There are many blogs on the internet which gives comprehensive details about the options of nearby places around Bangalore for a one day trip. But from my experience, I can say that how much ever the short distance it is, one has to start early to beat the crazy Bangalore traffic and reach the place on time so as to have enough time in hand to return back before it is a late night. So, even a one day “short” trip becomes a tiring and exhaustive affair. For Bangaloreans like me, there are few options to entertain or relax on weekends i.e. either by resting at home, hop in a cafe or mall or gear-up for an exhaustive long one day trip. But recently I discovered a place for the days when you don’t want to struggle on the road but still wants to go out? You are already late to make a trip to “nearby” places but still, have a desire to taste something good and experience something new. And, the answer is Kamath Lokaruchi restaurant and Janapada Loka. Both the places are approx. 58 km from Bangalore city in Ramangara district ( a place where the evergreen movie Sholay was shooted) and adjacent to each other.
With an intention to spend rest of our day in a relaxed yet fun-filled way we started our trip at 10:30 AM from K.R Puram and took the Vidyaranapura-Nanjangud road via Yeshwanthpur. It was the moderate traffic till the outskirts of Bangalore, so we saved ourselves from spending unnecessary time on the road, and the pleasant weather was also in our favor. We reached Kamath restaurant at 12:30 PM. To our surprise, there was the long queue of people to get the table, and it took approx. 10 mins. for us to get the seat. During the afternoon, there are limited food varieties available such as South Indian meals, Poori Saagu, Idly Vada, curd rice, and bisi bele bath. To make out the maximum from the available options, five of us ordered different varieties. Overall the food was good. However, Vada was not hot and crunchy. We ended our lunch with a cup of nice aromatic filter coffee.
There is a small shop within the premises which sells wooden crafts. But, I suggest if you are going towards Mysore. Don’t do the shopping from here as it is costly and has limited options compare to Channapatna shops (a place on the way to Mysore. It is known as city of toys and famous for its wooden products)
Our next stop was the Janapada Lokaruchi; it is an artificial village set-up where you can find many statues and set-ups reflecting the spirit of village lifestyle. There are two museums in the premise one which showcase the articles used by villagers in their day to day life, and another is the display of Yakshagana lifestyle. Yakshagana is a theatre dance form originated in the 19th century in South India where artist performs the Purana stories (ancient Hindu text) in poetic form. This is a famous dance form in Karnataka, North Karnataka Udupi, and Mangalore. This museum has a collection of dresses, jewelry and other lifestyle related stuff of Yakshagana group.
If you further want to explore Ramanagar distirct, then don’t miss the Sholay hills. It is approx. 4-5 kms from the Kamath and Janapada Loka and a good place for trekking in the mid of landscape surroundings.
In our case, our purpose of going out was solved. Hence, we started back around 3:15 and managed to enter the home by 5:30. All in all, it was the relaxed, fun-filled and an educational trip.