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Dear Serious Bikers, This Is One Of The Best Yet Most Underrated Road Trip Routes In India

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A fascinating and underrated route to ride through. HolidayIQ Travellers suggest the ultimate itinerary for a road trip.

1. A Ride Through The Western Ghats! Start With Riding On The Mumbai-Pune Expressway

A Ride Through The Western Ghats! Start With Riding On The Mumbai-Pune Expressway
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This highway is a sheer bliss to bike on. Wide roads and the scenery make up for anything you think you might miss. HolidayIQ Traveller Priyanshu Mukherjee says, “The well-maintained Mumbai-Pune Expressway and free flowing roads makes your drive enjoyable and worth driving. For those who love driving, it's a must-go trip by car. Firstly, you don't find any traffic, secondly, you cannot go below 80 kmph and thirdly, friends and loud music makes the drive even more enjoyable and exhilarating” Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Ashish, “The Mumbai-Pune expressway is very scenic. There are many dhabas and resorts on the way.”

2. Experience Monsoon In Igatpuri

Experience Monsoon In Igatpuri
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HolidayIQ Traveller Jitendra, "Igatpuri is located in the serene western ghats in Nashik District just 130 km from Mumbai. It is extremely beautiful in the monsoon with many waterfalls and green mountains all along. Its easily accessible by rail and road. It is also the starting point for many treks in the Sahyadri. One can go to Kalsubai the highest peak in the Sahyadri via Igatpuri.  There's not much for shopping but key attractions include the camel valley, Randha Falls, Bhadardara Lake, Umbrella Falls. Ghoti a nearby town has many rice mills and the rice from here is fragrant and tasty. One can think of buying it as its really cheap.”

3. Behold Fantastic Scenery At The Twin Towns of Mahabaleshwar & Panchgani

Behold Fantastic Scenery At The Twin Towns of Mahabaleshwar & Panchgani
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HolidayIQ Traveller Ajay Khakhar says, “Fantastic place with excellent weather. You can reach within 5 hours from Mumbai. The weather was a little rainy and a little cold. Strawberry and ice cream lovers, this is the place for you. Nearby place is Mahabaleshwar. Table land in Panchgani is the best sightseeing.”

4. Witness The Stunning Beauty Of Varandha Ghat

Witness The Stunning Beauty Of Varandha Ghat
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Located between Konkan and NH4 in Maharashtra, and about 108 km from Pune, Varandha Pass is a lovely route that is wrapped with scenic lakes and gushing waterfalls. This little-known place is just the perfect choice for getting drenched in the rain while you soak up the mesmerising natural beauty around you. 

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5. Explore The Rainforests Of Kakkabe

Explore The Rainforests Of Kakkabe
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This heavy region has a dense rainforest that comprises a rich bounty of rare orchids, plants and birds. HolidayIQ Traveller Nelson Elias says, “Kakkabe is a trekker’s pleasure to those people seeking for serenity, as there a number of treks small and medium and of varying grades that is apt for most visitors. The well laid trekking trails in Thadiandamol is challenging and enjoyable. It’s windy peak offers unhindered views of impressive mountain ranges and valleys of Coorg and beyond. Neatly stacked layers of hills align one behind the other, extending to the horizon and gently merging into the blue sky.  It is really a thrilling experience to trek through these stunning and appealing forests of Kakkabe. Not to be missed: Trekking to Thadiandamol peak and visiting the ruined structures of Nalakkanad palace and ends at the Iguthappa peak.”

6. Be Enchanted By Karkala

Be Enchanted By Karkala
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Karkala can double up as an excellent tourist spot as well as a place of historic significance. HolidayIQ Traveller Naresh from Hyderabad says, “Temple is located in a wonderful place where you can get rid of your 'Sarpadosha'. It is near to Mangalore and Bangalore. From Bangalore, it will be 350 kilometre and from Mangalore it will be 175 kilometre.”

7. Make a Pitstop At Kukke Subrahmanya Temple

Make a Pitstop At Kukke Subrahmanya Temple
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This is definitely one of the most beautiful temples in the entire ghats and you can visit this place even if you're a non-believer. HolidayIQ Traveller Naresh from Hyderabad says, “Temple is located in a wonderful place where you can get rid of your 'Sarpadosha'. It is near to Mangalore and Bangalore. From Bangalore, it will be 350 kilometre and from Mangalore it will be 175 kilometre.”

8. Experience The Magic That Is Munnar

Experience The Magic That Is Munnar
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Munnar needs no introduction.The place is almost serene and you need to just be there to feel the hype. HolidayIQ Traveller Purna says, “Greenery greenery everywhere. Beautiful tea plantations, lakes, hills, activities, Munnar has it all. It is a perfect destination for couples, family and individuals be it for honeymoon or relaxing or adventure or just nature watch. The mesmerizing views of the hills are just like wallpaper pics providing the perfect snap. Good food and courteous behaviour of the locals adds to the joy of the vacation.”

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9. Explore The Lesser-Known Ponmudi Hills

Explore The Lesser-Known Ponmudi Hills
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Relatively less famous, this spot is as beautiful as the more famous ones and deserves to be known by more people. HolidayIQ Traveller, “Abhi Bavishi says, “Ponmudi is, indeed, one of the most beautiful hill-stations in Kerala. I was taken aback by its scenic beauty and the serenity of the place. Unlike other hill-stations that are either over-crowded with people, Ponmudi is calm and peaceful. There are not many shops or hotels. If I had to put it in one line-- I would say Ponmudi is NOT a place for tourists; it's a place for travelers. If you happen to visit Ponmudi, make sure you go all the way up to the cliff, and take some time around to gaze the beautiful open farms. There are no points in this hill-stations; it's just the experience that's amazing. Make sure you wear shoes with rubber-sole, or the ones that have solid grip. Also, if you're too tightly wound, take an umbrella.” 

10. Have A Hot Cup Of Coffee At Coonoor

Have A Hot Cup Of Coffee At Coonoor
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HolidayIQ Traveller Sham Prakash says, “Coonoor tea estate and tea factory are a must-visit. Visiting High Field tea factory will give you gyaan of how the green tea leaves turn into the dark brown tea powder. The step-by-step explanation is worth listening to. We could see the entire processing unit. Had a nice time!” Also, “For tea lovers you have a variety of flavors like lemon, masala, clove, cinnamon, classic leaf etc. Try out the chocolate and masala tea, they are awesome,” he adds.

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