It had been a month since I'd travelled anywhere and I was waiting for an excuse to find some place to go. One fine day, a dear friend from Kochi called me up and said that we was going to go to Chikmagalur (Chikmanguluru, for old school people) for a shoot (he's a photographer) and wanted to come down to Bangalore to spend some time with me before heading to the shoot.
I quickly thought of a plan and said, "Let's go a day earlier to Chikmagalur". I quickly roped in another friend and we decided to go by car since it was three of us. Bangalore to Chikmagalur is roughly 250 km and since we were driving down, we knew we'd reach quickly.
I was super excited because I had some relatives staying in Chikmagalur district and I knew we'd get to go see some amazing wildlife. My friend finally came down and we picked him up by car from a common point near Mysore road. It wasn't early in the morning and we knew we had to catch up on time. It was nearing mid-day and I didn't want to be driving in the hot sun.
We quickly hit the highway after a late breakfast and began our drive. I called my uncle and asked him where we could stay for a night, preferably somewhere away from the town and somewhere quiet. He suggested a place called Thottadalli Mane and put me in touch with a person he knew quite well. We got the location of the homestay and while I knew the route to Chikmagalur, we would need the location to find the homestay itself.
Driving with music is an all-time favourite of mine. I don't mind driving around in circles if there's music and if I'm on the highway. Add a touch of rain and I'd be at absolute peace. We laughed and spoke the entire way to the homestay. It's a nice drive and the route to Chikmagalur is beautiful as you pass by hill ranges and forest areas. It's almost always a cool drive. Somehow every time I've visited Chikmagalur, it is cloudy and cool and you manage to get amazing pictures at any spot.