Yeah! Mountains are calling and we must go!
But how it all started????
On one fine day, an e-mail pinged into my laptop when I was ruthlessly hitting the keypad & maneuvering through excel sheets to complete the work asap. That brought a big smile on my face as it was the holiday list of 2017 and had so many long extended weekends.
Holiday 1: 13th Jan 2017 - Makar Sankranti
Although it happens on 14th of Jan, our HR was kind enough.
There it all started and the quest for destination began, the travel bugs started biting day & night. Since we had already over celebrated the new year's, we were a little tight on budget, so Goa was out of the question but as it was going to be the first ride of 2017, it had to be splendid.
A very good friend (& co-traveler in this trip) said "COORG". I nodded "Yes, I am in" and the plan is on.
Research started! Route map, road conditions, places to visit and what not?
It was 'Hyderabad>Chikmanglur>Coorg>Bangalore>Hyderabad' with more that 10 major & numerous minor spots to cover.
Very Soon we realized that the place has a lot to offer and cannot be covered in 1 or 2 days. Time to cut short the laundry list. With the time in hand the question was COORG or CHIKMAGALUR as both could not be covered. Internet got us confused even more.
Finally it was Chikmagalur, reason being 1) it has more to offer to explorers than tourists 2) less commercialized ~ more craziness 3) less distance to be covered to & fro Hyderabad ~ more time to explore.
So the day has come, motorcycles are serviced & polished, bags are tied up and we are all geared up (physically with riding gears & mentally with loads of energy).
Day 1 - January 12th, 2017
Completed our offices before time and rushed to the meeting point (friend's place) at Gachibowli around 10 in the night. We did our part of prayers, boosted ourselves, played songs, hugged each other, smiled & began the journey. I was scared, my first motorcycle ride where I would cover 700 Kms at a stretch. It was going to be a hell of a ride.