Bangalore to Madikeri Coorg ride – Mandalpatti | Honda Hornet 160r and Yamaha Fz
Madikeri Ride was in my list since long time. Ravi and I were discussing on small project then we decided to go for a small weekend ride, we thought of going to madikeri (coorg) which was our plan a year ago.
This was planned on Saturday and we rode on Sunday. So there was no proper planning. We never thought about the places to visit in coorg, but we had only one thing in mind i.e, riding to Madikeri!
Bangalore to Madikeri route plan was :
Bangalore – Channarayapattana – Holenarsipura – Arakalgudu – Kushalnagara – Madikeri
Bangalore to Coorg distance
There are majorly 2 routes to coorg. One is via Mysore which is 254 Km, this is the common road since a long time and majority of people take this route. Another one is via Channarayapattana (Hassan road) which is 265 Km, It is a clean 4 lane highway till Channarayapattana and then state highway till Kushalnagara with almost no traffic.
I prefer and suggest to take Channarayapattana route to enjoy the road trip with less traffic. Just because of extra 11Km don’t ignore this route. You get better mileage and can reach destination faster in this road.
If you have a plan of visiting Mysore then definitely Mysore route is good one. Only this i avoid Mysore road is because of heavy traffic. I feel like i’m riding in Bangalore ring road. And not just that, it take more time compared to Channarayapattana route. I could easily do Bangalore to Coorg and Coorg to Bangalore in one day by taking the Channarayapattana route.
Bangalore to Mysore distance is 150 Km but we need an average of 3 hours to cover this distance. 50 Km/h average! Really? Not good right. Meanwhile Bangalore to Channarayapattana distance is 146 Km, we just need hardly 2 hours in car and 15 to 20 minutes more on our 150cc bikes. That looks preety good for me. So we stick to the Channarayapattana route.
Lets start the Ride
It was one day ride plan so we definitely need to getup early and start. Got up at 3:30 AM, freshed up and fully geard. It takes me atleast 10 minutes to fully gear up :D. Not just me, almost all rides need sufficient time to gear up. Riding gears i use – MT hemlet, Spartan Aspida riding jacket, probiker gloves and a normal sports shoes.
We left home at 4:30 AM, it was damn fresh and cold when we came out of house. Always remember! leaving Bangalore before 5 AM is the best advantage for anyone who is going out for a road trip. As i said that even we reached Nelamangala by 5:30 AM and first mission completed. Now continued on the Bangalore Mangalore road till Hassan with 2 breaks. Bangalore to Hassan route is very common for me because my native is Mudigere, Chikmagaluru, atleast 5 to 6 times in a year i travel in this route. Also this is a 4 lane highway, we never knew how quickly we reach Hassan.
In between Channarayapattana and Hassan we had breakfast near Andand Bhavan (A2B) and continues towards Gorur dam. This is where we made mistake in the route. We should have taken diversion in Channarayapattana instead. Just to see Gorur Dam we lost our energy. Gorur road was so horrible that we stopped every 5kms to rest our back. Some how manage to push till Arakalgudu, after Arakalgudu roads are not bad.
There are few reasons why i love the stretch from Arkalgudu to Kushalnagara. One is very less traffic and another thing is you will find some good fields like paddy field, corn field, sugarcane field, variety of flowers grown on fields and much more. Just to enjoy those beauty i was riding calmly at 50km/h to 60km/h, which is quite good enough of state roads.
Till Kushalnagara roads were fine, but the actual happiness was after hitting Madikeri road. The stretch from Kushalnagara to Madikeri was just awesome. We really enjoyed this road as much we can. We even spotted Elephant in the middle of this stretch, unfortunately i could not capture that as it was too far for the camera’s lens. But many stopped to see the wild life and clicking pictures on their DSLR. We moved further as we needed to cover many more Kms.
By the time we reached Madikeri it was 1:30 PM so we thought to have lunch and move towards Mandalpatti, which we decided at the time we entered madikeri city. The real tour is from here. From Madikeri to Mandalpatti it is 18 Kms, we initially thought it would be easy but once we started we got to know its mostly offroad. But this offroad was 100times better than Bangalore’s potholes roads which would cause death. Our joy of riding never ended and even 18kms was also not ending.
At last we could sense the hill bed(because of this we call madikeri as Scotland of India). We calmly took our bike where ever the road was taking. We need to pay 15 Rs per head to enter the main hill. Yes we paid and took our bike, sometimes bikes are not allowed, I’m not sure when is that.
We took our bike to some extent and started finding some good and calm place. We found and spent 1 hr here.
About Mandalpatti (Mugilupete)
Mandalpatti is the main attraction in madikeri, it is around 18kms from Madikeri city, One can easily go in jeep or own vehicle. Best suggested to take jeep and enjoy the offroad or for bikers this would be an amazing experience of offroad. Sunrise and Sunset is amazing here, during monsoon its heaven filled with fog and heavy rain. There is an entry fee of 15 rupees.
Mandalpatti is at an altitude of around 4050 feet and it is a part of Pushpagiri reserve forest. Mandalpatti is also known as Mugilupete. In Kannada (Local Language) Mugilupete means market of clouds. Mugile (Cloud) – pete (market).
Mandalpatti timings :
Mandalpatti opens at 6 AM and closes at 6 PM. There is no staying facilities here. Take a room in Madikeri and visit early morning here.
Best season to visit Mandalpatti :
Best season to visit here is post monsoon. After rain everything will be filled with green here and also fog makes it better. We visited during monsoon, good thing it did not rain that day. But we got the best view, it was completely cloudy and filled with fog here and there. We could feel that we were touching the clouds. I suggest not to visit during heavy rain. You can’t see anything and also full of dirt to your car or bike. So wait for the exact time after the rain stops.
Jeep Facility :
One round trip in Jeep cost 1,000 Rs to 1,500 Rs from foothill to top of the hill and back. The cost is for full Jeep, good for family with 7 to 8 people. Price may be revised season to season. For Individual it will cost less, you can fit into some jeep which has space.
Cars are stopped at the checkpost which is just 1 km away from the hill top. From the checkpost anyone can easily walk to the view point. Not a difficult trek though. Bikes are allowed till top, i heard sometimes bikes are also not allowed, really not sure when. Main reason why cars and bikes are not allowed because of completely offroad till the view point. Only jeep can survive those roads, as we all know cars have very less ground clearance.
Overall this was an amazing ride, Though we did not see much places in Madikeri but enjoyed the ride.
Places to see around Coorg :
Night riding experience from Coorg to Bangalore
After our happy moments of spending good time here it is time to move back to home. We all know that we can’t cover much places in one day. Due to office word pressure we had only one day leave, so we have to return on the same day.
Ravi purchased many things in Coorg city, mostly chocolates and sweets. After all the purchase we fueled up and started out ride to Bangalore. It was exactly 6PM we left Madikeri city. I know it was too late, but we have to return on the same day. I personally hate night rides because i can’t see anything apart from road and also it is not safe to ride at night. If something happens it is very difficult to get help.
Anyways i believed lord Anjanaya to help us. We moved, by the time we reached Kushalnagara it was completely dark. On this stretch it was slightly drizzling too. I thought to take mysore route instead of Chennarayapattana route because its all villages and empty areas till the Bangalore hassan highway. But later thought to go back on the same route which we came from. It was completely dark, i could not lead the ride, left Ravi to lead. Good that he was hitting 80km/h on those roads. I was just following his break light 😀 Till i reached Chennarayapattan i could not recognize which all places and cities i passed through.
After hitting the highway i felt safe and relaxed. Not sure about the time, may be it was around 10 PM. We had dinner somewhere there and moved to Bangalore. In highway we maintained 80km/h to 90km/h. We reached bangalore exactly at 1AM. Well that was it. Home sweet home 🙂