PER­FECT ES­CAPE

Evo India - - EXPERIENCE - WORDS by AFZAL RAWUTHER PHOTOGRAPHY by MAHIN­DRA

IT’S SOME­TIME DUR­ING there for what was to be an in­cred­i­bly un­du­lat­ing 20km long off-road trail drive through the pic­turesque hills of the Kadamane Tea Es­tate, 270km from Ban­ga­lore. The drive took us more than 8 hours and I didn’t re­gret a sin­gle mo­ment of it. The ter­rain was often treach­er­ous and for me – a novice at off-road­ing, ev­ery turn pre­sented a chal­lenge. There were points where even the most ex­pe­ri­enced off-road­ers found the go­ing tough, and we sub­se­quently crawled to a halt. It was slow go­ing but all the more ex­cit­ing for it. I had my heart in my mouth at some parts of the drive but the mar­shals from the IMSC (In­dian Mo­tor Sports Club) had my back. Ev­ery­one chipped in and helped each other get through the tricky parts of the trail. Some­times push­ing, some­times giv­ing out much needed bits of en­cour­age­ment till ev­ery­one was through the course.

A first per­son ac­count of the long­est

off-road trail drive in In­dia

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