Col. Hathi's Jungle Trail

Overview

Like a giant wedge plunging into the ocean, South India is the subcontinent’s steamy heartland – a lush contrast to the peaks and plains up north. Thousands of kilometres of cascading coastline frame fertile plains, glinting backwaters and rolling hills in South India – a constantly changing landscape kept glisteningly green by the double-barrelled monsoon. The palm-strung strands and inland waterways of the west give way to spice gardens, emerald tea plantations, tropical forests and cool hill-station retreats in the Western Ghats. The drier Deccan ‘plateau’ is far from flat, crisscrossed by numerous craggy ranges and often spattered with dramatic, fort-topped outcrops. Across the region, protected wild forests shelter a world of wildlife, from elephants and tigers to monkeys, deer and sloth bears.

Whether it’s Kerala’s fiery sunsets, Tamil Nadu’s incense-cloaked temples, the forested Western Ghats or the glint of a sparkly sari in a heaving bazaar, the many, multifaceted charms of the south unravel subtly, like the intricate spices of its cuisines.

Summary

DATES: 09/11/2020 – 22/11/2020

DURATION: 13 NIGHTS

RIDING DAYS: 10 DAYS

DISTANCE: 2200 KM

RIDE LEVEL: MODERATE

MOTORCYCLES – ROYAL ENFIELD

SUVs – TOYOTA, MAHINDRA

PLACES OF INTEREST:

MAMMALLAPURAM: BEACH, ROCK CARVINGS

PONDICHERRY: FRENCH QUARTERS, AUROVILLE

KOLLI HILLS: 70 HAIRPIN BENDS

PERIYAR TIGER RESERVE: LAKE, WILDLIFE, SPICES

MUNNAR: TEA PLANTATIONS

OOTY: HILL SATION, TOY TRAIN, TEA PLANTATIONS

BANDIPUR & NAGARHOLE: WILDLIFE

COORG: COFFEE & PEPPER PLANTATIONS

JOG FALLS: 2ND HIGHEST WATERFALLS IN INDIA

GOA: BEACHES, RIDER MANIA

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PRICE (TWIN SHARE) :

RIDER :  $3250

PILLION :  $3000

4X4 DRIVER / PASSENGER : $3500

SINGLE OCCUPANCY : (+) $500

(All Prices Inclusive of 5% GST)

BOOKING DEPOSIT : $500

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MAMMALLAPURAM, 50km south of Chennai, was the major seaport of the ancient Pallava kingdom based at Kanchipuram. A wander around the town’s magnificent, World Heritage–listed temples and carvings inflames the imagination, especially at sunset. In addition to ancient archaeological wonders, salty air and coastal beauty, there’s also the traveller hub of Othavadai and Othavadai Cross Sts, where restaurants serve pasta, pizza and pancakes, and shops sell Tibetan trinkets. The town's buzzing, growing surf scene is another attraction.
PONDICHERRYThe union territory of Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry; generally known as ‘Pondy’) was under French rule until 1954. Some people here still speak French (and English with French accents). Hotels, restaurants and ‘lifestyle’ shops sell a seductive vision of the French-subcontinental aesthetic, enhanced by Gallic creative types and Indian artists and designers. The internationally famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram and its offshoot just north of town, Auroville, draw large numbers of spiritually minded visitors. Thus Pondy’s vibe: less faded colonial-era ville, more bohemian-chic, New Age–meets–Old World hang-out on the international travel trail. The older 'French' part of town (where you'll probably spend most of your time) is full of quiet, clean streets, lined with bougainvillea-draped colonial-style townhouses numbered in an almost logical manner. Newer Pondy is typically, hectically South Indian.
PERIYAR TIGER RESERVE. Located on the banks of a lake created by the construction of Mullaperiyar dam, Periyar is one of the largest wildlife reserves in India. This sanctuary offers the unique opportunity to watch and photograph wild elephants from close quarters. In Periyar, one can enjoy cruise rides on the lake as well as elephant rides. One can also go for the famous Ayurveda massages and visit tea and cardamom plantations which dot the area.
MUNNAR, located at about 5,200 ft above the sea level. The rolling hills around Munnar, South India's largest tea-growing region, are carpeted in emerald-green tea plantations, contoured, clipped and sculpted like ornamental hedges. The low mountain scenery is magnificent, you’re often up above the clouds watching veils of mist clinging to the mountaintops.
OOTY, 'Queen of Hill Stations', mixes Indian bustle and Hindu temples with beautiful gardens, an international school and charming Raj-era bungalows (which provide its most atmospheric accommodation). It may be a bit hectic, especially its messy centre, but it doesn't take long to escape into quieter, greener areas where tall pines rise above what could almost be English country lanes. Memorably nicknamed ‘Snooty Ooty’, it was established by the British in the early 19th century as the summer headquarters of the Madras government. Development ploughed through a few decades ago, but old Ooty survives in patches – you just have to walk further out to find it. The journey up here on the celebrated miniature train is romantic and the scenery stunning. Even the road up is impressive.
BANDIPUR NATIONAL PARK. This park covers 880 sq km and was once the Mysore maharajas’ private wildlife reserve. It's noted for herds of gaurs (Indian bison), chitals (spotted deer), sambars, panthers, sloth bears and langurs, as well as tigers and elephants.
WAYANADEncompassing part of the Western Ghats' Nilgiri Biopshere Reserve, which spills into Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, Wayanad’s landscape combines mountain scenery, rice paddies of ludicrous green, skinny betel nut trees, bamboo, red earth, spiky ginger fields, slender eucalyptuses, and rubber, cardamom and coffee plantations. It's an excellent place to spot wild elephants.
NAGARHOLE TIGER RESERVE. West of the Kabini River is the 643-sq-km wildlife sanctuary of Nagarhole National Park (pronounced nag-ar-hole-eh). The lush forests here are home to tigers, leopards, elephants, gaurs, muntjacs (barking deer), wild dogs, bonnet macaques and common langurs, and 270 species of bird.
COORG is gifted with emerald landscapes and hectares of plantations. A major centre for coffee and spice production, this rural expanse is also home to the Kodava people, who are divided into 1000 clans. At an altitude of 1525 meters on Western Ghats, it is also known as the Scotland of India. Misty hills, lush forests, tea and coffee plantations, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views have made Coorg an unforgettable destination.
AGUMBE which lies in a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Western Ghats mountain range. Agumbe is surrounded by rich biodiversity and the hill station borders one of the last surviving lowland rain forests. The whole area and the reserve forests around, are collectively referred to as the Agumbe Rainforest Complex and form one of the largest contiguous forest stretches left in India.
JOG FALLS or Gerosoppa Falls which is the second-highest plunge waterfall in India. Jog Falls is located in the Shimoga district of Karnataka. Four cascades, known as Raja, Rani, Rover and Rocket merge to form the huge waterfall on the Sharavathi River. Jog Falls is unique as the water does not stream down the rocks in a tiered fashion; it thunders down the slope losing contact with the rocks, making it the tallest un-tiered waterfall in India.
GOA, a state on the west coast and one of India's top tourist hot spots. A vibrant fusion of Indian and Portuguese cultures and a heady concoction of sea, sand, seafood and sun. The indelible mark of Portuguese colonial architecture is still evident in the whitewashed churches, crumbling forts, mournful fado music and the stunning cathedrals of Old Goa. Goa is the venue for the largest gathering of Royal Enfield riders in the world every year at the Rider Mania. The passion, energy, and enthusiasm of thousands of riders came together for 3 days at the world’s largest festival of all things Royal Enfield. Custom bike shows, competitions, music, food, sun and sand all come together in perfect harmony.
Day 1 : Mon, 09/11/20 : Arrival in Chennai. Coach Transfer to Mahabalipuram. Acclimatize. Relax. Prep for the ride.
Day 2 : Tue, 10/11/20 : Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry. 100 Kms.
Day 3 : Wed, 11/11/20 : Pondicherry - Kolli Hills. 230 Kms.
Day 4 : Thu, 12/11/20 : Kolli Hills - Thekkady. 290 Kms.
Day 5 : Fri, 13/11/20 : Thekkady - Munnar. 100 Kms.
Day 6 : Sat, 14/11/20 : Munnar - Ooty. 250 Kms.
Day 7 : Sun, 15/11/20 : Ooty - Wayanad. 150 Kms.
Day 8 : Mon, 16/11/20 : Wayanad - Coorg. 200 Kms.
Day 9 : Tue, 17/11/20 : Coorg - Udupi. 250 Kms.
Day 10 : Wed, 18/11/20 : Udupi - Jog Falls. 200 Kms.
Day 11 : Thu, 19/11/20 : Jog Falls - Goa. 220 Kms.
Day 12 : Fri, 20/11/20 : Goa Rider Mania.
Day 13 : Sat, 21/11/20 : Goa Rider Mania. Internal flight to Chennai.
Day 14 : Sun, 22/11/20 : Departure from Chennai.
INCLUSIONS
  • Guided tour as per itinerary.
  • Experienced British and Indian road captains.
  • New fleet of Royal Enfield motorcycles.
  • Scala Packtalk Bluetooth comm devices (with crash helmets).
  • Road maps and travel information.
  • All hotel accommodation and meals.
  • All transfers including Airport transfers, sightseeing spots and during the ride.
  • All motorcycle hire charges for the guided tour duration.
  • Fuel, oil and spare parts for minor repairs of the motorcycles for the guided tour duration.
  • Third party insurance for the motorcycles.
  • All sightseeing spot entry tickets and guide charges (excluding camera charges).
  • Road and bridge tolls, special road, bridge and travel fee, inner border line permits.
  • Highly skilled motorcycle mechanic.
  • Support vehicle for carrying spares, medical kit and other essentials.
  • Goods and Services Tax.
EXCLUSIONS
  • Comprehensive and adequate personal travel, medical and accidental insurance of the riders.
  • Air travel and visas.
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages except water.
  • Tips, souvenirs and laundry.
  • Repair of damages to the motorcycles caused by the riders.
  • Personal riding and safety gear.
  • All telephone/mobile services.
  • Optional single-occupancy add-on.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions section.
Documents Check List
  • Signed copies of :
  1. Medical Form
  2. Liability Waiver Form
  3. Undertaking
  • Original and 2 Photocopies each, of the following :
  1. Driving License (Rider)
  2. International Driving Permit
  3. Travel Insurance
  4. Passport
  5. Visa
  • Passport size photographs (four)
Gear Check List
  • Riding Jacket :Textile/Leather motorcycle jacket with removable lining and adequate protection
  • Riding Pants : Textile, Denim, Motocross or Enduro reinforced pants
  • Motorcycle Boots : Over the ankle and sturdy
  • Helmet : Full face (essential)
  • Riding Gloves : Lightweight gloves with good protection
  • Knee and Elbow guards : Hard type is recommended
  • Kidney Belt
  • Hydration Pack : 2-3 litres
  • Water Resistant Backpack
  • Goggles/Sunglasses
  • Snood/Buff Scarf
Essentials
  • Sun Block : High factor
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Insulated Flask
  • Lip Balm
  • Sun Hat/Cap
  • Personal Medication
  • Basic First Aid Kit : Re-hydration salt sachets, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Antiseptic Cream and Sticking Plasters etc
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Overview

Like a giant wedge plunging into the ocean, South India is the subcontinent’s steamy heartland – a lush contrast to the peaks and plains up north. Thousands of kilometres of cascading coastline frame fertile plains, glinting backwaters and rolling hills in South India – a constantly changing landscape kept glisteningly green by the double-barrelled monsoon. The palm-strung strands and inland waterways of the west give way to spice gardens, emerald tea plantations, tropical forests and cool hill-station retreats in the Western Ghats. The drier Deccan ‘plateau’ is far from flat, crisscrossed by numerous craggy ranges and often spattered with dramatic, fort-topped outcrops. Across the region, protected wild forests shelter a world of wildlife, from elephants and tigers to monkeys, deer and sloth bears.

Whether it’s Kerala’s fiery sunsets, Tamil Nadu’s incense-cloaked temples, the forested Western Ghats or the glint of a sparkly sari in a heaving bazaar, the many, multifaceted charms of the south unravel subtly, like the intricate spices of its cuisines.

Summary

DATES: 09/11/2020 – 22/11/2020

DURATION: 13 NIGHTS

RIDING DAYS: 10 DAYS

DISTANCE: 2200 KM

RIDE LEVEL: MODERATE

MOTORCYCLES – ROYAL ENFIELD

SUVs – TOYOTA, MAHINDRA

PLACES OF INTEREST:

MAMMALLAPURAM: BEACH, ROCK CARVINGS

PONDICHERRY: FRENCH QUARTERS, AUROVILLE

KOLLI HILLS: 70 HAIRPIN BENDS

PERIYAR TIGER RESERVE: LAKE, WILDLIFE, SPICES

MUNNAR: TEA PLANTATIONS

OOTY: HILL SATION, TOY TRAIN, TEA PLANTATIONS

BANDIPUR & NAGARHOLE: WILDLIFE

COORG: COFFEE & PEPPER PLANTATIONS

JOG FALLS: 2ND HIGHEST WATERFALLS IN INDIA

GOA: BEACHES, RIDER MANIA

south map

PRICE (TWIN SHARE) :
RIDER : $3250
PILLION : $3000
4X4 DRIVER / PASSENGER : $3500
SINGLE OCCUPANCY : (+) $500
(All Prices Inclusive of 5% GST)
BOOKING DEPOSIT : $500

MAMMALLAPURAM, 50km south of Chennai, was the major seaport of the ancient Pallava kingdom based at Kanchipuram. A wander around the town’s magnificent, World Heritage–listed temples and carvings inflames the imagination, especially at sunset. In addition to ancient archaeological wonders, salty air and coastal beauty, there’s also the traveller hub of Othavadai and Othavadai Cross Sts, where restaurants serve pasta, pizza and pancakes, and shops sell Tibetan trinkets. The town's buzzing, growing surf scene is another attraction.
PONDICHERRYThe union territory of Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry; generally known as ‘Pondy’) was under French rule until 1954. Some people here still speak French (and English with French accents). Hotels, restaurants and ‘lifestyle’ shops sell a seductive vision of the French-subcontinental aesthetic, enhanced by Gallic creative types and Indian artists and designers. The internationally famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram and its offshoot just north of town, Auroville, draw large numbers of spiritually minded visitors. Thus Pondy’s vibe: less faded colonial-era ville, more bohemian-chic, New Age–meets–Old World hang-out on the international travel trail. The older 'French' part of town (where you'll probably spend most of your time) is full of quiet, clean streets, lined with bougainvillea-draped colonial-style townhouses numbered in an almost logical manner. Newer Pondy is typically, hectically South Indian.
PERIYAR TIGER RESERVE. Located on the banks of a lake created by the construction of Mullaperiyar dam, Periyar is one of the largest wildlife reserves in India. This sanctuary offers the unique opportunity to watch and photograph wild elephants from close quarters. In Periyar, one can enjoy cruise rides on the lake as well as elephant rides. One can also go for the famous Ayurveda massages and visit tea and cardamom plantations which dot the area.
MUNNAR, located at about 5,200 ft above the sea level. The rolling hills around Munnar, South India's largest tea-growing region, are carpeted in emerald-green tea plantations, contoured, clipped and sculpted like ornamental hedges. The low mountain scenery is magnificent, you’re often up above the clouds watching veils of mist clinging to the mountaintops.
OOTY, 'Queen of Hill Stations', mixes Indian bustle and Hindu temples with beautiful gardens, an international school and charming Raj-era bungalows (which provide its most atmospheric accommodation). It may be a bit hectic, especially its messy centre, but it doesn't take long to escape into quieter, greener areas where tall pines rise above what could almost be English country lanes. Memorably nicknamed ‘Snooty Ooty’, it was established by the British in the early 19th century as the summer headquarters of the Madras government. Development ploughed through a few decades ago, but old Ooty survives in patches – you just have to walk further out to find it. The journey up here on the celebrated miniature train is romantic and the scenery stunning. Even the road up is impressive.
BANDIPUR NATIONAL PARK. This park covers 880 sq km and was once the Mysore maharajas’ private wildlife reserve. It's noted for herds of gaurs (Indian bison), chitals (spotted deer), sambars, panthers, sloth bears and langurs, as well as tigers and elephants.
WAYANADEncompassing part of the Western Ghats' Nilgiri Biopshere Reserve, which spills into Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, Wayanad’s landscape combines mountain scenery, rice paddies of ludicrous green, skinny betel nut trees, bamboo, red earth, spiky ginger fields, slender eucalyptuses, and rubber, cardamom and coffee plantations. It's an excellent place to spot wild elephants.
NAGARHOLE TIGER RESERVE. West of the Kabini River is the 643-sq-km wildlife sanctuary of Nagarhole National Park (pronounced nag-ar-hole-eh). The lush forests here are home to tigers, leopards, elephants, gaurs, muntjacs (barking deer), wild dogs, bonnet macaques and common langurs, and 270 species of bird.
COORG is gifted with emerald landscapes and hectares of plantations. A major centre for coffee and spice production, this rural expanse is also home to the Kodava people, who are divided into 1000 clans. At an altitude of 1525 meters on Western Ghats, it is also known as the Scotland of India. Misty hills, lush forests, tea and coffee plantations, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views have made Coorg an unforgettable destination.
AGUMBE which lies in a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Western Ghats mountain range. Agumbe is surrounded by rich biodiversity and the hill station borders one of the last surviving lowland rain forests. The whole area and the reserve forests around, are collectively referred to as the Agumbe Rainforest Complex and form one of the largest contiguous forest stretches left in India.
JOG FALLS or Gerosoppa Falls which is the second-highest plunge waterfall in India. Jog Falls is located in the Shimoga district of Karnataka. Four cascades, known as Raja, Rani, Rover and Rocket merge to form the huge waterfall on the Sharavathi River. Jog Falls is unique as the water does not stream down the rocks in a tiered fashion; it thunders down the slope losing contact with the rocks, making it the tallest un-tiered waterfall in India.
GOA, a state on the west coast and one of India's top tourist hot spots. A vibrant fusion of Indian and Portuguese cultures and a heady concoction of sea, sand, seafood and sun. The indelible mark of Portuguese colonial architecture is still evident in the whitewashed churches, crumbling forts, mournful fado music and the stunning cathedrals of Old Goa. Goa is the venue for the largest gathering of Royal Enfield riders in the world every year at the Rider Mania. The passion, energy, and enthusiasm of thousands of riders came together for 3 days at the world’s largest festival of all things Royal Enfield. Custom bike shows, competitions, music, food, sun and sand all come together in perfect harmony.
Day 1 : Mon, 09/11/20 : Arrival in Chennai. Coach Transfer to Mahabalipuram. Acclimatize. Relax. Prep for the ride.
Day 2 : Tue, 10/11/20 : Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry. 100 Kms.
Day 3 : Wed, 11/11/20 : Pondicherry - Kolli Hills. 230 Kms.
Day 4 : Thu, 12/11/20 : Kolli Hills - Thekkady. 290 Kms.
Day 5 : Fri, 13/11/20 : Thekkady - Munnar. 100 Kms.
Day 6 : Sat, 14/11/20 : Munnar - Ooty. 250 Kms.
Day 7 : Sun, 15/11/20 : Ooty - Wayanad. 150 Kms.
Day 8 : Mon, 16/11/20 : Wayanad - Coorg. 200 Kms.
Day 9 : Tue, 17/11/20 : Coorg - Udupi. 250 Kms.
Day 10 : Wed, 18/11/20 : Udupi - Jog Falls. 200 Kms.
Day 11 : Thu, 19/11/20 : Jog Falls - Goa. 220 Kms.
Day 12 : Fri, 20/11/20 : Goa Rider Mania.
Day 13 : Sat, 21/11/20 : Goa Rider Mania. Internal flight to Chennai.
Day 14 : Sun, 22/11/20 : Departure from Chennai.
INCLUSIONS
  • Guided tour as per itinerary.
  • Experienced British and Indian road captains.
  • New fleet of Royal Enfield motorcycles.
  • Scala Packtalk Bluetooth comm devices (with crash helmets).
  • Road maps and travel information.
  • All hotel accommodation and meals.
  • All transfers including Airport transfers, sightseeing spots and during the ride.
  • All motorcycle hire charges for the guided tour duration.
  • Fuel, oil and spare parts for minor repairs of the motorcycles for the guided tour duration.
  • Third party insurance for the motorcycles.
  • All sightseeing spot entry tickets and guide charges (excluding camera charges).
  • Road and bridge tolls, special road, bridge and travel fee, inner border line permits.
  • Highly skilled motorcycle mechanic.
  • Support vehicle for carrying spares, medical kit and other essentials.
  • Goods and Services Tax.
EXCLUSIONS
  • Comprehensive and adequate personal travel, medical and accidental insurance of the riders.
  • Air travel and visas.
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages except water.
  • Tips, souvenirs and laundry.
  • Repair of damages to the motorcycles caused by the riders.
  • Personal riding and safety gear.
  • All telephone/mobile services.
  • Optional single-occupancy add-on.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions section.
Documents Check List
  • Signed copies of :
  1. Medical Form
  2. Liability Waiver Form
  3. Undertaking
  • Original and 2 Photocopies each, of the following :
  1. Driving License (Rider)
  2. International Driving Permit
  3. Travel Insurance
  4. Passport
  5. Visa
  • Passport size photographs (four)
Gear Check List
  • Riding Jacket :Textile/Leather motorcycle jacket with removable lining and adequate protection
  • Riding Pants : Textile, Denim, Motocross or Enduro reinforced pants
  • Motorcycle Boots : Over the ankle and sturdy
  • Helmet : Full face (essential)
  • Riding Gloves : Lightweight gloves with good protection
  • Knee and Elbow guards : Hard type is recommended
  • Kidney Belt
  • Hydration Pack : 2-3 litres
  • Water Resistant Backpack
  • Goggles/Sunglasses
  • Snood/Buff Scarf
Essentials
  • Sun Block : High factor
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Insulated Flask
  • Lip Balm
  • Sun Hat/Cap
  • Personal Medication
  • Basic First Aid Kit : Re-hydration salt sachets, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Antiseptic Cream and Sticking Plasters etc
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