There is something magical about the misty air of the Western Ghats. The range offers challenging rides with stellar verdant views that mesmerize one and all. The mountain range, starting at Gujarat, stretches all the way down to Tamil Nadu, covering the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Kerala along the way. Imagine riding amidst dense forests dotted with waterfalls. Sheer bliss, right? While the scenery appeals to the nature lovers, poets and romantics, the sinuous routes with ample hairpin bends can set a rider’s adrenaline rushing.
Heaven on earth – The Western Ghats in Monsoon:
The year-round pleasant weather in the Western Ghats make them a favourable destination for motorbike riders from all over India. However, the true beauty and spirit of the Western Ghats can be experienced during and after monsoon months. As you ascend the peaks, you could pass through a fleeting cloud, even as it gives in to cold and transforms into clear droplets of rain. Besides, you can also experience the waterfalls in thunderous forms instead of mere trickling streams.
Get in Touch With Yourself – Ascend the Hairpin Bends:
Conquering tricky hairpin bends safely is an art that requires focus and respect towards your surroundings. As you lower your speed and shift to the second gear, you become conscious of your bike’s engine throttle and your own breath. You become one with nature as you breathe in the pure and cool mountain air.
If you’re looking to sample the above experiences and more, you should definitely take one or more of the following Western Ghat bike routes:
Distance: 1300kms approximately
The longest of all the journeys listed in this blog, its itinerary covers stretches of the Western Ghats in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Day 1: Starting at the bustling city of Kochi, after 50 odd kms, this route takes you up close to the beautiful backwaters of Alleppey in God’s own country, Kerala. After soaking in the abundant beauty of Alleppey, you could head towards the tea paradise, Munnar (170 kms), which is nestled in the Western Ghats.
Day 2: Leave Munnar and continue the journey towards Wayanad, which is about 350 kms away. You could call it a day at Wayanad or head further to the famous hill station, Ooty (another 110 kms).
Day 3: The journey takes a U-turn on day 3 when you start moving South towards Kodaikanal, about 250 kms away. Kodaikanal is an idyllic hill station and we strongly recommend that you stay explore the place.
Day 4: On the fourth and last day of the trip, visit Periyar National Park, Thekkady (150kms), and end your journey back at Kochi (160kms).
Distance: 745 kms approximately
Relatively shorter than the first route, this journey covers the best of Karnataka’s range of Western Ghats.
Day 1: Start from Bangalore and ride towards Shimoga (290 kms) , where you can spend the night before heading towards Agumbe.
Day 2: Agumbe, a small town set amidst thick rainforest, is a 93 km ride from Shimoga. This stretch would be a ride to remember as the roads offer innumerable bends and views. After a brief stop at Agumbe continue towards the temple town of Sringeri (29 kms). After lunch, ride through the lush landscape of Chikmagalur (90 kms), where coffee was first cultivated in India.
Day 3: Head back to Bangalore via Hassan (245 kms)
#3 Kolhapur – Ratnagiri – Chiplun – Khed – Mahabaleshwar – Satara – Kolhapur
Distance: 513 kms approximately
Day 1: Start from Kolhapur and ride towards the silver sand beach town, Ratnagiri (132 kms). After a walk at the beach, start riding to Mahabaleshwar via Chiplun and Khed (203 kms).
Day 2: Explore Mahabaleshwar and head back to Kolhapur via Satara (178 kms). If possible, witness the gorgeous sunset at Satara before ending your trip.
#4 Mumbai – Kalyan – Malshej Ghat – Akole – Bhandardara – Igatpuri – Mumbai
Distance: 495 kms approximately
Explore the best of the Sahyadri mountain range through this ride.
Day 1: Beginning at Mumbai, this route takes you through Malshej Ghat (126), a spectacular mountain pass in the Western Ghats. Continue towards Akole (75kms) where you can spend the night.
Day 2: Ride towards Igatpuri via Bhandardara(72 kms) and head back to Mumbai (120kms)
#5 Belgaum – Amboli – Sawantwadi – Chorla ghat – Belgaum
Distance: 230 kms approximately
This one-day ride starting from the historical town of Belgaum in North Karnataka has much to offer – from vistas of the famous Amboli Ghat waterfalls to the unmatched natural beauty of Chorla Ghat.
Some of these routes are less explored while some are popular. However, you should definitely explore at least one of these routes to experience the unparalleled beauty of the Western Ghats mountain ranges.