In our constant hunt to find interesting hot spots closer to the metropolitan city of Bangalore, we stumbled upon this jewel called Devarabetta. This literally mean God’s Hill and true to its name, there is a temple at the foot of this mammoth rock. One monolith is around 80-90 feet high and the temple is situated right at the base.
A group of enthusiastic bikers from BJYMC set off from Bangalore early last Sunday from Silk Board junction towards Anekal town via Chandapura which was the first breakfast stop. A popular eatery called Sri Raghavendra known for its Benne Dose (Butter dosa) was unfortunately shut (closed on Sundays). So our next best option was SLV Restaurant and we were not disappointed. Hot crispy poori’s and soft mallige idlis with hot vadas made for a sumptuous breakfast.
With packed bellies, we continued on our journey towards Thalli which is across the border in Tamil nadu. We had to occasionally stop and ask the locals for directions and finally took a detour about 6 kms before Thalli. There are no boards, but this winding road right next to a small temple led us straight to Devarabetta.
Being a Sunday morning, the nearby village was still waking up and the government school premises made for a wonderful parking spot for all 20 odd bikes.
The spiritualists headed straight to the temple while the adventurous started to climb the rock. After exploring the place, clicking few pictures, it was time for us to head back to Namma Bengaluru. But there was more excitement awaiting us on the road back to Anekal. The forest officials had blocked an entire stretch of the road to allow a heard of wild elephants cross over peacefully to the Bannerghatta forest. This did take a while but we did not mind the wait since we human have eaten away most of the forests that once belonged to these wild animals.
There are multiple routes to reach Devarabetta and you can choose any of the below:
1) Blr – Hosur Rd – Chandapura Town – Anekal – Thalli Rd – Devarabetta = About 60 kms (A small stretch is getting tarred and hence quite rocky)
2) Blr – Hosur Rd – Bommasandra – New Biocon Rd – Jigani – Anekal – Thalli Rd – Devarabetta = About 65 kms
3) Blr – Bannerghatta Rd – Jigani – Anekal – Thalli Rd – Devarabetta = About 65 kms
4) Blr – Hosur Rd – Hosur Town – Thalli Town – Devarabetta = About 70 kms