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INDIA ROAD TRIP – DAY 2 AND DAY 3 – RAMESHWARAM AND TRAVEL FROM RAMESHWARAM TO PALAKKAD

Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 in INDIA ROAD TRIP ARTICLES | 0 comments

My Stay at Rameshwaram was at a small Motel – “Hare Rama Hare Krishna” hotel. Though a small accommodation but the stay was comfortable and staff was cordial. Next day morning I got up early, did some blogging on this site and set off to visit the famous Ramanathaswamy temple near Rameshwaram beach. One entrance of the temple was towards my hotel and the main entrance of the temple is towards the beach. The beach is an easy walk from the main entrance. The visit to the temple and the beach takes me back by 5000 years when lord Rama is said to have visited the same spot. As per the Pilgrimage, one needs to first take a bath in the sea and then take a bath in the water from the wells in the temple. It was a nice feeling and it was a soothing experience visiting the beach. I got down into the sea for a while and took some nice photographs of the sea as seen from Rameshwaram. With the...

INDIA ROAD TRIP – DAY 1 – BANGALORE TO RAMESHWARAM

Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 in INDIA ROAD TRIP ARTICLES | 2 comments

It was a hectic day on October 26, 2012 – the day before I departed. I was able to wind up pending office work and finish packing by around 2 AM. Hence I woke up late in the morning. I started my journey on October 27, 2012 morning at 10:00 AM. It was already late and I had to cover 630 Kms. Hence I decided to drive straight to Rameshwaram without any breaks/stops because if I did not make it to Rameshwaram today, it will jeopardize the entire hotel booking chain across all the stops on this road trip. It was a non-stop drive for 12 hours. I skipped my lunch and the drive was actually non-stop except for a spot where I stopped for 2-3 minutes for taking some snaps of the car on the road. All the other snaps and videos were taken by me using my Nikon camera as I drove (let me warn that it’s not the safest thing to do while driving). At the same time, the Intel powered XOLO...

THE DAY PRIOR TO MY TRIP

Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 in INDIA ROAD TRIP ARTICLES | 7 comments

It’s 26th October, 2012 today. With just one day left for my trip, it’s getting exciting and emotional as well. Today my wife and baby departed from Bangalore as per the set plan – as tomorrow I begin solo drive across India. They were departing to Delhi. It was heartening to see them leave for a long period. I went to drop them to the airport and I kept watching and waving at them till they were out of sight – for a moment I just prayed that I do get to see them again after 1 month at the same spot to receive them back to Bangalore. They flew…fast forward by 2 hours and I make my final preparations for my long solo journey. I need to keep myself mentally strong to face all the unknowns that come my way! With that note I will start on my epic journey – “The India Road Trip” tomorrow morning.          

THOUGHTS ON MY UPCOMING ROAD TRIP ACROSS INDIA

Posted by on Oct 7, 2012 in INDIA ROAD TRIP ARTICLES | 2 comments

It’s been a couple of months since I decided to take on an epic lone road trip across India. I setup this WordPress site to be my travelogue after I was denied membership in one of the most cherished automobile Forum in India. With some Search Engine Optimization, playing around a bit with the website and making the Google-bot happy I was able to rank the website on a few of the competitive “road trip” keywords to the first page of Google. Though I always kept away from social sites, just because of this trip ahead of me I got to become active on a couple of social websites including Twitter and one of the best travel website “Matador Network” with a huge list friends across the world – many of whom are great world travelers and source of encouragement to me. Over the past few months, I have received guidance and advises from various friends...

ALL INDIA ROAD TRIP – ROUTE INFORMATION

Posted by on Sep 27, 2012 in INDIA ROAD TRIP ARTICLES | 1 comment

Day Dates Day From To States Distance (Kms) Stay (Days) Route DAY 1 27-Oct-12 SAT Bangalore Rameshwa ram Karnataka, Tamil Nadu 630 1  NH 7, Madurai-Ramesh waram Road DAY 2 28-Oct-12 SUN Rameshwaram Palakkad Tamil Nadu, Kerala 510 2 NH 49, NH 83 DAY 3 29-Oct-12 MON - 10 DAY 4 30-Oct-12 TUE Palakkad Kannur Kerala 250 1 Ferokh-Palakkad Hwy, NH 66 DAY 5 31-Oct-12 WED Kannur Murudesh wara Kerala, Karnataka 310 1 NH 66 DAY 6 1-Nov-12 THU Murudeshwara Kolhapur Karnataka, Maharashtra 420 2 NH 66, SH 143, SH 93, NH 4 DAY 7 2-Nov-12 FRI - 30 DAY 8 3-Nov-12 SAT Kolhapur Vapi (via Pune and Thane Navi Mumbai) Maharashtra, Gujarat 550 1 NH 4 DAY 9 4-Nov-12 SUN Vapi Anand Gujarat 320 1 SH 140 DAY...