You know when riding a motorcycle is in your blood, you cannot survive without it and that craving makes you go crazy. This is what happened with me since I had not ridden in May. Luckily, my friend (Kaushik) called me and asked me if we can go to Chikmagalur. I said yeah why not! Moreover, I had not seen this place. The search for a place to stay began and my friend booked a room in Zostel. The usual preparations a day before the ride. In addition to this, we were also prepared for heavy rainfall.
Day 1 (16th June 2018): Bangalore to Chikmagalur (265 kms)
Actually, it was 300 kms for me since my friend had called me to his residence in Bellandur (meeting point), and from there we took the outer ring road, instead we could have easily escaped the city by taking NECE road (aka Nice Road) from JP Nagar. We were super late, thanks to me for getting up only after my friend called me up to check, started from Bangalore at 8 am and managed to get out of the city by 9 am. So to reach Chikmagalur, we took the road to Nelmangala and from this place, we took a left towards Mangalore highway. The weather as usual was very nice. It was time for us to have our breakfast and we took our first stop @ Thatte Idli in Kunigal which is around 47 kms from Nelmangala’s exit to this highway. I gulped two vadas and Kaushik had idli. After the sumptuous breakfast, we headed to our destination. The roads are mind blowing, you just need to slot the gear and hit the gas. We reached Hassan which is around 150 kms, in no time and from here we turned right towards Belur. The farms on both sides of the road were green due to monsoons. One of the reason as to “Why We Ride?”. We reached Chikmagalur by 2 pm, checked in Zostel, the room was spacious, there was no provision for main course meals, we managed lunch with bread omelette and Maggi. In the evening, me and Kaushik decided to roam around in the town and this place for sure is happening. We were trying to search a good place to eat dinner and found Mughal Darbar. The butter chicken, chicken biryani and rumali roti was decent. Post dinner, we headed back to Zostel and slept like never before. Day 1 ends.
Day 2 (17th June 2018): Chikmagalur – Mullyanagiri – Bangalore (325 kms)
We woke up at 6 pm and the plan was to head towards the highest peak in Karnataka i.e. Mullyanagiri. Idea was to reach there early morning but we were late already. We got ready, paid the food bill and pushed off to our next destination which was just 25 kms away. Riding to this place was a bliss. I switched on my Go Pro and made some videos which I will post later on. There was a little bit of off-road during the hill climb. The complete mountain was covered with clouds and we could not see anything once we reached the top. We parked our bikes just a few meters before the main location where there were many cars parked. Kaushik started making a time lapse video from his Go Pro and was waiting for the clouds to move away, so that the video would make sense but it never happened.
On way downhill, we found a spot which gave a full view of the lush green valley. We parked our bikes there clicked a few more photos.
Back into the town, we had our breakfast and headed back to Bangalore. We reached back around 5 pm. In the complete ride, it did not rain. The last leg of the ride, when we entered NECE road, it started raining heavily. Both of us reached home safe and sound.
Posting the hotel details below for your reference:
Per night: INR 2,500 (excluding meals)
Activities/places to see: Mullyanagiri Peak
Review: Good rooms but no full time meals available and the other guests keep chatting loudly late in the night which is the same problem I faced in Zostel, Kaza.
Best time to visit: Monsoons and winters