Just imagine the situation!!!! After riding a tough trail, around 50 KMs. Destination point is just half of the way. Suddenly you come across a situation, where you asked to go back and take a different trail for security reasons!!! What will be the mindset!!!! Of course, it was impossible to ride back tough ascending trail and reach by 5 pm to catch the bus back to Bengaluru.
Great escape from this situation. After requesting a lot, making them to understand our scenario, finally great soul allowed us to ride through the prohibited trail of Kaiga - Kadra to reach Karwar.
We know that, summer season is not so easy to peddle in any of the trail. But we wanted to do some cycling journey. Finally decided a tour from Hubli [Hubballi] to Karwar through Yellapur – Kadra – Kaiga. Team size become five, after couple of drop outs. Four persons (Myself, Santosh, Ashok, Adarsh) from Bengaluru and Lokesh from Mysuru.
Till today, I have done all tours by BUS to reach the beginning point of the ride. This time, for a change, wanted to experience by train till Hubli. The suggestion is come up from a friend Lokesh, Mysuru.
Bengaluru – Hubli [Hubballi] by Rani Chennamma Express Train on 16.02.18
Hubli – Kalghatgi – Yellapur – Magod Falls [Night Camping at Magod Falls Nature Camp on 17.02.18]
Magod Falls – Idgundi – Kaiga – Kadra – Karwar on 18.02.18
Karwar – Bengaluru by Volvo Bus back on 19.02.18
Maiden cycling journey through Indian Railways. I was totally blank about the process. Thank you so much to Md. Rafi for guiding me through process.
Bengaluru Railway Luggage centre is backside of the ticket counter. It is easy to reach from Shanthala Silk (Goods shed road). The luggage centre Business Hours is between 05:30 to 20:00. We should be well in advance to avoid any issues.
We all assembled at luggage
centre by 6.15 pm. There is a evaluator / inspector who validate the goods.
After verification, we have to fill the prescribed Form. It is basic data of
train details, person details, item description, quantity etc. After
verification, the personnel will mention the cost. You have to reach the payment
counter with your journey ticket, ID proof Xerox copy. Pay the fees and leave
for the place.
|Bengaluru Railway Station Luggage Counter|
Initially we struggled little to complete the process. After handing over the bikes, we came out in search of hotel for dinner. It was dinner time, found a small pity Rajasthani Hotel. Food was good, finished the dinner and back to luggage counter. To avoid any hike-up, requested the luggage personnel to carry ourselves bikes till the bogie. Bikes are boarded, train was ready, our journey is begun.
We reached Hubli early morning at 5.30 am. Finished morning core job in the Railway station. Lokesh is about to join with us, who is traveling from Mysuru by different train. When we called him, train was delayed by another one hour. We thought to proceed out of city and wait.
|Hubli Railway Station|
|Breakfast at Hubballi|
|Rani Chennamma Circle - Hubballi|
|Relax for Sugarcane Juice at Kalghatgi|
|Relax in the afternoon|
|Yummy Uttara Karnataka Lunch|
We all very thankful to Lokesh for his effort to book the Nature Camp. Called the camp authorities to take confirmation about availability of dinner. The personnel said to carry the food since there is no option to cook for small team. Unfortunately, we couldn’t able to get the Roti in Khanavali, but got the dry Roti, curd and Chatney Powder. Something is better than nothing, got the parcel and continued our journey.
|Magod Falls Cross|
|On the way to Magod|
|Magod Falls Nature Camp|
|Falls View Point|
|Magod Falls - Dry|
|Cooking - Tomato Curry|
|Delicious Dinner with different varieties|
Day, one come to an end, we peddled around 91 KMs. Yes, most of the trail was Hubli – Yellapur highway but still we enjoyed it.
Route taken Hubli – Yellapur – Magod Falls
Second day was more challenging in terms of trail, timings, permission and team members. Lokesh was booked the return ticket from Yellapur. He wanted to explore around Yellapur and board the bus. We finished morning core jobs had hot tea.
|Morning hot tea|
|Breakfast at Idugundi|
|Caring & Sharing|
This is the interesting point in our tour. It was almost 1 O’clock; we came across the Police Check-post before Kaiga plant which is around 10 KMs away.
Police stopped us; asked us to go back in the same
trail to reach Karwar. He briefed about sensitive of this trail which is prohibited for public; allowed
only the Kaiga and local villagers. It was impossible to peddle back 30 KMs steep
ascend trail which connect the Yellapur – Karwar highway. Our return bus
scheduled at 5.30 pm.
|Police Checkpost - Before Kaiga - Kadra trail|
We requested a lot to permit us to pass though and reach Kadra. Also made him to sympathize our return journey bus timing. At last we got a hope; he agreed to allow us with on conditional basis. He instructed us not to stop anywhere in the mid; not to take any photograph; also deployed escort till crossing the next check-post.
Our face blown happily, thanked the Police personnel and continued our journey. Indeed, the trail is complete dense forest with narrow road. One side scary valley and another side the hill. Sun rays struggling to reach the ground. Enjoyed the curve trail.
Thanked the escort personnel for accompanying us to cross the prohibited area. Please don’t plan this trail until – unless you have some good contacts.
Ashok and Adarsh had some issue in their health and bike. They decided to stop the peddle and take some help to reach Karwar. The hot sun was itching so badly, it was not so easy to peddle in this hot weather. We gave both of them green signal to manage logistic and safely reach the Karwar bus stand by 5 pm.
I and Santosh decided to peddle fast and finish the tour in-time. We increased our pace, very soon reached the Kaiga township.
Stomach was badly needed to fill the lunch. It was almost 2.30 pm, found descent hotel, finished the lunch, relaxed for sometimes.
|On the way to Karwar|
We all felt very happy to finish the trail. It will be remembered for a long time. Very thankful to Police personnel who allowed us to travel in the prohibited trail. Please plan this trail if you are really having some good contact in Kaiga – Kadra range.
Highlights of Day 2
The day was very tiered and long one. peddled around 110 KMs
Very dense forest between Kaiga – Kadra range
Day - 1 Trail: From Hubli to Magod Falls
Day - 2 Trail: From Magod Falls to Karwar