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Nrityagram

Bike trip to Nrityagram

Man & Bike: Samaresh Biswal & Bajaj CT 100

Total distance: 84 Km

No of days: 1

Expense: Priceless

Place Visited: Nrityagram

Camera: Nokia E 63 (Thank u Manohar Sir Jee)

Timings: Tuesday to Sunday from 10AM – 2PM

Album Link:http://picasaweb.google.com/samareshbiswal/Nrityagram#

Route: take the Bangalore-Pune highway (National Highway # 4; also known as Tumkur Road) At Dasarahalli (after you pass Yeshwantpur and Peenya), you will see the ECIE factory on the left.Across the road on the right, is a large black glass-covered building. Immediately after these, there is a right turn to Hessaraghatta. On the Hessaraghatta road, follow signs to Nrityagram it is 35 kms from Bangalore and 5 kms from Hessaraghatta.

By the time I wake up everybody of my tribe (bikenomads) had left the town for hogenakkal falls. So I started towards tumkur road for a short breakfast ride. What caught my eye was the sign board of nrityagram.Which is a dance gurukul (based on Guru-shishya parampara) for various Indian classical dances, consisting of seven gurukuls for the seven classical dance styles established by Protima Gauri. The route is split between quiet roads through fields of maize, passing cattle and mud houses & over gently rolling country roads. Saw odissi dance for 30 min was bowled over. As it was 2 pm & time for outsider to leave I went to taj kuteeram for a sumptuous buffet lunch. As the time came for me to leave this idyllic village of dance with the words of Protima Gauri echoing “I am just a dreamer. I come and I go.”

Samaresh on way to Nrityagram

Samaresh on way to Nrityagram

Samaresh @ Nrityagram

Samaresh @ Nrityagram

Samaresh @ Odissi dance Nrityagram

Samaresh @ Odissi dance Nrityagram

Samaresh @ Temple Nrityagram

Samaresh @ Temple Nrityagram

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Bike Trip to Wayanad

Bike Trip to Wayanad

Man & Machine: Samaresh Biwal & Bajaj CT 100

Total distance: 907 Km

Expense: Rs 1449 (petrol Rs 800, dormitory Rs 270, food Rs 379)

No of days: 3

Places visited: Edakkal caves, Banasura Sagar dam, Chembra peak, Soochipara waterfalls, Kuruva Island.

Highway: SH 17 – NH 212

Album link: http://picasaweb.google.com/samareshbiswal/Wayanad#

Route: Bangalore – Mysore – Nanjangudu – Begur – Gundlupet – Maddur –     Sultan Bathery – Kalpetta – Mananthavady

Stardate: [-28] 02895.00: The wild soul in me made me to pack my backpack & I went on a solo trip to explore the land of paddy (Wayanad). I left my home at dawn & hit the Mysore express way. The bike zoomed at 90 Ks & the wind was whisking my ears. I took a bypass road at Srirangapatnam town in order to avoid the city traffic. As soon as I crossed gundelpet, the thick forest of Western Ghats took over the roadside & the feeling of Late Veerappan invoked into my mind. I crossed the Karnataka border check post and the real pleasure of riding was felt amongst the bandipur forest reserve. My eyes searched for any wild life, but alas! I crossed in to Kerala border & soon I learned that always give way to KSRTC bus as the oxymoron bus driver won’t bother giving you a kick if u won’t give them pass. But riding in the Ghats was real pleasure for a city rider like me. Had a late breakfast in sultan bathery & went on to see the edakal caves which is situated 14 km from the town. In order to reach to the top of caves I had to walk some fair distance & the sign of aging was surely coming off as I was gasping for air. Thus sat there for few min to catch my breath & then went on to explore the caves. It’s basically 3 boulders stacked on top of each other. Inside, one can find the caves carved with a lot of pictograms. Had a rollercoaster ride while coming down on a hired jeep.  Refueled myself & went to see banasura sagara dam in the evening which is a small hydel project. With the sun setting down in the backdrop, I went on a high speed boat cruise while sipping on to chilled beer which was an awesome experience. Dead tired from the whole day’s excursion, I found myself a clean dormitory, freshened up & went for an early scrumptious meal of Kerala paratha , spicy beef curry & meen fry. At the end of the day, one cannot complain about nice road, nicer weather & even nicer food. What more can I wish for!!

Samaresh @ Bandipur

Samaresh @ Edakkal cave

Samaresh @ banasura Dam

Stardate: [-28] 02900.00: Woke up early & went for a jog in a tea estate. I was overwhelmed by the chilled freshness of the air which I had been missing for a long time. Had an authentic Kerala breakfast of appam & coffee. Decided to see the chembra peak and I rode my bike to the base of the peak. It’s a 2 hr trek to the highest peak in western ghat but mid way my aging body gave up. Even though my mighty heart made me go for few metres more, but surely body took over my heart & I backed up. To make me feel good, I chatted up with the plantation workers and left the place for soochipara waterfall. Once again I had to do bit of trekking but it was worth the effort. Spent quite a bit of the afternoon under the water playing with the cool & reverting back to my childhood days. After the child in me said enough, I left for Kurava Island. It’s a small island next to Kabini River but crossing through the river to reach the island was a thrilling experience, rather fearful to be honest. I had my authentic Kerala lunch in a small hut hotel and it was one of my best lunches I had on the highway. I thanked the lady for preparing such yummy foods. Rode leisurely in the spiraling ghat roads and by the time I realized, I was already in thealassery. Asked the local about the route to reach kalpetta .Reached the dorm & went to have my early diner of Kerala paratha, meen curry & beef kabab. God’s own country satisfied a diehard biker in me.

Samaresh @ Chembra peak

Samaresh @ Soochipara waterfalls

Samaresh @ Kuruva Island

Stardate: [-28] 02905.00: woke up early and went for a brisk walk in the valley. I had some putttu & coffee as breakfast. As the time came to leave this beautiful serene place I felt a bit nostalgic. But as a biker thousands of towns will beckon & thousands of miles will say me goodbye, but the ride must go on. I reached my home early evening .with the words of Richard Bach echoing in my ear “In the miles & sand& years, we have learned only a little about ourselves ………., we find our answer to the question of the journey. Four words. It was worth it.”

Lastly thanks to my biker friends who provided all the necessary trip info.

1. Aditya D Sondur

2. Samba Sengupta

3. Udhaya Kumar V

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Bike Trip Bhubaneswar to Bangalore

Bike Trip Bhubaneswar to Bangalore

Man & the Machine:   Samaresh Biswal & Bajaj CT 100

Its my highway

Its my highway

Trip Stats:

Total distance: 1792 Km

Total Expense: Rs 1200 (petrol) & 250 food

No of days: 3

Highway: NH 5, NH 4, NH 46, NH 7

States: Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka

Route: Bhubaneswar, Khurda, Balugaon, Ichapuram, Vishakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Nellore, Chennai, Sriperumbubur. Vellore, Krishnagiri, Yelagiri, Hosur, Bengaluroo

Day 1:16/06/09

Abhi buzzed me to come back to Bangalore ASAP. I picked up my backpack, filled the tank & hit the highway. It was a dream which I had cherished for a long time to drive down from Bhubaneswar to Bangalore covering the Golden Quadrilateral East South corridor. Before driving down, just standing on the NH 5 thinking whether to hit the road or take Lalu’s Charming Train Route but the adventure spirit persuaded me to take the solo bike trip. So I headed to lingraj temple for the divine blessing for a smooth ride & at 6.30 Am I left Bhubaneswar with my idol Richard Bach’s book Biplane as my lucky talisman. For the 1st few kms the drive was great. Four lane highway, me, early morning wind whispering in the ear, beautiful country side; it was nothing but heaven to me. But after Khurda the highway became single lane & the oxymoron truck drivers were driving as if they are driving in a Silverstone circuit. Time for my 1st stop. Balugaon. Had my breakfast there (got the feeling of spicy Andhra cuisine ahead) then a stopover at the beautiful chilikka lagoon with no luck of sighting any winter birds (coz its summer) & headed towards AP border.  The border post was full of pot holes &the petrol price rose by 6 Rs (As If Oil was imported by Andhra from Orissa). I filled my tank & crossed the border. As I reached the border town of ichapuram the true feeling of riding in the golden quadrilateral ran through my nerves. The roads are four lanes, well maintained by the NHAI. As I finished a couple of hundred kms, my body said “TAKE REST DUDE”. Had my food at a bpcl petrol pump dhaba. The food was great, rice & rasam tasted like divine. But the rider’s soul said my body to shut up… & I continued riding till dusk until I reached Vishakhapatnam.  Spent some time at the beach & roamed around the streets. The place was clean & beautiful. After spending few hours, I again hit the highway, covered few kms & then found a clean place to sleep under the velvet sky with twinkling stars beside the highway next to heritage milk plant. The sky was so clear that I could count the stars. I had never realized that dark nights could be so romantically awesome. The pollution of Bangalore had marooned me. I called up Sandeep of theroadrollers.com for the route to Bangalore & noted down his instructions.

@ chilika lake

@ chilika lake

@ vizac beach

@ vizac beach

Day 2: 17/06/09

The coolness & serenity in the air made my eyes to open as early as 4 am so as to cover more km today.  With me & my machine having enough rest we hit the road & the morning ride is indescribable. The ride was smooth as whipped cream, adventurous as eating cocoa beans & nothing would have matched those 6 hrs (Yeah I rode for 6 hrs without a stop & I dint get a feel of tiredness). Had my breakfast at a road side eatery & set for Vijayawada.  As I reached there the sun above me made the ride impossible. I stopped to have some rest under the cool shades mother nature. Took lunch & started again late in the afternoon. I continued my ride till I reached near a hut. Drank some well water & never realized that water could be so sweet. I met few truck drivers who enquired about the ride & wished me luck for a smooth ride.  Smelling the perfume of burning rubber, I rode along NH5. But suddenly the speeding traffic came to a halt. But I changed my lane & continued riding without giving a damn about the halt. But Hell Oh Mother Lord! There was an accident & I jumped to rescue the truck driver from the wreckage & they prompted to call to NHAI. The 108 emri service & the highway patrol arrived. But the driver had some cuts & bruises… nothing serious & I continued riding but random questions came to my mind whether it’s right to go on a solo ride? What will happen if I met with an accident? Will my near & dear ones will ever know about my unfortunate incident? As the questions came flickering in my mind I just stopped my bike & recited the hanuman chalisa & continued though ride. Stopped for dinner at a dhaba with a intolerable back pain. I just parked the bike next to the highway & slept on the ground on my backpack still around a 100 km from Nellore.

Golden Quadrilateral

Golden Quadrilateral

design for 100 km

design for 100 km

Day 3: 18/06/07

A buzzing truck waked me up. Its 4 am & still a long road to cover. Started my mean machine until I reached Nellore. Had some fuel for the aching body & geared towards Chennai. As the toll road came to an end I missed the turnings & the burning rubber & the screeching brakes. I got lost in Chennai & had to ask the traffic cop for my way to Bangalore. They asked for my bike papers then I told them that I am driving from Orissa to Bangalore, wth eyes opened wide, without checking my papers thy helped me with the route map with the landmark. They wished me a smooth journey. I headed out of Chennai & crossed sriperumbubur. The drive was pleasant; the highway from Chennai to Bangalore was 6 lane. I think it’s one of the best highways I have ever driven till date. Energized myself near yellagiri & for the 1st time I saw different shades of clouds with a blue sky playing its perfect background. The place was serenely beautiful. As far as the eye can see, it was covered with greenery. As I felt that the rain gods are arriving, I stepped on the throttle so as to reach home soon. Had my dinner near hosur it was yummy & cheap. as it was raining, I waited for it to stop as soon I reached the border there was a welcome sign to Karnataka from there it started pot hole road what a welcome sign to welcome that I have reached my village namma bengaluru the traffic became thick. & at silk board the traffic became heavy. It was late, & I reached Bholanath Mess. With my Ex-Roommates welcoming me, had a desi dinner while thinking all the time what I will miss; the velvet sky, the sunny clouds, the serene wind & the smell of rubber & went to sleep with the hangover of the trip memories. It’s now up to you guys…….

RIDE HARD OR STAY HOME…………….

village is 200 KM

village is 200 KM

dont stop breathing

dont stop breathing

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Bike trip to tirupati

Bike trip to Tirupati

Participant: Samaresh Biswal

Bike: Bajaj CT100

Camera: Kodak 8.2

Expense: 961 (petrol 450, food 295 camera battery 100 (Duracell) communication 63 misc 53)

Route: Bangalore- Hoskote- Kolar – Mulbagal – Palamner – Chittor – Putalapattu – Tirupati

Just before chittor, there is a bypass which takes you to NH 18 (Chittor – Cudapah) & straight road goes to Chennai After about 10 km on NH 18 there is a right turn for tirupati, the place is called Putalapattu. The road to tirupati is SH61 & WOW what a road it is.

me ready to start th journey

me ready to start th journey

Trip Stats: Days 3

Total Distance: 699 KM

Accommodation: Srinivasam Complex @ Tirupati (for 400 /- deposit (refundable) one get a mat & locker for 24 hrs & there is also a APTDC restaurant on the complex 1st floor

Darsan ticket: Darsan ticket can be booked @ malleshwaram TTD office for Rs 50/- the office is open from 9.00am – 4.00pm weekdays & weekends 9.00am – 5.00pm & Tuesday TTD office holiday

Day 1 (15/02/09)

I left blore @ 6.45 am on my way to tirupati had a stop over @ krpuram bridge & looking @ the sun rise wow what a view & the rood to chittor is NH4 the road is not tolled as the tumkur NH4 & construction still going on but the road is very good to drive my next stop was @ Rose Farm @ (Hoskote) it was beautiful huge farm next to highway then my next stop was kamath upahar for breakfast looking at the crowd I understand why the place so packed I had masala dosa &coffee . Driving in the NH4 is gr8 & before mulbagal I had a stop over @ Ramalingeswara temple it’s situated on the right side towards kolar gold fields, the temple is well maintained by ASI I had my lunch @ reliance A1 nandi food plaza this place is 20 Km after Palamner on the right side for 65 /- the south Indian meal was not good .Driving through beautiful ghat roads was a delightful experience. Reached chittor bypass around late afternoon the bypass road is not gr8 with few rough patches & as soon I reached SH61 the drive was pleasant the roads are broad & will tempt to rip the bike. Before tirupati I had a stop over @ Chandragiri fort what I expected of the fort it was not that gr8 as I had seen bekal or chitradurga fort.The fort consist of two building raja building & rani building where the former is a museum & nothing much to see I left for tirupati I reached their by evening & head to srinivasam complex to stay I had my diner @ APTDC restaurant & slept.

@ rose farm (hoskote)

@ rose farm (hoskote)

@ ramlingeshwar temple

@ ramlingeshwar temple

@ chandragiri fort

@ chandragiri fort

Day 2 (16/02/09)

Morning wake up early & head to Sri Kapileshwaraswami temple this is the only shiva temple in the pantheon of vaishnava temples in tirupati. It is situated about 3 Km to the north of tirupati at the foot of the Tirumala Hills. Had my morning aarti & return to srinivasam complex for breakfast @ APTDC restaurant & then I left for Sri Venkateswara zoo it was a new well maintained zoo after seeing the place I left for the Tirumala collected my toll token & the ghat road is beautiful I had many stop over clicked so many pic standing at the various watch tower & looking at the breath taking views of the town below I reached the Tirumala parked my bike near the PAC1 (public amenities complex) collected my mundan token & had my mundan @ the PAC1 & head to the temple VQC for my entry after 3hrs waiting I had my darsan of the lord almighty (Lord Venkateshwara) & collected my two laddu from the counter & head back to tirupati the drive through the ghats in the nightswas gr8 the views of the tirupati townfrom the top was WOW .Had my diner @ APTDC

@ kapileshwara swami temple

@ kapileshwara swami temple

@ sri venkateshwara zoo

@ sri venkateshwara zoo

@ Lord venkateshwara

@ Lord venkateshwara

Day 3 (17/02/09)

Waken up @ 4.00 am & left the complex early for my return journey but I was lost for 20 km I was driving inside the town is search of my road that will connect to the bypass at last I was back in the road & driveing through SH61mist was a gr8 feeling had a stop over @ a place where I checked out the Jaggery Process. While driving on the bypass road I stumble upon a sign board of an Emu Farm went inside checked out the farm the care taker was very helpful in making me understand the farm management after spending some time I bid good bye & head back it was wonderful feeling the amount of practical knowledge I got no google can provide . While driving in theNH4 I had a stopover to clicked some pic of Terracotta & ten left early as I was feeling hungry I had my breakfast @ pavitra restaurant in palamner (food was not good) driving through the ghats was gr8 had stop over for lunch @ kamat upahar (65/- south Indian lunch) yummy with stomach full wile driving I was feeling sleepy so went to check out the Grape farm @ HSK slept for two hours under the shade of the grape vines

@ emu farm

@ emu farm

me

me

@ grape farm

@ grape farm

Reached my home in the evening with GBs of journey Memories with the question in my mind where next.

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Sri Krishna Temple Udupi ,malpe beach

the best thing in staying in mangalore is tht 1 can travel a lot & check out lot of placesas usual I head 2 th temple town of udupiit is situated @ 60 km 4m mangalore & 1 can catch alocal bus 4m state bank circle (frequency is good )

Sri Krishna Temple Udupi

sri krishna temple udupi

sri krishna temple udupi

sri krishna temple

sri krishna temple

is situated in car street not far 4m bus stand ths temple is surrounded by eight mutts called asta mutts founded by shreemadhwacharya in order 2 c t idol 1 has 2 c through th small window (Kanaka Kidiki) as th story goes the pilgrimage of Saint Kanaka Dasa to Udupi.the then chief priest of the temple made arrangements for his stay in a hut in the roadside on the western side of the temple. Being from a lower cast, by tradition he was forbidden to enter the temple. and have darshan. Krishna was so pleased with Kanaka Dasa’s devotion that the idol turned to west as Kanaka Dasa was singing on the western side of the temple. Subsequently a small window was constructed on the wall facing the western side so that Kanaka Dasa could see Lord Krishna from outside.

Restaurant : Hotel Diana (yummy masala dosa & coffee)

Malpe beach

malpe beach

malpe beach

@ malpe beach

@ malpe beach

malpe beach is 7 km west of udupi it is well conected by public transport malpe is imp fishing & fish processing centrre

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CTR malleswaram

Venue: CTR malleswaram

Foodie: Samaresh Biswal, Manohar P

Date: 01/01/09

Menu: Benne Masale & by 2 coffee

Camera : N 70

Benne Masale

Benne Masale

Imagine the crispy nei (ghee) roast filled with ullakazhangu(potato) curry or more commonly called the masala coated with a layer of melting butter in your mouth. Whoa! What a feeling!

when th dosa wil come

when th dosa wil come

yummy devine heavenly bliss

yummy devine heavenly bliss

As usual me & manohar thinking wher 2 go in th eve so I suggested lets go 2 CTR as its dosa has been voted thbest masala dosa in namma begaluru & this place is located in th 7th cross margosa road opp 2 malleshwaram play ground it’s the green door with sree sagar written in kanada on top but when u went inside 1 can c th CTR written on th menu board as 1 enter th hall 1 can find th old pendulum clock & the Bhagavad-Gita sayings that is hung on one side of the wall this place is open 7 days for just a few hours in the morning between 6.30 am till 12.30 pm and in the evenings from 4 till 8.30 pm.

yummy

yummy

yummy

yummy

can i hav 1 more plzzzz

can i hav 1 more plzzzz

me @ ctr

me @ ctr

manohar @ ctr

manohar @ ctr

Having benne masale dosa with coffee and go away smiling @ having experienced a piece of history. . Let me not talk more about it. Try it, to believe it!

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