Presently pedalling to the surreal Himalayas or Ladakh is the greatest fad among cyclists. There are scores of travel enthusiasts who have shifted from motorcycles to bicycles to traverse the world in bid to be healthy and not to pollute the environment. When people are cooped up at home due to the COVID-19-triggered travel restrictions, Kannur-native Vivek Ramachandran realised his travel dreams through the humble bicycle.
Vivek’s cycle odyssey from Kasaragod, the northern district of Kerala, to Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu began on June 27 and ended on July 29. For Vivek, who is a wedding photographer and a short film maker, the trip was not only an opportunity to enjoy the wonderful sights on the way but also to zero in on some beautiful locations for his future short films.
Vivek has proved his mettle in short film production and some of his creations based on topical subjects have evoked positive response from people.
Bagful of experience
Vivek chose cycle for the simple reason that travelling on a bicycle was cheap and one had the luxury of leisurely enjoying the nature’s beauty on the way. This won’t be possible while travelling in a car or on a bike. “I was able to visit some exotic unknown places tucked away in various part of the state during the expedition,” notes Vivek.
The cycling expedition from Kasaragod to Kanyakumari also helped Vivek to forge lasting friendship with many people and he used to stay at friends’ homes during night. The unique trip also gave Vivek the opportunity to explore new places and try out some mouthwatering local cuisines. He is also happy to have created vlogs by stringing together everlasting experience and breathtaking sights of the trip.
First solo trip
Vivek is not new to solo trips and his first tour alone was a motorcycle ride from Kannur to Kashmir. The Bullet ride took him to Khardung La, one of the highest motorable roads in the world, in the north and from there down south to Kanyakumari and then to his home town Kannur. During this solo trip, Vivek covered 11,500 km in 45 days.
Travelling never ends
Vivek’s travel dreams are sky high as he is equally passionate about work and travel. He longs to tour more and explore new destinations that reflect the charm of Mother Nature. The wanderlust in him forces Vivek to hit the road whenever there is a break in his hectic work schedule. He had to shelve his travel plans last year due to the pandemic and the situation was no different this year too. And that’s why Vivek decided to pedal from Kasaragod to Kanyakumari.