If we want to give one tip to all new folks who are interested in motorcycle road trips, it will be “start slowly”. We have seen people who directly start with a 350 km road trip leading to a very tiring experience and it ends up being their first and last road trip. There is no doubt that road trip on a motorcycle is far less comfortable than your AC car but then I remember a quote on my old t-shirt, “Four wheels move the body, two wheels move the soul”.
This is the second post in the series of documenting our journey of 20,000 kms around Bangalore. In our first post, we covered the breakfast rides where you will be back home by Saturday afternoon and are just 50-100 km (one-sided) from Bangalore. In this post, we took one step ahead to cover the trips with a driving distance of 100-200 km (one-sided) from Bangalore but it will just take one day of your weekend.
|| 1. LEPAKSHI (130 kms) ||
It is a small village in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh famous for its ancient Veerbhadra temple and iconic Nandi Bull. This place is a hub of architectural beauty and gives a lot of opportunities for some great photos. We have been to this place multiple times starting from our pulsar days to Harley Davidson. The best time to visit is definitely sunrise when you have the whole place with no other tourist but every good thing comes at a cost, you have to leave by 3 am from Bangalore to reach by sunrise.
Ride: NH44 (Hyderabad Highway) which contributes to 95% of the journey is a bliss to ride.
- Try to go there on a nice cloudy day or really early in the morning to avoid the midday heat.
- Nandi Bull is not inside Veerbhadra temple but located some half km ahead on the right-hand side, it’s clearly visible from the road and very hard to miss.
|| 2. SHIVANASAMUDRA FALLS (135 kms) ||
Shivanasamudra falls is one of the most popular day trips from Bangalore and it is actually one of the first few places visited by any newcomer to Bangalore, obviously after Nandi Hill.
Food: There is a cafeteria right in the parking lot which has decent food options available at a good price.
Tip: It is indeed a great place but can be really crowded at midday, so try to reach here early morning.
|| 3. SHRAVANBELAGOLA (151 kms) ||
Shravanbelagola is one such place, where you can’t pick just one reason to go. It is a pilgrimage for Jainism, a nice Saturday hike option, a place with one of the largest monolithic statues in the world and one hell of a ride on six-lane Hassan highway to test your bike’s top speed.
Food: You will find a small family owned pure vegetarian restaurant on the left-hand side of the temple entrance (starting point of the hike to the top). It is super cheap and delicious food.
Tips: Carry a water bottle while hiking to the top of the hill as there are no shops up there.
|| 4. YELLAGIRI (155 kms) ||
This is one of those places where we say, “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the ride”. A 150 kms highway ride with some scenic hairpin bends leads to a small hill station in Tamil Nadu. There is a small lake and a colorful Murugan temple to visit.
Food: You will find a couple of A2B on the highway which is usually our best option for a good breakfast.
|| 5. HOGENAKKAL FALLS (175 kms) ||
Hogenakkal is one of the major waterfalls around Bangalore and also known as “Niagara Fall of India”. We have never been to the actual Niagra fall, so we are not sure how close the claim is but it is a gem of a place. Another great addition is the coracle boat ride (remember those round shape boats you have seen on the internet) which takes you close to the waterfall.
Ride: It is a mix of both highway adrenaline rush and a lazy but scenic jungle ride.
Food: There are several small snack shops outside the main entrance of the fall.
Tip: You must avoid your visit during a festive day as it is a very popular bathing area and during that time this place is a mess.
|| 6. SHETTIHALLI CHURCH (200 kms) ||
Some ruins of ancient times are much more beautiful than the best buildings of modern eras! ~ Mehmet Murat Ildan
This holds completely true for this ruin of a 150 years old church at the bank of Hemavati River near Hassan. It is a perfect option for a day ride with a combo of a great journey as well as a destination, a tranquil hideout from a city life to spend some quality time or read your favorite novel. Another interesting thing which makes this place unique is that it gets submerged in the water every monsoon because of Hemavati Dam. So, there is a small window every year when this magnificent Gothic architecture can be seen in its full glory. Check out a detailed post for Shettihalli.
Ride: Riding on Hassan highway is always an amazing experience which contributes to the majority of the ride, road condition off the highway is also great.
Food: A2B is definitely our choice for breakfast especially on Hassan highway and for lunch, there is a great Punjabi restaurant right at the Hassan junction (you will see multiple trucks parked at the junction).
Tips: It may not be really easy to find the entry point of the path to the church. Check out our post for all detailed information here.
|| 7. Belur Temple (250 kms) ||
This can be a candidate for later stages of single day motorcycle rides. A 12th-century old Jain temple listed under Unesco World Heritage Sites is a perfect option for a slightly longer ride but completely doable due to its location. It is located in Belur town very close to Hassan Highway which is a bliss to ride any day.
- This place is quite popular with a lot of tourists, it’s better to reach here a bit early in the morning than midday.
- You can also cover this place on the way to other great destinations in the Western Ghats which we will talk about in the next section soon.
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