1. Shrikant Gaikwad
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.
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.
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.