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Beach – Falls – Rugged Terrain and finally the Misty Kodachadri

Discussion in 'Travelogues & Experiences' started by nkrishnap, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. nkrishnap

    nkrishnap Staff Member Janitor

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    Disclaimer: This is an old travelogue dating back to August 2007 with no connection to Linea or FIAT. Posting for the benefit TFI members.

    With Long time no ride for some time, I was time to take 3 days off work for what else other than ride and get the butt sore.

    Riders: Myself – Apache 200

    NFSNFS (Santosh) – P180 V1

    Day 1: August 19th, 2007

    Planned to leave by 4 am initially, then the schedule moved to 6 am and finally got moving by 7 am . Had breakfast at Kamat and continued toward Shimoga via Tumkur.

    Buffaloes swimming in the lake

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    Reached Shimoga to find that there was some sort of a problem with the alternator as no current was supplied to the battery or the lighting circuit. Did manage to get some help from one guy at the spare shop and got the coil thing fixed and continued towards Sagar. Reached Jog only to find a huge traffic jam with loads of people who were there at jog . So skipped visiting jog for now and continued towards Honnavar. Just a few kms from Jog the rain gods in full glory. Stopped to get in our rain gear and this is what we were presented with.

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    With visibility being low we continued riding cautiously towards Honnavar. Reached Honnavar at around 6.50 pm. Had coffee and snacks left Honnavar by 7.45 pm. Even though it still raining heavily decided to continue to ride towards Karwar. The roads were sick for most parts and one big scare was that I was about to hit a dead buffalo calf on the road , lucky me some how escaped all this because visibility very poor. Reached Karwar at 9.30 pm, dumped all the luggage and had dinner. A sound sleep was very much required after riding 530 odd kms on the day with about 150 kms in heavy rains.

    Day 2: August 20th, 2007

    Got to up at around 8 to see the rains still continuing, thought why not get that rain pics as well.

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    We decided to ride to Palolem and return back to Karwar without carrying the luggage. But rains not giving way, bad roads made our progress slow even to cover the distance of around 45 kms to Palolem from Karwar. Stayed at the beach for a couple of hours before heading back to Karwar. Relentless rain at Palolem

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    Roads on the way after Goa border and back to Karwar

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    My bike

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    Refuelled at a HP petrol near the Goa border, a good 6 rupees cheaper petrol in Goa . Came back to Karwar, had lunch and packed the entire luggage and headed off towards Sirsi.

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    Next on the list was Bennehole falls and to reach there we had to ride pretty fast as the light was fading. The falls is around like 7 kms from the main road (Kumta-Sirsi road) Complete off roading experience, rains, slush, boulders, broken tree branches, twigs, what not. Took the bike to last possible path, parked the bike and walked towards the falls, it was already like 6.15 pm. We need to be quick else, if would be tough to find our way back to the place we had parked the bike. With all the struggle this is what we were blessed with

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    A quick visit and return to the bikes only to a quite a number of leaches happily trying to suck blood on our legs, lucky me again, had Gum boots on which made it difficult for leeches. NFS donated a bit of blood to the suckers. Somehow rushed back to Sirsi and took a lodge and then the fun started to hunt down leeches on our clothes, jackets, luggage, saddle bags, everywhere. It took close to 90 mins to get rid off the suckers and kill a few too. Had dinner and a sound sleep

    Day 3: August 21st, 2007

    Got up early, packed everything and decided to ride to Unchalli falls. Reached there at around 10.15 am and reached the view point only to find the falls completely filled with mist. Spent around 30 mins just to get few glimpses of the falls when the mist cleared up slightly.

    On the way to Unchalli falls.

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    Unchalli Falls. This is what we could manage with the mist around.

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    Next on the list was Jog falls, as usual clicked a few snaps

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    On the way to Sagara near Talaguppa

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    We stopped for lunch Sagara. The guy at the hotel, guided us through a shortcut to kodachadri via Hasirumakki, took a Ferry on the Sharavati Back waters. What a blessing it was.

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    Reached the other bank and headed off towards Kodachadri. We were at the Kodachadri base at around 4 pm, clicked a few pics as well to enjoy the surrounding.

    With good rains, it can end up like this.

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    The Riders

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    Just a few hundred meters my bike slipped and slides on the slush to have a fall, so message very clear, “WELCOME TO KODACHADRI" It was a slow and very careful riding to the hill top.

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    Day 3 to be continued in the next post
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  2. nkrishnap

    nkrishnap Staff Member Janitor

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    Day 3 continued

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    A few stops and were at the top by 5.20 pm. After unloading all the stuff from the bike, to have a hot coffee in the chilling weather. Being very misty restricted our movements to a few hundred feet from the PWD Inspection Bungalow. What next no electricity, nothing to do in the dark, started chit chatting, had yummy dinner at around 8 pm and we hit the bed at 9 pm.

    This is all the light we had in the room.

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    Day 4: August 22nd, 2007

    Got up at around 6.30 to find that it was raining heavily outside. So packed everything and waited for the weather to clear up a bit, but to our luck that did not happen. After breakfast decided to descend from the heavenly place.

    The morning view of the guest house we stayed the previous night

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    Reached the ferry place by 9.15 am and we were bang on time for the ferry. The previous day's inquiries for the timings did help. Reached the other bank and rode till Shimoga.

    On the way to Shimoga from Sagara.

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    Went to the nearby TVS showroom to get the coil fixed again. Finally got most of the things fixed, but could not fix the compression loss due to no valve clearance. Did not want to take a chance with those mechanics as they seemed to know nothing about the bike. Just rode all the way back from Shimoga with poor compression. Left Shimoga at 3.30 pm and reached home at 7.50 pm. A good ride with lot of events ended here.

    The rain following us on the way

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    The sunset near Tumkur

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    This is how the bike ended up after the ride.

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    Route:

    Bangalore - Tumkur - Shimoga - Jog Falls - Honnavar - Karwar - Polalem beach - Karwar - Minvad - Bennehole Falls - Sirsi - Heggarne - Unchalli Falls - Siddapur - Jog Falls - Sagar - Hasirmakki (used the ferry service here) - Sampigekatte - Kodachadri - Sampigekatte - Hasirmakki - Sagar - Shimoga - Tumkur – Bangalore.
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  3. Very nicely written..the pics were awesome, but the tour you planned was very hectic.
    Waterfalls during monsoon really is a treat for the eyes.
    Was that the first time you did that route? Or had previous experiences?

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  4. varunrtr

    varunrtr Esperto

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    with no sight of rains anywhere, it would be an impossible task to have a rainy ride nowadays !! good that you did it then :p
    yours- Apache 200? Big bore kit??
  5. rainy

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    Just looking at these photos cooled me down 10 degrees! Nicely timed posts ;)
  6. nkrishnap

    nkrishnap Staff Member Janitor

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    This was an impromptu ride. We just packed and hit the highway and on the way decided on these places. I am very used to having these sort of endurance rides and drives.

    This was definitely not the first time and quite familiar with the routes in the Karnatak barring the North Karnataka side.

    Wait for the monsoons and you could definitely ride to Ponmudi and Thenmala which are close by to you.

    There are loads of such photos from various rides during the monsoon. Will post a few more threads once I find time.
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  7. Ravi

    Ravi Staff Member Janitor

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    Few years, you changed a lot :) -

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  8. Surya

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    Nice pics you have passed through one of the best nature spots in Karnataka its a delight for one's eye's to see the water falls and plush green plantations, farms on the ride.
  9. nkrishnap

    nkrishnap Staff Member Janitor

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    In 6 years, I have put on a lot more weight and these sort of riding is under hibernation.

    West Karnatak in monsoon is pure bliss. The greenery and the freshness in the rains is to be experienced.
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  10. raj29

    raj29 Superiore

    Awesome pictures and ride.
    Really like the bike rides.
    Enjoyed the view thoroughly
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