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Green Valley

31-Mar-06:
It was just a week since I got my new Indica DLE. With an inviting weekend ahead of me, I could not resist the temptation of going on a long drive. I decided that I ought to go the next day … but where … first some research! A little of google'ing led me to TeamBHP's forum on travel, and some travelogues of cycling expeditions by Manoj Kummini. Manchinabele Dam, Hesaraghatta Lake, Timmalapura Forest Camp, and Green Valley, were the shortlisted candidates. Kudos to those travelers who have put up such good logs on the web, enriched with photos. Ok … too much of time spent in front of the comp … good night!

1-Apr-06:
During our morning stroll at BEL (Ayyappa) park, ayya, amma and myself decided the spot to be Green Valley. Got a filling of diesel for the car and returned home to prepare for the drive. Amma packed aloo parathas with cucumber slices (… slurp!). Our first stop was Manipal Motors, where I had to get the number plates fixed for the car. From there, we took Bellary road (NH7) bidding adieu to the city. For the uninformed, this road starts from Mekhri circle, cuts through the outer ring road at the Hebbal flyover, and passes through Sahakarnagar, before leaving the city limits. After Sahakarnagar, there is a recently built bypass road to NH7 that avoids passing through Yelahanka. We started by 12:15 and took the normal route taking us to Yelahanka police station circle, from where we turned left onto Doddaballapur Road. We stopped on the road-side to buy some oranges at the new town, which would soothe us in the sveltering heat. Traffic on Doddaballapur road is comparitively lesser than on NH7. On this road, you get to see the Wheel & Axle Plant, Goetze, Wrigley's factories, and not to forget, a huge campus of CRPF. I drove at a leisurely 50kmph as my car was still in the running period. After travelling 36km from Bangalore, we reached Doddaballapur.

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Why alemaari?

'Alemaari' in kannada symbolizes an eternal wanderer, who is an ardent devotee of the Goddess of Travel (Yatra Devi), whose wrath he dare not incur! This is the diary of such a nomad, who hates the urban jungle and loves nature.

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