Kerala Bike Trip: Day 8: Thiruvilwamala

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Kerala Bike Trip

Dec 15, 2012

Today is our last day when we won’t be burning the rubber. Its rest day today. Nothing much on schedule today except for one thing – Relax and rest. After waking up after 7.30, we get a royal treatment of breakfast, tea, etc. without any walk to a tapri, or a dirty food-stall. JK’s aunt has prepared idlis, chutney and sambaar. Throwing away our awkwardness, I and Manas get into the kitchen. I see a big bowl, full of idlis. JK follows later with Vinu and Sri. The idlis are glowing white, I’m sure Rin, Tide, etc could use these idlis in their commercials. Not just with their appearance, but its taste too was supreme. I’d never had such soft and yummy idlis ever. In Mumbai idlis look and taste murky as its waters. While I enjoyed the countless idlis placed in my plate, Vinu and Sri tussled over the last dollops of the white coconut chutney. Tea followed and the feeling took me back to the bliss experienced few days back at Idli anna’s shack.

Its my parents wedding anniversary and the phone call had more conversation about the white idlis, its taste and the place around than the cliched, ‘happy wedding anniversary’, ‘whats going on?’, etc…

Thiruvilwamala, just as its long name, it has a long list of goodies associated to itself. It has its own rivulet flowing through a tributary of Barthapuzzha river, a lovely terrain of hills and plains, a picturesque temple on the top of the hill and the greenery of God’s own country.

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Kerala Bike Trip: Day 9, 10, 11: return journey

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Kerala Bike Trip

Dec 16, 2012

The alarm rings at 7am. Its the last day where we can afford to laze post the alarm bell. Today we’ll start our journey back to the Financial Capital of India, Mumbai. However a little of Kerala is still left on the plate. Its JK’s cousin’s engagement, the very engagement that JK wanted to attend, miss, I’m confused just as he was all the way. Eventually he will have to make it. We ready with our bags, luggage, bikes keep them semi-ready. We’d make a quick trip at the engagement and then off to Hosur, Tamilnadu, our first night halt on the way back.

At the engagement, women are draped in lovely sarees, from colorful to golden striped off-whites. The men, however is a different story. Everybody, almost everybody has put a shirt, un-tucked – On a मुंड ! Ya – the मुंड. That’s the tradition, it looks weird, but thats what it is. JK is bending every muscle of his neck to take a look at available beauties.

Just one, right JK !? Right far in the corner ?

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Kerala Bike Trip: Epilogue

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Kerala Bike Trip

The Final Route


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  1. Mumbai – Chitradurga, night halt (day1) 790km (15hrs+) [travelling]
  2. Chitradurga – Ooty, night halt (383km, day2) (8hrs+)[travelling]
  3. Ooty (day3) [rest]
  4. Ooty – Munnar, night halt (day4, 242km, 5hrs+) [rest + travelling]
  5. Munnar, Kochi and Alleppey  (day 5) [rest]
  6. Alleppey, night halt (day6, 60km, 1hr+) [rest]
  7. Thiruvilwamala (jk’s home village) (day7, 166km, 3hrs) [rest]
  8. Thiruvilwamala, and around (day8, ) [rest]
  9. Krishnagiri, Tamilnadu night halt (day 9) [travelling]
  10. Belgaum, Karnataka night halt (day 10) [travelling]
  11. Mumbai (day 11) [travelling]

Stupid Numbers

  • Total days – 11
  • Border Crossings – 6
  • States Travelled – 4 (Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala)
  • Distance travelled – 3,357 km
  • Hours on Bike – 81 hours (3 days , 7 hours)
  • Max. Elevation above sea level – 2,637m (Doddabetta Peak)
  • Min. Elevation below sea level – -16m (Alappuzha backwaters)
  • Petrol Cost – ₹5800
  • Total Cost of Trip – ₹ 13,000 (including petrol)
  • Memories for Life – Endless