Saturday Morning: Bullet Ride

I got the Bullet Electra serviced the previous Friday evening and was raring to go out. The coming weekend was the planned day. As I woke up the morning next, I could not wait,  Saturday, the 28th of June 2014 it would be then . I fired up the Google Maps Engine and prepared the map of the route I was going to take. Me and Jyothi headed to Adigas 8th Block for breakfast. After breakfast, Jyothi headed for work and I headed south on Kanakapura Road. The picture below shows the planned route and the executed route overlayed, again using the Google Maps Engine.

It was an awesome ride, the weather  was mostly overcast, a little wind and occasional sunshine – just perfect for the ride.  One strange thing I noticed was the number of butterflies on the move. It is that season, just after a couple of rains, the butterflies migrate. At times, the flying butterflies were a problem because it hit the visor of my helmet. It is very difficult to avoid the hit without losing your concentration on the road.  It is a beautiful sight though, I must confess. Most of the ride was on the country roads, entertaining you with beautiful sceneries on either side. Some pictures from the ride below.

All pictures shot on my Samsung Galaxy S II  with lots of dust on the sensor, as can be obviously seen in the pictures. Please bear with the same.

Collage - Bullet Ride

Collage – Bullet Ride


GPS Route

GPS Route – Planned and Executed


Route Stats

Route Stats


Finally a panorama of the scenery around with the ride!

Bullet Panorama

Bullet Panorama


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Karadi Betta [Bear Hill]

It is the season – the season of the hikes. It has started raining here in Karnataka with the monsoons arriving, although it was a week late than usual.  The right time to start hiking in the Western Ghats is after a couple of rains. The vegetation turns green and pleasant to the eyes. Sun will be milder ensuring a pleasant hike. During the monsoon itself will be a very bad time, most of the places are leech infested and it would not be a pleasurable experience.

With that said, I wanted to start the same with a hike. I got the opportunity to go on a small hike when my father-in-law informed me of a hike arranged by Koramangala Club through BMC. The place decided was – Karadi Betta. It is also known by multiple names like Mari Betta, Bananthi Betta etc. The rocky hill is located around the Kanakapura Town. It is located 3 Kms from the town of Kanakapura. Kanakapura itself is around 70kms from Bangalore and 1.5hrs  of travel time ( See map for the locations).

Some pictures from the hike here.

Karadi Betta

Landscape From Half Way Up The Karadi Betta

Karadi Betta

View Of The Karadi Betta From The Starting Point.


For the interested:

Distance: 6.04Kms | Moving Time: 2:52:07 Hrs | Avg. Moving Speed: 2.11Km/h

Karadi Betta Hike Chart

Karadi Betta Hike Chart



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