A Ride Through The Western Ghats

I have been to the places in western ghats more than 5 times. My very first time, I still remember sitting in the front seat of the car beside the driver while on a pilgrimage from Hornadu to Dharmasthala and to Udupi. I still remember the lush greenery on the sides of the roads and the fog kissing the roads, making it very hard to see what’s coming up on the road. I still remember those meandering roads on which our driver showed his brilliance in steering the vehicle at great speeds. Somewhere the western ghats etched a memory of a life time experience on my mind, which my heart wanted again and again.
Once I have been to Kudremukh with a sole purpose of trekking the Kuduramukha. I have been to Wayanad, for exploring the cuisine and to see how the western ghats fare, down south. Both the times, I was flabbergasted by the amount of beauty it captures and how it captivated me. After these two trips, I was sure I had to come back again. But I knew I had to come back on a cruiser. I was just waiting for the right time, but then again there’s no right time for travelling except that your mind and heart yell for it when it is much needed. I fixed the Jan-26th long weekend and booked tickets to Bangalore. I booked a Thunder-Bird for rent with Eezee Rentals in Mysore as they do not have Kilo-meter Cap. But in the last minute, I was told that Thunder Bird wasn’t available and I had to go for an Avenger 220.

The Cruiser that travelled 1257 K.M.s with me

Breakfast in Bidadi was the plan and I had my share of Bisi (Hot) Thatte Idly and Maddoor wada in a local shack in Bidadi. The Thatte Idly was very soft and the spicy watery chutney was a great accompaniment. Maddoor wada was thin, crunchy, flavoured with chillies and other spices, which makes a great snack anytime. Once I was in Mysore, I went straight to the rental shop and gave my Id’s to get myself on the cruiser. The condition was great and ride was smooth. I went to nearby fuel station and got the full tank filled.

Thatte Idly and Maddoor wada in Bidadi

Now, my initial plan was to ride to Coorg and other places around. I wanted to explore the Kodagu cuisine and see different places in Coorg. But being a backpacker, my itinerary is quite pliable. So after exploring Coorg, I straight ahead went on a spree to experience the best of Western Ghats and thus headed to Munnar and was riding the whole time.
I covered Bylakuppe, Madikeri and surrounding places in Coorg and I tried exploring the Kodagu Cuisine. I went to Bandipur, Mudumalai and stayed in Muthanga on the 2nd night of my trip. I rode to GunduMalai of Munnar in Kerala on third day via Mannarkkad, Palakkad, Pollachi on 3rd day. On the 4th day, I got up in the morning and rode back to Chamrajnagar via Talamalai forest and covered Sri Rangapatna. I could have gone back to Bangalore via Coimbatore but I had to take a detour to Melukote near Mandya because of my love (Which turned into madness after my Kudremukh Visit) for Puliyogare.


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  1. Pingback: Kudremukh – Where my love for trekking sprung in | Forks On My Road

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