Monster & Warrior got Leh’d | Episode 01: Towards Delhi, The Start |

The complete Leh story; is split into multiple series of blog episodes, and is titled; Monster and Warrior got Leh’d.  The rationale behind the title is the names we have given to our bikes. Phani has named his bike; Monster, and I have named my bike Warrior.

After my unsuccessful Leh trip in 2017,  I was eagerly waiting to finish my long-pending dream ride.  Phani and I started our planning somewhere in the mid of March.  Every day, post the office hours, we caught up at a bakery near Phani’s office to plan the things.  Both of us got our leaves approved for the trip; and by mid of April’2018, we had our flight tickets booked to Delhi.

Once the flight tickets were booked, all other preparations would line-up accordingly.  We took assistance from Rigzin Bhai for the Inner Line Permits (ILP is required for few places in Ladakh).

The route we planned was Delhi – Pathankot – Udhampur – Srinagar – Sonamarg – Kargil – Leh – KhardungLa – Nubra Valley – Pangong Lake – Tso Moriri – Sarchu – Manali – Chandigarh – Delhi.

We didn’t have to shop for the riding gears this year as we had purchased all those items last year. This time we wanted to get the Ladakh carriers for our bikes, such carriers for a non-RE bike are not available in the market, hence, we decided to do some custom design work and get it fixed on our bikes.  To do so we enquired a couple of fabrication shops over the weekends and then I came across a small fabrication shop in JP Nagar, Bangalore.  Phani and I skipped office for a day and sat at the fabrication shop the whole day.

Since both our bikes’ (Gixxer and Dominor) have fiber parts, mounting for the carriers needed specific customizations and the first carrier we did here in JP Nagar looked like a box on my bike.  My bike looked like a workhorse.

Initial Carrier


Warrior looking like a Vegetable Seller’s bike


However, the hunt for a Ladakh carrier was still on!! Then, Phani came up with a design and we soon rushed to JC Road, Bangalore.  We purchased top rack which is basically used for Royal Enfield and rushed to Zakaria Engineering works (a welding and fabrication shop) in JC Road and got it fixed as per our bike’s requirements.  We also did a rough sketch for Jerry Can holder and the fabricator prepared the holder as per the sketch we gave him.  We wanted to make sure that the carriers could easily be installed or removed with few basic tools, such as spanners. A flag mount was also welded to the carriers so we could ride with the flags fluttering high.

New Carrier design fixed to Monster


We wanted to test the carriers on an off-roader. So,  Phani and I went for an off-roader ride to Kailasagiri. To test this out, we filled the jerry cans with water to check how the overall carrier and jerry can holder would sustain in those terrains. We also purchased helmet intercoms and tested their range in this short ride.

In mid-May’2018, I got a similar carrier and jerry can holder customized and affixed to my bike at the same place in JC Road, Bangalore.

at Zakaria Engineering Works


Phani specifying the measurements to the welder


We had to paint those carriers, so we purchased some black spray paints and on the road in front of Phani’s house, dismantled the carriers and painted them under streelights.

Carriers painted Black


Both of us got a message board done at the same place which read “Always give way to Ambulance, you cannot give life, but you can save a life”

Social Message on Monster


Social Message on Warrior


I also got the sticker of my Blood Group on Warrior


The next major thing was bike transportation and we started all the necessary inquiries.  We had bitter experiences in 2017 when we shipped our bikes by Indian Railways.  So, we wanted to look out for other logistic options.  During, the same time, one of my friends, Tejas, was moving to Pune and he had shipped his bike via Pikkol and he was happy with the services offered to him. Both of us enquired with Pikkol and got a quote and all the details for bike cargo.

During Leh’2017; we had carried all the tool-kit and riding gears with us in the flight and it was a real hassle to manage all the baggage, so we negotiated with Pikkol to give us 2 extra cartons so we could send our riding gears, tool-kits, engine oils, and all other lubricants along with the bikes.

Our bikes had to be serviced properly before we handed-over our bikes to cargo.  During the end of May and the first week of June, Phani and I had office work deadlines and we knew we wouldn’t find time for any ride preparations so we ensured most of the plans were fully executed. By the mid of June, we had to hand over our bikes to Pikkol for packing.

Just a week before the shipping, my bike’s carburetor float pin and the bike’s rectifier had to be replaced because of some issues.  Along with those replacements, I got my bike fully checked from a mechanic near my house and post a full service, we dropped our bike for packing.

Both, mine and Phani’s dad were more enthusiastic about our Ladakh ride than we both were.  My Dad started to read a lot of stuff about Ladakh on the internet and kept updating me with the current news and happenings there.  He also kept on following-up with me on my bike’s service and ensured I wouldn’t forget even the minutest thing. He said; last year you guys had forgotten the Oxygen Cans, so first purchase the Oxygen cans for both of you and then carry with the rest of your preparations. While Phani’s Dad grabbed a screw-driver from Phani’s tool-kit and helped him in fixing his bike.

June 14, 2018 (Thursday)

The time flew and the day of our bike shipping arrived.  All the riding gears, tool-kit, spares, cables, flag rod, jerry cans, oil, and lubrication were packed in the cartons and our bikes being fully packed with 3 layers of packing materials; plastic, bubble wrap, and cardboard.  Having done with all this, most of our preparations for Leh were all finished and executed.

From Pikkol Warehouse


Pikkol guys packing our bikes


Our bikes fully packed and ready for cargo


After all these major preparations, over the weekend,  I went to my hometown Belgaum and relaxed.  Initially, Pikkol agreed to drop our bikes and the cartons to one of our friends; Narayan Bhai’s house in Delhi (Narayan Bhai heads our Road Thrill – Delhi chapter). But, Pikkol refrained to deliver the bikes and cartons to Narayan Bhai’s house saying some road work issues and we had to collect them from their warehouse at Chattarpur, Delhi.

The only few things that were pending were a BSNL Postpaid SimFirst Aid Kit, Basic medicines and some minor shopping which we did from Metro Cash & Carry and from other local medical stores.

First Aid Kit

Wishes of Good-Luck and Safe ride started to flood in our Social Media handles. Thank you, everyone, for the good wishes.

Day 0: June 28, 2018 (Thursday)

After all the planning, preparations; the day to begin the journey had arrived.  Yet again, both Phani and I skipped work and packed our baggage.  Along with our baggage, only our helmets were to be carried which I packed it in a cardboard box and kept it ready.

Packing Scenes in my room


All set to leave to Airport


In the evening, we received a message from the flight operator which read; The flight is delayed by an hour!! (actual departure time was 11.55pm). One of my known drivers; Murthy picked me up at my room and we reached Phani’s house.

Phani all set to leave to the airport


We met JP Bhai at Esteem Flyover, Hebbal and collected a Road Thrill Flag for Phani’s bike.  Meanwhile, Road Thrill Bangalore and Hyderabad had successfully completed their Ladakh ride and had reached Chandigarh.

As we reached Bangalore Airport, to our surprise, Karthik and Hemanth Bhai had come to bid us good-bye.

Hemanth Bhai, Phani, Karthik and me at Chai Point, Airport Cafe


Post the initial security check and baggage scan, we got our boarding passes and the message on the display board read; “The flight is delayed for 1 more hour”.  So, technically the flight would take off at 2 AM.  The excitement, anxiety started thumping within us.

Phani and me at Bangalore Airport


Post the final security check at the airport, we rushed to KFC at the food-court to fill our tummies.  We had 4 more hours to spend at the airport before the departure gates opened and what do we do?

This monkey (Phani), logged into his office laptop and started office work.  I said: OMG!!! Work from the Airport in the middle of all the excitement, Have you gone insane?

Phani working from the Airport… Don’t be too workaholic bro!!!


How could I forget, it was FIFA World-Cup season and the big television in the airport, telecasted Belgium vs England football match and I was fully engrossed in the match.

Watching FIFA WC Belgium Vs England in Airport


As the departure gates opened, and people formed a queue; I realized; I had lost my Boarding Pass!!!! Phani got hyper on hearing this, He yelled; “All the luggage stickers are tagged to your Boarding Pass, You don’t giggle;  go search for it”.  I started searching for my boarding pass; I was like a sniffing dog searching for it here and there looking on the floor. I ran back to the table near the KFC counter and asked the housekeeping staff; if they saw a boarding pass there on a table.  To my luck, the staff had found the boarding pass and kept it safe at their counter. I sighed relief as I received the boarding pass and then thanked the staff for their kind act and rushed back to the departure gate.

At the Airport Terminal


Finally, we boarded the Air Asia Flight.  As we were the last in the queue to enter the flight, there was no space in the in-flight luggage compartments and we had to keep our backpacks and camera bag on our lap.  Looking at this, two of my co-passengers gave me a bizarre look, maybe, they thought it was our first time on a flight!!

Day 01: June 29, 2018 (Friday)

It was 4.40 AM when we landed at Delhi Airport.

Reaching Delhi


The big crazy and an adventurous ride was about to begin….


To be continued in Episode 02: Through Haryana, Punjab and entering J & K ….!!!


A Glimpse from the next Episode:

A glimpse from Episode 02: Sleeping on the roadside footpath in Delhi



Gokool Kini

(Soul Warrior)

Click Here to continue reading Episode 02


For more information on the Leh routes, permits, packing essentials please visit: Preparations for Leh Ladakh Ride


Road Thrill Bangalore rides to Chota Ladakh

It was the first ride of 2019 for the members of Road Thrill Bangalore Chapter and the place chosen was Dodda Ayur, Chota Ladakh.  Most of us read about this place on social media and every one of us were curious to visit this unexplored place.

Route we took


So the first Sunday of 2019, we were all set to Get Leh’d.

Chota Ladakh…. Ha Ha!!

As usual, I got my bike and gears ready and headed towards the start point; ITI Gate, near KR Puram along with Lohith Bhai and a couple of RT members. Most of us had already reached ITI Gate.  Post greeting New Year wishes, and before the ride briefing commenced; a couple of us went to a tea shop for some chai.

Meanwhile, JP Bhai updated me about Satish Bhai’s car accident and a couple of us immediately rushed to the accident spot.  Satish Bhai’s car was hit from behind by an Innova with Satish Bhai’s car facing major damages on the rear windshield and rear bumper.

Briefing before the ride


Getting Started for the ride


Post a fierce argument with the SUV driver and his associates, they agreed to get Satish Bhai’s car repaired on their cost. We dropped Satish Bhai’s car in the Hyundai showroom which was close by and finishing off the service formalities inside the showroom. Meanwhile, the rest of the group had started the ride and would wait for us at Hotel Kamat on Kolar Road.

Satish Bhai hopped in as Pillion on Abhishek Bhai’s bike, and Ashwath Bhai, Sandy Bhai and I started riding on to Kolar Road zooming our way to Hotel Kamat (near Narasapura).  The pit-stop assistance and breakfast arrangements were done by Rajesh Bhai from Highway Delite.

Staggered Formation


Ride Formation followed in the ride


We quickly finished our breakfast here and reached Dodda Ayur, Chota Ladakh which is 6-7kms from the hotel. The last few stretches was a muddy lane until you reach the destination.

Chota Ladakh; a white stoned quarry place which is dug deep and has a lake with crystal clear water.  This view acted like an Ice Breaker to all our curious and wondering minds on why the name Chota Ladakh.  The beauty of the view proved the charm of the name.

Chota Ladakh


All of us parked our bikes and walked down to the lake.  The water was crystal clear and as this place was very less known to travelers; it was very clean and free of plastics.  In-case, any of my readers plan a visit to this place, please don’t trash or litter around this place.  Please carry your trash and throw in a waste bin.

The Quarry side


That’s Me and My Warrior


The group pic from that lake at Chota Ladakh


Drone Pics from Bharat Bhai


Drone Shot from Chota Ladakh


Drone Shots


The Panoramic picture


My brother Akshay, had bought some fruits to all of us. Post some photo session, we headed ahead on those muddy lanes to another lake nearby. To keep the momentum of excitement, we named this lake as Chota Pangong Lake. We spent some time here and then started our return journey back to Bangalore.

Chota Pangong Lake… ha ha


The group pic from Chota Pangong Lake


Somewhere, en-route on the highway we stopped to have some tender coconut water and then headed till Hoskote Toll where everyone dispersed from there.

Thank you, everyone, for yet another memorable and for starting the first weekend of 2019 with a bang!!!!

150 km on my bike’s odometer


Photo Credits: Lohith Bhai and Bharat Bhai

Stay safe, ride safe and don’t trash your travel.


Until next time….



Gokool Kini

(Soul Warrior)

Also Visit: Temple Run Ride to Kotilingeshwara Temple

Exploring the submerged Hoysala Architecture – Venugopala Swamy Temple

Venugopala Swamy Temple, a historic marvel of the Hoysala architecture that once submerged during the construction of Krishna Raja Sagara Dam, famously know as KRS Dam and the temple stayed underwater for a century.  The temple dome could only be seen during the draught of the early 2000s and then Khoday’s Foundation took up the responsibility to rebuild the same temple on the shore of KRS backwaters, even the maintenance is taken care by the foundation and now has started to lure tourists and explorers.

The in-house architects of the group shot the original temple on video and took over 16,000+ photographs.  Each and every stone was removed and reconstructed with trained artisans and sculptors along with experts who were involved in the reconstruction.

That was just a brief of the historic marvel.

Sudheer and I were planning for a day’s ride and we were looking out for some places in the range of 200kms (one-way) from Bangalore. We found about this place on the internet and quickly planned to explore this place. We communicated the ride plan to other of our biker friends in our office, so any interested riders could join us.

The Route we took


We decided to ditch the chaotic traffic filled Mysore road, so planned to ride via the Hassan road.  It was early morning of 8th Dec 2018, Sudheer and I met at Parle Toll.  We were accompanied by Darshan, and over a chai; we quickly got all our intercoms connected so we could talk to each other while we rode.  Over a cup of chai, we planned for our pitstop or breakfast point.  Within no time, we started our bikes and made our way towards Hassan Road. 

Our machines at the start point


A detour towards Hassan Road, I spoke to Sudheer, “Maga, you guys wait at the toll while I tank up my bike”.  From here, we rode till Hotel Mayura (near Bellur Cross) and stopped over for breakfast. This was suggested by Rajesh Bhai from Highway Delite. 

All of us ordered for Idli Wada and Kesari Baath. The crispy Wada and the very delighted Kesari Baath made us feel it was worth stopping here for breakfast.  If you are traveling on Hassan Highway, don’t miss the yummy delicious breakfast here at Hotel Mayura.

At Hotel Mayura


From here, we turned towards Pandavapura which had 2 laned roads and the roads were under expansion for 4 lane highway.  Somewhere near Nagamangala, we saw a lake and told Sudheer and Darshan to stop over for some photography.

At some lake near Nagamangala


At the Lake


That’s me


The best part of road trips is you can see the beautiful nature en-route the destination which you will never get to see if you are at your comfort zone of the four walls of your home or office.

Darshan, Sudheer and Me


From here, our next stop would be our destination which was 60kms from this point.  Sudheer zoomed off at a junction while Darshan and I rode through some interior roads of some village making our way to reach the destination.  As we both reached, we called up Sudheer and sent our GPS location to him.  We could see a convoy of Police and Government vehicles as the cabinet ministers of Karnataka State had their visit planned at the same. 

Until Sudheer who was some 40kms away from the destination; reached, we thought to have some chai.  While we walked from the parking space, I sighted a Royal Enfield TB350 which had Road Thrill stickers and I dropped a message in our Road Thrill Bangalore WhatsApp group saying I am also at KRS Backwaters and we could meet. While taking off my helmet here, the side of my sunglass broke and until someone from Road Thrill replied, I looked out for a shop to buy a Fevi-Stik so that I could fix my broken sunglass.

Soon, to my surprise, it was Lohith Bhai along with his office colleagues and members of Road Thrill Bangalore who were also here for a ride. It was a surprise and pleasure meeting my extended biking family members from Road Thrill.

It was a real surprise meeting Chaitanya, Poornesh and Lohith Bhai from Road Thrill Bangalore


After some time, Sudheer reached the destination and we decided to explore the historical marvel.  Upon entering the temple campus, we were awestruck by the cleanliness and the maintenance of the temple campus.  We quickly walked inside the main temple sanctum.  The stones of the temple walls shined bright and a glossy satin finish when touched.

From the main entrance


The main temple had the idol of Lord Krishna playing as a cow herd.  The temple pillars were in similar style to those in Belur – Halebeedu.  As we took a walk around the main temple, we had some casual talks with one of the securities there who explained us about the work and efforts undertaken by Khoday’s foundation in restoring this marvelous piece of historic architecture.

The restoration and reconstruction timeline is depicted on the walls of the main temple entrance.  Please do spend some time reading the historical facts of this temple.

The Main Temple Architecture (pic taken from Google)


The Temple Complex (pic taken from Google)

Outside of the main temple, there lies a Stone Chariot like the one in Hampi. Until I visited this Venugopalaswamy temple, I was in an assumption that the only stone chariot was in Hampi.  It’s always good to go and explore places rather than reading it in some web or book articles.

The Stone Chariot at Venugopala Swamy Temple


A group pic along with the Stone Chariot




As this place is located on the shore of KRS backwaters, we sat on one of the benches looking for the vast dam. We started the return journey back home.  We stopped at a village to sip some tender coconuts and rode till Hotel Empire near Kunigal for lunch. Post having some authentic non-veg lunch, we just chilled on the benches there talking and discussing our other personal trips.  Post a heavy lunch and tasty fruit juice (which I never miss at Kunigal Empire), I took a nap on one of the benches here.

At Hotel Empire, Kunigal


Once the Sun was set, we rode back to Bangalore, maneuvering the traffic, we reached Goreguntepalya where we bid good-bye to each other and zoomed back home.

Thank you Sudheer and Darshan for accompanying me for yet another memorable ride.

391 Kms on my bike’s Odo


Stay safe, ride safe and please don’t trash in the places you travel.

Until next time,

Gokool Kini

(Soul Warrior)


Also Visit: List of Places to visit in Karnataka

A road-trip to Jog Falls – The Paradise of Sahyadri

Jog Falls, also known as Gersoppa Falls or Jogada Gundi.  It is amongst the highest waterfalls in India and the 13th highest waterfalls in the world, located in the Sahyadri Mountain ranges of Shimoga district.  The falls are created by the river Sharavathi taking a plunge of approx. 850ft.  This was just a brief introduction to the very famous Jog Falls.

My brother Akshay had planned this trip along with his office colleagues.  And, as usual; I decided to join them last minute.

Akshay and his friends left on Friday night of 7th Sept 2018 and I initially planned to ride solo on the next morning.  Somewhere on Friday afternoon, I pinged my friend Sudheer on office communicator; saying I am riding to Jog Falls.  Sudheer got excited with the plan and he also craved for a long ride somewhere amidst greenery.  Sudheer agreed to accompany me.

Post office hours, I got my bag packed and the riding gears ready for the ride.  As I was about to sleep, Sudheer dropped a WhatsApp message, I might not join . . . !!!!

I started from my home at around 5.30am and stopped for a chai near to PES University and noticed a missed call from Sudheer.  I quickly dialed him back to hear him saying; “Maga, I will also join, will meet you at Parle Factory Toll”

The first thing we did as we met, was getting our Intercoms paired so we could speak while we rode.

Bonnie and Warrior ready to hit the roads



So, we were all set to see Raja, Rani, Roarer, and Rocket.








Those are the names of the 4 water streams that trickle down the cliff 😊

The plan was to ditch the highway and take the single lanes that passed through towns and villages that surrounded by greenery all over.  So, we planned this route:

The Route Map of the trip


We stopped for breakfast at Darshan, Tatte Idli near Kunigal. From here, we took a detour from the highway making our way towards Tiptur.  We saw a big lake beside the single lane road.  Thanks to the rains that splashed in Karnataka this monsoon.  The water full lake was picturesque.

Somewhere en route to Tiptur


The Picturesque lake at Tiptur


Sudheer and Me at Tiptur lake


Meanwhile, I got a call from Akshay saying they had already reached Jog Falls.  The pleasant weather along with the tiny droplets of rain made our ride smooth.  Over the intercom, Sudheer and I, only spoke about biking, our various travel stories, describing the route, and lot many things . . .  blah blah blah blah!! The talks went on and on….

Somewhere near Kadur, we stopped to have some tender coconut water.

Pitstop for tender coconut at Kadur

The ride continued and soon reaching near to Bhadra Dam, we could sight the water flowing in full gush from the gates of the dam. We could see this gushing water from alongside the road.

A glimpse of water gushing from Bhadra Dam gates


A Stop-over for lunch at Shimoga at a local hotel, some baadoota (naati koli) style.  Meanwhile, I kept my Intercom for a quick charge at the billing counter.

Post lunch, the ride continued, and somewhere in Kumsi village, my bike got off.  I kick started my bike and as I throttled, I could sense heavy power lag.  My bike wasn’t going above 30kmph.  I stopped at the side and started to enquire for a garage.  One of the shopkeepers said the garage is just on the opposite side of the road.

I quickly pushed my bike to the nearby garage there, the mechanic there said my bike’s battery had fully drained and he would need to charge it for 3-4 hours.  Meanwhile, I called Sudheer and told him to wait until I provide an update regarding my bike’s condition.

I convinced the mechanic (Avinash) that I would take one of his fully charged spared battery fixed to my bike and continue the ride, while he charges my bike’s battery until I return the next day. Luckily, he agreed for this.

Post fixing the battery, I started my bike and rode to Anantapur village where Sudheer waited for me.  We rode till Talaguppa and took a detour towards Jog Falls which was 15 km approx. from Talguppa.  Riding through few twisties and curves we reached the entrance gate of Jog Falls and straight to the Govt. Bungalow in there.  Akshay had pre-booked the bungalow and we joined them for that night.

The view of the falls from the bungalow’s balcony was breathtaking.  We sat downstairs outside of the bungalow listening to the soothing sound of the waterfall, wow!!! What a peace that was being away from the honking sound of city traffic.

The beautiful Jog Falls as seen from the balcony

Over the dinner table, we got ourselves introduced with everyone here. The dinner which was served here was simple yet tasty and post-dinner, every one of us crashed to bed.

Day 2: September, 09 (Sunday)

Few of us woke up early and walked towards the main viewpoint.  The tranquil valley was swaddled in a veil of mist and through which we could see the 4 water streams; Raja, Roarer, Rocket, and Rani plunging off the cliff.  We sat silently on one of the benches there watching this spectacular view.

A panoramic view of the falls from our room


There’s never One Sunrise the Same or One Sunset the Same. . . .


If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is Wake up – J. M. Power


We had some tea and biscuits in the nearby shop there.

As we headed back to the bungalow, the breakfast was ready to be served.  Lemon rice with chutney which was served for breakfast, after which, we were all ready to head back to Bangalore.

Taking a few group pics and greeting goodbye to each other we started the ride back to Bangalore.  Akshay’s friends had come in a car while Akshay had come by bike, so he decided to ride back with us and one of his friend, Amshith joined him as pillion.

Group Selfie from the bungalow’s parking


My Warrior bidding good-bye to the Paradise of Sahyadri


Our initial plan was to go to Kumsi, fix my bike’s battery and ride to Sringeri and then head to Bangalore.  But as we were a few kilometers away from Kumsi, my bike faced the same power lag issue with the bike’s battery being drained fully again.  Akshay tried to leg tow my bike but we couldn’t do it due to the uphill roads.

Meanwhile, I told Akshay and Sudheer to be at the garage and send the mechanic till here.  Avinash (the garage mechanic) was helpful yet again as he came riding till the place where my bike was totally off, replaced the charged battery with which I could get my bike started and continue the ride back home.  We knew that my bike’s battery would give problems yet over again, so we decided to ride straight back to Bangalore skipping the plan of visiting Sringeri.

We took a detour after Kumsi that took us through pothole filled roads in anticipation we would touch the highway soon, so we could zoom quickly on the national highway.  We reached the highway just after Davangere where we stopped for lunch at Sagar Dhaba.  The food here was lip-smacking and tasty.

From here we rode non-stop for a stretch of 140 km approx. until we reached Sira Toll and stopped for evening tea.

As I crossed Tumkur, my bike faced the same issue yet again.  The darkness had overtaken and I couldn’t switch on my bike’s headlight, indicators and couldn’t even beep the horn and bike couldn’t take acceleration beyond 40kmph.

I initially jumped all the potholes and humps as there was no visibility of the road due to darkness.  I then started to follow a petrol tanker taking the cover of the tanker’s tail lamps to see through the road.  I was riding watching at its tail lamps and following the tire lane and being ready to hit the brake in case the tanker jumped over any humps or potholes.

I did that for a few kilometers until the tanker stopped over at a roadside dhaba and I too stopped for tea.  Meanwhile, Akshay and Sudheer had already crossed Nelamangala Toll.  Then, I found an uncle riding a splendor with bright lights and doing normal speeds of 30 to 40kmph.  I kept riding behind him taking the help of his bright lights.  I followed his lane until Nice road junction of Nelamangala.  The splendor guy being fearful kept looking at his rearview mirrors of being surprised who is following him from such a distance.

Thank you, uncle, and sorry to keep you fearful.

I sighted the street lights, and happily rode till Parle Toll and by now my bike was totally off.  The bike couldn’t be started with any number of kicks and then I towed my bike till the Indian Oil Petrol Pump on the cross of 8th Mile road.

Parking my bike here and started to inspect my bike’s problem.  I saw a wire being cut and thought the bike’s battery power getting leaked from here. I walked for few meters in search of a garage, when nothing found, walked 2kms ahead and found a stationery shop where I bought an insulation tape (electrical tape) and sealed the wire with the insulation tape.

Woaahhh !!! My bike did start again. From here, I could ride amidst power loss and facing jerks, somehow made it till Phani’s house in Malleshwaram where I dropped my bike and then booked a cab back home.


Total distance on my bike’s Odo


It was yet another memorable ride of 860kms on my bike odometer.

Until next time.

Stay safe, Ride Safe and please don’t trash your travel.


Gokool Kini

(Soul Warrior)


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A short visit to Colva Beach, Goa

Colva, a coastal village in South Goa, a famous tourist destination visited for its beaches,  food stalls & restaurants.

As a family tradition, we visit to our home deity temple to Goa during Dasara every year.  Though our visit to Goa was for a short span, we somehow managed to visit the very famous Colva Beach in Goa.

Post all the temple proceedings, we hired a taxi to visit few other temples along with the beach.  From the past few years, we contact Mr. Remy Fernandes (taxi owner) for all our Goa Sightseeing.

As soon my dad told me to check Remy’s availability, I quickly had a call and told him our travel plan and within no time, Remy Sir agreed.  I always call him Remy Sir.

We were accompanied by one of my uncle and aunt who were also on their visit to Goa this time.

Post visiting the few other temples (Mahalasa, Veling Shantadurga) which we visit every year, we reached the city of Madgaon (known as Margaon) in South Goa. We stopped for lunch at Hotel Laxmi Veg Restaurant.  Post lunch we rushed to the Madgaon Railway Station, to see off my uncle and aunt who had to their train scheduled at 2pm. And from there, we soon reached Colva Beach.

Goa Map at Margao Railway Station


It was a sunny afternoon, and as it was an unplanned short visit to the beach, I didn’t have my sunglasses nor cap.  So, I quickly bought sunglass and caps to me and my parents from the nearby beach side shop there.

Selfie with my parents along the beach side


My parents and I, stood on the seashore looking at the beautiful view around; the beach surrounded by coconut plantations while the waves gently drenched the sand, those small boats that anchored far out in the sea.  A glimpse of the colorful parachute that stringed for the parasailing venture on one of the boat which had just sailed from the shore, the tourists walking and running past us to jump those waves and those shells sprinkled all over the golden sand.  Looking at all of those together was a peaceful retreat.

Me at the Quartered Flag


As the sun scorched our bodies, I got my jeans rolled up to my knee and walked into the water.  Looking at many people playing water sports there, I also wanted to go on some motor boat rides.

Multi seater Motor Boat and the boat crew


I quickly enquired about the pricing for a short motor boat ride and then got my life jacket on and was ready to board the multi seater motor boat.

My dad grumpily said, don’t do your toofani acts while on the boat !!! I quickly got into the boat and rushed to the 1st row seat and started clicking pictures and shot some short videos of the ride.

As soon I got into the boat


As the boat speedily jumped over a huge wave and the salty water splashed over my face, I thought I made a good decision sitting at the first row just behind the foredeck.  At a point I just stood in the boat looking at the vast blue sea which had lot many small boats anchored in the territorial waters. The boat returned back to the shore and I got down with all the excitement and joy.

One from the foredeck



With co-travelers in the boat


While I walked past a Yamaha Motor Boat, my dad said, you wanna go for yet another boat ride !! I just said yes and got on that motor boat for another short ride. This short ride on the 2 seater motor boat was fun and crazy too.

Yamaha Motor Boat Ride


Post both boat rides, my mom came to me and said; Get 2 more tickets for the next boat ride, I also want to go on that multi seater boat ride. She said that with the mixture of fear and joy.  Looking at her energy and excitement level, I quickly got 2 more tickets for the next boat ride and both my mom and I were ready wearing that life jacket.

As we got into the boat, my mom was very excited for her first motor boat ride.  I told her not to be feared, just enjoy this boat ride.  I was happy to see her joyous smile. She was happy for her first adventure of this kind. This ride was a bit more longer than the previous one I went.

My mom on the motor boat ride


It was 4.30pm by the time we wrapped up and bid good bye to the beach. Enroute back to the temple we stayed, my parents wanted to visit the original Ramnath Temple at Lotliem, so I requested Remy sir to drive us there before we head back to the temple dormitory in Ponda.

At original Ramnath Temple


Inside of the temple


Every year during Dussehra, we visit to Goa and from past a couple of years we are trying to cover different places during every other of our visit to this beach state and its every year we hire cab from Remy Sir.

Thank You Remi Sir for making our Goa trip memorable

If you are traveling to Goa along with your family or friends and looking for taxi or cab services for Goa sight seeing;

Please feel free to contact Mr. Remi Fernandes at +91 78752 24740


“At the Beach, life is different, time doesn’t move hour to hour; it rather moves mood to memories. We live by the tidal currents and follow the sun” – Anonymous

Keep travelling, stay safe !!!!

Until next time.



Gokool Kini

(Soul Warrior)

Also Visit: Family Trip to Yana Caves

If you visiting any beach place and want to understand the meaning of various flags on the sea shore, refer this link: List of Beach Flags & Warning Signals

Sunrise at Charmadi and Sunset at Agumbe . . . How we rode 860 kms in 26 hours through the dangerous Ghats of Karnataka

We covered two deadliest ghats in Karnataka’s within a span of 26 Hours.  Akshay and I had some personal family work at Manipal. So, we planned to ride.

19th Jan 2018: Post logging out from office, Akshay and I met at a bakery near my office. Akshay was fully geared up and ready to hit the roads. I convinced the bakery guy that I would go to their kitchen and get myself geared up with my riding attire, for which the bakery guy agreed.

By 9.30pm, we were fully geared up and started from KR Puram. Riding through the chaotic weekend traffic; we managed to cross the Nelamangala toll and deviated on Hassan highway where we stopped at the first petrol pump that came our way. We fueled our bikes and got the tire pressures checked there. It was 11.15pm by the time we departed from there.  It was winters and the climate was chilling.

Akshay and me after refueling at the petrol pump

We stopped at Hotel Empire in Kunigal for dinner and followed by a power nap there on the bench. The mixed fruit juice here is delicious. We continued riding towards Hassan in the dark; both of our bikes had fog lights fit that helped our gaze through the dark roads.

At Empire Hotel Kunigal
At Hotel Empire, Kunigal

Somewhere near Udayapura (few km before Hassan), we stopped over for tea at 2.30am. We took yet another pit-stop at Belur before we entered the forest ghats towards Mudigere.  As Shiradi ghats were closed that time, all vehicles moved via this stretch.

Riding on the single lanes that passed through the thick dense forest was quite tough due to some reckless badass truck drivers that were plying on this route and adding to this, we were sleep deprived.

We stopped at a roadside hotel at Mudigere to sip hot tea and eat some biscuits.  The hotelier had lit a bonfire alongside the road; we sat there in the warmth of the bonfire.

I was hell tired and sleepy. Besides the hotel, there was a house with open gates. I walked into the house compound and slept on a couch that lied in the verandah, while Akshay slept on the chair beside the bonfire.

Near Mudigere
I slept on this couch inside a house compound

I woke up at 6 am and walked towards my bike, and to my surprise, I saw my helmet fully wet with the droplets of dew. We grabbed some tissue papers and wiped the visors of our helmets, as we had the deadly Charmadi ghat ahead and riding safely with crystal clear vision was our utmost Priority.

Shivering with cold
Me shivering with cold


Wiping helmet visor
Wiping the helmet visor with tissue papers
Akshay wiping his helmet visor
Akshay wiping his helmet visor

As we rode downhill of the Charmadi ghat, we could see the first light of the sun hitting one of the lush green mountains. The view was serene and beautiful.

Warrior in charmadi ghat
My Warrior somewhere in Charmadi Ghat
somewhere in charmadi ghat
Our machines in Charmadi Ghat
Best pic of this trip
The best pic from this trip

We carefully rode the downhill of Charmadi ghat, while we relished the mountains. We soon reached Belthangady at 7.30am, we had tea here at Akshay’s relative house. Post some tea and some casual talks, we made our way riding towards Udupi.

We stopped for breakfast at a local road-side hotel near a place called “Eedu”

At Breakfast place
At Breakfast point, Eedu village

Then, Google map acted silly and took us to a different route.  However, it was a blessing in disguise, as we reached the very famous St. Lawrence church at Attur near Karkala. We quickly clicked our photograph here and continued towards Udupi – Manipal.

At St. Lawrence Church
At St. Lawrence Church, Attur – Karkala

We quickly made our way to Manipal which was approx. 40kms from Karkala. As reached, we booked a hotel room where we rested for some time.

We quickly finished our work there, had lunch in the nearby hotel, meanwhile over lunch, I just scanned through Google map to check the best possible route to Bangalore. I think we were lucky that day!! Just 60kms away from here was Agumbe and its deadliest ghat, we both were very excited to ride and make the most of it.

It was 5 pm when we started from Manipal. We maintained good speed and by dusk, we were at the base of Agumbe.  The proper tarmac roads of Agumbe ghat and the nice cool breeze made our ride even more smooth.  Be careful on the sharp hairpin curves. As we passed through Sringeri, the darkness took charge over the red-orange sky.

At an hairpin of Agumbe ghat
That’s me at some hairpin bend of Agumbe Ghat

At a point, where we stopped; Akshay said there should be the shortest route and we can save few kilometers and time, let’s go that way!!!

The shortest route on the map turned out to be a crazy road. The road full of potholes and muddy patches that passed through the dense forest with absolutely no vehicular movement.  We somehow connected to the main road that reached a small town where we stopped for tea and had some jackfruit chips.

Chai stop after forest
Some shop where we stopped for chai and jackfruit chips . . . I don’t remember the name of the town !!!

We soon reached Belur, the next stretch of the road was the 4 lane Hassan Highway.  Somewhere, after crossing Hassan, we stopped for dinner at Hotel Pathanjali with the intention of riding non-stop until Nelamangala.

Hotel Pathanjali
The sleepy me at Hotel Pathanjali

A small pit-stop for chai and at a Petrol Pump after Kunigal and straight made it till Goreguntepalya junction and then we went to our respective homes.

Playing with a Indie dog
Petting and playing with an Indie dog


At Goreguntepalya
At Goreguntepalya junction after completing the crazy ride


Bike Odo
857 Kms on my bike’s Odo

Until next time,
Gokool Kini
(Soul Warrior)


Also visit: The Ride of 3 States

Off-roading at Kailasagiri Hills and visiting Cave temple

The date was 29th April 2018 and how could I forget that on that day I would complete 3 memorable years with my bike. It was my Warrior’s 3rd anniversary with me. I wanted to celebrate the day with a ride somewhere.  We prepped our bikes with welded carriers, top racks and also purchased the helmet intercoms as we were getting ourselves ready for the Big Ladakh ride. So we thought to go some off-roads wherein we could test the carriers and the intercoms.

The mods were done to Phani’s bike
The Lexin Intercom fixed to my helmet

Hence, we chose the off-road trail of Kailasagiri hills along with a visit to a cave temple at the foothills of Kailasagiri. At dawn, 6:00 AM, both Phani and I met near Esteem Mall in Hebbal.  Over a chai, we got our Intercoms connected and kicked off the ride on to Airport Road.

At Vijaypura junction, we had breakfast in Hotel Nanda Gokula.  The hotelier asked us to wait for some time as they were still preparing Idli Vada.  Meanwhile, we had a conversation about Leh.  What else could we talk and discuss?  We were very hungry, but as the Idli Vada were served over the counter, we just concentrated on eating until our tummy was full.  The breakfast was yum and it was worth the wait.

We took a detour from the highway and rode towards Chintamani.  We tested the intercom in all possible ways, from keeping a distance of approx. 1 km to riding at speeds above 100 kph only to check if it would face any disturbance from the wind noise. Initially, it was very difficult to operate the intercom because of the riding gloves we wore, but as we moved on, we got accustomed with it. The device worked perfectly and suited our purpose and requirement.

We reached the Kaivara village at 8 AM; a local guided us to reach the base of Kailasagiri hills which gave us an exciting off-road experience.  Then we headed to the Cave Temple.  The temple usually opens at 10 AM, so we took the off-roads to Kailasagiri hill first until the temple opened for devotees.

The start of the off-road trail

Note: This off-road trail is an easy one.  This trail would be very slippery and slush during monsoons.

En route Kailasagiri hill
The trail ahead…
Phani with his Monster

Somewhere in the middle of the uphill, Phani’s bike got stuck over a stone. I dismounted from my bike to help him cross the stone. Finally, we made it until the place where the bikes were allowed to go which is almost top of the hill. The view was nice and the cool breeze iced it. We took some photos there and rested for a while.

The bikes could ride till here
The Monster and The Warrior
My signature pose; “The Redeemer”
At Kailasagiri hill
My Warrior

On the hillock there lies a small Hanuman temple and a fort-like structure behind it. We visited this temple and there were few locals who had come there for the uphill fort trek. We just enquired about the fort trek, they said it would take approx. an hour to reach atop the fort. As we had to reach Bangalore back by noon, we skipped this fort trek. We thought to plan a trek here some other time.

The small temple and the fort trek behind it
The statue of Lord Hanuman inside this temple

Note: Please do carry enough water and snacks as there is nothing available on the hilltop. 

We rode back downhill to the base to visit the very famous Cave Temple. I skid and had a small fall while riding down but had no injuries as I was geared up well and no damages to my Warrior.

Note: Always ride with full riding gears no matter what bike you ride.

We parked our bikes and walked a few steps to reach the Cave temple. Inside of the cave, it was very cool and peaceful. There are a couple of temples inside the cave and a huge Shiva Linga too.

The cave as seen from the outside
The cave as seen from the outside
Inside of the cave

Note: Photography of the idols and deities were prohibited.

I had first visited this cave temple way back in 2015 with Gixxer Club Bangalore, but that time we weren’t aware of the off-road trail there.

We started our journey back to Bangalore. By the time we reached Chintamani, the weather was very hot, so we stopped at a Nandini Milk Parlour to have some cold Badam milk and cold-drinks.

As we reached the main highway, we could see many Jackfruits ready to be sold in the street side shops.  We couldn’t resist stopping by after we smelled the jackfruit. We ate some jackfruit pieces from a shop there and quickly zoomed back to Bangalore.  Phani had pre-booked IPL match tickets so he quickly rushed back home.

As I approached my home, I got a call from my friend Raju saying he had Pavilion passes for that night’s IPL match and I better not miss it.  By the way, we don’t get pavilion passes quite often.

Post reaching home, we went to watch RCB vs KKR match at Chinnaswamy stadium by taking the metro.

Raju and I from the Pavilion stand

It was a memorable day; the off-road, the Cave temple, IPL match and a walk from MG Road to Shanti Nagar and then taking a cab back home. My friend Raju still yells at me for making him walk at midnight that day.

Stay safe, be happy, and keep traveling!!!

Until next time…
Gokool Kini
(Soul Warrior)

Preparation for Dream Ride – Leh Ladakh

Its time to get Leh’d and Spitified

Leh – Ladakh, a dream ride for all the bikers. Bikers call it Heaven.  Through this blog I would like to share the preparation strategies for your Dream Ride.

Sharing the information from my experience during my Leh expedition 2017 and my preparations for Ladakh 2018.

The most common routes to Ladakh:

Option 1:

Delhi / Chandigarh – Jammu – Udhampur – Srinagar – Sonamarg – Kargil – Leh – surrounding Leh (Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Pangong) – Tso Moriri – Pang – Sarchu – Jispa – Keylong – Manali – Delhi / Chandigarh.

Option 2:

Delhi / Chandigarh – Manali – Rohtang – Keylong – Jispa – Sarchu – Leh – surrounding Leh (Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Pangong) – Kargil – Sonamarg – Srinagar – Udhampur – Jammu – Chandigarh / Delhi.

If you choose the Option 2, you need to apply for Rohtang Permits.  Take the beyond Rohtang Permits to cross the Rohtang Checkpost and continue the journey to Leh. This Rohtang Permits needs to be applied online 2 days in advance before the day you intend to cross Rohtang. Beware Rohtang Pass is closed on all Tuesdays and no vehicular movement from either sides.

Planning the above itinerary in 15 days is the best so that you can have a pleasant travel.  There are riders who have done the Leh circuit in days lesser than that, but don’t go there to race against time, instead enjoy the beautiful mountains.

If you are an experienced rider, then you can add on Spiti circuit (needs an additional 7 days) or even ride the Sach Pass or tame the World’s Deadliest road Killar – Kishtwar.

Places Banned for Travellers:

  1. Umling La
  2. Marsimik La

Few new routes:        

  1. Kargil – Hamboting La – Batalik – Dah Hanu – Skurbuchan – Khaltse – Leh
  2. Kargil – Penzi La – Padum – Darcha


Effective June 2017, every visitor has to obtain Inner Line Permits from Leh DC Office to visit few places and list is as below:

  1. Batalik – Dah Hanu –Skurbuchan stretch
  2. Tso Moriri – Tso Kar
  3. Khardung La – Nubra Valley – Turtuk
  4. Pangong Lake (the lake in the movie 3 Idiots)
  5. Chushul
  6. Hanle (as of year 2018, Hanle is banned)

Kindly contact my friend Rigzin Bhai on +91 8146591625 or +91 7018159824 for any assistance regarding Inner Line Permits.  He also helps you out with Bike Rentals at Manali or at Leh and he also conducts Chadar Treks.

Important Note:

As the places enroute the circuit is close to International Borders, so there will be Army Base camps or check-posts and any kind of photography / videography is strictly prohibited.  Please don’t take pics or videos of any such places and always obey the orders given by any Indian Army / Defense personnel throughout the journey.

Things to carry for Leh – Ladakh Ride

Riding Gears:
Always follow ATGATT (All The Gears All The Time) throughout the ride, no matter what bike you ride on these terrains.

  1. Riding Jacket
  2. Full faced helmet
  3. Riding Pant, if you don’t have a riding pant; do take good knee guards
  4. Riding Gloves
  5. Shoes (full ankle shoes are preferred)

These riding gears are only for your safety that would protect you from injuries in case of a fall.

Bike Accessories:

  1. Jerry Cans for fuel
  2. Acceleration Cable
  3. Clutch Cable
  4. Clutch plates
  5. Puncture kit for tubeless tyre vehicles
  6. Extra pair of tubes for tube tyre vehicles
  7. Engine Oil
  8. Chain Lubrication
  9. Spark Plug
  10. Ensure you have fog lamps fitted on your bike.
  11. Tool Kit
  12. Saddle Bag
  13. Foot-pump / electronic air pressure for air fill.
  14. Any other accessories you feel necessary for your vehicle

Clothing and Luggage:
Never carry your entire wardrobe along with you.  Make note of this quote “Less the luggage more the fun”

  1. Thermals
  2. Raincoats
  3. Winter Gloves
  4. Sunglasses
  5. Gum Boots / Full ankle shoes
  6. Only 2 jeans or maximum of 3
  7. Shirts / T-shirts; 3 to 4
  8. Socks (carry extra pairs, as there are many water stream crossing throughout the journey and clothes won’t dry in the temperature here)
  9. Inner wears 7 to 8
  10. Toiletries and Personal Hygiene products
  11. Torch
  12. Balaclava / full face caps


  1. Oxygen cans
  2. Personal medications if any prescribed by your doctor
  3. Diamox Tablets / Gingko Bilbao (for Acute Mountain Sickness)
  4. Pain Balm / Spray
  5. First Aid Kit (Cotton, band-aids, cream to apply on wounds)
  6. Tablets for cold, cough, fever, loose motions, body ache.
  7. Any other medicines you feel necessary.
  8. Glucose / ORS Powder

Documents to be carried:

  1. Driving License
  2. Vehicle RC
  3. Identity Proof / Address Proof
  4. Inner Line Permits
  5. Rohtang Pass / Beyond Rohtang Permits
  6. Manali Green Tribunal Tax (to enter Manali)
  7. Emission / Pollution Certificate
  8. Personal medical / health insurance if available
  9. All Foreign Nationals keep a check in the official website of Leh DC Office for documents to be carried.

Mobile Network:

BSNL Postpaid works in most of the places. Airtel postpaid works in some of the places. None of the prepaid connections work in Kashmir Valley.

Electronic gadgets (optional):

  1. Camera
  2. Laptop
  3. Action Camera

Carry power bank and keep your mobiles for charging while staying in your hotel rooms.

Fuel Availability:

If you ride via Srinagar, fuel is available in all the major places; Udhampur, Srinagar, Kargil, Leh.  To visit places surrounding to Leh, you need to carry sufficient fuel to have a smooth journey.

Leh – KhardungLa – Nubra Route:
The petrol pump at Diskit was fully functional when we did our Leh expedition in July’2018
Leh – Pangong Lake Route:
No availability of fuel.
Leh – Tso Moriri / Leh – Hanle:
Fuel is available in local shops at Sumdo for INR 100/litre.
Leh to Manali:

The only place where fuel is available is at Tandi. So there is no availability of fuel for a stretch of 365 km. Leh to Tandi is 365kms.

Ensure you carry sufficient fuel depending on your vehicle’s fuel tank capacity and the mileage of your vehicle.

Fuel was available in local shops at Sarchu for INR 140-150 /liter.

ATM Availability:

ATMs are available at Srinagar, Leh, Manali.  Please ensure you carry sufficient cash for your entire journey.

Mechanical Support:

Get your bike is properly serviced before you start your journey.  There is good mechanical support at Leh.  There are few small garages / minimal mechanical support in Tandi, Jispa, Udhampur.

There is a mechanic named Sonu in Diskit.  Kindly keep his contact number +919469524727 saved in your mobiles.

Few important websites and contact:

  1. All information regarding Leh Ladakh:
  2. For Inner Line permits:
  3. For Rohtang Permits and Beyond Rohtang Permits:
  4. Also please read through the comments in Ladakh Return group on FB for all the latest updates from travelers.

Few important things to be noted:

  1. No Drink and Drive
  2. Don’t smoke while you are at the mountains
  3. Keep the ecology clean, don’t trash your travel.
  4. Don’t stick any kind of stickers on any of the sign-boards. The sign-boards are meant for information and not to put your stickers.
  5. Keep your dear ones informed about the places you traveling, whenever you find cellular network; make the first call back home. “I / We are safe and fine” is what your family wants to listen from you.
  6. Most of these places are prone to landslides, cloud burst, flash floods; so be prepared with things.
  7. You can’t predict or win against the Universal Law of Nature.
  8. Take other important things which you feel most important and necessary to you.

In case I have missed any information on the preparations for the Dream Leh Ride, please drop your comments below so that it can help the readers here.

Stay Safe, Ride Safe; enjoy the best and the most memorable Trip of your Life 🙂
Until next time.
Gokool Kini
(Soul Warrior)
Also visit: My Leh Expedition 2017

Family Trip to Kumta . . . Exploring Kumta beach, Yana Rocks and Mirjan Fort

We had a family function to be attended in Kumta. After regular office hours, I cycled back home, took my bags and boarded the last bus to Belgaum at 11.30pm.

The story of my First Cycle Ride to Office and back home will be shared in a separate blog.

Day 1: Friday, 20th April 2018

Upon reaching Belgaum at around 7.30am, I quickly hired an auto to reach home. Within no time I had my breakfast and got ready to take the bus journey to Kumta along with my parents and grandma.  I usually don’t book any hotel rooms when I travel solo or with my friends, but as I was traveling with my family, it was well planned and I booked a family room at Hotel Pandurang International, Kumta much in advance.

We checked into the hotel at around 6 pm in the evening and over the snacks and chai, the conversation between my Dad and me:

My Dad: what is the plan now for today?
Me: let’s go to the beach.
My Dad: It’s too late to go to the beach now, the sun might set and it might get dark!!!

I quickly checked for that day’s sunset time on Google and the time showed as 6.45pm and I replied let’s go to the beach and see if we can catch a glimpse of the setting Sun. The Baada Beach at Kumta was at a distance of around 10kms from the Hotel. We hired an auto and made our way to the beach.  Though we missed the sunset but spent some time at the beach.

Baada BeachBaada Beach, Kumta


Baada Beach1The Rocks at the Seashore

Being at the seaside at Twilight time, watching the waves rearing up before crashing down into the rocks at the beach, pounding the sand shores with their white foam. Wow:) that was Bliss!!!

my Family at the Baada BeachMy Grandma, my Dad, me and my Mom at the Beach


at the beachAt the Beach


my parentsMy Parents at the Beach


me.jpgB.E.A.C.H “Best Escape Anyone Can Have”

Letting my Soul and Spirit Fly while I look at the Infinite Blue Sky

Happiness comes in WavesHappiness comes in Waves . . .  Selfie time with Family

We also visited the Kanchikamba Parmeshwari Temple that stood beside the beach and went back to the hotel room.

Kanchikamba TempleThe path to Kanchikamba Parmeshwari Temple


At the Temple EntranceAt the Temple entrance

Day 2: Saturday, 21st April 2018
We hired a taxi and the plan was to visit Yana Rocks and Mirjan Fort.

Yana, a small village in the Uttara Kannada (Karwar) district of Karnataka, known for its natural caves amidst 2 monolith rocks named Mohini and Bhairaveshwara.  A very famous pilgrim place which is the home to a Shiva Temple.

Post breakfast at the hotel, we started our journey early at 8 am and headed to Yana which is just 30 kilometers which takes a 45-minute drive from Kumta.

Few buses ply on this route, so it’s better to have your own vehicle; car or bike or rental vehicles to reach there.

We took the National Highway 66 and detour towards Yana. The road to Yana was amazing amidst the thick lush greenery all over.  The road although single lane had a lot of curves and we had a smooth drive.  Within no time we reached the parking lot at the base of the Yana Rocks.  I was very excited to get to the hilltop and see the Twin Monolith and trek the caves and soon tick this place off my list.

Important Tips: Please do carry some snacks and water bottles while you start the trek.  There are a couple of shops at the base and beware of the monkeys.  The trek is a mix of mud lanes through the forest and paved steps taking you to the hilltop.  In case you visit this place during monsoon, do carry basic first aid as this place is prone to Leeches.

YanaWelcome to Yana


32130577_10216588797176617_4255861468446064640_nFew shops at the base near the parking lot


Walking up the Mud laneWalking up the mud lane


Bences enroute Yana trekkThere are benches placed by the Karnataka Forest Department so that visitors can take some rest.

Trail to YanaThat’s the trail to Yana


small water streamA small water stream enroute


Selfie ModeSelfie Mode


enroute YanaEnroute Yana

As we reached a small temple enroute, we could see the gigantic Monolith, basically the Mohini Hill.

Mohini Hill at Yana RocksThe Mohini hill as seen while climbing the steps to Yana


Yana RocksThe magnificent Ash colored Mohini Hill at Yana


The Mohini HillThe Mohini hill as seen from the other side


Panoramic ViewPanoramic view capturing both the Monoliths at Yana

As we continued climbing the steps, we reached the main cave temple located below the Bhairaveshara Hill.  This is a Shiva Temple where the Linga was formed naturally and the water drips from the roof over the Linga that adds to the sanctity of this place. Photography inside the temple premises is banned and hence couldn’t click any pics of the Linga.

Bhairaveshwara HillBhairaveshwara Hill, The main Temple Peak


Shop inside Temple PremiseA shop inside the main temple premise

We walked around the temple.  Usually, in all temples, devotees walk around the sanctum, which is called as Pradakshina. In Yana, this walk passes through the natural caves of the Bhairaveshara Hill which makes it unique and interesting.

Yana cavesYana Caves


31964132_10216588769175917_5653704758712598528_nThe perfect family pic

There were shops near the main temple where we could gulp some cold drinks and bottled fruit juices.

Shops near main TempleFew shops beside the main temple

Post all the fun we descended down the stairs to the parking lot where our humble taxi driver Mr. Santosh waited for us patiently for more than a couple of hours until we reached back to the base.

It was a long pending trip to visit Yana, though we visited Sirsi and Kumta very often, we couldn’t make it to Yana.  It’s better late than never.

We quickly made our way to Mirjan Fort, which is around 30kms en route Gokarna.  This is a Fort of historic ruins dating back to the 16th Century.  It’s a huge and a mysterious fort surrounded by coconut plantations and you can sight the Aghnashini River flowing when you stand atop the walls of the fort.  There are a couple of secret passages in the fort which is banned for visitors and any guesses to where those passages lead to? Nobody knows!!!

Mirjan FortAt Mirjan Fort


MirjanInside Mirjan Fort


Panoramic View of Mirjan FortPanoramic View of Mirjan Fort


Historical Ruins of MirjanAt the Historical Ruins of Mirjan Fort

I Had been to this Fort a few years ago and wanted to explore it again this time.  This fort is just a kilometer detour from the main highway NH66.

We then went back to Kumta, had our lunch at Hotel Sanman and went back to our Hotel Room.  After a few hours of rest at the hotel, we went to the temple of our Family Deity Shanteri Kamakshi and attended the family function on the following day; Sunday.

Kumta TempleThe pooja at our Home Deity Temple

After a good time spent with my family, relatives, and cousins; my parents took the bus back to Belgaum and I boarded the night bus to Bangalore.

Useful information on how to reach Kumta and other things to do.
Nearest Railway Station: Kumta
Nearest Airports: Bangalore, Mangalore, Goa, Hubli, and Belgaum

Road Connectivity: Kumta is a Taluka on the NH66 having ample bus connectivity from Karwar, Mangalore, and Hubli.

Food and cuisines famous here: Have the seafood at Hotel Moonlight and Gadbad Ice-cream at the ice-cream parlor (Shimla Ice-Cream Parlor) besides the Hotel Moonlight.

Things to do: Kumta Beach, Baada Beach, Yana, Mirjan Fort, Gokarna, Murdeshwar, Boat Ride through Aghnashini River and a list of temples on the Car Street in Kumta.

I have pledged not to Trash my Travel and keep the environment and ecology as you love to see. Have you promised the same ?

Stay safe, always be happy, keep traveling, You only have ONE life, live it to the fullest !!!

Until next time.


Gokool Kini
(Soul Warrior)



Also visit: Family Trip to Sirsi and Banavasi

Day Ride to Hogenakkal Falls – Memories from June’2016

Unplanned road trips are the best. This statement is always true.  Over the Friday night party, we planned to go on a road trip.

Over the Friday night’s party, we; Anil BJ, Anil Pujar, Raju Chippalakatti and I planned for a road trip and the place chosen was the very famous Hogennakkal Falls.  It is approximate 140kms away from Bangalore.

Date: 18th June 2016
Number of People: 4 (Anil BJ, Anil Pujar, Raju Chippalakatti and I, Gokool)
Bikes: 2 (Bajaj Avenger and Suzuki Gixxer)

Route Map
The Route: Bangalore – Attibele – Hosur – Denkanikottai – Anchetty – Hogenakkal Falls

We started a bit late around 10 am and caught up in the usual Bangalore traffic.  We quickly zipped through the Electronic City Flyover making our way on the Hosur Highway.  A quick stopover for chai just after taking the service road at Attibele and took the village route.  We quickly crossed the border check-post and the mighty TVS Motors Factory at Hosur and few miles down the line we entered the forest stretch.

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Anil Pujar and Raju Chippalakatti en route to Hogennakal Falls

The riding trail through those curvy roads surrounded by greenery all around and the drizzling rain droplets made the ride even merrier.

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Enroute to Hogennakal Falls


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Me, Raju, Anil Pujar and Anil BJ


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Somewhere in the Forest Stretch en route to Hogennakal Falls

We reached Hogennakkal falls at around 1.30pm, somehow managed to find a parking space for our bikes.  You will be surrounded by many local tour guides asking for business.  But we didn’t pay much heed and walked our way down to the waterfall area.

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Enroute the Main View Point

We made our way to the hanging bridge and beyond a certain point; tourists were not allowed to walk.  The view was blissful as the white water cascaded down a series of rocks.  A force of nature, both beautiful and brutal.  It was spectacular to watch as the water flown beneath the hanging bridge and joining the water bed and streaming through the river.

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The view of the falls as seen from the Hanging Bridge

“Water is the most perfect traveler because when it travels, it becomes the path itself!” – A perfect quote by Mehmet Murat Ildan

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The view of the falls and the bathing area as seen from the Hanging Bridge


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That’s me at the Hanging Bridge


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At the Hanging Bridge


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The falls joining the waterbed

The most common things to do here at Hogennakkal are the body massage followed by a bath in the waterfall, the yummy delicious river fish and the Coracle Boat Ride.

I got myself an oil massage and got into the waterfalls.  My toes flinched as I stepped my feet into the cold water and my mind faded into dullness and everything looked like a foggy illusion.  I felt very relaxed.  After a nice bath in the waterfalls, we walked back and packed all our things and rushed to a nearby hotel to fill our tummy with the delicious river fish.

The time was 5.30pm and the only thing we missed doing this time at Hogennakkal was the Coracle Boat Ride as it has time restrictions as said by one of a Coracle Boatman.  He said the boat ride would be closed at around 6 pm.

I could recall the memories of the Coracle Boat ride that I went with my parents during our visit to Hogennakal falls while we did South Indian Trip way back in 2004.

We decided to head back to Bangalore.  Taking ample breaks for tea and some fruit juices, we road back safely to Bangalore and reached home by 9.30pm.

Returning Back from Hogennakal Falls
At a small hairpin curve


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Thank You, folks, for the Amazing Travel Memory

Anil BJ made a small video of the trip: Click here

This was the story of our day Ride to Hogennakal Falls, thanks a lot Bhailog for an amazing travel memory.  Thanks to Google for its Timeline feature as it helped me recall the memories of this trip.

Photo and Video Credits: Anil BJ

Stay safe and keep traveling!!!

Until next time…

Gokool Kini
(Soul Warrior)
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