I and my friend in the Trailhawk decided to do the last-mile climb on the rocky terrain. This terrain is very uneven with huge humps at some places along the outer edge of the hill, making it tricky to navigate.
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A short drive to a hillock (Mutturayaswamy Temple) off the Kanakapura road:
I came across this location when I was looking for potential short drives to a good view point. This is around 30Kms from my home and it goes via the Bannerghatta forest area. Another option to reach this place is via the Kanakapura road.
We had an unusual Saturday with no plans or commitments. So, we decided to go on a drive and checkout this place. Started around 10am and took the route via Bannerghatta road. It passes via some nice twisty roads, narrow single lane roads and some bad roads via small villages as well. The last 2-3 kms is narrow and has some concrete road stretches mixed with mud roads and at one point google stops navigating and says “You have arrived!”. The temple is beyond this point atop the summit. After this point, one must do a bit of off-roading and it’s a concrete stretch till the top of this hill. The last 1 KM is a very steep climb and I just stuck to the first gear, in fact it didn’t give me any opportunity to slot the 2nd gear. Once we reached the top, you see a nice viewpoint.
This location is remote with no crowd at all but there is a temple on the top. We spent some time clicking pictures and then started our return. Overall, its a nice picnic spot, perfect for a visit on a cloudy day. There are some trees under which you can enjoy some shade. Its also a good trekking trail to go as a gang. There is a nice rocky terrain but since we were alone, I didn’t want to take any risk.
Here are some pics:
Nice view behind:
During the return:
Later in the day when I was having a casual discussion with my friends, I shared information about this location. A last-minute plan was hatched for the next day to drive to this spot just for fun. This time along with my Compass, a Trailhawk , a Honda City and an Ather joined in too.
We expected the climate to be cool and breezy but by the time we reached the top, it was very hot. Since more people were there, I and my friend in the Trailhawk decided to do the last-mile climb on the rocky terrain. This rocky terrain is very uneven with huge humps at some places along the outer edge of the hill, making it tricky to navigate. So, a very cautious approach was required. Since we were a gang, my friends guided me on the terrain while I maneuvered the Jeep. Once we reached the top, turning back was tricky with few sharp stones on the sides. But we were able to take the turn without any issues.
Overall, the Trailhawk needed less guidance due to its better approach angle and ground clearance. Another challenge was to avoid any tyre cuts as there were some sharp stone edges on this rocky terrain, but we were able to overcome this without any issues.
The Ather also did this off-roading bit without any sweat.
After reaching the top, we stomped around the place, exploring the terrain for some time and then returned. Kids enjoyed this trip too.
Here are some more pics:
The Jeeps just before taking the rocky terrain:
Scarlett on top of her game:
Along with the Trailhawk:
And the Ather too:
Trying to get the parking light:
Both together on the top of the world:
After a nice workout and just before the return:
Good workout for the Ather too:
Some random pics of the location:
Kids had a nice time too:
During the return, the ODO crossed 96,000 kms:
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