Shivagange Trek

Places Covered: Shivagange
Total distance: ~100 Kms
Time: ~10 Hrs
Mileage: ~3 ltrs.
Previous Trip: Frozen ride to Talakona via Horsley Hills

This was one super short trip (100km round). Nothing much to write, will still provide as much info possible. Will let the photos do the talking .
My recent relocation to Yelahanka (Bangalore) presented me with an opportunity to strike-off the remaining places nearby Bangalore.

List of pending places nearby Bangalore:
Shivagange
Savanadurga
Madhugiri
Nijgalbetta
Bilikalbetta
Melukote
Hogenakkal
Shivanasamudaram and Talakad

Most of these place are relatively close-by, first 6 are trek locations and last 2 are waterfalls.

Shivagange is one of those many trek spots I missed, inspite being real close to Bangalore. So on December 16th 2012, I finalized a plan to Shivagange. 1400 meters above sea level being the highest altitude at Shivagange.

Route: Yelahanka > NH4 Highway (Tumkur Road) > Nelamangala > Dobbasapete > Shivaganga (have to take left from the highways, Shivagange is around 6 km form there)

We (4 friends, 2 bikes) started by 4:30 AM in the morning, took a coffee break near Nelamangala. We reached Shivaganage by 7 AM. First thing I did is took the below snap of the Hills.
Shivagange Hills

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The Free-Tan Trip to Yelagiri

Places covered: Yelagiri, Swamimaalai Hill
Total distance: ~400 kms
Number of days: 1

About

Yelagiri is a small hill station in Tamil Nadu. Located at an altitude of 1,410 m above Sea Level. Just ~160 km from Bangalore. The uphill ride consists of 14 hair-pin bends, each named after a poet.

Possible trek routes

1. Mangalam to Swamimaalai Hill
2. Tourist information center to Koosi Kuttai
3. Puthur to Perumadu
4. Kottaiyur to Pulicha Kuttai
5. Nilavur to Jalagamparai Waterfalls
6. Niiavur to Amma Kuttai
7. YMCA to Karadi Parai

Route 1 and 5 is what I planned, later cancelled since waterfall was dried-up.
There is a small artificial lake nearby, not worth going unless one is going with kids.
There is a Telescope Observatory, now closed.
List of shutdown activities also include Paragliding (YASA – Yelagiri Adventure Sport Association).

Note:
YMCA is probably the best place to stay there, requires prior booking.
– Conform the weather condition from before heading to Yelagiri. (noon time weather can be very harsh)
– Conform about the waterfall.
– For paragliding details get in touch with YASA.
– Carry packed food, food here isn’t worth. (atleast we didn’t find any)
– Need accomodation? There is guy named Javed at Hotel Nigress, he runs his own guest house, Rs 800 – 900 per night. I can’t share his number here, send me a PM if you need it.

Route

K R Puram> Hoskote> Malur> Bangarapet> KGF> Kuppam> Nemili> Vaniyambadi (Stay)> Yelagiri Hills

K R Puram – Hoskote is NH4, perfect, traffic-free roads.

Malur to KGF via Bangarapet goes a through village, but roads are awesome and traffic-free.

KGF – Kuppam – Nemili, roads are fine.

Nemili – Vaniyambadi – Yelagiri, roads are perfect (NH 46 + SH 130).

Trip

We planned a trip to Yelagiri, Tamil Nadu on 1st September 2012. But for some reason it kept getting postpone. So finally on 15th September 2012 we were able to make it to Yelagiri. There were 6 of us (me, Srinivas, Sandeep, Ramesh, Mani and Suresh, 4 bikes in total).

Me and Srinivas started early in the morning. I started by 0630 hrs from K R Puram. Srinivas joined me in Hoskote, had breakfast there and headed towards Yelagiri. The other group was supposed to join us at Yelagiri  late in the night.

The phone mount setup + charging arrangement I made recently worked real good. We took alot of breaks on the way, regular butt breaks/ cooldrink break in Kolar, coffee break in Kuppam and BBQ’ed phone break in Nemili (thanks to the climate over there) :).

Snap of navigation setup :).

Navigation Setup

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