Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Ugadi Odyssey (Udupi)

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Finally I got the "green signal" call from by Addi at 5:20 pm on friday I started from my office took the outer ring road towards tumkur road. The rest of the gang are coming through the outerring road from the mysore road side. Addi, Ankur, Huez(me), Imti and Varun are the bikers for this tour. As I squezed and zipped through the tumkur road traffic I spotted Ankur with his luggage tied to the bike. What a sheer excitement it was for me when I caught the gang! We continued our ride at good speeds and reached chicmagalur with couple of breaks for tea and dinner.

Day2: The next day early in the morning we started towards Agumbe where we would be seing couple of falls. Agumbe always fascinated me since our first visit last year during monsoons. I was very anxious and wondering how the place would be at this time of year. We reached Agumbe by 11AM. The vegetation was almost the same except for the green grass thats missing now. We had our lunch at the Taj of Agumbe, they serve very good food that it even tastes better than our bangalore food. The hotel people recognized and greeted us. We went to keep our bags at the hotel at the bus stand and the hotel guys there recognized us too. We kept our bags there and rode to the falls.

The ride throught the narrow roads through thick vegetation was very intresting and makes one to sing. The falls is tucked inside the forest just 15 minute walk from the road. The falls was reduced to a stream this time of the year which was glorious during the monsoon last year. After some play in the water we rode to the other falls nearby. Its Barkana we had to trek for like 4km. Its was sunny and since we had to reach hebri that night we returend once we reached a viewpoint of the falls. After a good chat and photo session we returned to our bikes. Our attempt to wathch the sunset from the sunset point at Agumbe failed even this time due to colouds and mist. We reached hebri that evening and hit sack after dinner.

Day3: Early morning we left hebri to the Kudlu theertha falls which is 15 odd km from hebri. We rode about 7km on dirt track through small hills and valleys through dense vegetation. It was a very intresting ride. We parked our bikes at the point where the track narrowed down to a foot path and started to climb up through rocky hill. We hiked up to the falls, the climate was very pleasant. The falls was amazing at this time of year. We had a quality time there taking bath under the water falls. We had the whole falls just for ourselves almost till we planned to leave.

While returning we did some eco cleaning of the place. Once we reached our bikes we found that our fuel from all our bikes have been stolen and my helmet missing. With our fuel pointer barely rainsing up we rode back through the dirt track praying to God that we should reach the fuel station without problems. we reached the fuel station and latter we found out from the locals that the villagers near the falls steel fuel all the time there. So people venturing out there especially on bike beware of this.

We left to Udupi that afternoon. Riding in the noon without helmet was a lot of pain for me. My skin felt baked up. I could buy a helmet only in Udupi. Imti's carburreter leaked fuel but luckily it didnt leaked when the engine is running. After reaching Udupi we went to the Malpe beach and St Marry's Island. Both the beaches were well maintained. Be the boat ride to the St Marry's Island was very enjoyable. It even brought the intrest on sailing in me. The island looked like a oasis amidst the ocean, full of coconut trees. Varun and I started collecting shells on the shore. Looked like Varun is an expert with shells. reached Udupi and stayed there for the night.

Day 4: Early morning we headed to Koradi beach. Seing the Kinara Beach resort right there on the beach we decided to stay there. Both the beach and the village was very beautiful. A very peaceful place to be. We spent the whole day in the ocean waters playing water ball and doging tides. Evening we rode to the Maravanthe. Maravante is a beach, the speciality being there is beach on one side of the road and backwaters on the other. Its a very beautiful place. We went boating on the backwaters. The sunset on the beach was beautiful. Unfortunatey the colouds didnt let us watch the sun diping into the ocean waters. We came back to kinara resort spent good time on the beach couting the ships on the horizon and the stars above.

Day 5. Our summer vaccation is about to end today and most part of the day will be on riding back to bangalore. On the way we went to dharmashhala where Addi, varun and ankur went to the temple while Imti and me roamed around. On the way back to bangalore we went through the shiradi ghat section. This is a beatutiful and scenic route. This time the road was good and was enjoyable. I got my bike foot peg scraping on the curves while the heavily loaded lorries find it very difficult to take these curves. We reached bangalore with our bodies tired and our hearts satisfied and our bikes worn out!

TripMeter: Overall distance 1250km Days: 4 and 7hrs

Places: Sringeri, Agumbe, Kudulu Theertha, Udupi, Malpe, St Marrys Island, Koradi Beach, Maravanthe

Route: Bangalore - Chicmagalur - Sringeri - Agumbe - Hebri - Udupi - Mangalore - Hassan - Bangalore

-huez the biker
hiwayREBELS Motorcycling Club

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