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Hi Guys! This is the story of how I went on a ride to the small town of Kolli Hills, which is famous for its 70 continuous hairpin bends - A motorcycle rider's paradise!
Kolli Hills is a mountain range in Tamil Nadu's Namakkal district, at an average mean sea level of 1000 - 1300 meters. The village is completely raw - there is no commercialization at all. By commercialization, I mean that you can roam the streets without encountering a Mall, Mc Donalds and such. There are barely any stay options and you wouldn't even find a good restaurant here for food. This is how untouched this small sleepy town is - nicely tucked within the mountainous ranges.
As they say, it is not the destination, it's the journey. This rings especially true in the case of Kolli hills. Let me explain -
Bangalore - Hosur - Krishnagiri - Salem - Kalangani - Uthiragadikkaval - 50 kms of Kolli Hills' hair pin bends
Bangalore to Kalangani is a great highway, and you can maintain good speeds. It is fully developed with fuel stations, tea shops and eatries spread throughout the highway. There are barely any potholes and road conditions are great too. At Kalangani, you will have to take a left turn that will take you through the villages. These roads are again well maintained, but there will be weird speed breakers and the size of the roads is small. It is basically a one-way lane.
The roads are scenic. There are huge coconut trees throughout. The local huts made by the villagers just add to the beauty of the experience. At Uthiragadikkaval, you come across a fuel station. This is the base of the hill.
This station marks the beginning of the 70 hair pin bends, and it gets very dangerous from here onwards. These bends are very steep and the road is two lanes. So when a truck or a bus tries to pass through these bends, they take over the entire space and it gets very difficult to maneuver. So, constant vigilance is advised. And did I mention the pathetic quality of some stretches? There are bends where the roads are completely destroyed - what is left of such roads are just potholes
And if you love riding, you know this is a blessing in disguise. You know that bad roads and a few potholes will never be enough of a deterrent to stop you from wanting to explore!
I have been to Kolli Hills twice. And still thinking about it makes me want to go out and do this ride again. It's this good. Really.
Stay - NPS Lake View Resort
Guys! This is one of the best hotel experiences I have had all my life. Not even in my wildest dreams had I thought that I would enjoy such great hospitality at a place like this. But I did, and it was amazing!
The resort has small individual cottages around a garden. These cottages have Chota Bheem wallpapers on the inside, which is supremely cute/funny, and they have a seating area outside. This offers great views in the night.
Speaking of nights - those are chill. It gets freezing here. This is another thing that I was not expecting. I have been to Yercaud, and that was very hot. But Kolli hills is a different beast altogether. It gets foggy in the night and temperature falls down to very low degrees. Include a set of warm clothes when you do your packing!
I have to mention the food as well. It was great. I tried non veg meal and pakodis and kept on ordering more portions - It was so good. Or maybe I was just tired with all the riding. But I strongly believe it was the food.
Vallapurnadu View Point
The owner of NPS Lake View Resort recommended that I visit the Aruvi waterfalls, and check out this view point. I decided to skip the water falls because I was not in the mood. I am more of a mountains person than water. So I checked this view point out. And once again, I was speechless at the beauty of this place.
The whole experience had been surreal. A small village which is completely hidden from civilization and has so many things on offer. The roads are epic, weather amazing, scenery beautiful - And they have waterfalls too. As seen in the picture, this looks like a lighthouse, and was open. So I went upstairs. This was the view -
And I end this one just the way I started - with a photo of one of the bends!
So, I shall leave you with my memories of this beautiful, amazing place. Here are some links I found around the internet, that can help you with your plans.
Drone shot of 70 Hair Pins - Amazing! Tamil Nadu Tourism Page
Don't forget to check out some of my other rides.
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