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The great Mysore Ride

A thread on Bangalore Bikers Group by Anil Kadsur about a ride to mysore triggered a massive response from the Bangalore cycling fraternity. The thread kept building as more and more people gave their confirmation to join the ride. The hype had built up massively and the final count stood around 120 cyclists who were eager to ride to mysore.

To make things even better, We even got a wonderful poster urging all cyclists to join the fun.

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Various topics were discussed on the thread leading to the ride, ranging from the route, to hydration and the Do’s and Dont’s on the ride. All this is excellently compiled by Chidambaram in his blog. Those who are interested in doing long distance cycling, refer to the blog as it contains very important tips. BOTS even organized a interactive session for all the participants, 2 days before the ride.

As D-Day drew near everyone were excited and finally on 21st Sept we had around 80+ bikers assembled at Kanakapura– Banashankri Junction popularly known as Merida Junction to start off the ride.  Some mandatory photos and it was time to hit the road.

Excited Bikers @Merida Junction

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The ride began at 6.15 and the sea of bikers, began to snake through kanakapura road. The early morning weather made the going good. The group consisted of veterans who have done brevets ranging from 100-400 kms and many first timers who were doing their first century ride.

We were cruising along at decent speeds while chatting with other cyclists. Few stops in between to stretch our muscles, for refreshments and we soon we were at kanakapura around 8.30 where the faster cyclists were already at Vasu hotel enjoying a hearty breakfast. Those who had come late, stopped for breakfast while the others were getting ready to head onwards towards malvalli. A break for an hour and it ride continued.

The sun had come out by then and it was a slow ride towards malavalli.  Frequent breaks were taken while waiting for others to catch up and the pace had come down a lot. Finally after lot of huffing and puffing myself and few others reached malavalli at 1 pm and took a break for lunch. The sun was blazing now and we still had another 50 kms to go to reach mysore. The ride in the afternoon was slow due to the weather which had become hot.

Our cycles and attire were the object of attention throughout the ride. The kids were giving us high 5’s and waving to us along the way and the locals were gazing in amazement  at 50+ people cycling together. When we used to take breaks, the kids and the locals used to flock to the cycles and tried to change the gears, fiddle with the lights etc. They were surprised we were cycling all the way to mysore and were curious about the bikes we were riding. The following are the list of questions we were asked during the ride

  • Why are you guys riding to mysore ? Cant you take the bus !!
  • Wont you get tired cycling all the way ?
  • How much does your cycle cost. If you say the price, u’ll get a motor bike for the price. Whats so great about the cycle your paying so much ! ?
  • Will the cycle get punctured !! DO you have the tools to repair if something goes wrong.
  • Are you cycling for any cause ?

Answering these questions and enjoying the attention of onlookers we continued towards mysore. Some of the faster riders had already reached Mysore while we were struggling in the heat. Finally at 6 in the evening myself and few others reached mysore. We came to know few of them were at Hotel Siddhartha and we went there, however they had gone to the bus stand by the time we reached. The canter which was booked was already full and the rest who had planned to return back the same day took the volvo. Some bravehearts even rode back in the night making it 300 kms in a single day.

A good night sleep and i was in a better shape to ride back the next day. Left mysore at 6.15 in the morning and met 3 others near the bus stand who were getting ready to ride back. The sun was just rising when I left mysore and it was a hard and fast ride in the hot sun on a relatively empty highway to reach home in 7 hrs compared to 12 hrs that I took when going.

I would like to thank Anil and Chiddu for organizing the ride and to all cyclists who took part. Had an awesome time riding with everyone.

Snaps can be found here

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Chunchunkatte falls

Located 60 kms from Mysore, chunchunkatte falls is part of the cauvery river and is present in KR Pet. A visit to mysore last weekend, allowed me and my cousins to head to the falls on saturday evening.

The falls is also famous for kondanda rama temple situated on banks of the temple. With enough water the falls looks  very picturesque.

We left home by 4 and reached the falls after asking for directions from KR pet.  It took us an hour and half to reach the falls as we had to drive on the roads which was riddled with potholes. By the time we reached the place there were enough people already.

View of chunchunkatte falls

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According to legend Lord Ram did his vanvas here. The significance of this place is that the sound of the powerful falls can be heard all over except inside the sanctum sanctorum of the centuries old temple, the story goes that Lord Ram was tired of the constant complaining of Sita and gave a curse saying that the tongue of a woman should not be sharp and since Cauvery (river) is considered to be female the noise that the river generated would not be heard in the sanctum sanctorum of the lord. It is also said that when Sita was tired and weary and wanted to have a bath, Lord Ram directed Lakshman to fire an arrow at a rock, once Lakshman fired the arrow, water in 3 different shades started pouring out, one with turmeric, one with oil and one with shikakai (fruit for hair – natural shampoo). These shades are visible even today when there is considerable amount of water flowing in the falls.

There were enough people by the time we reached the falls. We spent some time there climbing on the rocks and taking photos.

After a session of rock climbing,  it was time to head back to the temple as it was getting dark.

View of the temple

DSC_0086_resizeTo our bad luck the temple was closed. With nothing else to do, we decided to head back after taking few more snaps of the falls.

Closeup view of the falls

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Roadtrip Day 6: Historical Mysore

Today would be a rest day for my bike and my cam. Instead of riding around, I decided to see the famous places in mysore. Left for mysore palace in the morning as it was the closest. A short walk took me to the entrance to the palace. With heavy security around the palace, no one was allowed inside. Seeing the palace from the outside, I went to the bus stand and took a bus to bannur and an auto to somanthpur.

The keshava temple in somanthpur is again built by the hoysalas and is considered to be an architectural marvel. As it was a weekday there were hardly any tourists and I could roam around the temple

Keshava Temple

I then visited talkad which is also very close to somanthpur. Legend has it that a woman, pursued by the Mysore Maharaja’s army, cursed that the bustling town of Talkad would be covered by sand and destroyed and that the royal family of Mysore would go abegging for heirs.

The place has interesting mix of temples belonging to different periods

Talkad

It was 1 in the afternoon by the time i finished seeing talkad. Came back to mysore and took some rest as I was planning to visit Brindavan gardens in the evening.

Another bus ride took me to KRS. Paying the entry fee i went to have a look at the gardens. Entry to the dam is prohibited.

KRS

There was a slight drizzle by the time I left KRS. Reached mysore and called it a day

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A drive without destination

After completing my solo trip to mysore I was hoping to continue to do some more of these trips the following week. Thus I began to discuss with my friend the possibilities of a 2 day outing. With karnataka gripped in floods choosing a destination was becoming increasingly difficult. Initially we had thought of doing agumbe-sringeri route however that had to be abandoned due to heavy rains. I was keeping an eye on the weather reports as i taking the car out in rain would be impossible. The deliberations continued as we touched upon waynad, ooty masinagudi etc. With all my friends dropping out, me and my friend were in a fix as to what has to be done. As covering waynad would be a costly affair for 2 ppl.Luckly one of my other friend said he would join at the last moment. With 3 ppl , we had tentatively decided to go to chitradurga to see the fort. This was not meant to happen as the place was flooded. With dad not allowing me to take the car for an overnight trip , i was left to plan for a 1 day drive.

Both my friends hadnt seen bluff so we decided to go there finally. We left bangalore at 7 in the morning and we halted in kengeri for a small cuppa where the other guy joined us. With less trafiic on mysore road and with speeds of 70-80kms we reached maddur by 9 and we took a deviation to mallavalli. Another 45 min later we reached gaganchucki falls. A small photosession was conducted there, after spending some time there we headed to bharchucki falls. Since there were less ppl there as we reached there at 11 we managed to get a good view of the falls.

With both the fallls completed by 11.30 we were wondering what to do next. I wasnt in a mood to go home so early. Since mysore was nearby we decided to go there for lunch and then decide what has to be done next. With a newly laid bannur road, we were crusing and we reached mysore at 1 in the afternoon. Lunch was a dasprakash hotel. With out tummies full and with enough time to spare, we were debating on whether to drive up to chamundi hill or spend some time in gosai ghat in srirangapatna.

The next 2 hrs as spent at srirangapatna seeing tippu’s summer palace and lazing at gosai ghat.

Leaving srirangpatna at 4 we reached kengeri at 6.30. After battling the traffic reached home by 8.30

We managed to cover 400kms in 1 day

There was no snaps taken as i wanted to this trip without my cam 🙂

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