Motorbike Road Trip to Kotagiri

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24th Jul 2017

Green views and 500's thump

Photo of Motorbike Road Trip to Kotagiri by vinay sindhe

Summer was over, rainy season was on set and a long weekend was coming up and we decided to go for a road trip on our motorcycles. Many places were thrown up by my buddies, but one place stood out. Kotagiri, a small and not so popular (as of now) place near Ooty which is know for vast tea estates with very little to no commercial establishments. So, the destination was set, bikes were ready and stay was booked.

The usual route to Ooty is via Mysore. Now, to begin with lets just agree that Bangalore to Mysore highway is no prize. One will feel like he is riding through the city. Plus it was a long weekend, so this road is an absolute no no if we were to enjoy the ride. So we decided to take the Bangalore-Kanakpura- Satyamangalum-Kotagiri route.

Day 1

Just off Kanakpura you realise you are in nature's lap

Photo of Kanakapura, Karnataka, India by vinay sindhe

We met around 5 am near Kanakpura Nice road junction and started the journey. The roads were calm till Kanakpura and lead to breath taking with views with almost no visitors coming from Bangalore. The Satyamangalum forest area is totally a riders heaven. Good roads, smell of nilgiri trees and thick tree canopy.

Photo session @ Satyamangalam forest area

Photo of Sathyamangalam, Tamil Nadu, India by vinay sindhe
Photo of Sathyamangalam, Tamil Nadu, India by vinay sindhe

After the ride through Satyamangalum forest and Mettupalum ghat sections, we reached our stay (https://www.booking.com/hotel/in/oak-valley- resorts.html) around 3 pm, removed the saddle bags, and enjoyed the downpour which followed from our balcony. The stay was not like a "resort" by any means, but it was good enough for a couple of guys. The food was good and the rooms were clean.

A small garden in the resort

Photo of Oak Valley Resort, Kukkal, Tamil Nadu, India by vinay sindhe

Once the rain stopped we took a walk to stretch our legs and get a sense of the local flavor

Just outside our stay @Oak Valley resort

Photo of Oak Valley Resort, Kukkal, Tamil Nadu, India by vinay sindhe

The next morning we decided to head to ooty's prominent places via Kagguchi-Iduhatty- Doddabetta foothills- ooty route, as suggested by our very warm resort keeper. As we started the journey of about 50 odd kms we absolutely fell in love with the route. Beautiful roads, tea estates by the side, lush greenery and literally no tourists. All that was audible was the desert storm's thumping exhaust note.

Beautiful ghat sections between our stay and Doddabetta foothills

Photo of Iduhatty, Tamil Nadu, India by vinay sindhe
Day 2

Once we reached ooty it reminded us of Bangalore traffic. We did visit a so called water fall but it was damn crowded and there was no water too. Heading back to the route was the best option, so we decided, to turn back and explore Kagguchi and Iduhatty.

Even though it was a long weekend there were literally no vehicles except a few locals

Photo of Kagguchi, Tamil Nadu, India by vinay sindhe

taking lots of photos on empty roads

Photo of Iduhatty, Tamil Nadu, India by vinay sindhe
Photo of Iduhatty, Tamil Nadu, India by vinay sindhe

We used to just pick a road and ride.

Stop anywhere we liked and chill.

This wasn't a trip about a particular destination as such but more of a journey through the little known places around Kotagiri. If you are the type of person who would enjoy the journey more than the destination then this road trip is for you

So that was our road trip to Kotagiri (not exactly kotagiri, but near by). The next day we headed back to Bangalore via the Salem - Krishnagiri - Bangalore route since there is always a chance of getting delayed in the ghat sections and riding in the Satyamangalum forest late night did not seem a good idea. We reached Bangalore around 6 pm and parted ways near Electronic city with the promise to do to this very route sometime next year.

Below is the route maps, hope it helps

The 50 odd Kms route from our stay to doddabetta foothills

Photo of Motorbike Road Trip to Kotagiri by vinay sindhe

Bangalore to Oak Valley Resort via Kanakpura-Satyamangalum forest

Photo of Motorbike Road Trip to Kotagiri by vinay sindhe
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Nice explain to these place and it's knowledgeable.. thank you for this guidance.. and nice wrote these place.
Tue 06 26 18, 04:21 · Reply · Report
Thank you Srikara
Sun 05 27 18, 04:59 · Reply · Report
Nice write up Vinay
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