A hill station ride for any biker is not just about getting there. It is also about the enchantment of riding on roads which curl all the way to the top like the spine of a snake. In South of India, there are many such destinations with some fantastic roads which take you there. which will wet-wipe the pollution and smoke off your city slicker soul as you ride into the clouds.
Mangalore to Coorg
Also referred to as Kodagu, Coorg is located at a distance of approximately 170 km from Mangalore. The starting point itself offers great views of the Arabian Sea. As you start riding towards Coorg, there are some amazing bridges to cross, which offer an infinite view of the Ocean. We suggest taking the longer route, where one takes the NH 66 till Kumbla and then turns left towards Madikeri. You’d come across a variety of flora and fauna as you ride under a thick forest shade and roads which make the ride worthwhile.
Once in Coorg, there are many activities you may indulge in or if you are a coffee enthusiast, you may go visit any of the local plantations. Once you’re done soaking in the views, take the same route to get back to Mangalore, but this time, continue straight on NH 275 towards Puttur and onwards till Mangalore. This road lets you ride through the Western Ghats for a longer duration.
Madurai to Kodaikanal
Kodaikanal is a short ride from Madurai. It’s one of the most beautiful hill-towns in South India. A popular tourist destination, the ride towards Kodaikanal involves a well-paved uphill section which lets you enjoy many twists and turns along with vistas you can take a pause and admire. Located at an elevation of nearly 7,000 feet, Kodaikanal enjoys cool weather throughout the year. You’d come across some lofty Eucalyptus trees, mighty rocks and mysterious streams if you’re there during the right season. You can always ride away from the crowd, towards a spot which lets you sit on a rock and admire the clouds underneath your feet.
Bangalore to Koli Hills
How about a ride which involves climbing towards the top tackling 70 hairpin bends? If this is enough to get you excited, take the NH7 from Bangalore towards Rasipuram, from where one starts climbing towards Semmedu. This ride up the winding roads offers beautiful panoramas, stretching as far as the eyes can see, along with lush green forests surrounding those monstrous curves.
Like most hill stations in this part of the country, there are a number of waterfalls all around and a Sunset point. The best time to see them in all their glory is just after the Monsoons when the fog doesn’t play spoilsport. The most famous of the falls situated atop Kolli Hills is the Agaya Gangai waterfall. It literally translates to the Ganges of the Sky and is a 300 Feet waterfall which flows into the River Aiyaru. A sight to behold, but you know you went there for those hairpins.
Kochi to Munnar
Located at a distance of approximately 150 km from Kochi, you may take any road towards Munnar and it won’t be boring. At a height of 1,600 m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. With sprawling tea plantations as its second skin, winding lanes through a sight of bright green makes this place surreal. 2018 is an interesting year to visit Munnar as the exotic Neelakurinji flower which bathes the hills in blue once in every twelve years, will bloom this year. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, which towers over 2,695 m.
Bangalore to Agumbe
Agumbe is a tiny village in the southwest Indian state of Karnataka. Surrounded by the Western Ghats and a lush rainforest, this place is a waterfall heaven. Also known as the Cherrapunji of South India, Agumbe is known for its scenic beauty and biodiversity. Nestled on a plateau on the top of Someshwara Ghat, Agumbe receives 7,640 mm of annual rainfall, the second highest in India. People acquainted with Indian television shows of the early 90s would love the fact that Malgudi Days was shot here. Located at a distance of 360 km from Bangalore, the road towards Agumbe passes through the charming town of Chickmagalur. There are many places to visit around Agumbe and if you find yourself tired of the mountains for some reason, the seaside vistas at Malpe are just a 60 km ride away.
So the next time you feel the need to satiate your pangs for a scenic ride up a winding road – pick any of the destinations based on your proximity. We promise you’d come back fully rejuvenated.