Trip members: Karthik and family, Vijay and family
Trip date: 02, 03 and 04 Oct 2015
Trip Plan : Chennai - Bangalore - Daroji Bear Sanctuary - Hampi - Hospet - Tungabadra Dam - Chitradurga - Bangalore - Chennai
We reached Bangalore a day earlier by car and started fresh to Hampi on Day-1 of the trip from Whitefield by 6:15 AM on the beast Mahindra XUV 500. The early morning rain was refreshing and set the tone for the trip. The trip route was from Whitefield - Anantpur - Bellary - Hampi. On the way, we planned to visit Daroji Bear Sanctuary, one of its special kind, dedicated for only sloth bears.
Had a super Karnataka breakfast at Hotel Nandi Upachar - masala dosa, kara bath, vadai and idlis with coffee. The drive of 174 kms to Anatpur flew just like that - little more than an hour on the XUV. OMG !
The road from Anantpur towards Bellary is just full of factories and industries - filled with trucks and really poor roads. Driving through this stretch was really tiresome and one really cannot be so patient after driving through the AH43. We reached Bellary around 11:30 and were all tired and decided to have a round of brunch :). We chose Hotel Renuka in the Bellary town - had some Pooris, Chappathis, Bisebelabath and Benne Dosas! This restaurant is ok for some local tiffin items and to drive away hunger.