Dates: 27th September – 5th Otober,2008
No. of days: 9
Total Distance: ~ 2400 KMs
Who?: Me & Vignesh
How?: Me in Honda Shine & Vignesh in Pulsar 180 DTSi
Highlights of the tour: a) Roads of Tamil Nadu
b) Coconut grooves of Kerela
c) Historic Fort Cochin
d) Vast Allepey backwaters
e) Beaches along NH-17
f) Sunset at Kovallam Beach
g) Sunrise in Kanyakumari
h) Las Vegas revisited: Kanyakumari to tuticorin
i) Sky blue water of Palk Strait
j) The majestic pillars of Rameshwaram temple
k) Untouched Dhanuskodi
l) Gopurams of meenakshi temple, Madurai
m) Silent & scenic Valparai hill station
n) Sholayar Dam
o) Mallu Marriage customs & cuisine
p) Verrapan’s kingdom: Satyamangalam Forests
This biking tour of South India had everything what one would look for. Beaches, temples, desert, hill stations, tourists havens, deep jungles….what more one could ask for in a single tour. It was emotional as well, when i was in the tip of India. The trip had a religious importance as well with visits to Rameswaram & Madurai, the two most sacred temples of S.India. I also had some anger on myself, seeing how much materialistic my life has become. The trip surely is going to bring some changes in my future life. The tour also made me felt that, we at Bangalore are very much cut off from actual Bharat. Anyways it was a very good break from boring work life & also i had some soul searching.
At the end of trip, we realised we have completed one NH …NH-47 that starts from Salem & ends in Kanyakumari. Thats quite a feet in itself.
Day1: 27th September: Bangalore to Trishur
Distance travelled: ~500KMs
Route: Bagalore-Hosur-Dharmapuri- Krishnagiri-Omalur- Bhavani – Coimbatore Bypass- Palakad-Thrissur.
7:30AM: We three, me,Vignesh & Vikas started from HSR layout.
8:30AM: Exit from Bangalore & Karnataka.
3:00PM: Tiprupur Bypass. had a lunch in some dhaba.
5:30PM: Coimbatore bypass to Palakad. This is one of the best roads of the trip. Road straight as a line with close to zero traffic. This is perfect road to make your machine work harder. We all went with an average speed of 75KMs/hr and reached Palakad in no time.
8:00PM: Reached Thrissur. Palakad to Thrissur road is also very smooth, but has got a good traffic.
As we all set to reach home (Vikas’s Uncle), first incident of trip came. Vikas’s avenger’s clutch wire got cut. To our bad luck it happened at the end of journey & to bad luck, whole Thirssur was closed by 8:30PM and so we couldnot get his bike repaired. After a lot of drama, Vikas’s bike got a make shift home & finally we went home. After receiving a great hospitality from Uncle & aunty, we all went to sleep.
To wrap up, the whole day was all about driving…but in excellent roads of Tamil Nadu. First milestone accomplished.