A quick short writeup about the upcoming 200km ride. The title Salumarada should be a dead giveaway to the folks that know its meaning, and even better, its significance. The word means ‘A row of trees’, and not just any row of trees. The route passes through a stretch of 4km Banyan tree s a little off the Nelamangala Hassan highway. What is significant is that this entire stretch has been made possible due to the efforts of one person. You can read about that person here.
A childless couple transform a highway
You get to see the significance of the stretch when you pass the town of Hulikal. Suddenly the sun shines down on you ;( Allow me a moments pause as I salute the spirit of a lady who has shown what an Aam aadmi can do — before the term became embedded in the public subconscious.
The route starts from BTM layout , goes towards Ramnagara, where you take a detour towards Magadi. At this point you start forgetting the hustle bustle and pollution of Bangalore, and start soaking in the greenery and the scenery. Continue to Magadi past the monolith of Savanadurga and continue from Magadi towards Kunigal. You take a deviation from the Magadi-Kunigal route towards Kudur which is on the other side of the Nelamangala Hassan highway. Soon after you cross the highway you reach the town of Kudur , after the Kudur bypass begins the row of trees. the stretch ends at the house of Thimmakka-Ajji (as she is called lcoally)in Hulikal. You continue on to the town of Tumkur and return via NH4, ending the ride in the IISc canteen gate
Highlights of the ride
1) I’ve highlighted a 4km stretch in the middle of the ride. But there is lot of greenery throughout.
2) Starts and ends on highway sections. Lots of greenery in between.
3) Passes through the town of tumkur. Lunch options
4) final stretch is the scenic highway of NH4 , the same stretch as the master brevets.
5) No killer climbs here.(Subjective)