Kerala... God's own country. Well, its pretty spectacular when it comes to its beaches, nature, roads, and people. I am always drawn towards it, from a long time back. Any un-planned trip? kerala is the destination. This place just makes me feel @ home (Yes, I am married to a keralite :) ). Never mind the narrow roads, the horrific drivers who push you of the road, the certified insane and blind bus drivers (They seem to never spot the bikers). This is one place, I have visited over and over again, and will continue to do so.
Wife's friends wedding was coming up, and we were almost sure of not travelling due to work commitments, and bad weather. Riding in rain in kerala is asking for a direct route to hell. At the last moment, the work suddenly disappeared (read needed a bad break, so dumped work) and we set off. We decided to head to Thrissur via Coimbatore, as the roads till coimbatore would allow us to munch miles, and all geared up, we set off early morning. The ride till coimbatore was un-eventful, and with no signs of rains, we removed the rain gear, and entered kerala. Break-fast was @ A2B between Dindgul and Salem, and a forgettable lunch @ palakad, and we reached Thrissur by 4pm.
We were hungry post a small nap, and found a India Coffee house close to the hotel, and tried the Parotta and tomatto curry, and my wife had it with the special b**f curry, and we were hooked. Think we had breakfast/lunch/dinner @ the same place. I have been to various India coffee house branches, but these guys are the best. The old school crowd, mixed with the old school atmosphere, always bustling..thats what I love about India coffee house.
Post the wedding @ a temple, and a visit to a old temple near by to please my wife, we went back to the hotel. The reception was 3 hrs away, and for lack of doing anything better, we decided to set off back home (Mysore). Said our farewell to the bride's family, and we were on our way to Mysore via Bandipur. Wouldn't hurt to pass through bandipur, as my wife had been reading about it being one of the best places to drive though. The progress was slow, owing to traffic, and hitting towns every other minute.
We were hungry @ Nilambur, and a Auto rickshaw driver suggested Elite hotel, as serving some amazing local stuff. And it dint disappoint, b**f fry and biryani for wife, and parotta/tomato curry for me (Yes, as you guessed I am a veg, and my wife a die hard non-veg). Stuffed we dragged ourselves and reached Bandipur around 4pm, and boy were we in for a treat. We encountered herds of deers, almost 200-300 of them, elephants right next to the road. It was good to see wild life slowly growing in numbers. It really was good to see people respecting the wild life, by stopping their vehicles to let the cross the roads (except 1 or 2 loosers, who honked their way to glory and scared the animals)
Once Bandipur reserve got over, the speed breakers put in to protect the wild life from road kills disappeared. And Boy did I have fun till Nanjangud, and then it became a crawl to hit Mysore. Mom/dad were pleasantly surprised, and neighbours terrified that we had gone to kerala on a bike :). We stayed back a day, and headed back to bangalore, through the awfull Mys-Blr high way.
2 days after quitting my job, headed home to attend a friends wedding, and caught up with few friends. Image my joy, when a friend(Phal) asked me to take his brand new KTM390 and help him run it in as he was held up with rallying. One ride to chamundi hills with the gang had me hooked, and we then decided to run upto ooty the next morning.