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Old 16th July 2011, 11:35   #1
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With a break of 10 days after I quit the job at Tyco, was evaluating a possibility of a ride for about 3-4 days. Getting an approval from the government would have been far easier than getting a green signal from home to the ride.

With loads of pleading, finally the ride duration came down to a day. With no other option the location was again Gopalaswamy Betta and Bandipur. Though nothing to regret about.

Had to get the wiring set up ready for the LED parking lights. Done and dusted with that task, next was to put the hella comet 500 on the bike. Fuelled up the bike to the brim at the Shell petrol pump station. All set for the ride.

Read on for some interesting things in the ride.

Scheduled time of leaving home was 4 am; however, I was able to leave home only by 4:10 am. I rode with moderate speeds through the city to cross Kengeri. The air was quite chilling after crossing Kengeri. I stuck to speeds of 60-70 for most of the journey towards Gopalaswamy Betta. Enroute, I ensured I Stopped at quite a few places just to ease in to the weather. The chillness of the air ensured that I got as lazy as one can get. So not much photos this time.

One photo Enroute.

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The roads are re-laid from Mysore to Nanjangud which was in very poor state during the previous visit. However, the road is still bumpy though re-laid.

With my slow cruising ride finally reached Gopalaswamy Betta at 10 am. This is the first time I have ridden so slow, a good 5 hours and 50 mins.

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Now some interesting facts about Gopalaswamy Betta which have changed due to a few unwanted instances that have happened (which I will not mention here on the blog).
  1. The entry timings to the temple has been changed from 6 am - 6 pm to 8.30 am to 4.30 pm.
  2. Checking at the check post to ensure no traveler is carrying food items and plastic.
  3. Trekking at the hill is strictly prohibited
  4. Forest guards now have walkie talkie to get update and provide update.
My personal view is that things have changed for good. The serene environment here was getting gradually degraded to yet another tourist place.

Spent a good hour and half soaking the atmosphere near the temple, but not before bowing to the deity and offering my prayers.

Not much of photos as I did not venture out of the temple premises and encourage other tourists to follow my activities.

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Rode up to Bandipur and was actually feeling sleepy so enquired at one of the hotels to see if I can get a room for about 500 bucks to take a quick nap before the safari. However, the plan had to be shelved as the room cost quoted was 1200 bucks + taxes. I said “No Thanks” and simply walked out.

I headed straight to the safari ticket counter and met one person from one of the shops who accommodated me at the shop where I could chill off. I was checking with my contacts over the phone for a slot in the jeep safari. This shop guy overheard my conversation and offer help in getting a slot at almost the same cost as the bus safari cost. With a good 2 and a half hours left before the safari, I had lunch that was packed and chilled off for some time. After about an hour and a half, I simply wandered around the place waiting for the clock to tick over to 4 pm.

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A free ride - mutual co-operation

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Effect of Human infringement of the forest habitat.

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Finally the jeep came at 4:15 pm for the 2 hour safari. The safari was event-less with me being click happy with whatever animal that I could sight.

Now enough of me talking let the photographs narrate more.

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Returned back from the safari at 6:30 pm. It was time to pack things and head home. Managed to leave at 7:45 pm and reached home at 11 pm. A nonstop ride for 240 odd kms from the forest office in Bandipur to my house. This includes city limit speeds at all the towns and speed limit inside the forest reserve.

Trip Stats

Odo at the beginning = 46211
Odo at the end – 46709
Total distance travelled – 498 kms
Fuel consumed – Full tank yet to come to reserve. Approx cost as per the past mileage record – Rs. 780/- (11 litres of fuel consumed)
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Good pictures of mountains and natural surroundings. Could you share which route you took as i have never seen such narrow roads in all my trips to Bandipur and Masinagudi.
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Wonderful trip you had, and nice snaps (though a little muted compared to your last trip I think, when you had a deluge of leopard sightings, right?)
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Seems like you had a great outing! What's the problem at G.Betta? Man-animal conflict or bad people/mugging/boozing etc.? Last time I was there, there were people picnicking on the grass slopes..
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Seems like you had a great outing! What's the problem at G.Betta? Man-animal conflict or bad people/mugging/boozing etc.? Last time I was there, there were people picnicking on the grass slopes..
Its with people boozing and creating problems for everybody. Not only They booz, but leave a lot of garbage behind. Its far better to be strict than being sorry.
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Good pictures of mountains and natural surroundings. Could you share which route you took as i have never seen such narrow roads in all my trips to Bandipur and Masinagudi.
@mayankjha: You have to take a small deviation while you are on the Bandipur road to go to G.P Betta. The road to G.P Betta is indeed narrow ever since thay have been laid I guess. They were in same shape as seen in the pic when I made it last year as well.

@nkrishnap: Beautiful snaps by the way and thanks for sharing them. Guess this was shot from an SLR and would be glad if you did let us know the config.
Cheers, KTP

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@rbp - This was a solo ride, no wifey, that's why the return journey was so quick.

@kirantp - Yes, its shot with a DSLR camera. Canon 500D 18-55 mm IS lens and 55-250 mm IS Lens
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