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Thread: Exploring Western Ghats - My solo ride on independence day

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    Post Exploring Western Ghats - My solo ride on independence day

    My first attempt at writing a travelogue. Pardon me for any shortcomings

    It’s been nearly four months since i had my last ride. So i decided to quench my thirst for the ride by planning something adventurous on this Independence Day. I reached out to the local biker guide in my office, Sanu Pillai. After some discussions, i zeroed in on the place Jog falls. I picked this place coz August is the right time to visit jog falls. Also i haven’t seen jog falls before. The route chosen was Mangalore - Agumbe - Shimoga - Jog - Honnavar - Kundapur - Udupi - Mangalore. My idea was to clock more than 500kms. Also I love to rip my bike through the curves. So i could not plan a ride without the beautiful Western Ghats. The beauty of Western Ghats would be at its best during monsoon. This route was perfect as it covered the Ghats and the coastal highway.

    The D-day arrived. I woke up at around 5 am and got ready. I was expecting rain in the Ghats. So i packed my camera and wallet in plastic covers and kept in my bag. My roommate subbu would have been cursing me for spoiling his sleep as i was packing my stuff. Finally i packed everything and said goodbye to him. I went down to the parking lot to get my bike. My trusted companion was waiting for me there. Yes, my beloved CBR. It’s been almost a year since i had my CBR. So this was kind of an anniversary ride also for us. I had already checked the air pressure and filled her up the previous day. I put all my riding gears on and revved her up.

    I started riding towards Moodabidri at 6 am. It was very dark and there were hardly any people on the road. The roads were really good in this part. The Moodabidri stretch is very beautiful and scenic if you ride during daytime. I knew this route in and out since i have travelled this stretch many times during my birding days. I steadily increased the speed. When i reached vamanjoor suddenly a thick layer of fog appeared. I couldn’t see a damn thing. My speed came down to almost 10km/hr. It remained very foggy for at least the next 10kms. I was back on speed again and suddenly i spotted some rain drops. I immediately pulled over near a bus stop and put the rain gear on. As expected it started pouring heavily. I waited there 5 mins for the rain to ease off and started again. After some 500 meters heavens opened again and it started raining heavily. I tried my best to continue the ride in that rain, but failed miserably. The darkness along with rain made it really difficult to push forward. There was zero visibility. So i pulled over again. I had to wait for some 20 mins for the rain to stop. I slowly started to proceed towards Moodabidri. There was a cold wind blowing. The wind coupled with the light drizzle made my hands numb. But i decided to push forward as i already lost some time and i dint know what lied ahead of me. Finally i reached Moodabidri. I stopped at a small tea shop to have a tea. The tea sucked, but it gave me some warmth which was much needed in that cold weather. When i started again the daylight has almost come. Finally some relief. I could ride with my visor down. I reached the four way junction near karkala in no time. The roads were butter smooth till this point. From here onwards the roads were all patched up and there were a lot of potholes. So i paced myself so that some surprise pothole doesn’t teach me flying. I rode through some forest patches and entered on the main road to agumbe near someshwar. The Ghats are very near to this place and the roads became better.



    A calm Sita river was flowing beside. But behind that calmness there is a fury waiting to be unleashed. She had taken many poor human souls to her depths. The heavy monsoon rains in the last few weeks attributed to the high water level. It was a real pleasure riding beside this serene river. Soon the river ended and i reached a small town. An eerie fog surrounded the deserted town. I moved forward slowly. Soon the fog lifted and it revealed one of the precious treasures of the mighty Western Ghats. Yes, I am near agumbe, the cherrappunje of south india. Patches of small clouds were gliding across the mountain top. I was stunned by the natural beauty of this place. Soon I reached the starting point of these mystical Ghats. The thought of riding through the Ghats made me all the more excited. I slowly started climbing the Ghats. It was nearly 7.30 a.m. and the traffic was very light. My cbr ripped through the many hairpin bends agumbe ghats had offered. The area near the top was covered in a beautiful mist. Agumbe looked extremely beautiful in the rains. I felt like i was in some dream world. The morning mist and the tickling rain drops on my face made everything very magical. I fell in love with that place. This place would always a have a special place in my heart. I floated through this wonderland for some time and finally reached the top of the mountain. There is a small viewpoint here. I decided to stop here and click a few pics. I was happily clicking away the tranquil beauty of agumbe. Suddenly some people shouted at me something in Kannada. I turned back and saw one monkey chewing up the rear seat of my bike. I ran towards my bike and the monkey escaped into a nearby tree. But it had already done the damage. It slit open the rear seat. I don’t know what made it do this. Well sure, it didn't look like a fruit . After patching up the seat, I said goodbye to the monkey and started towards Shimoga.



    My cbr glided through the heart of agumbe. Soon I reached doddamane, a 100 yr old house where the famous malgudi days were shot. I remembered having lunch at this place during my last visit to agumbe. It was summer then and agumbe was so dry. Everything looked dull. But now, the monsoon rains had done its magic. It converted this place into a mystic land. Everything around me screams life. I rode past doddamane and took a left turn towards Shimoga. At this turn, I was stopped by two men. I was a bit skeptical about stopping here as i knew agumbe had a little bit of naxal activity. But i stopped my bike. One guy came forward and asked if i could drop him at a nearby place called Guddekeri. I knew the place and i would be going through that place. He said he was a school teacher. I decided to give him a lift and asked him to hop on. We moved forward and soon my mind started playing tricks on me. I was having thoughts of getting robbed or being attacked by a group of naxals. I didn't want to become a martyr on the Independence Day. But all my fears vanished as soon as i reached guddakeri. He showed me a school and i stopped nearby. A group of enthusiastic children came out to see my bike. Honestly, with all my riding gear on i looked like an alien. No wonder they were curious. They were all gathered there for the flag hosting for the Independence Day. They were waiting for their teacher to come. He invited me also for the flag hosting ceremony. But since the prospect of rain was looming up in the sky, I politely refused. He thanked me for the drop and I left the place. The road ahead was a bit patchy although there were some butter smooth tarmacs in between. Soon it started raining and it added the bit of drama i needed. Evrywhere it was green, green and more green. I was happily riding through this enchanting world and suddenly i felt some rumbling in my stomach. Hunger brought me back into my senses. I started searching for a place to have breakfast. I came to know that i will get breakfast only in thirthahalli. So I pushed forward. I stopped by a small roadside shop near thirthahalli.I didn’t want to go inside a hotel as i was fully wet by that time. I had some idli and tea from there. It sure was not the best i ever had. But it did make me happy in that cold wet weather.



    I crossed thirthahalli town and entered the highway to Shimoga. This was the best stretch i came across in this entire journey. The traffic was very less. I went through a number of scenic places. The rain was playing its part too. It was turning everything into a magical world. There was a sense of freedom everywhere. Children from schools were rallying alongside the road. I came across numerous such groups. They were chanting 'bharath matha ki jai'. They were all celebrating the independence day of the country. But the question is, are we really free? Based on the current situation in our country, I believe that it is still very far from being called as a free country. Anyways I am not rattling much about this subject here. I moved ahead. I went through a number of rural villages in this part of the ride. The villagers were looking at me like an alien who came to invade their world. The look on their faces when i zoom through their village was priceless. I was smiling inside my helmet all the time. Just before Shimoga the road went through a wild life sanctuary. It had some amazing tarmacs with thick forest area on both sides. The CBR flew through these roads as if she owned them. The natural beauty of this place along with the rain left me spellbound. I stopped and clicked a few pics. I had read about some recent flash floods in shimoga before my ride. But i was not sure about the place. I came across a road where both sides were filled with flood water. But luckily there were very few rains in the last couple of days and the water had receded in most of the places. Nothing much happened to stop me again. So I reached shimoga quickly. Agumbe to Shimoga was a pure bliss with winding roads, forests and above all, the rain.







    As soon as i reached Shimoga the rain stopped. It had not rained here at least for past couple of days. I could see dry roads ahead. There was some traffic in the town. I negotiated the traffic quickly and reached the other end of the town in no time. I stopped here to take a butt break. I called up my wife and messaged a couple of friends to let them know my whereabouts and continued towards Jog falls. Smooth tarmac welcomed me. There was zero traffic except the occasional bikers. Soon i started hitting triple digit speeds. Blurry images of endless corn fields flashed past me. The road was so good that i never had to slow down. The adrenaline pumping through my veins made me high. Since it was a holiday there were a lot of people going to jog falls and most of them were on bikes. But none of them were a match for my baby. I was happily zooming past everything on the road and suddenly i slowed down as there was a road block ahead. There were cops all over the place. I slowly approached the block. There was a bus parked alongside the road and there were do not cross lines everywhere. It was an accident. As i went near the bus, I saw a dead body under the bus. The cops were shouting to move ahead. So I came out of that place quickly. The daunting sight of the body haunted me for some time. My speed came down and i started to take it easy. The jog falls was very near then. On the way i could see a lot of bikes going to the falls. I took a detour from the main road and entered the road to the falls. More bikes. Most of them with no helmets and probably drunk. I quickly moved ahead, bought a ticket for me and parked my bike. It was 12 in the noon then and i had covered almost 300kms. I went near the falls. One of the majestic creations by god. It was a breathtaking view. I could see tiny specks of people at the bottom of the falls. The mist rising from the falls and the sunlight through the scattered rain clouds made it very enchanting.





    I spend around 1 hr near the falls and started towards honnavar at 1 p.m. The road ahead was narrow with lot of twists and turns. But the traffic was less. I had a little bit of a moment in one of the turns. I was negotiating a curve at 80kmph and there was some loose gravel on the road. My front tire got skidded. But i used my legs to balance the bike and somehow made it back on the road without falling. I thanked god. Me and my bike would have taken some serious damage if i had fallen. I continued further and sometime later i took some detour and lost my way. There was no network coverage and google maps rendered helpless. I went through some jungle roads and finally entered on the highway to honnavar. Surprisingly the road became very wide and smooth. Soon hunger started to make me weak. I had some water and pushed forward. I reached honnavar at around 2.30. There were not many options for me in honnavar as i belong to the carnivore species. I barged into a veg restaurant and straight away ordered a thali. I had my food and started from there at 2.50 p.m. The road from honnavar to bhatkal was in a sad state. There were a lot of surprise potholes waiting for you every 100 meters. As soon as I reached murudeshwar, roads became good. Even though there was traffic i managed to keep speeds of 100+. I had a small butt break after bhatkal and after that it was a non-stop ride till maravanthe. Finally i reached maravanthe at 4 pm. By this time fatigue has taken a toll on me. I stopped on the beach. This place has been a usual pit stop for me whenever i ride though this coastal highway. I spend some time there and started towards kundapur at 4.30. The roads were kind of okay till kundapur. Once i crossed kundapur, there were some good stretches ahead. Although there were frequent diversions on the NH66, it was fun riding on the highway. Some sections were very dusty. I was very tired by then. I wanted to reach Mangalore as quickly as possible. So I tried to go as fast as possible whenever i got some good stretches. Finally after a day’s hard ride i reached Mangalore at 6.15 p.m covering a total of 550 kms. This was one of the most memorable rides i ever did. The enchanting beauty of the Western Ghats and the thrills of biking left me wanting more. Sure, I will be back to explore the Ghats again. Till then good bye.

    I couldn't click much pics as i was concentrating on the riding part

    Thanks,
    Toby.
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    This waterfall looks so heavenly and scary at the same time.

    Travelogue approved.
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    Toby-Full of Classic...

    CBR , Waterfall & Weather everything looks so nice to me...


    Me and my bike would have taken some serious damage if i had fallen
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    Thumbs up Awesome Pictures

    I went to Shimoga last month and the waterfall looks to be more heavy than last month. Great pictures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by u4tobs View Post
    This ones my favorite.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Nice ride Nice pics Nice log

    Keep riding and keep it safe

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    Nice pics there buddy Western ghats is always special

    Did you take Aagumbe-Thirthalli-Shimoga or Agumbe-Koppa-SHimoga route. Either ways any updates on any developments on whats called a "Road"

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    Hey Jog falls !!! Thats my native place

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunilg View Post
    This waterfall looks so heavenly and scary at the same time.

    Travelogue approved.
    Thanks for the approval

    Quote Originally Posted by shahbaz63 View Post
    Toby-Full of Classic...

    CBR , Waterfall & Weather everything looks so nice to me...


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    Yes, i had all the safety gears.

    Quote Originally Posted by Acquilles View Post
    I went to Shimoga last month and the waterfall looks to be more heavy than last month. Great pictures.
    Thanks man

    Quote Originally Posted by bprags View Post
    This ones my favorite.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Glad you liked it

    Quote Originally Posted by experimentalhead View Post
    Nice ride Nice pics Nice log

    Keep riding and keep it safe
    Thanks man

    Quote Originally Posted by phanikar View Post
    Nice pics there buddy Western ghats is always special

    Did you take Aagumbe-Thirthalli-Shimoga or Agumbe-Koppa-SHimoga route. Either ways any updates on any developments on whats called a "Road"
    I took agumbe - thrithalli- shimoga. Thirthalli to shimoga has awesome roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by u4tobs View Post


    Nice click!

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