Had to leave Banglore national highway and travel by state highway towards Mysore. From Hiriyur to Mysore the entire road is covered with Coconut, banana and betelnut farms. The symmetry in which betelnut trees are planted looks amazing 😍. Here in south every small shop has big bunches of banana tied outside. Had never dreamt I will visit Mysore palace on a solo bike ride 😇. The palace is huge and magnificent, loved it. Also there was a flower exhibition which was real beauty in its own. In Karnataka I could easily communicate as I know a bit of Kannada. I can't read any south Indian language, each alphabet seems to be a big/small jalebi 😂😂. Avoided use of GPS to the possible extend and approached people nearby so that I could communicate with people over here.With a gradual pace, I had entered the rice eating states, had rasam and rice for lunch in Mysore.Left Mysore around 3pm for Sultan-Bathery, it was my today's halt. It's around 125 km from Mysore. On the way there is a Tiger reserve forest Bandipur-Wayanad. This is my first ever visit to Kerala and guess what Kerala gave me a moist welcome with heavy rain showers 😁. But this made the forest look lustrous and magnificent in evening light around 5.30 pm. Saw some deer and also an elephant. Seeing an elephant in a forest was the first time, trust me it's really thrilling. Couldn't click pictures, but yes captured a video in GoPro. The whole 40 km patch of jungle was full of goosebumps, excitement, thrill and fear 😇😇😇😍😍😍. In the mid forest itself there was a board "welcome to Kerala", so in 2days travelled 2 states. Can't speak Malayalam so I am some how managing here in my butler English "I go, you come" 😂😂. But people are cooperative where ever I went. Today traveled a total of around 400 km to reach Sultan bathery, yes having some back aches but that's ok, no pain no gain 😇
After Safari its 5 Pm, there was small water stream opposite to Sulthan Bathery Checkpost RTO offcie. we planned to take bath there.
We reched out hotel and in the evening went out exploring the street food, we had Beef / Chicken with mallabar paratha, the taste was ok.
The place is situated near Sultan Bathery. You need to trek a lot to get to this place. First we need to do steep trek of appx 1.5-2Km and then after reaching the caves, you need to do stair trek (approx 500). A very good city view awaits for you at the top. Also includes stone age writings.
On my way back, I enjoyed a sumptuous lunch in Bathery, another small town 30 kms away from Kalpetta. Sultan Bathery (popularly known as Bathery) in the ancient times was a reservoir of arms for Tipu Sulthan’s army, mainly due to its proximity to Mysore.The lunch was a gourmet on the platter. Several types of fish preparations are available. The one with a lot of organic herbs wrapped in a banana leaf was my favorite. Seasonally, one can also relish prawns. The black pepper juicy chicken was also something that I found unique in its preparation.On one of these days I also had a chance to enjoy the traditional Kerala meal. On a banana leaf they served six different types of curries with steam rice accompanied by papadam followed by a payasam (Kheer/sweet). It was authentic vegetarian food which included sambhar, rasam, beetroot, pineapple, payasam. Though serving on the banana leaf is not a very common tradition these days in Kerala but some restaurants on prior bookings can make the arrangements. Hotel Jubilee in Bathery is one of them.The rest of the evening was spent shopping in the local market. The most colorful lungis (traditional lower wear in South India) were available in some of the textile handloom showrooms. I also bought some spices like white pepper, cinnamon, etc. for the kitchen back home. Gandhi Gram outlets are some of the most genuine places for shopping.