From the Sea to the Mountains - Kolli Hills - Day 3

Tripoto
14th Sep 2018
Photo of From the Sea to the Mountains - Kolli Hills - Day 3 by Sunny Kewalramani


After a surreal experience at Rameswaram, that ride to Arichal Manai and Dhanushkodi, something that I have wished for so long and the shade of blue ( of the sea ) I haven't seen before; it was time to start the ride to the last place of visit.

I am someone who is constantly wondering whether I prefer the beach and the sea or the mountains and the clouds.

Thankfully in this part of the country, we have both in close proximity from my city  ( Bangalore )

There was no way I would have riden all the way to Bangalore in one day, needed a stop in the middle and Kolli Hills was a perfect choice.

With the famed 70 Hair Pin Bends to get up there and better weather above 3500 ft, it offered both - thrill of the ride and the break from the heat.

I wondered before I started whether the rest of my ride would be as exciting and thrilling since I had just completed the reason ( Dhanushkodi ) of the journey from Bangalore itself, but the thrill continues.

The ride from Rameswaram to Kolli Hills took me through quintessential Tamil Nadu countryside roads.

Guess what - not knowing which route to take, I let Google Maps decide for me - I selected the motorcycle tab on the maps and boy did I do the right thing.
It took me through some meandering country roads through villages and plantations. Who says technology is all distracting.

The route it took me through - Rameswaram - Nainarkovil - Melur - Mannaparai - Kolli Hills with a Total Distance of 369kms. It took me 8 hours to complete.

This route has no decent places to stop for any refreshment apart from the odd highway stops for water, tea / coffee and ice creams ( in some places ). I wasn't  worried as I had a great breakfast before leaving and had enough water and munchies in case I needed them.

Once the hills were in sight, it brought a big smile to my face. The Hair Pin Bends soon started and I reached my place to stay for the night in about 30 mins.

The roads all throughout are brilliant. The Tamil Nadu State Highways are exceptional.

The place I am staying at ( Silver Line Retreat ) is pretty decent, with great views and I can hear many birds too ( including Peacocks )

With just one more day of riding ( back home ) to go, this trip has been some heck of an experience.
I am reminded of two quotes that I read -
"Four Wheels move the Body, Two Wheels move the Soul"
"Sometimes, you find yourself in the middle nowhere; and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere you find yourself"

I can also now say that my Butt hurts :)

Here are some pictures from today

Day 4 - was pretty much about going back home. A journey of about 260 kms covered in 6.5 hrs. I chose to take the NH44 this time ( just to get the feel of the big highways after all these days on the SH). At the end of the road, I reached home and carry these moments for the rest of my life in my memories.

Highways are my best friends!! Until I hit the road again! Cheers!

1st bend of 70

Photo of From the Sea to the Mountains - Kolli Hills - Day 3 by Sunny Kewalramani

First sighting of Kolli Hills!

Photo of From the Sea to the Mountains - Kolli Hills - Day 3 by Sunny Kewalramani

Kolli Hills Road!

Photo of From the Sea to the Mountains - Kolli Hills - Day 3 by Sunny Kewalramani

Highway to Mannaparai!

Photo of From the Sea to the Mountains - Kolli Hills - Day 3 by Sunny Kewalramani

Love the State Highways!

Photo of From the Sea to the Mountains - Kolli Hills - Day 3 by Sunny Kewalramani

Thank You Google Maps!

Photo of From the Sea to the Mountains - Kolli Hills - Day 3 by Sunny Kewalramani

Through Coconut plantations!

Photo of From the Sea to the Mountains - Kolli Hills - Day 3 by Sunny Kewalramani

View from bend #35

Photo of From the Sea to the Mountains - Kolli Hills - Day 3 by Sunny Kewalramani

Peacock spotting!

Photo of From the Sea to the Mountains - Kolli Hills - Day 3 by Sunny Kewalramani

NH44!

Photo of From the Sea to the Mountains - Kolli Hills - Day 3 by Sunny Kewalramani

A Super Sunrise Day 4!

Photo of From the Sea to the Mountains - Kolli Hills - Day 3 by Sunny Kewalramani
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