Hi Every one happy New year :)
I recently had 1000km trip to south canara with my LUV,
I had a plan to visit Dharmastala with family. me, dad, Mom, wife, my sis and her 2 daughters and last but not least my cute little daughter Aishani.
planned to leave Bangalore at 3pm so we can reach Dharmastala at around 9pm and halt there but my sis reached my place at 6 so we had to leave at 6:45pm
it was a 3days trip and I asked everyone not to carry too many cloths but they packed it for 1 week trip, found it very difficult to accommodate all luggage in our tiny boot of LUV. felt the need for external carrier.
it was a superb drive, I took magadi main road and linked to bangalore mangalore highway then kunigal, hassan. after hassan I had confusion to choose route to dharmastala,
option1: sakleshpura-siradighat-dharmastala (very bad road as soon as ghat starts)
option2: belur road-mudgere-charmudighat-ujire-dharmastala( road is good but longer road)
I picked Option1 since i love siradi Ghats, 30km road was completely gone, truck drivers had no clue about the lane, LUV cleared all bad road sections with 0 body scratch.
Reached Dharmastala at 2am night including 2 hous of dinner plus coffee breaks.
had darshana at 7am and left Dharmastala at 7:30am to Hornadu.
OMG roads were worst, I had to take charmudi ghat to reach mudigere and then hornadu.
Dharmastala-ujire-charmudi-mudigere road is awesome after that it was very bad.
on the way we happened to see so many small water falls,
reached hornadu at around 12:30pm had Dharshana and prasada, did some shopping and left hornadu to Manipal(parkala)
Took Kalasa-kuduremuka Jungle road- karkala-manipal route. till the end of kuduremuka jungle road, condition of road was worst but alongside for road we have awesome mother nature.
finally reached Parkala at 6:30pm I slept at 9pm.
Next day I woke up late and decided to visit Malpe beach since it is safe so my sis daughters and other family members can play. had fun till 8pm and left along with cakes and pizza. (Pic of mine at Malpe)
Next morning we decided to head back to bangalore, met my old beast had fun and beast rockz as usual. Yes thats my white beast, my evergreen LOVE.
also enjoyed grass land near my uncles place.
Also Had some jolly bike rides.
in my next post Ill post my bad experience while coming back to Bangalore and 2nd service experience.
Bangalore to Dharmastala: 21kmpl with 100% AC
Dharmastala to hornadu: Avg dropped to 18.6/19kmpl (LUV took 80% of charmudi ghat in 3rd and 4th gear with 7 people on board)
hornadu-parkala-charmudi-bangalore: Avg dropped to 17.8kmpl with 100% AC
LUV Power; WOW more than enough
Clutch: superb lite than VW POLO( since I had trip to coonoor in polo 1 day before this trip)
Steering Feedback: Not good as POLO but not bad either.