Its been a while after my valparai trip I had taken My tiny long, but last weekend on a casual chat thought of going out for a 2 day trip atleast. Due to the festival - Gowri Ganesha at home, could not make a two day trip. So, thought lets go out one day.
But the question is where???
As always, we did not have any plan, just like that we group of 4 of us met and thought and came up with 3 options. One is Galibore jungle resort on the banks of river cauvery near Kanakapura, second was Devarayana durga - a temple and third was Hesaraghatta Grasslands - close to Bangalore.
It was already 12 pm on Saturday afternoon when me guys met, At Galibore jungle resort, for a day's visit we had to be there by 10 30 in the morning also we had to book a slot earlier is what we got to know when we called them up, so the option was ruled out.
Secondly, Devarayana durga, my friends did not show much of iterest. So, option was Hesaraghatta grasslands. Obviously, my mind was thinking of Hesaraghatta grasslands. Due to the time constraints as we just had to drive through, enjoy the place and drive back by night this was an ideal one. So, switched on the google maps on my android phone, it showed 28 Kms from Sanjay nagar, Bangalore. And we started, plugged in my phone on the spider like mobile holder in MY TINY and we all started. Made a mistake of going through the BEL circle, towards Goragunte palya which was a real mess with hell like traffic with huge lories and a metro construction i believe. Took almost 1 and 1/2 hours to reach Tumkur road, and later it just took 45 mins to reach the place later. Instead, if we had taken the Tata institute-->Yashwantpur route, we would have reached with in an hour or so.
Stopped for lunch in some small hotel on road side at hesaraghatta village, had one anna sambar with papad and the bill was just 94 rs for all 4 of us!!!!
We went ahead, took a right towards Adarsha film institute and thought of checking with a local villager. Though the gmaps were showing 9 mins to reach, just thought of confirming to see if we were on track and asked a person, where is Hesaraghatta grasslands? The guy was like, gotilla sir (dont know sir) !!! We were like what? And asked him its like a tourist place, is there a grasslands nearby? The reply was, in kannada - alli enu illa (there is nothing of that sort). He was in assumtion that there is no such tourist spot, But, enu illa(nothing) is what we were going for.
Hence, we just continued on a same road and on a left we saw a huge land on our right. It was mind blowing
By the time we reached the place it was slightly drizzling and the place was super cool with not so sunny, a huge empty land with greeary all around, with similar trees all across the place and the slush!!! It was a great fun and we guys had a great time. I was so crazy, drove my TINY like AS IF I WAS DRIVING A GYPSY with all excitement all over and literally enjoyed the place!!
I remember, last time when we guys at TAI
were in the process of deciding a place as to where to meet, I had suggested this place, although I did not have much information about this place, but had heard of it.
After visiting this place I think its very much ideal for all of the like minded ppl who wanna drive, enjoy the place, chit chat, play cricket, do some off-roading!!!
There is no entry fee, no security, nothing!!! was surprised to see such a place with nothing at all. We could see few of the college goers who were spending good time over there.
Spent some good 3 hours, and headed back and reached home by 7 in the evening.
I would suggest this place to everyone who would just want to make a day's trip.
It was a short trip and a memory to cherish forever.
I am sure, each and every one would plan for one. Or I can say, the next TAI
meet is at Hesaraghatta Grasslands???