Today is the last leg of my Cochin–Udupi tour. It’s taken me a leisurely 11 days to cover an almost flat 500+ kms. Today’s distance is about 85kms so I’m on the road early by 7am, just as I promised the front desk of the hotel when I was given the special room rate that I bargained for.
I’m looking forward to reaching Udupi not so much as the end of the ride but because I’ll finally get to see my little girl Junee who I last saw 6 months ago as the start of her semester. Her exams finish on Friday and on Saturday, we’ll be off home together, first by train to Cochin then a flight back home. Once I reach Udupi, I’ll have a few days to chill, and hang out with her a bit.
The road out of Mangalore is quiet at this hour. It also seems to be a bit cooler as I head further up north. During these early months of the year, there’s little chance of rain, only blue skies and a bright sun in the daytime.
I’m still on NH17, but surprisingly, the road is so much smoother than the segment before Mangalore. There’s even a wide shoulder to ride on. Can’t ask for more. NH17 is not a road to enjoy riding on so I’m looking forward to detouring to the coastal road before reaching Udupi.
From Kapu Beach, I head towards Pithrody Udyavar Beach, a sliver of land that hugs the mainland. Like the other beaches I have seen, this one is just as pristine and as unspoilt. No fancy resorts here either. In fact, I did not even see anything that resembled a guest-house or a BnB anywhere along this 17km-long strip of paradise.
I won’t be able to see Junee until tomorrow after her last paper. In the meantime, I’ll just check in to Pallaki Inn, my home for the next 4 days.