Best time to ride to misty Western Ghats

Best time to ride to misty Western Ghats

The author and his friends stopped by at Bisle, a village in Sakleshpur taluk.

July is the month of pre-monsoon season where you can enjoy the rain in the Western Ghats. So a bunch of my biker friends from Bengaluru decided to embark on a road trip to Madikeri via Bisle Ghat.

We decided to take the route through the Reserve forest to Bisle Ghat, which is located in Hassan District in Sakleshpur Taluk. It is famous for its ghat roads covered with greenery, rare birds and natural streams

To reach our destination (Bisle Ghat), you have to have your own transport because there is no bus or train connectivity. Buses are available only till Sanivarasanthe. From there, you need to hire a private vehicle. The safest bet is to travel by your own vehicle.

My friends and I started out on our Pulsar 200NS and Dominor 400) on a Sunday at around 6 am. The weather was perfect with a slight drizzle.

After a steaming cup of coffee Nelamangala, we rode through the most breathtaking locations till we reached Bisle Ghat, a five-hour ride. The travel is worth recounting. You feel the cool breeze and are greeted with slight showers throughout the trip. The entire route was covered with lush green farmlands.

It started raining as soon as we reached Sanivarasante. Bisle Ghat wasn’t too far away. Though we didn’t get to see much because of the mist, the moving clouds against the backdrop of tall mountain ranges was a sight in itself.

After spending a little more than two hours there, we decided to move on to our next destination, Madikeri via Somwarpet.

It was raining here as well but we didn’t want to miss Mallali Falls, Pushpagiri hills and Kottebetta trekking.

It took a while to reach our destination as our bikes broke down in between. We finally checked into the Padmavati Homestay.

We had an adventurous off-road experience to Mandalpatti. The entire route had zero visibility and we were lucky to meet other bikers.

We returned via Mysuru Road. It was a fun trip and we made sure that we returned with coffee powder and homemade masala.

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