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 🙂

Weekend Monsoon Ride Getaways from Bangalore

Monsoon is the most-awaited season in India, when everything rejuvenates – lands turn green, highways get crowned by lush green canopies and structures, roads appear clean and fresh.

The otherwise disarming charm of places and travel unveil a whole new dimension during monsoons. Presenting the 3 must-visit weekend monsoon ride destinations from my beloved Bangalore.

1) Mekanagadde, Mudigere

Laze around, soak up the pristine air and views of the Western Ghats..

Nestled between Chikmagalur and Sakleshpur, Mekanagadde is the home to ‘Bettada Bhairaveshwara Temple’, a 600-year old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva offering some stunning views of the Western Ghats laced with clouds.

Triumph Daytona 675 R at Bettada Bhairaveshwara Temple at Mekanagadde

Reveling in the pristine air of Mekanagadde!!

Useful Information on Mekanagadde:

  • Route: Bangalore > Sakleshpur > Anemahal > Hanbal > Devarunda > Mekkanagadde
  • Distance from Bangalore: 255kms
  • Road Condition: Brilliant tarmac till Devarunda (the last 5 to 10kms to the temple is being repaired, so be cautious)
  • What to see: Bettada Bhairaveshwara Temple, Mekanagadde
  • Where to Stay: Mekanagadde Home Stay
  • Where to Eat:  Sakleshpur – choose from Hotel Surabhi or Hotel Ashritha (both are right on the highway with good amenities)
Bettada Bhairaveshwara Temple at Mekanagadde near Hanbal Sakleshpur

Bettada Bhairaveshwara Temple in full glory!!

Touring in Sakleshpur on a Triumph Daytona 675R

Its ok to stray off the highway 😛

2) Ayyana kere, Sakharayapatna

Witness the magnitude of 2nd largest lake in Karnataka, the biggest lake in Chikmagalur..

With the backdrop of Shakunagiri Hill towering at 4500 feet, this 900-year water body was created to support the farmers overcome shortage of water for irrigation by Raja Rukmangada.

Ayyana kere at Sakharayapatna about 20 kms from Chikmaglur

Ayyana kere – Be stunned by its vastness..

Useful Information on Ayyanakere:

  • Route: Bangalore > Chikmagalur > Sakharayapatna > Ayyana kere (Chikmagalur-Kadur highway NH173)
  • Distance from Bangalore: 225kms
  • Road Condition: Brilliant tarmac all the way up-till the lake-bed
  • What to see: serene roads en route to the lake
  • Where to Stay: Chikmagalur
  • Where to Eat:  Not many options to eat at Sakharayapatna (recommend to eat/carry food from Chikmagalur)
Coffee plantations grace the Sakleshpur to Belur (SH112)

Miles and miles of coffee plantations 🙂

Sakleshpur to Belur State Highway (SH112)

Green Tunnel 🙂

3) Kotagiri, Ooty

Tea Estates and delicious chocolates..

Relatively ‘not-so commercialized’ (yet) amongst Ooty and Conoor is Kotagiri (Mountain of the KotasKota is the traditional tribe of Nilgiris), blessed with beautiful roads and hectares of lush-tea estates guarded by cloud-clad Nilgiris.

In fact, the limelight on Kotagiri faded once the direct road from Mettupalyam to Conoor was built – before that one had to reach Ooty via Kotagiri from Mettupalyam.

Touring on the Daytona with Arai Helmet in Kotagiri-ooty

Infini-Tea Plantations grace the Kotagiri-Ooty Highway

Useful Information on Kotagiri & Ooty:

  • Route: Bangalore > Chamarajanagar > Satyamangalam > Bannari > Mettupalyam > Kotagiri (for the love of twisty roads)
  • Distance from Bangalore: 315 kms
  • Road Condition: Brilliant (I am yet to encounter bad roads or bad food in Tamil Nadu!!)
  • What to see: Kodanad View Point & Catherine Falls
  • Where to Stay: Lots of lodges, villas, cottages in Kotagiri
  • Where to Eat:  Head to Ooty (lots of options and don’t forget to relish home-made chocolates)
Roasted Almond Dark Chocolate Moddys or Modern Stores Ooty

Never miss a chance to ride for chocolates 😀

Touring on the Triumph Daytona 675R near Kotagiri-Ooty

Lush green hills and step-farms adorning the Nilgiris 🙂

These monsoon weekend ride getaways are best relished with great company, your favorite music, motorcycles and the numerous breaks along the highway for chai and charcoal roasted corn laced with spicy chutney.

Bon Appetite and Safe Riding!!