In our life we all have passion for something, have dreams and ambitions about our skills and passions and we set goals and implement the plans. Without setting goals we are unlikely to achieve our dreams. Some goals/ambitions are to achieve great heights in our careers and some we set for reaching our dreams for eg: Dancing, Art, Literature, Travel etc (These are only few examples). Similarly I too have some goals and ambitions set in my life to achieve something. Some are for career and some ambitions I set for my personal interest.
So one of mine ambitions is too travel whole India once in my life but considering the time required and other requirements I had to break my Ambition to smaller goals and I started achieving them one by one. One of my goals was “journey from Bangalore to Belgaum on my 2 wheeler Bike (Honda Shine, 125cc)” which I achieved on 1st jan 2011 (Saturday). My other motive is to explore nature to world (India) and the main factor which motivated me to achieve my goal is my camera which inspired me to go for such a beautiful adventure.
I planned my journey on 1st January 2011 from Bangalore which is 520km away from Belgaum. I started my journey at early morning at 4:20am from Arekere, Bangalore (13 kms away from Bangalore railway station/City bus stop). The capital of Karnataka was quit sleeping after New Year bash parties. As it was December month Bangalore experiencing chilly cold weather. I covered my body with my T-shirt, sweater and with Jacket to protect my body from cold wind during my drive on highways.
To reach Belgaum from Bangalore we have to reach first to NH-4 highway (Golden Quadrilateral).
The Golden Quadrilateral is a highway network connecting India’s four largest metropolises: Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, thus forming a quadrilateral of sorts. Four other top ten metropolises: Bangalore, Pune, Ahmedabad, and Surat, are also served by the network. The largest highway project in India, initiated by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, it is the first phase of the National Highways Development Project (NHDP), and consists of building 5,846 km (3,633 mi) of four/six lane express highways at a cost of 60,000 crore (US$13.3 billion).
So I reached Majestic/railway station after driver 13 kms from my home and took a diversion towards Rajajinagar to reach NH4. Before starting my journey I created flow chart of my journey path and it was as below
I reached NH4 highway before 4:45am as there was not much traffic on the roads. Once I reached the national highway 4 I experienced great pleasure while driving because the highway was so smooth to drive and free from traffic.
As it was cold weather I had to maintain my bike speed to around 65-70 kms/hour. I reached Tumkur at around 5:35am and as my body able to control cold winds I increased my bike speed to 75-90kms/hour and reached Chitradurga around 6:15am. At that time the first light from sun was following me and I had to stop my bike (nearly after 170kms drive from Bangalore) to do some photography of sunrise. I captured few photos and started my journey again.
Chitradurga (Kannada: ಚಿತ್ರದುರ್ಗ) is a town in the southern part of the Indian state of Karnataka. It is also the headquarters of Chitradurga district. Chitradurga was also known by the names Chitradurg , Chitrakaladurga, Chittaldurg. Chittaldrug was the name officially used by the British Govt.
Chitradurga features bold rock hills and picturesque valleys, huge towering boulders in numerous shapes. It is known as the “stone fortress” (Kallina Kote). According to the epic Mahabharatha, a man-eating Rakshasa named Hidimba and his sister Hidimbi lived on the hill. Hidimba was a source of terror to everyone around while Hidimbi was a peace loving rakshasa . When the Pandavas came with their mother Kunti in the course of their exile, Bhima had a duel with Hidimba in which Hidimba was killed. Thereafter Bhima married Hidimbi and they had a son named Ghatotkacha who was gifted with magical powers. Legend has it the boulders were part of the arsenal used during that duel. In fact, the boulders on which major part of the city rests belong to the oldest rock formation in the country.
Timmana Nayaka, a chieftain under the Vijayanagar Empire, rose to the rank of governor of Chitradurga as a reward from the Vijayanagara ruler, for his excellence in military services,. This was the beginning of the rule of the Nayakas of Chitradurga. His son Obana Nayaka is known by the name Madakari Nayaka (1588 CE). Madakari Nayaka’s son Kasturi Rangappa (1602) succeeded him and consolidated the kingdom to rule peacefully. As he had no heirs to succeed him, his adopted son, the apparent heir was enthroned but was killed in few months by the Dalavayis.
Chikkanna Nayaka (1676), the brother of Madakari Nayaka II sat on the throne, and his brother succeeded him with the title Madakari Nayaka III in 1686. The unwillingness of Dalawayis to accept Madakari Nayaka III’s rule gave an opportunity to one of their distant relatives, Bharamappa Nayaka to ascend the throne in 1689. He is known as the greatest of the Nayaka rulers. The subjects of Chitradurga did not experience a good reign of the successive rulers as they ruled on the throne for very brief periods. The Hiri Madakari Nayaka IV (1721), Kasturi Rangappa Nayaka II (1748), Madakari Nayaka V (1758) ruled this area but there is not much to mention of their rule.
Time 6:45am and I was in chitradurga city moving towards Davangere (The next destination, another Indian city which falls beside NH4). The distance between chitradurga to davangere is about 65-70kms and I reached at 7:45am maintening my bike speed around 70-90kms/hour
Davangere or Davanagere(Kannada: ದಾವಣಗೆರೆ) is a city in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is the administrative headquarters of Davangere District. The city is located on NH4 at a distance of about 265 km from the state capital of Bangalore. Davangere became separate district in 1997; it was separated from the district of Chitradurga for Administration conveniences.
Previously known for its cotton mills, Davangere has been a fast-developing city of Karnataka. There was a time when the city was called Manchester of Karnataka due to its excellent quality of cotton produced in its cotton mills and hand looms.Now,the city is famous for Education and has the new Davangere University.
In Davangere I had my break fast (davanagere benne dosa) and took 10 min rest so my bike engine also cold down for some time. I then started my drive again and its Ranebennur which was my next destination place on NH4. I reached Ranebennur/Havery at arround 10:15am and captured some good photoes of nature which are on our way. In between I felt to call my friend to express my feeling of my ride and I called to my friend Noborupam jana and we both discussed about my journey and about photography.
From Havery to Belgaum the highway condition is little better as compare to chitradurga to davangere national high.I travelled arround 70kms from Havery to Hubli and reached hubli at 12pm (In between I captured lots of photoes of flowers, fileds which fall under my travel route)
Hubli , also called Hubballi, (Kannada: ಹುಬ್ಬಳ್ಳಿ) is a major city in the state of Karnataka of India. The name Hubballi literally means “flowering creeper” in Kannada. The twin cities of Hubli and Dharwad, collectively referred to as “Hubli-Dharwad”, is the second-largest conurbation in Karnataka after Bangalore. While Dharwad is the administrative headquarters, the city of Hubli, situated about 20 km south-east of Dharwad, is the commercial centre and business hub of North Karnataka. Crops like Cotton and peanuts are grown aplenty in the surrounding rural areas, and Hubli is a major trading center for both commodities. It is also an important city for the Indian Railways, being the headquarters for South Western Railway Zone and the Hubli Railway Division.
Once I crossed hubli I started feeling little stressed as I am alone driver on my bike and at that moment I travelled arround 400+ kms and have travel another 90+ kms to reach my final destination. So I took quick breaks in between (at evry 30 kms). Once I reached Kittur I had lunch in a hotel and spend little high time on my break to give rest to my body and to my bike.
Kitturu (Kannada ಕಿತ್ತೂರು ), also called Kittur is a village in Belgaum District of Karnataka state. It is part of the Bailahongal taluk in Belgaum district. It is a place of historical significance because of the resistance of Rani Chennamma of Kitturu (1778–1829) to the British Raj.
After having a good lunch at kittur(North karnata style food) my bike wheels again touched the national highway to reach my native i.e Belgaum which is arround 44kms from kittur.
When I reached my home in Belgaum I felt very happy as I achieved my goal/Ambition and prepared myself for my next goal.
Thanks to Wiki (http://www.wikipedia.org /) which helped me to prepare my travelogue:)