Date of Tour: 25,26,27 and 28th of December 2008
This one is supposed to be the longest tour on bike for all of us till date. We were 6 of us, Me, Anand Vardhan, Shreenivas, Shreesha Adiga, Ravi Hegde, Sreekumar. Ravi and Sreekumar started from Hospet and all others from Bangalore.
We started from Bangalore at 6am and the reached ShravanaBelagola at 9am. After visiting Bahubali statue we left for Belur. Ravi and Sreekumar joined us in Belur. It was 2.30 in the noon and the Channakeshava Temple is very well known for its architecture. Spent some time and were in Halebeedu at 5pm. Halebeedu temple was also crowded. Both Belur and Halebeedu temples were built during Hoysala reign.
We reached Chikka Magalur at 7pm. Got one lodge near the bus stand and went to sleep.
We earlier had plans of trekking Mullayanagiri but local people told us that since we had come by bikes its better to see many places nearby Mullayanagiri than to trek only Mullayyanagiri. We also decided to respect their openion.
First We went to Mullayyanagiri. This is the highest peak between Himalayas and the Nilgiris and one of my favourite. Riding bike on the small road through the edges of the mountains was a wonderful experience.
After Mullayyanagiri it was time to visit Baba Budangiri. We were slight disappointed as the Caves in Baba Budangiri was closed because of land slide. There is a small falls called Manikya dhara falls (Not actually a falls though....!!!) near Baba Budan giri. We saw the falls and were on our way to Kemmannu Gundi.
We saw 2 film shootings on our way. One unknown film and the another one starring Biyanca Desai and Prashant(Orata fame). Song shooting was going there. "Kalasamrat" S Narayan was the director...!!! Heroine was pretty though... :)
Next destination was Kemmannu Gundi but we decided to visit Kalhatgiri Falls and then Kemmannu Gundi and Hebbe Falls. This was bad decision. One has to visit Hebbe Falls first and then Kemmannu Gundi and then Kalhatgiri if starting from Mullayyanagiri or Baba Budan giri side. We messed up all the things. Went to Kalhatgiri falls and were very much disappointed as there was not enough water in the falls. Again came back to Kemmannu gundi to see the sunset but we were late. So we missed that.We decided to drop Hebbe Falls also as it was getting dark.
We were around 70km away from Chikmagalur and it was already 7pm. Road was also very bad. We were back to our lodge in chikmagalur at 8.30pm
We had planned to visit Horanadu and come back to Bangalore on the same day.We extended our tour by one day so as to visit Shringeri. We bid goodbye to Chikmagalur and were in Kalasa temple at 1 in the noon. The road from chikmagalur was awesome. Lots of curves added thrill to the ride. Lunch was planned at Horanadu Annapurneshwari Temple. We had nice lunch and were on our way to Shringeri via Kuduremukh. We came across many Tea Estates and stopped at one to take few photographs.
Stopped at Lakhya dam in Kuduremukha but there was no water in the dam. We again stopped beside a road in Kuduremukh Reserved forest where the landscape looked something like this.
We reached Shringeri at 7pm. There was Malnad Utsav going on and we saw some kids dancing and BharataNatyam and went to sleep. This ends the day.
We started our day visiting Sharadamba temple. We then went to Sirimane Falls also known as Kigga Falls. It is a beautiful falls and I guess nobody could resist getting into the water. This falls is safe for anybody who visit. Had our bath and the time was already 11am. We had long distance to cover (380km..!!) to reach bangalore. Ravi and Shreekumar left to Hospet. We stopped couple of times and reached Bangalore at 7pm.
Tour meter read 1012 kms........!!!!!
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Chikkamalur Bike Ride
Monday, August 31, 2009 / Posted by Sharat /