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Old 21st May 2010, 14:33   #1
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We intend to set out on a road trip on our bikes with the following logic. I would appreciate pointers to finalize the route.

Total day ride : 3 days
Overnight stay : 2 nights
Target kms / day : 250-300 kms/day , max

The route should be circular starting from Bangalore covering hilly and forest regions around Karnataka and TamilNadu, major portion in TN as rains in KA might spoil our rides.

This is what I had in mind

Day 1 : BLR-Mettur-Sathy-Metupalaya-Coonoor(halt)
Day 2 : Coonoor- XYZ with target of 250 /300 kms
Day 3 : XYZ - BLR with target of 250 /300 kms at the max

Folks...please provide your inputs as quickly as possible, I appreciate it !

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We intend to set out on a road trip on our bikes with the following logic. I would appreciate pointers to finalize the route.

Total day ride : 3 days
Overnight stay : 2 nights
Target kms / day : 250-300 kms/day , max

The route should be circular starting from Bangalore covering hilly and forest regions around Karnataka and TamilNadu, major portion in TN as rains in KA might spoil our rides.

This is what I had in mind

Day 1 : BLR-Mettur-Sathy-Metupalaya-Coonoor(halt)
Day 2 : Coonoor- XYZ with target of 250 /300 kms
Day 3 : XYZ - BLR with target of 250 /300 kms at the max

Folks...please provide your inputs as quickly as possible, I appreciate it !
Coonoor-Gudalur-Mepadi-Wayanad(Kalpetta)via the Mukurthi WLS

Kalpetta-Nagarhole(via Mananthavady)-Madikeri(COORG REGION)-BLR.
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Coonoor-Gudalur-Mepadi-Wayanad(Kalpetta)via the Mukurthi WLS

Kalpetta-Nagarhole(via Mananthavady)-Madikeri(COORG REGION)-BLR.
Ranjit, Thanks.

Per google Coonor-Kalpetta looks like 150 kms, which looks fine as per our target, though lesser.

But Kalpetta - Madikeri - BLR looks quite far, ie about 400 odd kms. Instead of going to Madikeri, from Kutta to Junsur should bring it down to 289 odd kms.

Pls confirm
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Ranjit, Thanks.

Per google Coonor-Kalpetta looks like 150 kms, which looks fine as per our target, though lesser.

But Kalpetta - Madikeri - BLR looks quite far, ie about 400 odd kms. Instead of going to Madikeri, from Kutta to Junsur should bring it down to 289 odd kms.

Pls confirm
Yes,you could do that as well.Kutta-Nagarhole-Hunsur-BLR.
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Old 21st May 2010, 16:27   #5
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how is the road condition from Coonor to Kutta through Kalpetta ? Basically the part from kalpetta to Kutta ?
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Tholpetty-Kutta road is supposed to be bad.
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How about Conoor-Gudalur-Nilambur-Bathery-Wayanad?
That should be good or is it the same route?
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How about Conoor-Gudalur-Nilambur-Bathery-Wayanad?
That should be good or is it the same route?
its more or less the same route,and plus its more a case of going down to nilambur and then coming up to batheri,-so imo waste of time n effort,that time could be used to go around kalpetta and see places like Thirunelly,edakkal caves,papanasini
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its more or less the same route,and plus its more a case of going down to nilambur and then coming up to batheri,-so imo waste of time n effort,that time could be used to go around kalpetta and see places like Thirunelly,edakkal caves,papanasini
I think I remember HVK sir mentioning that route being very scenic and good. Thats why I was suggesting that. Not sure of its status today. Never done that stretch.
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Old 23rd May 2010, 19:14   #10
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Thanks HVK, Ampere and Ranjit.

Our only concerns is the stretch that HVK has referred to, I hope the condition is not too bad that we are going to have tough time navigating with our bullets. Latest update on the road conditions would be appreciated

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The route is actually Conoor-Gudalur-Meppadi-Kalpetta. Going down to Nilambur and climbing back to the hills does not make any sense. The Meppadi route is very scenic, goes via lots of tea and coffee estates and is normally good, although I have no current update. There is a chance that there is some bad section between Nadugani and KL border on the TN side.

Mukurthi WLS is not on this road but a detour after crossing Pykara between Ooty and Gudalur. In any case, there is a road till Mukurti Dam and another road for Mukurti WLS, but you have to walk the last 8 kms to Mukurti Peak.
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The other thing that you may want to look for is, the Glenmorgan power station and lake. You will need permission before hand for the power station I guess. This is also just around Pykara. The Pykara lake itself is not woth a visit (per my personal experience). Not much of water currently.

HVK, now that you mention, I did notice that route. While coming through Gudalur I saw Bathery marked 50 Km.
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ampere, at Gudalur town, you have several roads.
- Mysore, via Mudumalai & Bandipur
- Ooty, via Gudalur
- Sultan's Battery
- Meppadi & Nilambur (11 kms from Gudalur, the road branches off to these 2 places)
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Thanks a ton folks

From the various inputs collated the below plan remains tentative for now.
  • BLR-Kanakpura-Sathy-Metupalayam-Coonor : Halt at Coonor
  • Coonor-Ooty-gudalur-Kalpetta-Kutta : Halt at Kutta
  • Kutta-Hunsur-Mys-BLR
Now the route I have highlighted in the pic below, I would require your views on the road condition, scenic factors etc.
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Thanks a ton folks

From the various inputs collated the below plan remains tentative for now.
  • BLR-Kanakpura-Sathy-Metupalayam-Coonor : Halt at Coonor
  • Coonor-Ooty-gudalur-Kalpetta-Kutta : Halt at Kutta
  • Kutta-Hunsur-Mys-BLR
Now the route I have highlighted in the pic below, I would require your views on the road condition, scenic factors etc.
Are you sure you want to stay in Kutta,afaik there are no hotels in Kutta.There were a couple of homestays(if they still exist),the popular one being Chilligere Estate.

The places you could cover from Kutta are:

Nagarhole,Tholpetty,Irupu Falls(Brahmagiri wls)-theres some story associated with it-ram thirtha/lakshman thirtha,Tirunelly Temple,Pookot Lake(arnd 80km)
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