01´st March – Hampi – Bangalore

Hi there,

Here´s the promised update…..

After leaving Goa which, I found very nice after all and I already miss as i´m now again in the city, I headed toward Hampi. This was a very spontaneous decision as I read about it in the Lonely Planet and some people I met in Goa recommended me the place to visit. It was a very nice drive along the coast into Karnataka state along the coastline until Karva and then I turned into the the mountains up to Hubli.

A funny situatin again happened at the state border between Goa <-> Karnataka. I arrived very early there as I left Palolem Beach already at 07:00a.m. to have an easy drive with less traffic. So I approached to the state border. As I came up the road the bar was open but the guys on Goa side screamed and waved at me to slow down and yelled stop…stop..stop…. 🙂

I just waved back and speeded up so they couldn´t close the bar fast enough and I was through… don´t know what they wanted from me but I was not in the mood to answer stupid questions as more than 300km were ahead to go 🙂

The way through the mountains was gorgeous.  A great experience to go with the bike with very few traffic at this time and a lot of curves. Just awesome.

I arrived Hubil which is quite a busy city and headed forward to Hampi. This was not the best way as it was a hell of traffic but I managed to arrive in Hamp at about 02:00p.m. I was looking for a special hotel but I drove through the ruine field like crazy asking people which send me in any direction but not to the place I wanted to go. So I ended up in Hospet, a close city near Hampi, and booked a room in a very nice but a little expensive Hotel (2000rs/night).

Next day I rented a Autorikscha for the whole day (700rs) and explored for 8h the large ruins at Hampi.  It was a big city with approx.. 500.000 people living here in former times and so the area to discover is huge. After 8h I really had enough and I had to go back into the hotel….and yes I forgot to cream so I got a bit sunburned …. Arghhhhh…should have known better 🙁

More pictures can be found in the picture Gallery HAMPI


On 28´th I started early at 07:00 a.m. to Bangalore…. I went the NH13 to chitradurgha (i hope that was written correct…) and to go on the NH4 to B´lore. Just reached th NH13 a real big truck queue awaited me. With a lot of sneaking between the trucks and  squeezing through every space I could find I crawled forward until I saw the reason for the whole mess. A large overload truck bend over and  three of four other trucks rushed into it during the night. So it was a big mess with a total chaos of traffic. The whole truck queue on both side of the accident was about 20km. And some supid id*** of other drivers tried anyway to go by and pass the  trucks. Oh..did I remember it was a normal road with only two lanes?? So some of these guys  opened up a third or even fourth lane just to get stuck again as another car, or even a bus which was worse, came upfront of them. So stuck again. For go´s sake I was lucky to find my way through this big mess. And after that the road was nice and free as everything was stuck behind me in the traffic jam.

I came to some real bad road parts again but after 3h I was relieved and I reached the NH4. I couldn´t believe my luck. I heard the NH4 is a god road but this was awesome. 4 lanes with a middle wall and sometime even a wall on the outer side of the road. So now cow/chicken!!! or whatsoever could just cross the street. So I speeded up to go as fast as possible to go B´lore and be there before the big heat comes up. Even I went on some parts 180km/h it did not work out. I reached Bangalore with it´s famous traffic just during the hottest part. After 1h in Bangalore city traffic I saw the logo of my employer and it really felt a little bit like “coming home” 🙂 Sounds strange but to see the logo was something familiar in a foreign country. So I showed my pass and even the guard at the entrance gate was looking a bit funny when he saw my bike but he let me pass and I entered the campus.

I met the colleagues (most of them the first time as we normally just have contact with mail& phone) and I was very very nice. After that I went to the hotel which was booked through our team assist just close to the office and I was so glad that I had not to go through the  city traffic again.

In 1´st march I went to the BMW bike dealer here in Bangalore…. But that´s another interesting story for another blog entry…so stay tuned …

Lutz

7 thoughts on “01´st March – Hampi – Bangalore

  1. Great entry Lutz, any chance for some photos of the trip in the mountains? That would be excellent.
    Greets

  2. no just have some videos from the ride but i haven´t found the time to work on them….

  3. Hi Lutz,

    Great thatyou finished most part of the journey & enjoyed it. Let me know if you have any plans or riding towards Hyderabad after bangalore. Will be glad to meet you.

    Regards,

    Naijo

  4. Sure i will go to Hyderabad….but the date is not fixed ye. Now i´m going down more southwards and then the east coast up again until Mahabs -> chennai -> b´lore -> Hyderabed… but when is not sure i´ll keep you updated (and write it in the blog for sure)

  5. Enjoy the Indian summer from hereon.

    Buy a jumbo sized jar of sun screen! and some Electrol from the chemsists around.

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