Morning cycle ride to Pearl Valley, Muthyala Maduvu ended in disappointment as there was no water to see the beauty as this place is described to be.
Around 5:45am I started from my place in Koramangala towards BTM Layout to pick up friend of mine who was joining for the ride. Together we went to Jayanagar to another friends house to pick up the helmet. After which it was a long ride. Via Jayadeva hospital, IIM Bangalore wit full mist surrounding us and my glasses getting smudged it was real pleasant for cycling. After Bannerghatta Police Station there is a left turn (SH87) which would go towards Jigani Industrial Area. It was also time to stop for a tea break. After nice hot tea we continued on our journey. Proceeding few kms later there is this nice lake in Banerghatta. So we decide to go through the narrow mud & rocky path towards the lake. There is also mango grove here only that there are no mangoes. At Jigani there are two routes. One is a bye-pass and another normal route. The bye-pass is longer so better avoid it. Finally we reached Anekal. Breakfast of idllis was better than having dosa’s here.
There was a wedding procession for a visit to temple and I noticed a lady playing nadaswaram. I havent seen ladies playing this instrument so far and being part of music band in a wedding.
3kms from this place is where Pearl Valley is located. There is small stream of water but nothing more. One got to go down towards water that would mean leaving the cycles on top. With locks not really a lock it was risky to leave them behind. We decide to head back towards city.
I always believe that routes should not be same in onward & return journey. Now we head towards Attibele which is a village almost close to the border of bangalore – hosur. Not without stopping 2-3 time enquiring for directions and another halt for coconut water.
Two options are possible here one is to head towards Sarjapur or continue towards Electronic City. Having cycled before on Sarjapur route we ditch that idea. Cycling on Hosur Road was pretty easy and no difficulties.
At Electronic City we stopped again for Nandini Kesar Badam milk. Never forget to try this. We thought of getting on to Elevated Highway which would also mean no shops for emergency or any other purpose. From EC to Bommanahalli was a quick and short ride. I rode till BTM with my friend and later proceeded towards my home.
Total time: 6hrs40mins (including all stoppages)
Route map: http://tinyurl.com/ybn4l49
Max speed: 41.8km/hr
Avg speed: 14.1km/hr
Burnt calories: 3123