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Exploring South India - Part 2

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  • Exploring South India - Part 2

    Trip : Hyderabad - > Ooty - > Kodaikanal - > Munnar - > Calicut - > Mangalore - > Bangalore - > Hyderabad

    Me & my friend decided to ride to the South once again in the month of June, 2015.

    I could not pen down the travelog as I was all caught up with career and stuff.

    As always, the main agenda of the trip was to have maximum fun and adventure at minimalistic cost . I will keep the writing part to the minimalistic and let the photos speak the story, more because it has been quite some time and I have managed to forget the small little details of the trip

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    Rest of the log after the approval of the log.
    Last edited by bobisbacktorock; 05-24-2016, 05:43 PM.
    Exploring South India
    Ride to Dandeli
    Kuntala waterfalls at its best
    Father & Son ride to Nasik
    Exploring South India -2
    Hyderabad-Goa-Maharashtra

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    Re: Exploring South India - Part 2

    Travelogue Approved

    Nice! Bring it on
    Biking is not about what you have between your legs, its all about how well you use it!!!!!!!

    Give your details here if you want to help your fellow xBhpian stranded in your city

    Touring Blog: Cycling in Mongolia!

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    • #3
      Re: Exploring South India - Part 2

      Better late than never!

      Superb pics

      Please post more!

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        Re: Exploring South India - Part 2

        Originally posted by The Monk View Post
        Travelogue Approved

        Nice! Bring it on
        Thanks for the approval

        Originally posted by i22 View Post
        Better late than never!

        Superb pics

        Please post more!
        Haha .. well said. Thanks man.
        Exploring South India
        Ride to Dandeli
        Kuntala waterfalls at its best
        Father & Son ride to Nasik
        Exploring South India -2
        Hyderabad-Goa-Maharashtra

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          Re: Exploring South India - Part 2

          HYDERABAD - OOTY (900 kms)


          So we started :

          It was 1st of June, we started at around 5 pm. Plan was to start from Hyderabad and reach Ooty without a stay in a lodge (Money saving ).

          My friend and me sourced saddle bags for the trip and like every newbie, overloaded the bags. Too much of everything. Bikes looked like donkeys with load on their backs .

          The ride from Hyd - Ooty had to be totally boring and uneventful till Bangaluru atleast, thanks to long straight 4 - 6 laned highways with heavy crosswinds and my puny 125cc Commuter - all wrong combo. And as expected could not sleep during the day due to excitement and while clock struck 1, I started getting sleep shocks.

          Keeping safety into concern, parked the bikes in a deserted Bus stop and slept for 1-2 hrs. That was a much needed power nap. By 6 am we crossed Bangaluru and stopped by a small beautiful restaurant and enjoyed lip smacking south Indian breakfast. GAME OVER. The heavy breakfast made things worse. I Can't explain that SLEEP ATTACK!! .. I remember I just could not hold the handle straight even for 50 meters.

          It was a gentle reminder that we have pushed our exhausted brains way too far. Finally a Cafe Coffee Day by the highway (between Bang & Mysuru) saved us. We stopped by, used the loo and had awesome coffee and just died on the table. We came back to our senses 2 hours later. Those were the most amazing 2 hours of sleep.

          From there on, the journey became super exciting ... Mysuru - bandipur - 36 hairpin bend road - Ooty ... we had done this before already so was a cake walk but we totally enjoyed it in the amazing weather.

          We checked in our favourite lodge - Divine Highland in Ooty. This time they charged just 500 bucks per day.

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          Our machines loaded up

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          The bus stop where we slept for a few hours. The coziest bed I have ever slept on.

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          The small restaurant where we had a heavy breakfast

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          The coffee we had before we dosed off

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          Karnataka - TamilNadu border ... the gate behind me separates the two states

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          Thats how Ooty looked from a distance of 30 kms

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          Thats not fog, those are clouds in the background

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          My riding partner Harish with his machine

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          A view from our lodge

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          Thats Divine Highland
          Last edited by bobisbacktorock; 05-21-2016, 08:52 PM.
          Exploring South India
          Ride to Dandeli
          Kuntala waterfalls at its best
          Father & Son ride to Nasik
          Exploring South India -2
          Hyderabad-Goa-Maharashtra

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            Re: Exploring South India - Part 2

            Originally posted by bobisbacktorock View Post


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            Thats how Ooty looked from a distance of 30 kms
            Roads like these

            I feel tempted now, especially with the better season/climate approaching!

            Superb pics
            Last edited by i22; 05-18-2016, 06:31 PM.

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              Re: Exploring South India - Part 2

              Originally posted by i22 View Post
              Roads like these

              I feel tempted now, especially with the better season/climate approaching!

              Superb pics
              The roads were indeed tempting.

              Thanks ... Glad you liked the pics
              Exploring South India
              Ride to Dandeli
              Kuntala waterfalls at its best
              Father & Son ride to Nasik
              Exploring South India -2
              Hyderabad-Goa-Maharashtra

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                Re: Exploring South India - Part 2

                Day 3 - Ooty : Chal bhai dekhte aas paas kya hai Ooty me.

                After a long nice sleep, got up to see a cloudy weather in Ooty. Got ready and started off for sight seeing. Wanted to visit all the "places to visit" in and around Ooty except Emrald lake as that was already done during our last trip.

                Botanical Garden, Dodabetta Peak, Pykara waterfalls etc

                Best thing about Ooty is everything around Ooty is beautiful, you just need to travel and get lost in the Nilgiris. The weather kept changing and we faced heavy downpour.

                In the evening rode to Conoor in search of good dinner, but returned back dissapointed. Nest day we had to leave so packed up our stuff and kept everything ready for the next day.

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                The kink kong face Hill

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                Last edited by bobisbacktorock; 05-21-2016, 06:44 PM.
                Exploring South India
                Ride to Dandeli
                Kuntala waterfalls at its best
                Father & Son ride to Nasik
                Exploring South India -2
                Hyderabad-Goa-Maharashtra

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                  Re: Exploring South India - Part 2

                  Superb clicks again! 👍
                  Greenery all around is always such a pleasant sight

                  Curious to know about the camera used

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                    Re: Exploring South India - Part 2

                    Originally posted by i22 View Post
                    Superb clicks again! 👍
                    Greenery all around is always such a pleasant sight

                    Curious to know about the camera used
                    Thanks again

                    Cam is Olympus 8 MP point and shoot and a Samsung point nd shoot (WB250F) and some pics taken with Samsung Core dual sim phone.
                    Exploring South India
                    Ride to Dandeli
                    Kuntala waterfalls at its best
                    Father & Son ride to Nasik
                    Exploring South India -2
                    Hyderabad-Goa-Maharashtra

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                    • #11
                      Re: Exploring South India - Part 2

                      Wow

                      I wouldn't have guessed that.

                      Please keep sharing your logs.
                      Nice crisp writing and superb pics

                      Cheers

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                      • #12
                        Re: Exploring South India - Part 2

                        Day 4 : Bhai aj kahan chale? Kodai chalte hai

                        Ooty - kodaikanal

                        We got ready and started off from Ooty at 10am. The weather was gloomy with light drizzles.

                        We crossed Conoor, witnessed Nilgiri Railways narrow-guage train on the way. The weather became got and humid as we descended from the never ending hills.

                        Had breakfast after crossing Conoor. Food wasn't good but I gulped 2 Masala dosas due to the extreme hunger.

                        We rode via Udumalpet & Palani. The sky became real DARK while we were nearing Palani and finally the clouds burst.

                        We decided to ride in that torrential rain which was indeed a very risky decision. The roads uphill was extremely steep and streams were running down the roads due to the heavy shower. The scenic beauty was breathtaking.

                        We could not click much pics due to the heavy rains and our camera gears were not water proof.

                        Had a hard time hunting for budget lodges. We were drenched to the core shivering in the biting cold weather. Finally booked a room with the help of a road side agent at 700 bucks per day.

                        Then had a nice hot and steamy dinner and retired to bed. My clothes got drenched even with rain covers over the saddle bags. The rain was just too brutal.

                        The scenic beauty we witnessed during the uphill climb is just beyond the scope of words.

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                        We saw streams like this everywhere
                        Last edited by bobisbacktorock; 06-07-2016, 07:07 PM.
                        Exploring South India
                        Ride to Dandeli
                        Kuntala waterfalls at its best
                        Father & Son ride to Nasik
                        Exploring South India -2
                        Hyderabad-Goa-Maharashtra

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                          Re: Exploring South India - Part 2

                          Originally posted by bobisbacktorock View Post
                          Day 4 : Bhai aj kahan chale? Kodai chalte hai

                          [B]Ooty - kodaikanal
                          This region is just pure bliss in the right times

                          Whatever pictures you were able to click are quite wallpaper worthy :thumbup:

                          I'm definitely tempted now.
                          At least to make a day or two's trip

                          Cheers

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                            Re: Exploring South India - Part 2

                            Nice captures Souritra!
                            Glued!
                            A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.

                            Weekend Rides Around Kolkata
                            My Ride To Sunderbans -
                            Hemnagar & Samsernagar
                            Saagar Kinare - Bakkhali Calling

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                              Re: Exploring South India - Part 2

                              Originally posted by i22 View Post
                              This region is just pure bliss in the right times

                              Whatever pictures you were able to click are quite wallpaper worthy :thumbup:

                              I'm definitely tempted now.
                              At least to make a day or two's trip

                              Cheers
                              Thank You so much.

                              The right season is nearing...ride on this route, it's worth it.

                              Originally posted by krishna77 View Post
                              Nice captures Souritra!
                              Glued!
                              Thank you so much.
                              Exploring South India
                              Ride to Dandeli
                              Kuntala waterfalls at its best
                              Father & Son ride to Nasik
                              Exploring South India -2
                              Hyderabad-Goa-Maharashtra

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