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Bicycle Tour around Sakleshpur & Coorg – 2015

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

Event date: 7th & 8th November 2015

Team size: 13 AdvenTurers

Total cycling distance covered during the tour: Around 110 Kms.

Cycling Tour Plan: Please find itinerary  prepared by Yadunandana R for Bicycle Tour around Sakleshpur & Coorg below:

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

First day itinerary:

  • Reach Sakleshpur, get refreshed and start cycling towards Somwarpet.
  • Places to be covered : Manjarabad Fort, Mallalli Waterfalls, Somwarpet.

Second day itinerary:

  • After breakfast, start cycling towards Golden Temple, Kushalnagar via Harangi Dam.
  • Have lunch near Golden temple and back to Bangalore by 10:00 PM.
  • Places to be covered : Harangi Dam, Golden Temple.

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

Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate since we have support vehicle throughout the event. In case, anyone give-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 Sakleshpur (Around 221Kms. from Bengaluru)

KMs distances noted for the reference:

  1. Bengaluru to Sakleshpur is 221 Kms.
  2. Mangaluru to Sakleshpur is 130 Kms.
  3. Sakleshpur to Manjarabad Fort is 5.2 Kms.
  4. Manjarabad Fort to Mallali water falls via Byakaravalli/Hethur is 49.1 Kms.
  5. Sakleshpur to Mallalli Waterfalls via Byakaravalli/Hethur is 54.3 Kms.
  6. Mallalli Waterfalls to Somwarpet is 22.1 Kms.
  7. Sakleshpur to Somwarpet via Mallalli Waterfalls is 74.9 Kms.
  8. Somwarpet to Suntikoppa via Madhapur is 27.6 Kms.
  9. Suntikoppa to Harangi Dam is 18.6 Kms.
  10. Somwarpet to Harangi Dam via Suntikoppa(Madhapur) is 46.2 Kms.
  11. Harangi Dam to Golden Temple(Bylakuppe) is 12.6 Kms.
  12. Kushalnagar to Bengaluru via Mysore Road is 247 Kms.
  13. Kushalnagar to Mangaluru via NH275 is 168 Kms.

Note: 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 already 3 months since Bangalore AdvenTurers(BAT) Inception on 8th July 2015. We are already done with 2 Bicycle events. It’s time to raise ourselves to new level and plan more good cycling routes. Me, Shashi and Yadu were discussing to plan scenic routes few weeks before finalising the event. Finally, we decided to organize Sakleshpur – Coorg route which is dream route for most of the cyclists. Shashi took initiative to organize the event and me as co-organizer. Route and Overnight stay arrangements was done by Yadunandana R (One of the founder & organizers of BAT). Event was scheduled for 7th & 8th November 2015. Posted event in BAT Website and mailed to entire group. Total 14 Adventurers registered along with organizers for the event. 1 guy dropped out last moment so 13 AdvenTurers made it to the event. We booked 13 seater Tempo Traveller(TT) for the event and Tempo to carry bicycles..

As per short-list & event preparation mail, Pick-up arrangements were done for 4 different places across the city on Friday night. As per Shashi’s plan everything went smoothly with 1st pick-up was done at Marathahalli at 8:00 PM and final pick-up was done at Yeshwanthpur around 10:15 PM. We started from Bengaluru to Sakleshpur around 10:45 PM. Tempo with bicycles already left for Sakleshpur from Bengaluru. On the way stopped for dinner at Dhabha near Nelamangala. By the time we left Nelamangala post dinner time was 12:00 AM. Had self-intro session in the Tempo Traveller. Sakleshpur was not much distance, only 221 Kms. Reached Sakleshpur Bus stand around 5: 00 AM.

Day 1: Sakleshpur to Somwarpet – 7th November 2015 (Saturday)

Day in brief:

All of us freshen-up at Bus stand and had breakfast at hotel. Unloaded bicycles from Tempo and done required tuning to bicycles. Had group photo at Sakleshpur Bus stand and started our Day-1 proceedings around 6:45 AM.

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Group photo at Sakleshpur Bus stand – Starting point of Bicycle Ride

As per itinerary, first place to cover was Manjarabad Fort which is 5.2 Kms. from Sakleshpur en-route Sakleshpur-Mangaluru Road. Reached Manjarabad Fort around 7:00 AM and started ascending. Few people took their bicycles to top rest parked at the base of the Fort. Myself parked at the base.

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Few of them took their bicycles to Manjarabad Fort rest parked at the base

Spent quality time at Manjarabad fort with 12 Adventurers. Around 1 hour spent exploring the fort  and captured many photos. Enjoyed beautiful morning at Manjarabad Fort to the Core!!!

Manjarabad Fort: The Manjarabad Fort was constructed by Pallada dore its a jail after Tippu Sultan,accrued and invigorated this, its located on the outskirts of Sakleshpur on NH48. It a star-shaped fort, with a hillock in the centre and eight corners. The climb to the hillock in the centre is difficult, but offers superb views. There is a hallow entrance in the centre, which is said to the entrance of a tunnel leading to Srirangapatna. There is an mural with the fort’s map at the entrance which is in excellent condition. The Fort is maintained by the Department of Archeology, and is badly maintained.

For more information, visit the link: Manjarabad Fort

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Interesting architecture of Manjarabad Fort
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Group photo with Bicycles at Manjarabad Fort – Pic#1

Few snaps of star-shaped Manjarabad Fort

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Group photo with Bicycles at Manjarabad Fort – Pic#2
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Breathtaking Landscape captured from Manjarabad Fort
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Morning experiemental click at Fort
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Group photo with Bicycles at Manjarabad Fort – Pic#3
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A special click from the Fort

Started descending to the base around 8:15 AM and continued pedalling towards our next destination Mallalli Waterfalls which was nearly 49.1 Kms. from Manjarabad Fort. Stopped for breakfast at Byakaravalli which is nearly 10 Kms. from Manjarabad Fort.  After breakfast, relaxed for few minutes and started towards Hethur.

Note: At Byakaravalli, One should take right deviation to move towards Mallalli Waterfalls.

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Byakaravalli Circle – Right deviation at this circle will takes us to Mallalli Waterfalls

Road was not in good condition for next 10 Kms. stretch and repair work is going on after Byakaravalli circle. We rode without thinking much and stopped for few breaks en-route Mallalli Waterfalls.

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Prasad & Vishwanath enjoying the ride!!!

Note: Took left deviation at this point which took us to Mallalli Waterfalls. Somwarpet was 22 Kms. from this point where Mallalli Waterfalls is 15 Kms. (See below picture)

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Left deviation at this point will take us to Somwarpet & Mallalli Waterfalls

It was 12:30 PM, when we took our next break on Somwarpet road. All of us enjoying the terrain and beautiful hills surrounding the place. Me, Prasad, Vishwanath and Deepa were last set of riders who are lagging at-least half an hour behind. It was tough afternoon for 3 of the riders apart from me cos it was continuous uphill is in offering for us nearly 3 to 4 Kms. I climbed all up-hills and waited for other 3 to continue with me so I can stick to my responsibility as organizer.

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Uphills + Scorching sun in the afternoon offered us many challenges…
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Prasad & Deepa at middle of the ride…
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Kundalli where we took right to reach Mallalli Waterfalls

Finally, all of us reached one small shop near Mallalli Waterfalls around 3:00 PM. Relaxed for few minutes at Shop/Hotel and had snacks. Few of them had lunch at Shop/Hotel. Myslef with few riders continued our ride to Mallalli Waterfalls. We experienced nearly 3 Kms. of  off-road cycling while approaching towards the falls.

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Point where off-roading to Mallalli Waterfalls starts – Falls was exactly 3 Kms. from here
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Anandhan enjoying the ride…

Started to explore the falls around 4:00 PM. Descended to falls base and relaxed for few minutes. Took plenty of snaps at falls.

Mallalli Waterfalls: Mallalli falls (Kannada:ಮಲ್ಲಳ್ಳಿ ಜಲಪಾತ) is situated in the northern region of Kodagu District, Karnataka. Mallalli falls is situated in the foothills of Pushpagiri mountain, around 25 km from Somwarpet and 265 km from Bangalore. The Kumaradhara River is the main watercourse for this waterfall. The Kumaradhara later flows through Kukke Subrahmanya and merges with the Netravati River at Uppinangadi, which then empties into the Arabian Sea at Mangalore.

For more information, visit the link: Mallalli Waterfalls 

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Majestic Mallalli Waterfalls
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Mallalli Waterfalls in my Nikon – Different angles!

Group photos at Mallalli Waterfalls

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Small Waterfalls generated by Mallalli falls in my Nikon

Started back to top around 5:15 PM since falls will close for tourist around 5:30 PM. Few of them who had stopped for lunch couldn’t come down and explore the base of falls much but they decided to explore the top of Mallalli Waterfalls. It was already dark so all of us decided to finish the Day-1 ride at falls itself and started back to Somwarpet around 6:30 PM. Reached Hotel Manasa around 8:00 PM for overnight stay and freshen-up.

Had dinner at the hotel and told Bye Bye for the day.

  • Positives from the ride: Scenic route with beauty of Western ghats around the place.
  • Negatives from the ride: Poor road conditions at Byakaravalli – Hethur stretch and continuous up-hill while approaching Mallalli Waterfalls.

Cycling distance: Around 60 Kms.

  • Note: Ride was finished for the day at Mallalli Waterfalls so distance is only 60 Kms.

Cycling route map: Sakleshpur –> Majarabad Fort –> Byakaravalli –> Hethur –> Mallalli Water falls

Terrain: Easy to Moderate. Easy cos support vehicle is there. Moderate cos Poor road conditions at Byakaravalli – Hethur stretch, Scorching sun and continuous up-hill.

Highlights for the day:

  • Scenic Sakleshpur.
  • Well spent time at Manjarabad Fort in the morning.
  • Beautiful Mallalli Waterfalls.
  • Breathtaking hills surrounding the place while pedalling towards Somwarpet.
  • Off-road cycling while approaching Mallalli Waterfalls.

Day 2: Somwarpet to Harangi Dam – 8th November 2015 (Sunday)

Day in brief:

Day-2 plan was kept simple so we can leave to Bengaluru by afternoon. Plan was to start ride at 6:00 AM in the morning and finish ride around 11:30 AM. Visit the pending places till 1:00 PM on Tempo Traveller and leave for Bengaluru around 2:00 PM in the afternoon after lunch.

All of us got up around 5:00 AM as per organizer Shashi’s instructions. Freshen-up and started ride around 6:30 AM.

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Group photo at Hotel Manasa before commencement of Day-2

We went according to Day-2 route prepared by Yadu, Initially we rode on Somwarpet-Madapura road. It was heavenly feeling with Coffee estates through out the route! Team was enjoying to the core and everyone feeling over the moon!!! Had small breaks and took many group photos en-route.

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A Lovely morning capture @ Somwarpet-Suntikoppa Road
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BAT enjoying the best stretch of the bicycle Tour to the core!!!
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Group photo en-route Suntikoppa – Pic#1
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My MTB KHS Alite 500 in posing mode :)
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Group photo en-route Suntikoppa – Pic#2

Took left deviation at some point and moved towards Suntikoppa road. Till Suntikoppa, road was classic one for cycling :)

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Group photo of Bicycles :P
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A scenic beauty in my camera
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All gearing up for my idea – CYCLE SALUTE!

Reached Suntikoppa around 9:00 AM. Had breakfast at Ganesh canteen and took much needed break. Started pedalling towards Harangi Dam which is nearly 17 Kms. from Suntikoppa around 10:00 AM. It was ride on highway for 13 AdvenTurers and took left deviation on main road after 12 Kms. of pedalling. Another 7 Kms. of pedalling took us to Harangi Dam. It was 11:30 AM when we reached Harangi Dam.

Harangi Dam: The Harangi Reservoir is located near Hudgur village, Somwarpet taluk in Kodagu district in the Indian state of Karnataka.[1] The reservoir is formed by a masonry dam built across the river Harangi, a tributary of the Kaveri. The dam is located about 9 Kms. away from the heart of Kushalnagar town.

For more information, visit the link: Harangi Reservoir

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My MTB @ Harangi Dam
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Beautiful Harangi Dam

Decided to finish off days ride at Harangi Dam cos still we need to cover Golden Temple at Bylakuppe. Due to time constraint, we went to Golden Temple on Tempo Traveller. Spent some time at Temple.

Golden Temple (Bylakuppe): Bylakuppe (Kannada: ಬೈಲಕುಪ್ಪೆ Bailakuppe, Tibetan: བ་ལ་ཀུ་པེ་ Balakupé) is an area in Karnataka which is home to the Indian town Bylakuppe and several Tibetan settlements (there are several Tibetan settlements in India), established by Lugsum Samdupling (in 1961) and Dickyi Larsoe (in 1969). It is located to the west of the Mysore district in the Indian state of Karnataka. The twin (Indian) town Kushalanagar is about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from Bylakuppe. It also shares the border with Eastern part of Coorg district.

For more information, visit the link: Golden Temple (Bylakuppe)

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BAT exploring Golden Temple @ Bylakuppe

Started towards Bengaluru around 2:00 PM. On the way had lunch at Restaurant. Reached Nayandanahalli around 8:30 PM which is my pick-up point. Unloaded cycle and departed to my place. Rest of the riders decided to get down at their pick-up points.

  • Positives from the ride: Scenic route with Coffee estates through out the ride in the morning and rolling terrain.
  • Negatives from the ride: Scorching sun at Coorg after 10:00 AM.

Cycling distance: Around 50 Kms.

  • Note: Ride was finished for the day at Harangi Dam at 11:30 AM due to time constraint so distance is only 50 Kms. We couldn’t rode till Golden Temple.

Cycling route map: Somwarpet –> Madapur–> Suntikoppa –> Harangi Dam

Terrain: Easy to Moderate. Easy cos support vehicle is there. Moderate cos scorching sun at Coorg after 10:00 AM.

Highlights for the day:

  • Scenic route with Coffee estates through out the ride in the morning and rolling terrain.
  • Harangi Dam.
  • Beautiful Golden Temple (Buddhist Monastery).

Thanksgiving:

  • I want to thank Yadunandana R (One of the founder & organizers of BAT) for all arrangements done for this event specially planning a scenic route and overnight stay at Hotel Manasa, Somwarpet.
  • Thanks to Shashi Gupta for organising the event and everything is went according to the plan. Plan was implemented very nicely by Shashi Gupta. Congrats to Shashi for organising the event successfully and looking forward for many events from you in the future :)
  • Thanks to 12 Cyclists who are all participated in this unforgettable event and made event successful one.

Finally, I would like to conclude with note saying Bicycle Ride around Sakleshpur & Coorg was unforgettable ride for all of us. Hope all of you guys enjoyed to the core!!! See you in future events. Gr8 going BAT!!!

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4 thoughts on “Bicycle Tour around Sakleshpur & Coorg – 2015

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wow.. very beautifullu narated

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    • Gautham Baliga B says:

      Thanks a lot :)

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  2. Amit says:

    Awesome Photography :-)

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    • Gautham Baliga B says:

      Thanks Amit :)

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