At short Getaway from the Chaos Via Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta from roshan's blog

Bilikal Betta lies in Kanakapura Taluk 20 kms from Kanakapura Town at an altitude of 1552 m.atop the hill is a temple dedicated to Lord RanganathaSwamy.BilikalRangaswamy Betta belongs to theEastern Ghats Forest Reserve and is filled with shrub forest. Elephants and other medium sized wildlife animals and variety of birds can be spotted in this forest. It even has a stream which flows from top of the Mountain to the bottom which makes a scenic view if the trial is followed downstream (But most of the time we can see it dry) the best time would be during monsoon to get experience of the real hidden and dangerous beauty.

Destination:Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta

Distance: 80 km from Bangalore

Route taken: Malleshwaram – Tumkur road – Nice road – Kanakapura – JM Doddi – ChokannaHalli – Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta

Alternate Route: Bangalore – Kanakapura Road – Harohalli – DoddaMaralawadi – KoonalaDoddi – Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta (Trekking trail)

Bikes Participated: Apache 150, RX 135

Restrictions: Open for Public only on Saturdays from 6 AM to 6 PM (As on 04–01–2016)

Road Condition: Good

Petrol Bunk: The last petrol bunk you will find is in Kanakapura town.

Restaurants: Plenty of them are available on the way to Kanakapura town with verity of cuisine's to choose from.

We started from Malleshwaram Railway station which usually is the start and meeting point of our trips. Had Breakfast in Raghavendra Stores which is very well known eatery in Bangalore, so after a wonderful breakfast and a strong filter coffee we got geared up and prepared our self for conquering the roads. We reached Tumkur road and took the elevated flyover to reach nice road. We had to pay Rs38 as toll fee fromTumkur road to Kanakapura road.Once we exited the nice road we travelled towards Kanakapura town. After a few kms we thought we will take a break at Harohalli. We stopped for a quick tea and discussed the route with the localities. Since we came to know that Kanakapura Road –Harohalli–DoddaMaralawadi–KoonalaDoddi–BilikalRangaswamyBetta route involves trekking because the bikes will be allowed up to a certain point and thereafter the destination should be reached by trekking, we were advised to take Kanakapura – JM Doddi – ChokannaHalli–BilikalRangaswamyBetta route.

After a few minutes we decided to get going we reached Kanakapura town and asked for Arkavathitheatre from where we had to take left turn to reach JM Doddi.

When we were about to reach the foot hill before the climb we were told that the road will be closed and it’s open only on Saturdays. Since the roads are open up to half the way till a small village in middle of the forest we decided to take a chance and we started the climb and reached the village. A little further there was forest check post where we were not allowed beyond that point.

So we thought we will follow the stream which we saw on the way before the check post, since it was dry we thought we will do a small trek hoping to find a good spot for resting and spending a quality time amidst the nature. After a few minutes of trekking we found a beautiful place with a water body. We spent a very good amount of time relaxing and talking.

After sometime we decided we will head back to Bangalore, we trekked back to our bikes and left the place (which we really didn't want to) to come back to Bangalore.


Overall it was an amazing experience which has to be experienced again and again. Personally I want to see this place in all seasons and climatic conditions which I will definitely do. And when I reached back to Bangalore I was in a peaceful and satisfactory state of mind... because the weekend was well spent


And I was ready for the coming 5 days (until our next ride)!


Our next travelogue shall soon be posted

- Roshan


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Jan 4 '16
Awesome travelogue!
Jan 4 '16
Jan 5 '16
Thank you maga
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