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Avala Betta


Like always this was a ride, that was like decided on the spot after Gobbling up our Paranthas n Chai at the Great Patantha Company near Nandi Hills. The Idea of riding more beckoned us to just say yes to Vidur’s idea of riding to this unheard place.




This place is about 90 kms approx from Bangalore. We had already covered about 40 kms to the Break Fast point and so happily rode to this place. The cemented roads upto the top of the hill was a surprise.


This place is very charming and scenic. Nature’s beauty is in abundance. Absolutely calm and peaceful letting you blend in with Nature. In most cases apart from a few devotees who are there to visit the Temple, you will be the only souls in that Hill. This is not at all commercial, to the fact that there is not even a water shop or snack shop there. We got there after Break Fast and Chai so we were not particularly hungry or thirsty but just the beauty of the place and the joy of clicking photographs kept us going. This is definitely for travellers who love being with Nature and all by themselves.



We chilled there for sometime before we rode back stopping at a Tea Stall in the Village.

Distance – 90 kms

Time – about 1 n half hour one way

Food & Water – Not Available

The Pics and Videos shall be uploaded n shared soon.


Kempu (red), mannu (soil) and gundi (pit) — Kemmangundi

The ride to kemmangundi was with BMC Bangalore Motorcycle Club, we all met at Parle G factory on tumkur road. We had our formal introductions and then the briefing by our Pilot Roshan/ Vasu. We were about 15 bikes. We rode to tumkur at a steady pace before we stopped at our favourite joint for breakfast where all of us gobbled up Idli’s and Vada’s and a few managed Dosa’s too. Everybody slurped their cups of Coffee n Tea.
The we continued on our journey. I was more of a pillion on this ride, clicking photographs and enjoying the ride. We rode through a state highway with people crossing the roads like maniacs and also we had cows n dogs enjoying the roads at their leisure.
We reached Kemmangundi in Chikmangalur around about Lunchtime and unwinded ourselves to enjoy the place. We all had Lunch and then took some rest before we headed to explore the place. We rode to Kalhatti Falls and then we headed to a garden which was well maintained. Vasu Sir, Imran and many others had their share of fun with the sprinklers installed to water the lawn grass.
Then we trekked to a place from where the view was serene and blissful.
We took our strolls and enjoyed the trail. Clicking loads of pics and helping each other in the steep climb. The place has a lot of trails on offer and can be enjoyed for trekking and other adventure sports in winter.

Distance – 275 kms from Blore Approx

Cost – Around 2k per head in a decent Overnight Home Stay including 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner & 1 Breakfast.

Weekend Ride – Lepakshi & Nandi Hills

This was a plan that was decided as soon as i got back from Chitradurga. 

The plan was very simple, enjoy the sunday in the best possible way we can and that is to ride merrily.

The Riders – Myself, Nabila, Hari, Nidheesh and Nitin

The Rides – 2 Classic 350, 1 Unicorn

Distance – 120 kms one way

Food – At the junction on Blore – HYD highway where we turn left to Lepakshi, there is an APSRTC Hotel, decent food.

The journey.

We started at about 10.30 from the starting point at Esteem Mall on Airport Road.The road was as straight as an arrow, we drove at a constant speed of about 90-100 kmph. The climate was a huge plus and the breezy wind made it even more memorable.

We stopped on the way for Petrol and then kind of thought we could maybe have breakfast but as the time was 11.30, they were preparing Lunch and so there wasn’t any food for break fast. Then we just had coffee/tea and proceeded to lepakshi.

The temple was just so mesmerizing, said to be built around 1568, around 600 odd years back. The place was simply a paradise for photographic freaks and yes thats exactly what happened. All the shutterbugs went crazy clicking in our own merry ways.

Then we headed to the Nandi that was there in the town and clicked around there too. Oncee done we heded to the same Hotel for Lunch and then headed to Nandi Hills for Sunset as pplanned, on the way he hit a mini cloud burst and continued on to the to of the hill. The place was very windy and cold. But ya the scenic views were simple amazing. Again clicked away to glory, capturing the rays of the sun trough the clouds as the Sun was playing Hide n seek.

Once done we rode back home safely.

It was a Sunday well spent indeed.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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