
TIME: 15:30hrs

 
NANDI HILLS:
Nandi hills is definitely not one of our favourite places, due to the visitors & modernization. But fortunately it was a weekday & odd-time the crowd was less. The ride up the hills was a smooth one.

 
Once we reached the top, we visited the Arkavati river origin, Tippu drop & the Nandi temple. It was really sad to see the tree houses & other structures being constructed spoiling the natural look of the place. So we searched for a good view point and sat down sipping water & having some snacks. It was not long before we made new friends, a couple of dogs kept us good company. We shared our snacks & sat with them for some more time before we departed.
TIME: 17:00 hrs

 
RIDE 3: (Nandi hills – Bengaluru)
This was good 60-70kms stretch. The descension of the entire hill was done with the engine switched off. Once we reached the foot of the hills, we cruised at a decent pace to reach Malleswaram for some egg-rice.
After having egg-rice, loafed around Mallewswaram for sometime, dropped Deepu to his place and rode back to reach home.
TIME: 20:30 hrs
Until next time Cia \m/
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Written by Karthik Prabhu

September 2, 2012 at 5:25 am

58) Makalidurga – Railway Trek: (13/7/2012)

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Place: Makalidurga – Railway trek.
Distance: 70 x 2 = 140kms.
Directions: Bengaluru – Yelahanka – Doddaballapur – Makalidurga .
Particiapants: Deepak (Deepu) > Karthik (Nr) > Kushal (Kaushi) > Datta (Dattu) > Ashok (Ashokey 350) > Karthik (Sp).
Bikes: Zeus > Discover > Pulsar 150.
Facebook page: MakalidurgaAlbum.
Budget: Rs200/h.
IN LESS THAN 50 WORDS:
This was one terrific trek which drained the life out us totally. It had elements of danger & fun well balanced. As far my knowledge goes only a few had reached the temple at the top. And yeah an extremely under-rated trek, it surely is as good as Skandagiri trust me!!

INTRO & PLAN:
Well the last time we trekked was 2.5 years back – Kabbaladurga trek, where i barely survived. After that we didn’t really do much of hardcore trekking. Then I stumbled upon this place, actually very long back itself. Makalidurga not only being a climb but a railway trek got us all excited and decided to get it under our belt.
ASSEMBLE:
Yeah I was up at 05:00 hrs, it was Dad’s birthday. Wished him, had a cup of coffee, did a few push-ups and left my house at 06:00 hrs. Oh yeah, just before I left I grabbed a 1litre water bottle. Trust me, I didn’t have faintest idea how important it meant. The assembling was scheduled at 3 places, first at Nayandahalli, then it was Mahalakshmi layout and finally at Sankey tank. After all 6 had assembled we departed Bengaluru.
TIME: 07:15 hrs

 
RIDE 1: (Bengaluru – Doddbalapura – Makalidurga)
Well this was 60-65kms stretch. We did stretch at a slow pace, with only one stop. We rode slow through the city, once we got out of the city we continued again at a slow pace to reach Doddbalapura. After which the roads turned real good, so we cruised along at a decent pace to reach the Makalidurga Railway station.
TIME: 09:30 hrs

 
MAKALIDURGA TREK:
Alright there are two ways to reach the foot of the hills
i) Ride our bikes 1.5-2kms further to the foot of the hills. OR
ii) Park our bikes at the railway station & walk 3kms on the railway track to reach the foot hills.
Yeah, we chose the obvious one!
Parked our bikes at the station, called out the station master & requested him to look after our bikes. Then the trek started as we departed platform of Makalidurga.
3 Km Walk:

Yeah the trek started of with lot of talks and jokes. We walked on the track, jumped around here & there. Then we sat on some bund talking about school days and incidents worth recollecting. It was not long before we spotted the first train, only a few minutes latter the second one zoomed past us. 

 
Then for the 3rd & 4thtrain we kept coins on the track and took them back as souvenirs. Finally we covered the 3km on the track and reached the foothills. As the sun was up, we did finish half the bottle at foothills only. We had no clue what the other half meant.
TIME: 10:30 hrs
Initial Stretch:

The initial stretch was pretty easy. The terrain was very similar to Skandagiri with a lot of grass & boulders. We took sufficient breaks & kept ascending at a good pace. After about 30 mins we encountered steep boulders, which we climbed carefully one after the other. I had a helmet in my hand and a tool-box, water bottle and lots of other things in my bag which began draining the energy out of me.
TIME: 11:00 hrs
3 Point Contact:

 

Trust me we were kinda lost right from the beginning ha-ha. The plan was simple, keep climbing up, until we reach the fort at the top. Alright, so… the number of breaks increased and we were getting dehydrated and fast. (Me being the worst due to the luggage)

As we took shelter below a small canopy of thorn filled bushes, Kaushi & Nr decided to head back as the steepness had started to become maddening. So the 4 us decided to continue further.
The boulders at a few places were literally 90 deg steep & climbing them was a real challenge. Check out the snaps, I’m sure you’d wonder how mental we are 😛 ha-ha!

Last Stretch:
The steepness did decrease, but not much. We were so dehydrated that we finished off the water. My shirt was drenched in sweat and I do not know why, but I refused to give my bag for others to carry. Deepu being the most experienced led the way until we reached a place where we had to sit down almost collapsing. After a short nap, we continued further to finally spot the fort walls. We looked for a breakthrough and reached the top 🙂
TIME: 12:00 hrs

 
The Flying Fortress:

Whew!! Reaching the top was a huge relief. The cool wind rushing at my face, as sweat kept running down the same is something I recollect very clearly. We spotted a few ruins on the top such as granaries and other storage places.

 
We also spotted a small pond, into which I badly wanted to jump into. Thankfully I was stopped by the others as it had dirty water. Finally we spotted the Nandi temple at the top which marked the end of the trek. We being the only ones at the top, walked like zombies one after the other, extremely dehydrated to reach the temple.

 
Nandi Temple:

Once we reached the temple, we literally stormed the place hoping to find water. But unfortunately we didn’t find any. The inside of the temple was damn cool and pleasant. We did a Pooja by ourselves, and slept off knowing that was the only way we could re-instore our energies.
TIME: 12:15 hrs

 
After about 45mins of deep sleep, we woke up yawned… I didn’t even realise where I was ha-ha!! But yeah water levels were still down. Just before we left the temple, I spotted a small packet of tea powder, put it in my pocket. Wearing back our shoes, we decided to head back down.
TIME: 13:00 hrs
Descension:

Deepu lead the way down again. And Dattu & Ashok were pretty okay after the rest. As we descended we took a totally new route, which had us lost right from the beginning. The sun being right on top of us made matters worse. After a few mins of trek down, we were caught in a place which had steep boulders again. We sat on them & descended carefully.

 
After 30mins we were back on grass & boulder terrain. Then I found 1 halls in pocket ha-ha :P. We broke into 4 pieces and ate, that wasn’t it. I ate the raw tea powder as well. Trust me… never eat it raw unless you don’t have any other choice. As we rested all we could see is huge trees and thorn filled bushes in front of us. The word “route” was kicked totally out of the dictionary that day. 
 
Crawling through the thorny bushes, jumping about the boulders and trees we made it out of that stretch to spot the railway track at some distance. Whew, well we just walked straight through the thorny plants without giving a damn about the bruises being caused on our faces, hands & knees. Finally we reached back the railway track.
TIME: 14:00 hrs
Last Stretch:

We had ended up about 0.5-1km further, so we had a total of 3.5-4 kms to walk back. We walked back on the track like zombies, head down, and arms hanging so dead from our shoulders. After about an hour we reached back the station. These 60 mins had to be the toughest walk of my life. We washed our faces at the station and went to a bakery near-by and drank a lot of fluids.
TIME: 15:15 hrs
RIDE 2: (Makalidurga – Dhaba)
Well having said tata to Maklidurga, we rode at a decent pace to reach dhaba on the highway. We ate decent meal, not to heavy and decided to head back as it was becoming cloudy. We didn’t want to miss riding in the rain.
TIME: 16:30 hrs

 
RIDE 3: (Rain Ride – Heavy)
As we left the Dhaba we prayed that it would rain. As we reached the airport road, the clouds burst open and down came the rains. We enjoyed riding thoroughly till Bangalore where we split our ways. After I reached the ORR with Kaushi behind me, the clouds burst open big time and the road was filled with rain water. But we didn’t stop continued at a decent pace, smiling at the all the other 2 wheelers who were taking shelter. Dropped of Kushal at Nayandhalli signal and reached back our bakery.
TIME: 18:30 hrs
  
EXTRA’S:
Ha-ha that wasn’t it. It was Arun’s farewell to IIT Madras, so went out had an excellent dinner. Trust me there I was in the hotel holding a glass of cold water in my hand, staring at it, realising how important it was under given circumstances. After a nice heavy meal we went back home.
TIME: 22:00 hrs

CONCLUSIONS:
Well this had to one of my best treks till date along with Skandagiri, Kabbaladurga& Pearl valley. The level of dehydration we went through is something which only could be felt, hard to describe. So a word of advice for people going after reading this article, take a lot water, snacks, and first aid kit.
Until next time Cia \m/

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August 17, 2012 at 7:36 am

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

40) Markonahalli dam, Tonnur kere, Melukote, Kanva: (30/7/2011)

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Place: Markonahalli dam, Tonnur Kere, Melukote, Pandavpura, Kanva.

Distance: 400kms – total circuit.
Directions: Bengaluru > Nelmanagala > Kunigal > Marko dam > Melukote > Tonnur kere > Pandavpura > Maddur > Kanva.
Participants: Datta (Dattu) > Chethan (Zethu) > Karthik (Sp).
Bikes: Avenger > Pulsar.
Previous visit: Kanva – Rain ride.
Budget: Rs400.



IN LESS THAN 50 WORDS:
This was another classic old school run to cover these 4 places, 400kms in one day. Markonahalli reservoir is less known or likely unheard of, Tonnur lake is pretty famous. As of Melukote it’s very famous, and Kanva our home 🙂

INTRO & PLAN:

My Dad was the one who enlightened me about Markonahalli dam and suggested me to visit it. So I made a detailed study about this place and formulated a small circuit which would run for about 400 kms. The initial plan was to cover 3 places and riding on 3 major high-ways. As of the participants, only Zethu and Dattu we on the confirmed list and we decided to hit the road. The meet up was scheduled at a junction near Tumkur road at about 06:00hrs.
TIME: 23:00 hrs (29/7/2011)


ASSEMBLE:
04:00 hrs, I was up and had coffee. After a few push-ups I was all set to go ha-ha… At about 05:30 hrs I left my place, it was dark and cold. Cruising comfortably through the outer ring road I reached the junction to find the others already waiting for me.
After a small re-union chat, we decided hit the road first one being NH-4 (Tumkur road)
TIME: 06:00 hrs

RIDE I: (Bengaluru – Anchepalya tea break)
This stretch was for about 50kms. As we hit NH-4 (Tumkur road) we both we running low on fuel. So had to search for a petrol bunk and re-fuel. After cruising past small towns, we reached Nelamangala. We took a left deviation to join NH-48 (Mangalore highway). After the deviation we rode for about 30 kms to stop for a small tea break on the highway.
TIME: 07:15 hrs.



RIDE II: (Anchepalya – Markonahalli dam)This stretch was for about 60kms. After the tea break, we decided to hit the road and so we did. We rode at a decent pace on NH-48. It is a brilliant highway, 4 lane huge and wide road. It offered very less trouble for riders. We cruised passed Kunigal in no time to reach Yadiyur. We took a left deviation at this place, a 5-10kms ride from this place would lead us to our reservoir.
TIME: 08:30 hrs.


MARKONAHALLI DAM/RESERVOIR :
After riding about 8kms from the deviation on NH-48 we caught the first glimpse of the magnificent place. Crystal blue waters reflecting the suns rays was a sight we all remember. The green grass, cool wind and oh yeah, zero visitors made the place so much more beautiful 🙂

We had to do a little off-road riding again in the slushy muddy terrain of the fields to reach the water. Once we reached the water we started the good old game “Skipping stones”.
We spent about 45 mins playing this game, enjoying every moment of it. The size of the stones was a variable 😛 haha, and with Zethu’s jokes and dattu’s singing entertainment was something we never ran short off.

After the games, we decided to walk on the bund and have a look at the dam gates and the canal. Dattu’s sang all the way on the bund (Song: Bird is the word).

Marko dam is very similar to Kanva reservoir, but much bigger and well maintained as the visitors are less. Ad we reached the gates, it was locked. So we sat on the benches provided and spoke about our college days for sometime and decided to leave this wonderful reservoir as we had minimum of 2 more places on our minds.
TIME: 10:00 hrs.



RIDE III: (Markonahalli-Melkote)
This was another 60 kms stretch of excellent riding. We reached Bellur Cross CCD in a matter of 20 minutes. And we reached the Adichunchanagiri junction as we had to take a left deviation at this place. But as our tummies were growing, we stopped at a small hotel on the highway to finish of a quick breakfast. After about 40 minutes, we left the hotel, and we took the deviation and we were en route Melukote.
TIME: 11:15 hrs.

The road which connects NH-48 and Melkote is simply brilliant. It wa heavenly to ride on such a road. Green beautiful fields on both sides of the road, less traffic made riding conditions ideal. Not only surroundings, but the surface of the road was also butter smooth and there were very less pot-holes and bumps. Finally the wonderful ride came to an end as we reached Melukote.
TIME:12:00 hrs.



MELUKOTE:
As we reached Melukote, we parked our bikes and visited the Kalyani first (Aaptarakshaka was shot at this place). After this we went to the green fields and started climbing up the rocks. The climate became breezy and cool. We started discussing the various techniques of rock climbing and getting out of a tough situation during treks etc.,

After some more time of fooling around we decided to take a small nap in the fields. About 1.5 hrs had passed like this in the fields and finally we got up to realise we had forgotten about the temple ha-ha.
TIME: 13:30 hrs.
As we entered the temple, it was a little crowded with a long queue. So finished a quick Darshana and grabbed a bottle of juice and decided to leave Melukote, next destination being Pandavpura.
TIME: 14:00 hrs.



RIDE IV: (Melukote – Tonnur Kere)
With 2 hours spent at Melukote we left towards Pandavpura. As Zethu had been to this place before, he led the way. Again greenery was something we could see throughout this 20kms stretch. Oh yeah we even managed to grab a sugarcane from a moving bullock cart ha-ha. After about 30 minutes of riding we reached Tonnur lake.
TIME: 14:30 hrs.



TONNUR KERE:
Believe me it was huge, I mean real huge. I was expecting a small lake but this thing was frikking huge. The wind speed was another thing remarkable, it was so windy the water kept splashing on the steps on we sat on.

Zethu suggested to trek up the hill to visit an old temple and also to get the best view of the entire place. So Dattu & me started trekking up, it was a neat trek. The windy conditions made it that much harder, in a matter of 30 minutes we managed to sneak our way to the top.

After reaching the top, we were amazed at the view of the water body… It had just grown in size ha-ha. The wind speed kept picking up, It was a challenge to just to stand straight up right, honest. Finally we went to the temple on top and decided to trek back. And like always for dattu it was like another morning walk :D. The decent was pretty quick and we re-joined Chetu and decided to leave Tonnur Kere.
TIME: 15:15 hrs.



RIDE V: (Tonnur kere – Maddur)
As we left tonnur kere we realised that we forgotten about lunch stop. So we decided to stop at Maddur. With the 3 places under our belt we decided to head back home. We joined SH-17 at Srirangapatna at about 16:00 hrs. Maddur is about 60-70 kms from Srirangapatna. SH-17 being a 4-lane, offered very little resistance and we sailed smoothly to reach maddur.
TIME: 17:00 hrs.



MADDUR TIFANY’S:
Ah well our Adda haha, ordered food well actually lunch. After a heavy meal, had some coffee and we went outside on the highway for a quick stretch. Then we realised that dattu hadn’t been to Kanva before. So no more questions were on our minds regarding the next destination haha!!
TIME: 17:30 hrs.


RIDE VI: (Maddur tifany’s – Kanva)
This stretch was for about 40-50kms. We cruised along SH-17 to reach Kanva in a matter of 30 minutes. We could see the sun going down, so we decided to witness the sunset at this magnificent reservoir or simply “home” :P.
TIME: 18:00 hrs.

KANVA:
Well Kanva – our second homes. It had turned chilly cold, so thoughts of getting down in water were removed. We sat on the grass for sometime talking about our previous epic 600 km one day ride. But for the day we had done about 350kms, and had to do 50kms more. But our energy levels were least bit effected, as we started searching for flat stones and there we were at it again “Skipping stones” haha!!
Finally after 45 minutes we witnessed one of the best sunsets ever seen. Dattu also completed a successful lap at kanva. Finally we left this wonderful reservoir as darkness descended.
TIME: 19:00hrs.

RIDE VII: (Kanva – Bengaluru)
As we left kanva, darkness descended in a matter of minutes. The weather turned icy cold & it started to drizzle as well. And the traffic on SH-17 increased drastically. We pulled over at a petrol bump at Ramnagar and re-fuelled for a few extra bucks as we knew what had to be done next.
Once we left Ramnagar, there was no stopping us. We had to play dodge-balls with the cars, buses, and tempos to show we knew SH-17 better haha. The darkness combined with rain made it challenging to ride, but we enjoyed every moment keeping safety the first priority. In less than hour we made it to Jnana Bharati “Split” Stop.
TIME: 19:45 hrs.

Ah it was a great feeling, first I made it to the stop. In a matter of 5-10 minutes Zethu and dattu arrived as well. We parked our bikes, switched off the engines and sat on the road side. And oh yeah smiling at the vehicles we had put behind as they rode past us.
Finally we split our different ways to reach our respective homes.
TIME: 20:45 hrs.

PARTICIPANT VIEW:

Zethu: Ah well, rode like there was no tomorrow. Led the way and introduced us to Tonnur Kere. His tricky jokes kept the humorous spirit up and high.
Dattu: Haha, his songs and imitations were more than we could ask of to keep us entertained. And yeah, successfully completed avenger run at kanva 🙂
Sp: Was very happy about the old school run.

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November 2, 2011 at 5:50 am

28) Kabbaladurga Trek ( Kabbalu Hill) :26/1/2011

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Place: Kabbalu Hill & Kanva.
Distance: (90+10) x 2 = 200 kms
Directions:
1) Bangalore > Ramnagar > Chenpatna > Left Turn > Kabbalu.
2) Banglaore > Kanakpura > Sathanur > Right Turn > Kabbalu.
Participants: Manu > Sp.
Bikes: GS > Pulsar.
Previous Visit: Chamundi Hills & Balmuri Falls.
Facebook Page: Kabbalu Hill album.
Budget: Rs250/h.



PLAN:
Before I start writing this article, I’m really happy that I’m still alive , this was the trip which almost took me away and left me with great memories to look back .I might have taken the wrong route but sure was a tough one and tested all my will to stay alive.

Okay a few days before 26th I came to know that Kabbalu was not only a dam but a hill which could be trekked. So the plan was trek the hill, then cool down in the waters. After a lot of discussion it was only Manohar & me who were ready to hit the road next day. So Crashed early without having the slightest clue what was instored for the next 15 hours.
TIME: 22:00 hrs

RIDE I : ( Bangalore to Kabbalu)
Morning 04:00hrs I was up & ready, just before leaving my house Alexi ( my pet ) was pulling me back into the house, all these signs made sense after 6-7 hours ha-ha!!! 6:30 am Manu arrived at my place and we left towards Chenpatna via Mysore road(SH-17) . We Chose SH-17 over Kanakpura road because it was still dark and there was a lot of Fog we didn’t want to experience a death ride again like that of Ride to BR hills .

SH-17 a good 4-lane road offered no problems for us .Though it was still foggy we witnessed a great sunrise, we cruised through Bidadi & Ramnagar to reach Chenpatna. A left deviation through this town would lead to the town of kabbalu.

RIDE II: (Chenpatna – Kabbalu)
From Chenpatna Kabbalu is about 20-25kms, it comes before Sathanur. And the roads were pretty good, both the sides thick trees, forest kind of roads. It was a real nice riding through this stretch. Finally after a good 15-20 mins ride we got the glimpse of the hill “Kabbalu”. On top we could see a small white dot – tat was top of the hill, which also marked the end point of the trek.
Kabblau is not that high when altitude comes into the picture, 2500 feet. But much steeper faces compared to other hillocks.
We entered the town of kabbalu parked our bikes near the temple (for safety)& walked about 1.5- 2kms then about 500 meters to reach the foot of the hill.
TIME : 08:00hrs.

TREK I: (Going gets tough with additional Load on my back)
We started to trek up the hill, we didn’t know the proper route so started climbing where ever we could find a path. We met two aged people who were trying to climb as well. They requested me to carry their 2-litre bottle and pooja items for them to the top as I was carrying a bag. This made the trek even more challenging a 2 litre bottle & other items added a lot of weight on my shoulder and I was carrying my helmet too.

The terrain changed to something similar to that of Savandurga , pure rocky terrain , it started to become difficult but fun. The steepness was maddening & the load on my back resulted in me losing lot of energy… And every time I lifted me hand my bag was pulling me back. It was only the beginning of what was in stored for me that day .
TIME: 08:30hrs

MANU STAYS BACK:
About 20-30 minutes of the trek, Manu felt uneasy & said he was giving up this trek. I thought a good 15-20 mins break would set him back on track, but he was pretty serious. And he’s that kind of person who is always ready for challenges. So I was put in a dilemma:
1) Whether to continue & deliver the goods to the top or
2) stay back and take him to safety.

The first option was associated with a lot of risks anything could happen and there was only person to blame “myself”. And also I wasn’t sure where I was heading… but it would also mean breaking a promise to the aged persons who had trusted me..So I asked Manu about the decision to make… he gave me a “thumbs up” … so I took a promise tat he would find shade or go back to the town and find food and shade.
So I continued further in search of the temple on top, along with other old ruined buildings hoping that the terrain would become less steeper.
TIME: 09:00hrs

TREK II: (Test of WILL v/s Facing Death)
After manu’s exit on the trek, it became that much harder for me to climb. The terrain became worse 70-80 degree inclined rock, not to forget the scorching heat of the sun on my head.

The rays of the sun falling directly over my head made me feel Dizzy at times, but one slip would END it all ha-ha!!! (Damn those moments). Every 10-15 steps I took uphill I sat down thinking the madness I had got myself into. Looking back down at the insanely steep terrain made me a little worried about climbing back down.

As it was an odd season to visit, the place was totally burnt out, which didn’t help to keep my spirits up. It looked like a burnt fort awaiting my arrival ha-ha!!! (Yeah I was hallucinating)

TREK III: (Last Test off will)
The temperature kept rising, was feeling dizzy somewhere on top of the mountain with no people around, crazy situation it was. Well the white spot which marked the end of the trek was totally out of my mind, I just wanted to stand on flat ground. And the most annoying part was I had a full 2litre heavy bottle but couldn’t open it as I thought it was kept for some sacred ritual on top.

Thought the steepness would reduce as I went further up , but unfortunately the steepness became insane , at certain places it was one shot one go , else slip to death kind of situations. Scary moments but worth living those. This stretch is something I’ll remember for a long time. Check out snaps of the inclination and the surroundings Ha-ha!! They showed no mercy.

Finally after a lot of balancing, I found myself at the bottom of a few uneven half broken rock foot steps which I thought would lead to the temple on top. And finally something went correct for me that day ha-ha!!!
There’s lot much to say about this stretch , the thoughts that ran into my mind… but it was all part of the experience , It’s very hard to express the fear I felt of not returning home , people i would miss etc . So anyway I was on the top of the world after reaching the top: D
TIME: 10:00hrs

TOP FINALLY:
Once I reached the top I was shocked to see the entire top burnt , but the cool breeze was blowing on my face , Whew that was a relief !! I wasn’t sure whether I took the right route but can assure u I took the hard one ha-ha!!

At the top I explored a little, found old abandoned buildings, and then spotted the first of the temples. Here the Nandi originates from the rock itself. But the main destination was still not to be found. The breeze was so strong standing became a tough task.

I put the pooja items inside the temple and found my bag had tore…Well that was a bummer, added to that my shoe lace also gave up… had to tie knots and manage. It was one of those days where everything went wrong and being on top of some cliff hanging on by a thread made things worse. I found a brick and wrote my name on top of some stone knew it wouldn’t remain forever but yea I was proud of myself ha-ha!! I had this scary feeling only once before during the Epic Skandagiri Trip.

Finally after 30minutes found the Gopura, which was seen as a small dot from the road which was far far away like a small streak. Sat in front of the temple looking at the town of kabbalu with heavy thoughts running through my mind. It was so windy I was scared to go the edge of the cliff. After 15-20 minutes at the main destination I wore back my shoes with modifications to my lace tying and decided to head back.
TIME: 11:15hrs

TREK IV: (Climb Down)
As I started to climb down I met a few more people who were just about to reach the top and believe me they were begging for water, so gave off the bottle of water to them and continued.
The climb down was a scary one, as every step required more balance and grip and yea I’m scared of heights too ha-ha!!! Then I sat down and climbing down cautiously keeping my hand on the burning hot rock surface. Bruises started showing up but had to continue as I didn’t have much of a choice. Ankles & knees were literally shivering .crying out in pain.

After 60 minutes of trekking and yea running down the hill reached the place where me and Manu had split off earlier, but as I couldn’t find him realized that he would be in the town. Finally found a better route and ran down even though knees & ankles were shattered, completed the last 10% of the hill in no time and reached the road which would lead to the town. Then I took one final look at the maddening & Scary trek I had been for the past 4-5 hours.
TIME: 12:45pm

THE WAIT:
As I reached of kabbalu people were staring at me as if they has seen a ghost. The shock on my face still prevailed. I was totally in sweat limping across the town with bruises on my hands. I reached the place where we had parked our bikes but Manu was no where to be seen and the wait began…

The sun was up & directly above my head but leaving that place meant that manu wouldn’t spot me so bought two coconuts and sat on my bike keeping the heat down. After 80-90 minutes off dizzy wait manu showed up whew it was about time. When enquired about his health he said he was okay and was ready to head back.
TIME:13:30hrs.

RIDE III: (Kabbalu – Dhaba – Kanva)
The ride back was a steady one… again riding through the forest kind off road was fun. We stopped for a few moments and we decided to go to Kanva .But before that our tummy’s were crying for food… it was only the previous day we had eaten so headed further to reach SH-17.
20kms form the chenpatna we reached the kanva Dhaba and had a good meal and headed towards kanva.
TIME: 14:15hrs

KANVA:
Seeing the waters of this magnificent place was a huge relief. Parked our bikes and took a dip into the water. Knees ankles wrists hands everything cooled down.. Felt great. After 30 minutes in the chilly waters of kanva we came out of the water and had a good nap on the banks. After that we decided to head back to Bangalore.
TIME:15:30 hrs

RIDE IV: (Kanva-Bangalore)
Well the last 60kms were left and it was just formality completing this stretch. The lunch & the dip in Kanva was really refreshing and we did this stretch in about an hour to reach Bangalore and we headed home.
TIME:16:30 hrs

CONCLUSION:
I would like to end this article by saying the following
this was one of my hardest treks till date, considering the season & the risks I took. I might have not taken the right route but defiantly took the tougher one and came out alive ,one slip would have finished it all & I wasn’t sure I would be returning back home that day but yeah \m/ here I am alive and kicking ha-ha!!
PS: And yeah don’t be scared to visit the place after reading this , the trek is pretty simple if u take the right route.
Until next time Ciao \m/ (Scroll up and see the snaps of this maddening route i took)
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Written by Karthik Prabhu

April 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm

24) Manchinbele + Big Banyan – Epic Ride back ( 4/11/10)

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Place: Manchinbele + Big banyan.

Distance: 35 x 2 = 70kms.
Participants : Dhiren (dJ) > Siddarth ( STIG) > Ashok > Arvi > Manu > Sp.
Bikes: RTR > GS 150 > Pulsar 150.
Directions: Bengaluroo > Mysore Road ( SH-17) > RRDC > Right Turn > Bigbanyan > Manchinbele.
Previous Trip : TK Falls.
If you have less than 5 mins, Click here: Manchinbele- Basic information

PLAN:


Another unplanned trip , so obliviously some part of it had to be Epic. Ok 4/11/10 was a Thursday , so all theory classes , so mass bunk 😛
10 am everybody escape… so we ended up near the bakery asusual sipping tea etc etc… we had the whole day ahead of us … so we had two plans in our mind
1) Go to a hotel and eat a heavy lunch.
2) Go to a place Nearby.
And we chose the latter … this decision took us 2 hrs to execute 😀 , 12 pm we left college towards destination unknown ( on SH 17) , I told others about a reservoir near Bidadi ( not manchinbele , now its like our native) so we decided to go there .

RIDE:


 
Well nothing much to say about the ride , it was our 5th OR 6th visit to the place… so it was just formalities… cruised along Mysore road to reach RRDC , took a right turn there and headed towards Big banyan tree ( Dodalladmara)
Wanted to stop at Bigbanyan , but realized that we could visit it on our way back. So headed further towards Manchinbele.

TRACTOR WHEELIE :


Vokay this was truly unbelievable , as we got the first glimpse of the place it was breath-taking… little did we know we would sight something else which wouldn’t take our breadth but Choke us 😛 😛
Entering manchinbele , we a saw a tractor lift the front two wheels up almost 60degree :O , we stood there with our jaws dropped in shock.

 

As the second one came by , wit was a little kid driving it … we requested him to do the wheelie , and this little kid did it even better about 80 degree… whew it was like we were imaging things… then the 3rd tractor came by .. we went a little overboard and asked whether we could sit on the tractor and then asked him to perform the wheelie 😛

Well he couldn’t get it done , so we headed towards the water ..
TIME: 13:15

MANCHINBELE:


Well , the water level had decreased a lot , we had a long discussion whether to get down in the water or Trek up the hill…
The water at this place was never clean , so decided to trek. We had to park our bikes behind some bushes well hidden , and started off towards the mountains . it was quite an easy trek but then the rain god came into the picture.

It was about 2pm , and started raining heavily , dJ had “ ___meter” in his bag ( sorry forgot name) so gave my towel ( a must find in my bag :P) to wrap it up.
Then we stood under a tree for about 20mins , Chinta his STIG , fat guy`s, Megan Fox stories kept us well entertained. **BOWS DOWN**

The sight of savandurga was amazing , it was covered in mist , looked awesome 🙂 . Then we trekked further up to reach a flat land. Hmmm it was a little different since our last visit to this place “ Manchinbele –The reunion” , But yea we walked further and reached the end… sat there for sometime and decided to head back.
The cool weather made the trek super non tiring . Heading back we checked our bikes and left towards namma bengaluroo 🙂 🙂

BIG BANYAN:

We reached here at about 3:15 pm , well nothing much is there at this place … so a small round at this place to wrap it up :D. We left BIG BANYAN at about 3:30 pm.
EPIC RIDE BACK:


Vokay here is the most thrilling part of this entire trip. As soon as we entered Mysore road , it started raining heavily. This was real heavy rains. Each droplet was like a thick bullet hitting our faces and chest… believe me that hurt !!
We thought of stopping at kengeri , but decided continue , SH-17 was literally in floods

Obstacle I :
It was becoming difficult to control the bike , finally , we reached Gopalan arch and headed further into Nayanhalli, then ashok and me decided to take a shortcut near a BP petrol bunk ,… So took a U-turn.. the next sight was something il never forget… there was huge amount of water flowing out of the petrol bunk…GULP!! This made all the potholes , humps , Stones , etc invisible…
It was a one shot go… taking a deep breadth , went off…. Finally after a few seconds in the mercy of the forceful water we made it out of it \m/
Obstacle II:
From then on we thought it was a walk in the park. Further we saw a car & scooter stopped near a small bridge… made my way through to sight the mother of all challenges for tat day…
Knee deep , flowing water over the bridge…ashok advised me to head back… But I thought I would give it a shot anyway. Started of at 20kmphr, taking care not to decelerate as water would enter into the Exhaust.
Everybody else were curiously looking at me whether I would screw up … that gave one more reason to cross it. After a min of hard time to keep the bike on course , made it out of it … took a look back at the people who had stopped smiled at all of them and headed further.
Whew what a felling it was… the other two bikes had taken the normal route… we all ended up at the bakery again shivering in cold , drenched totally , soaking wet .

Ordered some tea and snacks etc etc…
After having them headed back home , satisfied … it was a insane trip !! but the ride back is one hell ride I will surely remember…
Until Next time \m/

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January 3, 2011 at 3:08 pm

21 ) Pearl Valley (Muthyala maduvu) : (10/9/10)

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Place : Pearl Valley (Muthayala Maduvu).

Bikes: Pulsar > Flames > Gs150 > Pulsar .
Participants : Manu > ES > Mithul > Kg > “s” > Hanuman 😛 > Madhu >Sp !!
Distance : 50 x 2 = 100kms.
Directions: Bengaluroo > BAnerghatta Road > Anekal > Right turn > Muthyalamaduvu ( Pearl valley)
Previous Visit: Maddur CCD.

PLAN:
9th Sept had returned form Maddur at about 7pm… And well next day… had to be in Pearlvalley 😀 … So sent a text to people who were coming the next day regarding the timings ( 8am) , place to meet…And Crashed down !!

WAIT:
Next day 8 am there were no signs of anybody near my house .. so went near the college… nop nobody were there too.. after a few mins Manu showed up…followed By KG and S.. after about half an hour Mithul & Madu joined us.. Then Anurag (Hanuman) joined us half asleep… It was Mithul`s and Hanuman`s 1st Trip with us and they had no clue what they`l be going through the next 12 hrs 😀 ( Neither did we 😛 )
Then the epic wait For chaitnya ( Endu / ES) began. 9 am – No trace…. 9 15 am – Got up now mach..brushing teeth.. will be there in 15min . We decided to have breakfast in our college mess … had a pretty ok breakfast. Manu & me had been to this placein Jan , so we were having a discussion about our past visit. Finally at 10am Endu showed up :D…Then we took the NICE road to reach Banergatta Road.
RIDE :
Pulsar – Endu & Hanuman
Flames – Mitul & Madu
GS – Manu & S
Pulsar – KG & Sp.
So we 8 headed off on Banergatta road towards Annekal !! The road is pretty decent with a lil pot holes here and there :D. Manu led the way and I stayed back last everybody else in between… made sure that everybody were on the right track. We stopped at a small bakery near anekal purchased a water bottle…. Then reached anekal… taking a right here would lead us to a main road , from here after a kilometer or so…a right deviation on a small road leads to Pearl vally 🙂


PLACE:
We reached the place , parked our bikes and climbed down the old , half broken steps which would lead us into the forest , it was 11 am ( Please note the time cos the next 6-7hrs = insane adventure 😛 )
First things 1st ..we saw the Pearl valley Falls… spend only 10mins there and started walking into the forest…The Adventure/ trek was simply amazing…Trees fallen on the ground… butterflies around…Greenery everywhere…a small muddy ( hardly visible) path …
Then we reached a canopy it was pretty dark inside , sat there for sometime and headed further… then we decided to take an alternate route ( basically Alternate route = off route OR in simple words GETTING LOST in the forest 😛 )


INSANE ADVENTURE:
Holy shit!! Tat was one bad move man… we ended up walking though thick and very high grass ( pretty sure snakes were crawling all around us)… one second the person in front of u is visible…next moment he`s gone :O , “S” picked up a stick and started the samurai jack games…chopping away the Grass… 😀
After heading a little deeper into the forest GULP!!! Well we saw something tat made our adrenalin rise…we were jumping around in excitement 😀 , (STOP IMAGINIG SO MUCH ) it was only Fresh elephant Dung 😛 😛 HAhahaha!!! Well it was exciting , cos we realized tat there were elephants somewhere around us.
Alrit here was THE PLAN : “ If Elephant shows up , tiny ones ( Endu & me) hide behind bushes , Others hide behind trees and boulders , and our Hanuman ( mini Elephant) goes up to the elephant and says “ HEY WAZZAAA No SEE :P” “
After tat we came across a open area …to see elephant Dung all around us… we were in Deep Shit ( LITERALLY) 😛
Found a stream , washed our faces, thought of following it…. After a few mins realized tat it lead to a dead end :(…so decided to head back….After an hour so of walking through thick grass…crouching , etc etc… we reached a place and we had two options in hand
1) head further normal route
2) (The insane one) climb up a steep hill and see whats up thre 😛
We took the 1st option (Don’t worry we`l never disappoint u guys….keep reading ) .
We took the path further….went further for 15 mins….the sat in an open area…opened a packet of biscuit and the bottle of water we had purchased earlier and finshed them off in a matter of seconds :D…had a about 30 mins of nap in the middle of the forest…and when we were up… decided to say Tata to the Boring route… and take the uphill route!! 😀 :D…then came a voice “ Oye here`s a butterfly , take a snap it`l be nice!!! 🙂 “ we were like who`s tat…It was Madu speaking for a change Hehehe … he hardly speaks !!
We reached back to tat steep hill and there was no stopping Hanuman ( who was totally pumped up) went uphill like it was nothing, stones , mini-boulders rolled down and unfortunately I was behind him… had a hard time dodging the incoming rocks….
After reaching the top, the view was beautiful…. We found a small muddy path (Wheew!!! Tat was a relief) decided to follow it.

GOT WORSST :
But things got worse , it lead to a barren land, old cracked up , dry land… it was about 2pm in the noon…the sun was right above us…draining out all the water & energy we had. We could see beautiful Blue hills far far away..it was a wonderful sight.
We were really in the core forest…. Found a small dirty pond… besides it i.e along the pond was a killer sight.. Fresh elephant footsteps…, tat gave us the energy BOOST, we boom we were back and started following it…. Small branches broken down recently, grass bent down due to movement…. Aaahh yeah!!! We were dead on \m/
Then we had to squat and go further on… Endu , S , Kg And Sp(me) went further …others stayed back… further heard a Wild boars scream.. GULP!!! Well tats one animal u don’t wanna run into in the wild…we went back to meet others… had a long talk whether to go further or go back…finally decided to go back because
1) We were totally , I mean TOTALLY LOST.
2) Dehydrated
3) Energy levels very low
4) Brusies , scratches , rashes.
5) HUNGRY ( atleast the rest of them 😛 )



HEADING BACK:
Heading back was no easy task , we were in the middle of the forest in the noon , without a clue of our way back. We saw things( anthills , trees, bushes,barrenland,flowers) we had made fun off /spoke about while coming ….these came in real handy in making us feel that we were in walking in the correct direction. After an hour or two of walking like the living dead we saw the canopy…. Whew tat sight made us all very happy…we knew it was only 10-20mins walk from there 😀
Sat under the canopy for sometime.. had to use the shade… finally in a matter of few mins we were back at the falls 😀 😀 . washed our faces…we were glad tat nobody fainted due to the severe heat…Then walked up the same old broken steps which had lead us into the forest ( And believe me this was the hardest part )After reaching up we drank juice and went inside the restraint and started having lunch with a huge stick in our hands to shoo away the monkeys 😛 . ( it was about 4:30 pm)
And for the 1`st timers they were in shock watching me eat … I had exactly 3 spoons of fried rice and said.. “ Aahh im full… wher’s my drink?? “Haha!!!


RIDE BACK :
Then headed back to Bangalore, reached NICE road entrance… the final stretch 🙂 . KG , Endu who were sitting behind , were fast asleep… everybody tired, knees , and legs yelling in pain… 6.5 hrs adventure walk though the forest is no easy job.
Reached College , sat near bakery had tea and decided to head back home as the sun went down.
We were a lil disappointed tat we couldn’t spot an elephant, but what a killer adventure it was …6.5 hrs in the thick forest. with bruises , rashes, cuts on our hands… survived the entire adventure with just a bottle of water.
It was battle to to hang on… overall a wonderful trip \m/
Extra`s:
1) Dont go too deep inside the forest, finding way back isnt tat easy.
2) Carry water if you go for the trek.
Thank you !! \m/
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Written by Karthik Prabhu

November 1, 2010 at 5:13 pm