Interesting drives / destinations around Bangalore
Some of the off-beat drives / destinations around Bangalore that we cherish :
Drive down to Devarayanadurga (Tumkur road) during rains – it is an awesome drive up the hill and an out-of-the-world temple at the top with a pond. I am not sure if the trip will be this memorable if you do it in any other season – rain does magic here!
Drive to Nandi hills (Bellary road) early morning – leave around 5am and hit the place before 7:30 or so. You achieve two things – you will witness a beautiful view as the fog is clearing and before the sun hits you hard; and most importantly, you will escape the crowd. Run away from the place before 10am! There are staying options on top of the hill (Government run place) and at the foothill.
Kokrebellur (Near Mandya, Bangalore-Mysore highway)– Out of nowhere, springs a small village road where every available tree is taken over by the spot-bellied pelicans and painted storks! Just this stretch of road and it has been happening year after year that the village is named after these birds. As much as the sight of so many birds in one small place impacts you, the pathetic living conditions of the villagers hits one equally. You can take a walk to the cauvery river bed close-by.
Talakad – (Bangalore-Mysore, After Maddur, take diversion to reach this place). This is a village made famous for its myth! Cauvery flows here with treacherous current amid shifting sand dunes – very peculiar only to this place, attributed to a curse by a queen. Whatever be the reason, the scene is quite transfixing. Very rare for a river bed, you see a sandy beach kind of shore with shifting sand dunes. Whole temples are supposed to be submerged under the dunes in this village. When the water is less, one can stand in the edge of the river and experience the tickling of the numerous fish. One option to stay closeby is Jaladhama resort.
Srirangapatnam (Bangalore - Mysore highway) – As much as it is a historical place (from where Tipu Sultan ruled), it is also famous for its natural bird sanctuary at Ranganthittu. So many birds congregate here from all over the world during the season and occupy the innumerable islets formed by river cauvery. There are also lots of crocodiles lazing around.
There are quite a few resorts on the cauvery river bed itself. KSTDC's Mayura resort is on a beautiful location, has nice (not luxurious) cottages overseeing the river, with restaurant. Needs advance booking.