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Old 04-14-2012, 06:19 AM   #1
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The Coastal ride that didn't work out as planned

This is the trip plan...



Sounds exciting isn't it? But, this T'Log is all about, how the entire plan got jammed up real bad. But yes, pics are there for sure.
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Old 04-14-2012, 06:23 AM   #2
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Day One
Plans were laid long back, but could only get leaves approved from 6 to 13 Apr 2012. As mentioned above in the map, that was the plan; to start from Marina (second longest beach in the world), ride through ECR towards all the secluded beaches in the south, just 2 states for that matter.

Plan was to stay at Kodiakarai a.k.a Point Calimere, but those jokers, red tapists, though they'd rooms, they said they didn't get some order (what bloody order) & people who approve are on leave. So much for the bureaucracy in this country!!! Didn't want to encourage bribes either, so this starts as failure #1 & so I start moving towards Rameshwaram.

Thanks to my friend Ananth, who suggested me staying at Mandapam where one can find an accommodation for sure. That is the best stay ever in my life until now; open the door & you're welcome by Bay of Bengal

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Marina Beach (the second longest beach in the world) where I officially started my trip




Lovely East Coast Road State Highway










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Old 04-14-2012, 06:38 AM   #3
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This looks interesting, looking forward to the rest!
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:21 AM   #4
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Thanks Poolman, here're they...

and then some customary pics follows...




Breakfast time at Hotel Surguru


I couldn't resist myself after watching such a scenary between Pondi & Karaikaal. BTW, if any of you think this pic is good, awesome etc, forget it!!! Its something that pics cannot explain in reality.










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Old 04-15-2012, 04:29 AM   #5
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After this my friend Ananth suggested visiting Tranquebar or Tharangambady; some pics...











Had the car not been there, ppl would certainly believe this is 19th century photo


Enroute to Point Calimere




No more talk about Point Calimere for the kind of frustration about accommodation!!! But wait...Mandapam TTDC was one awesome place to stay; open the rear door & you see the beach. Don't believe me? Here's the proof...


Let's recap the map of day 1


Day 2 follows...
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:49 AM   #6
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Looks great so far! Lets see some more please.
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:24 PM   #8
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Looks great so far! Lets see some more please.
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Thanks; will update more now.
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:27 PM   #9
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Day Two

Woke up with sever throat infection; I hadn't noticed it much previous day because of the enjoyable ride; I almost had to starve for the rest of the day because there was not a single good vegetarian hotel (all serves veg & non-veg) from Ramnadu upto Rameshwaram. So when I tried finding a veg hotel at Mandapam, I couldn't. I'd to survive with Nice & Good day. Whew!!! These are the names of the biscuits; how ironical?

So despite the throat infection, I couldn't resist going out as this is how the scene looked outside when I opened up the door



and then the otherside, this is how the Moon appeared...






Some customary pics around TTDC (Accommodation from Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation)




Finally I got myself prepared to go to Rameshwaram & Dhanushkodi; this is how the road lay ahead
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It was a mixed feeling of amazement, scary & exciting to know that I was riding on the landscape that is surrounded by Sea on both the sides






Wait a minute...what did I see?


Beautiful bridge isn't it? This is the very famous Pamban bridge that connects the main land India to the island of Rameshwaram & Dhanushkodi




Whoa!!! This is Sea, not some junk polluted river

Take a close look


[IMG]What's that? Also there's a significant thing in the below pic; you can see the roadway, railway & waterway on the same pic; had there been an airport closer by, would've been a very rare place in the face of Earth
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:34 PM   #11
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Taking a closer look


Even closer


The bridge


Bay of Bengal




Enroute to Danushkodi




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WOW! Amazing!
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Aargee,

The trip looks great so far, but I imagine the plot thickens...
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The trip looks great so far, but I imagine the plot thickens...
Yes it does on some 6th or 7th day & that's when it gets more interesting too; continuing now...
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