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TG HaLLi and MAgaDi

07-May-06:
Fast asleep I was. "Wake up son!" … in my sleep I woke up and rubbed my eyes and … lo! there stood the Goddess of Travel! "Thou art not expected to waste weekends like this … wake up … lest I bestow upon thou my curse of …" I woke up in a snap before she could continue … ending my mid-day siesta! 😀 Then a retrospection unwound … another sunday is almost gone? … no way! Naheeeeeeeeen … yeh nahin ho sakta!

We got ready and set off … where to? lets see … Doddaballapur road, Bellary road, Mysore road, Tumkur road … all are pretty much seen, lets go towards Magadi road! I remembered reading some reports about TippagondanahaLLi, which had aroused some interest. We took the route through Malleswaram, West of Chord road, Toll gate, and hit Magadi road. A sunday afternoon paved the way through a relatively sleepy road through the city. Within no time we were in the country side, with a picturesque view of the hill ranges on the left and the small valleys on the right. We saw a huge lake near Maranahalli, which we thought will keep for another day. We moved on to the minor ghat section and pulled over on the side of the road for a view of the valley, which was by now quite 'gorge'ous! This happened to be the 32nd milestone (rather kilometer stone, but I will be referring to it as milestone itself!) from Bangalore. Not so deep down the ravine is seen the river Arkavati, which happens to be a tributary of the Kaveri, not much water though. A few more kilometers, we reached a narrow single-laned bridge, crossing the dry river bed, which had an entrance to the TippagondanahaLLi dam.

View of the Dam:

View of the Dam

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29-Apr-06:
The plans of my sister's family to visit Mysore for the long weekend during May day inspired all of us to go along. This was to be the third drive (already, in one month) to Mysore after I got my new car. Not to forget are those umpteen drives (almost 10 times) to Mysore last year in my good ol' Fiat Uno 1.7 (diesel). We left home at 06:00 on 29th (Saturday) and were able to escape the railway crossing on ORR before Tumkur road. Btw, I generally take the ORR from BEL circle, crossing Tumkur and Magadi roads, to reach Mysore road. Though it takes upto 5 Km more, its an enjoyable drive, especially in the morning. With pleasant breeze and the cool morning, I had the AC off, taking us easily by 07:30 to Amaravathi (5 Kms before Mandya). You must not miss this place for breakfast. The vadas he makes are truly out of the world. After a sumptuous breakfast, we carried on and reached Mysore by 08:45. We cleaned our house, which was locked for a long time now, and waited for my sister's family to arrive, who had started late from B'lore, visited the 'Kann Varadar' temple in Maddur and reached Mysore by lunch time. After lunch, some chit-chat, and a siesta, we decided to go to Chamundi hills for the night view of the city. Ok, these places are nothing new for we Mysoreans, keeping in mind that we trekked Chamundi every Sunday (almost) for nearly 3 years (before shifting to B'lore)! It was a refreshing drive uphill, and after the darshan at the temple, we stopped at the view point on the way back, and watched the city lights. Its really so beautiful! On a clear day, you can actually see the KRS reservoir at a distance. A pair of binoculars are an absolute must for people visiting this spot.

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Well, I know … the above route sounds kinda weird. Going to Kolar district in Karnataka and Krishnagiri in TN! But we did it … that's the true spirit of an 'alemaari' … read on to know more.

23-Apr-06:
It was about to be just another sunday, before which we decided that we should make something meaningful out of the day. During those good old days of travelling to ITPL (Delphi – 2003-04), I remembered seeing a board pointing towards Chikka Tirupathi at the entrance of the KR Puram hanging bridge (it's not there anymore :-(). After some research about Kolar district with the help of my newly bought map of Karnataka, we finalised on going to Chikka Tirupathi.

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