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Finally I did a good trip in my new car with family and did a decent amount of miles which was quite an adventure due the flood warning at mangalore , zero visibility warning at chikmangalur.
We had our stay booked for 2 nights at chikmangalur,1 night at mangalore,3 nights at kumta.
Chikmanglur Stay: Treebo Sunrise (9/10) but one staff named Dharani was just outstanding.
Mangalore Stay:Treebo Pappilo palace(3/10). Bad staff, bad rooms.
Kumta stay: Blue ocean sands (8/10) isolated place near beach. It was isolated due to weekdays but when we were checking out on Saturday we saw the crowd coming in. The place was very peaceful and I like peaceful places
Car:Jeep Compass Deisel Limited.
Total distance : 2291.6
Day1 :: Towards chikmangalur
I had two route options to take one was a diversion from Ananthpur which looked short and the other one was through Hassan highway towards chikmangalur.
Enroute saw that KIA motors factory was in full swing .
Some pics below from day 1.
Reached a decent hotel called treebo sunrise at chikmangalur by 7pm.
it was raining cats and dogs in chikmangalur when we reached.So roaming anywhere in such heavy rain after sunset was not recommended by the hotel staff so we just walked around the city with raincoats and umbrellas .
We got up early to watch the sunrise from baba budan or mullayangiri. But we were stopped at the checkpoint citing no visibility in the ghat section and was asked to come once the rain comes down. We tried out luck at 10 am and were allowed in.Then the amazing greenery with a bit of drizzle while going up to mullayangiri was just heaven.Unfortunately right after 30 min rain fall was super heavy and driving up the hill became tough.
Then we drove down with lot of difficulty due to slipping surface . The vehicles were stopped at the check post again .
So we through it going other way to bababudan peak as once we go out of the checkpost we may not be let in.
But saw the below and figured that I was the only one on this route and decided to turn back and out as it was becoming dark at 3 pm 😡😳🤔
Drove around the beautiful city and checked out some places and headed back to the hotel.
Kemmangudi and local temples was on my list for the day and some pics from that day .
Did some local site seeing and again drove around the city where there was no traffic and only rainfall and the smell of earth was there. Mind you that the temperature was around 14 degrees.
Rest of the day we were discussing the options and best way to reach mangalore . Shiradi ghat was closed since Jan-2018 and would open around July after the renovation work so the only option wasn’t charmadi ghat Which was not in a great condition because that was the only current route towards mangalore (with trucks,buses,cars,etc etc)
Accepted to challenge the rain and weather and headed towards Dharmasthala temple through Charmadi ghat. The drive was not at all easy and the curves were filled with broken roads, potholes.Way too many buses and trucks were there.
But of course the visuals onto my right and left were just amazing.
Towards Dharmasthala by 10 am and reached the temple by 12:00.Out of the temple by 3:30 pm and reached mangalore by 5:30 pm and rested the entire evening.
Day5 : Local mangalore tour with some temples , famous pabbas ice cream.
Checked out of mangalore towards Udipi.
Spent time at Udipi temple and Malpe beach (really beautiful) from 12 to 3pm.
Stopped at murdeswar for around 90 min and reached Kumta at 7:30 pm .
The entire road from mangalore towards kumta was under construction with Toll Booths being constructed as well. For sure after an year this entire stretch is going to be lovely awesome 😎.
We did not take accommodation in Gokarna and instead stayed at Blue Ocean Sands resort at Kumta .Walkable from the beach thought felt isolated at the resort as being a weekday there were no folks at the resort .I would give 6/10 to the resort but 10/10 to the staff. Some pics below from the beaches in Kumta, gokarna.Gokarna we spent more time at OM beach as there was hardly any crowd and it was very peaceful.We went to a God forbidden 🚫 beach called kudle which lacked sense of cleanliness, filled with garbage,liquor bottles, plastic covers and even dead dogs.Then I am told that locals and shack owners would get the beach cleaned around August end as business would be there from August to March.
we checked out at 6 am towards Hyderabad and reached home at 7 pm.Took around 1 hour break.
Had to go through another forest ghat which was beautiful and very pleasant as it had rained previous night.
Once that forest drive was over the entire stretch till Raichur highway was a nightmare with very bad roads , animals and people walking across the roads as they do in their gardens.
Reached home at around 7 pm.
Ended the trip with below reading of my entire trip.
Below were the routes taken by me ::
Hyderabad to chikmangalur
Chikmanglur to Mangalore via Dharmasthala
Mangalore to Kumta via Udipi and murdeswar
Kumta to Hyderabad via gangavathi-Raichur
NOTE:Many thanks to the ID team who shared their experiences about their previous travel on this route.
"Lost and alone on some forgotten highway - Travelled by many, remembered by few"
Every December, it has become a ritual for us to go an long drive over 4000 kilometers. This year after multiple discussions and drop outs, every one agreed to drive down South.
For me it is always the drive that matters and I was never particular about the destination.
No matter where we go, our ultimate goal is to end up in Goa to celebrate new year.
Day 1: Hyderabad to Chickmagaluru
Day 2: Chickmagaluru local sight seeing
Day 3: Chickmagaluru to Gokarna to Goa
Day 4 : Goa
Day 5 : Goa
Day 6 : Goa to Hyderabad.
We split into two teams in two cars. Creta and Polo.
I am planning to have a long trip this summer with family on may
Hyderabad to kolhapur night halt at kolhapur
Kolhapur to gokarna night halt at gokarna
Gokarna to sringeri ( early morning drive )
Sringeri to chitradurga ( night halt )
Chitradurga to hyderabad
Plan is little hectic but thought to cover all these places quickly
No night journeys
Any knowledge on the route between kolhapur to gokarna
And chitradurga to anathapur
Purpose : Breakfast drive.
Location : Singur Dam
Distance : 92 Kilometers (one way)
When: August 5th (Saturday)
1.Meetup at 6:45 am, (Please be on time, we will be starting at sharp 7 AM)
Meetup location (Gachibowli ORR entrance) : https://goo.gl/maps/jvtUUcKrv1w
2. Breakfast stop at Silver Bawarchi Restaurant (Mumbai/Pune highway)
Restaurant location : https://goo.gl/maps/KEVxmiHXwp72
We will split the breakfast expenses.
3. Circular well (Exploration)
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/ryKQPciEjDm
4. Singur Dam (Exploration)
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/5vejQeyWHgQ2
No overtaking, Make sure you stay at your designated position(details are given below) in the Convoy. Please maintain safe distance from the car ahead of you, No tailgating. Slow down at village crossings. Make sure you fuel up today itself, We wont be having any fuel stop. Carry umbrellas/Raincoats
1. Saran +1 (Lead)
4. Vinit (sweeper)
1. Sridhar (Lead)
2. Nidhi +1
3. Sruthi + Arnav
4. Ranger +1 (sweeper)
If you have any queries, Please reply to this post.
Note : Chances of finding a decent restroom is tough at Singur Dam.
Drive turned out to be much more fun than expected.
Weather was super good. It was cloudy throughout the drive while cool breeze added to the scene made it much more refreshing.
It was great meeting Seshendra for the first time and other India-Drive members, who never fall short of enthusiasm.
It is always fun to discuss about travel and cars with like minded enthusiasts.
After a few dropouts, Six cars in total have made it to the drive as we explored places around the Singur dam.
Thank you guys for making the drive so eventful.
Waiting for the pictures from fellow members.
Stopover en-route Singur dam at a beautiful lush green arena
We spent a while at the place and drove towards the circular well
We reached Singur dam in no time
Instead of driving towards the dam, we took a detour to explore this beautiful place
You can find some of us climbing the rocks (PC: Akhil)
Wide angle shot. (PC: Akhil)
We captured this picture from the rock aisle
Wide angle shot of the field (PC: Akhil)
18MM shot. Observe the difference between wide angle and 18MM.
When road trip enthusiasts meet, What do they discuss? Profound discussion about travel and cars!
We spent around 1 hour on this small land surrounded by water.
Some of our members found some ruined temples from the rock aisle
We started taking an unknown trail, which may have lead us to the temple area
Soon the trail became tough for low GC vehicles, Duster went ahead to recce the trail
Vinith and Ashwin went in search of the path, but got back with bad news as there was no proper path ahead
Our next destination, Singur dam
Busy taking slow-motion videos
We sat on the steps, contemplating whether to go on a speed ride or not. We decided to avoid it as we felt there was lack of proper safety equipment
Our next stop-over, Singur bridge
Singur Dam view from the bridge
Closing picture of the day
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