Dandeli on Bike’s

                 Its was the month of October and we were frustrated with college torture and routine. We wanted a break from the daily routine and planned for one more trip. When consulting with our classmates (mostly boys),  we found out that many people weren’t able to make out and few of them were not interested at all. So Me, Jagadeesh, Guru, Shivraj and Deepak discussed about the trip and decided that we people will go on bikes to DANDELI. We had only two bikes  one of them was of jagadeesh and other was of guru. We were in need of other bike which deepak brought from his friend. Now the plan was decided and we were energized with the feel of going on bike. We decided to go on 22nd October 2010.

              As planned, we woke up very early in the morning around 3AM and started getting ready. I already informed my sis about the trip and she was bit hesistant about we going on the bike, but i convinced her. Around 4AM (we follow the same time always for the trip), Jagadeesh, Shivraj and Deepak arrived at my home to pick me up. We then picked up guru and started our journey from hubli to dandeli via dharwad. We were on empty stomach and wanted to have at-least tea and biscuits which we saw at one small shop roadside near dharwad and stopped there. We took the picture of it and captured the moment.

@ small shop near dharwad

After sipping tea and smoking (not me), we continued our journey to dandeli forest. As we were going far from dharwad, we saw the road become more lonelier and adventurous. The road curves, sounds of various birds, humming, cool air hitting your chin or ears and making u tickle around. There were quite a few times, where we raced parallely on the road. We saw many scenerie’s of nature which was overwhelming. At one place, she stopped our bikes aside to the road and got down from the bike. We decided to stay there for few mins and leave. We started jumping around and singing loudly. Then everyone posed for the pictures and we also took group pictures lying on the road or sitting in the middle of the road. There were few incidents where i was about to click the picture and suddenly there was vehicle coming behind which petrified us.

On the dandeli road
Its just a pose for the picture 🙂
On the road of dandeli

          After finishing the photo session on the road, we continued the journey and reached dandeli in an hour or so.  One of the friends of shivraj was living in dandeli, so called him up and asked whether he can show us any places  near by to which he agreed. We picked him up and started going away from dandeli to reach a spot where we can relax or enjoy and no one to disturb us. We reached a place where we parked our  bikes and started walking from there. We went nearly 1km into the forest from where we parked the our bikes.  We were having mixed feeling enthralled about all this and fear of going deep into the forest.

Half way in the forest
Deep inside the dandeli forest

      We finally reached the place what we were looking for. It was very calm place with dangerous kali river running beside it. The place was perfect where we can enjoy mother nature to the fullest. The weather was sultry and we were sweating. We wasted no time and jumped into the river. The currents were very strong which pulled many people into the river. We were very cautious about that fact back of our minds. We made fun of each other by pulling them suddenly, attacking one person at a time, circling single person and throwing water on his face and he has no way to hide.

A view of river Kali from our spot
Enjoying @ river kali

                     We played around the river for a quite a few hours. One after the other, everyone came out of the water and were changing into other clothes. As we were changing clothes, the climate started changes and we saw dark clouds started covering the sky. Within few mins, sky was completely covered with dark clouds and started pouring. We had taken only one extra pair of dress that too was not planned. One of the dress were drenched and the other we wore few mins back. Rain got worse within few mins and we had no place to hide ourselfs till 1-2 kms. Our new clothes were completely drenched and we were worried about cell phones and wallets which can be damaged. So we put all the cellphones into many layers of plastic and placed at the below part of the bag just to make sure that atleast cellphone and wallet were not damaged. We started walking towards the bike but were finding difficulty in moving as the rain created a small stream of water running on the small path from which we entered. As i was wearing flip flops, the small stream made difficult to me as i was on flip flops. I later removed them and placed it around bag. At last after battling it around, we reached our bikes and rain was still pouring down heavily. Then to my shock, i saw blood coming out  of my legs. When observed keenly, it was biten by leeches. We decided to ride bike in rain and with only shorts and t-shirts. I still remember, Shivraj was wearing a towel around his waist and sat back in one of the bikes. We were enjoying every sec of the trip. We weren’t aware what was going to be happen in the next second. We traveled back to dandeli village and stopped at one restaurant.

Jaga and Guru @ hotel in dandeli
Pose by Kannada SRK (Shivraj Kumar)
Deepak @ restaurant in dandeli

             We finished our lunch and made ourselfs dry. When checked the bags, we found shivraj and my phone was not reachable as water somehow got into it.  After finishing our food, we started moving out of dandeli and slowly on the road to hubli. There were many scenery’s which made us to explore more and more. After travelling to some distance we got to know about the place where many shooting were filmed. Bikes weren’t allowed inside nor was there any route  for bikes. We parked our bikes half a kilo meter far and viewed the place. The view from the place was eye pleasing.  We took few pictures there and started our journey back.

A place near dandeli

           As we started towards hubli, it was getting dark very soon in the forest and rain was till drizzling. We were riding the bikes in rain from 2-3 hours. I remember one incident where me and guru were on one bike and jagadeesh and shivraj were on the other bike. Deepak was riding alone on his bike. As we were talking andriding the bike, it slowed the pace but deepak was going on fast. After few mins, we saw deepak going very slowly in his bike and their was tension and fear in his face. When asked what happen, she shouted on us saying, where the hell were you people? We cooled him down a bit and asked him whats the matter. He then narrated that, while is was riding the bike, suddenly a big snake came in front of him with its fin open. He was horrified by seeing this and to console himself that he has friends with him, to his bad luck we wern’t there behind him as we were riding slowly. Then We kept the pace and managed to reach hubli safely at late night and we were fully tired with all day journey on bikes.

It was one of the must had experience in my life and still have glimpses of this trip in my eyes. It was a special trip and will always be!