15/July/2012 : The scene was perfectly set with heavy rains during aashada maasa and an early morning start to my favorite Mysore Road. This time the car was heading towards Meenakshipura with Navya’s cousins. As we had visited earlier in the year we were prepared this time with proper food and clothes to play in water. A total of 9 adults and 3 kids were ready by 6 and we were on road with our 1st pitstop @ kadambam for breakfast. Personally, its the best restaurant which serves authentic puliyogare, pongal (both sihi and khara). With our tummies recharged we started heading towards Meenakshipura. Its actually a KRS backwater.Getting there is a big problem not that the path is difficult, the road is very good but the problem is very few people actually know about it. So if you need the actual map, ping me as its few of the places which is untouched and a quite place to hang out in water. The water over there is not deep with clay at the bottom. After an hour and half in water, it was time to open our packed spicy puliyogare’s. The next moment everyone were arranging mattresses for a small nap which was helped by dark clouds over our head, the cold breeze of the lake. After a quick nap we started heading back to home with pitstops at Mandya for coffee break and Nandini ice creams on route. With rains welcoming us to bangalore, it was indeed a refresher for everyone.
23 December 2012 : Christmas weekend and I had a chance to be in Palo Alto US for couple of weeks and our plan was to head towards Tahoe and enjoy the snow.
So early morning at around 4 in the morning, myself and a couple from my office friends were on road to Boreal North of Tahoe. The plan was really simple, drive 210 miles to Tahoe, play in snow and come back the same day as all of us had to be in office on Monday. 50 miles from our destination bad luck hit us and the roads were blocked due to heavy snow and one of the guy near the gas station suggested us to head towards South of Tahoe and try our chances. So our new plan was to head to Sierra resort and the route was to take CA 49 and US 50. The CA 49 route was very scenic and narrow roads leading towards the mountains. Nearing to tahoe we were greeted with white snow capped mountains, and slippery roads. It was my first drive in snow and I lost control quite a few times. That’s when we decided to put in chains to our tires and installing it was tricky at first but the second one was simpler. After driving in thick snow for 30 minutes we reached our resort and experience snow but there was one big problem – temperatures had reached -10 degrees and none of us had Gloves or caps or sunglasses and we were wearing just a jacket which was not thick enough to keep the cold out but the sheer sight of snow made us go out and play. After few hours in snow it was time to head back and that’s when we had the bad experience of snow. While removing the chain one of the hook got stuck behind the tire and we had to jack the car remove the tire and remove the chain. A big thanks to few guys who had parked right in front of us saw us struggling to remove the chain without any light as the sun had already set. They provided us with few torches and a tire jack tool. After quite a struggle as none of us had experience of removing the tires we finally managed to remove the chains and headed back to our hotel. All in a fun chilled trip.
Route : Mountain View → Sacramento→ Sierra → Back to hotel
Total trip distance : 600+ miles
Mode of transport – Corolla
It had been a boring weekend till we explored a beautiful lake near Uttarahalli, Bangalore.
Well it all started with a small walk with my wife and we decided to take a new route and explore new roads around my house. Within 10 minutes into our walk we spotted a lake with a gate and few people were walking in and out. As soon as we stepped inside the gate we saw a big lake and wide walking track around the lake with benches in the sides. The water looked very clean and there were few work going on the other side in cleaning the lake. I just did a quick background check and found out that the lake was a smelly waste dumping area just a year ago with local sewage water being dumped in all the directions. In a year, the lake has been transformed and all the sewage waters are redirected to a small place where water is getting recycled and dumped into the lake.
Youtube URL of the lake : http://youtu.be/pBgb8ultfk0
PS : Please do not put plastics or dirty this place. Govt has spent 5 crores to clean the lake!!
Our planned trip after a long time and a luxurious one too. The plan was simple, get to a nice resort near beach side spend some quite time together. Thanks to Saurabh who recommended Dunes resort in Pondicherry. It’s a treat and worth the money. Oh yeah the occasion was our 2nd anniversary of our married life!! The resort was a pleasant place and the villa surrounded by garden and a walk able distance of private beach made it more special. We spent 2 good days in dunes and few visits to city. The only thing I remember of the city was a huge “Ramraj” showroom. All the special cliques as my hard disk has crashed. Just hoping that I would have copied onto my backup hard drive or DVD’s. If i find some will post some the pics.. Guys if you are planning for a good time do not miss this.. 🙂
June 18th: Sachin had his new swift and wanted a long drive on Mysore road, so we decided to head towards Basaralu, as it was near 100+ km and the roads would be empty after Maddur. We started by 11 (a very late start to our trip) packing ourselves with BisiBeleBath, Chips, and 6 ltrs of water. There are 2 ways to approach : 1 through Mandya and the other is through maddur. We decided to go with Maddur route and it was the best route with trees, rice fields on either side and the drive through villages was the best. We had our packed lunch near well and headed towards Sri.Mallikarjuna, Basaralu (History : This temple was built by Harihara nayaka. He was Dandanayaka (in charge of armies) under the Hoysala King Imadi Narashima. The temple was built in the year 1235 AD for deity in the name of his father “Malikarjuna” and a kalyani (Tank) in the name of his mother “Gujjave“) A Hoysala architecture sight at its best. Sadly but true, places like these are much less talked about and appreciated. Thou not preserved as much as Belur, places like these are a pride to our state. It is a true representation of our rich culture, heritage and a fine example of architecture of the olden days. The skill and patience involved in building such masterpieces is just unimaginable. On route back to home we stopped by a stream of water flowing through the paddy fields, played there for few minutes.
- Route : Uttarahalli → Maddur→ Turn right to reach Koppa → Basarulu→ Back home
- Total trip distance – 228 km
- Mode of transport – Swift
- Excellent roads for the major part of the trip.
June 13th : It had been quite a while since the last trip and I had a new stereo system fitted and with all new songs in my pen drive we headed towards NH4. Yeah it was the first time we did not hit the Mysore road or Tumkur road. It was my first time I had to go though the city and reach NH4. So to avoid traffic we started from home by 7 and by 8 we were on Hebbal flyover taking right to head towards kolar. The roads after you cross bangalore were excellent but there were constant 2 wheelers moving in opposite direction and on the right most side of the road. I had to brake quite a few times to slow down and break the speed limit to 140. Heading straight we skipped kolar city and headed towards Mulbagal. On reaching mulbagal we took a left turn to reach Kurudumale. It was a nice slow 10km driving through tomato & mango fields. Kurudumale is famous for the Lord Ganesha temple built by Vijayanagar rulers. The Ganesha is 13 feet tall and is a beautiful idol, sadly though we were not allowed to take any snaps. After few cliques we headed towards Aavni. Avani has a wonderful complex of of Ramalingeshwara temples all within one courtyard dedicated to Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrugna. On the hill Agni Tirtha, a pond, and the Ekantha Ramaswamy Temple are also seen. Since navya had not climbed the hill the last time, she was more than excited to reach the top in spite of the sun beating down . We took few stops and a Monkey to drive us to top. The monkey followed us till the top and was behind us till we gave up and threw a packet of cake to it. Persistence pays guys even monkeys know.. Took a small break on top and started our decent down, had our lunch in coffee day as were too tired and hungry to go 10km to Uddis and by 5 we were back home.
- Route : Uttarahalli → Kolar→ Mulbagal→ Turn left to Kurudumale → Come back to NH4 → En-route to kolar → Turn left to Aavni → Back home
- Total trip distance – 285 km
- Top Speed – 140 kmph
- Mode of transport – Swift
- Excellent roads all the way.
22nd April : A long weekend and all the tourist spots around Bangalore were over booked. There was no point checking out places where we had to stay overnight, so we decided to go towards Mahadevpura & Karighatta and come back home.. We packed ourselves and with proper clothing to play in water and left bangalore by 8 thinking majority of the traffic would have left. But we were wrong.. Crossing Kengeri, it was bumper to bumper traffic till Ramnagara. All the hotels on Mysore road were over filled by ongoing passengers and there was no point in wasting time standing in queue to get a table. So we decided to go forward and stop in KADAMBAM.. A small restaurant with tasty Puliyogare, Sihi and khara pongal. The rush was manageable there and we decided to pack our lunch as well there. We continued after having heavy breakfast towards Karighatta. Just before you reach Srirangapatna, you need to take a deviation towards left to reach Karighatta. The hill has a temple devoted to Vishnu, called “Karigirivasa”. A small river, Lokapavani, a tributary of Kaveri flows by the hill. You can reach the top by driving till the top in your car or by climbing the steps. I would prefer the steps as the view is very scenic and a good exercise as well 🙂 After a short stop at the temple we headed towards Mahadevpura.. Mahadevpura, a small village where kavery river flows by and many movies have been shot here (Aaptamitra). We reached there by 2 and we headed towards water to play. The place was totally empty and we could enjoy ourselves in peace. After an hour in water, we got out and had our packed puliyogare and headed back home. The drive back was very calm as there were only few cars heading to bangalore and my speeds were touching 150 when my wife was dozing.. In short a very relaxing trip.
- Route : Uttarahalli → Mysore Road →Ramnagar → Mandya → Turn left just before Srirangapatna→ Karighatta → Mahadevpura → Back home
- Total trip distance ~ 280 km
- Top Speed – 150 kmph
- Mode of transport – Swift
- Google Map Location (Karighatta, Mahadevpura)
- Nice roads all the way.. Best time to visit : Summer.