As I ascended onto the hills on my bike, the whiff of fresh air comforted all malaise of an early morning ride. To find such a calm and serene lake out of nowhere gave me the perfect “eureka” moment at first sight.
One can take a walk along the banks of the lake and find an odd coracle to go for a fishing trip. The most charming aspect of Panchapalli was undoubtedly hiding itself from the radar of the touristy eyes. I couldn’t find another soul there on a Sunday morning and wish it remains the same forever!
Panchapalli is only about 80 kms from Bangalore, take a half-day drive or ride on your motorcycle to get rejuvenated after a slogging week of work. There isn’t too much to do there, just sit on the lake bank and spend some quality time in the lap of nature. In case you are short in company, the birds around will come to your rescue. If visited during the monsoons, this place can come alive with water sprinkling out of the odd rocks here and there.
After Denkanikottai, ask the locals for directions if you are not good at reading milestones in the local language.
Food and water supplies are inadequate in the region and you can find an odd shack in the Panchapalli village serving idlis, puris and dosas.
There is no petrol pump after Denkanikottai on the Panchapalli route, so make sure you are tanked up.