Archive forAugust, 2010

Ride to Chikka-Tirupati

Participants:

1. Shrikant Gaikwad
2. Myself

Date: 22st August, 2010

Mode of Transport: Bajaj Platina 125 cc

Chikka Tirupati is a small version of what it exists in Tirupati. The distance is around 50 kms from Sanjay Nagar, Bangalore. The other option is to go via Hoskote and then taking a turn right at Chikka Halli. You need to cross at least 3 villages, but roads are in good condition. If you love roses, this is the way you should take. You will find rose gardens in both sides of the road along with brick making industries. It is around 20 kms from the village. 90kms in total.

Route Information:

You need to take the outer ring road to K R Puram and later on take the road to Whitefield – ITPL road, NH 207. At the Chikka Tirupati mini town circle take right to go to Chikka Tirupati temple. At the entrance you will find an arch as you enter. Roads are excellent except in some places.

Road to Chikka Tirupati

Chikka Tirupati

Chikka Tirupati Temple

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Trip to T.G. Halli Dam and on Top of Savandurga

Participants:

1. Shrikant Gaikwad
2. Myself

Date: 1st August, 2010

Mode of Transport: Bajaj Platina 125 cc

Thippagondanahalli Reservoir, also known as T G Halli Dam or Chamarajsagar, is around 35 km west of Bangalore towards Magadi. It is a man made reservoir which is being used by the BWSSB to cater to the drinking needs of western Bangalore. As of now, the whole reservoir is being fenced by BWSSB and entry to this dam is not allowed for the commoner, so we had to be content with viewing it from a distance.

Further down on the same stretch, as you reach Magadi, you can find one of the largest monolith hills in India, Savandurga. It is around 20 kms from the T G Halli Dam and around 55 kms from Bangalore. You can either use the Bangalore – Mysore highway or come from Magadi, which we took. The hill consists of two granite cliffs of 4000 feet tall and 13 kilometers (8 miles) in circumference , one called Bilibetta or white peak, another Karibetta or black peak. We were able to see some ruminants of the fort wall, not sure whether it really exists or not. Its an amazing place to go rappelling and rock climbing.

Route Information:

The T G Halli Dam in on the route to Magadi on the right hand side. You can see a old temple in the middle of the reservoir.

T G Halli Dam

T G Halli Dam Temple submerged in water

As you enter Magadi, you find a circle stating that you need to take the left towards the hills. It is around 8 kms from therein. It is around 1226m above sea level.

Savandurga from base

Manchanabele Dam atop Savandurga

Bird's eye view from atop Savandurga

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