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    Post A 792 kms Solo Ride to Mysore..

    Here I am Narrating some experiences I had during my solo ride to Mysore, from Kodungallur,Thrissur District,Kerala.
    This trip was supposed to be a official One, But I converted it to an exciting Bike Trip..

    Trip Summary

    1.Bike : 2010 Yamaha Fazer

    2. Distance Covered
    Onward Journey : 328 km
    In and around Mysore :98 km
    return Jorney :366 km
    Total Distance :792 km

    3. Routes

    Onward Ride : Kodungallur-Guruvayur-Perumpilavu-Pattambi-Perithalmanna-Nilambur-Vazhikadavu-Naadukaani-Gudalur- Mudhumalai Tiger Resrve- Bandhipur National Park-Gundlupet-Begur-Nanjangund-Mysore

    Return Ride : Mysore-Gundlupet -Muthanga Forests-Sultanbathery- Kalpetta-Chundale-Vythiri-Thamarassery-Calicut byepass-Kottakkal-Kuttipuram-Ponnani-Chavakkad-Kodungallur

    4. No. Days Spend :4

    Day 1: Onward Jorney
    Day 2: Official + Chamundi Hills
    Day 3: Official +Ranganathittu Bird Sanctaury+Mysore Palace
    Day 4: Official +Zoo+Return Journey

    5.[B].Fuel Cost & Mileage

    Petrol : Rs.1100; Avg Mileage :47 KMPL

    6. Camera : Nikon Coolpix S570


    Nilambur- Naadukaani Road



    The Entrance of Mudumalai Tiger Reserve



    A Tusker Spotted at Mudumalai forest



    To be continued...
    More details of the trip and Pics after the topic get approved..

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    Travelogue approved

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKSy_Biker View Post
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    Post cont.. A Solo Ride to Mysore..

    The transformation of a boring official trip to an exciting Bike Trip.

    I am working as Business Development Manager in a software firm at Infopark, Cochin.We are mainly dealing with medical Softwares for Students, Doctors and Colleges.

    I need to travel to many places for meeting top officials of medical colleges. So as usual this was supposed to be an official trip to meet the Dean of Govt. Medical College, and The principal of JSS Ayurveda College, Mysore. Usually I’ll be travelling with any one of my colleague in Business development. But this time I have to travel alone as all other executives are out of station.

    The first thing which crossed my mind when I came to know that I have to go to Mysore was to do a Bike trip. A bike trip to Mysore with my friends was already in my mind for the past 2 years. So this is a golden opportunity to fulfill my wish, that too without spending a single penny out of my pocket. All our travelling expenses will be covered by the company.

    For our official trips we usually travel by train or Volvo Bus. But There is no direct train route to Mysore from Cochin. And Only Karnataka state is operating Volvo buses in Cochin-Mysore route. The ticket charge for that is Rs.550 (one side). If I travel by bus up, and down journey will costs Rs.1100 and more over if after reaching Mysore I have to hire an auto for visiting the colleges and roaming in city which may cost an extra 200-300 (2 days). But If I go by Bike I may have to fill petrol for Rs.1100-1200. So I decided to go by bike. But the fact is , even if the expense is more if I traveling by bike, I would have opt for bike only.

    I called up my friend Hashim and asked him whether he can join with me if I am going by bike. He was willing and so I made up my mind to go to Mysore by bike. But Things did not worked out as I planned, Hashim dropped out at last moment from the trip due to some important family matters. But I didn’t quit I had made up my mind for the trip, even if he is not coming I planned to go alone…

    The meeting in Govt. medical college was fixed on a Tuesday and in JSS Medical College on Wednesday. I planned to leave home by 6 am on Monday so that I can reach Mysore by afternoon. When my friend haque came to know about my plan he requested me to start a little early, so that he can also join with me till Guruvayur. He have to reach guruvayur by 5.30 Am.Guruvayoor is 50 km from my home so I planned to start at 4 Am From my home.

    The journey begins…

    I started at sharp 4 Am from my home with my friend Haque..we reached guruvayur at 5.10 The kodungallur-Guruvayur road was in good condition.except a few kms between chettuva-Chavakkad stretch. We almost maintained speed of 75-80 kmph.I dropped him in the guruvayur bustand and continued my ride.

    Mysore can be reached by two route i.e. one is via Nilambur-Naadukaani-gudallur-Bandhipur-Gundulpet and the second one via Wayand-Sulthanbathery-Muthanga-Gundulpet. Nilambur route is the easiest route to Mysore (310 km from my home; wayanad route-365 km),Both routes meets at Gundulpet at Karnataka, Both routes has its own distinguishing attributes.I have travelled in wayanad-Gundulpet route two times, also gudallur- Gundulpet route once .The only route I had not travelled is Nilambur-Gudallur stretch..So I planned to take the nilambur route for onward journey to Mysore.

    I entered in to guruvayur- Kunnamkulam Road and within10 mins I reached kunnamkulam. From kunamkulam I took slight left turn and entered Calicut road.The road was in superb condition. I revved up smoothly and maintained a constant speed of 80-85 kmph. I reached perumpilavu after a few minutes and took right turn from there and entered in Nilambur road. But that was an end to the enjaoyable ride I had till then. The road was not in good condition it was a kind of ok only. I hope that the road will be ok after some distance but even after riding for many kms it doesn’t shows any signs of improvement.

    Then I reached pattambi, I took a wrong turn at Melepattambi, instead of taking left turn I went staright and entered in Palakkad route, I moved hardly a km then I saw mile post showing Palakkad- 60km. I was already dubious whether I had taken the wrong route, The sight of Palakkad Sign board strengthened my doubt. Then I took my mobile and looked at goggle maps for the directions and understood that I took the wrong route.

    For a few kms the condition of the Mele pattambi- Perithalmanna road was quite good. But after that the ride was horrible,. The condition of the road was similar with no improvements for the next 60 km i.e till I reached Nilambur road. At many places there was virtually no road itself. I cursed myself for choosing this route, By the time I reached Nilambur my back was aching due to pain created by the bad road. I entered Nilambur –Gudallur Road at 8.15 Am (took more than 2 hrs to cover 80 km).

    I proceeded in the Nilambur-Gudallur road and passed by Nilambur Teak Meusem. I did not stop there as it was not open and also I have been there once. After teak Museum I took a short break to stretch myself.

    My first pitstop at Nilambur after a continuous 150km ride



    I reached vazhikadavu within half an hour and had my breakfast there. After breakfast I took a break of 15 minutes and made my body ready for the rest of the ride. That half an hour break really helped me to get rid of my back pain.

    The Vazhikadavu- Nadukaani Ghat Road …

    I moved a few distance and reached a forest check post. After this check post the ghat road begins. Unlike the other ghat roads This Road was in good condition and definitely with lots of twisting curves. I was desperately waiting for this type of winding roads to perform some cornering acts. But I did not pushed to my limits since the road was a little bit slippery , It seemed to be rained just an hour or two ago. Anyway I very much enjoyed the ride through the ghat road. I In Between Vazhikadavu – Naadukaani, ride I stopped my bike 4 times, 2 times for clicking fotos, 1 for eating freshly plucked guava, and one for a loo break .

    A view Just after the Forest Check Post, Vazhikadavu


    Some Snaps taken in between Vazhikadavu- Naadukani Route








    From Nadukani I took right turn to Gudallur, The road towards left leads to Calicut via Chudale, Thamarassery. The road was Wide and well maintained but at the same time had good curves also,and many time my bikes’ foot peg touched the road.

    At Naadukani Junction


    I reached gudallur town at 12’10 .From Gudalur I took left turn .The road towards right leads to ooty, which is only 50 km from there. I have traveled through that route in a ride to wayanad from ooty. I stopped my bike just after entering the Mudhumlai Road to make some phone calls. I knew that there is nework at gudallur and I’ll be definitely out of coverage for next 30-40m km I.e the forest area. After the phone calls I Continued my ride with in a short span of time I Reached the entrance of Mudhumalai Wild Life sanctuary.

    The Entrance Of Mudumalai Tiger Reserve



    Experiencing The wilderness.

    I knew that Next 30-40 kms ride is through thick forests. Though I had traveled through this route twice, I felt like It was the first time. The peculiarity of forest ride is every time we will be expecting a wild life spotting; this expectation increases the thrill of the ride( My view).
    I am not only a MotorBike Enthusiatics But also zealous about wild life. I love to watch the wild animals at their habitat. In most of our trip one menu will be trekking to forests, I have even gone for a full day 30km trekking to deep forests at Pakshipthalam , Wayanad. I had Visited almost all Wildlife Sanctauries and Forests in Kerala(except Gavi, Our Next trip ) and some in Tamilnadu.

    After I entered the forest I reduced the speed to 40-50 kmph range. I was riding my bike watching both sides of the road in to spot the wild life. As I Expected the first ones to welcome me was a herd of Spotted Deers. I slowly reduced my speed and stopped my bike without switching off the engine. I took some photos, Usually deer ran away when they hear the clicking sound but this herd was actually posing for the photo. They did not run away even after taking many shots.

    My First Wild Life Spotting of the trip





    Then I continued my ride and suddenly it happened , I heard a Trumpet sound and when I lokked to my left side I was stunned by the Sight, There it Stands.! A Tusker with its trunk up in the air. The Tusker was Trumpeting. I was in two mind, whether I should leave the place as soon as possible or Capture the sight in my cam..?
    I had already tied the camera strap to my neck When I entered the forest so that I can capture any wildlife spotting quickly before they ran away. Finally I decided to capture the sight quickly and leave the place. I did not turned off my bike, bcos the elephant seemed to be not in a good temper. By the time i finished 3 clicks the tusker which was standing parallel to me turned around and faced me . I was sure that if I remain there definitely it will charge at me. I Clicked once more, sitting on the bike and then Left the Place quickly.

    The Tusker...!



    Some More Snaps at Mudumalai





    Then I continued my ride and reached Theppakadu by 1.50 Pm, At Theppakkadu there is an Information centre,Many Dormitories ,An Elephant Camp, Some Hotels and Forest offices. I saw some jeeps and Buses of forest which is used for Forest safari. Once I had done forest safari here with my friends.It was a good experience.
    After having the tasteless lunch at Theppakkadu, I started my bike and resumed the journey.Just A few metres after the forest office I saw a road heading towards right. That is Masinagudi-Ooty Road (Ooty 38 km from here). When I looked at my watch the time was 2.20 pm, I got enough time, I have to reach Mysore by evening or night only. I turned my bike and entered the Ooty road even though It was opposite to Mysore direction. I planned to ride till Masinagudi(8km from there) and Come back.
    That 8km stretch was rich in Wild Life. I Could spot many animals like Sambars, Deers, Lion Tailed Macaque, Bison, and Elephants. I was also luck enough to spot a Udumbu(Monitor Lizard) , that too first time in my life. I reached Masinagudi within half an hour.

    A mother Elephant and her Kid spotted on the way to Masinagudi



    A Monitor Lizard spotted near Masinagudi


    Then I returned from there and in my return jorney also I saw another herd of elephant. I then reached Theppakkadu and took right turn and entered the Bandipur-Mysore road. Reached Tamilnadu-Karnatka bourder within 15 mins. Bandhipur Forest starts from here. In Bandhipur forest I could not spot much wild animals except a few Spotted deer.I travelled throught the Bandhipur Forest and reached Gundlupet at 3.30 pm.

    The Entrance Of Bandipur Forest at Tamilnadu- Karnataka Border


    a group of Spotted deer at Bandipur


    The end of bandipur Forest area


    Gundlupet To Mysore…

    The Road from Wayand( Sulthanbathery-Muthanga)Joins at Gundlupet. I Proceeded straight at Gundlupet and entered the Mysore Road. Mysore is only 60 km from Gundlupet.Mysore- Gundlupet road was in good condition,The traffic was also very less. Even Though the road was not very wide but the tarmac was pretty good. Most of the time I maintained a speed of 85-90 kmph range and a couple of times it crossed 100.

    In this route we can see lots of Farm Lands at the either side of the road.The sight of acres of green farm lands on both side of the road was really a feast for the eyes. The only thing which we should be cautious while travelling through this route at high speed is the crossing of the cattle.In my journey at many instances the Cattles did the role of a Speed Breaker.

    Clicks in between Gundlupet- Mysore












    In between Gundlupet and Mysore, I crossed Begur (The road to coorg deviates from here) and Nanjangund (Sathyamangalam- Mysore road via C.H Nagara Joins here). Finaly I reached Mysore at 4.45pm and by 5.15 pm I checked in at Hotel Aiswarya Residency, Near to KSRTC Bus station.

    Will Post the details of ride with in the Mysore and the return Ride via wayanad later... cont...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajmalfazer View Post
    The transformation of a boring official trip to an exciting Bike Trip.

    Will Post the details of ride with in the Mysore and the return Ride via wayanad later... cont...
    That was a nice trip you had... and lucky enough to spot the Elephant

    How's the road conditions from Nilambur to Gudallur.... I was planning for a bike ride to Coorg via the route... ?

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    Congrats. Nice pics, specially the sunflower one
    I've always wished to travel through forests.
    Keep it up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by avk84 View Post
    That was a nice trip you had... and lucky enough to spot the Elephant
    ya I was lucky enough to spot the elephant many times, I saw wild Elephants at 4 different places during my onward journey ( 2 times in between Mudumalai- theppakadu and 2 times Between Theppakadu- Masinagudi Ride.)

    In my return ride also I spotted elephants 3 times at Muthanga forest. I had traveled through this route earlier, but at that time the wild life sighting was less when compared to this trip.

    Quote Originally Posted by avk84 View Post
    How's the road conditions from Nilambur to Gudallur.... I was planning for a bike ride to Coorg via the route... ?
    Nilambur-Gudallur road is in excellent condition. but the condition of Pattambi-Nilambur road is horrible..
    So if you are going to coorg via Nilambur, instead of taking the route which i took you can consider kuttipuram- Kottakkal-Malappuram-Manjeri-Edavanna-Nilambur route ( only 20 km diff.). This road is pretty good..

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunny_ View Post
    Congrats. Nice pics, specially the sunflower one
    Thank you...
    Quote Originally Posted by sunny_ View Post
    I've always wished to travel through forests.
    Keep it up!
    Pick a destination and hit the road.. and fulfill your wish..

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    beautiful pictures there bro! riding in forest roads are always a thrill, right?! Keep the log comin' in ...
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    fantastic trip.. loved the pictures, u must had a great time, i guess.
    How did u manage the Fuel, tyres, engine oil, Food, sleep etc.
    I mean how did u prepare urself?
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