Go Back   Team-BHP > Buckle Up > Travelogues


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 18th October 2015, 22:03   #1
Senior - BHPian
 
arun_josie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,048
Thanked: 3,019 Times
Default Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri 4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!

Planning Phase:

The plan was for a family trip with close friends and we wanted it to be a relaxed trip rather than one with a jam-packed schedule.

As usual deciding on the location was the toughest part as multiple options were thrown in. Few contenders were Coorg, Ooty, Valparai and Wayanad. After multiple discussions, we decided on Chikmagalur.

After deciding on Chikmagalur, I checked with paragsachania if he is aware of any home stay options in Chikmagalur, he immediately came back with couple of them and we blocked Beanstalk without any second thoughts, http://beanstalkbagmane.com/.

Picture courtesy : Rethin John, Vivek Venugopalan

Day1:

Plan was to start early by 5:30-5:45 so that we can try to avoid the long weekend traffic to a certain extent.
  • But with 5 families( 10 adults and 7 kiddos) , it’s tough to keep timeliness.
  • We could only start by 6:30 AM.
  • Filled up the tank at Shell, Bannerghatta Road.
  • Took the NICE road.

    Traffic on the NICE road

    Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-1aoptimized.jpg

    Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-1boptimized.jpg
  • Then a quick stop at the Tumkur Road exit on the NICE road.

    Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-1optimized.jpg
  • Since we started late, got stuck on the Tumkur road toll(Neelamangala) and then some traffic till the Mangalore road exit.
  • Then some traffic in the tolls on the Mangalore road.

    Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-1c.jpg

    Some open roads,

    Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-1e.jpg

    Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-2aoptimized.jpg
  • Breakfast stop was at Swati Delicacy. (around 90Kms from the start point).

    This is an older pic,

    Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-2optimized.jpg

  • There was a huge rush, so we ordered and had the food at the car parking space itself. It was fun.

After a nice breakfast, we continued towards Hassan and then Belur. Some nice winding roads on the way to Belur and after.

A quick visit to the Belur temple:

Name:  3Optimized.jpg
Views: 4151
Size:  50.3 KB

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-4optimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-5optimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-7optimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-8optimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-9optimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-10optimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-11optimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-12optimized.jpg

Some winding roads after Belur,

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-13optimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-77optimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-78optimized.jpg

Then we proceeded towards the home stay as the plan was to reach there for lunch. This home stay is located in Bagmane which is around 20 Kms from
Chickmagalur.

Last edited by arun_josie : 18th October 2015 at 23:59.
arun_josie is online now   (11) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 18th October 2015, 22:21   #2
Senior - BHPian
 
arun_josie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,048
Thanked: 3,019 Times
Default Home Stay - Beanstalk Bagmane

Home Stay - Beanstalk Bagmane

The last two Kms to reach this place is very narrow and rough, in fact, at some places there is no road at all. I was on the first gear throughout this 2Kms. It was little challenging as well as some part of this stretch was uneven and we had to negotiate carefully to avoid scraping the bottom. I loved driving this stretch.

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-14aoptimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-14optimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-14optimized1.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-14b-1optimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-14b-2optimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-15optimized.jpg
  • It’s in an awesome location, located on top of a hillock, surrounded by coffee plantations.
  • We had booked all 3 rooms in this bungalow. So, no other families other than the owners during our stay.
  • Very spacious rooms.
  • Huge open space for all of us to play.
  • Very well-fenced campus. So, no need to worry about kids when they are playing.
  • Very well-maintained campus and bungalow.
  • Food was above average. But, we weren’t bothered as the rest of the logistics were impeccable.

Here are few pics,

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-16optimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-17optimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-18optimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-19optimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-20optimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-21optimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-22optimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-23optimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-26optimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-27optimized.jpg
  • We reached on time for lunch.
  • After lunch we decided to relax and do nothing.
  • Kids were playing around.

    Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-28optimized.jpg

    Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-29optimized.jpg

    Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-32optimized.jpg
  • The adults played cricket, frisbee and kho-kho. Men vs Women.. The cricket game sprouted crazy rules. Kho-kho was hilarious. It was FUN. All caps!!

    Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-30optimized.jpg

    Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-31optimized.jpg

    Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-32aoptimized.jpg

    Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-32boptimized.jpg

    Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-33optimized.jpg
  • They arranged for camp fire and music system. It was fun session of dance moves all around.

    Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-img_6515optimized.jpg
  • Then, dinner and bedtime for kids.

Last edited by GTO : 19th October 2015 at 12:40. Reason: Rule #11, thanks for sharing!
arun_josie is online now   (11) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 18th October 2015, 22:37   #3
Senior - BHPian
 
arun_josie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,048
Thanked: 3,019 Times
Default Day 2 Drive to Mullayanagiri

Day 2 – Drive to Mullayanagiri:

Initial plan was to drive down to few scenic locations, but later we decided against it and planned for Mullayanagiri only. Also, it was a state-wide bandh day. So, no restaurants were open for lunch. Our only lunch option was the homestay.
  • We got up around 7:00 AM
  • All of us went for a quick morning walk around the coffee plantation to pick coffee berries and peppercorns.

    Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-34optimized.jpg
  • Then breakfast.
  • Started to Mullayanagiri around 11:00 AM.
  • We lost the way from Chikmagalur which required a few up and down drive inside the Chikmagalur town to take the correct route.

Mullayanagiri:

The challenging part of drive was driving to the peak of Mullayanagiri. It was because of the traffic, very bad roads and steep inclines.

There was this “Harpin Bend” which many struggled to take and parked the car on the sides which caused a huge traffic jam. This harpin bend has some sharp stones, dry and loose sand, and very uneven surface with very less grip.

Some traffic due to idiotic parking,

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-45moptimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-46moptimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-47moptimized.jpg
  • I asked everyone to get off the car to take this harpin bend.
  • I experienced the clutch burning smell for the first time.
  • After around a Km from this place , again there was a very steep incline with less grip.
  • This last 2Km was really a nice experience.

Here are few video clipping, the dash camera angle was slightly focused upwards by mistake. So, the videos doesn't show the real incline,

Uphill on Mullayanagiri peak_last 2Kms_September 2015


Downhill on Mullayanagiri peak_September 2015


Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-35moptimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-36moptimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-37moptimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-38moptimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-39moptimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-40moptimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-41moptimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-42moptimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-43moptimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-48moptimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-49moptimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-50moptimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-51moptimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-52moptimized.jpg

The menfolk,
Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-53moptimized.jpg

After Mullayanagiri, we returned back to the home stay. By then, it was close to 3:00 PM.
  • After lunch, another round of games... cricket, Frisbee and badminton.
  • Then an exciting game of Dumb Charades till dinner time.
  • Dinner and bed time for the kids.

Last edited by GTO : 19th October 2015 at 12:40. Reason: Rule #11, thanks for sharing!
arun_josie is online now   (10) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 18th October 2015, 22:44   #4
Senior - BHPian
 
arun_josie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,048
Thanked: 3,019 Times
Default Day 3 Drive back to Bangalore.

Day 3 – Drive back to Bangalore:
  • Plan was to start by 10:00 AM
  • We had a good breakfast.
  • Kids were playing for some time.
  • Then some photo session.
  • And started back.

The machines on the mission,

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-55optimized.jpg

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-57optimized.jpg

Stop at Chikmagalur town for Shopping:

Ladies being themselves, a 15 mins stop () for apparel shopping ended after 1 hours and 30 minutes. This delayed our lunch plan at Swati Delicacy.

Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-20150927_121254optimized.jpg
  • After shopping we started around 12:30 PM.
  • Some crazy rains on the way.

    Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri  4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!-20150927_142711optimized.jpg
  • Refilled fuel to be on the safer side. Initially, I thought of stretching till Bangalore.
  • And reached Swati Delicacy by 2:45 PM.
  • And after food, some sinful Ice Cream at Polar Bear to end the vacation on a high note.

Now it was time to resume the return journey and to beat the toll traffic, we did some spirited driving and reached home by 6:00 PM.

Overall, it was a fun-filled trip with a group of like-minded folks who enjoy being on the road. The location was perfect for us. The kids had some uninterrupted fun. The adults got a much-needed break from the routine. We wish to go on many more trips like this in the future.

Last edited by arun_josie : 18th October 2015 at 22:53.
arun_josie is online now   (17) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 19th October 2015, 12:57   #5
GTO
Team-BHP Support
 
GTO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 45,153
Thanked: 72,147 Times
Default Re: Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri 4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!

Thread moved from the Assembly Line (The "Assembly Line" Forum section) to Travelogues. Thanks for sharing!
GTO is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 19th October 2015, 15:14   #6
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Belur/Bangalore
Posts: 3,687
Thanked: 8,439 Times
Default Re: Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri 4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!

Arun, Crisp and Nice photologue!

Made sense for you all to settle at the homesstay than check-in into a Hotel inside the town as it would not have made any sense at all. A homestay in Chikmagalur is half itinerary covered just by staying there - Local Food, Coffee Plantation, Terrain, Scenery and above all, the experience of staying in a proper home like environment.

Rains have been battering this part of the state, incessantly over the last few weeks that I too faced it on a Monday evening when I was driving back to Belur and back on the same day.

One thing I love about very heavy downpour is that all the drivers will stick to the left on a 4 lane highway due to water logging near the medians and that helps when it comes to easy overtaking. Of course, not to forget that Hazard lights still play an important role that distinctively helps one identify local vs Bangalore drivers

Last edited by paragsachania : 19th October 2015 at 15:16.
paragsachania is online now   (4) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 19th October 2015, 19:49   #7
Senior - BHPian
 
arun_josie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,048
Thanked: 3,019 Times
Default Re: Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri 4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!

Quote:
Originally Posted by paragsachania View Post
Arun, Crisp and Nice photologue!
Thanks parag!

Quote:

Made sense for you all to settle at the homesstay than check-in into a Hotel inside the town as it would not have made any sense at all. A homestay in Chikmagalur is half itinerary covered just by staying there - Local Food, Coffee Plantation, Terrain, Scenery and above all, the experience of staying in a proper home like environment.
Exactly! In fact, this home stay was super enough to relax and do nothing. Its at least 3 Kms away from the civilization. Double thumbs-up for your suggestion.
arun_josie is online now   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 2nd July 2016, 13:43   #8
BHPian
 
A350XWB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: BLR/FRA/STR
Posts: 747
Thanked: 462 Times
Default Re: Day 2 Drive to Mullayanagiri

Quote:
Originally Posted by arun_josie View Post
The challenging part of drive was driving to the peak of Mullayanagiri. It was because of the traffic, very bad roads and steep inclines.
There was this “Harpin Bend” which many struggled to take and parked the car on the sides which caused a huge traffic jam. This harpin bend has some sharp stones, dry and loose sand, and very uneven surface with very less grip.
Arun, I did the route to Mullayanagiri last weekend (Sunday, 26th of June) and I can relate to what you have mentioned here. The roads were all the more adventurous as it was raining. It was slippery and lot of people had parked their car at various places on the way. I locked the AWD just before the hairpin and the XUV climbed on without any drama. But after a few more meters, a Santro and a Honda City were parked, covering most of the road. I had to park my vehicle because there was not enough space to take it further. The authorities need to seriously do something about the vehicle movement on this road, at least during monsoon. People literally leave their vehicles wherever they feel like parking
A lot of vehicles capable of climbing the whole distance had to turn back because of haphazard parking.
I also learned that you should never visit this place during a weekend.
A350XWB is offline   (2) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 4th July 2016, 09:39   #9
Senior - BHPian
 
arun_josie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,048
Thanked: 3,019 Times
Default Re: Day 2 Drive to Mullayanagiri

Quote:
Originally Posted by A350XWB View Post
A lot of vehicles capable of climbing the whole distance had to turn back because of haphazard parking.
I also learned that you should never visit this place during a weekend.
Nice! It would have been fun to drive on slippery conditions.

Yes, the authorities should do something about this traffic. I think most of the drivers are not sure on what to expect and hence when they find driving condition difficult, they just park the car where ever they feel. Also there is no option for "U" turn. But its really pathetic when people park like that.

Yes, a weekday is better for such places.
arun_josie is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 21st July 2016, 12:22   #10
BHPian
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 327
Thanked: 144 Times
Default Re: Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri 4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!

Quote:
Originally Posted by arun_josie View Post
....we blocked Beanstalk without any second thoughts, http://beanstalkbagmane.com/.

The home stay looks amazing. I am trying to book there. But no one is picking up the phone and there is no response to email.

Can you share how you made the booking?

-Sanjay
sanjaykk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd July 2016, 09:32   #11
BHPian
 
A350XWB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: BLR/FRA/STR
Posts: 747
Thanked: 462 Times
Default Re: Day 2 Drive to Mullayanagiri

Quote:
Originally Posted by arun_josie View Post
Nice! It would have been fun to drive on slippery conditions.
Sure it is. After the Seethalayanagiri temple, it was practically muddy all the way up to the place where they have laid the interlocking tiles. Like you said, the hairpin bend looks very deceiving in the video. Many cars were struggling there itself. Around 100 meters after the hairpin, there is a place where some space is available. There was lot of drama going on there. A new Renault Kwid was parked there and while we were returning, the driver was trying to get it out. The car was sliding all over the place due to the slush and people had to literally push it out of the mud. There was no traction at all.

Quote:
Originally Posted by arun_josie View Post
Yes, the authorities should do something about this traffic. I think most of the drivers are not sure on what to expect and hence when they find driving condition difficult, they just park the car where ever they feel. Also there is no option for "U" turn.
For people visiting this place, I would advice to do the trip on a weekday and that too in the morning when traffic is less. That way, you will only get uphill traffic when you are returning. And, it is a bit tricky drive, so think before you attempt it, especially during the monsoon. If you are late, you can see TT's and cars parked on the way which makes it difficult to climb up, as the road is very narrow.
A350XWB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd July 2016, 13:30   #12
BHPian
 
gadadhar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 750
Thanked: 181 Times
Default Re: Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri 4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!

Is that a Barking Deer in front of the XUV in one of the homestay snaps? Does it come from the nearby wild areas?
gadadhar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th August 2016, 09:10   #13
Senior - BHPian
 
arun_josie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,048
Thanked: 3,019 Times
Default Re: Weekend getaway to Chikmagalur and Mullayanagiri 4 cars, 5 families and loads of fun!

Quote:
Originally Posted by gadadhar View Post
Is that a Barking Deer in front of the XUV in one of the homestay snaps? Does it come from the nearby wild areas?
I am not sure on what kind the deer was, but kids were playing with her. Also, she was not afraid of human contact. Home stay people used to feed her.
arun_josie is online now   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Monsoon Getaway Belur, Chikmagalur, Mullayanagiri (Seethalayanagiri) & Halebeedu Aparajit Travelogues 3 20th November 2013 13:45
Bibendum, -26 deg C, a VW rally car on ice and loads of drifting and fun! Nikhilb2008 Travelogues 9 10th December 2009 17:01
Blr-Pune-Mahabaleshwar-Ganapatipule-Blr (6days, 5 nights, loads of pictures and fun) Lukeskywalker Travelogues 56 1st October 2009 13:17
Bangalore Meet - - Farm, Family, offRoad, Temple and loads of fun. Report & Pics dadu The Team-BHP Meet Section 181 16th August 2008 09:52
1 day- 7 cars! 4TDs! 5L budget, loads of fun & loads to share. CrAzY dRiVeR Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports 41 5th December 2007 07:26


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 13:47.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks