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    Topic Approved.

    Please share the trip-log with us too, apart from sharing the photographs.
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    Thanks for the quick one Aryan.
    Would be adding the log soon..
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    hey nice DD is one beautiful place.

    where did you find the lake ?

    btw: pic no 11 and 13 from the top are really good
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    Quote Originally Posted by avinrichards View Post
    hey nice DD is one beautiful place.

    where did you find the lake ?

    btw: pic no 11 and 13 from the top are really good

    Thanks Avin
    Its actually the backwaters of Goravanahalli Dam.. very short distance from DD. Will put up the road details soon.
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    Sudhir nice pics the last one with RE really superb waiting for your trip logo

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    Quote Originally Posted by raja_roadster View Post
    Sudhir nice pics the last one with RE really superb waiting for your trip logo
    Thanks bro.. Will pen down soon. Whole day was busy with housekeeping, thanks to the continuous trips
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    Well, this is how the trip materialized...
    The previous weekend, Aug 15 being independence day, me and my two other bullet buddies did a spirited ride to KRS backwaters near Mysore. It was splendid run and last weekend my hands started itching again for a ride. After doing three continuous weekend trips my purse was super light and hence turned down idea of long trip. Something short and sweet will have to be found. Finally thought of Devarayana Durga(DD) which is about 80kms from Bangalore. I lured one friend Sampath at office by giving drooling descriptions of the place (although I dint even imagine the nature of the place )and was happy to have a company. Listening to this another buddy Shanu with a ZMR volunteered.
    As usual we were supposed to meet near Big Bazar BSK III stage outer ring road. The previous night I got a checkup for bike. Chain adjusted, all nuts tightened and topped up engine oil. As my old habit kept the riding gear neatly organised for the next day and the tool kit cum spares collection was mounted on the bike.
    Could hardly sleep the night and just killed time checking google maps for routes and possible places nearby. Finally eyelids closed at around 2:00 AM.

    Saturday, 21st August
    04:45 AM
    Freaking alarm woke me up and my eyes were burning with lack of rest. Just pulled myself up and switched on the geyser. Sampath calls up and asks if I am awake. I blabber something and cut the call. After 10min was bit sober and tried waking Shanu up. It was ramzan fast for him and I knew the fast is going to be tough on him with whole day ride. Three rings unanswered and wondered if he is gonna make it!! Finally he calls back and says he was in the kitchen
    I was ready at 5:45AM and started my bike for a customary two min idle. Soon started off towards Outer ring road and reached in 5min. Damn, I was the first one to arrive. WAited for 20long min and Shanu stops by with a grin meaning 'sorry'. Now both of us ring Sampath and he says its raining at his place. It took another 25min for him to reach the point and finally at 06:30 we started off towards Vijanagar>Yashwantpur> Nelamangala.
    By then the city had woken up and we encountered considerable traffic, mostly trucks and cabs. At 07:00 AM, reached the NH 4 starting point.
    Some 30kms of ride and my bull(Hugo) had nicely heated up and was running blissfully. Shanu's ZMR was looking cheerful and Sampath seemed to enjoy the Unicorn. I couldn't hear their sound anyway, thanks to my bike's roar . Both me and Sampath was starving and wanted to have some food. So we stopped at some small hotel and thank god - they had some idlis and mirchi bhaji. Just gorged on those and after that couple of teas, only now was I able to feel some energy climbing back. Poor Shanu would just look at us, unable to eat anything ..
    Now it was time for some spirited riding and reaching DD quickly was our objective. We started off at 07:30 AM from the hotel and immeditely pushed the speed to around 85-90kmph. The weather was overcast and just perrfect fora bike trip. But Shanu's friend had a sinister reputation of things happnening as per his words and his prediction for the day was that it would rain reavily, god damn him(he was again right) .
    To be continued...
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    Nice Pics Sudhir. DD seems to be a different world every time during rains

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    Thanks phanikar..
    It was a pleasant visit for us.

    In no time were were near Dobbaspet, this is where you take a right turn towards DD. From here the NH 207 has to be taken and the distance to be covered is about 20kms before you reach DD. Roads were good and the surrounding scenic, thanks to the green paddy fields and the distant view of mist encompassed hills. However, beware of the speed breakers which appear out of nowhere. I dint really bother as I usually fly my bike over the breakers But Shanu's ZMA had those low slung panels and hence he had to crawl over them. We stopped once to get some pics cum loo break. An old fella happened to walk towards us and we asked for directions and tips. He gave some info and someone amongst us mentioned about any waterfalls nearby. This old grandpa really got pissed off and started giving advise on how a few guys died last time when they tried swimming in a XXX place. We quickly escaped from the place, so unbearable was the fella's rant
    Then at the base of the hill we need to take another right and the bikes immediately started growling. Last few hairpin bends were fantastic and I as my old habit was, managed to scrape Hugo's foot rest. Bullet's footrest being wide and lowly, is easy to get scraped on banking. There were absolutely no vehicles and we three were totally enjoying this unusual freedom . Gradually we got consumed by the fog and the incredibly fresh air seemed very artificial after getting used to Bangalore's ultra polluted air . I was disappointed with the roads as I had expected some worn out off road but surprisingly, they are in great shape throughout. At around 8:00 AM, we were at the last motorable point at the apex. Consequently we read a board telling that it was the police wireless station and trespassers would be executed, we had just executed the trespass!!
    Dint waste much time in hitting a U turn and came back towards more friendly place and self timed the cam for a group pic. This was pic #1 posted earlier.
    About 100 feet of descent from there would end you up at what's shown in #2. This is really fantastic place to enjoy nature. A Panoramic view engulfed with fog, no crowd and best buddies - what else can one expect!!!
    We parked bikes right beside the precipice. Sampath started yelling that if the bikes moved backwards even for a feet, it would end up at the base
    So just put them in gear and unarguably, it was photo session...
    Spent about 30min there and then we thought of exploring the place. Came backwards and found another deviation which we learnt later takes us to the Yoga Narasimha Swami temple. We parked the bikes at the entrance of the temple and removed teh valuables. There were a couple of shops with juices, water bottles, snacks and freshly cut tender cucumber. But the most attractive stuff was teh catapults on display. Brightly painted with yellow and red, was catchy. Me and Sampath started walking the stairs towards the temple and Shanu volunteered to wait at the stairs with our jackets and shoes. After some 50 steps both of us were gasping for breath and I realized my fitness after quitting the gym for two months . I went ahead and did a quick darshan at the temple while Sampath bought some seva for the lord.

    After about 20min the darshan was done and I also did a few shots outside the temple. both of us walked down till where Shanu was waiting for us and went down to the base to get some cucumbers. They tasted so good that we had a couple of them each, again, while Shanu was cursing us
    Now it was time to check out the catapults and we picked our best ones and paid 40 bucks for three of them.
    The watch showed 10:00 AM and the place started getting crowded which I really dislike. So we were on our way back towards the base, but at the exit gate we took another road which takes us to Goravanahalli Dam.
    and yes, there was a bit of drama at this point of time....
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