Places: Thattekere and Pearl valley (Muthyala Maduvu)
Distance: 140 km round trip
Type: Lake, water falls, forestIdeal for: Friends and Family
Bikes: Bajaj Avenger and Karizma
Crew: Mahantesh, Vishwanath, Bhimu and myself
Well the time has come, I would like to introduce you to my new beast. Its been nearly 2 months since I bought new Avenger Street, I couldn't go on trips because of two reasons,
1. Bike was in Run-in period, so I am not supposed to cross 50 kmph and no long rides.
2. It was damn hot, not an ideal time for the bikers and trekkers.
As days rolled temperature had come down and my thirst for the ride had reached its peak. Since bike was still in run-in period I wanted to go for short ride so as to not damage the engine but still enjoy the ride. I was talking with my colleague Mahantesh who was doing back to back trips, we decided to go for a short ride to Thattekere. Mahantesh said will start by 12 in the afternoon, I usually prefer morning rides but it was going to be a new experience so I agreed.
|Best of the beast: Feel * Like * God|
Brief about the places:
Thattekere: Thattekere lake, situated in elephant corridor of Bannerghatta National Park and it is a birdwatching place. It used to be the best spot for bird watchers, photographers and cyclists but lately the place has been banned for visitors to see.
Pearl Valley a.k.a Muthayala Maduvu: The place is famous for its waterfall and the beautiful mountain ranges it overlooks. this secluded place makes a fascinating picnic spot.
Saturday afternoon: I left my home at 12 in the afternoon, since Mahantesh and Vishwa were coming from Indiranagar we decided to assemble at silk board. I took route via Banashankari through ring road which was a traffic nightmare, its the reason why early morning rides are the best as you can avoid traffic. Took nearly an hour to reach Silk Board from where Bhimu joined me. Other two guys were waiting after Bommasandra.
The ride: Started navigation to Thattekere, electronic city flyover is considered as racing track for Bangaloreans but I was out of race this time as I was not supposed to ride fast :( Took right turn at Bommasandra, after couple of kilometers we pulled over at bakery where Mahantesh and Vishwa were waiting. It was 1.30 in the afternoon, ideal time for lunch but we weren't hungry so we bought some snacks and soft drinks. Thattekere is just 25 km more, route goes through country side roads. Condition of the road was bad until we crossed Ragihalli. The last 5 km stretch goes through Bannerghatta national park limits, this is the best stretch it reminded me of Mutathi. I had read about many cyclists peddling to Thattekere, now I got reason why?. Finally we took left turn to Thattekere which goes through a small village and leads directly to the Mahadeshwara temple near the lake.
|This gate is on the main road on your left, since it was closed we proceeded further and took alternate route|
|Electric fences, elephant warning signs and big gates welcomes you to the Thattekere lake|
|Mahadeshwara temple near the lake|
|Panorama view of the lake|
|We were just about to start the photo session, security came and shooed us away|
Spontaneous plan: Now that the entire plan got ruined we asked security guard about any other attractions nearby. He informed that Muthyala maduvu popularly known as Pearl valley is close. Mahantesh had been to there couple of times before, google guru said its 22 km and should take 45 minutes to reach. It was 3.30 in the afternoon and we were felling hungry, Mahantesh told about the restaurant at peal valley which serves good food. Passing through country side road again we finally reached Anekal from where pearl valley is just 5 km. Pearl valley is called as Muthyala maduvu by the locals so make sure you are using right name when asking for the directions. Stretch to Pearl valley from Anekal was nice and beautiful.
|Selfie stop ;)|
|She's gorgeous isn't she?|
|1 more kilometer to go|
|Feel * Like * God|
|Pearl valley parking space, you can see the restaurant at the end|
|Mayur Nisarga restaurant, well I had to pose for it ;)|
|Toughest thing on earth - waiting for food you ordered|
|That's the view of pearl valley from the restaurant. You are free to roam around all around the forest|
|We need to walk 50 odd steps to reach the water falls|
|Raise your hands if you found the falls :P|
|Look at Bhimu's expression after seeing the massive falls ;)|
|Temple dedicated to lord shiva near the falls|
|Temple dedicated to lord Shiva|
|Walking into the valley|
|Broken trees and dense forest \../|
|Some water streams here and there|
|Foot trail is everywhere, make sure you can make a way back to the starting point|
|Dense forest and pounds at regular interval|
|Lets explore the water bodies, hoping to find some animals here :P|
|Ek selfie to banti hai|
Swimming: There is small lake just opposite to the parking area. Locals were swimming, our group jumped into the water in no time. I get dozy if I get into water so I stayed away from getting wet. The pound is clean and safe to swim. It was almost the sunset time, while others were busy playing in water I grabbed my camera and sat on a nice spot to capture the Sunset. We captured couple of more shots, Bhimu and I were busy with the photos, Mahantesh and Vishwa started riding back.
|small lake near the pearl valley|
|Here's our group ready to dive in|
|I've put this photo just on Bhimu's request :D :D|
|Blood in tank, fuel in veins|
Ride back: After taking some more photos we left too. It was already dark, after reaching Anekal I started navigation. The route was quite simple and good, we took the Hosur route which joins the national highway. I cruised at 50 kmph for another hour and finally met other two who were waiting for us near A2B. We said good bye, we had hot cup of tea and cruised along the fly over. Bhimu got down at silk board from where he had plan to go to his friends home. I drove back to my room, again I had to pass through heavy traffic.
Conclusion: It was a day well spent, the first part was a sad but soon covered by the awesome pearl valley \../
Thanks to Mahantesh for guiding us through the peal valley else I would have never visited it.
1. Now that you know Thatterkere is banned don't think of visiting it, you will be either wasting time or will be under trouble if forest officer catches you.
2. If navigating to Pearl valley make sure you search it as Muthyala Maduvu on maps, pearl valley doesn't show up.
3. I didn't like restaurant at pearl valley serving alcohol, I heard drunken people passing comments on girls. Its a nice place to drink but just make sure you cause trouble to others.
4. Walking deep into pearl valley might be thrilling but make sure you find your way back, make sure you remember the cardinal directions. You might get lost if it gets dark.
5. Lake near the parking area is safe for swimming but make sure you don't swim deep, also please don't pollute water by using soaps and throwing garbage.