After the first city ride through the prominent landmarks of the city, me & my friend were very excited about the next ride around the city and its outskirts. We chalked our coarse and decided to head South. South Bangalore with its lush greenery and wide roads has lots in-store for us. We decided to start from the largest lung space in the city “Lalbagh”.
This historical garden is a botanical paradise with the largest variety of flora & fauna that one can ever imagine, has a glass house, band stands, lakes, creeper entwined cool walks, jog/run tracks, historical watch tower on a rocky hillock all curated by botanical experts from the past such as the illustrious German Botanist Gustav Krumbiegel to the modern day horticulturist Dr.M.H.Marigowda who have meticulously sown the seeds and nurtured the greenery for generations to come. So borrowing words from our celebrated poet “Kuvempu” his bust welcomes you at one of the gardens entrance “one truly has to enter with folded hands into this eco-haven on earth”
The garden behind us we headed towards food street for a quick breakfast from the many stalls on both sides of the street. After the tasty bite we pass through Basavanagudi’ s Bull temple & Bugle rock towards kanakapura road via Banashankari Temple. In a few kilometres we reached the pipeline road. This road derives it’s name from the thick pipeline along one side of the road meant for carrying water into the city. The pipe line road ride is popular among cycling groups and features on their weekend rides. We continued further to a cave resort called Guhantra.
After a short breather and a much needed drink to soothe the steep incline of the pipeline road we head on coarse towards the “pyramid valley” a self styled meditation centre and getaway. It can both rejuvenate and also get you closer to nature with its chirping of birds and at the same time help to calm you down inside this gigantic pyramid build for meditation. We experience this calm for a short while and pedal towards “T.K.Falls”(Thotti Kallu Falls).
The waterfall flowing from atop weathered rocks of good height is generated from rain water and is therefore ideal to visit during monsoon or around the time of intermittent rain. The waterfall is a short trek away from the approach road. We took a few pictures and drenched ourselves from the waterfall. Wiped clean and after sipping a hot cup of tea from the local store we continued our ride through the villages and a portion of the Bannergahata forest we reached our last point of the days ride at Bannerghata National Park.
BNP: Bannerghata National Park is a fine example of wilderness preserved so close to the city, it has a Zoo, biological park, butterfly park & forest safari for visitors. We did a quick tour around the park and thanked heavens for the natural splendour. After a few snaps with a great sense of pride & satisfaction about the days ride and the diversity of places visited, we pedalled back home.
I promised my friend another set of places in and around South Bangalore for the next ride. This being a festive season please “Eat Healthy, Stay Fit & Don’t Forget that Cycle ride”. “Adios”