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Travel Blog by Prashanth M

Cycling from Bhagamandala to Bekal Fort

September 24, 2013 by Prashanth | 25 Comments

Around this time last year, I went on a weekend ride from Bhagamandala to Bekal fort along the green route of Western ghats. With rainy season around, we were in for a treat all along the ride. Here are few photos from the ride —

Green, rain and empty roads

Green, rain and empty roads

Only fellow riders and mountains for the company

Only fellow riders and mountains for the company

And water falls on the road side, and their ear soothing sound all along

And water falls on the road side, and their ear soothing sound all along

More falls, small and big

More falls, small and big

Some more, and I lost count of the falls I saw on the way

Some more, and I lost count of the falls I saw on the way

After all the down hill road, it is not fair if we don't have some climbing

After all the down hill road, it is not fair if we don’t have some climbing

Overcast and green at Bekal fort

Overcast and green at Bekal fort

A break on the banks of river Payaswini

A break on the banks of river Payaswini

A wobbly ride on hanging bridge across river Payaswini

A wobbly ride on hanging bridge across river Payaswini

Here is a short video I made while riding on the hanging bridge, check it out :)

Crossing the hanging bridge on bike

September 14, 2012 by Prashanth | 2 Comments

I went on a two day cycling trip recently, biking all the way from Bhagamandala in Coorg to Bekal fort near Kasargod on day one and from Kasaragod to Jalsoor on day two. On the second day, just few kilometers from Jalsoor we saw a hanging bridge built across the river Payaswini (also known as Chandragiri). After riding for close to 50KMs on the second day, we were happy to see the water so that we could take a dip. But the river was in full flow and we had to be content riding on the swaying bridge back and forth. Here is a video I shot on my mobile phone –

Snapshots from the Green Aisle

August 12, 2012 by Prashanth | 2 Comments

It has been more than 3 weeks since I went for a ride in Coorg, and it is still stuck in my head. And more than that I am finding it difficult to take some time out to jot down the ride experiences. Before I get to that, here are some images from the ride.

PAYANIGA - Snapshots from the Green Aisle

PAYANIGA - Snapshots from the Green Aisle

PAYANIGA - Snapshots from the Green Aisle

PAYANIGA - Snapshots from the Green Aisle

PAYANIGA - Snapshots from the Green Aisle

PAYANIGA - Snapshots from the Green Aisle

Along the Green Aisle

July 24, 2012 by Prashanth | 4 Comments

It’s been couple of days since I came back from a weekend ride in Coorg region, arranged by Cycling and More. An awesome ride up the Mandalapatti peak on day one covering around 45KMs and another 35 on day two all the way till Chikli hole dam near Kushalanagar. Here are some highlights before I come up with the detailed story -

PAYANIGA - Along the Green Aisle

  • Full day of riding in rain (it was as if riding the bike with shower on above the helmet)
  • Mist, mist and mist – everywhere
  • Eye pleasing greenery of Western ghats, when mist gave way for few seconds every now and then
  • Demanding climb up the Mandalapatti hill
  • Awesome rolling terrain – push the bike uphill, sit on the saddle and ‘Wheeee’ go down with glee like a kid. Repeat the cycle.
  • Slush-fest – it took me more than 30 minutes to clean my white shoes. But it is not white anymore.
  • Leech bites, non-stop bleeding and now a day after itching all over
  • Made new friends, met a college batchmate after 10 years
  • A long downhill of 10KMs of pure bliss on second day
  • And to top this off, a dip in Chikli hole dam :)