I woke up in Udupi to the smells of a freshly roasted masala dosa. They say that the masala dosa originated in Udupi, along with saaru (spicy thin sambar), and the one I had was super delicious and felt it did its ancestors proud ;)
Back on NH 17. The first half of the Konkan Coast in Karnataka is a chore to ride as it's under construction and being made into a four-lane highway. But the northern half was a beautiful road, going up and down the hilly landscape with views of the ocean and the backwaters. I love riding by the ocean. It feels so liberating on a motorcycle.
I saw lots of 'goodbye and thank you for visiting Karnataka' signboards but no 'Welcome to Goa' sign. But I knew I was in Goa as the pace seemed a bit slower through the towns in the south. I diverted from the highway after Cacona and took the small roads through old villages such as Agonda and Betul. It was a charming ride with old houses shaded by numerous coconut trees. After crossing the capital of Panjim, I turned west and rode the small roads again but this time towards Anjuna and found a small guesthouse, right on the beach, for Rs 200 and kicked back.
Distance clocked today: 350 km
Total distance clocked: 2,224 km
Watch this video of Jay's ride through the quiet back-roads of Goa. You'll be itching to hop on!
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