I have been working from home like all other techies since March 2020. Staying indoors for 5months in a row had made my urge to travel grow in leaps and bounds. But nothing really could be done in such a situation where the whole world was fighting to survive from the rampant destruction brought about by the dangerous SARS-CoV2 (COVID-19) virus.
But slowly, the Karnataka government started to lift up the lockdown restrictions in a phased manner. I was in a dilemma whether to venture out or still stay put at home (though I had to get out for my daily groceries). One fine Saturday, one of my friends suggested this place to me: Vatadahosahalli Lake. I had never heard of the same before. So I instantly turned to Mr. Google to help me understand the place more. It was about 109km from my home and the route via NH44 (the new airport highway) showed about ~2.5hrs. Without further hesitation I thanked this friend of mine and green flagged the plan. I was very excited for this drive but on the other hand I was skeptical about the imminent invisible threat outside. So I decided to visit the place quite early in the morning, have some home made breakfast there and return asap. I set up an alarm for 5am and went off to sleep.
The alarm went off but the past 5month's lockdown had made me lazy and I snoozed the same to only wake up at 7 in the morning. It was pretty late and I had missed the morning advantage of less people's presence at the site of visit. But still it was not that late and if I started in another 15mins, I could reach there on time for brunch maybe. Quickly I brewed up some tea, filled it up in a flask and packed food for brunch and rushed off to pickup my friend. A drive post the lockdown not only gave me immense joy but I could feel Phoenix (yeah that's the name of my car) loving the fresh air through its bonnet. We reached Hebbal in no time and started cruising through NH44 northwards. Then took the left from Ramaganahalli towards Gudibanda fort. But you can also take the left from Nandanaganahalli which rejoins the route we took at Myakalahalli. The road was very smooth and we were greeted with lush greenery on either sides of the road. There were many crops planted, paddy being the majority of them. In no time we reached Bhairasagara lake, which was huge and serene. The view of this lake from the Gudibanda fort is magical. We zoomed past the Gudibanda fort on our right but the landscape got more and more greener. I couldn't resist and stopped to appreciate this beautiful landscape. I parked Phoenix on the side of the road and masked up to step out and soak into mother nature's beauty.