2014 | Bike Rides Bangalore

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Nijagal betta / Siddara betta - Exploring ancient temples 13/12/2014

Place: Nijagal betta / Siddara betta, Tumkur

Distance: 62 x 2 =  kms
Route: Vijaynagar -> Nelamangala -> Dabaspete -> HaleNijagal Betta -> Shivagange
Crew: Santosh and Sagar
Bikes: Bajaj Discover 150
Budget: 250/Head

This trekking would have never been possible without Santosh. After cancelling trekking to this place for around 3-4 times had thought I will never be able to conquer the Nijagal Peak, fortunately Santosh joined this adventure.

To make things simple I have divided a single day journey to two posts, 
1 - Nijagal betta / Siddara betta - Exploring ancient temples  (One you are reading right now)

Brief about the place: Nijagalbetta is a rocky hill lying close to Dobbaspet town in Karnataka. The hill lies very near to the Bangalore Pune National highway (NH4) and is also called as Siddarabetta. Nijagalbetta has ruins of ancient temples and fort built by Chickadevaraya Wodeyar. The hill has excellent rock formations. There is a carved idol of Hindu deity Lord Hanuman near to the fort entrance where people come and feed the monkeys as a sign of worship. There is a Muslim Dargah inside the fort. There are some ponds inside the fort formed by water trapped between the gaps of rocks. There are many unexplored archaeological ruins near Nijagalbetta.

The Peak
Saturday morning: Started from my home at 6 am. Santosh hopped on my bike at Navaranga, we headed on towards Tumkur. Took just 45 mins to reach Dabaspete on the silky smooth NH4. After having  tea we switched on google navigation to Nijagal betta but unfortunately maps was showing wrong route so we asked the local people and found there are two hills on either side of the NH one is Hale Nijagal to the left (the one we wanted to go) and other one is new Nijagal city to the right. After 3 kms from Dabaspete underpass there is a reliance petrol bunk to the right side, opposite to this petrol bunk there is a small underpass which leads to the hill. We didn't feel safe to leave the bike alone at that place since it looked isolated so we parked it near Cafe Coffee Day which is just before this under pass to the left. After parking bike at CCD we walked towards our destination. After crossing underpass, need to walk straight for 100 meters, there is a foot path to the right which leads to the way to the Hill.
The under pass to the left of NH which leads to the hill base
Nijagal Betta 

The Trek: We started the uphill trek with full josh, it was early in the morning so there were no one else on the hill except us. We encountered a open place from we had a good look at the ancient temple, a dargah, and the hill. We skipped the dargah and ancient temple for later. There was a scary tree which had eaten the rocks from the bottom and you could see roots rising almost 6 ft from the bottom. You can see the below photo. 
Started trekking

Carved idol Lord Hanuman near to the entrance

The scary tree
First gimps of the hill and ruined temple

The Peak: We next encountered the Carvings on the rocks. There is a pretty amazing thing we can see here, there is hindu siddara temple at one side and on the other side there is muslim darga. Nice to see two greatest gods at same place. Because of the temple the place is littered. There are rock caves on the top, took couple of photos, after spending couple of minutes we left the place. On the way back visited that ancient ruined temple. We started down on the same route. Saw couple of people in opposite direction. Had a nice breafast at Kamat hotel on the other side of NH opposite to the underpass. Santosh insisted we will have one more trek to the great Shivagange Hill so I agreed and we left for our next trek to Shivagange. I have written Shivagange trek on the other post.
Santosh taking selfie :P

A look from the peak

Ruined hindu temple


1. The local people easily get confused when you ask for direction to Nijagal so better you explain using words - Nijagal Betta, Siddara Betta. Its on the left side of the NH.
2. After crossing Dabaspete underpass keep looking for Reliance petrol bunk (comes after 2 km - 3km). Just opposite to the petrol bunk there is a small underpass, you have to take this route.
3. You can take bike only till the base of the hill where it is risky to keep so better park on the highway side in front of some shops as we did.

You can checkout these Google sphere photos if you are more interested in the place:

Open with maps whenever possible

1. First look at the hill
2. Ruined ancient Temple
3. Half way to the Hill
4. The caves of Nijagal
5. The peak


Shivagange - Devine, Peace and Adventure 13/12/2014

Place: Shivagange Hill, Tumkur

Distance: 62 x 2 =  kms
Route: Vijaynagar -> Nelamangala -> Dabaspete -> HaleNijagal Betta -> Shivagange
Crew: Santosh and Sagar
Bikes: Bajaj Discover 150
Budget: 250/Head

This is the second part of my trekking from the previous post Nijagal betta / Siddara betta - Exploring ancient temples

Brief about the place: Shivagange is a mountain peak with a height of 1368 meters and Hindu pilgrimage center located near Dobbaspet, in Bangalore Rural district India. It is situated 8 km from the town of Tumkur and 54 km from Bangalore Shivagange is a tall conical hill with a series of temples on the way uphill. There is a small source of water at the top which is considered to be sacred. There are steps laid on the top with steel bars to hold on inorder to navigate the rocky terrain.

Shivagange Hill
Note: I have added some photos from my last trek to make a better picture of the place.

Continuing from Nijagal betta: After seeing Nijagal betta we decided to visit Shivagange.  Started trekking at around 12 pm, the climate was cloudy. It was my second visit to this place so it was very familiar to me. After Nijagal trek I was exhausted but Santosh dragged me to another big trek. For every 50 steps there is a shop so you dont have to worry about hunger and thirst. 
The Trek: The path is carved very well with rock steps and support. After 20 mins of trekking there comes Olakal teertha where it is believed that one who does good work in his life only gets water but in reality one with longest hands gets the water. We moved on the path becoming more and more steeper exhausting me at every other step. I started scolding Santosh for the idea of second trek in the same day. We saw a local shop keeper climbing along with us with 35 bottles of water around 15-20 kg weight moving with constant pace, never taking test, seeing this scene I felt like he deserves that extra 5 Rs they take on MRP for every item they sell.

A photo from the past: Inside the temple

A photo from the past: Olakal teertha
Shiva Partvati Jotirlinga Temple

We first encountered the Shivaparvati temple, there is jotirlinga. The actual trek begins from this point onwards, The path becomes horrible, the steps are not at all nicely placed. The route takes a sharp 60 degree making the route steeper and exhausting you at every other step. The real monkey attack begins here. I recomend not to hold water bottle in hand or in the sidebag, better dont have a bag only. After you complete this part threre is a shop just before the peak. We kept our jacket and shoes with him and headed towards the peak. 
Beware of monkeys

The zigzak path with uneven steps.
The final steps before the peak
The Peak: Standing beside the nandi and enjoying the view with the fresh breeze was worth spending enegry to get to here. Visited the temple at the top. Took some photos spend half an hour on the hill. It was around 1 o'clock the beatiful weather kept the sun behind the clouds. 


We started down, had tasty bhel and natural cold water. It was almost lunch time, we saw there was lunch available in temple at the base of the hill. We had nice meal and left the place. 

Trekking down

Santosh drove the way back. Dropped santosh and reached home by 4.30.

Panorama view
You can even check the 360 degrees photospheres:
Note: On mobile please open with Google maps for better experience.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Muthathi - Ride through the forest 14/09/2014

Place: Muthathi, Kaveri river bank, Mavalli and Art of Living Bangalore

Distance: 115 x 2 = 230 kms

Route: HAL -> Banashankari -> Kanakpur -> Halaguru -> Mutatti
Crew: Vinay, Siva, Suresh, Sagar
Bikes: Bajaj Discover 150, Hero Ignitor
Budget: 300/Head

12.09.2014 my last day at LG. We had decided to go for one last bike ride, no more places left out to explore so ended up with my last option Bhimeshwari & Mutatti. Had a bad experience in the past when I met with a minor accident on Mekedatu road.

Brief about the place: Muthathi (or Muttatti) is a settlement situated on the banks of the Kaveri river near Malavalli in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is surrounded by a dense forest which is the home of the Kaveri Wildlife Sanctuary. The location was blessed with Sita and Anjaneya, and there is a small temple dedicated to Anjaneya near the town.

Saturday morning: After chilling out party till 1 am Friday night I was in doubt if we will make this trip possible. Surprisingly everyone woke up, got fresh up and left by 5.45 am. Decided to take Kanakpura route.

The Long Ride: It was a long stretch, rode at a medium pace, and reached Halaguru, Suresh's native at 8 am. Had delicious - Ghee Dosa and Idli. After finishing we headed towards our destination - Mutatti.

The wrong turn we took last time

Wooden Idli Cups

Ride through the forest: 15 km to Mutatti you enter the forest area. The ride turned into a peaceful, calm, silence zone, realized how much noise my bike does.  The road passes through the thick green forest. Spotted group of golden Deers.  An army of monkeys was blocking the road at Bhimeshwari Nature and Fishing Camp. Need to book resort to enter the camp. We continued our ride. The road is zigzag in some places. It is thrilling to see the river at one side and forest on the other.

Entrance to Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary

Bhimeshwari Nature and Fishing Camp
Kaveri River: Mutatti is a small village, as soon as you enter there is a temple at left and river on the right, There are many people die in the river every year so we were extra conscious not to go deep inside water. Spent couple of good time inside water. Had blessings from Lord Hanuman.

Rafting group from Bhimeshwari (1200/head)

Came back Halaguru at 2 pm. Suresh had asked his aunt to prepare lunch for us. We filled our stomach with Natikoli meal and Ragimudde. Were too tired so took a power nap of 30 minutes and left the place at 4.30 pm. 

Saw the Art of Living Ashram at left, decided to visit.

Art of Living: Ashram timing is till 7 pm. The place is blended with Indian heritage with peace of sanctify and every one seems in the state of serenity. Entered main building meditated for 10 minutes which kept us elevated, took some snaps and left. It had darkened by now the place was illuminated with LED lights so beautiful it was that it’s not possible to describe in words.

Inside Dhyana Mandir 

Dhyana Mandir Decorated by LED lightnings

Dhyana Mandir Decorated by LED lightnings
Trying some photography tricks

Reception Hall at Entrance

Reached home by 8 pm.

Back to home

Caution: The roads are curved at many places, accident are very common so ride safe, wear helmet ride safe.