My four-day cycling odyssey through the resplendent Western Ghats of India. From Chennai to Kodaikanal, Suryanelli, and finally, Batlagundu, an expedition with memories for a lifetime. Powered with Trek N Ride cycling accessories.
Day 1: Chennai to Kodaikanal
Embarking on the Voyage
My quest began with fervor and anticipation. After dispatching my reliable Cannondale MTB e-bike powered with Trek N Ride Cycling Accessories from Chennai to Batalagundu, I embarked on an overnight bus voyage to Batlagundu, the epicenter of my escapade.
The Unyielding Heat
The journey was marked by unrelenting heat, an ordeal I navigated with unwavering determination. Frequent pit stops were mandatory, providing solace for hydration and respite to rejuvenate my weary limbs. The unceasing climbs served as an endurance crucible.
The Enchanting Detour
My chosen route led me on a captivating detour through the challenging terrain of the Kodaikanal Ghat Road. Here, nature’s lush tapestry and awe-inspiring panoramas served as constant companions, fuelling my spirit.
Conquering the E-Bike Conundrum
As the ascent continued, I discerned an unexpected challenge—my e-bike’s battery was depleting at an accelerated pace. Adapting on the fly, I formulated strategies to ensure that Kodaikanal was well within my reach without compromising my power reserves.
A Providential Respite
Fortune smiled upon me as I stumbled upon a diminutive nursery nestled along the roadside. Their generosity allowed me to replenish my bike’s energy reserves. After an hour’s reprieve, I was reinvigorated and primed to confront the impending steep inclines.
A Rendezvous with Kodaikanal
The ultimate ascent ushered me into the embrace of Kodaikanal, a picturesque hill station that beckoned with open arms. After securing lodgings and a well-earned rest, I ventured into the heart of the city to partake in local culinary delights.
Day 2: Kodaikanal to Kovilur
The Dawn Commences
Daybreak brought with it a bracing morning saunter and the invigorating aroma of tea in Vattavada. The day’s mission? To traverse the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border.
Ascending the Summit
The initial leg of the journey unfurled through treacherous climbs, yet the serenity of the surroundings and an encounter with a bison conspired to keep my determination unshaken.
Scenic hamlets enroute each possessed a distinct character. Poombarai, renowned for its garlic cultivation, added a memorable touch to the expedition.
Delving into Wilderness
The path carved through a densely forested domain; its topography subject to capricious shifts. Encounters with local farmers, vigilant forest guards, and a family reliant on a Jeep for mobility enlivened my passage.
The demarcation between Tamil Nadu and Kerala materialized as a momentous juncture. A barricade of recent vintage heralded my formal entry into Kerala, as I unfailingly pressed forward.
Arrival at Kovilur
Concluding my day’s odyssey, I arrived at Kovilur, where a room had been prearranged. It was a day replete with adventure and panoramic vistas that etched indelible memories.
Day 3: Kovilur to Chinnakanal
Daylight ushered in with a serene morning walk in Vattavada, accompanied by the comforting embrace of tea. The day’s goal was to journey to Munnar and, if circumstances permitted, venture further.
Tea Estates Galore
The route unfurled vistas of resplendent tea estates, an opportunity I seized to savor the essence of freshly brewed tea along the way.
Exploration led me to the charm of Mattupetti and its dam, capturing the essence of the region. The Top Station viewpoint elevated the experience with its awe-inspiring vistas.
Munnar extended a warm embrace, bedecked in lush verdure and bustling tourist activity. I partook in a local breakfast before resuming my sojourn.
The road leading to Chinnakanal was a visual delight, adorned with winding stretches and picturesque viewpoints that beckoned for contemplation.
An Oasis of Solitude
A detour led me to an isolated resort near Chinnakanal, an oasis of tranquility that promised respite and rejuvenation.
Day 4: Chinnakanal to Bodimettu
The Final Leg
The concluding day of my adventure unfurled at the break of dawn. Sipping on a cup of black coffee, I commenced my journey toward Suryanelli.
Serenity in the Landscape
The path was serenity personified, with narrow avenues and minimal traffic. As Bodimettu loomed closer, the road widened, facilitating a more comfortable stride.
Bodinayakanur marked the final waystation before my return to Theni. After a day infused with vistas of unparalleled beauty, I concluded my adventure, bidding adieu to my trusty bike as it embarked on its homeward journey to Chennai.
My exploration of the Western Ghats on my e-bike geared with Trek N Ride Cycling Accessories stands etched in my memory as an indelible odyssey. From grueling ascents to picturesque villages and awe-inspiring landscapes, this journey was an immersive experience. For fellow cycling enthusiasts in search of adventure, the Western Ghats beckon—a realm where the union of natural splendor and thrilling escapades awaits your discovery.
I am Simon and this is my 4 days E-bike adventure Exploring Kodaikanal and Munnar.