Where did we aim this time?
The Tranquil Trails over the hills and far away from tainted cities. The Wrangler, Trial Hawks and dominating JCs strode on wheels towards Bisle Ghat(Sakleshpur) and next day to Mandalpatti(Coorg)
Who all were there?
We were a group of Jeepers from Bangalore Jeep Club, God’s Own Jeepers and Western Wanderers.
When and Where did we start from?
On 12th October 2019 we assembled at Hotel Dhruvathare which was the trial’s flag off point by 9AM for Jeepers from Bangalore, while others reached the venue directly.
Where did we land?
It was yet another unique experience this time as all Jeepers stayed in squeezed rooms along with other Jeepers – as this time it was a typical homestay at Bisle Ghat.
After having the homely lunch of the best local delicacies, we were taken in batches for an off-roading to peak of Patla hills and later to the breath taking view point.
Few of Jeepers had a terrific experience of drifting downhill due to showers, but the beast handled this terrain smoothly.
How was the gala evening spent?
The evening party started early by 7:15 with our Jeepers and their family/friends being sandwiched between the warm camp fire surrounded by Jeeps.
The stage was well lit and later glittered by the amazing variety of performances.
Adding to the event was a birthday of a fellow Jeeper – which was celebrated with a locally baked cake. Perhaps this was the only time that everyone of us at this age, got a return gift from birthday boy (even though we didn’t gift anything).
The additional lip smacking sweets and savouries bought by Jeepers from their home towns / renowned joints, enhanced the trail theme of homely living.
The high spirit dances, kalari forms and melodious songs by everyone dragged the event beyond scheduled curtain down.
There was no star gazing but we had mountain gazing at night, while those fire flies were twinkling like stars on the green hills. Thus concluding the day one and retired to bed.
What was up for day two?
The day two started with a domestic breakfast and a content photo shoot with a few Jeeps, while others relaxed at the venue sharing their experiences.
Where did we head towards?
All Jeeps lined up to start their tougher off-roading as compared to day one. The drive to Mandalpatti was again through dense forest scenic roads, where the road was almost filled only with our Jeeps entire stretch.
What was unique of the day two off-road?
It was at Mandalpatti – the highest motorable peak in Coorg. All our Jeeps were allowed in batches again to drive half way till the photo shoot lay by location. The path beyond this was only for 4 wheel drive vehicles with higher ground clearance, but this stretch was done and dusted by couple of our Jeepers in their front wheel drive Compass, apart from few 4x4s. The beast again demonstrated that it can take you anywhere.
How was the trail concluded?
The trail was conclude post lunch by the banks of a river nearby. This was another commendable experience to have lunch next to a fresh water stream and that too with yet another home prepared food.
Thank you note from admins and FCA team after the lunch, officially pulled down the curtains declaring the end of trail. Jeepers and their family / friends helped to clear the river bed of the food serve ware and later dispersed from this point.
All the Jeepers heading back to their homes again in a convoy as much as possible, the Jeepers are always together whenever and wherever possible.
Again most of us landed at the same restaurant on their respective highways for the dinner.
Everyone confirmed their safe drive back to home after the remarkable Tranquil Trails.
Dates: 12th and 13th October (Weekend)
- 7AM : Meet at Indian Oil Petrol Pump, Hassan – Mangalore Highway
- 8AM: Breakfast (Hotel Dhruvatare)
- 12.30PM : Reach Homestay and Lunch
- 2PM: Offroad to Patla Hills. Jeep Photoshoot on hilltop
- 4PM: Drive to Bisle Ghat View Point
- 5.30PM: Return to Homestay. (Optional scenic drive through Ghat)
- 6PM: Tea and Snacks
- 7PM: Campfire/Dinner/party
- 7AM: Mallali waterfalls
- 8.30AM: Breakfast
- 9AM Offroading in nearby hills
- 12.30PM Lunch
- 2PM : Leave to Bangalore
- 9AM Check out and leave to Mandalpatti (2.30Hrs scenic Drive)
- 12.00PM Mandalpatti (Jeep Photography)
- 1PM : Kotey Abbi waterfalls (Can be skipped if lack of time)
- 2.30PM: Lunch (Taj or Club Mahindra resorts)
- 3.30 PM Leave to Bangalore via Kushalnagar-Chennarayapattana
- 9PM: Bangalore
* Option 1 vs Option 2 : TBD
* Since we are staying in homestay, occupancy will be 4 per room.
* Please expect room sharing with other Jeepers
Homestay cost is Rs 2000 per head (Includes stay, 3 times Food and campfire)