It has been 18 days and 4500 km of being on road to Southern India, following grounds covered;
Hyderabad -Bangalore -Coorg -Bangalore -Coimbatore -Munnar -Kovalam -Trivandrum -Varkala -Kollam -Thenmala -Kottayam -Alleppey -Kochi [Cochin]
Now route to follow is,
Kochi -Calicut -Wayanad [Pookot Lake, Kuruva Island & Muthunga Wildlife]
Here are the list of routes impressed me about the South India.
Best Routes for riding; in chronology
Kodagu or Coorg is a district, a beautiful hill station in the Karnataka State. Routes are filled with beautiful landscaping, coffee plantations, fields and wonderful people.
Dubera forest [10 km] and Talacuavery [25 km] is great for biking. Sharp curves, steeps,
good roads. Except the Talacuavery, roads are a mix of good, bad and uneven but the
last 8 km patch runs through forest with endless curves with a good road condition to delight yourself.
So far the best man-made and maintained landscaping observed even by small-time cultivators.
02- Coimbatore – Munnar [160 km]
There are two route for reaching Munnar, one from Kochi which is more popular and second one from
I’ve travelled both the routes, ‘Coimbatore – Munnar’ and ‘Munnar – Kochi / Kottayam’. and Coimbatore route is amazing, esp the last 70 km patch.
About 40 km runs through forest reserve and 30 km escalation to Munnar is a treat of
life, good roads, sharp curves, tea plantation all around and the Air itself & marginal Fog.
03- Munnar – Top Station [33 km]
All I could say is drivers & riders wouldn’t wanna miss it. Escalations, roads, curves,
If you go to Munnar then I recommend to stay at the Top station, there are two
accommodation facility is available, average but worth spending the night there, it will be cold. There is a wonderful family running Forest Trail camping and trekking programs.
04- Varkala -Anjengo -Kadinamkulam Lake
This is about 25 km run through narrow country roads with beaches, backwaters, and coconut farms. The Kadinamkulam lake itself is beautiful, non-commercial and birds.
It is a very short run but beautiful, form Kadimamkulam you can catch up Kanyakumari- Panvel Road, to South it leads to Trivandrum and North to Varkala & Kollam.
05- Alleppey route.
06- Bangalore – Coorg, 230 km
Route has a two lane road but good, scenic and pleasant.
You can find all sort of modern world food joints within first 100 km from Bangalore, later part is mostly Cafe Coffee Day’s and South Indian cuisine restaurants.
07- Hyderabad to Bangalore
Straight, spotless four lane 600 km stretch. Did 100 – 130 kmph with no worries or a need
08- Bangalore -Coimbatore [360 km]
Again a good, straight patch to throttle. Route gets scenic after crossing Krishnanagari. Currently final 35 km patch is in development, thus bad and lot of diversions.
Worst patch to ride on; Pune – Sholapur.
Roads & Towns;
For most part of South, Roads are in a good condition but single lane, narrow in Kerala. State Highways runs through small towns and cities, all are well-developed. Hence this restricts the speed and thereby increased transit time.
A word of caution though, traffic sense is somewhat rude and mendable. Be careful !!!
Routes of Southern India are either green or blue, I personally experienced it more pleasant to cruise at 70 kmph rather than throttling.
People are pleasant and friendly.