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Old 12th September 2020, 20:09   #511
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Visited Manchanabele Dam and Dodda Aalada Mara (Big Banyan Tree) today. We could not venture much as it rained heavily just after we reached.
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We visited Kotlingeshwar temple today. Not a great experience at the temple but the road off NH-75 towards the temple is very scenic. Stopped by a small water body and enjoyed the view too.

PS: There's heavy traffic from Hoskote toll, till KR Puram, after 5PM.

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All, any idea if savandurga is open for treking? We plan to go there tomorrow but wondering if it's open yet after the lockdown ended.
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Hello All, I had been for a drive today to Mavanuru Malleshwara temple near Hassan. The place is good with amazing views of windmills and with very less crowd. Iíll let the pictures speak for themselves now.
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Tobo Hill top (Near Bannerghatta):

Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/hb64QA4HHomNMi3E8
  • Nice scenic place, you get a view of the Ragihalli forest.
  • Not a crowded place.
  • You can pack food and carry to this place.
  • Little bit of walking required to reach the view point
  • Better to carry umbrella/rain coat.
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We have visited Gunjur Lake today and spent about 2 hours. Kids had a great time. Not many visitors today, counted about 10 cars and there was enough space to maintain sufficient distance.
Can you please mention about the route taken, road condition and surrounding area over there for parking etc. We are a few planning for a drive on 26th weekend. Worth driving up there? this looks to be the nearest one out of the several places mentioned in this thread.
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Can you please mention about the route taken, road condition and surrounding area over there for parking etc. We are a few planning for a drive on 26th weekend. Worth driving up there? this looks to be the nearest one out of the several places mentioned in this thread.
It is a pretty straight forward route and GMaps guides you well. It is on the way from Doddaballapur to Gauribidanur. You will go through a mini ghat section past which there is a toll gate. Just after the toll gate, there is a deviation to the lake.

It is just a lake with nothing much to do AFAIK. You can pack a picnic and enjoy as a group outing since you can drive up close to the lake. The weather has to be good otherwise you will not feel pleasant.
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Can you please mention about the route taken, road condition and surrounding area over there for parking etc. We are a few planning for a drive on 26th weekend. Worth driving up there? this looks to be the nearest one out of the several places mentioned in this thread.
Please find the details of the lake in the following posts (including pics):

Post 1 (Cool Drives within 150 km from Bangalore)

Post 2 (Cool Drives within 150 km from Bangalore)

Please find the directions to the lake here (Cool Drives within 150 km from Bangalore).

Please ignore the Google Maps link in the post and use the following link: https://maps.app.goo.gl/xk7M9DRtaT7KFcMs5
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Can you please mention about the route taken, road condition and surrounding area over there for parking etc.
I have followed Google map to reach Gunjur lake with the help of information provided by fellow BHPians on this thread. With more people are getting aware of places like this, I think visiting earlier part of the day might be better to secure a good place. If weather is rainy, please check surface condition before driving into the lake area. Restrooms are available at Gunjur Toll Plaza, which is right next to the lake. Toll information from my FASTag report is given below:
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Tobo Hill top (Near Bannerghatta):

Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/hb64QA4HHomNMi3E8
  • Nice scenic place, you get a view of the Ragihalli forest.
  • Not a crowded place.
  • You can pack food and carry to this place.
  • Little bit of walking required to reach the view point
  • Better to carry umbrella/rain coat

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Looks like an exciting place and so near. It is less than 20 kms from where I live in Bangalore.

Is it safe for a family to visit or is it a bachelors den?

Regards,

Narayan.
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Looks like an exciting place and so near. It is less than 20 kms from where I live in Bangalore.

Is it safe for a family to visit or is it a bachelors den?

Regards,

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Its a bit isolated place. So, better to go as a group. We were two families there.
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Looks like an exciting place and so near. It is less than 20 kms from where I live in Bangalore.

Is it safe for a family to visit or is it a bachelors den?

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Have been here today evening. It's a bit isolated, however there seem to be movement of local population along this road. It's advisable to go as a group. There were a couple of families during the time I was there.
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Had a short drive to Manchanabele Dam. Weather was nice, just a hint of a drizzle. Traffic along Mysore Road was the usual. Adding some photos taken. Family really loved to get out after all these months.
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The places in this post are NOT within 150 kms of Bangalore but can be covered in a day trip!

1. Jogimatti forest
2. Shanti Sagara lake
3. Vani Vilas Sagara Dam
4. Santhebannur Pushkarni
5. Chitradurga fort

Of these 5 places, we could cover #1-3 only as we wanted a relaxed trip and had to prioritize the places based on the available time.

Since 2 of us 4 people had already visited Chitradurga fort, we decided to skip it for future. During the course of the day, due to lack of time, it was a choice between VVS dam and Santhebannur Puskarni. We chose the former as I just love water bodies.

Started around 8AM from LBS Nagar and went non-stop to Jogimatti forest, a 240 km drive. Reached at 11:30AM at the top of the hill. The last 10 km is a slow crawl up the hill as the road is not in the best shape.

After you park the car, you have to climb up a flight of stairs to reach the view point, at a top of another small hill. There's a watch tower where you get a beautiful 360-deg view. Since you are at the top of a hill, it gets very cold and windy even on a sunny day. You can climb down the hill on the other side to get a better view of the valley.

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Next up was Shanti Sagara. Used Google maps to go via Chitradurga city, a 80 km drive which took 1hr 45 mins.

PS: While using Gmaps, we had first searched for "Shanti Sagara" which took us on a narrow road into a village which is not the best place to visit. Search for "Shanti Sagara view point" which will take you to the water body. You can see narrow trails leading upto the water.

It was 2:45Pm by the time we could correct our mistake and reach the view point. We were super hungry and stopped by the lake to have our lunch which we carried from home.

Unfortunately since my phone was hooked up Android Auto, I forgot to click any picture of these spots. It also started raining and we decided to start towards VVS dam. Again used Gmaps which took us through some amazing country-side road up to Rangappa temple, VVS dam.

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The sky was overcast, with an impending threat of a downpour. However, we were lucky it didn't rain. Took our flasks and home baked cake and spent the evening near the water.

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The drive back was uneventful, started the return leg at 6:15PM and reached home by 9:10 PM. Extremely heavy rains between Sira and Tumkur. We were anticipating heavy traffic after Tumkur and long queues at Nelamangala toll but surprisingly the traffic was low, could be due to rains.

Overall, it was a 660 km trip with a travel time of 11 hours.

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Old 21st September 2020, 16:03   #525
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Brilliant view of the dam from the top! Have not been to this spot. Will go again here some day just for this spot.
And yes really nice to see so much water in Vedavathi.
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