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Cycling @Turahalli

Turahalli is one of the last green areas in bangalore and is favorite joint for bouldering and off late off road cycling as it offers some good trails for budding cyclists.  Off late lot of the local guys have been visiting turahalli for cycling so much so that we even a local downhill cycling race as part of the year long races that is held.

Inspite of me travelling on kanakapura road numerous times i was yet to pay a visit to turahalli. I decided to head out there with couple of friends to enjoy some trails. It was a delayed start and with a pit stop for breakfast, we headed to banashankri and then to kanakapura road. We reached turahalli after an hour of cycling and headed to the trail.

Start of turahalli trail

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Slowly peddling we continued onwards the temple and the trail was beginning to rough out and we enjoyed going through the steep ascents and descents without crashing. We spent some time exploring the trails. Since this was my first cycling downhill, had to be careful not to crash since i had gone there without any protection.

Offroading at turahalli

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Soon it was time to head back and it was a slow ride back home with a stop at BOTS.

Snaps can be found here

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Sarjapur-Chiktirupathi-Narayanakere

Chiktirupathi is a popular place 30-40 kms from Bangalore. The place is popular pilgrimage site and is becoming a favorite place for cyclists recently. I had done a ride to chiktirupathi couple of months back with  Sundeep and few others and the empty roads made the ride more enjoyable. To get to chiktirupathi or anywhere out of bangalore one has to negotiate the heavy traffic which can consume quite a lot of time. To avoid this I was looking for bike mount options for my car. Thule was costly and was also model specific.

Since RR cycles was just down the road  from my place, I checked there and came to know about BnB rear mount rack which could carry 3 cycles easily and was cheaper compared to Thule. Checked the rack and found it to fit the Swift correctly, went ahead and purchased them and saw how to get it fitted.

Couple of my friends wanted to buy new bikes and we decided to go out for a ride. This would help me to test the rack as well as I would be using it more regularly. Plans were discussed the previous day and it was time to hit the sack.

Next day it was time to fit the rack and it was done as it was shown. After fixing my cycle on the rack I waited for Chetana and Kumar to come to my house

All set for the ride

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An hour of waiting and Chetana and Kumar dropped in and we headed to Indiranagar to pick up Vikyath who soon arrived at Sony World. Mounted his cycle on the rack and we set off to decathlon to rent the cycles

Vikyath and My cycle on the rack

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Reached decathlon and got 2 cycles for rent. Couple of group shots and we were off for the ride

The team L to R (Chetana, Kumar, Vikyath, Me)

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The road from decathlon towards sarjapur is a slight descent and we made good ground. The traffic was less and we had a good ride for an hour till our tummies began to rumble. A short stop for breakfast and we continued the ride. The weather was sunny and a cool breeze made the goin easy. We reached sarjapur and soon were riding towards chiktirupathi which was 13 kms from sarjaur. The empty roads made the ride more pleasurable.

Couple of pit stops for few snaps and we were were cruising along

Sunflower fields on the way

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Another hour of riding and we were at chiktirupathi. There were few other cyclists there and we stopped there for a break. A cup of tea, few more snaps and we headed off

At Chiktirupathi

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With nothing planned further we continued to ride further and see what comes up. Couple of kms and we found a road going towards narayanakere and took a deviation. The roads were empty and we had a good time riding

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The empty roads lasted couple of kms and we reached the end. Asked for directions to sarjapur and continued the ride. Some off roading on a dirt road for a km or two and we were on the main road again

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Though the sun was beating down on us it wasn’t too tiring. We had push a bit when getting back as we had to return the cycles back at 2. Some hard peddling without any breaks saw me and chetana reach decathlon at 2.45 with kumar and vikyath reaching at 3. Some rehydration and it was time to get back. We stopped for a late lunch and it was hit the gas. Dropping vikyath at Cox Town we headed back home thus completing a wonderful ride.

Snaps can be found here

Cycling around Tattekere

There are not many lakes around bangalore which have been spared from pollution. A chat with a friend of mine a few days back lead me to tattekere lake near anekal. Googling for info on the lake showed the lake is pristine without any pollution. Reading a few blogs i came to know this is elephant territory and elephants normally come to the lake to bath and to drink. The place is also a haven for bird watchers as one can find various types of birds flying around

With the place decide I now had to finalize the route. One can reach tattekere either through banergatta or via harohalli. I decided to take the banergatta route as i would get a chance to ride inside the NP. The place and the route mapped out, headed out for another solo ride with hopes of meeting a few cyclists enroute. Reached banergatta in an hour and took the route to anekal. A km or two after crossing birla academy came across the signboards indicating the distance to ragihalli and shivanahalli.Confirmed the direction from a person standing there and took the road to ragihalli

The road to ragihalli is pretty much empty and in a couple of minutes I entered the banergatta national park

Roads inside BNP

The cloudy skies and the greenary made the ride more pleasent.

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A couple of kms of riding with a rolling terrain I was out of the national park , it was pretty much downhil till ragihalli and had a nice time zooming in the bends. Crossed ragihalli and shivanhalli where I again asked for directions. I was to take a right and keep going straight till I reach the main road from there tattekere was just a couple of kms

The descent

The tarmac ends after a short while and the road was filled with craters and loose mud everywhere. Since it was downhill one gets a feeling of doing off road cycling or a km or so. Reaching the highway I proceeded towards tattekere where I met another guy coming via harohalli. A brief chat with him and we headed to the lake.

One can go to the lake either by taking a left at the arch on the main or from within the village. It was another downhill off road ride and we got to the lake. There are electrified fences around the lake to prevent people from entering the lake

Electrified Fences

There was a small trail going by the side of the fences and we took that to reach the far end of the wires. Since there was enough space for the cycle to squueze through we did that and managed to get to the lake. The lake itself is pretty vast n serene. A small photoshoot there and after some relaxation we headed back to the main road

Thattekere Lake

Note: There are no boards around the lake to prevent people from trespassing.  If anyone intending to go to the lake trespass at your own risk

There might be another route to the lake from the arch or from the Kanve Mahadeshwara temple located close to the lake, which we couldnt do. One can ask for an easier approach path to the lake from localites

We headed back to the main road and it was continous uphill ride to jigani which we covered in an hour or so.

The road to jigani

It was already 12 by the time we reached jigani. A short stop for some snacks and it was a non stop ride back home which took another hour and half in the traffic. Reached home at 1.30 thus concluding a good ride to this little known lake

Thattekere Fact File

Name of the Lake: Thattekere Lake

Location: Mahadeshwara Forest

Distance From Bangalore: 40 Kms

How to Reach:

Route 1: Bangalore – Bannerghatta Police station. Take left towards Anekal route. Move further for 1-2 kms after crossing Birla Academy, take right. From here you really get into Bannerghatta National park. After 6-7 kms you will reach Ragihalli then cross Shivanahalli. Take right at shivanahalli and keep on the same road till u get a fork on the road, take left and keep going downhill. You’ll see the highway after half or one km. Tattekere is a km or two from here

Route 2: Bangalore-Kanakapura-Harohalli-Tattekere

The place is good for cycling and bird watching

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Snaps can be found here

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