Road trip to Rameswaram – Ooty – Masinagudi – Moyar Day 1 & 2

4 days. 4 of us. Ford Figo. 2000 kms.

NOTE:

  • None of the animals/fishes were harmed by us, except the ones that we ate.
  • Most of the photos you see in this blog are taken through a mobile cam, for better pics head to potofshots.com
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  • All the tweets during the trip are here

The plan WAS Chennai – Rameswaram – Kanyakumari – Varkala – Chennai. But, there is one thing that is never constant during a road trip, that is the destination.

So finally our road trip route was Chennai – Rameswaram – Ooty – Masinagudi – Moyar – Ooty – Chennai.

The route is shown below, we used google maps!

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 Day 1

We started out from Chennai on 15th Sept, Saturday at around 6:30 PM. As soon as I sat in the car Deepak asked me if we should go to Goa, but since we’ve been there before, we finally decided not to go to Goa this time.

We took the NH32 out of Chennai and stopped at Acharapakkam, Kanchipuram, for dinner at Sri Ganesh Bhavan (8:30 PM). That place is a bit costly for that place. 🙂 The value for money thing. Like, how no one will want to buy a Nokia for 40k but then queue up to buy an iPhone for that money – that sort of thing. Not the best place to eat. 30 mins away is villupuram and there is a Ponnusamy hotel on the highway. Should have had food from there.

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There is a college named “university college of   engineering”. Omg. :D  #RTrip7 #travel #tamilnadu 9/15/2012 10:08:41   PM

Wanted to take the shortest good routes possible, so I had told the guys to take Trichy – pudukottai – Sivaganga. But it wasn’t to be! I had slept off and I had the GPS. So Andy, who was driving, continued going on NH38 towards Madurai. I woke up somewhere before Melur and looked at the GPS, realized we were on the wrong route. We figured, at least now we could go to Sivaganga from Melur instead of going all the way to Madurai and get lost in the “city”. We took the state highway SH38, very short bad patches, but overall a good road. Since we were on this road around 3AM, there was no one on the road, except for dogs but they had blinkers – eyes, which saved its life.

Tea Shop at 3AM

We reached Manamadurai at 3 AM and stopped at a tea shop. Respect!

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 road trip Chennai - Rameswaram - Ooty - Masinagudi - Moyar - Ooty - Chennai.

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Drove through NH87 and reached Ramanathapuram, town was still sleeping, by 4AM and then to Mandapam

Mandapam :D  #rtrip7. I can smell the sea on both   sides of the road #travel 9/15/2012 4:29:23   AM

This was AN EXPERIENCE!  The sun had not yet risen. Andy driving, I was in the backseat looking at my GPS. I could smell the sea on both sides of the road, I could hear it, I could even see it on the gps but it was dark outside. It was like being in the middle of a sea but not able to see!

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We reached Rameswaram and drove to Hotel Tamil Nadu (5AM) and they didn’t have rooms till 6AM, So we took a walk on the sidewalk adjacent to the waters where people take a dip (the religious one!)

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 And then there was a little more light… Good Morning Rameswaram

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It was 6 AM and we went back to Hotel TamilNadu and got in our room. It was only for four hours  and they charged us Rs.1500 for double-bed room. The room was clean and wash area well kept. Took a 4 hour nap, freshened up and got back in the car. Went into the town to get some breakfast, which btw was YUM!

Dhanushkodi (12:30PM)

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Went towards Dhanushkodi and we took a small diversion (500 meters) and came to this beautiful beach. I didn’t know India had such a beautiful, clean, pristine beach!

One side of the road was this beach (hardly any waves)

dhanushkodi, rameswaram

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We also spotted a Jellyfish and Starfish (we did not harm them! 🙂 )

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And on the other side of the road was this rough sea:

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It was getting really really hot(one of the reasons why we decided to go to mudumalai forest instead of continuing to Kanyakumari) and we decided to move on.

On our way out, we asked the localites where we can get the best fried fish for dinner, they suggested, we went and was good! 🙂

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Once lunch was done, we went to Pamban bridge on the way out (2 PM)

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and then we were done with Rameswaram and headed to Mudumalai forest through Ooty.

To be continued… 

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