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    Default Ugadi Ride - Short Solo Ride around Bangalore

    Did a short ride towards Kolar/VKota this Sat. Pics below. More pics and travelog on approval.







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    Default Re: Ugadi Ride - Short Solo Ride around Bangalore

    Approved!

    Lovely pics Lokesh. And a happy 'belated' Ugadi.

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    Default Re: Ugadi Ride - Short Solo Ride around Bangalore

    One more from you!
    Just can't wait to see the full story. Bring it up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Divya Sharan View Post
    Approved!
    Lovely pics Lokesh. And a happy 'belated' Ugadi.
    Thanks.


    Quote Originally Posted by krishna77 View Post
    One more from you!
    Just can't wait to see the full story. Bring it up!
    The goal for 2015 is atleast one out-of-town ride every month.
    Hopefully I'll have the log in the next couple of days.

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    Default Re: Ugadi Ride - Short Solo Ride around Bangalore

    Nice post the log quickly.

    and goal for '15 is something. Good luck for that

    Ride safe and have fun.
    Regards
    Nadeem


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    Ha!!! March again. I love riding in March. The trees around Bangalore are in full bloom. Nothing beats the pleasure of cruising on a road lined with trees in full bloom.
    And if you can find a shady corner to catch a nap... Mashallah




    Obligatory Route Map


    So here I was on an Ugadi Saturday, heading down the nearest exit from Bangalore; which in my case in the Kolar Road. The first goal was to catch the sunrise at Narsapura Lake. Or shall I say dried lake bed, since that is all that's left of the lake.
    I reached around 10min early which gave me enough time to drive down to the village and grab a cup of tea. Post tea it was time to enjoy the sunrise and take some pictures.


    Sunrise



    Sunrise

    After enjoying a peaceful sunrise, I headed towards Kolar. The destination I had in mind was Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary. Now I have been to this area a few times before and loved the ride every time. You get a mix of highway, rural scenery and much-needed hills.

    As I rode towards Kolar, I debated on two choices. One option was to continue down NH4 and then at Mulbagal turn south towards Venkatagirikota (or VKota as it is locally known). The other was to turn south at Kolar itself towards Bangarpet and there turn East to wind through the villages towards VKota.

    Later I was going to be glad that I took the second choice.


    Sun n' Shadow

    By the time I reached Kolar, the sun was above the horizon and heat followed it.
    Owing to Ugadi, Bangarpet was quite crowded at the early hour. Threading through the traffic, I started looking for a coffee shop. One of the perks of driving the rural roads is the small coffee shops serving excellent filter coffee. Surprisingly I find that a cup of hot filter coffee is still refreshing on a hot summer day (yes this year March is hot in Bangalore).
    Past Bangarpet, as I turned towards Kotilingeshwara, I found a small shop. Now coffee is good; but who can resist a hot crispy dosa coming off the griddle. So breakfast followed.


    Breakfast

    Double coffee, a single dosa and a plate full of pongal later, I was on my way towards VKota. A few Km down the road, I saw a narrow dirt track leading up to a grassy knoll. Making an impromptu decision to do some off-roading, I turned on that track. Less than a 100m on the track, I spied a herd of Black Bucks in the distance. So parking the bike there, I trudged off towards the animals. The Black Bucks kept their distance. So after trailing them for a while, I returned back top where the bike was parked.


    Herd of Black Bucks


    Off-roading with no trail


    Tree about to bloom

    Realizing that I had spent almost an hour following the Black Buck, I returned back to the road and continued on.
    The road was recently redone; so hardly any potholes bothered me. Trees provided ample of shade. So riding was fun. NH would have been a pain in the heat as it hardly offers any shade. The only flowering trees in abundance was the Palash tree and I stopped a few times to practise some photo taking.


    Fallen Palash Flowers


    Under the Palash Tree



    Palash Flower


    Plains of Peranambut


    Selfie Time

    After crossing VKota, the road enters the Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary. The terrain is hilly and the road offers a few curves.

    A few hair pin "U" bends took me down to the plains of Peranambut. The heat was now bothering enough that I started looking for a shop where I could get some cold drink or cold water. The main street of Peranambut didn't offer any shop like that and I headed down towards Gudiyattam.

    Now Gudiyattam is a much larger town. Here I spotted a nibu-pani guy. Next to that was a guy selling home made khari biscuits. So i gobbled a handful of those washed down by a few glasses of cold nibu-pani.


    On the Hills of Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary


    Keeping watch

    Refreshed, I turned towards Palmaner. The road again enters the sanctuary, climbing a hill and then descending down towards Palmaner.
    By now I was somewhat tired. So I took a small break Under the a dense tree, next to a watering hole where cows were enjoying a bath. While I took a nap under the tree, a group of primates kept watch. Not that I trusted them, but that I didn't have anything which they could take.
    Half an hour later, the power nap was done.

    It didn't take long to get to Palmaner. There I turned west towards Bangalore. Give my aversion to riding on the NH, I was thinking of alternate routes. So a little after Palmaner, I saw a road going towards VKota. Now this was an opportunity to avoid the NH. I knew that somewhere down this road a right will take me to Mulbhagal.

    So I turned down this road. And this was a fortunate choice. Chittoor district prides itself on its dairies. Few Km later, I crossed one of those dairies. Now most of these dairies have a small booth selling their products just outside their gate. This one was no exception. I wasn't one to skip on the cold flavoured milk and ice-cream opportunity. I pretty much sampled everything that could be eaten there and then a second round of a few of them.


    Shade

    Content and much cooler, I settled down on an easy ride under the trees. Again the road was much better than the NH due to abundance of trees.
    After Baireddipalle I turned towards Mulbagal which didn't take long to come. A little after Mulbagal, there is a Adigas restaurant on the highway. I stopped by more to sit in the AC rather than to eat. Being there I did grab a bite.


    Rural Mulbagal
    From there it was a straight road to home.

    Trip Stats
    Distance: 370Km
    Start Time: 0500
    End Time: 1600
    Expenses Food: 300
    Expenses Fuel: 700

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    Superb short ride Lokesh Bhai.
    Wish you get to see as much as you want. That will keep the us and owners of the petrol pumps in your locality happy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by krishna77 View Post
    Superb short ride Lokesh Bhai.
    Wish you get to see as much as you want. That will keep the us and owners of the petrol pumps in your locality happy!
    Thanks.
    sigh.. I wish someone start selling a 25ps machine with 100Kmpl mileage. I would then keep away from those pump owners for much longer

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