It was the last quarter of 2017, Swaroop from xBhp – Kochi and myself made a quick plan to do a Kerala G2G before the year ends. Since most of the active xBhpians across Kerala are connected via social media we did the polling for the KG2G dates and destination via social media itself for a quicker response.
xBhpians from Trivandrum started the day early to cover the 500 odd km to Wayanad. We went via Kochi so that xBhpians from Kochi could join us en-route. More the riders, more the fun is xBhp – Kerala style.
Our accommodation was arranged at Hotel Issac Regency, Sulthan Batery. Apart from the ample parking space, decent rooms and food they served, what attracted us was the swimming pool they offered us. Everyone was literally discussing en-route about diving into the pool soon as we got there surviving the humid ride towards Wayanad though it was December.
We reached Sulthan Batery riding across highways and lush green roads via Nilambur, across Nadugani Reserve Forest. The usual breaks for rest, food and photos got us to Batery only towards sunset. After settling down everyone got into the pool and got out only for dinner.
After a quick early morning pool time and breakfast, we got out for sight-seeing. Our destination was ‘Banasura Dam’. The roads were smooth open roads until we took a turn after some kilometres. From there it was narrow roads, with friendly villagers and nature giving us pleasant scenarios. Once we reached the Dam’s visitors entrance we understood, parking the motorcycles and entering the visitors area is going to take a lot of time. That’s when somebody suggested to go off-roading. We never back off from such offers. We went ahead and then some more until we reached an offroading session through the banks of the Banasura reservoir which led to some amazing resorts. We rode till where there were offroading trails, stopping at multiple places to click photos on the way. After having lunch on the way back. Post reaching the hotel by evening it was pool time again!
On the return day, while riding back, we visited ‘Phantom Rock’ an abandoned rock quarry which was the perfect spot to relax and pose for a group photo with the hills and pond as background. We rolled down the infamous ‘Thamarassery Churam’ ghat roads, though there were road blocks due to the peak hour and road work going on, we managed to roll down pretty quickly. Heading back home and separating from like-minded bothers is always difficult at the last day of a ride. We made a promise to meetup again soon in 2018 and head out.
Text & Photos: Jayan Morris