Bangalore to Kukke Subramanya via Bisle Ghat
It was December end, 3 holidays were ahead but did not know where to ride. Most of my friends were planning for a night out and a big party for New Year. But I hate party and night outs!! Yes, I do exist 😛
I was texting friends in Whatsapp, then Puneeth replied saying I have a plan. Just waited for few minutes and then it became days, got a reply a day before ride saying “let us ride to Kukke Subramanya via Bisle Ghat”. It was December 30th and the ride was on December 31st which is the last day of 2017.
I’ve been to Kukke Subramanya many times but not in the bike, so this was an opportunity. Said yes to him. The plan was to ride via Bisle Ghat and come back via Shiradi Ghat.
As it was a day before the plan, had to go through all sort of planning steps. Well, I was all pre-planned knowing that I will definitely ride somewhere either group or solo. To know about planning for long rides then you must read the article I have written ‘How to plan for a long ride‘.
Riding gears I use Spartan Aspida riding jacket, MT Mugello helmet, prorider gloves and normal sports shoes.
On timings, I prefer to leave home by 4:00 AM, but Puneeth wanted to leave early and reach Bisle Beauty Spot by 7:00 AM. He planned to leave his home which is in Kolar at 1:30 AM (I don’t suggest to leave so early. If you are leaving so early then make sure you had good sleep). At that time it takes him just 50 to 60min to reach Bangalore on his Benelli 300i. So I planned to start my home at 2:20 AM.
“Good sleep is always better for concentration”
Our meeting spot was Gorguntepalya which is a junction connects all major destinations around Karnataka. This is also a part of Asian Highways. Met him at 2:45 AM and started our ride at 3 after discussing the route and plans on timings.
At this time we had a lot of energy, planned not to stop till Bellur Cross toll which is exactly 100 km. At this toll, we wanted to take our first break. Once crossing Gorguntepalya it is highway all the way till Hassan.
Night ride circus!
Night rides are not comfortable for me from a visibility perspective. So I left Puneeth to lead. You know what!? He started cruising at 100km/h telling its minimum speed for him, what about my bike!! But definitely, it was not difficult for me to keep up with my Honda Hornet 160r. It was quite easy to follow him at high speed, as I was not able to see anything apart from his brake light. I was just following it 😀 You can see in this pic below. Gopro hero 4 doesn’t show up well at low light, because of that you are able to see only the dashboard. But I was able to see the road.
As per the plan we continuously rode till Bellur Cross toll which was our first break as per our plan. It was winter and was too cold. Had a cup of coffee and moved. From here it was a little difficult to ride because of too much cold. Out riding gears did not help much here. Even Puneeth reduced his cruising speed to 80 – 90km/h.
Reached Chennarayapatna at 5:15 AM but, it was becoming too difficult to ride. It was freezing. Had another cup of coffee here and moved. With a lot of struggle, we reached Hassan at 6 AM.
From here there was light and I was confident to ride. After leaving Hassan for 10 km it became colder and hands started freezing. Was very difficult to ride. We stopped until the sun shines. After sun showing up we got warmed up n moved. Reached Sakleshpur at 7 AM, refueled and had breakfast.
The actual ride starts from here
From now the actual ride started. After having hot Ildy vada and a cup of coffee, the body got wormed up. Left the hotel and moved towards Manjarabad fort and took a diversion towards Shanivarsante.
Route plan is here
Sakleshpura to Kukke Subramanya via Bisle Ghat: Sakleshpura – Byakaravalli – Hethur – Vanagoor Handpost(Diversion to right here) – Bisle Ghat – Kukke Subramanya
If you are coming from Bangalore then you can even come from this route: Bangalore – Channarayapatna – Holenarasipura – Arakalagudu – Shanivarsanthe – Vanagoor Handpost – Bisle Ghat – Kukke Subramanya
Roads from Sakleshpur till Bisle ghat has been improved a lot. It was truely amazing. As it was early morning we enjoyed the route all the way till Bisle Ghat. Suggest you to keep ready with google maps, there are many diversions on the way from Sakleshpur.
Bisle Beauty Spot
Bisle viewpoint is in Bisle a small village in the Western Ghats, we find it while going to Kukke Subramanya Temple. Bisle Ghat is the alternate route for Kukke Subramanya, while the regular route is via Shiradi Ghat.
Tourist or adventure lovers often take this road to visit Kukke Subramanya. This route has very less traffic compared to all other ghats in the Western Ghats(Includes Shiradi Ghat and Charmadi Ghat). Going alone in bike during night time is one of the most dangerous things.
Bisle beauty spot is a major attraction in Bisle. People who are traveling across this way definitely give a visit here to see the beautiful mountains behind the scene. From viewpoint, it looks like a thick forest. But the view is really amazing. Few years on our family trip I missed this place, now it was possible only because of being a biker.
Bisle is even famous for Elephants, they often crisscross this area and is an elephant corridor of The Western Ghats. We did not spot any Elephants but we only saw its dung. Locals said Elephants walk around during nights only.
Bisle is a part of western ghats so definitely during monsoon it will be heaven.
On the way to Bisle viewpoint just before 4 kms, you will see this ridge point. An inscription laid on a concrete platform which is mentioned the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Ridge. It describes which was the river flow.
Right side it is written the Bay of Bengal which means the rivers or streams flowing this side will reach the Bay of Bengal and Left side it is written the Arabian Sea which means the rivers or streams flowing this side will reach the Arabian Sea.
This was laid by the British finding that rainwater splits and reaches two different seas. It is really amazing to know this stuff.
Road condition in Bisle Ghat
Till Bisle Beauty Spot road was good but after that its complete offroad for some 15kms. Definitely not suggested for those who have back pain or any sort of pain. It hurts a lot. But we loved the offroad. The next 19 km till Kukke Subramanya the road is very good. For few km, till ghat ends it was a concrete road and then it’s well-maintained tarmac.
Hope the 15 km stretch of offroad will be repaired soon.
Reached Kukke in no time later. It is close to coastal so it’s a bit hot here. Parked our bike and visited the temple.
About Kukke Subramanya Temple
Kukke Subramanya Temple is in the Sullia Taluk, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka and place belongs to beautiful western ghats. Temple is surrounded by rivers, forests and mountains which makes tourists and visitors spend some good time, especially on monsoon. There are 2 routes from Bangalore, one is via Shiradi Ghat and other is via Bisle Ghat. 90% of traffic is from Shiradi Ghat.
Lord Subramanya is the deity worshiped in the form of a Cobra in the temple, this is the ideal place for Naga Dosha Pariharam. Thousands of devotees come here from far and wide to offer Sarpa Samskara, Nagaprathishta, Ashlesha Bali & other rituals.
People who visit Dharmasthala also visit Kukke Subramanya Temple. Charmadi Ghat is also an alternate route for Dharmasthala.
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