A ride to the West Coast

A lake on the road side, between Hassan & Belur

One fine day, a friend called & announced he is getting married in March first week, that too in Udupi. And I had a reason to ride. Amidst busy schedule, I managed to take 2 days off & so was Srik. On a Saturday morning at 5.30AM (an hour’s delay as per the planned start time), we took off towards Udupi. We had 4 days in hand, a wedding to attend and also on the agenda was to meet 2 bloggers from Udupi & Mangalore.

After 14 hours and 40 minutes & travelling 440 KMs, we were in Udupi. While I waited outside the hotel guarding our luggages, Srik was enquiring for the rooms. The initial leg of the journey was in a fast lane. We rode non-stop till Channarayapatna, a distance of 150KMs. We had covered more than 30% of the distance in first 2.5 hours. We had all the time in the world to reach Udupi.

A lazy breakfast at Kamath & then back on the saddles. From there onwards we made progress slowly as compared to initial leg. Another two hours & we were near Belur by 10.30AM. As we had plenty of time we decided to spend some time in Belur, which was not in the initial plan.

Route taken on day one:

Bangalore – Hassan – Belur – Chikkamagalur – Sringeri – Agumbe – Hebri – Udupi

Next: Belur – Yagachi dam – Sringeri – Agumbe – Udupi

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9 thoughts on “A ride to the West Coast

  • June 10, 2008 at 1:14 pm
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    a familiar route and familiar scenery
    lakshmi

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  • June 10, 2008 at 1:58 pm
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    prashanth,
    at last some travel story to read….
    Between the desktop calendars of May and June…nothing to read. And thats a complaint I am lodging with Payaniga.

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  • June 10, 2008 at 10:28 pm
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    @Lakshmi, even for me too it’s becoming a familiar route. traveled four times in the last 4 months!

    @Rajesh, ??????????… April & May were sort of hell at work 🙁

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  • June 13, 2008 at 9:54 am
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    Always jealous when I read your “escapades”….

    Keep up the travel 🙂

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  • June 13, 2008 at 12:54 pm
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    You’ve not mentioned about the plans… we opened the map, and after so much deliberations and plans, decided upon Aagumbe, including Sringeri in the itinerary.

    The ride was wonderful, especially the one between Hassan and Belur, where we encountered hundreds of pilgrims to Dhwarmasthala, walking all the way from Bangalore, Mysore etc, to take part in Shivaratri festival at Dharmasthala. Nice commitment.

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  • June 14, 2008 at 5:58 am
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    Belur Halebeedu are wonderful places to visit marvelours contribution by Hoysala kings. I had been there two times and never felt it was boring. great places. karnatka that way has wonderful places to visit all through the state. our govt to exploit the potential to tourism and suitable facilities to be created to make them traveller friendly.
    thanks for taking me back to olden days.
    srik thanks for further updates
    “Amara shilpi Jakanachari” first kannada film in colour flashed through memories. title may be little different jakana or jakanachari. a film which i saw may be 35 years back

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  • June 14, 2008 at 6:03 am
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    above comment was inadvertantly posted here instead of in the post on belur. PM please delete it here I am posting in there. thanks

    pranesh

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  • June 15, 2008 at 10:19 pm
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    Vijay, if interested you are most welcome to join us 🙂

    Srik, oh! yeah, I totally forgot to mention about the pilgrims…

    Not a problem Pranesh Sir…

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  • June 18, 2008 at 2:51 pm
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    did u see the windmills ?

    lakshmi

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