Trail Less Travellers Travel Interview

Hello Bloggers, I am Koushik Krishnamoorthi, an Indian traveller, a nemophilist and blogger at Trail Less Travellers – TLT. I find real joy in travelling to offbeat locations, away from city life and exploring local cultures. The niche aspect of TLT is we ride, explore each destination in motorbikes, with distance of travel never being a constraint. I started with solo-travelling back in 2016 where my Apache use to be my only companion until early 2017 when the group started to evolve, from then my/our life was totally changed and my prime goal was to share my experience and inspire people to travel. Happy to share TLT family is now as big as life with 29 riders and we’re still growing.

My blog was officially launched on June 4, 2017 and since we rely more on direction rather than the destination the blog was named as “Trail Less Travellers”. We are more of a Software Professionals on the weekdays spending most of our time in front of computers and laboratories, but during the weekends and holidays things get flipped over, time for our bikes and cameras to do rest of the talking. At the yearend looking back at 2017 the numbers were just surprising, have explored 23 unique destinations around Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Andhra and Kerala at a staggering 7717 KM driven solely in motorbikes. Off to a good start in 2018, exceeding 2017 feat is our goal. Harish, Shankar, Anil, Ankit, Nithyanand and Anantha Krishnan (tech team) were the reason for evolution of TLT.

 

TLTians: Hema, Saru, Anbu, Roselin, Eubin, Castro, Nirosh, me (Koushik) and Harish.

What plans do you have in the future for your blog?

Travellers tend to know about their destination prior to making plans and blogs are becoming the finest medium for communicating the same. So my future plan lies within the same, by enriching the content that can inspire others to think/plan beyond the top places to travel and guide them with all possible options nearby to get the best experience.

Karnataka being my prime location, and the state is well known to be at its best during the monsoon and post monsoon seasons, have lined up number of least known destinations to be explored starting from July 2018. This doesn’t mean that there will be no travel during this summer, I love to trek a lot, and Karnataka has quite a few to test my stamina, Navadurga (9 historical hillock close to 100 KM from Bangalore) to name one among then, with 5 more still remaining, am trying to accomplish one after the other.

What can our readers find on your website?

Trail Less Travellers

Readers can expect on what a particular destination has to offer, in terms of which is the best time to visit, things to do and not to do, accommodation, locale cuisine, culture and other attractions nearby or En Route.

Do you have any travel tips or advice for our readers that might want to start a travel blog?

Be unique, learn what readers are expecting from a blog and innovate yourself to deliver the same. Informative content is the key to bring in more readers. So be wise on preparing the content, even the simplest of things may be trump card for your readers. Optimizing webpage also plays a key role, if you’re website is slow and laggy then you’re probably to lose that reader, it’s better to optimize the images before uploading since images from a camera are pretty hefty is size.

Last but not the least keep following you’re heart, keep doing it with passion and stay consistent.

What are some of the highs and lows of travel blogging?

Every day is new learning when it comes to travel blogging. You meet new people, learn their culture, introduce your taste buds to new cuisines and also get the opportunity to collaborate with locales. You always tend to improve from your past experiences, it’s challenging yourself to take you to the next level.

When it comes to lows of travel blogging, you need to spend the equal amount of time in blogging as that of your travel, may lead to sleepless nights too. It do becomes difficult when you’re readers IM you and say “isn’t your last travels up yet?” especially when you’re the developer and the blogger, balancing time will ever be a question.

What type of traveler are you?

I started travelling as a hobby, solo-travelling during the weekends that gives me the freedom to explore and to be away from all the machine stuffs, routine works, timesheets bla bla bla, the basic idea was to me stay away from the mobile devices, computers and be in middle of serenity. It was then I realized travelling without an itinerary was passion hidden within me.

What’s been some of your favourite destinations & why?

Ahhhh, here comes my favourite part of this interview, tricky one though,

My all-time favourite will be the ride to world famous Jog Falls, which we decided as the Milestone for TLT 2017 at the early 2017 and the way we accomplished it on Sep 16,17 2017 is just crazy. Two days 950 kilometers of complete exploration in our motorbikes. I can still remember the moment when I reached home after work on Friday Sep 15, just one word from my friend Harish why not we accomplish 2017 milestone this week. Though it started as a fun topic, but those two magic words “JOG Falls” gave us all the energy to achieve it. That fine day when we saw it through our eyes, the 253 m fall revealing itself from fog, it was like hiding behind the curtain, we were hypnotised by the beauty, we jumped through all the barriers to feel it inch by inch, a dreamy one, unexplainable, will be my best for ever.

Then comes the Chikmagalur, this is the trip where all the TLTians got together for the ride a fun filled exploration, followed by Alappuzha for being the first interstate ride, Horsley Hills marking the first ride to Andhra Pradesh and Munnar want to know what western ghats is all about just visit this place. If not for the limitation I would have listed all of my trips.

What equipment do you use to blog or for your blog?

It is in my Dell XPS L502x Trail Less Travellers got its shape and this box remains as the warehouse for all master data of TLT. I can rephrase the above statement as Dell XPS is the birth place of TLT. I use Nikon D3400 for photography, and my iPhone for quick updates on social media and to capture crazy actions/videos during the journey.

Do you have any photography or making travel videos tips?

According to me photography is “how you see through your eyes is what you get from your camera.” Just be creative.

What’s the TOP blog posts on your page?

Shimoga, Jog Falls – Nature Untethered

Chikmagalur – A marathon-ic Scenic Ride

Alappuzha – Ride to God’s own Country

Top 5 Bucket-list Destinations?

I hope this is not a rapid fire round.

Being from southern part of India I haven’t explored much to the north, with that into consideration,

  1. Leh Ladakh
  2. Spiti Valley
  3. Devkund waterfalls
  4. Kannur Kote
  5. Andaman

Do you have any funny or strange travel experiences to share?

During Chikmagalur trip, we had to wait for few of our fellow travellers to reach Chikmagalur, in the mean time we went on to explore the town, went to the bus terminal, tried out chikmagalur chaat, we spotted Chikmagalur Tourism Centre and in order to kill time we decided to enquire about the offering. But when we went in we saw people roaming in grief and few with neck beige, arm slings. With total confusion stopped a person and asked where is the office and he replied asking us which doctor office you’re looking for, that’s when we realized we were in a hospital. Came out immediately to enquire and learnt that it was recently turned to a hospital, Cikamagalur Tourism Centre was moved near the bus terminal. Good thing we didn’t ask the person what’s speciality of this place.

It didn’t stop, we moved away from the tourism centre turned hospital, and we saw a street with trees on both sides, autumn fall season, mild breeze, clear road, pleasant evening and the clear blue sky adding extra spice to the scene. Moved in with the same ambience in our mind and stood in front of the gate with a sign board that read Chikmagalur grave yard. Starred at each other for a minute with our inner voice saying “Good start at Chikmagalur, first hospital next grave yard”. Don’t know what else is waiting for us.

What’s in your travel bag? 

 

  • Power bank
  • A pair of clothes
  • Snacks
  • Medical kit
  • Camera

 

What travel apps do you use and why?

As we constantly ride, Google maps comes in handy. And we use only this app when it comes to travel.

What are 3 things travelling has thought you?

Improvise, Adapt and Overcome.

Have you encountered any travel mishaps or scary moments if so what happened?

Yes, there are two such incidents. One is a mishap and the other a scary one.

We had a planned trip to “The Grand Canyon of India – Gandikota”. The entire crew joined again for this ride and the fun was short lived when one of our fellow riders bike had an engine failure when we were half way through. This incident has made the entire crew to halt in a single place for more than an hour. When we came to know repairing is not an option it was decided it’s better that rest of the crew continues with the journey while two stay back and get the machine back home safe. It is purely due to our negligence that had happened, if we had checked the vehicle condition before the start we could have avoided it. Lesson learnt from the mishap.

Next one is when the ride back to home from Horsley Hills, 6 in the evening, it was a complete downpour and we still had 150 KM ahead of us. We were 5 in 3 bikes, though we enjoy riding in the rain but that day conditions were very bad, visibility was just few meters. We decided to ride one after the other following the trail of the tail lamps at a medium phase. Suddenly we saw a random bike down on the road with the rider holding his leg and a cry for help from nowhere nearby. We 5 jumped from our bikes to help the injured and it was an accident where a boy was hit. And the boy was hit hard with blood pouring from his mouth and the rider too had hurt his leg but managed to walk. It was still raining, after all the helping done, we tried to ride but the curfew running on my mind we weren’t able to continue, so stopped by a coffee shop, waited until the rain stopped. That was the day we felt the fear in our eyes.

Please share one travel quote you love.

See the world, its more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.

My Team

Last but not the least, it would be a disgrace if am not mentioning the entire group here, TLT is empty without you guys. Thanks for being a part of this beautiful memory

Photo With The Entire Crew

 

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