This ride is a part of our crazy seven days long ride, when we decided to ride from Bangalore to Delhi for Diwali. We tried to document our experiences, road conditions and challenges in the whole journey.
Our day starts from Bangalore and ends at one of the most amazing place in Karnataka where you get to ride with a vast ocean on one side and a river on another. This can be a great option for a long weekend ride from Bangalore.
Shortest route according to Google Maps is via Hassan and then cross Western Ghats through Agumbe to reach Marvanthe. We have covered this route some N number of times and latest last week on our trip to Bekal Fort, I tried to avoid this and search for other alternate options. Another route is via Davangere (Bangalore-Pune Highway), memories of great roads and temptation for benne dosa at Davangere were sufficient to finalize this route.
We took the Nice Ring road, which is a good 4 lane highway, till Neelamangala. After Neelamangala, we hit the NH 48 (Bangalore-Pune highway) which is a an amazing highway to test your bike top speed. After Davangere, when we left the NH 48 and hit the state highway which was in a very bad condition. I was cursing myself for this experiment of alternate route and assuring myself that it is just a small bad stretch. Luckily, the bad stretch was for just 20 km and rest of the section is descent single lane road with scenic rice fields on both sides.
As we were packing for both bike trip and Diwali holidays, it took us considerable time and we ended up having only 2-3 hours of sleep. We woke up at 4 am and managed to leave our place by 5:45 am which was late as per standards but tying our new huge 90L travel bag to the bike was a pain which improved with every subsequent day of our trip.
Our first halt was near Neelmangala-Tumkur toll gate which is our usual stop in this route for breakfast. Our breakfast place is a small road side shop, just 500 m after the toll gate on the left, which serves tasty tatte idli and mirchi vada.
I have mentioned about this great but small shop (Sri Guru Kottureshwara Butter Dosa Hotel) in front of JJMC Medical College, Davangere. It serves delicious benne (butter) dosa in my blog of ride to Badami. We managed to reach this place by 11 AM and in next half hour, we loaded ourself with calories sufficient for the whole day.
We left Davangere around 12 noon and hit the state highway. Suddenly, the speed reduce to 1/5th and I was cursing myself for this experiment of alternate route. Luckily, that was bad stretch of just 20 km and rest of the stretch was descent but single lane road. We planned to visit a waterfall but single lane road with multiple turns reduced our average speed. We realized that we couldn’t afford going for the waterfall because the sunset at Marvanthe was equally important.
Crossing the Western Ghats is always a bliss and this stretch was no exception. But I forgot to keep track of the fuel and we almost ran out of the fuel as there was no petrol pump in the Ghat section. I switched off the engine while descending and those 20 km saved us from dragging the heavy bike. Natural scenic beauty continued even after the ghats.
With our multiple tea breaks and awesome ride through Ghats, we managed to reach Marvanthe by 5:30 pm. We got sufficient time for pictures and enjoying the awesome sunset.
- You can enjoy an evening stroll along the beach (right beside the NH66) and enjoy the sunset.
- You can take a left diversion from NH after the beach starts and go towards the village. They have made a nice extended platform with rocks similar to Marine Drive, Mumbai. This is a great place with very less tourists to spend an evening in peace.
- In the daytime, you can go to Muradeshwara which is just 50 km away and a great place to visit.
We booked a place named Sagar Kinara Resort, which is nowhere close to the resort, but we set our expectations accordingly as we paid Rs 400/night after applying some 50% off coupan on Makemytrip. It is located right beside the NH66. Overall place looks very shady with no power backup but rooms were clean with basic facilities and completely safe. The owner of the place is a very polite and friendly person whom we met in the morning. I think his friendly behavior compensates for his shady property. The other good option to stay is Turtle Bay Resort which is 4 times expensive than this place.
There is a restaurant named Smokkel Family Garden Restaurant, which serves descent food just outside our stay. We went for late night coffee to 24 x 7 CCD which is just 3 km away on NH66. We remembered this CCD from our last trip to Marvanthe.
So, a ride of 500 km, great food, amazing sunset and in the end a good coffee conclude our Day1.