A Sunday trip was on plan throughout the week. Unsure of the (college) schedule for Saturday, we were unable to decide whether the trip should be one day or a two day trip on an October weekend.
We (Myself and Masroora who is my travel buddy in Manipal) were exploring options to go around, discussing every option on Whatsapp and the possible travel time. I had a strong will to go Jog falls which is the second highest waterfall in India. So we were certain of Jog falls for a two day plan but needed a contingency plan for one day to make sure we don’t waste a Sunday at home dozing.
Till Friday afternoon we were not aware of the schedule for Saturday. Jog falls is around 200 kms from Manipal which means almost 4- 5 hours on my Black bull (Royal Enfield Classic 350 Black). We didn't know whether we could make to the waterfall if we start on Saturday evening. So an ambiguous plan but a strong will and as appropriately quoted 'Where there is a will, there is a way'.
Friday eve arrives with a good news. Our professor informed us that my batch (Masroo is from senior batch) was suppose to visit a school in Udupi on Saturday morning to take a workshop for physical education teachers from Udupi and Mangalore. A noble work indeed for which I was equally excited. With this plan, I was pretty sure Saturday afternoon would be free and we could leave for Jog falls, but Masroo was uncertain about her free time from department. (Masroo was working on her Masters Research project on tennis players - sounds interesting!) Although I knew we might have to leave in a hurry on Saturday afternoon, I was lazy enough not to pack my bags ;-)
Everyday 6:00 am (Mon-Sat) is strictly a time for sports, exercise and fitness (a much needed requisite for our profession as a Sports scientist). Whatever might be the excuse, you are late if you reach after 5:55 am. But this Saturday session was an official off (Oops- this is the rarest of incidence) since we had to leave for the school session at 8:45am.
The clock now showed 13:00 on Saturday and I was yet at the school. Now this left least chances to leave for the falls. Surprisingly, Masroo was already free and was waiting for updates from me. I finally arrived back to Manipal at 14:45- quite late according to the plan if we wanted to reach Jog falls before dark.
After a brief discussion with a friend of mine for the plan, we decided to stay at Bhatkal for the night and leave for Jog early Sunday morning. Bhatkal is around 90 kms from Manipal and Jog falls is further 97 kms from there.
Finally ready to leave! Our bagpacks affixed by the octopus cords on the bull's pannier. A black bull with 2 bikernis, 2 helmets, 2 bag packs and a camera. Manipal- Udupi - Brahmavara- Kundapur- Maravanthe- Bhatkal via NH 66. Luckily, the road conditions are good to soar at speed of 90-100 km/hr. Passing by the streams, estuaries of river Suvarna, Sita, sky high coconut trees, we reached Maravanthe. At 17:00, we stopped to sip a cup of tea with some goli bhaji. The shopkeeper enquired whether we were from Maharashtra (as my bike passing is MH) and where were we heading towards. After mentioning him about the Jog falls, he started a conversation with his fellow friends in Kannada for some info. A customer (seemed to be a regular one) guided us reaffirming our plan to stay at Bhatkal and not heading Jog falls at this hour of the day.