Panchapalli & Bettamugilalam: Hidden Getaways from BangaloreOverview:
Panchapalli Reservoir: I read about this place in Bangalore Mirror in its weekly feature on offbeat destinations around Bangalore. We decided to go biking to Panchapalli. It is around 85 kms from Bangalore and is a nice and silent place to spend a weekend. As it was a Sunday, there was not much traffic on Hosur road. We took the Anekal-Attibele road to reach Denkanikottai road. This road is really deserted but well maintained. Criss-Crossing the countryside and crossing the Karnataka-TN border we reached Denkanikottai. Its a bustling town and we enquired about Panchapalli lake from the locals and finally reached the road which leads to the lake. The roads were smooth and cool breeze blowing was great. We finally reached Panchapalli and it was very silent with not a single soul in sight. We sat by the lake for sometime and then thought of venturing into the wild following the water which was flowing steadily. We stopped at a place which had a miniature waterfall and played in the water for sometime. After a while we started our journey back towards Denkanikottai. Before reaching the town we visited the Bettarayaswami temple which is believed to be around 500 years old. The temple is clean and well maintained.
Bettamugilalam: Our next destination was Bettamugilalam which was a place again mentioned in the Bangalore Mirror. Its around 28 kms from Denkanikottai. The route to this place is through a jungle with ghat sections. It was thrilling to ride the bike in this place. This place is also called mini 'Nilgiris' because of the hills surrounding the region. We spotted a variety of birds of different colours and was very pleasing to watch. We finally reached Bettamugilalam and went a few miles down the muddy road where we rested for a while admiring the beauty of nature. On our way back we halted at a small lake in the midst of the jungle which looked perfect for camping. Taking several pictures at this place, we started back towards Bangalore. At the end of the day we thoroughly enjoyed our biking trip.
How to reach: Take NH7 towards Hosur, Turn right at Attibele towards Anekal, then turn left towards Denkanikottai (20km away). At Denkanikottai turn left to Panchapalli reservoir (18km). For Bettamugilalam, ask for directions at Denakanikottai. It should be around 28 kms from Denkanikottai.
By public transport: There are frequent buses from Bangalore to Denkanikottai and Hosur to Denkanikottai. Private taxi can be hired from Denkanikottai to Panchapalli and Bettamugilalam.
Food/Accommodation: Not many options for food once we deviate from NH7.
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