6 Must-Do Rides along the Western Ghats
As the monsoons bless the Western Ghats with ample showers in the month of May and June, the countryside in the coming season turns green and vibrates with life and energy. This is one of the best times to go trekking or enjoy beachside views. And how can riders be kept away from hitting the highways in search of thrill, adventure and new experiences! Team HNP has curated a list of some of the most adventurous rides along the Western Ghats that will get that adrenaline pumping.
Coorg - Kudremukh: Kudagu, popularly known as Coorg, is nestled on the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats. A nature lover’s paradise, Coorg is known for its misty hills, exotic scenery and coffee brews that draw in coffee lovers from across the country. Its winding roads are a treat for any motorcyclist offering a breath of fresh air to both man and motorcycle. The area is perfect for a range of outdoor activities with its numerous hills offering paths of varying difficulties to adventurers and the Cauvery river providing perfect waters for white water rafting and angling. With a high annual rainfall, the hills of Coorg are lined with small water streams flowing down the hilltops even past the months of October. Embarking on the 4.5 hr ride towards Kudremukh, one is welcomed with even higher peaks and voluminous waterfalls. A large number of private and government agencies provide camping and tent facilities in the area. This route is a total distance of 208 kms.
Wayanad-Kochi: Wayanad is located in the northern part of Kerala and is popular for its wildlife sanctuary. With most of its topography filled with lush green forests, the ride from Wayanad to Kochi promises picturesque sights of the coastline along the Western Ghats. As you descend down the Western ghats onto the coastline. The lush green scenery turns into a mix of light blue and aqua green. With the hills at the backdrop, a lot of this route has picturesque horizons over the vast Arabian Sea. The whole route is dotted with sunset points. This stretch of 263 kms takes about 7 hours 30 mins to cover if you avoid the port city of Kozhikode. There are beautiful beaches with suitable accommodation and arrangements all throughout this stretch. Another
Karwar – Murudeshwar (Jog Falls): The 120 km ride from Karwar to Murudeshwar is one of the most rewarding rides along the Western Ghats. Starting at the pristine and sparsely populated beaches of Karwar, the southbound ride takes one along the mighty Arabian Sea. The small temple town of Gokarna sits halfway through this ride and offers riders the perfect spot for a tea break and a few more spectacular beaches to soak in the coastal breeze. One can then travel eastward towards the spectacular Jog falls and appreciate nature at it’s finest or travel south towards Murudeshwar to marvel at man’s creation, the second largest Shiva statue which evokes both awe and spirituality.
Mumbai/ Pune - Dudhsagar Falls: This route is better known as the Mumbai-Goa highway and is one of the most revered routes in the Indian subcontinent. The highway from Pune to Bangalore is one of the most comfortable highways to ride on. You can ride to Dudhsagar falls through Goa or take the alternative route via Belgaum. The waterfall is at a distance of 96 kms from Belgaum and about 60kms from Panaji. Dudhsagar Falls, a four-tiered waterfall is amongst India's tallest, with a height of 310 m. The name literally translates to ‘sea of milk’ and so it seems as you gaze into the bubbly white waters of Dudh Sagar. The route from Pune to Goa is one that most riders are well familiar with but this detour to Dudhsagar ensures a different experience for those willing to go the extra mile.
Mahabaleshwar - Shivasagar Lake: Mahabaleshwar with its numerous viewpoints and mouthwatering strawberries is one of the ideal getaways from the bustling life of Pune and Mumbai. Keep riding south however and the route to Shivasagar lake takes one through the evergreen Koyna Wildlife sanctuary bustling with flora and fauna. The famous Kaas plateau also falls along this route and is home to over 800 species of flowers, displaying a carpet of colours in the months of August and September. The route passes by numerous dams and river tributaries before settling at the base of the Koyna river with various lakeside resorts offering the perfect resting spot.
So gear up, pack your bags and get that beast ready because these places are sure to get your wanderlust on!