It was Diwali, the festival of lights, an Indian festival that can be compared to Christmas. This time we wanted to do something different during the Diwali holidays apart from gorging on sweets, lighting lamps, socializing and lighting fireworks, We wanted to get off the beaten track and do something different, something adventurous and that is exactly what we did at this off road adventure sports center – Dirt Mania.
What is Dirt Mania
“Come, ride with nature”, says their tagline and that is really what it is all about. Dirt Mania is an outdoor adventure park that offers some stunning rides on Quads across nature trails with varying distances . They also have a mud track within the premises which one can use for dry runs before embarking on an adventurous ride on the Nature trail. Apart from rides, Dirt Mania also has a Paintball arena, a perfect place for families and friends to slug it out while bonding together. Dirt Mania is located on the outskirts of Bangalore City off Kanakpura road.and about 8.7 Kilometers from The Art of Living Ashram.
Our Experience at Dirt Mania
We drove down to Dirt Mania around afternoon and reached the place quite easily as it is easily accessible from the city. We were excited at the prospect of an adrenalin pumping adventure and looked forward to the day in the outdoors. We drove into Dirt Mania, which is set amidst huge open fields full of greenery. We could see some hills in the distance too. We parked our car in the ample parking space available and headed towards the Reception area.
The Reception area is a big wooden cabin reached by climbing a flight of iron stairs. The decor inside was all wood. There were rows of neatly arranged wooden chairs and tables. The walls were adorned with riding gear including leather jackets, body armor and helmets.
We were ushered in by a boy with a big smile who seated us at one of the tables while he explained the various options available to whet our appetite for adventure at Dirt Mania. I liked the feel of the place instantly, the wooden reception center brought back memories of images of huge ranches in the Wild West , garnered from books and Hollywood westerns. The reception area provided views of the riding track within the premises on one side and on the other, we could see a workshop where the Quads were being serviced.
We then met Raj, CEO, and founder of Dirt Mania who informed us that we would be hitting the track in another 5 minutes. He also courteously answered all our questions about Dirt Mania and their services. He informed us that they have been in the business for 8 years and apart from Bangalore, they also have their adventure parks in Chikmagalur and Mangalore.
We were then helped into our body armor and helmets to ensure a safe ride. Our quads were now ready, checked meticulously and tuned to the T. We were given instructions and tips on how to ride the Quads and then were asked to ride on the track within the premises to get a hang of the vehicles. The little monsters as I would like to call the quads really looked cute in blue and red. But they were tough as they had to navigate rough terrain. The handles bars were quite tight and you had to use your shoulder strength while turning corners. This we assumed was to ensure that the vehicle did not veer off the course during sharp turns and bends.
We did a couple of laps on the little monster before we were ready. The staff gave the green signal that we were ready to handle the challenges of the outdoor trail. So off we went behind a pilot vehicle that would lead the way all along and be available for help anytime. We were on a powerful Quad called Gritty Sportsman which had the capability of seating a pillion rider. We were going on a 15 kilometer ride across a nature trail and were looking forward to a wonderful adventure in the midst of the serenity of nature.
We followed the pilot vehicle as we emerged onto the road and drove along the road keeping well towards the left to allow other vehicles to pass though there were not many. After less than a kilometer we left the road and entered the track. We passed through narrow mud paths cutting across maize fields, suddenly veering left and then right, we raced down steep and rocky inclines and zoomed up uneven slopes, raising a cloud of dust behind us.
As we rode through the fields the only sounds that we could hear was that of our hearts beating in excitement and the roar of the little monsters shrieking in delight as they unleashed their power.
On another dimension we felt blessed as we watched nature in its raw beauty, hills looming in the distance, palms swaying in the breeze, colorful butterflies fluttering over wildflowers and a cuckoo cooing melodiously from somewhere in the trees. We stopped for a few minutes to enjoy the vistas in front of us and immerse ourselves in this wonderful experience.
Feeling strangely calmed and soothed we were off again with the little monsters happy to hit the track again. We passed a small village and waved back at some kids, a few hens ran away behind some huts in a flutter hearing the roar of the little monsters. An old farmer with two bulls intent on ploughing his field looked up curiously as we passed by.
It was then that we took a turn and entered another path that led up a hill called “Yogavana Hills”. This would be the “Piece De Resistance” of the entire experience. The little monsters howled with pleasure as we manoeuvred them to the top of a small hill, the incline was moderately steep as well as rocky and uneven.
This was THE adrenaline pumping moment of the entire experience. We stopped at the top of the hill where there was a natural table or plateau which served as an ideal viewpoint. The view was exhilarating, to say the least. We could see green fields stretched out below us, white clouds hovered over some distant hills and the only sound that we could hear now was our own breathing and the wind gently caressing us.
It was a magical moment and none of us were in a hurry to break the spell as we drowned in the beauty of that moment. We were a little disappointed that we were there in the afternoon, it would have been wonderful if could have witnessed the sunset. We were sure it would have been hypnotic.
But all good things do end, so with a sense of regret we mounted the little monsters and plummeted down the hill, tracing our way across the nature trail, back to the Dirt Mania adventure camp premises.
We were back at the reception, handing over our safety gear, but not before we had thanked the staff who were on the pilot vehicle and had guided us with care, ensuring our safety at every turn and incline. We also bade the little monsters farewell, they had been wonderful, safe and well maintained.
We were a bit tired with the ride and were sweaty all over, our shoulders, not accustomed to such rigorous activity ached. But our spirits were in the seventh heaven of delight as we excitedly talked about the adventure that we had just experienced.
Activities at Dirt Mania
- On Track, artificial track within the premises where one can hone their riding skills
- On Trail-Nature Ride, these rides are cross- country and take you right into the lap of nature. 7, 10 and 15-kilometer trails are available. The rates depend on the type of the trail and can be checked out here
- Night trails, where you experience nature and adventure in the darkness of night
- Special customized events for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Corporate Team outings
- Paintball Arena
Would we return again to Dirt Mania?
We would love to head back for another slice of adventure at Dirt Mania. We found it a great place, an ideal day trip / getaway for young, old, families and singles looking to get away from the concrete jungle of Bangalore City into the great outdoors full of greenery and fresh, unpolluted air. It is the perfect place for youth who love biking especially Quad biking, ATVs, Adventure sports and rides. It is the place to head out to for a day filled with exciting outdoor adventure activities in the midst of nature and can be considered as a weekend getaway destination from Bangalore. The off road adventure trails are a great opportunity to commune with nature while bonding as a family or corporate team, A birthday or anniversary celebrated in the cradle of nature with the celestial bodies like the Sun, Moon and stars as witness would be on altogether another level. The Nature trails, we were told acquire a totally different avatar altogether in the rainy season, not only does the excitement factor go up but also Nature is at its best, adorned and embellished by rain drops.
It helps that Dirt Mania is open throughout the year from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
How to reach Dirt Mania
Address: Kanakpura Road, Nelaguli Village, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560082
We would like to thank the staff of Dirt Mania for hosting us for this wonderful experience, however the views are based on our own personal experience.
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