Sunday, November 20, 2016

Round Road Trip around Male Mahadeshwara Betta [MM Hills]

The long pending road trip of Male Mahadeshwara Betta [MM Hills] successfully completed on Sunday of 20th November 2016.  This was our first journey where we come back to home on the same day riding 500 KMs.  A small hike of Rayakottai on the way added one more event list in our journey.

Bengaluru – Kanakapura – Shivana Samudra – Kollegala – MM Hills – Mettur – Rayakottai – Bengaluru

We started the early morning journey around 5.30 am from Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bengaluru.  The weather was very chilled, roads were empty, and morning ride was cool one.  
On the Way
Soon crossing the Kanakapura reached the deviation of Shivana Samudra at 7.30 am.  Many times we passed through this cross, this time we had enough time, so that decided to visit taking 6 KMs deviation from the main road.  We were not enough lucky to view the Bharachukki, the visiting time was mentioned 9 AM to 5 PM.  With heavy heart back towards the main road, on the way spent little time on Wesly Bridge of Kaveri River.
Kaveri River
Journey continued towards Kollegala, reached the town around 8.30 am.  Thought to finish the breakfast, got some descent Shetty Hotel near bus stand. We found very interesting display board in the hotel.
Very Interesting Notice in Kollegala Hotel
Filled our stomach with Puri – Saagu, continued the journey towards MM Hills.  The road conditions will make you tough till the beginning of the MM Hills ghat.  
On the Way to MM Hills
Taking small breaks reached the base of MM Hills.  The entrance of the Ghat was filled with traffic, many people were performing some Pooja.  Thought not to stop, continued our journey to Madeswara betta.  Enjoying the valley, taking small stops in the curves reached the temple by 10.45 am.
Madeshwara Temple
The temple premises was filled with devotees, parked our vehicle near tree shade. The temple premises was filled with crowd since there was a film was shooting.  
Movie Shooting
Not spending much time, we entered in the queue to take bless of Madeshwara.  Hardly took half an hour to finish the darshana and come out from the temple premises.  This was my third visit to this place, every time the surrounding place got completely change.  
Inside the Temple
Always I love to see the old structure and monuments and non-commercial surrounding area.  Perhaps when the word development interfere automatically vanish the old atmosphere.  I have noticed the entire temple premises put the concrete surface and it got completely change.

We thought to take a lunch somewhere in the mid of forest.  Continued our round trip journey towards Mettur.  
On the Way to Mettur
Thankful to Sudhakar for bringing home delicious food of Chapati, curry & veg salad.  Stopped in the mid of forest and finished the lunch.  
Home made yummy food
Spent good time chitchat and continued our journey.  Very soon we passed the Mettur.  Last month we witnessed less water in Krishnaraja Sagara dam and Mettur was also in the same condition.
MM Hills for away view
Reached very soon to Dharmapuri, relaxed sometimes on the road side Hotel.  Asked the Sudhakar about the two route option; first one which you take through highway Krishnagiri – Hosur, the second one is inner route through Rayakottai – Hosur.  He voted for second option, so continued our journey towards Rayakottai.
Mettur Dam
The sudden decision of hiking to Rayakottai taken before 7KMs away from the place.  I did Rayakottai one day trek in 2013 with my daughter.  I was not sure about Sudhakar acceptance, however he agreed to hike.   
Rayakottai Peak
When we reached the base point of the hill was 4.15pm, started our hike.  Taking small breaks reached the top by 5 pm.  We were only two souls in entire top hill.  
On the top of Hill
Cool breeze relaxed our mind and body, spent sometimes and started to descend.  Without break reached the base point at 5.30pm.
Beautiful view from Rayakottai
We thought to fill our hungry stomach, unfortunately did not get any good hotel till Hosur.  Badly required the fuel to our body, filled with yummy Masala Dose continued sailing the Bengaluru traffic.  The epic journey come to an end when we reached the home around 7.50pm.  The overall journey was cool and enjoyed lot.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Unplanned Bike Trip around Shivamogga: 10 – 11th October 2016

Unplanned travel will be always thrill, indeed it is true for us too.  Back to back journey did not make my mind and body tiered, I was just back on 09.10.16 evening 500 KMs long drive journey from Muniyalu to Kolar. I and Sudhakar was thinking to somewhere on 10-11th October 2016.  Previous night decided to go towards Sharavathi backwater.  Ram one of friend also joined with us.

Previous night was hectic to Sudhakar & Ram who were busy working whole night on client delivery of website.  The initial plan was to leave early morning around 4 am; we started the journey at 6.30 am.  Bike started giving the problem initial hike up.  Sudhakar gave the bike servicing in the previous day, however it was not done up to the satisfaction.  Could be the heavy rush on Festival season, especially Ayudhapooja so that they did not concentrated much.  One point of time we thought to drop the drive seeing the bike condition.  After a while of tireless effort, bike got started but he was facing the handle issue.  After confirmation of Sudhakar, continued our journey.

Luckily one of best buddy Vijayanand was in his native town Shivamogga.  Just we called him and expressed our arrival to him towards Sharavathi valley.  He was so happy about our journey and he was happier to join with us.
Journey started from RR Nagar passing through Yeshvathapura reached Tumakuru at 8.30 am.  Now the time to stop for breakfast.  Finished yummy breakfast in small roadside hotel.  After long break we continued our journey towards Shivamogga.
Very pain day again to Sudhakar & Ram, frequently getting call from client about the yesterday delivery. We stopped road side hotel and spent lot of time to resolve the issue.  Vijay was calling us and getting updates about our arrivals.

Reached Vijay home around 2.30 Noon.  The day was very auspicious of Ayudha Pooja.  Festival atmosphere everywhere, always smiling guy Vijay welcomed us.  Introduced to family members and finished the yummy festival food.

Now the time to decide about location, we had not enough time to venture around Sharavathi valley.  Vijay finally decided to take us around nearby places of Shivamogga.

First visit to Shankara temple in the dense forest.  The road itself talk about the beauty of the place.  Next headed towards one more Shankara temple inside the dense forest.  Passing through the paddy fields, taking inner village route reached the place.  By the time it was complete dark.  Explored the place and paid darshana and left to Shivamogga.
Vijay already called to home and informed about our arrival for dinner.  Mother served tasty dinner and adieu for the day.

Today also had the same issue, wanted to leave early and cover maximum places.  Journey started at 8.30 am after having the yummy breakfast.  I and Vijay chalked down many surrounding places which can be covered. 

Passing through the dense forest, reached such a wonderful place.  The open wide area welcomes you with it pristine beauty.  Took our bikes close to water.  

Spent a very good time on photography and relaxed sometimes.  We had limitation of time, even though the place will not allow you to comeback soon.

Next headed towards hill Ranganath temple.  Both the side green paddy fields are more attractive, reached the temple.  We can view the Bhadra river taking round and round around the field.  Vijay explained about the formation of round of the river.

We were running short of time, by the time was around 2.30 Noon.  Taking inner route along with canal road reached Shankaraghatta.  Found a good hotel and finished the lunch.

Vijay suggested to drop the other shortlisted places due to lack of timing.  Next destination was Bhadra Dam.  Parked our vehicle at main gate and had a small inside the campus.  The poor monsoon made empty in the dam.  Had a relax walk across the dam and headed towards Tarikere Amrutheshwara Temple.

This was my second visit to Amrutheshwara temple.  Beautiful architecture attracts the travelers.  Spent some good time in photography and decided to start the back journey to Namma Bengaluru.

The weather was getting colder and colder.  Reached the Birur at 6.30pm, the dark clouds were started to pouring.  Decided to take a small break and had evening snacks at Preethi Canteen.

Well prepared to face the rain and continued our adventurous journey.  The rain was on its pace and our journey continued.  Decided to continue the journey in the rain and assure take a break for every 50 KMs.  The stops continued Arasikere, KB Cross, Tumakuru Byepass.  When we reached Tumakuru it was 10pm; continued journey in the rain.  Reached home safely at 12.40 midnight.  The journey was challenging on narrow highway road of Bengaluru – Shivamogga.

A special gratitude to Vijay and family who taken care us for two days. Their love and affection will be always remembered for us.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Mysuru Round Trip on Bullet – 18th September 2016

The last Bullet trip was almost a year back Rameshwaram, I was badly wanted to go somewhere a long drive.  Sudhakar suggested and planned to go round the trip of Mysuru on 18th September 2016.  Joined with us Veeru & Ram on another bike.

Route Chosen
Bengaluru – Mysuru – Krishna Raja Sagar – Kannambadi – Bhoovaraha Swamy Temple – Melukote – Nagamangala – Nelamangala – Bengaluru

Left the Bengaluru on 17th September 2016 night around 9.30 pm.  Stayed night Sudhakar’s sister home at Mysuru.  The night ride was awesome, reached Mysuru around 12.45 am.


Finished yummy breakfast at sister home and left morning around 8.30 am.  Firstly visited the Krishna Raja Sagar Dam.  We have witnessed the Kaveri river flowing helplessly Karnataka towards Tamilnadu.  The security was tightened around the dam.  

Continued our journey towards Kannambadi, the place of Kaveri backwater area.  It was very pain to see the backwater area, the water presence is far away.  

Farmers are cultivating the land inside the Dam.  This is the situation of Kaveri river this year.  

Venugopal Swamy temple is coming up on the bank of Kaveri river.  Still the construction work is going on.  

Spent good time with photography and continued our journey towards Bhoo Varaha Swamy Temple, Kallahalli.  

Unfortunately we could not able to have Darshana, the goddess alankara time.  Had swamy Prasad and continued the journey towards Melukote.  

On the way we relaxed couple of minutes in the beautiful place.  We reached the Melukote around 3pm.  

Explored the surrounding area and spent good time for photography.  

Now the time to adieu beautiful place and ahead towards the Bengaluru.  

We decided to go back through Hasana highway.  Taking the Nagamangala, Bellur cross reached Bengaluru around 9 pm.  Overall we covered around 428 KMs.  

One more memorable journey added in my life with good buddies. The weather was awesome and enjoyed entire the journey.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Day - 4: Monsoon Biking Around Sahyadri 16.08.2016

We all knew the day will be very tough definitely.  Morning birds whisper made us to wake up very early around 5 am.  Quickly finished our morning core job, packed the luggage, and all set to continue the final day journey.  One more round we had photography session and continued towards Sanquileum.  On the way we come across historical caves which are preserved well.

Now the time is to fill our stomach of Breakfast.  Found a descent small “Hotel Manisha Restaurant” at Sanquelim. The breakfast was really tasty; we filled with Vada-Paav, Buns, Samosa, and Tea. Heavy breakfast made us little lazy, however the day stretch a long and long steep ascend to Belagavi was not so easy through Mahadayee & Chorla Ghat.

Arun bus departure was early than all of us, so he decided to move fast departing from the group.  He adieu us from the group and left early.  Now our group become five members, continued our journey towards Chorla Ghat.

Soon we crossed Sanquelim, the steep Ghat welcomed us.  Nothing much experience today except the steep ascend in the Ghat.  We reached on the way a small “ANJUNEM DAM”, Kerim, Sattari - Goa.  The security personnel not allowed us to visit the Dam, continued our journey.

Depends upon our capabilities, we all become solo riders.  Certainly I was the last person, I was enjoying the ride like a solo.  We soon entered into Madei Wild Life Sanctuary.  The roads were lonely except wind; in between the vehicle movement; light drizzling and scarier silent of valley.

Whenever I was feeling tiered, parking the bike side and enjoying the nature.  Lonely roads leaded towards the Belagavi.  Slowly we getting a good hike; the valley become deeper and deeper.  The spectacular view of entire valley was more beautiful.

As beginning said, the stretch was really more challenging for all of us.  I was asking the opposite traveler “Aur kitna door hai ye chadai hai” (for far this steep ascend)? The answer was come down from 25KMs to 2 KMs. 

We ourselves talking each other that, people does not the distance.  Taking multiple breaks at last we reached the Karnataka border by 12 Noon.

Someone said the border is the ending of steep ascend; no it was not.  Continued the journey towards Belagavi.  From the border Belagavi is around 60+ KMs.  Rafi was motivating us showing the GPS about the steep ascend distance and asked us to push further.

Now the time to have the Lunch.  We got a good roadside Dhaba “Hotel Tulasi”.  The hotel was empty and we were the customer.  Ordered Thali to all of us, hot food gave relax to our stomach. Very soon two buses reached the hotel, and it was filled with people.

The next destination was Surla falls.  I had been this place last year too, decided not to visit the falls if it is more than 4KMs.  Luckily the distance from the main road to falls is around 3KMs, so decided to venture it again on bike.  

Three KMs stretch again the challenging one, 70% of the stretch is again steep ascend.  Spent some good time, enjoyed the view of Sural falls, and continued our journey towards Belagavi.

At one point of time decided to pool the goods vehicle to drop the Belagavi if time not permit to reach on time.  Considering our short breaks and good ride, Rafi confirmed that we all will reach Belagavi on time.  Few of us made a mind to take a drop in vehicle and finish the journey.  Even I was too tiered and decided to stop the riding and get into some vehicle. BUT my mind was completely ready to accept this!!! I decided myself to stretch where the situation go beyond my control. So I decided to continue the journey.  Shanthi Prasad & Deepak decided to stop the ride and take some vehicle drop.

Rafi again motivated me to finish the trail at Belagavi.  I continued the journey, now the trail is rolling one.  Soon we crossed Khanapur reserved forest, now Belagavi was not away.  Rafi bike got puncture again when we were 11KMs away from Belagavi.  Quickly he changed the tube and continued our journey.

At last we reached the ending point Belagavi Bus stand around 7.40pm.  I and Rafi celebrated the victory to complete the trail from Belagavi Bus Stand to Belagavi Bus Stand.  Got refreshed in the Yaatri Nivas with cold water. Arun was the first person to reach around 3.30 pm. Wonderful speed riding by him.

The bus was scheduled around 10pm, did small shopping around bus stand and finished the dinner.  The bus is arrived on time to stand, loaded our bikes and relaxed in the seat. The body was badly wanted relax, not talking much and taking more time slip in to the sleep.

The over all journey around 300 KMs in four days

Morning reached the Majestic around 7.30 am, unloaded our bikes and re-assembled the front wheels.  Now the time to depart with team; said good bye everyone and assured meet in the next event.  The most memorable epic four days journey ended.

Thanks each one of the member for supporting and accompanying the journey. A special thanks to Mohd Rafi for wonderful organizing the event and giving an opportunity to be part of this expedition.