Ride De Malnad

“On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it” – Jules Renard.

One such beauty is Malnad or Malenadu, a richly-forested, heavy rain fall area spread over the western and eastern slopes of the Western Ghats, covering parts of Shimoga, Chikmagalur, Uttara Kannada, Kodagu and Hassan districts in Karnataka.

Malenadu translates to ‘land of hills’ – is blessed with fantastic winding roads surrounded by coffee estates, daunting hills with Jain temples at the summit, temples of great archaeological & mythical significance, abundant wildlife, birthplace to numerous rivers and delicious Malnad cuisine.

Malnad Roads - between Varanga & Karkala

Malnad Roads – Best Relished on a Motorcycle 🙂

Motorcycles:

  • KTM Duke 390
  • Hero Karizma

Route:

Bengaluru > Hassan > Kottigehara > Belthangady > Bajegoli > Karkala > Varanga > Karkala > Bajegoli > Sringeri (since Agumbe ghat was closed due to road works) > Begar >Nantur > Kundadri Hill > Hariharapura > Kuppalli > Koppa > Jayapura > Balehonnur > Aldur > Chikmagaluru > Belur > Hassan > Bengaluru

Total Distance: 700kms

Neer Dosa at Kottigehara, Opposite KSRTC bus stand

Neer Dosa at Kottigehara – do not miss!!

Varanga:

Varanga, a small town between Karkala & Agumbe is a popular pilgrim centre for Jains with 3 main Basadis aka Jain Temples:

  • Neminatha Basadi – this is the oldest & biggest amongst the 3 Jain Basadis with a history of about 1,200 years
  • Chandranatha Basadi – this houses the Jain Math and has a history of about 1,000 years
  • Kere Basadi – Knows as the ‘Lake Temple’, this is situated in the middle of a green lake in Varanga, like a ‘lotus in a pond’. This Basadi has a history of close to 850 years
Kere Basadi aka Lake Temple at Varanga

Kere Basadi aka Lake Temple at Varanga

Useful Information on Varanga Jain Temples:

  • Best time to visit: Early mornings
  • Best time of the year to visit: October to February
  • Contact the Jain Math inside Chandranatha Basadi to visit the Kere Basadi (lake temple) – it is closed most of the times. The only way to reach this Basadi is in a small wooden boat.
  • Footwear should be removed before entering the Jain temple

Sringeri:

One of the few temples I love and feel drawn towards. With a rich history of about 1,200 years, Sringeri is flocked by pilgrims and nature lovers alike.

Vidyashankara Temple at Sringeri

Vidyashankara Temple at Sringeri

Kundadri:

Cloud-surfing views of the Western ghats, two beautiful ponds on the hill-top and a Jain Basadi with a history of 2000 years – ‘peace’ and ‘serenity’ sum-up Kundadri Hills.

Kundadri Hills Karnataka

View worth a ride – summit of Kundadri Hills

Useful Information on Kundadri Hills:

  • No Entrance Fees
  • Cars & motorcycles go all the way up – one has to climb about 50 steps to reach the view point & the temple
  • Where to Eat: Chitranna (lemon rice) & Kokum Soda at Hotel Sri Annapurneshwari in Hariharapura (28kms from Kundadri)
  • Don’t miss to ride across the ‘Cable Suspended Bridge‘ in Hariharapura
Lemon Rice & Kokum Soda at Hotel Sri Annapurneshwari, Hariharapura

Lemon Rice & Kokum Soda at Hotel Sri Annapurneshwari, Hariharapura

Kavishaila & Kavimane, Kuppalli:

Kuvempu’s ancestral home or Kavimane in Kuppalli has been restored and converted into a museum. The poet’s 250 years old house is a quintessential Malnad house with a courtyard in the middle and jackfruit wood pillars.

Kavimane, residence of Kuvempu at Kuppalli

Kavimane at Kuppalli

Kavishaila is a rock monument on top of a small hill in Kuppalli made of megalithic rocks dedicated to Kannada poet Kuvempu. The rocks have been arranged in a circular fashion with a memorial at the centre of the rock monument where Kuvempu was laid to rest after his death.

PS: Relish the beautifully marked and well paved roads leading to Kavishaila & Kavimane once you deviate from the main highway

Kavishaila at Kuppalli

Kavishaila at Kuppalli

Useful Information on KaviShaila & Kavimane:

  • Entrance fees of 10 INR/person is charged to Kavimane
  • Photography inside the house is NOT allowed
  • Footwear should be removed before entering Kavimane
  • Riding Gear: request the ticket counter guys to hold them
  • Carry a hat and sunglasses while visiting Kavishaila
  • No facility to keep the riding gear at Kavishaila
  • Ample parking for motorcycles at Kavimane & Kavishaila
  • Both are open all days of the year

Badra Coffee Stop – Coffee Shop, Balehonnur:

Do not miss their cold coffee and bread omelette !! Look out for an assortment of coffee powders and Malnad food products.

Badra coffee stop is open all days of the week from 8 am to 7:30 pm

Cold Coffee and Bread Omlette at Badra Coffee Stop, Balehonnur

Badra Coffee Stop – A Must Stop on Balehonnur-Aldur highway!!

Balehonnur to Aldur - best motorcycling roads in Karnataka

Balehonnur to Aldur – one of the best motorcycling roads in Karnataka

Wish you guys lots of motorcycling and food-trips 🙂 – have a wonderful 2017 !!

Ride de Gandikota, Belum Caves and Yaganti

Gandikota & Belum Caves have become one of the most popular places to ride in South India owing to the beautiful landscapes and deliciously spicy Andhra cuisine. Although the roads are boring straights, the stunning vistas of Gandikota, Yaganti and Belum Caves made up for the journey.

Motorcycle ride to Gandikota on a KTM Duke 390, Yamaha R15 and a Hero Karizma

View worthy of 300 kms ride @ Gandikota

Motorcycles:

  • Hero Karizma
  • Yamaha R15 v2
  • KTM Duke 390
Breakfast in Anantpur with Pongal at Sri Mukambika Tiffin Centre, Anantpur

Must Eat – Delicious Pongal for breakfast at Sri Mukambika Tiffin Centre, Anantpur

Yaganti:

Surrounded by beautiful rocks and natural water springs, Yaganti is nothing short of a nature-lover’s delight and a mythology buff’s imagination that teleport you to different universe.

Yaganti consists of the main Uma Maheswara Temple, a Pushkarini and 3 Caves (Agastya Cave, Veera Brahmam Cave & Venkateshwara Cave).

Sri Uma Maheswari Temple at Yaganti

The Majestic Sri Uma Maheswari Temple at Yaganti

Interesting Facts of Yaganti:

  • The Nandi idol facing Shiva has been growing in its size over the years. Archaeological Survey of India has confirmed that the rock grows at the rate of 1 inch per 20 years (10 mm per 8 years) due to special composition of the rock used to build the Nandi idol.
  • There is a burning lamp called Akasha Deepam (meaning sky lamp) on the top of the hill behind the main Uma Maheswara temple. It is lit up every day and it glows from dusk to dawn.

Useful Information on Yaganti:

  • Best time to visit & click pictures: 7 am to 10 am and 4 pm to 6 pm (It gets hot afterwards)
  • Best month to visit: December & January
  • Do not carry riding gear into the temple (unless you love juggling between your gear, phone and SLR camera :p), instead request the guys at any of the shops at the temple entrance to keep them till you return (be kind enough to return the favor by buying some refreshments!!)
  • Watch out for the monkeys, they love everything they see 😀
  • Entrance Fee to be paid/person (no additional fees for camera or recording gear)
  • DO NOT miss to stop for the majestic views of Owk Reservoir & its submerged villages, en-route to Belum Caves from Yaganti
  • Where to eat:
    • Bangalore to Yaganti – Pongal & Masala Dosa at Sri Mukambika Tiffen Centre, Anantpur (near Hotel Masineni Grand)
    • Outside Yaganti Temple – Uggani Bajji & Lime Soda
Lime Soda & Uggani Bajji at the shops outside Yaganti Temple

Lime Soda & Uggani Bajji – must try at Yaganti !!

Motorcycle ride to Owk Reservoir - Enroute to Belum Caves from Yaganti

Owk Reservoir – En-route to Belum Caves from Yaganti

Belum Caves:

Belum Caves is the second largest cave in India. It is a natural underground cave formed by the constant flow of underground water. The caves reach its deepest point (150 feet from entrance level) at the point known as Pataalaganga.

The caves were explored and mapped by Mr H. Daniel Gebauer, a German Speleologist in 1982-1983.

Inside Belum Caves near Kurnool from Bangalore

Inside Belum Caves – gateway to a different universe!!

Useful Information on Belum Caves:

  • Best time to visit & click pictures: I recommend visiting on weekdays, weekends are nothing short of chaos
  • Best month to visit: throughout the year
  • AVOID AT ALL COST carrying riding gear into the cave (it gets hot and plus certain sections of the cave is very tight to get through with the riding gear), instead request the guys at refreshment shops to keep them till you return (be kind enough to return the favour by buying some refreshments!!)
  • Carry a spare tee-shirt, navigating the caves is nothing short of burning 400 calories 😛
  • Entrance Fee to be paid/person (no additional fees for camera or recording gear)
View from Gebauer Hall in Belum Caves

View from Gebauer Hall in Belum Caves – Apt to stash a Bat Mobile 😛

Gandikota:

Gandikota, popularly known as the ‘Grand Canyon of India’ consists of a fort built on top of the gorge formed by the Penna river with the Erramala hills . “Gandi” in Telugu means “a gorge,” and “kota” means “a fort.”

KTM Duke 390 with an Arai Quantum 2 helmet at Gandikota Fort

Inside Gandikota Fort – Such a Poser 😀

Places to Visit within Gandikota Fort:

  • Madhavaraya Temple
  • Jama Masjid
  • Granary
  • Ranganatha Swamy Temple
  • View Points (Gandikota Fort & Gorge)
  • Fort Entrance through which one can ride out in his/her motorcycle
  • Jail
Andhra Snacks, munchies at Gandikota Fort

Must Eat – Munchies at Gandikota Fort 😀

Useful Information on Gandikota:

  • Best time to visit & click pictures: 7 am to 9 am and 4 pm to 6 pm (It gets hot afterwards)
  • Best month to visit: December & January
  • Do not carry riding gear to the canyon and the fort (unless you want to test your stamina), instead request the guys at Haritha Hotel, Gandikota (by AP Tourism) to keep them till you return (be kind enough to return the favor by buying some refreshments!!)
  • Timings: There is no official Open/Close Time, but a good indicator of the close-time is when the hawkers start to pack-up
  • Carry a cap, sunglasses and water
  • Motorcycles are allowed all the way till the Granary (through the fort-walls)
  • Stay:
    • In order to capture Gandikota in the best-light, book & stay at the Haritha accommodation
    • Camping: Legally not allowed, although it can be done by convincing the ‘On Duty night-guard’ (Being a Heritage site, I highly recommend ‘Against’ camping within the fort)
    • Recommended to stay in Prodattur (35 kms from Gandikota) for various accommodation options (We stayed at Sri Swastik Residency, Prodattur – good accommodation with secure parking for motorcycles)
  • Where to Eat: Delicious Andhra Meals at Thilak Hotel, Mydukur Road in Prodattur
Authentic Veg Andhra Meals at Thilak Hotel Prodattur

Must Eat – Authentic Veg Andhra Meals at Thilak Hotel Prodattur

Route:

Bangalore > Anantpur > Peapully > Yaganti > > Banaganpalli > Owk > Belum Caves > Prodattur > Jammalamadugu > Gandikota > Pulivendula > Kadiri > Gorantla > Kodur Junction > Bagepalli > Bangalore

Road conditions in the above route are good with occasional unpaved roads (due to road expansion work), easy to navigate on a hard-suspension motorcycle like the Duke 390.

Total Distance: 800 kms

Ride to Gandikota, Belum Caves & Yaganti on a KTM Duke 390, Hero Karizma & Yamaha R15 v2

The Trio!! Soaking in the view at Owk Reservoir

Go ahead, get on your motorcycles and ride into the new year!!

Living with a Yamaha YZF-R3

After a phenomenal stint in track-oriented performance motorcycling with the R15, Yamaha India kind of fell through the cracks with a heavy focus on volume-driven scooters until the launch of YZF-R3 in late 2015.

Powered by a 321 cc parallel twin, the Yamaha R3 is a hybrid motorcycle that handles a track-day and trip to Rann of Kutch with equal ease and grace.

Having spent some days with the 2016 Yamaha R3 – here is my ownership experiences to help you decide if this is/isn’t the motorcycle you wanna live with.

This review is based on a non-stock YZF-R3 laced with the following goodies:

  • Akrapovic GP Slip-on
  • Aftermarket Chain & Sprockets for a better initial punch
  • ZeroGravity Aftermarket windscreen
  • Metzeler Sportec M5 Interact Tyres
Yamaha YZF-R3 with Akrapovic-GP-exhaust in India

Certain Combos can never go wrong !!

City Commute:

A necessary evil nonetheless, commuting on the R3 is actually a pleasant experience for the rider and the pillion. The riding position isn’t very aggressive and the softer suspension provides a supple ride.

Pillion Comfort:

Exists – except for the water spray onto the back of the pillion during rains.

Touring:

Tarmac touring is where the R3 shines, throw-in a couple of kilometers of broken, bad roads and it doesn’t complain, courtesy the beautiful chassis and suspension.

  • Fuel – happy to gulp 91-octane regular without any chatter/knocking, expect a tank range of 280 kms
  • Suspension – equipped with conventional telescopic front forks and a swing-arm rear, the suspension is very plush, however the rigidity of a Up-Side Down (USD) fork for a sports motorcycle is missed
  • Tyres – the stock MRFs are an absolute disaster & offer poor grip in ALL conditions, highly recommend switching to Metzelers or Pirellis as soon as you buy the motorcycle
Touring on a Yamaha YZF-R3 in India, Malur karnataka

Tour Master Mode 😀

Things I love about the Yamaha R3:

  • Brilliant Engine– the show-stopper of the motorcycle – the parallel twin 321-cc 4-stoke engine offers beautiful refinement
  • Chassis– I have to remind myself that this isn’t a Deltabox but a Diamond frame – what a fantastic motorcycle to ride into, around and out-of-a corner.

Such a Bummer:

In spite of paying close to 4 lakhs INR, the R3 misses out on essentials of a performance motorcycle such as:

  • Tyres – The stock MRFs offer poor grip and are cross-ply aka non-radial tyres
  • No ABS
  • No Steel braided Brake Lines
  • The motorcycle felt cramped for my height (5’10), after riding close to 300 kms my knees started to complain
  • No USD front suspension

The R3 strikes ALL the Right chords in Engine, Handling and Braking departments – making it a reliable and a well-rounded motorcycle to commute, tour and race in a closed track.

Yet it lacks  ‘The Oomph’ – the ‘Revs Your Heart’ element is thoroughly missed in the DNA of the R3 😦

Biryani Ride Getaways from Bengaluru

The urge to ride a motorcycle on an empty highway at dawn in search of a breakfast place is incredible, yet some mornings are meant to be spent in a warm blanket than in a riding jacket on-board a motorcycle!!

Well that’s when you outta go-back to the bed and wake up for biryani-lunch ride 😀

Presenting the best biryani ride getaways from my beloved Bengaluru:

Chinnaswamy Naidu Biryani, Hosur:

Started in the 1920s in Dindigul, Chinnaswamy Naidu, originally a chicken-dealer moved to Hosur after independence perfected the Dindigul biryani.

  • Location: Rajmahal Complex, Bypass Road (Opposite to the new Hosur Bus Stand) Google Maps Link
  • Timings: 11:30 am to 3:30 pm (Open all days of the week)
  • Cash and cards are accepted
  • Type of Biryani: Dindigul Biryani (Chicken, Mutton & Biryani Rice)
Dindigul Biryani at Chinnaswamy Naidu Biryani in Hosur

Dindigul Biryani at Chinnaswamy Naidu

Hotel Hanumanthu, Mysore:

Easily the most famous and replicated biryani place in Mysore. The folks who run the original hotel on Akbar Road in Mandi Mohalla, Mysore call it ‘Pulav’ due to the nature of the preparation and not biryani. Hotel Hanumanthu has been serving gastronomical pulav and mutton chops since the 1930s.

Based on my friend’s recommendation – the mutton chops are extremely delicious and a must-eat.

  • Location: Akbar Road Mandi Mohalla, Mysore Google Maps Link
  • Timings: The timings vary on a day-basis – as provided below:
    • Monday Holiday
    • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday : 7 am to 10:30 am & 12 pm to 4:30 pm & 6 pm to 10 pm
    • Thursday: 2 pm to 4:30 pm & 6 pm to 10 pm
    • Saturday: 12 pm to 4 pm only
  • Cash only
  • Type of Biryani: Pulav (Mutton & Biryani Rice)
  • Chicken pulav is served only on Sundays
Mutton Pulav Rice at Hotel Hanmanthu Mysore

Mutton Pulav Rice at Hotel Hanumanthu

Jai Bhuvaneshwari Military Hotel near Srirangapatna on Blore-Mysore Highway:

If you are a fan of Donne Biryani, this place serves a similar one except the Donne – locally known as Gowdru-style biryani.

  • Location: Baburayankoppal, Near Srirangaptna on the Bangalore-Mysore Highway
  • Timings: 11:30 am to 4 pm (open all days) – Monday holiday
  • Cash only
  • Type of Biryani: Gowdru-style biryani (Chicken, Mutton and Biryani Rice)
  • Chicken pulav is served only on Sundays
  • The place usually packed with partially-drunk borderline-violent men 😀 – so visit this place with discretion 😛
Mutton Biryani at Jai Bhuvaneshwari Military Hotel Bangalore-Mysore Highway

Mutton Biryani at Jai Bhuvaneshwari Military Hotel

Rahamaniya Hotel, Ambur:

The original hotel that kick-started the popularity of ‘Ambur Biryani’. In fact Star Biryani. Managed by one of the brothers is an offshoot of Rahamaniya Hotel.

  • Location: O V Road Mootukollai, Ambur Google Maps Link
  • Timings:
    • 11:30 am to 5 pm & 6 pm to 9 pm (open all days – except Saturday)
    • 11:30 am to 3 pm (on Saturdays only)
  • Cash only
  • Type of Biryani: Ambur Biryani or Vanyambadi Biryani (Chicken, Egg & Kuska rice aka biryani rice)
Ambur Biryani at Rahamaniya Hotel in Ambur

Ambur Biryani at Rahamaniya Hotel

 

Touring on a Yamaha R3 in India in search of biryani

Perfect to explore biryanis on the highways 🙂

Track Day with TWO Indimotard at Kari Coimbatore

Motorcycles represent ‘freedom’ and ‘speed’. While we are adept at handling freedom, handling speed needs training and situational awareness – what better place to learn, unlearn and practice them, than at a riding school on a racetrack.

TWO (Throttle Wide Open) by Indimotard Adventures is first track riding school in India helping you get faster, better and become more aware of riding a motorcycle in the smoothest possible way.

TWO track riding school at Kari Motor Speedway Coimbatore

My First Trackday – woohoo!!

What to Expect at TWO ?

Conducted at Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore, the 2-day riding school consists of theory-classes called Sessions and track riding time called Drill, where the techniques taught in the classroom are put to practice on the racetrack.

They have 3 categories or levels at the riding school:

  • Level 1 or L1 for beginners who have never ridden on a racetrack
  • Level 2 or L2 is the next level where advanced techniques are taught. L2 need completion of L1.
  • Open Sessions are pure track-riding time and has no classroom time. Open sessions need completion of L1.

I attended the L1 track sessions which covered motorcycle basics, survival reactions, vision, target fixation, body position, counter-steering, throttle control, cornering and brakes.

Indimotard Team (Track Instructors)

  • Anand Dharmaraj aka Anna, the brainchild & founder of Indimotard
  • Shubhabrata Marmar aka Shumi from Overdrive magazine
  • Vignesh Vaidyanathan aka the monk who was one of the first students to complete all levels at TWO and CSS
  • Daniel Anandaraj aka Dodo whose motto is to Shut Up and Ride 😀

Indimotard Team (Track Officials)

Prashanth Kumar aka the Nomad & Pavan Shrikanth to ensure things work smoothly on and off the track.

Instructors of TWO Throttle Wide Open Riding School at Kari racetrack Coimbatore

Humor & Learning – Go Hand in Hand during Sessions at TWO 😀

For L1, the max intake of students is 25 to 30, allocated across the 4 instructors who lead, follow & monitor your riding on the track, providing feedback and tips to improve.

Attending the TWO track riding school by Indimotard at Kari Speedway Coimbatore

The Best Weekend with my brother 🙂

Useful Information:

  • Riding Gear: Although Leather riding suit is preferred, Indimotard allows textile riding gear (which is scrutinized in great detail to ensure safety before riding) + Helmet, riding gloves and shoes are mandatory
  • Track Day Fees is INR 13,500 per person includes track sessions + classroom + lunch for both days + 4 liters of water + Transport to and from the race track to the Hotel in Coimbatore town
  • Additional Expenses:
    • Fuel for track riding
    • Reaching Coimbatore
    • Hotel Accommodation
  • Motorcycle Transport from Bangalore to Coimbatore is available for INR 4,200 per motorcycle (to-and-fro)
  • Track Time: On an average, we did about 120 laps over the 2 days
  • DO not miss to relish the delicious biryani and meals at Hotel Annalakshmi opposite Coimbatore Railway Junction
Chettinad Biryani at Hotel Annalakshmi in Gopalpuram Coimbatore

Chettinad Biryani at Hotel Annalakshmi in Gopalpuram Coimbatore

Thank You Indimotard team for helping me understand the art of riding a motorcycle better, train To Act Not React in situations and become a more-aware motorcyclist.

Sri Lakshmi Tiffin Centre Mulbagal

Mulbagal is famous for magnificent temples, rock-climbing and delicious food (dosas, idlis and chaats). In-fact cooks from Mulbagal often find a place in the entourage of Karnataka’s ministers during their tours/campaigns.

Mulbagal or Mulabagilu translates to Eastern Door in Kannada. Historically Mulbagal was the easternmost gateway to the majestic Vijayanagara Empire and the previous state of Mysore.

Onion Dosa at Sri Lakshmi Tiffin Centre Mulbagal

Onion Dosa – I know it resembles a pizza 😛 – Tastes way better!!

Sri Lakshmi Tiffin Centre represents the epitome of  dosa-making in Mulbagal and is thronged by the locals for their daily-dose of breakfast and evening snacks.

Although the menu varies – staples include dosas (Masala, Plain and Onion), Idli (Thatte Idli, Regular Idli, Sabakki Idli), Rice bath (varies daily) and mini-vadas.

Masala Dosa at Sri Lakshmi Tiffin Centre Mulbagal

Masala Dosa in one of its supreme forms 🙂

Undoubtedly its the ‘Dosas’ that take the crown, try any of their dosas and you wont be disappointed. My personal favorites are Masala Dosa and Onion Dosa. The Idlis are good, but not as great as the dosas.

The dosas are cooked in a special vessel with a side-wall – making them with soft-at-the-centre and crispy at-the-ends.

special-cookery-for-the-mulbagal-dosa

Dosas with side-walls 😀

Useful Information:

  • Timings: Monday to Sunday (7:30 am to 11:30 am) and (5 pm to 8 pm
  • Cash only, no cards are accepted
  • One of their specialty is ‘Sabakki (sabudana) Idli’ – which is prepared only on Sundays
  • Ample place to park 2-wheelers
  • They don’t serve coffee/tea and sambar
  • Location: Sri Lakshmi Tiffin Centre, Bazar Street (Next to Canara Bank ATM) Mulbagal Karnataka
Touring on a Yamaha YZF-R3 in India, Malur karnataka

Exploring Malur after a heavy breakfast !!

Weekend Ride Getaways from Bengaluru

The joy of discovering new places to ride is only rivaled by exploring new food getaways. Presenting three weekend ride getaways from Bengaluru where ‘peace is its own reward.

 1) Mavathur Lake, Kanakapura Road

Located before the town of Kanakapura, Mavathur kere (lake) is a serene large man-made tank with levee on one side. Access to Mavathur kere is via a narrow-dirt road (you will do just fine on a motorcycle though!) and frequented by shepherds and their herd, this is a beautiful place to spend cool mornings or evenings.

Mavathur kere Weekend ride getaways from Bengaluru

Mavathur Kere – best relished with buddies 🙂

Masala Dosa at Vasu Hotel KNS Circle Kanakpura Karnataka

Masala Dosa at Vasu Hotel, Kanakapura town

Useful Information on Mavathur Lake:

  • Distance from Bengaluru: 64 kms
  • Location: Google Maps link [Look for the left-turn after the Kalyani motors Maruti showroom (before Kanakapura town)]
  • Parking: Good solid ground to park heavy motorcycles
  • No shade at the reservoir (recommend to carry shades, drinking-water and a hat)
  • Carry food/munchies to eat (please do not litter the place and carry back the waste)
  • Do not visit this place in a hurry, we wanted to spend an hour, but ended spending more than three 😀
  • Where to eat: Masala Dosa, Kesari bath and Filter Coffee at Vasu Hotel, Kanakapura town
Mavathur Lake Kanakapura - weekend ride destinations from Bengaluru

Mavathur Kere aka Lake – Peaceful!!

2) Dandiganahalli Dam, Dandiganahalli, Gauribidanur

Located near Gauribidanur, Dandiganahalli is only frequented by the locals for fishing or that occasional theppa (coracle) boat-ride. The place is absolutely serene and the cool breeze makes a wonderful excuse for quick-nap 😛

Dandiganahalli Dam near GauriBidanur Chikkaballapur

Dandiganahalli Dam

Useful Information on Dandiganahalli Dam:

  • Distance from Bengaluru: 90 kms
  • Location: Dandiganahalli Google Maps link
  • Parking:Good solid ground to park heavy motorcycles (taking the U-turn on the top of the tank-bund is tricky since its narrow)
  • No shade at the reservoir (recommend to carry shades, drinking-water and a hat)
  • Carry food/munchies to eat (please do not litter the place and carry back the waste)
  • Don’t be deceived by the huge water-body one would see before reaching Dandiganahalli
  • Where to eat: Masala Dosa & Filter Coffee at Nani Hotel, Vijayapura
Masala Dosa at Nani Hotel Vijayapura

Masala Dosa at Nani Hotel Vijayapura

3) Harobele or Arakavathi Dam, Kunuru

Located near Kunuru (on the Kanakapura-Sangama road SH92), Harobele dam or popularly known as Arakavathi dam, fed by the Arkavathi river is flocked by school kids on field-trips on weekdays and desolated on weekends.

Harobele dam or Arakavathi dam at Kunuru Kanakapura

Harobele Dam or Arakavathi Dam – Enormous!!

Biryani At Sumukh Restaurant MG Road - Kanakapura town

Biryani At Sumukh Restaurant MG Road – Kanakapura town

Useful Information on Arakavathi Dam:

  • Distance from Bengaluru: 80 kms
  • Location: Arakavathi Dam Google Maps link
  • Parking: Good solid ground to park heavy motorcycles
  • No shade at the reservoir (recommend to carry shades, drinking-water and a hat)
  • Carry food/munchies to eat (please do not litter the place and carry back the waste)
  • Where to eat: Biryani at Sumukh Restaurant, Kanakapura town
Arai Quantum 2 helmet at Arakavathi or Harobele dam Karnataka India

Peace is its own Reward!! – At Harobele Dam

Never hesitate to take that random deviation from the highway – you may just be in for a pleasant surprise 🙂