Ride to Shivasamudra

Planning:
Till 10 in the night on Saturday, the plan was to ride to Chamundi hills alone and be back by evening. I came to know from Dr. Prithvi Raval about Girish’s plan of riding to Shivanasamudra and decided to join him, Sachin and Rana. After discussing about which route to take, we decided to take Mysore instead of Kanakapura road. Reason being – 4 lane highway for about 80 KMs. Our plan was to meet at Banashankari around 0630 hrs, and start the journey.

Introduction:
Got up early @ 0520. That’s too early on a Sunday morning. By 6, I was mounting my Cramster Turtle on my Black Pulsar. Called up Girish confirming that I will be at Banshankari by 6.30 and started to the meeting place by 6.05. I was there by 6.25 and was expecting those guys to turn-up bit late. But surprisingly they reached the place in time. After brief introduction, we started off towards Shivanasamudra. I was leading the way since other three didn’t know the route to Mysore road.

PAYANIGA - Ride to Shivanasamudra

Fuel hunt and Breakfast:
Initial 40-45 KMs was a bit slow, searching for a petrol bunk which accepts credit card. Sachin was adamant to pay by cash. Finally he gave up, and topped-up the tank in Ramnagara by paying by cash. Once filled, we sped towards Maddur, our next stop – for breakfast. Reached there by 9 or so. Had breakfast in a hotel just before Maddur and a brief photo session.

PAYANIGA - Ride to Shivanasamudra

Our journey continued and we took a left just after Maddur. The milestones were saying we are still another 45+ KMs from our destination. Our next stop was in between Malavalli and Maddur (Don’t remember the place’s name). It was very scenic – paddy fields on one side and a water-body on the other. It was time for another photo session and flex our muscles. When we were about to leave, there came another group of bikers and stopped for photo session, some 200 mtrs ahead of us. Our journey continued. After few minutes of riding, we were on bumpy road full of potholes. Once we crossed Malavalli, road became better and were back to higher speed. Our next stop was ‘Shiva Hydroelectric Station’ – since no one is permitted inside (security issues), we headed towards the falls.

PAYANIGA - Ride to Shivanasamudra

When we reached Gaganachukki, all of us were desperate to jump in to the water. But the local shopkeeper said its very dangerous to go near the foot of the falls. And he suggested us to move further up where we can easily take bath. We followed his directions and found a suitable place for taking bath. Rana was first to jump into the water and last to come out. It’s very easy to convince a hippo to make him come out of water than making Rana coming out.

After spending a good one hour in water, we headed towards Bharachukki. First thought that came to our mind was – “We should have come here first before going to Gaganachukki” :(. In the end due to time constraints, we decided not to jump in to the water. Instead we took a boat ride (not exactly a boat, but a coracle).

PAYANIGA - Ride to Shivanasamudra

We started of back towards Bangalore around 2PM after a brief visit to Darga near Bharachukki. Stopped for lunch @ Malavalli. After reaching the Mysore road, we (Sachin and Myself) lost track of Rana and Girish. So almost 40 KMs was total economy ride, riding at 40-50KMph and takind breaks every 10-15 KMs to cool our *you-know-what*. Both of us reached Kengeri by 6.30PM and still no sign of Rana and Girish. As both of us had other appointments, we departed. From there, I went my friend’s house and then back home. Reached home at 7.30PM and my bike’s tripmeter showing 306.3 KMs – so far longest ride in a day for me.

That was the end of my first ride in a group. But still the beginning – still a long way to go.

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8 Responses

  1. visva says:

    Dude, 6 years gone. But i still feel the freshness in your narratives.
    Just thought i should say this – Your write up’s have a touch of sincerity. I could almost be there just by reading your blog.
    Good – any latest errands you did around coorg – keep updating.

  2. Jeet says:

    Good one. I have been to Shivanasamudra, but on KSTDC package tour.

  3. ~Dominator~ says:

    Very good foto of four bikes stnding on the other side of the road..
    Good, and had a virtual trip along with u all wen i read this..

  4. thoma says:

    Can you please describe the routes.. It will be helpful.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Getting interested in travelling again. Once I used to go like this with my friends. Now, the busy life of technology is not allowing… Krishna, Amar are you reading this somewhere?

  6. Vj says:

    Wow …i wish i was there
    I think the first image with 4 bikes and road was very good.

    i guess it would have been better had u taken the length of road disappearing while u in front..

    anyway great job.. i liked your web ..and try to a regular

  7. katyan says:

    good yaar.

    ping me too when u go for next trip :)

    Manish (99451 61030)

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