Went to Shivanasamudra and Talukadu on Saturday 10-Jan'2015. Well, it was an interesting journey in all sense . Couldn't take too many Snaps ( hardly any ) so wouldn't qualify it for Travelogue. So, i'll describe it here. The plan for the day was to go to Gangachukki and Barachukki and back home. My wife was not so interested as she believed there wouldn't be any water in the waterfall but I insisted ( well, she turned out correct ). So, I had to do all the cooking for the picnic. On Saturday morning we start off a bit late around 9:30. And decided to take the Bangalore-MysoreRoad-Maddur-Mallavali-Shivanasamudra(Gangachukki). Me, my wife and 4year old son set off for the trip. Route Bangalore-Gangachukki Took the nice NH7 expressway, and at the toll took two way ticket thinking i'll be coming back the same route (which didn't happen). On the way we had the breakfast I made at home. The Mysore road was good but felt too congested in many places. There was broken road patches between Maddur and Malavalli so stayed under 40kmph almost 2/3 of the distance between Maddur and Malavalli. Finally, hit excellent road after I crossed Malavalli. Reached Gangachukki, but was disappointed that there was only 1 stream (smallest one) of waterfall. Then decided to go to Barachukki. While coming out of Gangachukki found a shortcut to reach NH209 instead of going inside the Dam Area. Shortcut to NH209 The NH209 bridge was under construction so tried other route via Google Maps. It showed me another route that goes across Kaveri river from Kaveripura. Decided to take that route, and after driving about 1.6km in no road (road not meant for cars) found that there is no bridge but a ferry crossing, all thanks to google maps. That threw away our plan for the Barachukki as it was getting late. Wasted Route to Barachukki Finally, decided that we'll go to the Kaveri River bank at Talakadu. Drove straight to the Kaveri River Site at Talakadu, took a swim at the Kaveri river with my son as the river was very shallow and safe. And surprisingly the water was very clean. Had lunch there. Gangachukki to Takukadu Kaveri River Site Left the River Site for Bangalore at about 5pm. This time decided to take the NH209 to see how it fares and for experience too. Personally I found the road better ( thought there was no divider ) than the Mysore Road. But, I admit not a good road to drive at night. Midway along the route, it was almost dark and had to bear the brunt of senseless people driving with HighBeam On. Maybe its better to drive this route during the daylight only. Night driving on NH209 is not advisable. Mysore route might be a better bet. Talakadu to Bangalore Through out the way Google Maps was kept on changing my route without my permission if I fail to respond to its change route message, it was very irritating. Next time i'll take a Mobile holder along. Drove the entire 385km with AC on 100% and my car gave an economy of 18.1kmpl. Now my Mini Rocket is reading 1111 km at ODO. Will plan a better destination next time and will try MapMyIndia instead of Google. The car performed very well. As, I was with my family and the roads were not exceptionally excellent I maintained a good 90-100 kmph when there was a good stretch otherwise it was around 70-80kmph all the way when the road was decent. Learned a lot on many do's and dont's while doing a trip. Will compile and share them sometime later. Happy Driving.