The Coastal ride that didn't work out as planned

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  1. Aargee

    Aargee Been here awhile

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    This is the trip plan...

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    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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  2. Aargee

    Aargee Been here awhile

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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 :clap

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    Marina Beach (the second longest beach in the world) where I officially started my trip
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    Lovely East Coast Road State Highway
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  3. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

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    This looks interesting, looking forward to the rest!
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    Thanks Poolman, here're they...

    and then some customary pics follows...
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    Breakfast time at Hotel Surguru
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    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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  5. Aargee

    Aargee Been here awhile

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    After this my friend Ananth suggested visiting Tranquebar or Tharangambady; some pics...

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    Had the car not been there, ppl would certainly believe this is 19th century photo
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    Enroute to Point Calimere
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    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...
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    Let's recap the map of day 1
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    Day 2 follows...
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    :lurk Looks great so far! Lets see some more please.
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    Aargee Been here awhile

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    Thanks; will update more now.
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    Aargee Been here awhile

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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

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    and then the otherside, this is how the Moon appeared...
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    Some customary pics around TTDC (Accommodation from Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation)
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    Finally I got myself prepared to go to Rameshwaram & Dhanushkodi; this is how the road lay ahead
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    Aargee Been here awhile

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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
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    Wait a minute...what did I see?
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    Beautiful bridge isn't it? This is the very famous Pamban bridge that connects the main land India to the island of Rameshwaram & Dhanushkodi
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    Whoa!!! This is Sea, not some junk polluted river :eek1

    Take a close look
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    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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    WOW! Amazing!
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    Aargee Been here awhile

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    Thanks
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    Aargee,

    The trip looks great so far, but I imagine the plot thickens...
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  15. Aargee

    Aargee Been here awhile

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    Yes it does on some 6th or 7th day & that's when it gets more interesting too; continuing now...
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    Enroute is to Kothandaramar Temple; the whole place is simply awesome; when you actually think that the water bodies you see on both the sides are Sea, it simply shivers the body :eek1

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    Then I see this at a great distance; had to use digital zoom
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    Enter the sands enroute to Gulf of Mannar
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    All the above seems exciting isn't it? Well, its not that simple. May be a bike like Rx or KTM would fair well; let me explain. The distance from paved road to Gulf of Mannar is about 12 Kms all in & around the Sea with sands all over. The rulers of these sands are only 4X4; I was the only joker to ride a single cylinder, single wheel powered motorcycle getting fried in the Sun while all the crowd in the 4X4 kept watching me like a Monkey . I never bother on those line, I can happily say today that I rode almost into the ocean & 6 Kms before the Indian coastal border, makes me happy

    You couldn't push the vehicle on the sand as it wouldn't move, accelerate hard & the rear wheel sinks to sand, so one has to accelerate moderate & then push. And all this circus has to be done only on the trails of the 4X4. You also have to keep an eye for the oncoming vehicle otherwise they start cursing you as if you burned their family or they offer you immediate help...needless to say on what accounts

    But all this troublesome is only for the first 100 feet or so after which the sands are little wet & you get traction & you can start riding.

    I couldn't ride all way upto 12 Kms for 2 reasons that...
    1. I didn't anticipate so much of heat & didn't carry enough water. By the time I rode 12 Kms, I was completely exhausted. The very thought that I should also be riding back so much distance made me to return
    2. My sore in the throat was getting intense & I had to return to get something. Ideally 6 Kms on a paved road with CBR can be done in 3 minutes or less & I've done that. But on sand, its all a different game altogether. It took about 45 minutes for me to just return, that was quickest compared to onward journey of over an hour+

    Despite all this, I never failed to have some fun...
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    PS - That's our biking community in India

    For the maps...
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  17. Aargee

    Aargee Been here awhile

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    I stopped after 6 Kms to take some pics around

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    One word of caution for people who take motorcycles...well see the pics for yourself & decide
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    It took about 2 hours for me to clean it spotless

    After this I visited Ramar Padham (yes there's one more here at Mandapam apart from Point Calimere); infact there're about 22 theerthas (don't ask me to list, I don't know) here at Rameshwaram. Every heroic character from the epic Ramayana has been devoted a theertha here. I'd like to visit this place probably with a group next time.

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    Some views from Ramar Padham
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    That day night...no Moon though
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    End of the day...
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    Let's recap the map of day 2
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    calimusjohn Been here awhile

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    Thank you for the report. I am sure that many of us know very little about riding in India. Could you identify what is in the pictures a little bit more. For instance: the many boats moored - are they a fishing fleet? The railroad bridge is fascinating - not many of them in the U.S.A. Are hotels expensive? Can you camp on the beach for free? What are the crops in the fields? Color me curious. Thanks again. . ..
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  19. Aargee

    Aargee Been here awhile

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    Would be happy to explain :)

    Which pics please?

    Yes, they're small boats owned, leased or rented by small time fishermen.

    Yes, its one of a kind in India; I've provided the link to read on it more over there

    A typical good accommodation costs about Rs 1200 or $25 per night; In India, you could bargain anything & everything; I'll find out where I've written more about India & Indian cultures in one of the post where someone was asking about riding in India for you.
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=160824
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=731977
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=741372

    Camp? Yes; you're 100% safe with a group on secluded beach. But you can't camp in famous beaches like Silver beach in Pondichery, Marina in Chennai, Kanyakumari etc where you'll be asked to leave by the cops in the night or you'll have a larger crowd attraction.

    Well I don't know exactly; but the places that I visited at South of TN (TamilNadu not Tennessee :D) where they mostly grow rice & paddy.

    Feel free to ask if you need anymore, would be glad to answer :)
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  20. Aargee

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    Day Three
    Before proceeding, would like to say a few words about TTDC Mandapam. Its a kind of shabby place (has bar facility for people who prefer) & they also have attached hotel for food serving veg & non veg. I couldn't get food as their staffs were on leave when I was there. Otherwise, they charge less, very friendly people. All they need is no ruckus, calm & quiet people who simply stay without making noise or troubles. They were eager to know about my trip & amazed to see & hear such kind of biking group exists. The only drawback being is that, Mandapam is about 15 Kms before Rameshwaram.

    Day 3, my ride plan was to visit Sethukarai, Tiruchendur, Kanyakumari & then stay at my Aunt's house at Nagercoil where a big cousin reunion was planned.

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