Date: 6th May 12AM to 7th May 10PM
Destination: Chickmangaluru, Mullyangiri, Baba Budangiri, Halebeedu, Belur(Chennakeshava Temple)
Mode of Travel: Royal Enfield Classic 350, Bajaj Avenger 220
No. of Persons: 4(Roommates i.e. my extended family)
Stay: Sri Venkatesh Residency, Chikmangaluru
Kilometres Driven: Almost 700 Kms
"Push our limits to do long distance bike trips so that one day we can check off Leh - Ladakh bike trip from our list."
We booked Royal Enfield Classic 350 from Wicked Ride because of the following reasons:
1) Max of 300 KM allowed per 24 hours when compared with other websites.
2) Rs 5 per km was charged after 600 as we booked the bike for 2 days.
3) Tariff charged was 2657(Including Taxes).
4) Bike was not in very good condition, it came along with minor issues in self start button, Horn not working properly. However, the engine was in good condition. Overall, it was a cool deal.
The second bike i.e. Bajaj Avenger 220 belongs to my roommate. We have finished many tourist destinations in that bike and our synchronisation with that is already spectacular.
You need to be very careful while choosing bikes for long trips. Since, this was our first time that we were doing a journey of more than 500 Kms, we already had our mind set up that we will be taking cruiser bikes and No sports bike. If you are a biker, you will understand what I am trying to convey here.
Struggle to Sleep:D
As per the schedule, we picked the bike at 10 PM and came back to our room. You might be thinking what the hell were we doing for the next 2 hours. So, for the next 2 hours we were trying to get sleep.
Because, we knew that we will be driving for 7 hours including breaks. However, the excitement of doing such a long distance trip in our favourite Royal Enfield made it impossible for us to sleep:D.
Therefore, we decided to start at 12 AM rather than our planned time of 2 AM.
I read few blogs to understand the best route and most of them suggested to take the Bangalore-Mangalore Highway(Bangalore - Ramnagara - Channarayanpatna - Hassan - Belur - Chikmangaluru) a total of 243 Kms.
With road conditions in Karnataka and in South India getting better and better, road trips are becoming a pleasure. I can guarantee on the fact that you aren't going to feel the pain of long distance routes because of such well built, less traffic and 4 lane highways.
You don't need to have a second thought about the route to Chickmangaluru and you can follow Google Maps:). All roads are having proper signage that helps the motorists to reach their destination safely. Because of routes like this journey becomes more thrilling than the destination! What a blissful drive!
Since we were travelling during night we couldn't observe the countryside view. We took 4-5 Chai and snacks break. One of the disappointing fact associated with Wicked Ride T&C was that Enfield comes with a speed limit of 110KM/hr. Believe me, the route I just told you about will demand you to accelerate your bike in full throttle.
Anyhow, we maintained a steady speed of 100 - 105 km/hr and reached Chikmangaluru by 6:30 AM.
You will be stunned by beauty of the valleys and waterfalls(Small ones though) you will see on the way. Especially if you drive now in the monsoon.
We didn't make any prior booking for our stay as there was a last moment change in plans.
As it was a chilly morning, we decided to continue and cover Buttermilk Falls, Mullyangiri Peak and Baba Budangiri as all of them were on the same route.
To reach Buttermilk Falls, you will have to hire local jeeps and they charge a nominal rate of Rs. 600. It is going to be one hell of a ride because you will get goosebumps as you can get in a roller coaster ride.