Exploring the submerged Hoysala Architecture – Venugopala Swamy Temple

Venugopala Swamy Temple, a historic marvel of the Hoysala architecture that once submerged during the construction of Krishna Raja Sagara Dam, famously know as KRS Dam and the temple stayed underwater for a century.  The temple dome could only be seen during the draught of the early 2000s and then Khoday’s Foundation took up the responsibility to rebuild the same temple on the shore of KRS backwaters, even the maintenance is taken care by the foundation and now has started to lure tourists and explorers.

The in-house architects of the group shot the original temple on video and took over 16,000+ photographs.  Each and every stone was removed and reconstructed with trained artisans and sculptors along with experts who were involved in the reconstruction.

That was just a brief of the historic marvel.

Sudheer and I were planning for a day’s ride and we were looking out for some places in the range of 200kms (one-way) from Bangalore. We found about this place on the internet and quickly planned to explore this place. We communicated the ride plan to other of our biker friends in our office, so any interested riders could join us.

The Route we took


We decided to ditch the chaotic traffic filled Mysore road, so planned to ride via the Hassan road.  It was early morning of 8th Dec 2018, Sudheer and I met at Parle Toll.  We were accompanied by Darshan, and over a chai; we quickly got all our intercoms connected so we could talk to each other while we rode.  Over a cup of chai, we planned for our pitstop or breakfast point.  Within no time, we started our bikes and made our way towards Hassan Road. 

Our machines at the start point


A detour towards Hassan Road, I spoke to Sudheer, “Maga, you guys wait at the toll while I tank up my bike”.  From here, we rode till Hotel Mayura (near Bellur Cross) and stopped over for breakfast. This was suggested by Rajesh Bhai from Highway Delite. 

All of us ordered for Idli Wada and Kesari Baath. The crispy Wada and the very delighted Kesari Baath made us feel it was worth stopping here for breakfast.  If you are traveling on Hassan Highway, don’t miss the yummy delicious breakfast here at Hotel Mayura.

At Hotel Mayura


From here, we turned towards Pandavapura which had 2 laned roads and the roads were under expansion for 4 lane highway.  Somewhere near Nagamangala, we saw a lake and told Sudheer and Darshan to stop over for some photography.

At some lake near Nagamangala


At the Lake


That’s me


The best part of road trips is you can see the beautiful nature en-route the destination which you will never get to see if you are at your comfort zone of the four walls of your home or office.

Darshan, Sudheer and Me


From here, our next stop would be our destination which was 60kms from this point.  Sudheer zoomed off at a junction while Darshan and I rode through some interior roads of some village making our way to reach the destination.  As we both reached, we called up Sudheer and sent our GPS location to him.  We could see a convoy of Police and Government vehicles as the cabinet ministers of Karnataka State had their visit planned at the same. 

Until Sudheer who was some 40kms away from the destination; reached, we thought to have some chai.  While we walked from the parking space, I sighted a Royal Enfield TB350 which had Road Thrill stickers and I dropped a message in our Road Thrill Bangalore WhatsApp group saying I am also at KRS Backwaters and we could meet. While taking off my helmet here, the side of my sunglass broke and until someone from Road Thrill replied, I looked out for a shop to buy a Fevi-Stik so that I could fix my broken sunglass.

Soon, to my surprise, it was Lohith Bhai along with his office colleagues and members of Road Thrill Bangalore who were also here for a ride. It was a surprise and pleasure meeting my extended biking family members from Road Thrill.

It was a real surprise meeting Chaitanya, Poornesh and Lohith Bhai from Road Thrill Bangalore


After some time, Sudheer reached the destination and we decided to explore the historical marvel.  Upon entering the temple campus, we were awestruck by the cleanliness and the maintenance of the temple campus.  We quickly walked inside the main temple sanctum.  The stones of the temple walls shined bright and a glossy satin finish when touched.

From the main entrance


The main temple had the idol of Lord Krishna playing as a cow herd.  The temple pillars were in similar style to those in Belur – Halebeedu.  As we took a walk around the main temple, we had some casual talks with one of the securities there who explained us about the work and efforts undertaken by Khoday’s foundation in restoring this marvelous piece of historic architecture.

The restoration and reconstruction timeline is depicted on the walls of the main temple entrance.  Please do spend some time reading the historical facts of this temple.

The Main Temple Architecture (pic taken from Google)


The Temple Complex (pic taken from Google)

Outside of the main temple, there lies a Stone Chariot like the one in Hampi. Until I visited this Venugopalaswamy temple, I was in an assumption that the only stone chariot was in Hampi.  It’s always good to go and explore places rather than reading it in some web or book articles.

The Stone Chariot at Venugopala Swamy Temple


A group pic along with the Stone Chariot




As this place is located on the shore of KRS backwaters, we sat on one of the benches looking for the vast dam. We started the return journey back home.  We stopped at a village to sip some tender coconuts and rode till Hotel Empire near Kunigal for lunch. Post having some authentic non-veg lunch, we just chilled on the benches there talking and discussing our other personal trips.  Post a heavy lunch and tasty fruit juice (which I never miss at Kunigal Empire), I took a nap on one of the benches here.

At Hotel Empire, Kunigal


Once the Sun was set, we rode back to Bangalore, maneuvering the traffic, we reached Goreguntepalya where we bid good-bye to each other and zoomed back home.

Thank you Sudheer and Darshan for accompanying me for yet another memorable ride.

391 Kms on my bike’s Odo


Stay safe, ride safe and please don’t trash in the places you travel.

Until next time,

Gokool Kini

(Soul Warrior)


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A road-trip to Jog Falls – The Paradise of Sahyadri

Jog Falls, also known as Gersoppa Falls or Jogada Gundi.  It is amongst the highest waterfalls in India and the 13th highest waterfalls in the world, located in the Sahyadri Mountain ranges of Shimoga district.  The falls are created by the river Sharavathi taking a plunge of approx. 850ft.  This was just a brief introduction to the very famous Jog Falls.

My brother Akshay had planned this trip along with his office colleagues.  And, as usual; I decided to join them last minute.

Akshay and his friends left on Friday night of 7th Sept 2018 and I initially planned to ride solo on the next morning.  Somewhere on Friday afternoon, I pinged my friend Sudheer on office communicator; saying I am riding to Jog Falls.  Sudheer got excited with the plan and he also craved for a long ride somewhere amidst greenery.  Sudheer agreed to accompany me.

Post office hours, I got my bag packed and the riding gears ready for the ride.  As I was about to sleep, Sudheer dropped a WhatsApp message, I might not join . . . !!!!

I started from my home at around 5.30am and stopped for a chai near to PES University and noticed a missed call from Sudheer.  I quickly dialed him back to hear him saying; “Maga, I will also join, will meet you at Parle Factory Toll”

The first thing we did as we met, was getting our Intercoms paired so we could speak while we rode.

Bonnie and Warrior ready to hit the roads



So, we were all set to see Raja, Rani, Roarer, and Rocket.








Those are the names of the 4 water streams that trickle down the cliff 😊

The plan was to ditch the highway and take the single lanes that passed through towns and villages that surrounded by greenery all over.  So, we planned this route:

The Route Map of the trip


We stopped for breakfast at Darshan, Tatte Idli near Kunigal. From here, we took a detour from the highway making our way towards Tiptur.  We saw a big lake beside the single lane road.  Thanks to the rains that splashed in Karnataka this monsoon.  The water full lake was picturesque.

Somewhere en route to Tiptur


The Picturesque lake at Tiptur


Sudheer and Me at Tiptur lake


Meanwhile, I got a call from Akshay saying they had already reached Jog Falls.  The pleasant weather along with the tiny droplets of rain made our ride smooth.  Over the intercom, Sudheer and I, only spoke about biking, our various travel stories, describing the route, and lot many things . . .  blah blah blah blah!! The talks went on and on….

Somewhere near Kadur, we stopped to have some tender coconut water.

Pitstop for tender coconut at Kadur

The ride continued and soon reaching near to Bhadra Dam, we could sight the water flowing in full gush from the gates of the dam. We could see this gushing water from alongside the road.

A glimpse of water gushing from Bhadra Dam gates


A Stop-over for lunch at Shimoga at a local hotel, some baadoota (naati koli) style.  Meanwhile, I kept my Intercom for a quick charge at the billing counter.

Post lunch, the ride continued, and somewhere in Kumsi village, my bike got off.  I kick started my bike and as I throttled, I could sense heavy power lag.  My bike wasn’t going above 30kmph.  I stopped at the side and started to enquire for a garage.  One of the shopkeepers said the garage is just on the opposite side of the road.

I quickly pushed my bike to the nearby garage there, the mechanic there said my bike’s battery had fully drained and he would need to charge it for 3-4 hours.  Meanwhile, I called Sudheer and told him to wait until I provide an update regarding my bike’s condition.

I convinced the mechanic (Avinash) that I would take one of his fully charged spared battery fixed to my bike and continue the ride, while he charges my bike’s battery until I return the next day. Luckily, he agreed for this.

Post fixing the battery, I started my bike and rode to Anantapur village where Sudheer waited for me.  We rode till Talaguppa and took a detour towards Jog Falls which was 15 km approx. from Talguppa.  Riding through few twisties and curves we reached the entrance gate of Jog Falls and straight to the Govt. Bungalow in there.  Akshay had pre-booked the bungalow and we joined them for that night.

The view of the falls from the bungalow’s balcony was breathtaking.  We sat downstairs outside of the bungalow listening to the soothing sound of the waterfall, wow!!! What a peace that was being away from the honking sound of city traffic.

The beautiful Jog Falls as seen from the balcony

Over the dinner table, we got ourselves introduced with everyone here. The dinner which was served here was simple yet tasty and post-dinner, every one of us crashed to bed.

Day 2: September, 09 (Sunday)

Few of us woke up early and walked towards the main viewpoint.  The tranquil valley was swaddled in a veil of mist and through which we could see the 4 water streams; Raja, Roarer, Rocket, and Rani plunging off the cliff.  We sat silently on one of the benches there watching this spectacular view.

A panoramic view of the falls from our room


There’s never One Sunrise the Same or One Sunset the Same. . . .


If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is Wake up – J. M. Power


We had some tea and biscuits in the nearby shop there.

As we headed back to the bungalow, the breakfast was ready to be served.  Lemon rice with chutney which was served for breakfast, after which, we were all ready to head back to Bangalore.

Taking a few group pics and greeting goodbye to each other we started the ride back to Bangalore.  Akshay’s friends had come in a car while Akshay had come by bike, so he decided to ride back with us and one of his friend, Amshith joined him as pillion.

Group Selfie from the bungalow’s parking


My Warrior bidding good-bye to the Paradise of Sahyadri


Our initial plan was to go to Kumsi, fix my bike’s battery and ride to Sringeri and then head to Bangalore.  But as we were a few kilometers away from Kumsi, my bike faced the same power lag issue with the bike’s battery being drained fully again.  Akshay tried to leg tow my bike but we couldn’t do it due to the uphill roads.

Meanwhile, I told Akshay and Sudheer to be at the garage and send the mechanic till here.  Avinash (the garage mechanic) was helpful yet again as he came riding till the place where my bike was totally off, replaced the charged battery with which I could get my bike started and continue the ride back home.  We knew that my bike’s battery would give problems yet over again, so we decided to ride straight back to Bangalore skipping the plan of visiting Sringeri.

We took a detour after Kumsi that took us through pothole filled roads in anticipation we would touch the highway soon, so we could zoom quickly on the national highway.  We reached the highway just after Davangere where we stopped for lunch at Sagar Dhaba.  The food here was lip-smacking and tasty.

From here we rode non-stop for a stretch of 140 km approx. until we reached Sira Toll and stopped for evening tea.

As I crossed Tumkur, my bike faced the same issue yet again.  The darkness had overtaken and I couldn’t switch on my bike’s headlight, indicators and couldn’t even beep the horn and bike couldn’t take acceleration beyond 40kmph.

I initially jumped all the potholes and humps as there was no visibility of the road due to darkness.  I then started to follow a petrol tanker taking the cover of the tanker’s tail lamps to see through the road.  I was riding watching at its tail lamps and following the tire lane and being ready to hit the brake in case the tanker jumped over any humps or potholes.

I did that for a few kilometers until the tanker stopped over at a roadside dhaba and I too stopped for tea.  Meanwhile, Akshay and Sudheer had already crossed Nelamangala Toll.  Then, I found an uncle riding a splendor with bright lights and doing normal speeds of 30 to 40kmph.  I kept riding behind him taking the help of his bright lights.  I followed his lane until Nice road junction of Nelamangala.  The splendor guy being fearful kept looking at his rearview mirrors of being surprised who is following him from such a distance.

Thank you, uncle, and sorry to keep you fearful.

I sighted the street lights, and happily rode till Parle Toll and by now my bike was totally off.  The bike couldn’t be started with any number of kicks and then I towed my bike till the Indian Oil Petrol Pump on the cross of 8th Mile road.

Parking my bike here and started to inspect my bike’s problem.  I saw a wire being cut and thought the bike’s battery power getting leaked from here. I walked for few meters in search of a garage, when nothing found, walked 2kms ahead and found a stationery shop where I bought an insulation tape (electrical tape) and sealed the wire with the insulation tape.

Woaahhh !!! My bike did start again. From here, I could ride amidst power loss and facing jerks, somehow made it till Phani’s house in Malleshwaram where I dropped my bike and then booked a cab back home.


Total distance on my bike’s Odo


It was yet another memorable ride of 860kms on my bike odometer.

Until next time.

Stay safe, Ride Safe and please don’t trash your travel.


Gokool Kini

(Soul Warrior)


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Sunrise at Charmadi and Sunset at Agumbe . . . How we rode 860 kms in 26 hours through the dangerous Ghats of Karnataka

We covered two deadliest ghats in Karnataka’s within a span of 26 Hours.  Akshay and I had some personal family work at Manipal. So, we planned to ride.

19th Jan 2018: Post logging out from office, Akshay and I met at a bakery near my office. Akshay was fully geared up and ready to hit the roads. I convinced the bakery guy that I would go to their kitchen and get myself geared up with my riding attire, for which the bakery guy agreed.

By 9.30pm, we were fully geared up and started from KR Puram. Riding through the chaotic weekend traffic; we managed to cross the Nelamangala toll and deviated on Hassan highway where we stopped at the first petrol pump that came our way. We fueled our bikes and got the tire pressures checked there. It was 11.15pm by the time we departed from there.  It was winters and the climate was chilling.

Akshay and me after refueling at the petrol pump

We stopped at Hotel Empire in Kunigal for dinner and followed by a power nap there on the bench. The mixed fruit juice here is delicious. We continued riding towards Hassan in the dark; both of our bikes had fog lights fit that helped our gaze through the dark roads.

At Empire Hotel Kunigal
At Hotel Empire, Kunigal

Somewhere near Udayapura (few km before Hassan), we stopped over for tea at 2.30am. We took yet another pit-stop at Belur before we entered the forest ghats towards Mudigere.  As Shiradi ghats were closed that time, all vehicles moved via this stretch.

Riding on the single lanes that passed through the thick dense forest was quite tough due to some reckless badass truck drivers that were plying on this route and adding to this, we were sleep deprived.

We stopped at a roadside hotel at Mudigere to sip hot tea and eat some biscuits.  The hotelier had lit a bonfire alongside the road; we sat there in the warmth of the bonfire.

I was hell tired and sleepy. Besides the hotel, there was a house with open gates. I walked into the house compound and slept on a couch that lied in the verandah, while Akshay slept on the chair beside the bonfire.

Near Mudigere
I slept on this couch inside a house compound

I woke up at 6 am and walked towards my bike, and to my surprise, I saw my helmet fully wet with the droplets of dew. We grabbed some tissue papers and wiped the visors of our helmets, as we had the deadly Charmadi ghat ahead and riding safely with crystal clear vision was our utmost Priority.

Shivering with cold
Me shivering with cold


Wiping helmet visor
Wiping the helmet visor with tissue papers
Akshay wiping his helmet visor
Akshay wiping his helmet visor

As we rode downhill of the Charmadi ghat, we could see the first light of the sun hitting one of the lush green mountains. The view was serene and beautiful.

Warrior in charmadi ghat
My Warrior somewhere in Charmadi Ghat
somewhere in charmadi ghat
Our machines in Charmadi Ghat
Best pic of this trip
The best pic from this trip

We carefully rode the downhill of Charmadi ghat, while we relished the mountains. We soon reached Belthangady at 7.30am, we had tea here at Akshay’s relative house. Post some tea and some casual talks, we made our way riding towards Udupi.

We stopped for breakfast at a local road-side hotel near a place called “Eedu”

At Breakfast place
At Breakfast point, Eedu village

Then, Google map acted silly and took us to a different route.  However, it was a blessing in disguise, as we reached the very famous St. Lawrence church at Attur near Karkala. We quickly clicked our photograph here and continued towards Udupi – Manipal.

At St. Lawrence Church
At St. Lawrence Church, Attur – Karkala

We quickly made our way to Manipal which was approx. 40kms from Karkala. As reached, we booked a hotel room where we rested for some time.

We quickly finished our work there, had lunch in the nearby hotel, meanwhile over lunch, I just scanned through Google map to check the best possible route to Bangalore. I think we were lucky that day!! Just 60kms away from here was Agumbe and its deadliest ghat, we both were very excited to ride and make the most of it.

It was 5 pm when we started from Manipal. We maintained good speed and by dusk, we were at the base of Agumbe.  The proper tarmac roads of Agumbe ghat and the nice cool breeze made our ride even more smooth.  Be careful on the sharp hairpin curves. As we passed through Sringeri, the darkness took charge over the red-orange sky.

At an hairpin of Agumbe ghat
That’s me at some hairpin bend of Agumbe Ghat

At a point, where we stopped; Akshay said there should be the shortest route and we can save few kilometers and time, let’s go that way!!!

The shortest route on the map turned out to be a crazy road. The road full of potholes and muddy patches that passed through the dense forest with absolutely no vehicular movement.  We somehow connected to the main road that reached a small town where we stopped for tea and had some jackfruit chips.

Chai stop after forest
Some shop where we stopped for chai and jackfruit chips . . . I don’t remember the name of the town !!!

We soon reached Belur, the next stretch of the road was the 4 lane Hassan Highway.  Somewhere, after crossing Hassan, we stopped for dinner at Hotel Pathanjali with the intention of riding non-stop until Nelamangala.

Hotel Pathanjali
The sleepy me at Hotel Pathanjali

A small pit-stop for chai and at a Petrol Pump after Kunigal and straight made it till Goreguntepalya junction and then we went to our respective homes.

Playing with a Indie dog
Petting and playing with an Indie dog


At Goreguntepalya
At Goreguntepalya junction after completing the crazy ride


Bike Odo
857 Kms on my bike’s Odo

Until next time,
Gokool Kini
(Soul Warrior)


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Off-roading at Kailasagiri Hills and visiting Cave temple

The date was 29th April 2018 and how could I forget that on that day I would complete 3 memorable years with my bike. It was my Warrior’s 3rd anniversary with me. I wanted to celebrate the day with a ride somewhere.  We prepped our bikes with welded carriers, top racks and also purchased the helmet intercoms as we were getting ourselves ready for the Big Ladakh ride. So we thought to go some off-roads wherein we could test the carriers and the intercoms.

The mods were done to Phani’s bike
The Lexin Intercom fixed to my helmet

Hence, we chose the off-road trail of Kailasagiri hills along with a visit to a cave temple at the foothills of Kailasagiri. At dawn, 6:00 AM, both Phani and I met near Esteem Mall in Hebbal.  Over a chai, we got our Intercoms connected and kicked off the ride on to Airport Road.

At Vijaypura junction, we had breakfast in Hotel Nanda Gokula.  The hotelier asked us to wait for some time as they were still preparing Idli Vada.  Meanwhile, we had a conversation about Leh.  What else could we talk and discuss?  We were very hungry, but as the Idli Vada were served over the counter, we just concentrated on eating until our tummy was full.  The breakfast was yum and it was worth the wait.

We took a detour from the highway and rode towards Chintamani.  We tested the intercom in all possible ways, from keeping a distance of approx. 1 km to riding at speeds above 100 kph only to check if it would face any disturbance from the wind noise. Initially, it was very difficult to operate the intercom because of the riding gloves we wore, but as we moved on, we got accustomed with it. The device worked perfectly and suited our purpose and requirement.

We reached the Kaivara village at 8 AM; a local guided us to reach the base of Kailasagiri hills which gave us an exciting off-road experience.  Then we headed to the Cave Temple.  The temple usually opens at 10 AM, so we took the off-roads to Kailasagiri hill first until the temple opened for devotees.

The start of the off-road trail

Note: This off-road trail is an easy one.  This trail would be very slippery and slush during monsoons.

En route Kailasagiri hill
The trail ahead…
Phani with his Monster

Somewhere in the middle of the uphill, Phani’s bike got stuck over a stone. I dismounted from my bike to help him cross the stone. Finally, we made it until the place where the bikes were allowed to go which is almost top of the hill. The view was nice and the cool breeze iced it. We took some photos there and rested for a while.

The bikes could ride till here
The Monster and The Warrior
My signature pose; “The Redeemer”
At Kailasagiri hill
My Warrior

On the hillock there lies a small Hanuman temple and a fort-like structure behind it. We visited this temple and there were few locals who had come there for the uphill fort trek. We just enquired about the fort trek, they said it would take approx. an hour to reach atop the fort. As we had to reach Bangalore back by noon, we skipped this fort trek. We thought to plan a trek here some other time.

The small temple and the fort trek behind it
The statue of Lord Hanuman inside this temple

Note: Please do carry enough water and snacks as there is nothing available on the hilltop. 

We rode back downhill to the base to visit the very famous Cave Temple. I skid and had a small fall while riding down but had no injuries as I was geared up well and no damages to my Warrior.

Note: Always ride with full riding gears no matter what bike you ride.

We parked our bikes and walked a few steps to reach the Cave temple. Inside of the cave, it was very cool and peaceful. There are a couple of temples inside the cave and a huge Shiva Linga too.

The cave as seen from the outside
The cave as seen from the outside
Inside of the cave

Note: Photography of the idols and deities were prohibited.

I had first visited this cave temple way back in 2015 with Gixxer Club Bangalore, but that time we weren’t aware of the off-road trail there.

We started our journey back to Bangalore. By the time we reached Chintamani, the weather was very hot, so we stopped at a Nandini Milk Parlour to have some cold Badam milk and cold-drinks.

As we reached the main highway, we could see many Jackfruits ready to be sold in the street side shops.  We couldn’t resist stopping by after we smelled the jackfruit. We ate some jackfruit pieces from a shop there and quickly zoomed back to Bangalore.  Phani had pre-booked IPL match tickets so he quickly rushed back home.

As I approached my home, I got a call from my friend Raju saying he had Pavilion passes for that night’s IPL match and I better not miss it.  By the way, we don’t get pavilion passes quite often.

Post reaching home, we went to watch RCB vs KKR match at Chinnaswamy stadium by taking the metro.

Raju and I from the Pavilion stand

It was a memorable day; the off-road, the Cave temple, IPL match and a walk from MG Road to Shanti Nagar and then taking a cab back home. My friend Raju still yells at me for making him walk at midnight that day.

Stay safe, be happy, and keep traveling!!!

Until next time…
Gokool Kini
(Soul Warrior)

Preparation for Dream Ride – Leh Ladakh

Its time to get Leh’d and Spitified

Leh – Ladakh, a dream ride for all the bikers. Bikers call it Heaven.  Through this blog I would like to share the preparation strategies for your Dream Ride.

Sharing the information from my experience during my Leh expedition 2017 and my preparations for Ladakh 2018.

The most common routes to Ladakh:

Option 1:

Delhi / Chandigarh – Jammu – Udhampur – Srinagar – Sonamarg – Kargil – Leh – surrounding Leh (Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Pangong) – Tso Moriri – Pang – Sarchu – Jispa – Keylong – Manali – Delhi / Chandigarh.

Option 2:

Delhi / Chandigarh – Manali – Rohtang – Keylong – Jispa – Sarchu – Leh – surrounding Leh (Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Pangong) – Kargil – Sonamarg – Srinagar – Udhampur – Jammu – Chandigarh / Delhi.

If you choose the Option 2, you need to apply for Rohtang Permits.  Take the beyond Rohtang Permits to cross the Rohtang Checkpost and continue the journey to Leh. This Rohtang Permits needs to be applied online 2 days in advance before the day you intend to cross Rohtang. Beware Rohtang Pass is closed on all Tuesdays and no vehicular movement from either sides.

Planning the above itinerary in 15 days is the best so that you can have a pleasant travel.  There are riders who have done the Leh circuit in days lesser than that, but don’t go there to race against time, instead enjoy the beautiful mountains.

If you are an experienced rider, then you can add on Spiti circuit (needs an additional 7 days) or even ride the Sach Pass or tame the World’s Deadliest road Killar – Kishtwar.

Places Banned for Travellers:

  1. Umling La
  2. Marsimik La

Few new routes:        

  1. Kargil – Hamboting La – Batalik – Dah Hanu – Skurbuchan – Khaltse – Leh
  2. Kargil – Penzi La – Padum – Darcha


Effective June 2017, every visitor has to obtain Inner Line Permits from Leh DC Office to visit few places and list is as below:

  1. Batalik – Dah Hanu –Skurbuchan stretch
  2. Tso Moriri – Tso Kar
  3. Khardung La – Nubra Valley – Turtuk
  4. Pangong Lake (the lake in the movie 3 Idiots)
  5. Chushul
  6. Hanle (as of year 2018, Hanle is banned)

Kindly contact my friend Rigzin Bhai on +91 8146591625 or +91 7018159824 for any assistance regarding Inner Line Permits.  He also helps you out with Bike Rentals at Manali or at Leh and he also conducts Chadar Treks.

Important Note:

As the places enroute the circuit is close to International Borders, so there will be Army Base camps or check-posts and any kind of photography / videography is strictly prohibited.  Please don’t take pics or videos of any such places and always obey the orders given by any Indian Army / Defense personnel throughout the journey.

Things to carry for Leh – Ladakh Ride

Riding Gears:
Always follow ATGATT (All The Gears All The Time) throughout the ride, no matter what bike you ride on these terrains.

  1. Riding Jacket
  2. Full faced helmet
  3. Riding Pant, if you don’t have a riding pant; do take good knee guards
  4. Riding Gloves
  5. Shoes (full ankle shoes are preferred)

These riding gears are only for your safety that would protect you from injuries in case of a fall.

Bike Accessories:

  1. Jerry Cans for fuel
  2. Acceleration Cable
  3. Clutch Cable
  4. Clutch plates
  5. Puncture kit for tubeless tyre vehicles
  6. Extra pair of tubes for tube tyre vehicles
  7. Engine Oil
  8. Chain Lubrication
  9. Spark Plug
  10. Ensure you have fog lamps fitted on your bike.
  11. Tool Kit
  12. Saddle Bag
  13. Foot-pump / electronic air pressure for air fill.
  14. Any other accessories you feel necessary for your vehicle

Clothing and Luggage:
Never carry your entire wardrobe along with you.  Make note of this quote “Less the luggage more the fun”

  1. Thermals
  2. Raincoats
  3. Winter Gloves
  4. Sunglasses
  5. Gum Boots / Full ankle shoes
  6. Only 2 jeans or maximum of 3
  7. Shirts / T-shirts; 3 to 4
  8. Socks (carry extra pairs, as there are many water stream crossing throughout the journey and clothes won’t dry in the temperature here)
  9. Inner wears 7 to 8
  10. Toiletries and Personal Hygiene products
  11. Torch
  12. Balaclava / full face caps


  1. Oxygen cans
  2. Personal medications if any prescribed by your doctor
  3. Diamox Tablets / Gingko Bilbao (for Acute Mountain Sickness)
  4. Pain Balm / Spray
  5. First Aid Kit (Cotton, band-aids, cream to apply on wounds)
  6. Tablets for cold, cough, fever, loose motions, body ache.
  7. Any other medicines you feel necessary.
  8. Glucose / ORS Powder

Documents to be carried:

  1. Driving License
  2. Vehicle RC
  3. Identity Proof / Address Proof
  4. Inner Line Permits
  5. Rohtang Pass / Beyond Rohtang Permits
  6. Manali Green Tribunal Tax (to enter Manali)
  7. Emission / Pollution Certificate
  8. Personal medical / health insurance if available
  9. All Foreign Nationals keep a check in the official website of Leh DC Office for documents to be carried.

Mobile Network:

BSNL Postpaid works in most of the places. Airtel postpaid works in some of the places. None of the prepaid connections work in Kashmir Valley.

Electronic gadgets (optional):

  1. Camera
  2. Laptop
  3. Action Camera

Carry power bank and keep your mobiles for charging while staying in your hotel rooms.

Fuel Availability:

If you ride via Srinagar, fuel is available in all the major places; Udhampur, Srinagar, Kargil, Leh.  To visit places surrounding to Leh, you need to carry sufficient fuel to have a smooth journey.

Leh – KhardungLa – Nubra Route:
The petrol pump at Diskit was fully functional when we did our Leh expedition in July’2018
Leh – Pangong Lake Route:
No availability of fuel.
Leh – Tso Moriri / Leh – Hanle:
Fuel is available in local shops at Sumdo for INR 100/litre.
Leh to Manali:

The only place where fuel is available is at Tandi. So there is no availability of fuel for a stretch of 365 km. Leh to Tandi is 365kms.

Ensure you carry sufficient fuel depending on your vehicle’s fuel tank capacity and the mileage of your vehicle.

Fuel was available in local shops at Sarchu for INR 140-150 /liter.

ATM Availability:

ATMs are available at Srinagar, Leh, Manali.  Please ensure you carry sufficient cash for your entire journey.

Mechanical Support:

Get your bike is properly serviced before you start your journey.  There is good mechanical support at Leh.  There are few small garages / minimal mechanical support in Tandi, Jispa, Udhampur.

There is a mechanic named Sonu in Diskit.  Kindly keep his contact number +919469524727 saved in your mobiles.

Few important websites and contact:

  1. All information regarding Leh Ladakh: https://www.lehladakhindia.com/
  2. For Inner Line permits: http://www.lahdclehpermit.in/
  3. For Rohtang Permits and Beyond Rohtang Permits: http://admis.hp.nic.in/ngtkullu
  4. Also please read through the comments in Ladakh Return group on FB for all the latest updates from travelers.

Few important things to be noted:

  1. No Drink and Drive
  2. Don’t smoke while you are at the mountains
  3. Keep the ecology clean, don’t trash your travel.
  4. Don’t stick any kind of stickers on any of the sign-boards. The sign-boards are meant for information and not to put your stickers.
  5. Keep your dear ones informed about the places you traveling, whenever you find cellular network; make the first call back home. “I / We are safe and fine” is what your family wants to listen from you.
  6. Most of these places are prone to landslides, cloud burst, flash floods; so be prepared with things.
  7. You can’t predict or win against the Universal Law of Nature.
  8. Take other important things which you feel most important and necessary to you.

In case I have missed any information on the preparations for the Dream Leh Ride, please drop your comments below so that it can help the readers here.

Stay Safe, Ride Safe; enjoy the best and the most memorable Trip of your Life 🙂
Until next time.
Gokool Kini
(Soul Warrior)
Also visit: My Leh Expedition 2017

Day Ride to Hogenakkal Falls – Memories from June’2016

Unplanned road trips are the best. This statement is always true.  Over the Friday night party, we planned to go on a road trip.

Over the Friday night’s party, we; Anil BJ, Anil Pujar, Raju Chippalakatti and I planned for a road trip and the place chosen was the very famous Hogennakkal Falls.  It is approximate 140kms away from Bangalore.

Date: 18th June 2016
Number of People: 4 (Anil BJ, Anil Pujar, Raju Chippalakatti and I, Gokool)
Bikes: 2 (Bajaj Avenger and Suzuki Gixxer)

Route Map
The Route: Bangalore – Attibele – Hosur – Denkanikottai – Anchetty – Hogenakkal Falls

We started a bit late around 10 am and caught up in the usual Bangalore traffic.  We quickly zipped through the Electronic City Flyover making our way on the Hosur Highway.  A quick stopover for chai just after taking the service road at Attibele and took the village route.  We quickly crossed the border check-post and the mighty TVS Motors Factory at Hosur and few miles down the line we entered the forest stretch.

Enroute to Hogennakal Falls2
Anil Pujar and Raju Chippalakatti en route to Hogennakal Falls

The riding trail through those curvy roads surrounded by greenery all around and the drizzling rain droplets made the ride even merrier.

Enroute to Hogennakal Falls
Enroute to Hogennakal Falls


Enroute to Hogennakal Falls1
Me, Raju, Anil Pujar and Anil BJ


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Somewhere in the Forest Stretch en route to Hogennakal Falls

We reached Hogennakkal falls at around 1.30pm, somehow managed to find a parking space for our bikes.  You will be surrounded by many local tour guides asking for business.  But we didn’t pay much heed and walked our way down to the waterfall area.

Hogennakal Falls2
Enroute the Main View Point

We made our way to the hanging bridge and beyond a certain point; tourists were not allowed to walk.  The view was blissful as the white water cascaded down a series of rocks.  A force of nature, both beautiful and brutal.  It was spectacular to watch as the water flown beneath the hanging bridge and joining the water bed and streaming through the river.

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The view of the falls as seen from the Hanging Bridge

“Water is the most perfect traveler because when it travels, it becomes the path itself!” – A perfect quote by Mehmet Murat Ildan

Hogennakal Falls
The view of the falls and the bathing area as seen from the Hanging Bridge


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That’s me at the Hanging Bridge


Hanging Bridge_Hogennakal Falls
At the Hanging Bridge


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The falls joining the waterbed

The most common things to do here at Hogennakkal are the body massage followed by a bath in the waterfall, the yummy delicious river fish and the Coracle Boat Ride.

I got myself an oil massage and got into the waterfalls.  My toes flinched as I stepped my feet into the cold water and my mind faded into dullness and everything looked like a foggy illusion.  I felt very relaxed.  After a nice bath in the waterfalls, we walked back and packed all our things and rushed to a nearby hotel to fill our tummy with the delicious river fish.

The time was 5.30pm and the only thing we missed doing this time at Hogennakkal was the Coracle Boat Ride as it has time restrictions as said by one of a Coracle Boatman.  He said the boat ride would be closed at around 6 pm.

I could recall the memories of the Coracle Boat ride that I went with my parents during our visit to Hogennakal falls while we did South Indian Trip way back in 2004.

We decided to head back to Bangalore.  Taking ample breaks for tea and some fruit juices, we road back safely to Bangalore and reached home by 9.30pm.

Returning Back from Hogennakal Falls
At a small hairpin curve


Returning Back from Hogennakal Falls1
Thank You, folks, for the Amazing Travel Memory

Anil BJ made a small video of the trip: Click here

This was the story of our day Ride to Hogennakal Falls, thanks a lot Bhailog for an amazing travel memory.  Thanks to Google for its Timeline feature as it helped me recall the memories of this trip.

Photo and Video Credits: Anil BJ

Stay safe and keep traveling!!!

Until next time…

Gokool Kini
(Soul Warrior)
#LiveFreeRideHard #TravelBeyondImagination
Also visit: List of Places to be visited in Karnataka

Road Thrill’s 100th Ride

The entire clan of Road Thrill was excited when we got the event notifications of Road Thrill Bangalore’s 100th Ride.  After the Rider Mania, the next big ride of the year 2017 was the Centurion Ride.  The journey of Road Thrill since its inception has grown tremendously, where the riders and all members have become One Extended Family.  The 100th ride was a meetup with our members from our Chapters of 4 different cities; Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Shimoga and not to forget our Women Riders from Road Thrill Women.

Date: Sunday, 17th December 2017
Destination: Yercaud, Tamil Nadu
Route Taken:

Route Map
Bangalore – Krishnagiri – Dharmapuri – Yercaud – Salem – Bangalore

The number 100 is always special; The Sachin’s 100, Rossi’s 100th MotoGP Win, Bollywood’s 100 Crore collection, the 100 years of Indian Cinema and so was our #RTBengaluru’s 100th Ride. All our Riders waited excitedly to gear themselves and hit the road to glory, the feeling of being there at 99 gives you goosebumps. Two days before the ride, our members were in the weekend fun mood and the #TrollsofJP started rolling in our Whatsapp groups.

Our biker’s from Shimoga started all the way from Shimoga and reached Bangalore on Saturday night. Our dear Dr. Senthil sir rode all the way from Coimbatore only to ride with us for the Centurion Ride.

Finally, the big day arrived.  Udayshankar Sir and I started from JP Nagar and Lohit Bhai joining us at BTM Petrol Pump. We reached the final meeting point after Electronic City Toll.  Arun Bhai briefed about the ride, the hand signals and  speeds to be maintained in a group ride and the ride just began.

Ride Brief
Ride Briefing Session by Arun Bhai at the Start Point

Arun Bhai, Lohith Bhai, and JP lead the ride, KC Bhai and Abhishek Bhai marshaled, RK Bhai and I managed the tail end.

Post a chaai pit-stop at highway-side of Krishnagiri, we stopped for Breakfast at Hotel Annapurna at Dharmapuri.  Few photo sessions post breakfast and yet another small briefing session by JP Bhai, the ride continued and dear Usmaan Bhai lead the ride.

Chaai Pitstop
Pitstop for Chaai near Krishnagiri


Breakfast Point
Post Breakfast at Hotel Annapurna, Dharmapuri


Briefing at the Breakfast Point
Briefing at the Breakfast point by JP Bhai

A few more kilometers and we took a detour from the highway and roads passed through few villages.  The group traversed through a local village fair, one of our rider riding KTM sensed his bike being over-heated.  Usman Bhai leg towed the bike for few a while.

Thats how we Roll
That’s how we Rolled for the 100th Ride

As the ride was passing through few stretches of off-roads, Arun Bhai, JP, KC Bhai and I were left behind as we were ensuring nobody missed the route.  A local, helped us to navigate the route to Yercaud.

All of us paced through the off-road and the ghat sections making our way to the Wellington Hill Top Resort at Yercaud hill station.  Our riders from Chennai and Coimbatore had already reached there and eagerly waiting to welcome us at the resort. The tea offered at the resort tasted very nice.  Post-tea, I found rooms at the resort open and I crashed onto the bed for an hour’s power nap in one of the rooms until the rest of the bikers and 2 of our cars reached the resort.

Meanwhile, I interacted with few of the riders as they reached the venue; they said that the group had some candid photography sessions on their way at the ghat section and a small breakdown with 1 of the bike’s chain link being cut.  Yet again, Our Rider Usmaan bhai who is also a Mechanic by Profession came to the rescue.

Pic during the OffRoading
Team Road Thrill at the Off-Roader en route to Yercaud


Pics enroute
Photo session while riding uphill to Yercaud

As the entire group reached the resort and were at their comfort. Post chaai and some snacks, every one of us assembled in the resort’s meeting/function hall.

Meeting Hall of the Resort
Member Meet at the Resort’s Function Hall

We first started with the introduction of a walk through the journey of Road Thrill during 2017, and how the family has grown across different cities and chapters.  The RT badges were distributed for members who have completed 5 or more rides with Road Thrill.

Few surprising good news that came there; the launch of the business cards for RT Admins, Launch of the RT Ambassador Programme. 

Team Road Thrill Admins and Crews
Team Road Thrill Admins and Crews

RT Coimbatore had arranged for a cake in the memory of the 100th Ride.  We called upon few of our esteemed senior riders Akmal Bhai, Sudheendra Sir, Udayshankar Sir, and Selva Sir to cut the cake.

RoadThrillOn100 Cake
RoadThrillOn100 Cake


Senior Riders cutting the cake
Our Esteemed Senior Riders cutting the cake


Group Pic
Road Thrill Family posing for the group pic for the 100th Ride

After lunch that was served at the resort and some chit-chat with all the members from the other chapters. We started our return journey taking the 20 hairpin curves downhill from the hill station.

At an Hairpin Bend
At a Hairpin Bend, en route to Salem

Bidding goodbye to Coimbatore and Chennai team, we headed back to Bangalore.  As we crossed Salem, 1 of our rider from Shimoga had some issues with the bike’s fuse and he got it replaced by himself a couple of times on the highway side.

We stopped for a 2nd chaai stop during the return journey at Café Coffee Day, Dharmapuri where Usmaan Bhai was waiting for us to have a look through the bike’s fuse or wirings.  Abhishek Bhai, JP and a couple of us stood there until Usmaan bhai fixed the bike and the rest of us carried on the journey.

As RK Bhai and I were at the tail end, we saw Gaurav Bhai stopping over with 2 more bikes where 1 of the bikes faced some starting problem.  We assisted Gaurav Bhai to clear the carbon from the bike’s fuse and got the bike to start.  Even though those 2 bikers weren’t from our group; we helped them to fix their bike.  Biking is all about the bond of Brotherhood, a Biker will never leave another biker stranded in problem alone. We at Road Thrill always keep the true spirits and the bond of BikingBrotherhood, be it our own rider member or any other rider on the road.

Post a 3rd chaai stop along the journey, we rode straight until a toll Naka, the one before the Electronic City.  As this being the disperse point for the ride, greeting goodbye to each and every-one of us, we headed back to our respective homes.

At the Dispersion Point
Thanks giving talk by Vijayanth Bhai

It was a good memory from the 100th ride, special thanks to Shimoga team who rode all the way from Shimoga to join this 100th ride and again ride back home to Shimoga the next day, Dr. Senthil Sir who rode from Coimbatore to Bangalore only to ride along with the Bangalore folks, Coimbatore and Chennai Teams, Road Thrill Women Riders for making this ride a cherishing and a memorable one.

Distance covered for 100th Ride
The story of 100th Ride; 436kms Day Ride

Also check out the complete Vlog on Youtube: Road Thrill Bangalore’s 100th Ride Full Vlog
Thank you one and all who made for this big “Centurion Ride”.
Stay safe, until next time I share my Travel Story.
Gokool Kini
(Soul Warrior / RT Pathfinder)


Also Visit: Day Ride to Hogennakal Falls

A Day Ride to Nandi Hills, Avalabetta and Lepakshi

Date: 22nd October 2016
Places visited: Nandi Hills, Nandeeshwara Temple, Avalabetta and Lepakshi
No. of People: 2 Solo Bikers, Rajesh and Me

Route Taken
Route Map of our Trip

Over the Friday night’s dinner, Rajesh and I planned a day ride to Nandi Hills which is the most common place for a short ride for anyone residing in Bangalore. So we planned to sight the sun-rise at Nandi Hills and visit few more places over that stretch.

We started from Esteem Mall, Hebbal at around 4.30am and we reached the Nandi Hills Police check-post by 5.30am.  The best part of Nandi Hills over a weekend is you will find lot many bikers who visit this place only to catch the glimpse of the sunrise.  We rode through the traffic, finding gaps and riding those gaps to reach the uphill. We parked our bikes and stood in the long ticket queue at the ticket counter.

Parking Lot at Nandi Hills
Parking Lot at Nandi Hills

As we trekked to the viewpoint, we could find all the visitors seated with full excitement to watch the beautiful sunrise.  Rajesh and I found a place to sit comfortably on the rocks; where I spent my time with some pups.

with a pup at Nandi Hills
Every trip I go, I have the company of pets

It was a cloudy morning that day.  However; we could still catch a glimpse of the sunrise amidst the thick dark clouds.

Selfie with the Sunset
Selfie with the Sunrise

We also checked-in to the hill-top historical temple, where you have a stone pillar and a temple pond.

at the Temple Pond at Nandi Hills
At the Temple Pond at Nandi Hills


As always The Crazy Me
As always The Crazy Me

As we had other destinations planned and we wanted to cover that day; we started our journey downhill and upon reaching, we stopped for breakfast at a restaurant there.

Our next destination was the historical Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple.  I don’t remember the count of my visits to Nandi Hills and I missed to explore this historical temple during all of my previous visits to Nandi Hills. So this time, explored it.

This temple is been identified as one of the oldest temples in Karnataka dating back to 9th Century and has some beautifully carved out pillars and also has large temple pond.  A very calm and silent place to spend some time to peace your mind away from the city’s traffic and noise.

Vasantha Mantapa at Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple
Vasantha Mantapa at Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple


Temple Tank at Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple, Pic courtesy: Wikipedia
Temple Tank at Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple, Pic courtesy: Wikipedia

Few More Pics from Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple through the slideshow below:

After exploring this marvelous and historical beauty, we rode through the villages of Chikkaballapur district and we reached Avalabetta, a place famous for the “Pointed Rock” and there are paved steps that take you to a temple. Keep walking further from here to reach the viewpoint.  Please do carry your own food and water bottles and please be very careful with the monkeys that hover around this place.

Pointed Rock at Avalabetta
Pointed Rock at Avalabetta, Pic Courtesy: Google Images
at Avalabetta
At Avalabetta

There was a mad rush and people were waiting in a long queue to get their Picture on the Pointed Rock, and we didn’t want to join the long queue.  I had visited Avalabetta sometime back in 2015 with riders from our Gixxer Club Bengaluru. Apparently, yet I don’t have my pic on this rock. Hopefully, next time I ride this side will get one selfie here.

Should you be riding to Avalabetta, don’t miss the trek to Gudibande Fort. Both Rajesh and I had trekked the Gudibande Fort before, so we skipped this and rode to Lepakshi, a temple in Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh, dating its history back to 14th Century.

Lepkashi Temple: Information Board
Lepakshi Temple: Information Board

The “Hanging Pillar” inside the temple defies gravity. Yes, the pillar doesn’t have any support base to the ground.  You can pass a paper or a piece of cloth beneath this grey pillar. This is a tribute to the engineering marvel from the historical architects.

Hanging Pillar at Lepakshi Temple
Hanging Pillar at Lepakshi Temple

Another attraction here is Shivaling which is sheltered by a Seven hooded Naga and it’s recognized amongst the biggest Naga Linga in India.  You might have visited many Shiva Temples and always sight a  Nandi in front of all the Shivalings, but here the Nandi Statue has another mysterious story which I will explain in the later paragraphs of this blog.

Rajesh and I with the Nagalinga at Lepakshi

Few locals here believe this place dates back to the era of Ramayana, as Lepakshi means “Jatayu”, as this place was where the bird Jatayu fell.  There is a “Dance Hall” which is surrounded by sculpted pillars.

Dance Hall with sculpted Pillars at Lepakshi
Dance Hall at Lepakshi Temple

We had some juice before we made a move to the Nandi Statue.  This is the biggest amongst the 12 Monolith Nandi in India, carved out of a single Granite Stone with dimensions of 15ft in height and 27ft in length.  The finely carved ornament around the neck of this Nandi adds to the glory of this architecture.

Monolith Nandi at Lepakshi
Monolith Nandi at Lepakshi; The biggest in India

Now let me explain to the mystery behind this Nandi and the Shivaling.  If you stand by the right side of this gigantic Nandi, you can clearly see the Nagalinga (which is inside the main temple) distancing approximately 700mtrs from here, but the same Nandi is not visible to be seen from inside the temple.

We started our return journey at around 4 pm and stopped over for a late lunch at highway side hotel in Chikkaballapur and bidding good-bye to Rajesh at Hebbal flyover and reached back home juggling through the chaotic traffic of Bangalore City. Thank you, buddy, for an amazing travel memory.

Total Distance travelled from this trip
That was an amazing journey of 329kms on my bike’s Odo

Stay safe and tuned until I blog my next travel story !!!

Pic Credits: Temple Tank Pic of Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple from Wikipedia, Pointed Rock of Avalabetta from Google Images and rest all pics captured by Rajesh and Me.

Gokool Kini
(Soul Warrior)


Also Visit: Just Ride to Twin Rocks

Just Ride to the "Twin Rocks" with Road Thrill

Post our big event “Republic Day Ride with Road Thrill” in Jan’2017, we had a breakfast meeting at Hotel Ajantha on 05th Feb’2017.

We were planning to have a small ride (Just Ride) post the meet-up.  The previous day of the meetup; Lohit Bhai, JP and I were deciding on the destination, when I came across this place “Thimmappa Swami Betta”

After cherishing the moments from the Republic Day ride over the breakfast meet, 7 bikers from Road Thrill, lead by Lohit Bhai set to ride and explore the “Twin Rocks”

Route MapRoute taken

As the traffic on the Mysore Highway was bare minimum; we managed to quickly zoom on the Highway.

Thimmappa Betta is located near Ramanagara which is approximately 70kms from Bangalore.  It’s a small hillock which is known for its “Twin Rocks”. This place is less explored and there is a small temple at the base.

The path beside the temple will lead you to a huge rock, you can ride your bikes on the huge rock, but can’t trek on those “Twin Rocks” but u can capture some splendid photos of the same.

Twin Rocks and our machinesThe Twin Rocks and our Machines


Gokool and Phani at Twin RocksMe and Phani with our Bikes; “Warrior” and “Beast”


Selfie at Thimmappa Betta TempleRK, Lohit, Phani, Srihari, Sanjay, Santosh and Me at the Temple on Thimmappa Betta


at the huge rockRT members with the Twin Rock in the backdrop


Soul Warrior at Thimmappa BettaMy “Warrior” and I with the Twin Rocks


The Redeemer PoseThe Redeemer Pose

Thank you, everyone, for the memories at Thimmappa Betta.
Photo Credits: Team Road Thrill
(Soul Warrior)


Also visit: Crazy Bike Trip to Chikamagalur

A weekend Beyond Roads: A Race Track and Dirt Trails

“I like the sweet smell of race fuel, burnt tires, and the revving sound of the engines”

Dates: 28th and 29th October 2017
No of People: 3 (Shreyas and I for the Track and Akshay joined us for Dabbaguli next day)
Bikes: Royal Enfield TB350, KTM Duke 200 and Suzuki Gixxer
Places covered: Track at Red Riders and Dabbaguli near Kanakapura.
Total Distance: Bangalore – Dabbaguli – Bangalore: 270kms

It was the last weekend for Oct’17 when my friend Shrey asked me; Bhai any rides? Apparently, I had no rides planned until I saw few pictures of the go-kart track of Red Riders Sports and Adventures which was sent by my friend Kishan and Shivaram from #GixxerClubBengaluru; they also allowed riding bikes on the tracks.

Both of us decided to go check the track for biking; if they don’t allow for bikes then we shall race few laps of go-karting and come back.

Day 1: 28th October 2017 (Saturday) – TRACK DAY

We reached there by 10 am and to our surprise, the office was not yet opened.  We called the contact number mentioned on their FB page and until the manager reached the venue, we decided to have a walk through the Track circuit.

Track at Red RidersFull view of Red Riders Go-kart track

About the Track:

Red Riders Go-kart track is an asphalt track surrounded by tire walls at both sides with a length of 750 meters running clockwise; comprising 11 corners of six right-handed, five left-handers and two straights with approximately 100 meters each.

The circuit layout has a garage space followed by the pit lane that can park 10 karts, a gallery stand above the garage that can accommodate 80-100 spectators.

Garage space beneath the spectator standGarage space beneath the spectator stand

We had a Track Walk to understand the Entry, Apex, and Exits of every corner.

The manager of Red Riders first allowed us to ride our bikes on the track for 10 minutes and after this time we were hooked!

As we both grew up watching all sorts of Motorsports on TV from F1 to MotoGP; I was super excited to get on the track on my “Warrior”.  A long pending to-do thing was soon getting ticked off.

We immediately negotiated with the manager and started planning the session and he charged us INR 900/- per person for 12 laps of go-karting and 1 hour of track biking with a condition that in case other customers walk in for go-karting, we have to park our bikes into the pits until the customers finish their go-karting laps and we agreed for this condition.

As they got the go-karts lined up on the tracks, Shrey drew a sketch of the track.

Shrey drawing a track sketchShrey making a rough sketch of the track


Final Track DesignFinal sketch of the track

As Shrey has participated and won in few Moto-X events and also participated and won in KTM Orange Day Event in Bangalore. He also has some experience in level 1 of Circuit Racing, hence he took me through some of the basics of track riding.

Thank You Bhai, It was you who taught me how to ride during our school days and now on the track.

Post few visitors completing their Go-karting, we got onto the track again with our Bikes.

Visitors after their go-kartingVisitors after their Go-Karting

We had some nice photo sessions before we start.

Gokarts lined in the PitsGo-karts lined at the Pits


Our Bikes besides the PitsThe “Dutchess” and The “Warrior” all set to road on the Track


with our machinesThe “Reaper” and “Soul Warrior” with our machines


at the PitsAt the Pits

We first completed 12 laps of karting and straight into the pits and parked those karts.


After Go-Karting, we rested for a few minutes and hit the track with full enthusiasm. For a few initial laps; I rode at normal speeds just to get a good grip over those corners.

We both rode one at a time so the other could shoot videos and pictures and also record our lap times using a stopwatch.

The StartMe at the Start


At Corner FourAt Corner Four


Shrey at Corner TenShrey at Corner Ten

Lap TimingsOur Lap Timings as recorded on a stopwatch

It was a good time spent on the tracks.  Discussing the next day’s plan for off-roading to Dabbaguli, we dispersed from Sarjapur post having a chocolate milk-shake.

Day 2: 29th October 2017 (Sunday) – Dirt Trails to Dabbaguli

“A day on those muddy roads excites more than a good day in the office”

When #RTBengaluru had their Dabbaguli ride planned; I apparently missed it due to personal commitments. After reading the Motoring Mayhem: RT Bengaluru’s Dabbugali Off-Roader; I was eagerly waiting to go off-roading here, so post riding on the tracks, we planned this off-roader the immediate next day.

My Alarm SchedulesMy Alarm schedules for a trip


My StuffsGetting ready for the ride

Route Taken for Dabbaguli:

Route TakenRoute Map

Shrey, my brother Akshay and I started early from Sarakki Market near Banashankari and took the Kanakapura road.  After dodging off the dusty under Metro construction Kanakapura road, and riding through the forest roads we could sight the lake beds full with water.  Thanks to the heavy rains that lashed Bangalore during the last few months.

Soon we reached the very famous Vasu Hotel in Kanakapura Road. Every traveler passing through Kanakapura will love the tasty roasted Masala Dosa here.

RK Bhai from #RTBengaluru had sent me the GPS coordinates and all three of us quickly got them saved as off-line maps and even then we missed our paths.  If you are on an exploration ride through forests and village routes, never rely on GPS maps as Google Maps will keep saying fastest route and you will see yourself lost in the middle of nowhere.

Please be aware that GPS will show Dabbaguli which is near Magadi and don’t get confused with the same identical names.

This Dabbaguli is after Kanakapura and at the borders of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Upon reaching Hunasanahalli we took a left and kept riding a few kilometers and entered the geographical area of Tamil Nadu.  Upon reaching a check-post we enquired with few locals there, where one of the locals told us that we had taken the wrong road, Literally 🙁

Discussion with the local at CheckpostA local guiding us with the route at the check-post.

We came back to Hunasanahalli and again after a few kilometers, we stopped to inquire with few more locals for the exact route.  We were in a fix as none could guide us the exact route.  We thought to have a Plan-B and ride to Hogenakkal falls instead of Dabbaguli.

Debate over Dabbaguli and HogennakalMy brother Akshay saying “Kidar hai Dabbaguli? Hogennakal jaayenge chalo”

Meanwhile another local said, go back to Hunasanahalli and take a right immediately after a Bank.  Yes, we sighted Bank of Baroda (travelers please use this as a landmark) and take the immediate right and upon riding a few kilometers ahead, another local got onto my bike saying he shall guide us with the exact route till a village, Varanahalli.

Drop till VaranahalliThis villager got onto my bike till Varanahalli

Upon reaching Varanahalli, another local asked us to follow his bike as he was also riding that way.  It was the beginning of the off-roader, the muddy roads full of small stones; rather say “No Roads”

Guiding through the off-roadGuiding through the final destination; Dabbaguli

At a deviation, the local instructed the way ahead and said keep riding until you see a temple, that place is Dabbaguli.

We parked our bikes under the tree shades and went for “Chaai” at the only tea-shop there.

At DabbaguliOur Machines resting beneath the tree shades


We at DabbaguliWhen I have my brother and my friend who got me to Biking world, None of the roads are difficult 🙂

Over the discussion with the tea-shop owner, he said instead of taking the same route back; there is the shortest route through the forest that will take you to Hogenakkal falls.

Post-tea, we had some photo session at the banks of the flowing river.

a day's fishingA day’s Fishing by the local fishermen


with Fishing Rod for a poseWith the Fishing Rod for a picture pose


WhatsApp Image 2017-10-29 at 18.32.10The fishes were sold in a jiffy.  Should we have had a bonfire or something there, we would have cooked fish tandoori !!!


Panoramic pictureA Panoramic picture of the landscape here 🙂

We took the off-road route that passed parallel along the river; this stretch of no roads was crazy enough.  We had 2 water stream crossing and riding through it was crazier.

A Water stream crossingMy “Warrior” goes everywhere; Roads, Track Circuits, Off-roads, No Roads, Water Streams,  Rocky Hills.

A group of locals after fishing guided us back out of the forest.  As we followed their bikes and reached the village town, a farmer named Krishnamurthy from that group offered us a bag full of groundnuts that he and his family reaped from their farmlands.  A very nice and warm gesture from Krishnamurthy. We were guided and helped by many locals throughout the trip.

Krishnamurthy's homePeople with “Rich Hearts” never live in Bungalows and Villas.


KrishnamurthyThat’s Krishnamurthy, a very friendly and nice person ! ! ! !


groundnutsThe bag full of groundnuts given by Krishnamurthy

The road from the village limits was good and few twisties downhill until the check-post.  We stopped over for lunch at a roadside hotel in Kanakapura.

We all dispersed from JP Nagar.

That was an amazing weekend; Saturday on Tracks and Sunday with dirt trails. Hence the title “A Weekend Beyond Roads: A Racetrack and Dirt Trails”

Thank you Bhai log for an amazing weekend.
Photo Credits: All three of us.

Odometer270Kms of a Crazy Ride to #Dabbaguli

Trailer on YouTube here: Trailer Video of Dabbaguli

Stay safe and stay tuned until I blog my next Travel Story.

Gokool Kini
#Soul Warrior


Also Visit: Kailasagiri Hills and Cave Temple