My love for beaches made me google for the closest beach from Bangalore for a weekend getaway and I choose Kannur among the few options I had. A last minute cancellation of my year end holiday plan to Kerala in 2017 disappointed me a lot. With my Thunderbird having finished the drive-in period, I was waiting for a weekend and I chose the Sankranti weekend for the Kannur trip. The drive-in beach in Kannur got me very excited.
My younger brother and me decided to do our first sibling only trip. This was the first trip on my Thunderbird. We started off early anticipating traffic as the day progresses on Bangalore's famous getaway road - the Bangalore - Mysore highway. I prefer an early start to my day as there are little chances that city traffic would ruin the holiday mood. After a comfortable first hundred kilometers of driving, we decided to stop at A2B in Mandya for breakfast. A good dosa and hot tea to keep the tummy happy :)
Having taken a good break, we resumed our journey to Kannur. We took turns to drive and post breakfast was my turn. The roads are in excellent condition and we enjoyed the smooth ride. After covering another hundred kilometers, we decided to stop for a tea break at Hunsur. I was pleasantly surprised at the quantity of tea given at Hotel Annapoorna. I would recommend this place for a short stop for tea/breakfast/lunch.
A small deviation to the left directs one to Iritty and a road to the right takes one to Virajpet. This deviation is just before the Brahmagiri Wildlife sanctuary. We were at this place at around 10 am and we realized that we needed to cover distance quickly before the scorching sun began to take its toll on us. The journey through the wildlife sanctuary was amazing. Surrounded by thick green cover, winding roads and few vehicles occasionally in the opposite direction, I enjoyed the journey to the maximum being a pillion rider.
The road from Iritty to Kannur is not very great and rash bus drivers in north Kerala meant we had to be extra careful. A few stops on the way and we finally reached Kannur by lunch time. I had booked an accommodation very close to the beach via Booking.com (the property is names Sun n Tan). The booking was sufficient for travelers, 150-200 meters off the beach with a lovely view from the balcony on first floor.