November 15, 2019

Bicycle Tour around Kudremukh & Agumbe – 2016

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Adventure group: Bangalore AdvenTurers (BAT) – Website link: www.bangaloreadventurers.com

Event date: 30th & 31st July 2016

Team size: 18 AdvenTurers

Total cycling distance covered during the tour: Around 80.7 Kms.

Cycling Tour Plan: Please find itinerary prepared by me for Bicycle Tour around Kudremukh & Agumbe below:

Leave Bengaluru around 10:00 PM on Friday night. Meetup points will be communicated to participants through mail.

First day itinerary:

  • Reach Kudremukh early morning and freshen up.
  • Start ride towards Agumbe.
  • On the way stop for lunch at Sringeri. After lunch continue the ride.
  • Reach Mallya Residency in the evening.

Saturday night accommodation: We will do overnight stay at Mallya Residency, Agumbe.

Cycling Distance for the day: Around 75 to 80 Kms.

Second day itinerary:

  • Wake-up and freshen-up in the morning.
  • Start early ride towards Kunchikal Falls which is 50 Kms. from Agumbe.
  • Reach falls and explore the place.
  • Have lunch on the way.
  • Then start towards Savehaklu Dam.
  • Pedal till Savehaklu Dam if possible and explore the place.
  • While returning if time permits visit to Chakra Dam & Nagar fort also.

Cycling Distance for the day: Around 75 to 80 Kms.

Note: Plan can change according to the situation and weather conditions, Exact Day 2 plan will be decided there.

Around 158 Kms. for 2 days.

Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate since we have support vehicle throughout the event. In case, anyone gave-up during the event he/she can load cycle on Tempo and can do just sight seeing for rest of the trip.

Nearest town is Kalasa (Around 313 Kms. from Bengaluru)

Distance from different cities:

  • Bengaluru: Around 313 Kms. via NH 75 (Bengaluru to Kalasa)
  • Mangaluru: Around 119 Kms. via NH169 (Mangaluru to Kalasa)

How to reach the place:

From Bengaluru, Take following route to Kalasa: Bengaluru –> Hassan –> Belur –> Mudigere –> Kottigehara –> Kalasa

From Mangaluru, Take following route to Kalasa: Mangaluru –> Moodbidri –> Bajegoli –>Kalasa

KMs distances noted for the reference:

  • Bengaluru –> Hassan –> Belur –> Mudigere –> Kottigehara –> Kalasa  is 313 Kms. via NH75.
  • Mangaluru –> Moodbidri –> Bajegoli –>Kalasa is 119 Kms. via NH169.
  • Kalasa to Kudremukh is 21.9 Kms. via SH 66.
  • Kudremukh to Agumbe via Sringeri is 84.4 Kms. via Kalasa Main Rd and NH169.
  • Kudremukh to Sringeri is 55.7 Kms. via Kalasa Main Rd and NH169.
  • Sringeri to Agumbe is 28.7 Kms. via SH 27.
  • Agumbe to Kavaledurga Fort base is 34.5 Kms. via NH 169A: Map for reference.
  • Kavaledurga Fort base to Savehaklu Dam is 35.4 Kms. via SH 52: Map for reference.
  • Savehaklu Dam to Chakra Dam is 14.2 Kms.: Map for reference.

Note: Shortcut route is available between Savehaklu & Chakra Dam. Both dams are nearby and distance hardly comes between 10 Kms. These are Kms. distances collected from google maps, it may  change depends upon where do you start from Bengaluru / Mangaluru.

Best time to cycle: Any time of the year. If it is monsoon, ride is going to be epic one.

Cycling experience:

It was long time I haven’t organized event for Bangalore AdvenTurers(BAT) post my Himalayan Trek in the month of December 2015. We are already in mid of monsoon and it is perfect time for cycling in & around western ghats. We are planning for 2 day cycling event for last 1 month and asked anyone interested in organizing cycling event. One of organizers Sandeep interested in organizing 2 day event on last weekend of July 2016. Since Sandeep is new to organizing I took responsibility of co-organizing the event so he can learn from us. Initially we planned for 9 Seater winger but later due to unavailability of winger we decided to book Babu’s tempo for the event. Since 18 cycles can be easily carried in Babu’s tempo we decided to take more than 15 people for the event. Prepared mail and mailed across BAT google group 2 weeks prior. Initially, we are not sure of registration finally after week later we got nearly 13 registrations along with me & Sandeep. Since we are taking tempo for the event we can carry 6 more cycles so thought of giving chance to more people to enjoy this scenic route. Finally, few hours before the event we got full 18 registrations. We have already booked 21 seater Minibus for the event along with Babu’s tempo.

I kept Kanteerav stadium Main entrance gate on Kasturba Road as meetup point around 8:00 PM depending on where people stay around the city. There was fear of rain for me cos it was raining in Bengaluru for last 4 days but thankfully Rain god was disappeared on 29th July Friday evening. I started from my house around 6:45 PM and reached assemble point around 7:30 PM. Since I kept meetup time 8:00 PM waited for people to join. After 8:00 PM, People came one by one. Loaded our bicycles on Babu’s tempo and finally 17 of us started from Kanteerav stadium on Minibus around 9:45 PM after signing Indemnity bond. One guy Charan picked up at Yeshwanthpur. Done Self-intro session on Minibus and explained 2 day plans. Told Bye Bye for the day.

Meanwhile stopped for small break at Chennarayapatna around 1:30 AM and had tea. Reached Kotige Hara around 4:30 AM. Started to Kalasa around 5:00 AM after half an hour break. Reached Suprabha Residency at Kalasa around 6:15 AM.

Day 1: Kudremukh to Agumbe via Sringeri – 30th July 2016 (Saturday)

Day in brief:

After reaching Suprabha Residency at Kalasa around 6:15 AM, freshen-up and had breakfast. Idly, Vada, Masala Dosa, etc… had for breakfast.

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Early morning breakfast at Suprabha Residency, Kalasa
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Suprabha Residency, Kalasa
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Bus parked at Suprabha Residency, Kalasa on rainy morning
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Rainy streets of Kalasa

Started around 8:00 AM from Kalasa to Kudremukh town which is around 20 Kms. After half an hour journey, all of us reached Kudremukh town and unloaded our bicycles. Done fine tuning for geared cycles and pumped up air for tires. All of us geared up for cycling on Epic route of Kudremukh to Agumbe via Sringeri. Clicked some group photos before the ride.

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1st group photo of the event at Kudremukh circle
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2nd group photo of the event at Kudremukh circle

Started around 9:00 AM from Kudremukh town. Initial 20 Kms. of stretch is extremely scenic with greenery surrounded throughout the stretch. Had plenty of breaks and captured scenic beauty in our cameras. Witnessed couple of waterfalls too. Best thing about this stretch is open landscapes which can be witnessed till Sringeri right deviation.

Note: Couldn’t explore Lakya Dam, Gangamula & Hanumanagundi falls since these places are banned for tourist & travelers.

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Beautiful backdrop. Isn’t it?
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Lovely place to take small break
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Mini breaks with classic pics…
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Nice pose at Heaven!!!
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Glimpse of few waterfalls en-route Kudremukh-Sringeri stretch
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Myself enjoying the ride with fellow cyclists

Took right deviation to Sringeri on Solapur-Mangalore highway after cycling on 20 Kms. of scenic route at Kudremukh National Park. From this right deviation from Kudremukh side, it was narrow road to Sringeri with dense forest on both sides of road. As we approached Sringeri, it was open land with roads getting wider. Around 2:45 PM, Msyslef with 4 fellow cyclists reached Srinegri. Due to Karnataka Bandh, roads were completely empty. Had lunch at one of the hotels at Srinegri town. Meanwhile others reached early so they had Prasadam at Sringeri Temple. Few of them gave-up en-route Sringeri and loaded bicycles on Babu’s temp too…

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A beautiful capture of Gopuram entrance at Sringeri
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Empty roads of Sringeri due to Karnataka Bandh
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Group photo at Sringeri

After group photo, started around 3:30 PM from Sringeri. Inital 1 Kms. is mini climb from Sringeri afterwards it is rolling terrain till Agumbe. Since we had lot of time in the day and less Kms. to finish, decided to have relaxed ride and kept 6:30 PM as closing time. Distance is just around 28.7 Kms. from Sringeri to Agumbe. As per plan, reached Mallya residency, Agumbe around 6:45 PM. Me, Anandan, Shanti Prasad, Anand C & Prasanna were last to reach Agumbe.  Other cyclists who rode till Agumbe reached bit early and freshen-up at Mallya Residency, Agumbe. Had great time while cycling with plenty of pit stops, clicking photos & enjoyed mother nature to the fullest!!!

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Shanti prasad, Prasanna & myself framed at Agumbe 😛

Meanwhile Agumbe is small town, dinner is difficult to get in the night. As soon as we reached Agumbe, Me and Shanti Prasad spoke to Mallya Residence owner and arranged dinner for 21 people at Hotel Guruprasad, Agumbe which is just half Kms. from Mallya Residency on Udupi Road. We both shifted to room and freshen-up. Had Anna, Sambar, Palya, Pickle & Paapad for dinner at Hotel Guruprasad around 8:30 PM. After dinner slept around 9:30 PM with one more days of pedaling is in store.

  • Positives from the ride: Scenic route of Kudremukh-Agumbe with beauty of Western ghats around the place.
  • Negatives from the ride: Few uphills.

Cycling distance covered as per Strava: Around 80.7 Kms.

Cycling route map as per Strava:

Cycling route map as per Google maps:

Terrain: Easy to Moderate since we have support vehicle throughout the route. In case, anyone gave-up during the route he/she can load cycle on Tempo and can do just sight seeing for rest of the route.

Highlights for the day:

  • Cycling on Epic route of Kudremukh-Agumbe.
  • Experience of lifetime with nature.
  • Beautiful Western ghats en-route Agumbe.
  • Monsoon weather throughout the stretch.
  • Dinner at Hotel Guruprasad, Agumbe.

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Day 2: Exploration around Agumbe & Thirthahalli – 31st July 2016 (Sunday)

Day in brief:

Days plan was to ride till Kunchikal Falls then explore Nagara fort, Savehaklu & Chakra Dam but as per previous day discussion with Sudheendra Mallya of Mallya Residency, Agumbe – He informed there is permission required to explore Kunchikal Falls and most of the local-ides also not seen this falls so after lot of discussion we dropped idea of cycling till Kunchikal Falls. Mallya suggested us to explore Jogigundi & Barkana Falls which is nearby Agumbe. So decided to explore these falls on Day 2. Since it will take lot of time to explore Barkana Falls decided to drop cycling plans for the day and explore more places. Planned Monsoon Hike to Kavaledurga Fort post visit of falls and visit to Savehaklu & Chakra Dams.

I can divide Day 2 can be divided into 3 parts:

  1. Trek to Jogigundi & Barkana Falls
  2. Monsoon Hike to Kavaledurga Fort
  3. A visit to Savehaklu & Chakra Dams

Part 1: Trek to Jogigundi & Barkana Falls

There are more places to cover on Day 2 so decided to leave  early in the morning from Mallya Residency to Jogigundi Falls. All of us wake-up at 5:00 AM and freshen-up. Started around 6:45 AM and moved to Jogigundi Falls on Minibus which is around 2 and half Kms. from Agumbe. Parked vehicle at entrance and took group photo before entering Jogigundi Falls premises.

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Group photo at entrance of Jogigundi Falls

Half Kms. of trek took us to Jogigundi Falls.

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Relaxed trek to Jogigundi Falls-Pic#1
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Relaxed trek to Jogigundi falls-Pic#2

Explored place for half an hour and enjoyed moment by viewing enchanting yet beautiful falls from close.

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Mesmerizing & Beautiful Jogigundi Falls, Agumbe

Moved to Barkana falls view point post exploration of Jogigundi Falls.

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Returning from Jogigundi Falls exploration

Barkana Falls view point trek start point was around 4 Kms. from Jogigundi Falls. Till trek start point took Minibus journey then had good experience of trek on Jeep trail to reach Barkana Falls view point. View point trek is  around 2.5 Kms. En-route one will get small stream else it is just a walk on jeep trail to view point.

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Start of trek towards Barkana Falls view point
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Collage of Barkana Falls view point trek
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A memorable trek
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Small stream en-route Barkana Falls view point
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Finally reached Barkana Falls view point!

Barkana Falls view point is just amazing and breathtakingly beautiful!!! View from view point is heavenly one. No words enough to describe the beauty of nature!!! Barkana falls is looking tiny in-front of mother nature with clouds all over the valley. One of the beautiful views one can expect from mother nature. Enchantingly beautiful!!!

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Classic Barkana Falls view from view point

Spent some time and clicked many pics.

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Group photo at Barkana Falls view point
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Agumbe…U beauty!!!

Started back to Hotel Guruprasad, Agumbe for breakfast. Reached Hotel Guruprasad, Agumbe around 10:00 AM. Had Idly, Vada & Upma for the breakfast. Packed Puliyogere for lunch.

Trek distance: Around 6 Kms.

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Hotel Guruprasad, Agumbe

After breakfast, all of us moved to Mallya Residency, Agumbe at 10:30 AM. Since cycling has been cancelled for the day, loaded all bicycles on Babu’s tempo and told him to leave for Namma Bengaluru.

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Mallya Residency, Agumbe

Part 2: Monsoon Hike to Kavaledurga Fort

Around 11:45 AM, started from Mallya Residency, Agumbe to Kavaledurga Fort base. It took us half an hour to reach Kavaledurga Fort base. Reached base around 12:15 PM and Shanti Prasad distributed parcel to everyone. Informed everyone to assemble at base before 3:30 PM so we can cover 2 Dams. All of us started Monsoon Hike to Kavaledurga Fort. It was my second visit to Kavaledurga Fort. One of the best forts u can witness in Shimoga district. I felt my last year visit was much better then this year’s monsoon hike cos of visibility at fort. Please check my write-up and pics on last year visit: Cycling & Hiking Tour of Shimoga – 2015

BAT at Kavaledurga Fort
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AdvenTurers enjoying at Kavaledurga Fort
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Collage of Monsoon Hike to Kavaladurga Fort

Explored fort and returned to base around 3:15 pm. Everyone came to base 15 minutes prior then planned.

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Our vehicle at base of Kavaledurga Fort

Part 3: A visit to Savehaklu & Chakra Dams

Started to Savehaklu Dam around 3:30 PM from Kavaledurga Fort base and reached Savehaklu Dam around 4:45 PM after lot of inquiry with local-ides. Explored Savehaklu Dam for half an hour. Took many photos and enjoyed mother nature to fullest! This is my 2nd visit to Savehaklu Dam. Last year I explored Savehaklu Dam during Shimoga cycling trip.

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Savehaklu Dam Backwaters

Stared to Chakra Dam around 5:30 PM which is adjacent to Savehaklu Dam. Around 6 Kms. of Minibus journey took us to Chakra Dam. Reached Chakra Dam at 5:45 PM. Explored Dam till 6:25 PM and took many photos as usual.

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Chakra Dam Backwaters
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Group photo at Chakra Dam
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Salient features of Chakra Dam
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Quite & Beautiful Chakra Dam
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Breathtaking view from Chakra Dam

Stared to Namma Bengaluru around 6:30 PM from Chakra Dam.

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AdvenTurers all set for return journey-Pic#1
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AdvenTurers all set for return journey-Pic#2

Stopped for tea break around 7:00 PM at Nagara town. Had tea and continued our return journey to Bengaluru on Minibus around 7:30 PM. Reached Shimoga city around 9:45 PM. Had dinner at Food court near Gopi circle. Left from Shimoga city to Namma Bengaluru at 10:30 PM. Reached Bengaluru around 4:00 AM.  Since I am organizer of the event, settled everything with Minibus & Tempo drivers and left for my house around 5:00 AM. Reached my home at Girinagar around 6:00 AM. With this Epic cycling experience comes to end and it will remembered as one of memorable events of my life 🙂 🙂 🙂

Highlights for the day:

  • Trek to Jogigundi & Barkana Falls view point.
  • Breakfast at Hotel Guruprasad, Agumbe.
  • Monsoon Hike to Kavaledurga Fort.
  • A visit to Savehaklu & Chakra Dams.
  • Monsoon weather.
  • Night dinner at Food court, Shimoga.

Contact Person and Guide details at Agumbe:

  1. Kasturi Shenoy(Kasturiakka): Kasturiakka is the main contact ofDoddamane. She needs to be informed in advance. Kasturiakka can be reached at 08181233075. You can reach out to her son-in-law Ravianna @ 9448603343.
  2. For stay other than Doddamane, please contact Mallya Residency, Agumbe: Sudheendra Mallya @9448759363.
  3. For Hygienic veg food, please contact Hotel Guruprasad, Agumbe: Premanand and Surendra Nayak @9448024755 (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Thanksgiving:

  • This event had everything. Cycling on Day 1 and trekking plus visit to extremely beautiful 2 Dams & Falls then Monsoon hike to Kavaledurga Fort on Day 2. Thanks to Yadunandan & Niranjan for helping Myself & Sandeep to plan the event.
  • Special thanks Yadu’s help for booking Tempo & Minibus for the event. In this event I won’t forget help of Shanthi Prasad also. He helped me lot like co-organizer in finding routes, handling unnecessary expense at Falls & Dams. Sandeep u too did good job… Overall great team work from BAT 🙂
  • Finally, Thanks to each and everyone who participated in the event. Without u guys this event wouldn’t have been Successful 🙂

Experience of life time indeed!!!

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