- DATES: 31 Oct – 14 Nov 2020
- DISTANCE: 2,059kms
- MOTORCYCLE: Royal Enfield Bullet: 500cc Trials Works Replica (View Spec)
- RIDING DAYS: 10
- DURATION: 14 nights
- CHALLENGE: 70%
- PRICE: $4,980.00 USD
- PILLION: $4,780.00 USD
- TRAVEL IN SUPPORT VEHICLE: $4,780.00 USD
- RIDING CONDITIONS: 100% tarmac
- DEPOSIT: $850.00 USD per person
- SECRET BEACH (OPTIONAL EXTRA): $370.00 USD
An exclusive VIP tour of the Royal Enfield factory
Ride a Classic 500cc Royal Enfield Bullet: Trails Works Replica across South India from The Bay of Bengal to the Arabian Sea
Cruise the legendary East Coast Road
Visit the former French colony of Pondicherry
Stay at ancient Hampi and visit the ruins of the former Vijayananagara Empire
Spend the night in a beach resort on the Arabian Sea
Cross through Male Mahadeshwara Hills Tiger Reserve (This was the hide out place for the legendary brigand, Veerapan)
Sample delicious South Indian food
Finish on the golden beaches of Goa
About: Bullets to Beaches
It’s hard to imagine a more exhilarating and exotic place as the subcontinent of South India. It simply groans with history, culture, life and vitality. It has a diversity of people, scenery, religion and architecture to rival anything on earth.
It’s a soft and mystical land peppered with ancient temples and majestic forts. It’s forests, mountains and jungles absolutely teem with wildlife and is punctuated by the most vibrant and historical cities.
Our adventure begins with an exclusive visit to the Royal Enfield factory as VIP guests. We ride along the Bay of Bengal coastline and visit the former French colony of Pondicherry. We cross Tamil Nadu and through Karnataka’s tiger reserves whilst enjoying the stunning beauty of the Western Ghats mountain range. This is a motorcyclists paradise. We ride to Hampi which lies within the ancient ruins of the Vijayanagar Empire and end our epic motorcycle journey in the erstwhile Portuguese colony of Goa on India’s west coast.
If you haven’t visited this part of the world before then prepare yourself. It’s inspiring, mystifying, confronting, thought provoking and frustrating, all in equal measure. There is no better way to do it than from the seat of a classic 500cc four stroke thumper, the Royal Enfield Bullet.
I guarantee that South India and the route we’re taking will present you with a mind-bending array of experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.
I look forward to riding with you.
Founder of Nomadic Knights
If you are in any doubt as to whether this trip is for you or how totally life changing it can be then take a read of some more of the previous riders experiences on the testimonials page.
Included: Bullets to Beaches
500cc Royal Enfield Bullet Trials Works Replica motorcycle, fuel, team support and all medical, mechanical and logistics support throughout the ride. All arranged internal transport, hotel stay, breakfast and evening meals.
What’s not included?
Flights, visa, travel insurance, evening beers or drinks and any transport arranged by yourself outside the proposed itinerary.
Itinerary: Bullets to Beaches
Arrive at Chennai International Airport for a short journey to your hotel in Muttukadu. We will all meet this evening for dinner and a chat about what lies ahead.
Day 2. VIP tour of the Royal Enfield factory
This is a real treat as we are VIP guests of Royal Enfield. We’ll be picked up by private bus and taken to the latest state of the art factory to see the motorcycles you will be riding for the next two weeks being manufactured.
Day 3. Muttukadu – Pondicherry. 120kms
It’s a short distance and an easy ride today as we hug the Bay of Bengal coastline all the way. We stay in the former French colony of Pondicherry. It’s an incredible place and it feels as if an elegant country town has been transported to southern India. It’s a small and sophisticated city with strong French influences. The opening scenes from the film “Life of PI” were filmed here.
Day 4. Pondicherry – Kumbakonam. 150kms
Heading inland takes us into the pilgrimage city of Kumbakonam whose origins date back to the Sangam period of the 3rd century BC. You’ll be missing the essence of this place if you don’t taste the coffee. Kumbakonam filter coffee is one of the best in India.
Day 5. Kumbakonam – Yercaud 225kms
Today we cross the Kollidam River as we ride through the hustle and bustle of Tamil Nadu’s towns and countryside. We’ll miss the chaos and hectic traffic of Salem before riding the final 30kms up through narrow mountain roads. Yercaud is a scenic and picturesque hill station. Coffee and citrus fruits, most notably oranges, are grown in abundance, as well as bananas, pears and jackfruit.
Day 6. Yercaud – Mysore. 260kms.
We leave Tamil Nadu and cross into the state of Karnataka. Today’s destination is the organised chaos, bustling crowds and crazy traffic of Mysore. If you haven’t been to Mysore, you just haven’t seen South India. An ancient city with more than 600 glorious years of legacy. Known for its glittering royal heritage, bustling markets, magnificent monuments, cosmopolitan culture and a friendly populace, it is also a thriving centre for the production of premium silk, sandalwood and incense.
Day 7. Mysore – Kalasa. 300kms.
We have a relaxing ride out of Mysore on good highway today as we head towards the Silent Valley of Kalasa. It has to be one of the most beautiful parts of south India. It’s a heavily forested coffee and pepper growing region and is known as the Scotland of India due to its stunning scenery. Tonight’s accommodation is deep inside the jungle.
Day 8. Kalasa – Mangalore. 155kms.
If you like the “twistys” you will love todays ride as we drop down from Kalasa on beautiful winding tarmac roads heading towards the Arabian Sea coastline. Mangalore is a busy city however we avoid it all as we head to our rest day resort situated on the Netravati River. It has a pool, a poolside bar, chilled beers and fabulous food. What more could you ask for?
Day 9. Rest day in Mangalore.
Chillout by the pool or head into Mangalore City for a bit of sightseeing. There’s also an option to take a boat trip on the Netravati River.
Day 10. Mangalore – Shimoga. 300kms.
Today’s ride is stunning. We head into the Western Ghats mountain range where we should start to feel a drop in temperature. The two rivers, Tunga and Bhadra have their sources here in the mountains. Chikmagalur district also boasts Mullayanagiri, the highest peak in Karnataka. It is alternatively spelt Chikkamagaluru, which literally means ‘The town of the younger daughter’ in the native Kannada language. We ride through Bhadra Wildlife Reserve which is genuine tiger country, and yes, there really are tigers in the area. Tonight’s stop is in Shimoga which hardly sees any foreigners.
Day 11. Shimoga – Hospet. (Hampi) 215kms.
We get a real glimpse into rural life as we ride the rugged landscape across South India’s farming heartland. This is a part of the country that most foreigners never see or get the opportunity to visit. It’s commonly known as the ‘rice bowl’ of India due to its contribution in feeding the vast population of almost 1.3 billion people.
Day 12. Rest Day in Hampi.
There aren’t enough words to describe Hampi, the former Vijayanagar Empire. It dates back to the third century as was at one time the biggest city in the world. Vast stretches of boulder-strewn hills make it absolutely unique. Dotted around the hills and valleys are 500 plus monuments. Among them are beautiful temples, basements of palaces, remains of aquatic structures, ancient market streets, royal pavilions, bastions, royal platforms and treasury buildings. The list is practically endless.
Day 13. Hampi – Karwar. 325kms.
The distance we cover today is the longest on the ride however the roads are in good condition. We start not long after sun up and should reach the fishing port of Karwar on the west coast well before dark, all going to plan.
Day 14. Karwar – Colva Beach. 80kms. FINISH.
It’s our last riding day and we have a leisurely cruise up the west coast before crossing into the final state on our journey, Goa. You will see white painted churches everywhere as it was under Portuguese rule for over 450 years. We head for Colva beach, one of the longest in India at 22kms long. You can sit on the beach and watch the glorious sunset over the Arabian Sea as we prepare for our last night beach party.
Day 15. Depart.
(Travel on to The Secret Beach for two additional nights – optional extra)
Information Pack: Bullets to Beaches
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How to get here: Bullets to Beaches
IMPORTANT: PLEASE PRINT THIS AND CARRY IT WITH YOU.
Here are the travel details to help you to plan and book your flights.
ARRIVE IN MUTTUKADU, TAMIL NADU, INDIA ON THE 31/10/2020
DEPART COLVA, GOA, INDIA ON THE 14/11/2020
(DEPART GOA ON THE 16/11/20 IF YOU HAVE BOOKED THE OPTIONAL 2 NIGHTS EXTRA AT THE SECRET BEACH – CHECK THE ITINERARY PAGE FOR DETAILS)
Fly to Chennai International Airport (India).
Fly from Goa International Airport (India).
You need to arrive for the start day of the ride on the 31/10/20. The airport is 30kms from our starting point hotel and taxis are available from outside the terminal. (The taxi should cost you no more than INR 1,000. One thousand Indian Rupees). Uber & Ola taxis are also available.
Hotel Details: MGM Beach Resort, 1/74 East Coast Road, Muttukadu, Chennai. Tamil Nadu. 603112. India.
Tel: 0091 4427 410000
Check in time: 2pm
We end the ride in Colva, Goa on the 13/11/20 and depart the next day for the airport on the 14/11/20. (Or continue to the Secret Beach – optional extra)
We will have paid transport available from the hotel in Colva to take you back to the drop off point at Goa International Airport.
If you are arriving early or staying on after the ride then please contact the hotel directly with your booking details and mention that you are with Nomadic Knights motorcycle tour group.
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See you soon.
Founder of Nomadic Knights.