Riders: PHANIKAR, SNEHASHISH, SANTOSH, SHEKAR GHOSH, ADITYA KASHYAP,GITIN NARAYANAN,SOURAV
Route taken: Bangalore-Kanakpura-Kodihalli-Aanchetty-Hogenakkal-Pennagaram-Anchetty-Denkanikottai-Hosur-Bangalore
This is what read on the Bangalorebikers website, immediately confirmed and registered.
The ride was on 9th April,2011. Initially 14 riders had confirmed for the ride, but when I reached the spot on the ride day at 6, Only 4 were there and Snehashish told that Sourav was on his way and two more would join us from Kanakpura road. Thejesh had come down from office just hours before to send us off from Madivala.
Bidding him Good bye we left for Kanakpura road to join Aditya and Jithin who were waiting in front of Khodays factory. Wasting no time we rode till Kanakpura and stopped for breakfast. With tummies full we rode via Kodihalli and Anchetty.
By the water's edge
Somewhere mid way we stopped at a pond like water body for some nice photos. We didn’t even realize that were on the Border of Karnataka, with one on the Karnataka side and the other on Tamilnadu side. After some nice photos we left t his place with our tyres with sand and water after some water splashes. Since it was election time we were stopped for routine check at Anchetty police out post. The P220 with IRC tyres are not a good combination for hilly rides and I had started to experience big time by now. By now we were almost near Hogenakkal, riding through nice forest roads.
We stopped at a place which was perfect for some weekend fun. Sourav found a very good spot for the parking, and then the others followed with their creative parking lot. The sun had started to hit hard at us, the water seem just perfect. Later left for the Falls, only to realize that we had to pay entry fees three different times. Unavailability of some decent place to dump the luggage , we booked a room for a mere 200 bucks ,dumped the luggage and left for the coracle ride.
Since it had rained in this region few days back, the water level had risen by a considerable extent. The place where we had food the last time was completely submerged leaving only the top most part to peep out of water. After a two hour long in the coracle, finally emerged out of water. Having a late lunch means lesser the possibility of finding food but we were lucky to find the Tamil Nadu tourism development Hotel was open. After talking rest we left Hogenakkal to Bangalore via Pennagaram. After pennagaram, if you take the left turn it leads to a forest route mainly used by tractors and other 4WD. Snehashish insisted that we take this route, with a smile everybody obliged. The roads on this route are very narrow, at some places it’s so narrow that even two bikes can’t pass through at a decent speed .
Off-Roading inside the forest
We hardly saw one or two vehicles coming from the opposite side. 20 kms into the forest and what do we see – A bridge that has broken into pieces and we were stranded without knowing which way to go. The nearest civilization was no way near. Then comes a savior in his splendor promising to lead till the Anchetty check post. Before joining him we were taking few snaps and he was irritated by the delay and said if we don’t make it out of the forest before dark, the risk of animal attack was high. Not wanting to risk any further we followed him for the next 30kms before reaching Anchetty. Bidding him goodbye we left for Bangalore via hosur. Just after reaching Hosur bid goodbye to Adi and Githin, reaching home by around 10.
Without any regrets this was one of the finest out and out total enjoyment rides in the recent past.