I’ve always been a big supporter of weekend getaways as a sort of a break from the regular routine. The idea is to not get caught up in the mundaneness of each day and take time out to escape from the big city to practice sport, rejuvenate the mind and come back feeling quite refreshed.
Here’s one such journey that we’ve captured mainly in the form of photographs. 3 cyclists, one story.
We started from Bangalore at 10 pm. 3 cycles under the bus and we had a good overnight journey to Dharwad( The peda city)
On reaching, we took a quick morning shower and were ready to do the first 100kms for the day. We rode from Dharwad to Dandeli. We stopped at hotel Annapurna for some mouth watering Idly vada. I must say that food tastes really good after cycling for long distances.
The road was fairly flat. I remember the ride at the borders of Haliyal towards Dandeli with the soft rays of the morning sun gently shining down on us. The road was perfect for road bikers although we were on MTBs.
On entering Dandeli, we were mesmerised by the ambience of the jungle created by sounds and colours. The Cycling route inside Dandeli is probably one of the best cycling routes in India. The tree canopy on the highway gives shade for over 100kms for the cyclists.
We decided to take a longer route to see the Supa Dam where we encountered great uphills on the way to the dam. We needed to climb those hills to get a view of the great Kali river.
We stayed at “Kadumane,” an accommodation well away from the town of Dandeli, deep inside the woods and frequented by animals. The stay was inside a “plant reserve” run by Mr Narashima who has been in Dandeli since Childhood and is very well versed with the flora and fauna of the forest.
After riding for 117 km and a night’s rest, we started off next morning towards Karwar. We had to cross the Anshi Tiger reserve which was the thickest part of the forest.
The second reason for this route being one of the best routes in India is the 20 minute downhill which comes after you cross Anshi. Yes, you read right, 20 mins of no pedalling with an insane breathtaking view.
We finally hit sea level and had about 20kms to reach our beach house accommodation called Majali Beach Resort. 20km of riding under the sun got us pretty roasted.
The stay on the beach looked something like this.
The journey from Karwar to Bangalore was on the bus again with our bikes under and us getting for a Monday morning meeting at the office.
This article is written by Deepak Babu
Cyclists + photographers: Deepak Babu, Gael Robin, William.