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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.

Temple at 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.

Jawa & Yezdi bikes parked against the hillock at Devarabetta

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.

Bikes against the hillock at Devarabetta2

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

Happy riding

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Bangalore has a traffic flow of under 19km per hr which is the slowest across metros in India… and to add to this problem are numerous speed breakers blindly put up at each and every junction. According to the latest report, Bangalore has over 1,000 illegal or unplanned speed breakers. Who do you blame for this? The BBMP (city corporation) or the police department?

New type of speed breaker in Bangalore, pic courtesy DNA

You will find a speed bump rite after you cross a junction (residency rd) and sometimes before it also, you will find one just before you get on to a flyover (yeshwantpur) and you will find one on almost any road where an accident has taken place. Guess, the authorities have found a quick fix solution by installing a bump for any and every reason.

Most of the cars both sedans and hatchbacks which have slightly lower ground clearence cannot avoid but scratch their floors while negotiating these bumps and almost 90% of these speed breakers do not have any kind of marking or sign. So, on a dark night you may be taken by complete surprise to find one right in front of you and you have no option but to hope that your vehicle doesn’t get completely damaged. These unplanned bump also result in additional breaking, additional acceleration which results in increased consumption of fuel and emissions.

It took the death of police inspector (who died due to a speed breaker) to finally get the authorities to remove some unscientific road humps but that was almost 2 years back. But its back to where we started off.

New rubber speed breakers which do not damage your car. Pic courtesy TradeIndia

The only solution i see is if we get the government to set-up a special unit to study and then install and maintain these speed breakers.. till then, don’t let your sight out of our roads no matter if you are on a highway or on a city road.

Here is a recent story in Deccan Herald which talk of unauthorized speed breakers in the city.

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One of our popular blog post on the Volvo service to Bangalore International Airport has been carried by Bangalore Mirror under their Blog Talk section. Attached below is a scan for your viewing.

GE's Blog post in Bangalore Mirror, 22Jan'10

All this happened suddenly last week when this good journo friend of mine from BM called and asked if i have any Bangalore specific blog post. Couldn’t think of anything else but this post which is our most popular and informative blog and receives good hit rate on a daily basis.

Thanks to BM, we are seeing more and more hits now. Hope people post similar blogs for their respective cities as well which will help budget travelers like us save on travel expenses.

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I have old memories with this place having broken half a tooth as a child while trying to race ahead of my cousins downhill from the Kempe Gowda Tower which resulted in a nasty fall. Have attended many flower shows over the years and come here for early morning walks & jogs. This place still amuses me as much as it used to, when I was a kid.
A little background on Lalbagh Botanical Garden – this garden probably has the most diversified collection of trees and plants compared to any other botanical garden in the world. It is spread over 240 acres, in the heart of the city has over 1800 species of flora. A lake inside the garden attracts a variety of birds like kingfishers, barbets, cormorants, bee-eaters, and robins. Squirrels, mynas and other insects amongst bees are a common sight. Biannual flower show is organized every year for a fortnight, once during Republic Day and another during Independence Day. Flower show at Lalbagh is one of the most splendid and sought after events in Bangalore during this season. Read more about Lalbagh at http://www.lalbagh.org/history.htm

The 4th national flower show at Lalbagh botanical garden in Bangalore started on 9th August, and will go on till 17th August. I visited Lalbagh after a gap of about 3 years this time around I choose to go on a weekday to avoid the overwhelming crowds that gather during the weekends. I was surprised to see a decent number of people on a working Monday, nevertheless like always the flower show in August is a riot of vibrant colours and a delight to watch. The ‘Glass-house’ looked spectacular, with all hues of colors and the added attraction this year was the ‘Hampi Chariot’ made entirely of roses and the Bonsai’s. Apart from these the usual potted plants, cut flowers, ikebana, floral art, bonsai, vegetable carvings, Dutch flower art, junior arrangement, dry flower arrangement are part of the show.
My ability with words limit me to express all that I saw.. would rather leave you with some images from there and strongly urge you to make a visit (caution: do try and avoid the holidays)

ur’s

escapist


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We have seen Bangalore change over the years & thought that we shud put together a list of tips for those who visit this city. Hope this will help you save on money, time and a whole lot of headaches the next time u’r in Bangalore. And when u’r here and have the time to travel around, do look us up incase u need assistance related to your stay or travel.

Finally managed to get this hyper link working. Pls share your views on this doc.
Traveler Tips for Bangalore

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Weekend was here again and to keep ourselves busy we decided to ride with the rotarians of Dist 3190 to Dobaspet which is a small town just before Tumkur about 65kms from Bangalore. This wasn’t an execptional ride considering the distance but just a simple get-together of some biker fans who love to ride no matter the weather or the route.

So at 7.15am we met up at Jindal Naturopathy on Tumkur Rd outside the city limits and started off exactly at 7.25am. These guys are really puntual and if u’r 5 mins late u’r left behind. So all 13 bikes mostly single riders with a few pillions (wives) started towards tumkur negotiating the heavy traffic on one of the most popular route (NH4 which connects Mumbai) which forms a part of the golden quadrangle. Once we crossed Nelamangala junction it was smooth sailing rite until Dobaspet. Only during this ride did i realise that bikers don’t need to pay any toll.. so was quite thrilled to save on a few pennies ;o)

By 8.30am all the riders managed to reach our breakfast spot – Kamat. Yup, that’s the only decent place on this highway where almost every tourist halts. Now the task ahead was to find a table big enough to seat all 18 of us… with a few arrangements we were all seated and delicious food (kotte iddly, vadas, Rava masala dosas, shavigae uppmas, ragi dosas…) started to flow until we couldnt’ eat no more. After a small meeting it was time to click some pictures and boy did we did we click pictures ;o)
http://www.flickr. com/photos/ greatescapes/ sets/72157605637 941968/ (Check them out) We even had visitors taking pictures of us.. certainly felt like a celeb for a moment.

Started to head back by 9.45am and this time i decided to take the NICE road while entering the city since i’m based in South Bangalore and didn’t want to spoil my mood by getting into the heart of the city. This was one amazing ride with the weather being just perfect. NICE road is new and well maintained and the best part is that its empty and no traffic lights. So before u know it, i was home at exactly 11.05am which meant that i had covered a distance of 75kms in just 1hr 20mins which includes city traffic (kanakapura rd) and that too on my 37 yr old Jawa.

Some quick facts
Total Distance covered: 145kms
Total Time with breakfast: 4.5hrs
Average mileage on my bike: 31 kms/ltr
Top speed: 95kms/hr
Average speed: 70kms/hr

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Day break and the alarm went off failing to get me out of bed, it was only when my fellow escapist called that I realized I was running late. Jumped out of the bed & got ready – all in 15mins and rushed out on hearing the patar – patar of my friends Jawa (it’s a 1970 model bike in excellent condition) handed down to my friend by his dad. Had to rush else would miss the group (IFMR India Chapter- International Federation for Motorcycling Rotarians). This Sunday there was only one other group member riding along unfortunately even he opted out, but we were greeted by Rtn. Zarryl on his Honda Steed. He wished us a pleasant ride and the both of us took off on a lone ride (not the way it usually works at IFMR). We headed towards the newly constructed Bangalore International Airport at Devanahalli. We reached our destination of about 35km only to be disappointed that we would not be let in without prior permissions. We had to move on and continued our journey as planned to the Nandeeshwara Temple at the foothills of Nandi hills which is about 55kms from Bangalore. It’s a master piece of Dravidian architecture built in the 9th century, but unfortunately could not take pictures as photography is prohibited inside the temple premises. After savoring the architecture and feeling sad about the way this historic monument has been kept we got out to have a cuppa tea in one of the many stalls erected for the weekly fair. Wondering what to do with the additional time we had (considering we didn’t visit BIA) we decided to ride up to the top of Nandi hills which is about 14kms from the temple. Spent some time at the top savoring the morning breeze & fresh watermelons before checking out the Tippu Drop. Also discussed what could possibly done to avoid the use of plastic on top of the hill. A quick solution that stuck was something that my friend had earlier initiated as a part of a campaign at the Bannerghatta National Park (unpack the contents of the plastic packaging into paper bags before dispensing it to the customer, thus avoiding the litter of plastic bag). Some photographs here and there and we started our journey back to Bangalore. Overall, it was a crisp trip starting at 6.30am from home and back by 11.30am with a total distance of 160kms and an average mileage of 28kms/ltr. Until later

escapist
greatescapes.co.in

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