Western Ghats: A solo bike ride

Tripoto
28th Nov 2014
Photo of Western Ghats: A solo bike ride by Anil Reddy Thammineni
Photo of Western Ghats: A solo bike ride by Anil Reddy Thammineni
Photo of Western Ghats: A solo bike ride by Anil Reddy Thammineni
Photo of Western Ghats: A solo bike ride by Anil Reddy Thammineni
Photo of Western Ghats: A solo bike ride by Anil Reddy Thammineni
Photo of Western Ghats: A solo bike ride by Anil Reddy Thammineni
Photo of Western Ghats: A solo bike ride by Anil Reddy Thammineni
Photo of Western Ghats: A solo bike ride by Anil Reddy Thammineni
Photo of Western Ghats: A solo bike ride by Anil Reddy Thammineni
Photo of Western Ghats: A solo bike ride by Anil Reddy Thammineni
Photo of Western Ghats: A solo bike ride by Anil Reddy Thammineni
Photo of Western Ghats: A solo bike ride by Anil Reddy Thammineni

After working for four long years in HCL Chennai, got ready to join INFOSYS Bangalore. I decided to take a long pending bike ride through Western Ghats.

Nov 28 was last working day in Chennai and Dec 8 was first working day in Bangalore. I Packed two bags with books, clothes and other stuff(not sure how it will go as riding long alone for first time).
 
I started at 06:30 am on 29 Nov in Chennai , reached Madurai at 04:30 pm( its full national highway ride and in rain for couple of hours).Got the much needed confidence to continue ride through western ghats.
 
Started after buffet breakfast , friend joined at Theni bus stand abd after light lunch , started ascending the hills to Munnar.. It was tough ride for my 100 cc Platina bike , but it managed to trek one of tough ghats of Southern India carrying weight of us and our luggage(total 175 kg).. 
 
It was foggy for few kilometers , but it made our ride cool and pleasant.. Reached Munnar at expected time , best part of the day is ride on bluish wet tar road between lush green coffee plantations in a cinematic shoot way..
 
Glenmore Resorts was a bit remote going down from road , very steep and my bike hesitated to go down as a horse does when u try to push it through deep river. But the location has given us much needed relaxation amid lush green tree cover..
 
Went to crowded Eravikulam park and continued our ride to Coimbatore through the forest ( disappointed as no animal or atleast a bird sighting).
 
Friend bid me goodbye , I welcomed my cousin as per plan in Coimbatore. Visited my room mate home there.
Had tasty Chicken Dosa in a famous restaurant.
 
Next day , ride to Silent Valley and rested in local lodge. Next day early morning , went for jeep ride to Sairindhri tower and river in midst of valley. We covered three type of UNESCO heritaged and ecologically sensitive forests on our way. Had nice chat with Forest Police at Sairindhri tower. 
 
Started to Waynad after having Fish meals and reached by evening.
 
Visited historical and natural Edikkal caves the next day.morning , tough walk to the start of cave. Bought local honey,green tea,chocolates.
Started to Madikeri and had to travel in very chilly weather in dark forest between 06:00 pm and 09:00 pm because of the delay in Wayanad. Shivered sitting on back as without jacket. F8nally reached at 09:00 pm and felt the much awaited warmth after moving into our hotel room.
 
Visited Abbey Falls , had tasty local non-veg food in a famous restaurant. Started our ride to Channarayapatna(cousin's place) , visited famous Tibet monastery on our way , beautiful statues of Budha and two other budhist saints.
 
Next day morning , went to Bahubali temple a5 Shravana Belagola. Excellent art work of all the statues on top of pleasant hill.
Brought fish on way back to home from lical river and had tasty home fish meals to end our journey , though actually ended on Dec 7 evening after reaching Bangalore.
pleasant hill station with beautiful coffee plantataions..
Photo of Munnar, Kerala, India by Anil Reddy Thammineni
Photo of Munnar, Kerala, India by Anil Reddy Thammineni
Photo of Munnar, Kerala, India by Anil Reddy Thammineni
Photo of Munnar, Kerala, India by Anil Reddy Thammineni
Photo of Munnar, Kerala, India by Anil Reddy Thammineni
best experience of core forest with less crowd..
Historic Edikkal cave around..
Tasty food , pleasant climate , remote coffee plantations , best views of Mandalpatti..
Historic Bahubali statue on nice hill..
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