It happened one evening during the year 2008 – a boring day inside the office and a lovely weather outside of it. I wanted to step out cycle some distance, sit quietly at some corner and enjoy the sunset, far away from the madding crowd. Reality struck me almost instantly – 20 Km to go out of city and finding a quiet place requires a 2 hours of riding in the peak hour city traffic and yet, there may not be such a place left free by the greedy real estate developers. By the time I reach, the beautiful weather might have disappeared leaving me with only darkness. It just remained a sweet dream.
A year later, I had then quit my corporate job and was engaged in a pleasant conversation with a very elderly uncle of mine. The topic of enjoying nature was amongst those. Having lived on the West Coast for sometime in his life, he described his joy of enjoying sunsets there. Combining my interests in cycling and a quest for sunsets, I wondered if I can do a cycle trip along the West Coast. He blessed my idea and suggested me to do minimal planning which will help me to get the best out of the trip.
The only aspect of planning done for the trip was the reservation of ticket from Chennai to Kanniyakumari on March 8, 2009. I wondered if I need to buy/rent a new bike (one of the high-end imported ones) for the trip. However, I decided against and stuck to my Hero Thunder in which I have enjoyed the best and worst moments of my cycling. The idea of the trip was to enjoy the ride (and the sunsets) and not to set any statistical records for distance covered or speed.
The journey began like that of the kid in the music video Sweet Lullaby by Deep Forest, I wished to see fascinating things in a fascinating way and enjoy every bit of it!
Note: I had earlier published this in a blog which was pulled down in 2 months. I am re-publishing the revised version here.
Day 1 – Kanniyakumari to Marthandam
Kanniyalumari – Ethamozhi – Rajakkamangalam – Colachel – Karungal – Kuzhithurai – Marthandam. Click here for a detailed report.
Day 2 – Marthandam to Thumba
Marthandam – Kaliyakavillai – Parassala – Poovar – Vilinjam – Kovalam – Trivandrum – Veli – Thumba. Click here for a detailed report.
Day 3 – Thumba to Kollam
Thumba – Varkala, Kappil, Paravoor, Chattanoor- Kollam. Click here for a detailed report.
Day 4 – Kollam to Ambalapuzha
Kollam – Karunagapalli – Amritapuri – Kayamkulam – Haripad – Ambalapuzha. Click here for a detailed report.
Day 5 – Ambalapuzha to Cochin
Ambalapuzha – Alapuzha – Chertala – Edakochi – Kochi. Click here for a detailed report.
Day 6 – Rest at Cochin
Day 7 – Cochin to Guruvayoor
Kochi – Fort Kochi – Vipin – Kodungallur – Chavakkad – Guruvayur. Click here for a detailed report.
Day 8 – Guruvayoor to Kozhikode
Guruvayur – Chavakkad – Ponnani – Unniyal – Tanur – Parappangadi – Kadalundi- Beypore – Kozhikode. Click here for a detailed report.
Day 9 – Kozhikode to Kannur
Kozhikode – West Hill – Kappad – Quilandi – Payyoli – Vadakara – Mahe – Tellicherry – Edakkad – Kannur. Click here for a detailed report.
Day 10 – Kannur to Kasargord
Kannur – Azhikkode – Mattul – Payangadi – Payannur – Kalikkadavu – Charuvathur – Nileshwaram – Bekal – Kuppal Beach – Melparamu – Kasargod. Click here for a detailed report.
Day 11 – Kasargord to Mangalore
Kasargord – Kumbla – Manjeshwar – Mangalore. Click here for a detailed report.
Day 12 – Rest at Mangalore
Day 13 – Mangalore-Udupi-Kundhapura
Mangalore – Surathkal – Mulky – Udupi – Kundapur. Click here for a detailed report.
Day 14 – Kundhapur – Honnavar
Kundapur – Maravanthe – Baindur – Bhatkal – Murudeshwar – Honnavar. Click here for a detailed report.
Day 15 – Honnavar – Karwar
Honnavar – Kumta – Agnavish – Tadadi – Gokaran – Akola – Karwar. Click here for a detailed report.
Day 16 – Rest at Karwar
Day 17 – Karwar to Margao
Karwar – Mashim – Galgibag – Palolem Beach – Agonda – Kola – Molorem – Velim – Assolna – Kavlesi – Orlim – Varka – Cana – Margao. Click here for a detailed report.
Day 18 – Margao to Vasco da Gama
Margao – Colva – Betalbatim Beach – Cansaulim Beach – Zuari Nagar – Dabolim – Vasco R.S. Click here for a detailed report.
Epilogue, Dedication and Acknowledgements
A short note on many things that I missed in earlier pages, dedication and acknowledgements. Click here to read more