[As mentioned in my intro earlier, the below is a bit old thread but could be useful for some
Finally, the day arrived… we planned to leave Bangalore towards Gokarna on early Saturday morning. I logged out a bit early from office on Friday evening so that I could manage to get some good sleep. But as predicted, I couldn’t sleep because of the excitement I had for the trip so ended up sleeping only for a couple of hours. Woke up at 3 ish and managed to get ready by 4 am and left to my friend’s place and there after to join the remaining ones who were supposed to meet in the jalahalli cross.
At 5:30 am Harsha, Ajay, Santosh and myself – four of us along with my P220F and Harsha’s Karizma were set to hit the highway. The climate was cool and we wanted to cover the maximum distance before the climate gets too hot.
The route : Bangalore – Tumkur – Arasikere – Badravathi – Shimoga – Sagara – Kumta – Gokarna. (500 kms)
Ajay and myself
Harsha and Santosh – the excitement!
We reached tumkur by 7 and headed towards NH 206 and continued our ride. Initially the roads were in a bad state after the bypass but it improved as we proceeded further. We maintained a good pace along with short breaks every 50 kms and finally reached Shimoga by noon. We always prefer to have food in a dhaba than the usual restraunts so we were on a look out for a good one and finally found it at the entrance of the new four lane road towards shimoga city. Unfortunately, we had to wait for a long time for our order because we had reached too early and the dhaba was not geared up to serve the customers so we ended up spending close to 2hrs in there. We had food, filled fuel for the bikes too and we hit highway again and headed towards sagar. The sun didn’t show his mercy but the roads were good so we managed to maintain a good pace of 80kms.
I am moto cross inspired and I love to glide though the curves on the highways upto the extent I hear the screech sound from the center stand…:D
During that speed, to my shock a kid with his bicycle suddenly decided to cross the road unaware of the vehicles coming towards him. I sensibly applied the brakes within and in secs I halted with a loud noise from the tyres. To my surprise, I stopped right in front of him without any disaster! The people around started scolding the kid but I proceeded without a word since I was happy that I got a good control in my 220 and the rear disc was really helpful.
We reached jog around 3 pm but didn’t visit the falls as we wanted to reach our destination before dark since we didn’t book our accommodation.
Finally, we reached Gokarna around 5.30pm. We headed towards the cudle beach to look out for an accommodation.
To reach cudle beach, one has to take a right turn on the OM beach road. First time goers will find it difficult to find the route since the place is isolated without any sign boards. There is no road which goes upto the cudle beach. The vehicles need to be parked half a km away from the beach and the road till the parking lot is not motorable but still people do some off road to reach the spot. It’s worse if one has to reach there after dark since you don’t get a glimpse of light.
We reached the cudle beach resort and booked the beach side facing room for Rs.1500/- per night. The room was good as it had the direct view of the beautiful beach, cool breeze and the sounds of the waves….its a travelers delight!
The Cudle resort.
There is a shack within the resort which serves some good food. The menu may be expensive during season. We partied a couple of hours and dozed off after a day long travel.
Day 2 – It was a lazy morning. We woke up late, had a light breakfast and spent the rest of the day in the beach…
Day 3 – We went to the Gokarna town which is around 5 kms. Had a stroll around the town and visited the temple. There are many hotels which offer good sea food and the prices are very cheap. From there we headed towards OM beach which is next to the cudle beach. The speed boat experience was worth the drive!
Back to the beach resort and checked out around 3 pm. We left to Bangalore and our route was:
Gokarna – Devimane(ghat section) – Sirsi – Islur – Bankapur – Haveri – Chitradurga – Tumkur – Bangalore
Devimane ghat section was amazing. It had some scenic views and the climate was cool at 4 pm. I was back to my moto cross stuffJ
The road conditions were good except for a few villages near bankapur. By the time we reached NH4 it was already 6pm. We were able to maintain a good pace on the NH. Gave a couple of chai breaks and were able to reach Bangalore by midnight.
The experience we gain in bikes is unmatched. The total distance covered over the trip for 3 days was 1200 kms!