Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Road Trip to Kerala...

In life we come across lots of advises. One of such many advises is always about planning. Planning in anything we do. Whether it is in important things like career or simple things like organizing a event , everything requires planning. But not every one agree with that and when there are bunch of buddies those doesn't agree with the great Theory of Planning that's when crazy things tend to happen . This is the story of our last road trip which happened out of no where and was possible only because we four believed that experiencing true joy involves exploring the unknown.

It was during last year October that we four me , Raju , Nanda and Jithin decided that its been too long since we took time off for a vacation(last one being just one year back :D) . We have decide to take the Dusshera weekend as an opportunity and plan a vacation around it. So all of us agreed on going to Kerala. But whats the fun in going in train or bus, so we decided to go on a road trip and since going by car would be too mainstream we chose bikes instead. But since Kerala is too far from Hyderabad we have decided that we would travel by Bus till Bangalore and we would take bikes from there. So plan was set ,tickets were booked and bikes were rented. In the week that we had before our journey starts we haven't spent any productive time on planning the trip. We didn't account for rains, neither for the routes . Thanks to technology we all had our Smart phones to guide us at any point. We were too eager and excited to look beyond the above mentioned planning.

The trip started with a small indication of what awaited us ahead. It started raining as soon as we entered Bangalore. But not being the type of stepping back from adventure we took our bikes and started on our journey. Four of us , two bikes , two backpacks and 4 helmets. No more biking gear. We loved the trip till Mysore as the weather was cool and the roads where empty. It didn't take lot of time to hit our top speed. We reached Mysore much before than we thought. Unaware of what lies ahead , we started taking pics and wasted time. We should have planned on reaching Kerala before sunset but who would have expected that bad roads through Bandipur forest were awaiting us.Just to make things even worse weather gave up on us and it started raining cats and dogs with its regular partner in crime the lightnings.

It was as if we have entered a horror movie set. Our smart phones were of no use as there was no signal in the dense forest. It was a 30 km stretch and the roads were bad and curvy. It was only after entering we realized its a Tiger reserve. One of the boards read “Please be silent passers. Do not disturb the crossing Tigers” . After reading the board our worlds went black and yellow. When fear strikes I think no other emotion hits us better than that. Out of the fear, our hallucinations started .Every now and then we were slowing down as we thought we have seen a Tiger. The road was going through the low land and the adjacent land was a bit high. We were looking out for a Tiger strike coming at any moment. Just think about the feeling that your life can end any minute. We were experiencing just that. We didn't want to talk, we didn't want to admit our fear but each one of us knew what exactly is going on in the others mind. Yet another blow to our chances of leaving the forest alive,one of our bikes got punctured. We had no intentions of stopping any where in the forest so we just didn't stop riding.But the 30 km of the stretch , I think it would be the longest distance we ever rode and the scariest thing we ever did. By the time we reached the borders of Kerala, I am sure all of us viewed our entire lives rolling back in our minds , the good the bad and the ugly and I am sure we each would have realized what matters the most as we escaped the claws of Tiger/Death .

The trip that started with a bang continued to thrill us. We could say we faced all emotions in the tour joy ,fun , pain , anger , fear . We have traveled a total of 1400 km over span of 5 days. The plan was to visit Waynad , Alleppey and Munnar. But we had to miss out on Munnar because of time constraints. We had seen the best of the roads we had seen the worst of them. We came across persistent rain , morning fog and the clouds through which we rode. There were times we felt glad that we decided to go on bikes like the Coimbatore to Bangalore Highway which was superb for riding and also we cursed ourselves for the same decision while riding from Waynad to Alleppey where we had missed our route , drowned in the rain and came across a highway which was worse than our average street lanes. At some point we even thought of giving up the return journey and come back in some lorry. The trip was definitely dangerous and I wouldn't suggest some one to take it.But we had our moments that made us all feel it was worth it.

Good or worse the entire experience remains close to our hearts. The sense of achievement we had when we returned to our starting point in Bangalore was in-explainable. We at-least had this feeling that when we grow old and look back on our lives we will have something crazy to talk about and something memorable that we would cherish forever. As the saying goes All's well that ends well.

1 comment:

Kerala Holiday Packages said...

Good read! makes me think of my days with friends..... not to forget Kerala is a right destination!