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Old 6th June 2014, 15:48   #1
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Forget a travelogue , this is my very first attempt at writing a long essay. I never liked writing essays in my life. Kindly bear with me, criticism will be taken in a positive manner and I shall strive to improve.

It all started with a boring week at office . I wanted to take a break badly, decided to go to some place nearby , nice to relax and may be click some scenic pictures. A friend of mine had recently purchased a pre worshiped automatic (will be introduced shortly ) and was itching to push it on a nice tarmac road. After much thought and debate we fixed the place , BiligiriRanga hills or BR hills it was.

BR hills is around 170 Kms away from Bangalore which is known for its Lord Ranganatha temple . The BRT (Biligiriranga temple) sanctuary is protected under the wildlife act.

we had 3 route options , we decided to take the shortest route on Kanakpura road . In order to avoid all the weekend heavy traffic , we had to leave really early.

Early enough to catch the sunrise just in time.
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The road was very inviting , it was like the god of driving had created a beautiful painting.

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What would one do with perfect lighting , beautiful road and a very handsome car ? Ladies and gentlemen , presenting a pre worshiped 2005 Toyota camry automatic.

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The 2.4L ,4cylinder 16 valve automatic packs some serious power.I never thought automatics could be interesting to drive.Overtaking needs some planning though.If you are used to slow manual cars , you feel like pressing the clutch and trying to shift . Here , there is a very conveniently placed leg brake instead of a clutch. So you can imagine my plight getting used to this car.
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The car is very spacious , has a large boot , very comfortable ergonomics . The fully loaded car comes with a nice ICE , but my friend decided to upgrade to JVC player with Bluetooth. The stock speaker does a very fine job though. After purchasing my friend decided to install a rear view camera with all round sensors (yes , front bumper included )

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It was close to 7:30 Am, we decided to pack up the cameras , hit the road and cover some distance . The twisting roads were almost empty in the early morning and we decided not to stop for breakfast at the famous "Vasu hotel" in Kanakpura.

I fell asleep in comfortable rear seat for a while. When I woke up, I saw this

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This was near TG halli reservoir , one of the main water supply sources for Bangalore. We decided to get down and stretch our legs for a while , and ..... click more pictures of the car !!!

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There were some curious onlookers !
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we decided to click one last picture at this location ,we were hungry and it was time for breakfast
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We drove till Kollegala , no decent restaurants were open since it is a very small town. One kind local guided us to a small hotel beside the town bus stand , Idlis were hot and despite bad taste we devoured it within seconds.Finishing breakfast we left Kollegala towards the next way point -Yellandur.A point I forgot to mention earlier , after crossing Kanakpura , between Malavalli and Kollegala , several places of interest can be found , if one has luxury of time it is worth visiting Shivanasamudra , one of the oldest and probably the first (as far as I know) hydro electric projects commissioned in Asia under the guidance of a very great engineer Bharath Ratna Sir M Vishveshwaraya. (sorry to deviate , I have a great amount of respect for this man and had to mention it ).

After crossing Yellandur , we entered the BR hills forest range, we were stopped at the check post and paid a small fee . We were driving slowly hoping to spot some wildlife . We were not very fortunate , the only fauna we spotted was a peacock which quickly crossed the road and decided to go into hiding.

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The view outside the wind shield was a visual treat to the eyes, combined with a twisty tarmac is what I would call a truly relaxing drive, fuel well spent.

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After a short twisty drive , we arrived a very picturesque view point
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The greenery stretched as far as your eyes could see
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I guessed this could be a soliga tribe camp. These are the local tribal who are involved in various agricultural activities . It is said that the purest form of honey is available in this place. I wish my home was in a place like this.
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Fortunately the temple was not crowded when we went . We went inside to have a quick darshan and headed to the view point beside the temple.
A panoramic picture from the view point . (sorry for the low quality )

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We still had a lot of time to Kill , on our way back we spotted a sign board "K Gudi forest - 20Km -->" . We decided to explore !!!

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Good roads and greenery continued all the way ! There was no end to clicking pictures

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We arrived at the main forest camp after an hour's drive almost and we saw this fella and belted up and waiting to be transported somewhere.
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K Gudi forest is a true treat for nature lovers with its vast expanse of colorful scenery.
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Spotted one wild lone tusker grazing in the woods . Forest officials discouraged anyone going near it .

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Accommodation arrangements at K gudi forest can be done through Jungle lodges and there are safari's conducted in open jeeps twice or thrice a day.

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It was well past lunch time , and since no decent hotels were near by we decided to bid farewell to the place in search of food.

Some parting shots.....
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PS: Some pics are from my cam and hence the low quality. Special thanks to my friend who post processed the pics and let me use some of his pictures.
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This was near TG halli reservoir , one of the main water supply sources for Bangalore. We decided to get down and stretch our legs for a while , and ..... click more pictures of the car !!!
Nice car and a nice drive. Truly a worthy weekend.

Question: TG Halli? I thought thats on Magadi road? (here)
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Nice car and a nice drive. Truly a worthy weekend.

Question: TG Halli? I thought thats on Magadi road? (here)
Sorry typing mistake. It is TK halli , just before Malavalli .
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