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Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by Aargee, Apr 30, 2012.
The write-up will come soon...for now...here's the teaser...
May 1st was a holiday, combining the weekend & applying leave on Monday gives 4 days; good time to ride somewhere. Missing the Bekal fort last time (http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=781740), I thought this will help. This time, I'd a company too. I was in charge of the planning as the new rider was an expert in riding but still learning how to plan for the ride. So this was the map...
Here goes Day 1...
We decided to meet at a mutually agreed location; when I started from home, this is what was on ODO
We kept riding & riding for over 200 Kms (125 mi) non stop while we were witnessing the beautiful Sunrise as how the sky turns from dark to red to pink & then finally we couldn't control the urge to stop & take pics...
And then we kept riding & riding. We crossed the TN (Tamilnadu) border & entered to KA (Karnataka) state & kept riding. Had good B'Fast & then kept proceeding until we couldn't help stopping for beautiful scenery of the Gulmohar flower filled roads, the green fields; seriously...pics can't do justice.
And then we were delayed reaching Mysore; what we should've reached in 2 hours, we reached in 4 hours. We made up that time riding non stop from Mysore to Madikeri & here're some fun we'd at Madikeri hills
Its extremely difficult for anyone to differentiate between KL & KA; all the houses, scenery looks all the same everywhere
After Sulliya, we'd some hard time riding through the border; but soon the roads not only turned good, but also was made worth of riding through the blissed roads, this was right entering into the KL border.
We soon reached Bekal & called it a day
Route Map of Day 1
We'd a very nice accommodation from http://www.nirvanabekal.com/. Extremely friendly people, offered good services & located right next to Bekal Fort. They also have attached restaurant (not tasted the food though). I'd highly recommend this place to anyone who visits Bekal. This place also has a beach in less than 500 foot. Though we decided to start the ride by 6:00 AM, we decided to check out the beach & leave in few minutes, but, little we knew what beauty awaited there!!!
The best part is that, the Bekal Fort is close to the beach
So what was planned as checkout turned out to be a time cruncher; we literally spent nearly 1.5 hours at the beach!!!
Customary pics of cottages at Hotel Nirvana
ODO at start of the day
Some shops enroute
These days I feel the beauty of the road lies in 2 lanes than on super dooper well laid 6 laned highways
And then finally we reached Kutta, the KA border
We lost a great deal of time riding through KA roads; we spent more than 3 hours only to cover hardly 120 Kms (80 mi). Here's the quality of road difference between KA & KL. Needless to say which is KL
The police check post at Kutta
When we entered into KL, we felt like we were riding through heaven!!! If you think these pics are great, I'll say this is crap!!! No pics or video can describe like being there. Absolutely heaven!!!
One of my friend gave an apt title "In the world obsessed with Green, the Red rides right through it"; isn't that true?
And the roads were fantastic to still keep riding
And the scenery even beautiful; yet hard to say which is KL or KA, which indeed is KL though
After crossing Meppadi, we'd 2 morons on a Yamaha YZF R15 trying to do street racing with us. Little they knew we'd been riding over 270 odd Kms & we're still doing over 80 Kmph (In India the speed limits are 40-50...thanks to corruption & lack of enforcement). We let them go on account of photography & most importantly...SAFETY
And we soon entered into TN (Tamilnadu) border once again
We crossed Mudumalai Wildlife Reserve, but didn't take a single pic on account of reaching Masinagudi soon & finding an accommodation, which was a big mistake Anyway, we found an accommodation & took some pics around, but these are very very less scenic compared to the actual Forest
Route map of Day 2
It was a seasonal time at Masinagudi & Ooty; we'd hard time previous day getting an accommodation with most importantly safety of parking. So we decided to skip staying at Ooty & reach home rather than finding impossible accommodation at sky rocketing prices!!!
ODO captured previous night, start of the day
Sunrise at Masinagudi
Sunrise at Ooty
By the time we reached Mettupalayam, we thought to break in for B'Fast; so we found this little place
We asked for Idly & Vada, but the owner politely said, they only had Aapam & told us that we could find Vada for BFast at a place 1Km ahead. This could be quite unsurprising answer for anyone in the West, but here in India, people look only into their business & this is something quite a surprise at the politeness of them. So we decided to eat Aapam; we now understand we would be fools to miss his Aapam. Such a heavenly food at a very low low price!!!
And then we continued from Mettupalayam towards Lower Bhavani; enroute this happened
The roads were inviting, superb, fantastic (did I loose any word )
And we'd some fun...
And soon we reached the boring 4 laned National Highway...
Enroute we saw this temple; wondering how the idols of Policemen were placed along with God; In future we might even start worshiping the Cops
Finally we reached home at 4:20 PM after 570 (360 miles) odd kms
Route Map Day 3
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Well no; I've been to two Tiger reserves in the South, Kalakad (Mundanthurai) & this one Mudumalai & the Tigers needs to stay careful from us :huh
I hear most people can see Tiger at Tadoba National Forest in Maharashtra. Hope we could ride there someday :)
ahhh great to see you here bro.. and thats a wonderful ride and some roads just look so great for a ride :)
Awesome scenery and looks like some great roads. Is that curry beside the Aapam? I used to eat that with coconut sugar. Do they sell them like that? Thanks for sharing the RR.
Indeed; not many people prefer riding through them; most people here in this country love to ride to a place, go around site seeing & then ride back; we instead prefer riding through roads no matter how good or bad; we simply love to ride.
Well, its called chutney, but prepared in KL (Kerala) style, a.k.a Chammandhi; if you're interested in recipe - http://www.sinfulcurry.com/red-coconut-chutney-kerala-style/
Like what? In this eat out, they provided this side dish; if the eat out were from TN (Tamilnadu) style, then, they might've provided curry or coconut chutney
Pleasure is mine; Tks for reading :)
Very nice pictures. Looks like it was a great ride!
Thanks; it was an excellent & memorable ride. All we remember was roads through Forests & the Ghats