My early morning motorbiking ride yesterday (24th June) was one of the most fascinating drives I have had in a while. Perfect weather, excellent road condition, breathtaking views in the journey and the destination made it an ideal weekend ride. A short ~200 Kms round trip from Bangalore was really a delight. The destination of this ride was Vatadahosahalli Lake located on Ramapatna road, ~90 Kms from Esteem Mall (Hebbal). Thanks to Mayank, I was introduced to this wonderful destination which left me in awe.
My passion for Motorbiking:
For the last 15 years, motorbiking has been a part of my life. It all began when I bought the stylish Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTSi (black) in 2006. While I primarily used it for commute within the city, I also did a few memorable touring rides like Mysore to Bangalore back in 2011 and a couple of rides from Guna (Madhya Pradesh) to Kota (Rajasthan) during my time in central India.
In 2019, my long-cherished dream of owning a Royal Enfield came true when I bought Thunderbird 350x (red). Since then, I have been indulging in touring more frequently. My best ride has been a solo ride from Bangalore to Goa (2021). It fueled my fire and motivated me to become a part of an amazing and spirted motorbiking community in Bangalore. Over the last 18 months, some the rides I have done include Horsley Hills, Chikballapur, Mavathur, Chunchi, Mekedatu falls, Billigundlu boating points and Hogenakkal falls (a solo ride).
Journey to Vatadahosahalli Lake
We were a big group, around 10 bikes, 2 cars and 19 people. We started from Esteem Mall (Hebbal) around 6 am and reached the lake around 7 am. The ride was flawless! Imagine a cool breeze as a companion with stunning views around in an overcast weather, and a wide, empty, and smooth road inviting you to throttle and devour the distance.
On the way, around 10kms before the Vatadahosahalli Lake, is another large and beautiful lake called Bhairasagara lake. Initially, I thought it was our destination but what awaited us was even better.
Vatadahosahalli Lake: A place worth visiting
This lake is a beautiful destination which instantly made me feel mesmerized! The lake is visible from the highway and is accessible easily through a convenient dirt path. Imagine a huge expanse of water held by a large mountain, as if proudly carrying a marvel of beauty in its arms. The feel of gentle waves on my skin, in the clean and warm water made me feel at peace. It was a place where I could sit for hours and just enjoy the serene view of the mountain, lake, and the wide-open sky.
After spending around an hour at the lake, hunger pangs drove made us reluctantly leave the place. I felt at peace, and yet craving for more. A destination like this is worth getting up at 4 am in the morning, even for a nocturnal being like me!
Return to Bangalore
On the way back, a few scenic views lured me to stop and take pictures. Good food was the only missing piece and NH7 Refuel obliged us with hot Paranthas, Chana Bhatura and refreshing sweet lassi in jumbo sized steel glasses.
As usual, heavy traffic greeted us at Hebbal. This is the only part of riding which is not enjoyable. After a short detour to meet my friend, I reached home around 2:30 pm feeling happy about my day. I re-lived some of the beautiful scenes from the morning in my siesta.
I know will visit this place again! What are you waiting for? Happy Travelling!
A few tips:
- Start early from Bangalore, around 5 am would be perfect. You get empty roads on the onward journey and relatively less traffic on the way back.
- Consider taking some food to enjoy at the lake. Remember to carry back your trash!
- You could carry spare clothes if you fancy taking a dip in the clean water. Be careful as the water dips suddenly after the shallow entry point.
- Final stretch of the journey is country roads with curves and occasional unmarked speed breakers. For safety, avoid speeding on that stretch.
- There are no toilets around the place, so consider carrying pee-buddy kits, especially for women and children.
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