Yet another BORING weekend @Shivanasamudra :P

Places Covered: Shivasamudra (Gaganachukki and Bharachukki waterfalls)
Total distance: ~300 Kms
Time: ~12 Hrs
Mileage: ~7 ltrs.
Previous Trip:  Savanadurga, Manchanabele Reservoir and Big Banyan Tree

(Sometime back) Planned a ride to Chikmagalur on 12-14th January 2013 as a new  year special ride. A week before the the D-Day, I was busy fine tuning the plan (to include as much biking as possible :)). Being a festival season, 5 people dropped the plan at last moment. And since I had 2 days in my hand, not planning a trip is just not me :).

I had plans of visiting Hogenakkal Falls, Shivanasamudra/ Talakad since long back, they just kept getting substituted.

So I finalized a solo trip to Shivanasamudra/ Talakad on 14th.

About Shivanasamudra (looted from wikipedia :P)

The Shivanasamudra Falls is on the Kaveri River.  The island town of Shivanasamudra divides the river into twin waterfalls, Gaganachukki and Bharachukki.
Asia’s second hydro-electric power station after Sidrapong is located at the waterfall and is still functional.

Route


Peenya  -> Mysore Road -> Left turn after Bharat Petroleum Bunk near  Bibadi (~35 Km from Peenya) -> Head straight for around 10 km, joins Kanapura Road -> Take Right and continue on NH 209 till Malavalli -> Take left after Mahadeshwara Temple and head straight.

Trip

Though I planned a solo trip, I informed my friends about my trip in case someone changes their mind. 3 others cared to join me at the last moment.
As per the plan we left my place by 0400 hrs. There aren’t any good eateries nearby (other than Kanakpura), so it’s best to pack and go.
We reached Shivanasamudra by 0800 hrs. Took a few snaps of the waterfall. Shivanasamudra is a must visit place during monsoon.
 Gaganachukki Falls, Shivanasamudra

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Savanadurga Trek/ Manchanabele Dam/ Big Banyan Tree

Places Covered: Savanadurga, Manchanabele Reservoir and Big Banyan Tree
Total distance: ~120 Kms
Time: ~12 Hrs
Mileage: ~3 ltrs.
Previous Trip:  Shivagange Trek

This was one pending trip since a long time (as always :)).  So finally on 6th January 2013 I plotted a plan to trek Savanadurga.

Went out for grocery shopping the night before the trip, loaded my bag with snacks. Filled up the tank, cleaned the bike, fixed my navigation setup, reconnected the mobile charging unit, tuned carburetor for performance… and bikey ready to burn some rubber :).

About:

Savanadurga is among the largest Monolithic Hills in Asia. There is Nandi idol at the Hill top, which is 1226 meters above sea level.

Manchanabele Dam is just  a few clicks from Savanadurga. It’s is a small reservoir, build across the river Arkavathi for irrigation purpose. Place is quiet and peaceful enough to spend some time, though lacks tree cover for shade.

Dodda Alada Mara (Big Banyan Tree) is a giant Banyan tree located in the village of Ramohalli, spread over 3 acres and is supposed to be atleast 400 years old.

Route:

Trip:

The group consisted of 4 people and 2 bikes (again), I seriously miss riding without pinion :(, will pakka plan a solo trip in future :).

Back to the log, we left my place by 0400 hrs, stopped around 15 km before Savanadurga for a Coffee break, don’t remember the place name, bas Google bharose hum to.

Roads were fine throughout the trip, except in the village limits. We reached Savanadurga foothills by 0600 hrs, parked our bikes in front of the Temple and started the hill climb.

It’s nearly a 300 meter climb and can be done in around 2 hours. The view from the top is insanely awesome. There are no steps or supports to help you out, except a chain of arrow marks for direction.

Be sure not to visit on a rainy day or night. Also it’s best to start the climb early in the morning, by 6 AM is good enough. Carry food and water, there is nothing available on the top.

It’s a perfect place to plan a ODT when clubbed with “Manchanabele Dam” and “Big Banyan Tree”, which are pretty close-by.

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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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Frozen ride to Talakona via Horsley Hills

Places Covered: Horsley Hills and Talakona
Total distance: ~580 Kms
Time: ~23 Hrs
Mileage: haven’t calculated, must have burnt around 12-13 ltrs.
Previous Trip:  Trip to Dandeli/ Karwar/ Gokarna/ Murdeshwar

Not literally frozen of-course, its Andhra Pradesh. I guess the unexpectedness of the level of cold in AP made me feel even colder :).  The temperature throughout the ride was just above 10 degrees, coupled with 60-70 kmph riding speeds is good enough to result windchill in negative.

About Horsley Hills:
Horsley Hills is like  an  Appetizer at 4100ft, blessed with loads of trees (especially Eucalyptus, Jacaranda), 3-4 hair pin bends, awesome climate, peaceful, away from the traffic/ Janta and no pollution makes it a perfect getaway for relaxation.
There is nothing much to do here other than pure relaxation.
Also if you are lucky, you might get a chance to spot Sambar Deer.
Awesome breakfast buffet at APTDC (Rs 90 per head, includes dosa/ idli/ pongal/ coffee/ tea).
Trekking and some adventure sports (run by APTDC) are also there, haven’t done that.
There is a small park and a small zoo opposite to APTDC Hill Resort.

About Talakona Waterfall:
Talakona waterfall is around 100 km from Madanapally. Waterfall is in Sri Venkateswara National Park.
With a 270 feet tall, it is the highest waterfall in Andhra Pradesh.
There is also a 250m long canopy rope walk.
The water here is believed to be rich in minerals which flows through herbs and has healing properties. Talakona was declared as Bio-Sphere Reserve since a variety of herbs and plant species are available.
While heading towards Talakona, one can see the rocky side of Tirumala Hills.

Route:
Hoskote> Chintamani Bypass> Madnapally> Horsley Hills> Madanapally> Talakona (Tirupati Road)


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Trip to Dandeli/ Karwar/ Gokarna/ Murdeshwar

Places covered: Dandeli, Kali Nadi, Karwar, Gokarna, Murdeshwar.
Total distance: ~1400 kms
Number of days: 4
Previous trip: Trip to Lepakhshi via Nandi Hills

Got a call from a friend on 23rd October 2012, inviting me to join him on a trip to Dandeli with his family. Wanted to go there from a long time, so without thinking any further I just accepted it and booked a ticket for the same night. Booked a seat in Rajhamsa – KSRTC. The bus was at 2045 hrs from Majestic, so I reached there an hour before.

The next morning (0700 Hrs) I was in Dandeli. One of my friend’s relative was working in West Coast Paper Mill Ltd, so we stayed in their quarters.

Attended the evening Dussera function over there.

  

  

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Trip to Lepakhshi via Nandi Hills

Places Covered: Nandi Hills, Lepakshi

Total distance: ~270 Kms

Time: ~15 Hrs

Mileage: around 6 ltrs.

Previous Trip:  The Free-Tan Trip to Yelagiri

 

Considering the upcoming Sunday(16 October 2012), I called up a few friends to conform if they are ready for a short trip. Only 4 (2 Bikes) of us were ready, since I informed them on a very short notice (10 PM on Saturday).

We finalized to go visit Lepakhshi Temple, Andhra Pradesh via Nandi Hills, Bangalore. Since the entry through check-post is only allowed after 6 AM, I decided to start by 5 from K R Puram. The other group was supposed to join me at Nandi Hills. One who was supposed to come with me surrendered to sleep, leaving me pretty happy since I like to ride alone . As per schedule we reached there by 6 AM. Considering the crowd there, it took us an hour to clear to the check-post after document verification.

Route Map:

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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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