Off Road Riding Experience at Big Rock Motopark – What to Expect

For an average Indian motorcyclist who thrives on commuting and touring, avenues to experience dirt riding on a proper off-road motorcycle or a dirt bike didn’t exist, until a certain C.S Santosh opened Big Rock Motopark in 2013.

Big Rock Motopark is a one of a kind off-road riding training facility at Shapur near Kolar – that is spread across a 45-acre operational farm with a mini-forest, a poultry-farm, vast spaces of dirt trails and a proper off road track.

Off Road Training Programs:

Although they coach professional off-road riders to compete in Indian and International off-road races, their Moto Day programs are aimed to cater the dirt-dreams of enthusiasts. Beginners/Enthusiasts can choose from either a half-day (4-hour) or a full-day (8-hour) training program.

The half-day program has 2 slots to choose from:

  • 8 am to 12 pm (breakfast will be provided)
  • 1 pm to 5 pm (lunch will be provided).
Navigating a Mogul on the Off-road Track at Big Rock Motopark Shapur Karnataka

Joshua , our instructor – Navigating a Mogul!!

Useful Information on Big Rock Motopark:

  • How to book:
    • Contact Information: Reach out to Mr. Nilesh (+919945011116) or Mr. Joshua (+919945205508) to book a slot for the off road program [PS: Don’t reach out to the number on Google – it’s an incorrect number]
    • Expect to follow-up a couple of times, since these guys are full-time professional riders & not available throughout to attend phone calls to take a booking – so be patient!
    • Advance Booking of 1 week is sufficient
  • When to do:
    • Avoid taking up the program during summer – way too hot to ride!
    • The Motopark may close during rains – feel free to call Nilesh/Joshua to check the availability
  • A minimum of 3 persons are required to book a batch and maximum of 6 per batch (since they only have 6 motorcycles)
  • Motorcycles they provide for the training: Honda CRF 230 dirt bikes
  • Cost per rider: INR 6,000 (for half day) and INR 10,000 (for full day)
  • Fees to be paid in Cash at the venue or via online transfer – no card payment or PayTM payment is accepted
  • Complete Riding Gear such as helmet, riding gloves, riding armor (upper & lower), riding overalls (upper & lower), riding boots and dirt googles would be provided by Big Rock Motopark [people with waist size > 36, better to get a pair of jeans upon which the knee armor can be worn]
  • Carry hydrating drink/powder with essential salts (electoral, Gatorade etc.)
  • Location: Shapur, Karnataka Google Maps Link
Approaching a ramp on the Off-road Track at Big Rock Motopark Shapur Karnataka

Off-road Track: Approaching a ramp for a take off!!

Course Structure for Beginner/Enthusiast for the Off Road Riding Program:

The course has three main components:

  • Safety Briefing & Theory: Introduction to Dirt Bikes, Basics & Rider Body Posture, Motorcycle geometry – how this affects the way they need to be ridden etc.
  • Off Road Track Laps: They have a proper off road track with obstacles such as jumps, ramps, berms, moguls etc – the intent is to get used to riding a dirt bike by standing-up, arms position, torque of the motorcycle, rear-wheel slides, loading the front suspension during a turn, gear changing with off-road boots etc.

   Each track sessions lasts for about 15 excruciating minutes followed by a break and back to the track for more sessions

  • Dirt Trails: This involves riding the forest trails within and outside the farm to tackle real-life obstacles such as downhill dirt roads, boulders, sand-bed, small-to-medium rocks etc. Dirt Trails last anywhere between 2 to 3 hrs (I was absolutely knackered and drained after this.)
Dirt Riding Forest Trails at Big Rock Motopark Shapur Karnataka

Forest Trail – Dirt Riding!!

Personally, in spite the horrifying realization of how unfit I am to ride a dirt bike and the immense amount of fitness and training these guys invest – I had an absolute blast with the best of my mates and thoroughly enjoyed the day at Big Rock Motopark – can’t wait to go again!!

Here is a preview of what to expect at Big Rock Motopark – Ride On!!

Video & Image Credits: Nishanth N (Follow him on YouTube and Instagram)

Guide to VRL Motorcycle Transportation in India

Every year May-June, the roads to Himalayas open, attracting hundreds of motorcyclists to pursue their dream rides to the magical Northern frontier. While a fortunate few can afford to ride all the way up-north, transporting motorcycles to the nearest entry point via road and rail saves time and energy.

Motorcycle Crate Transport (popularly known as Motorcycle Cage Transport) by VRL Logistics involving transporting motorcycles in an enclosed crate with minimal/nil damages is becoming a popular option.

Motorcycle crate transport facility is available only across select VRL Logistics Warehouse centers in India.

Motorcycle Transportation Crate Types - Big and Regular at VRL Logistics India

Motorcycle Transportation Crate Types – Big and Regular

Here is all you need to know about motorcycle transportation in a cage by VRL:

Booking Procedure:

  • There is NO system to pre-book/block a motorcycle crate ONLINE
  • One DOES NOT need an AGENT to book or transport
  • Call the VRL Logistics Warehouse Office, provide the details of the destination, number of bikes and date of journey to narrow down the loading date and cost of the transport
  • Cost of the transport (includes transportation + packing) is calculated based on:
    • Type of crate (Regular & Big for the giant ADV motorcycles)
    • Destination

Transport Procedure:

Consists of 3 steps – Documentation, Packing and Loading/Mounting on the crate.

Documentation:

  • Couple of forms need to be filled before they pack/load the motorcycles
  • Verification of motorcycle documents by VRL officers
  • Documents to be submitted to VRL:
    • Copy of RC Card/Motorcycle Registration
    • Copy of Valid Insurance
    • Copy of Valid Emission Certificate
    • Copy of the Driving Licence
  • Payment to be done on the day of the loading in CASH or ONLINE TRANSFER ONLY (No CARDS/DIGITAL WALLET payment is accepted)
  • A Consignee Copy aka Pink Note is provided as acknowledgment of the motorcycle transport – this needs to be shown at the destination to receive the motorcycle

Packing: includes emptying the fuel + packing the motorcycle and the motorcycle gear before loading onto the crate

Loading: includes mounting the motorcycle on the crate and securing the crate with a personal lock

Anticipate a total time-frame of 3 hours to finish the documentation, packing and loading for each motorcycle.

Packed Motorcycle & Gear Secured into the Crate at VRL Logistics Dabaspet

Packed Motorcycle & Gear Secured onto the Crate

 

Read to Load the VRL Motorcycle Transport Crate into the trucks - At VRL Logistics Dabaspet

Ready to Load  into the trucks!

Useful Information:

  • The Bangalore VRL Logistics Warehouse Facility is located at Dabaspet, about 40-50 kms from the city
  • Contact Number of Manager of VRL Dabaspet (Mr. Murthy) – +919343097329
  • Carry a Long-chain with a lock OR Wire Lock to secure the crate
  • Packing material is available in sufficient quantities at the Logistics center – so its not required to carry personal packing material
  • Work Tip: The packing guys expect and demand a tip of 200 bucks/person
  • Carry fuel jerry cans to take back the fuel removed from the motorcycle
  • Carry sufficient amount of water + snacks
  • DO NOT miss the ice-cream at Polar Bear located 3 kms from the VRL Facility in Dabaspet
  • Smoking is NOT ALLOWED in the warehouse – one has to walk out beyond the loading docks to smoke
  • Pack and load your motorcycle gear and spares into the crate
  • DO NOT FORGET to Carry the Chain/Wire Lock Key + Consignee Copy + Motorcycle Ignition Key
Fresh Mangoes with Icecream and Cream at Polar Bear Dabaspet

Never miss a chance to eat icecream 😛 – 3 kms from VRL Dabaspet

Happy Touring 🙂

Unusual Ice creams in Bengaluru

Traditional ice-creams have mostly been consumed in the form of scoops, bars, cones, sundaes etc. However some innovative ice-cream shops have pushing the status the quo of how an ice-cream should look and taste – here is an ode to the unusual/hatke ice-creams in Bengaluru.

Fried Ice Cream:

A big scoop of vanilla ice cream that is quickly deep-fried creating a warm, crispy shell around the still-cold ice cream topped with chocolate sauce and nuts with cherries. A house-specialty, Ocea Special Fried Ice Cream is available throughout the day/year and is one of the most-popular dessert

Where: The Ocea International Hotel, Brigade Road

Useful information:

  • Made-on-order, anticipate a waiting-time of 20 mins after placing the order for the preparation
  • Cost: INR 125
  • Parking: Valet parking for cars
  • They accept cash & cards
Fried Ice-cream at The Ocea International Hotel Brigade Road, Bengaluru

Fried Ice-cream at The Ocea International Hotel

Ice-cream Dosa:

An ice-cream delight that has catapulted a street dosa-shop into stardom among food-lovers & children. Ice-cream dosa is a regular plain dosa smeared with chocolate ice-cream and served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream instead of the chutney.

Trust me its delicious!

Where: Amarnath Chats, RV Road (landmark: Amaron Battery Showroom)

Useful Information:

  • The place is a food-cart on the footpath serving dosas and idly, one has to stand and eat
  • Cost: INR 70
  • Timings: 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm (open all days of the week)
  • Contact number: +919844235515/ +919448558418
  • They accept ONLY cash, no card payment facility
  • Parking: No dedicated parking space, but lots of by-lanes to find parking
Ice-cream Dosa at Amarnath Chats RV Road Bengaluru

Ice-cream Dosa at Amarnath Chats

Chili-Guava Ice-cream Roll:

A popular form of ice cream in South-East Asian countries, ice cream roll is a hand made using ice cream base spread on a frozen slab and then rolled using a pastry scraper or paint scraper.

Where: Hokey Pokey Koramangala

Useful Information:

  • Made-on-order, anticipate a waiting-time of 20 mins after placing the order for the preparation
  • Cost: INR 120
  • Parking: No dedicated parking space, but lots of bylanes to find parking
  • They accept cash & cards
Chili Guava Ice-cream Roll at Hokey Pokey Koramangala Bengaluru

Chili Guava Ice-cream Roll at Hokey Pokey

Ice cream Burger aka Cereal Ice Cream bun:

2 big scoops of vanilla ice cream form the patty of a burger bun laced with Fruit Loops. Be prepared for a tooth-freeze at the first bite!!

Where: Cafe by the Corner, HSR Layout

Useful Information:

  • Made-on-order, anticipate a waiting-time of 10 mins after placing the order for the preparation
  • Cost: INR 120
  • Parking: No dedicated parking space, but lots of by-lanes to find parking
  • They accept cash & cards
Ice-cream burger at Cafe by the Corner HSR Layout, Bengaluru

Ice-cream burger at Cafe by the Corner

Go out and get an ice cream!!

Sri Guru Kottureshwara Benne Dosa Hotel Davangere

Davangere has become synonymous with a famously rich variety of dosa, known as ‘Benne Dosa’ or ‘Butter Dosa’. In fact several eateries aka dosa camps in Bengaluru have played a pivotal role in “introducing and popularizing” the Davangere Benne Dosa in my city and beyond.

While this delicious creation has been replicated aka commercialized across most of the dosa-camps in Bengaluru. In Davangere, Sri Guru Kottureshwara Benne Dosa Hotel is the undoubted champion of authentic Davangere Benne Dosa.

Davangere Benne Dosa at Sri Guru Kottureshwara Benne Dosa Hotel in Davangere

Davangere Benne Dosa !!

Davangere Benne Dosa is a crispy dosa cooked on wood-fired tava with generous amounts of butter served with Potato Palya (made of boiled mashed potatoes) and spicy coconut-based Chutney.

The dosa is crisp and thin marked by large holes on the surface (as a result of carbon dioxide release in the form of bubbles from the baking soda mixed in the dosa batter) with lots of butter that adds the intoxicating aroma and delicousness.

The menu at the Davangere Benne Dosa Hotel has only 3 items:

  • Benne Khali Dosa (similar to the Set Dosa & each serving/plate consists of 3 dosas)
  • Benne Dosa – Single
  • Benne Dosa – Plate (consists of 2 benne dosas)
Making the Benne Dosas at Sri Guru Kottureshwara Benne Dosa Hotel in Davangere

Wood-Fired Tawa adds to Flavor

Useful Information:

  • Timings: 8:30 am to 9 pm (Open all days of the week)
  • Location: Sri Guru Kottureshwara Benne Dosa Hotel, Medical College Road | Mcc B Block, Davanagere Google Maps Link
  • Parking: No dedicated parking for cars & motorcycles, lots of bylanes can accommodate them
  • They don’t serve coffee or tea 😦  head to ‘Love Food’ Hotel (about 2 buildings away) for coffee or tea
  • Cash only, no cards are accepted
  • The place gets crowded and one has to wait for 20 to 30 mins – however the crowd fades-out between 2 to 4 pm
Sri Guru Kottureshwara Benne Dosa Hotel in Davangere

Sri Guru Kottureshwara Benne Dosa Hotel in Davangere

Here and Now HSR Layout Bengaluru

An all-day breakfast/brunch diner in HSR Layout,  Here and Now offers delicious & healthy portions of breakfast platters, burgers, sandwiches, salads, pastas, waffles, pancakes, smoothies and shakes.

Started in May 2016, Here and Now exudes coolness with board games, pool table, color pencils + paper to doodle on every table and yes yumm food!!

Waffle Superload!!

Waffles with whipped cream, slices of banana, chocolate chips, condensed milk & maple syrup!! Be prepared for a mega sweet-rush 😀

Waffles Superload at Here and Now HSR Layout Bengaluru

Waffle Superload!!

Cant get any Pigger:

Meat Assault with eggs, mushroom, grilled tomato & mashed potato, although the sausages were not up-to the mark.

Cant get any Pigger - English Breakfast at Here and Now HSR Layout Bengaluru

Can’t get any Pigger

Pally Pancakes with Nutella:

Pancakes stuffed with chocolate chips & cashew served with Nutella & Maple syrup – yumm, yumm!!

Regular (non-stuffed) pancakes are also available.

Pally Pancake with Nutella at Here and Now HSR Layout Bengaluru

Stuffed Pally Pancake with Nutella

Useful Information:

  • Timings: 9 am to 8 pm  (closed on Tuesdays only)
  • Location: Here and Now, Opposite BDA Complex HSR Layout Bengaluru
  • Cards & Cash are accepted
  • Parking: No dedicated parking for 2 or 4 wheelers, one has to park inside the BDA Complex

Guide to Strawberry Festival in Mahabaleshwar

Adorning the Sahyadri mountain range, Mahabaleshwar & Panchgani are the most popular hill stations in Maharashtra having served as the summer capital during the British Raj. The pristine locales only rivaled by the delicious ‘Mahabaleshwar Strawberry’.

Strawberries were introduced to Mahabaleshwar by the British & has become popular as ‘Mahabaleshwar Strawberry’ .  In 2010 ‘Mahabaleshwar Strawberry’ obtained the Geographical Indication (GI) tag [A geographical indication (GI) tag is an indication that identifies goods as produced from a particular area, which has special quality or reputation attributable to its geographical origin].

Strawberry Festival:

Being a seasonal fruit, the annual Strawberry Festival in Mahabaleshwar & Panchgani is a celebration of the strawberry harvest held from December to April culminating in a 3-day strawberry-mela during the Easter Weekend in April.

However fresh strawberries and strawberry-based foods are available throughout between December and April.

What and Where to Eat Strawberries:

Mahabaleshwar strawberry is used in making various food products such as preserves, jams, fruit crushes, ice-creams, milkshakes, strawberry with fresh cream, strawberry fudge and jelly toffees

Strawberries with Fresh Cream:

The best way to consume strawberries!! Strawberries with fresh cream consists of layers of fresh strawberries and fresh cream, ice-cream. One can also add chocolates, mulberries etc to this heavenly delight.

Where to Eat: The best version of this is at The House of Berries, Kates Point Road, Mahabaleshwar

Strawberry and Cream with Chocolate at Kates Point Road Mahabaleshwar

Strawberry and Cream with Chocolate – Yumm!!

Strawberry Fruit:

More than 50% of The Mahabaleshwar Strawberry is dominated by Sweet Charlie variety and is absolutely delicious to taste.

Where to buy: Main Market, Mahabaleshwar @ 80 -100 INR for 1 kg (trust me 1 kg is just not enough!!)

Fresh Strawberries and Mulberries at Mahabaleshwar Market

Fresh Strawberries and Mulberries

Fresh Strawberries with Nutella:

A DIY dessert – dip fresh strawberries in Nutella to find Nirvana!!

Strawberries with Nutella at Strawberry Festival Mahabaleshwar

Strawberry with Nutella – the most easy dessert to make 😛

Other Must-Eat Places in Mahabaleshwar:

Sri SiddiVinayak Snacks Centre, Mahabaleshwar:

A humble café serving popular Maharashtrian snacks such as Sabudana vada, batata vada, poha, vada pav with delicious chai.

  • What to Eat: Chai (elaichi-flavored) and vada-pav
  • Location: Mahabaleshwar Main Market (end of the street)
Chai and Vada Pav Sri SiddiVinayak Snacks Centre in Mahabaleshwar

Chai and Vada in Mahabaleshwar

Jelly Toffees, Mahabaleshwar:

Available in every-possible flavour ranging from fruits to pan-masala, these jelly toffees are apt for snacking during those lazy walks.

Where to buy: plenty of shops in Mahabaleshwar Main Market

Jelly Toffees at Mahabaleshwar Main Market

Jelly Toffees!!

Here are some tips to carry strawberries back home:

  • Carry strawberries in a vented box – which allows air to pass through & keeps them dry
  • Storage: can be kept outside if consumed within 2 days, else refrigerate the fruits (No Deep Freeze)
  • DO NOT remove the green stem-leaves on top of the fruits while carrying/storing them (Removal of the stem evaporates the moisture of the fruit)
  • Wash the Strawberries ONLY before eating – DO NOT wash them and store (Strawberries are like sponges, they absorb water immediately, which may lead to fungus formation during transit)
Pratapgad Fort Maharashtra

Must Visit: Pratapgad Fort – 30 kms from Mahabaleshwar

View from Kates Point Mahabaleshwar

View from Kates Point Mahabaleshwar

Enroute Mahabaleshwar on a Kawasaki Versys 650

Mahabaleshwar – Best Relished on a Motorcycle 🙂

21 Breakfast Ride Getaways from Bengaluru

Presenting the most delicious  South-Indian Breakfast Getaways from Bengaluru, best explored on a motorcycle 🙂

1) Gayathri Tiffin Room (GTR), Mysore

An iconic vegetarian restaurant in Mysore, GTR has been delighting food-patrons with South-Indian breakfast for decades

  • Must Eat – Masala Dosa + Kesari Bath + Filter Coffee
  • Distance from Bangalore – 150 kms
  • Highway – NH 275
  • Location – Gayathri Tiffin Room (GTR)
  • Timings – 7 am to 11 am and 330 pm to 8 pm (Closed on Monday)
  • Motorcycle Parking- Available
Kesari Bath and Masala Dosa - Gayathri Tiffin Room (GTR) Mysore

Kesari Bath and Masala Dosa – Gayathri Tiffin Room (GTR)

2) Sri Laxmi Bhavan Tiffin Room, Chitradurga

Ask anyone in Chitradurga for good breakfast and they will point you to this place, Sri Laxmi Bhavan Tiffin room is nestled in the central part of Chitradurga town with a close proximity to the fort.

  • Must Eat – Khali Dosa + Masala Dosa
  • Distance from Bangalore – 201 kms
  • Highway – NH 4
  • Location – Sri Laxmi Bhavan Tiffin Room Chitradurga
  • Timings – 7 am to 8 pm (Closed on Tuesday)
  • Motorcycle Parking- No dedicated parking (but you can park across the street before the shops open by 9 am)
  • Recommended to visit the Chitradurga Fort, its majestic !!
Khali Dosa at Sri Laxmi Bhavan Tiffin Room Chitradurga

Khali Dosa – Sri Laxmi Bhavan Tiffin Room

3) Swamy Hotel, Hiriyur

Thronged by truckers, Swamy Hotel is the South-Indian replica of a dhaba which is rugged on ambiance but high on taste of the food and friendly staff.

  • Must Eat – Ghee Dosa + Pongal
  • Distance from Bangalore – 159 kms
  • Highway – NH 4
  • Location – Swamy Hotel Hiriyur
  • Timings – 6 am to 12 pm (breakfast-only) – Open all days of the week
  • Motorcycle Parking- Yes, they have all the space to accommodate an entire motorcycle assembly line 😛
  • Good to Know – There is a separate family section inside the main hotel (recommended if you are accompanied by your wife/girlfriend and kids)
Ghee Dosa at Swamy Hotel Hiriyur

Ghee Dosa – Swamy Hotel

4) Ganapati Coffee Bar, Madhugiri

Popularly known as ‘Shivanna Hotel’ by locals, Ganapati Coffee Bar is a humble South-Indian mess serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Must Eat – Khali Dosa + Idli with Chilli Bajji
  • Distance from Bangalore – 105 kms
  • Highway – NH 69
  • Location – Reach the Superintendent of Police (SP) Office inside Madhugiri town and ask the locals for Shivanna Hotel instead of Ganapati Coffee Bar, the hotel is about 200 to 300m from the SP office (Google Maps link to the Madhugiri SP Office)
  • Timings – 7 am to 5 pm – Open all days of the week
  • Motorcycle Parking- Available
  • Recommended to visit the Madhugiri Fort, its majestic !!
  • Good to know – The coffee (ironic to the place) isn’t good
Idli with Chilli Bajji at Ganapati Coffee Bar in Madhugiri

Idli with Chilli Bajji – Ganapati Coffee Bar

5) Kadambam, Channapatna

Although this once beautiful highway is plagued by the hordes of restaurant-chains and eateries, Kadambam stands out with its authentic Iyengar cuisine.

  • Must Eat – Sakkare Pongal + Khara Pongal + Puliyogare
  • Distance from Bangalore – 66kms
  • Highway – SH 17/NH 275
  • Location – Kadambam Channapatna
  • Timings – 7 am to 12 pm (breakfast) – Open all days of the week
  • Motorcycle Parking- Available
Sakkare Pongal and Khara Pongal at Kadambam Channapatna Mysore Road

Sakkare Pongal & Khara Pongal – Kadambam Channapatna

6) Idly Mane, Harohalli

Run by a husband and wife, Idly Mane serves ‘soft-as-butterthatte idlis along with chutney and sagu (potato-based curry)

  • Must try – Thatte Idly and vada
  • Timings: 6:30 am to 11 am, Open all days
  • They do not serve coffee or tea
  • Distance from Bangalore – 40kms
  • Location: Idly Mane Harohalli, Kanakpura road (NH-209)
  • Motorcycle parking – No dedicated parking, can be parked at the front of the hotel
Thatte Idli at Idli Mane Harohalli, Kanakpura Road NH209

Thatte Idli at Idli Mane Harohalli

7) Subbanna Mess, Melkote

This is ‘a typical brahmin mess’ serving all 3 meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) throughout the year and one has to remove footwear before delving into food (symbolic of hygiene and respect to food)

  • Must try – Sakkare Pongal + Puliogare + thatte idly
  • Timings – 6 am to 12 pm (only breakfast) – they are open till 11 pm , Open all days
  • Distance from Bangalore – 130 kms
  • Location – Subbanna Mess, Melkote, Karnataka
  • Motorcycle parking – No dedicated parking, can be parked at the front of the hotel
Puliogare and Sakkare Pongal at Subbanna Mess Melkote

Puliogare and Sakkare Pongal at Subbanna Mess Melkote

PS: One has to remove footwear to eat the food in the dining section (They also have a separate verandah where one doesn’t need to remove their footwear to eat)

8) Shri Janardhan Hotel, Ramanagara, Mysore Road

This place is for the sweet-tooth foodie – breakfast + mysore pak or badam halwa + filter coffee is the recommended course of action :p

  • Must try – Masala dosa + mysore pak + badma halwa + filter coffee
  • Timings – 7:30 am to 9:30 pm (Dosas are available till 11:30 am and resume from 4 pm onwards)
  • Closed on Thursday
  • Distance from Bangalore – 40 kms
  • Location – Janardhan Hotel Ramanagara Town (off Mysore Road), Karnataka
  • Motorcycle parking – No dedicated parking, can be parked at the front of the hotel
Masala Dosa at Hotel Shri Janardhan or Mysore Pak Hotel at Ramanagara Karnataka

Masala Dosa at Mysore Pak Hotel, Ramanagara

9) Shree Veerabhadreshwara Bhavana, Halagur

Discovery of this place is dedicated to a dear friend Praveen. This is your typical hanchina-mane (tiled house) serving breakfast in Halagur, a bustling town on NH209 before Malavalli.

  • Must try – Masala dosa + pakodas (their norm is 2 masala dosas in a single plate : D)
  • Timings – 6 am to 11 am and 3:30 pm to 7 pm, Open all days
  • Distance from Bangalore – 90 kms
  • Location – Shree Veerabhadreshwara Bhavana Halagur, Kanakpura road, NH209
  • Motorcycle parking – No dedicated parking, can be parked at the front of the hotel
Masala Dosa + Pakoda at Shree Veerabhadreshwara Bhavana, Halagur,NH 209

Masala Dosa + Pakoda at Shree Veerabhadreshwara Bhavana, Halagur

10) Harsha Café, Mandya

One of the most popular breakfast places in Mandya, Harsha Café serves delicious south Indian breakfast and snacks throughout the day.

  • Must try – Set dosa + coffee
  • Timings – 7:30 am to 8:30 pm
  • Closed on Friday
  • Distance from Bangalore – 100 kms
  • Location – Harsha Cafe VV Road, Mandya
  • Motorcycle parking – No dedicated parking, can be parked at the front of the hotel
Set Dosa at Harsha Cafe, VV Road Mandya

Set Dosa at Harsha Cafe Mandya

11) Nani Hotel, Vijayapura

This place has been delighting the town of Vijayapura for over 50 years with yummy Dosas, Idlis and Rice bath.

  • Must Eat – Masala Dosa + Filter Coffee (ask them to make it strong – works like charm during this perfect weather)  🙂
  • Distance from Bangalore – 58kms
  • Highway – NH7 (after Bengaluru Airport)
  • Location – Google Maps Link
  • Timings – 7 am to 11 am
  • Motorcycle Parking- no specific/allotted parking (but there is always place to park)
  • The menu keeps changing (as and when they get over)
Masala Dosa at Nani Hotel Vijayapura

Masala Dosa at Nani Hotel Vijayapura

12) Shashi Hotel, Nittur

A family-run place/house serving delicious food for about 100 years and the hospitality is unlike anything I have seen 🙂 There is no signboard, but ask anyone in Nittur town for Shashi’s hotel and they point you to his house.

  • Must Eat – Lemon garlic rice (the best I have had till date) + thatte idli + rava idli
  • Distance from Bangalore- 100kms (brilliant tarmac)
  • Highway – NH206 (Bangalore – Shimoga highway After Gubbi town)
  • Location –  Google Maps Link  (Landmark: KSRTC Bus Stand, Nittur and ask for Shashi’s hotel)
  • Timings- 7am to 12pm (open throughout the week)
  • Motorcycle Parking- no specific/allotted parking (but there is always place to park)
  • Highly Recommend to call Mr.Shashi on +919686100951
Thatte Idli with Nippat at Shashi Hotel Nittur, Karnataka

Thatte Idli with Nippat – works really well!!

13) Hotel Sri Satyanarayana, Someshwara after Agumbe

Brilliant roads (except the Agumbe ghat) + great food = An awesome combo 🙂

  • Must Eat – Avalakki with Curd + Neer dosa
  • Distance from Bangalore- 370kms
  • Highway – NH 48 + SH 57
  • Location:  Google Maps Link
  • Timings- 7:30 am to 9:30 pm
  • Motorcycle Parking- lots of space at the front of the hotel
  • Highly Recommended to stay-over, experience the sunrise at Agumbe and head to Hotel Satyanarayana for breakfast
Avalakki with Curd - Hotel Sri Satyanarayana, Someshwar, Agumbe Karnataka

Avalakki with Curd – Minimum 3 plates/person is required :d

14) Shark Dhaba, (between Solur and Kunigal)

Breakfast under the trees by day and a regular dhaba by night – they churn out yummy dosas and chutney on NH 48.

PS: I m still wondering why they had to name it ‘Shark Dhaba’ 😛

  • Must Eat – Thatte Idli and vada with generous servings of chutney + filter coffee (avoid the tea) + masala dosas
  • Distance from Bangalore- 50kms
  • Highway – NH48 (Bangalore-Mangalore highway)
  • Location – Google Maps Link 
  • Timings- 6 am to 11 am
  • Motorcycle Parking- lavish parking facility
Thatte Idli and Vada at Shark Dhabha after Solur, Karnataka ( NH48)

Thatte Idli and Vada at Shark Dhabha after Solur NH48

15) Hotel Prasanna Kaggalipura (Kanakpura Road)

This place was found during one of the cycling trips – the relaxed pace helps to notice places :d

  • Must Eat – thatte idly with sagoo + puri with sagoo
  • Distance from Bangalore- 35 kms
  • Highway – NH 209
  • Location – Near Kaggalipura lake bund (its on the main highway and is easy to spot due to town traffic)
  • Timings- 6 30 am to 11 am
  • Motorcycle Parking- maximum of 5 to 6 bikes can be parked upfront (bylanes can accommodate few more )
Thatte Idly at Hotel Prasanna, Kagglipura

Thatte Idly with Sagoo – A Must Try

16) Renukamba Thatte Idli, Bidadi, Mysore Road

Journey on Mysore road is incomplete without the hot thatte (plate-sized) idlis and crispy vada in Bidadi.

  • Must Eat – Thatte Idli + Vada  with atleast 2 dollops of butter
  • Distance from Bangalore- 45kms
  • Highway – SH17 or Mysore Road.
  • Location – Google Maps link
  • Timings- 5:30 am to 8:30 pm
  • Motorcycle Parking- no specific/allotted parking (but there is always place to park)
Bidadi Thatte Idli - Hotel Renukamba, Bidadi, Karnataka

Bidadi Thatte Idli – Hotel Renukamba, Bidadi

17) Preethi Canteen, Birur

Don’t let the distance deter you from trying this place, you will thank me for this after you taste the food.

  • Must Eat – Benne Khali Dosa + Coffee + vada with chutney
  • Distance from Bangalore- 200kms (brilliant tarmac)
  • Highway – NH206 Arsikere road.
  • Location – Google Maps link
  • Timings- 7:30 am to 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm (Closed on Thursday)
  • Motorcycle Parking- no specific/allotted parking (but there is always place to park)
Benne Khali Dosa - Preethi Canteen Birur

Benne Khali Dosa – Preethi Canteen Birur

18) Pavitra Idli Hotel, Tumkur Road

A must stop place for idli, vada and coffee near Kyathsandra on NH4 close to Tumkur.

  • Must Eat – Thatte Idli + Vada  with at-least 2 dollops of butter along with filter coffee
  • Distance from Bangalore- 70kms
  • Highway – NH4 or Tumkur Road.
  • Location  – Google Maps link
  • Timings- 6 am to 12 pm
  • Motorcycle Parking- no specific/allotted parking (but there is an adjacent bylane that can be used)
Benne Idli Sagu at Pavithra Idli Hotel, Kyathasandra Tumkur

Benne Idli with Vada – Pavitra Idli Hotel

19)  Vasu Hotel, Kanakpura Road

The Dosa place on Kanakpura road, Vasu Hotel is one of the best known and most visited hotels by locals of Kanakpura town.

  • Must Eat – Masala Dosa
  • Distance from Bangalore- 50kms
  • Highway – NH209 or Kanakpura Road.
  • Location – Google Maps link
  • Timings- 6 am to 5 pm
  • Motorcycle Parking- no specific/allotted parking (but there is always place to park)
Masala Dosa at Vasu Hotel KNS Circle Kanakpura Karnataka

Masala Dosa – yummmmmm!!

20) Ganesh Bhavan, Denkanikotte

Easily the least-known place, Ganesh Bhavan in Denkanikotte town (next to the Post Office) is one of the highly frequented places by the locals.

  • Must Eat – Idli + Masala Dosa
  • Distance from Bangalore- 60kms
  • Highway – SH17 or Anchetty Road.
  • Location –  Google Maps link
  • Timings- 7 am to 5 pm (Weekdays) and 7 am to 1 pm (on Sundays)
  • Motorcycle Parking- no specific/allotted parking (but there is always place to park)

Masala Dosa-Denkanikotte

21) Sri Lakshmi Tiffin Centre, Mulbagal

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

Onion Dosa at Sri Lakshmi Tiffin Centre Mulbagal

Onion Dosa – resembles a pizza 😛

  • Must Eat – Onion Dosa + Masala Dosa+ Sabbakki Idli
  • Distance from Bangalore- 97kms
  • Highway – NH 75 or Kolar Road.
  • Location – Google Maps link
  • Timings – Monday to Sunday (7:30 am to 11:30 am) and (5 pm to 8 pm)
  • One of their specialty is ‘Sabakki (sabudana) Idli’ – which is prepared only on Sundays
  • Motorcycle Parking – Ample space
  • They don’t serve coffee/tea and sambar

All the above places don’t accept cards – Cash only.

Ride, Eat and Explore !! Happy tripping 🙂