Sunday, December 16, 2012

66) Shivanasamudra (Gaganchukki & Barachukki): (13/11/2012)

Place: Shivanasamudra (Gaganchukki & Barachukki)
Distance: 150 x 2 = 300kms.
Directions: Bengaluru – Chenpatna – Sathnur – Gaganchukki – Barachukki.
Particiapants: Chaithanya(Padiyar) > Manohar(Manu/Notorious) > Karthik (Sp).
Bikes: GS 150 > Pulsar 150.
Previous visit: Shanmukha temple & Omkarhills.
Budget: Rs 400/head

This was another formal run to the wonderful waterfalls. Like last time we put ourselves below the mighty falls & experienced the super awesome force of the waters. And oh yeah the best of the foods were on the menu as it was SH-17(Mysore road).

It had been quite time since we had visited these falls. So a run was scheduled, with Manu & Padiyar on the confirmed list and the bakery set as the meet up point we crashed.
TIME: 22:00 (12/11/2012)

Yeah I was up at about 05:00, did a few push-ups & sit-ups, had some coffee and was all set to go. We met at bakery and had a long chat over a hot cup of tea as it had been long since we had met. After the tea we left Bangalore.
TIME: 07:00


RIDE 1: (Bangalore – Bidadi)
This was a 30kms stretch. We left Bangalore & kept a smooth pace throughtout on the highway for the next 30kms to reach Bidadi. We pulled over at our regular Tatte Idly hotel and munched on some superb breakfast.
TIME: 07:30

RIDE 2: (Bidadi – Kabbalu – Gaganchukki)
This was about 110-120kms stretch. After an excellent breakfast we left Bidadi. Continuing at a decent pace we reached Sathnur & took a deviation to reach Kabbalu. We stopped & showed our respect to this mighty hillock & we continued further to reach Kanakpura road. From then on it was pure cruising to reach Mallavali T-junction and heading further we reached Gaganchukki.
TIME: 10:00



The waterfalls looked beautiful like always. The waters were fading off but yeah spent about 15-20mins at this place. Oh yeah, a new road is being laid to this place so it was a bumpy ride to this place.
TIME: 10:30


Barachukki is about 8kms from the previous waterfalls. And one can get down into the waterfalls here. The roads were pretty good, so without much difficulty we reached the second falls. The place had a complete makeover thanks to the Karnataka Tourism Dept. The steps had supports, a few outposts were provided to get a better view of the waterfalls.


So we made our way down the steps and crossed a few slippery streams to reach the base of the waterfalls. As I sat ashore, Padiyar & Manu climbed a few rocks and made their way below the mighty waterfalls. After about 1.5 hours we dried up & decided to leave Barachukki.
TIME: 12:15

RIDE 3: (Barachukki – Sathnur – Kanva/Manju Dhaba)
This was about a 100kms stretch. We rode non-stop till Mallavalli, then stopped and came to decision to ride in Kanakpura road till Sathnur rather than rejoin Mysore road at Maddur itself. So we continued till Sathnur, took a small break, then rejoined SH-17 at Channapatna and finally reached Kanva(Manju) Dhaba for lunch.
TIME: 14:45


Ah yeah we were all dead hungry back at Barachukki itself, but we had pushed for another 2.5hrs. But trust me it was all worth the wait :) See the snap, Drool right!!! :D

We ordered a nice heavy lunch & sat back for the next 60mins munching down. After a heavy lunch we left the dhaba.
TIME: 15:45

RIDE 4: (Manju Dhaba – Bakery)
This was a 60kms stretch. This was our home run, so all we had to do was stay awake n get this last shit right. After about 60mins we reached back our bakery& had some hot tea.
TIME: 16:45

Until next time Cia \m/



Saturday, December 8, 2012

65) Shanmukha temple (NICE road) & Omkar hills: (6/11/2012)

Place: Shanmukha temple(NICE road) & Omkar hills.
Distance: 10 x 2 = 20kms.
Directions: Bengaluru – Shanmukha temple – JSS College – Omkar hill s.
Participants: Madhu(k.) > Karthik (Sp).
Bikes: CB Unicorn > Pulsar.
Previous visit: Mavathur  lake, Nelligudde kere & Manchinbele.
Budget: Rs0/head (Little Petrol was enough :P)

This was the shortest chapter we have pulled off till date. This time for a change it was definitely the destination that was important rather than the road which leads to it.

This run was planned when we saw the sun go down in the Global Academy. It had been more than year since we visited Shanmukha temple. First we planned to go to only Omkar hills but ended up covering up both places. Madhu was the only one on the confirmed list.
TIME: 23:00 (5/11/2012)


Yeah I was up at about 05:00, did a few push-ups & sit-ups, had a little coffee & left my home at 07:00. Went to bakery which was the starting point, had some tea etc., again & began the ride the places.
Shanmukha temple is just 4kms from here, so nothing much to write about the ride to the place. We took a shortcut, went below the NICE road and reached Rajarajeshwari Nagar.
TIME: 07:30


We spent about 30mins this place. This temple is clearly visible from the NICE road; hence some of the people I’ve come across call it the “NICE road temple. The ambience of the temple is simple brilliant, very tranquil in the mornings. Lots of changes had been done since our last visit.
Latest update being the crown is being filled with crystals which make the top sparkle from a very long distance itself adding to the majesty of the place.

We reached Omkar hills t about 08:15; it is hardly a 15mins ride from Shanmukha temple. Omkar temple is situated right behind J.S.S College, Uttarahalli road. First we visited the huge clock tower, then the “All God’s Club” and finally the main temple..

1.  Clock tower:

* Largest Clock tower in India, bigger than Big Ben, London.
* Total weight 500kgs, each hand weighs 40kgs.
* Total height is 40feet.
Other info is written at the place, get out there & read it :)

2. All God’s Club:

We call it by this name cause, there are all forms of the single entity (or what I believe energy) present here. There is a huge tree like the enlightenment tree ha-ha, surrounding which are Hindu, Islam, Christianity, Sikh, Jain & Buddha. 


3. Omkar temple:

The temple is constructed in North-Indian style. There are 12 linga’s and each has a separate Gopura over it. We made a quick lap around the 12 different lingas from different states each with a different name. Then went outside and sat with the Pulliyogre enjoying the view of NICE road & Shanmukha temple seen about 5kms away.
Finally we left the place t about 09:00 & rode back at a slow pace to reach back base for breakfast.
TIME: 09:15


“Some of us our religious, some aren’t but the respect we give to the place is something that has overpowered our personal opinions. This might have been the smallest chapter we have pulled off, but this is the run which taught us the biggest lesson” :)
Until next time Cia\m/