- DATES: 15 – 29 Jan 2022
- DISTANCE: 2100kms
- MOTORCYCLE: Royal Enfield Bullet: 500cc Trials Works Replica (View Spec) for single rider or 500cc Classic if riding with pillion
- RIDING DAYS: 11
- DURATION: 14 nights
- PRICE: $4,980.00 USD
- PILLION: $4,780.00 USD
- TRAVEL IN SUPPORT VEHICLE: $4,780.00 USD
- CHARITABLE DONATION TO ADVENTURE ASHRAM: £500.00 GBP minimum per person
- RIDING CONDITIONS: 100% tarmac
- DEPOSIT: $850.00 USD per person
- SECRET BEACH (OPTIONAL EXTRA): $370.00 USD
Ride the coolest motorcycles in India
Swim in the Arabian Sea
Tour the royal city of Mysore
Try a legendary tuk-tuk ride
See wild elephants in their natural habitat
Spend the night in a wildlife reserve
About: The Dirty Dozen
This is a very special and unique motorcycle adventure through South India. You will become an immediate member of the Dirty Dozen and will be riding the legendary 500cc Royal Enfield Bullet. We start and finish in the former Portuguese colony of Goa. It’s paradise on earth with its seemingly never-ending golden beaches, magnificent cuisine and coastal roads. We’ll also take in the vast neighbouring states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala with their colourful temples, tiger inhabited jungles, stunning coffee estates, mist covered hill stations and opulent palaces. We traverse the Western Ghats mountain range mostly every day and ride on some of the most beautiful winding forest roads anywhere in the world.
The roads we ride and the routes we take are second to none and will leave you feeling completely satisfied at the end of your days ride.
We stay in coffee estates, beach huts, tiger reserves, jungle resorts and even have a bit of four-star luxury.
You can’t help but love South India as it’s a diverse and cultural treasure trove with few parallels.
It’s a motorcyclists paradise.
As the name suggests, the tour is limited to 12 motorcycles only.
As well as having an epic adventure with friends old and new, we also have a fund-raising objective. The Dirty Dozen are raising vital funds for Adventure Ashram and the Grace Charitable Trust in Masinagudi.
Children from the local villages around Masinagudi don’t always have the opportunity to attend school due to family circumstances, poverty and dangerous journeys across the elephant and tiger corridors. The funds raised by The Dirty Dozen will help change this by supporting a fleet of school buses and providing uniforms and books for up to 300 children in this area. The funds will also help run 6 tuition centres in the local villages, providing the children a safe and supported after-school learning environment. With this support the children can go on to gain an education and create brighter futures for themselves.
Become one of the Dirty Dozen and accept this mission.
During the ride we will be visiting the project to see exactly how the monies raised will be spent.
READ MORE ABOUT ADVENTURE ASHRAM READ MORE ABOUT GRACE CHARITABLE TRUST
We need each rider or pillion to donate a minimum of £500.00 towards the group target of £20,000.00 – the additional monies will be raised through group focused and individual fund raising initiatives. All donations will be made directly to Adventure Ashram via The Dirty Dozen group fundraising page.
Thank you for supporting the work of Adventure Ashram and Grace Charitable Trust through this incredible adventure. Your donation and the funds raised through the Dirty Dozen 2 ride will help support a fleet of school buses and provide uniforms and books for up to 300 children in the Masinagudi area. The funds will also help run 6 tuition centres in the local villages, providing the children a safe and supported after-school learning environment. With this support the children can go on to gain an education and create brighter futures for themselves.
When paying for your ride please make your £500 donation to Adventure Ashram separately using the bank details below.
Should you need an alternative method of payment please contact Adventure Ashram at email@example.com
Bank name: HSBC
Name of Account: Adventure Ashram
Account number: 22381877
Sort code: 40-09-19
Included: The Dirty Dozen
Your 500cc Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle, team support and all medical, mechanical and logistics support throughout the ride. All arranged internal transport, hotel stay, breakfast and evening meals are included.
What’s not included?
Flights, visa, evening beers or drinks, fuel for your motorcycle and any transport arranged by yourself out with the proposed itinerary.
Itinerary: The Dirty Dozen
See the video section for the complete route live.
Day 1. Sat.
Arrive at Baywatch Resort in Colva Beach, South Goa and chill by the pool if you have time. Your room will be ready and mention that you are part of the Nomadic Knights motorcycle tour group. You may even want to go for a sunset swim in the Arabian Sea as you’re right next to it. We’ll all get together this evening for delicious Indian buffet dinner, a few drinks and a chat.
Day 2. Sun. Warm up ride. 50kms
This is when the excitement of the ride really starts to kick in. After all the months of fundraising and saving, we’re almost ready to fling a leg over the seat of the Bullet and start riding. The morning will be cool however the sun will be splitting the trees and I’m sure many of you will be taking a dip in the pool or perhaps an early morning swim as the sun comes up. After breakfast, we’ll have a get together for a rider briefing and run through all aspects of the trip. You can also ask any questions you have. All going to plan, we’ll head out around the stunning backwaters and coastline of South Goa around midday. Last one back buys the beers!
Day 3. Mon. Colva Beach – Palolem Beach. 180kms
Today is day three of your actual riding adventure and you can expect a relatively easy day of around 180kms. Be on your guard though as this is the first time that you will be riding for the entire day. The route is beautiful as we leave the stunning beaches of Goa behind and climb into the cool Western Ghats mountain range. Watch out for snakes! You have a good chance of spotting Cobras as we ride through the rice growing areas. Tonight’s all about the beach as that’s where we’ll all eat dinner and relax. You can doze off to sleep in your beach hut with sound of waves rolling on to the shore.
Day 4. Tue. Palolem Beach – Murudeshwar. 260kms
This morning will see an early start which demands more concentration and commitment. You will experience wonderful morning light and the villagers will wave and smile at you all day long. This makes the challenge seem all the easier. We cross into the state of Karnataka and heading south for the first part of the day with the sea on our right side for a couple of hours. You get such an amazing ‘riders high’ doing this early morning. Murudeshwar is home to the second tallest statue of Lord Shiva (123ft) in the world. Standing next to it is the 20-storied (237.5ft) Raja Gopura Temple, one of the tallest in the world. A local doctor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, educationist and billionaire called RN Shetty built these structures in order to give something back to the community that helped create his wealth. The shimmering Arabian Sea is on three sides and the magnificent Western Ghats impose their presence on this coastal town.
Day 5. Wed. Murudeshwar – Kalasa. 250kms
Today is an unbelievable ride deeper into India’s rural heart. It’s one of my favourite days and the team love it also. The time spent riding will now start to take its toll and hydration is very important as are slightly earlier alcohol-free nights. The scenery is stunning and sees us visiting the 16th century Nagara Fort before heading to the staggering location of Kalasa. The heavenly riding leads us to a Jungle retreat high up in the mountain forests near the border of Kudremukh National Park. On previous visits, some of the team have actually chosen to sleep under the stars, it’s amazing. Keep your ears open for leopards and elephants in the resort especially when going to the toilet at night.
Day 6. Thu. Kalasa – Madikeri. 210kms
Another full-on day sees us head further south into and through the teak wood forests of Coorg, also known as ‘The Scotland of India’. It’s hard to describe how beautiful Coorg actually is. It’s a land of natural beauty populated with spice plantations, coffee estates, imposing waterfalls, sprawling green landscapes and mist shrouded mountains. It’s home to elephant, tiger, leopard, crocodile, wild dog and sloth bear just to name a few. It’s a protected area that’s remained the same for centuries and mass building projects and construction is banned. You’ll love this place.
Day 7. Fri. Madikeri – Mysore. 150kms
The diverse nature of India is highlighted today. We have the option of visiting the stunning Buddhist Temple at the Tibetan refugee town of Bylakuppe. We then ride through remote rural villages, across vast swathes of arable farmland and towards the end of our day, into the regal city of Mysore. It’s a wonderous place where the British once had one of their many seats of government during the days of the Raj. The city is famous for its Sandalwood carvings, silk and incense production and is the home of Ashtanga Yoga. It has stunning architecture and wide tree lined streets. I would strongly suggest you take a tuk tuk journey around this safe, friendly and hectic city, there’s lots to see.
Day 8. Sat. Mysore – Masinagudi. 105kms
You can relax a bit today as it’s a short distance crossing from the state of Karnataka into Tamil Nadu. It’s easier riding as we head through the tiger and elephant reserves of Bandipur and Mudumallai to arrive at the wildlife sanctuary of Masinagudi by early afternoon. The whole area is simply stunning and full of wildlife. Even if you are the most well-seasoned traveller, this place will have a huge impact on you. We have time to enjoy a relaxing swim in the pool, share a few drinks and then head out for an evening Tiger Safari. You can get one the next morning if that suits you better. Fingers crossed that you spot a tiger, or perhaps even a leopard, they’re all around. We’re staying in this beautiful forest for the next two nights.
Day 9. Rest day in Masinagudi. 105kms
There is no riding today and you can enjoy a long lie and late breakfast if you wish as this a chill out day. It gives the mechanics time to service and check over all the motorcycles. We’ve planned a special visit from some of the children The Dirty Dozen ride is supporting. You will get a chance to meet some of them and the local project leader, Solomon Daniel. He will share with us the details of how your invaluable support is changing lives and creating real change in the local communities. It’s such an inspiration to see how happy they all are and how much everyone is benefitting from the contributions.
Day 10. Mon. Masinagudi – Madikeri. 210kms
We ride in three states today, starting off in Tamil Nadu, cross to Karnataka, we drop into Kerala and then back into Karnataka. We really do have a mix of everything today from teak and evergreen forest, dense jungle and beautifully manicured tea estates. To most of us, tea is synonymous with India and many, if not most, believe that tea is native to India, it isn’t. Together with the railways and the mind – boggling bureaucracy, it was introduced here by the British. We’ll encounter busy, hot and dusty towns, remote villages and the occasional cow sleeping on the road. This is commonplace here in India as the cow is sacred to the Hindu religion and gets to roam freely as it sees fit. The roads today will be intense at times, especially in Kerala. This narrow strip of a state has a population of around 40 million people and covers an area of approximately 39,000 square kilometres. At times you’ll think that they’ve all come out for a drive today, just for you.
Day 11. Tue. Madikeri – Mangalore. 150kms
You have a superb day’s riding ahead of you. You will be travelling through a stunning area known as the Kodagu Plateau. This is one of India’s most beautiful regions and the rugged mountain terrain is home to numerous Coffee, areca nut, rubber and cardamom plantations and rice paddies. We will be stopping along the way for a coffee or six! The Kodava people, although only one sixth of the population in the area own most of the plantations. They have a very distinct appearance, language and customs and are thought to have migrated to South India from Kurdistan, Kashmir and Rajasthan. We’ll arrive early afternoon to enjoy an ice chilled beer and a dip in the pool.
Day 12. Wed. Mangalore – Shimoga. 300kms
Today’s ride is long, hot, sweaty and completely mind-blowing but it’s so worth it. After leaving Mangalore early morning, we climb back into the Ghats and will be riding through tribal areas and nature reserves. We will be in the Kudremukha mountain range and Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. A wide range of fauna is found here and wildlife within in the park includes Gaur (Indian Bison), Tiger, Leopard, Sambar, Chital and Wild Boar. Monkeys, yes monkeys. They are very curious and will come over to you when we stop. They look friendly but beware, however cute they look, they’re wild animals. There are some testing roads as we ride through the Chikmagalur region and the route runs close to two of the highest peaks in the Western Ghats, Mullayangiri and Kudremukh at 1,918 and 1,892 metres respectively. Tonight’s destination, Shimoga, stands on the banks of the Tunga River. This is a town hardly ever visited by travellers. It’s also known as the rice bowl of India and the forests and farms around the city produce vast yields of sandalwood, teak, rosewood, mangos, coffee and sugar cane. If you can find the time, get out into town and experience a real Indian city where the locals are relatively unused to visitors. They will want to shake your hand and talk to you, nothing more.
Day 13. Thu. Shimoga – Gokarna. 215kms
We’re heading west today and towards India’s stunning west coast. Tonight, we stay almost on the beach, any closer and we would be in the Arabian Sea. Our ride starts across barren and dry landscape before entering the Western Ghats mountain range again, but from the east this time. For much of the ride we have been winding up and down these stunning mountains which form the spine of southern India. The Ghats stretch for 1,400kms from the north of Mumbai across the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Kerala before petering out at the southern-most tip of Tamil Nadu. They have an average elevation of 915 metres, are covered with evergreen and deciduous forest, and are the source of all the major rivers of South India. We’ll stop off on the way at Jog Falls, India’s highest waterfall. The four falls are named Raja, Roarer, Rocket and Rani. At this time of year, the falls won’t be at full flow, but the views are spectacular and worth the stop. It’s winding downhill tarmac road now, all the way to the coast.
Day 14. Fri. Gokarna – Colva Beach. 130kms – FINISH
The sun rises at this time of year at around 6.45am and whatever you do, don’t oversleep and miss it. We’ll all take a wander down to the beach first thing and the more adventurous of you can take a swim in the sea. Remember to bring trunks or shorts. You’re safe enough, only dolphins in this part India. We ride directly north back up the coast crossing from the state of Karnataka and back into Goa. You will notice a huge change when entering this tiny state as Goa is decidedly different from the rest of India and has developed a character very much its own. Since almost 1500, it was a Portuguese colony. Vasco Da Gama landed near here in 1498 looking to exploit the highly lucrative spice trade. By the mid sixteenth century its capital (Old Goa), had grown to a thriving city which was said to rival Lisbon in its splendor and incredibly, with a population greater than that of London and Paris at the time. It lasted for over 450 years until Goa became part of India in 1961. Tonight, the last night of the ride will be spent on the beach with delicious food and drinks until the wee small hours.
Time to relax, share our stories and enjoy the freedom of Goa after riding more than 2,000kms across South India. There’s no closing time, just when we’re done.
This is the way to finish a ride.
Day 15. Sat.
Depart for airport or head to the Secret Beach (optional extra).
Day 16. Sun.
Relax at the Secret Beach.
Day 17. Mon.
Depart the Secret Beach.
Information Pack: The Dirty Dozen
Download the Information Pack here.
This Information Pack includes everything you need to know about this Adventure, including Insurance Details & Emergency Contacts, Your Health, Kit List, Driving/Riding Conditions, Questions and Answers and Visa Application.
How to get here: The Dirty Dozen
IMPORTANT: PLEASE PRINT THIS AND CARRY IT WITH YOU.
Here are the travel details that will help you to plan and book your flights.
ARRIVE IN COLVA, GOA, INDIA ON THE 15/01/2022
DEPART COLVA, GOA, INDIA ON THE 29/01/2022
(DEPART GOA ON THE 31/01/22 IF YOU HAVE BOOKED THE OPTIONAL 2 NIGHTS EXTRA AT THE SECRET BEACH – CHECK THE ITINERARY PAGE FOR DETAILS)
Fly to Goa International Airport (India).
You need to arrive for the start day of the ride on the 15/01/22. The airport is 25kms from our starting and finishing 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)
Hotel Details: Baywatch Resort Goa, Sernabatim Beach, Colva, South Goa. INDIA. 403708
Tel: 0091 8322 877 777
Check in time: 2pm
Check out time: 11am
We end the ride in Colva, Goa on the 28/01/22 and depart the next day for the airport on the 29/01/22. (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.
Videos: Dirty Dozen
So you’re considering taking on a real adventure? I remember the feeling. In 2006, I was sat right where you are now… wondering if it was for me.
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All the best, Alex.