After two days acclimatising on the beaches of North Goa, we spend time in the jungle and take a boat down the western ghats before setting off to Badami - where we explore the ancient rock temples. Next comes Hampi with its ruined city and magical boulder-strewn landscape. It was once the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire and is a world heritage sight. We take three days here to explore this ancient town and the surrounding villages before heading west to the Arabian sea with a luxury stop-over in Hubli. Our trip ends in Talpona, south Goa, where we stay in beautiful beach huts just yards from the sea. The ‘Peace Garden’ hotel is well known for its fresh seafood and excellent yoga facilities. We use this fabulous setting as a base for the last three days of our trip. Choose from either relaxing on the beach or joining in with the daily organised motorcycle rides.
As always our hotels are charming and full of character. The roads are epic and carefully selected. Our support team is near at hand at all times and your tour leader will accompany you on each stage of this amazing journey which combines some facinating historical sights with stunning wildlife and some of India's best beaches.
Rider Price £2950 Pillion Price £2150
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We advise that you arrive the day before the tour starts. There are convenient flights from Mumbai arriving each day at 16:30, which we can help you to organise. Your tour leader will meet you at Goa’s international airport and take you to your first hotel, the fabulous Coconut Creek Resort, a boutique hotel just a short walk from Bogmalo beach. Most of the guests will arrive on Day Zero giving you time to bond over a cool Kingfisher beer or two!
...will be lined up next to the pool ready for your love and attention. You will get to meet the team - Anil and Saddam your mechanics, Sanjay your support vehicle driver and one of our highly skilled UK tour leaders. We have a chat about road etiquette and also a briefing on what to expect over the coming days. We discuss the subject of riding in a group and how we manage certain manouevres. We discuss our GAC 'road marking' system amongst other things. The rest of the day is spent pottering around on coast roads. Familiarisation with your machine and India is what Day One is all about. Dinner and lunch at the nearby beach restaurant. (75 km)
...into Karnataka on great mountain roads where we stay at Hornbill Jungle Camp near Dandeli nature reserve. We arrive by late afternoon and check into tented and stone cottages on the banks of the river Periyar. We spend two nights here allowing us time to explore this wild and wonderful setting. (160Km)
... two nights in total. We explore this astonishing area. Amongst other things we take a boat ride to a tiny island famous for its natural jacuzzi baths. You can go for sports activities like white water rafting, rock climbing or guided nature walks, or you can commune with nature on a safari, enjoying bird watching and the abundance of flaura and fauna in this area. Dinner at the marvellous communal dining area. (40 Km)
... early start today, heading north east to the town of Badami. The road is varied but generally good. Badami, famous for its ancient cave temples, is located in a ravine at the foot of a rugged, red sandstone outcrop that surrounds Agastya lake. Badami is a noted world heritage sight that relatively few travellers get to see. We arrive mid-afternoon in time to visit its 2500 year old cave temples and take a dip in the hotel pool before dinner. (150km)
...on a series of beautiful roads. We take a great route; SH63, SH30 before joining the NH13 to Hospet near Hampi. We check-in to Hampi's Vijayshree Hotel on the west side of the river where we stay for three nights. Hampi is quite frankly mindblowing with its ruined city and magical boulder-strewn landscape. It was once the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire and is a World Heritage Site. (150 Km)
... will leave a lasting impression! We take a guided tour of the town on either bicycle or motorbike, followed by some time for yourself to explore or perhaps make the most of the hotel's spa and pool. Later in the afternoon we take a trip to the other side of the river and visit the Monkey Temple with its stunning views of the surrounding plains. (75Km)
... for a day trip where we explore the surrounding area. Unreal and bewitching, the forlorn ruins of Hampi are scattered over an unearthly landscape that will leave you spellbound the moment you cast your eyes on it. Heaps of giant boulders perch precariously over miles of undulating terrain, their rusty hues offset by jade-green palm groves, banana plantations and paddy fields. While it’s possible to see the ancient ruins and temples of this World Heritage Site in a day or two, this goes against Hampi’s relaxed grain.
The main travellers’ ghetto has traditionally been Hampi Bazaar, a village crammed with budget lodges, shops and restaurants, and towered over by the majestic Virupaksha Temple.
... back west towards south Goa. En route we stay over in Hubli at the luxurious Lakeside Hotel where you may wish to indulge in a bit of pampering at the pool and spa. (160Km)
... a great ride takes us back into south Goa. We wend our way through luscious jungle and stunning mountainous roads that hug the south western ghats before taking the coast road north to the secluded Talpona Beach. Here we will be staying at the Peace Garden. Expect stunning sea views, deserted palm-fringed beaches, fresh sea food and charming, rustic accommodation.(150Km)
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... the motorcycles. We explore the lovely coast road of south Goa exploring Turtle Beach before heading to Patnam beach for a lunch. We head back south for our last evening dinner at the Peace Garden beach restaurant. (75Km)
... we get you back to Goa’s airport in plenty of time for your return flight.