We journey so much however street journeys are particular. There are such a lot of particular moments and locations that we might by no means see in any other case.
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Needed to share my latest street journey expertise with my Audi A3. Whereas I’ve carried out street journeys earlier than however not for this lengthy. I have been planning this for months and I am completely happy to say it is precisely as deliberate or higher.
- Pune – Goa – Gokarna – Mangalore – Calicut – Kochi – Thekkady – Kodaikanal – Ooty – Chikamangalur – Hampi – Fratelli winery – Pune
- Time – 20 days
- Driving – ~70 hours
- Distance lined – 3008 Km+
- Mileage – ~19 kmpl
The general driving expertise is fairly good. Whereas we encountered some tough patches, I have to say that the roads in South India are fairly good. This is how we did it.
Pune to Goa – The longest I’ve pushed in someday (422 kms). Initially we deliberate to go to Mahabaleshwar after which to Goa however we needed to change plans. However the roads are nice (though additionally the best toll). We began round 9 and reached 5, solely taking a break for lunch at Kolhapur.
Goa to Gokarna – We initially deliberate to say Goa in 2-3 days however once more needed to in the reduction of a number of days. We’ve additionally lived in Goa for 1.5 years so we’re extra eager to drive south. Goa to Gokarna drive is nice. I discovered the roads in Karnataka the very best. It was the primary time I drove on a street that was proper subsequent to the ocean. Stayed in Gokarna for a number of days at a stupendous jungle resort. Go to pristine Om seaside and Mahabaleshwar temple.
Gokarna to Mangalore (Detour to Yana Caves) – We needed to drive to Mangalore which was solely a 5-hour drive so we had a while. We determined to take a detour to Yana Caves which is one in every of its type rock formation. It is superior however includes plenty of climbing stairs. However it’s so value it.
Mangalore to Calicut – Okay so that is in all probability essentially the most testing driving situation. The highways are all 2 lanes, they’re being expanded to 4/6 lanes however for now, solely 2 lanes in every single place. Buses drive like loopy in Kerala (particularly the pink ones). I studied in Kerala to warn my husband. Anyhow coming to the enjoyable half, I informed my spouse I will take her to a seaside which is one in every of a sort in India. He gave a response “mehh… no matter…” then once we arrived at Muzhappilangad, he was like the place is the parking… the place are you going… then he realized that we’re going to drive to the seaside. Confused thoughts! Wow that is enjoyable. It is a should do for all automotive fans. It was a lot enjoyable.
In Calicut – I studied in Calicut so did school, some previous locations.
Calicut to Kochi – Stayed 3 days in Kochi. Did a backwater tour, explored Kochi fort metropolis, some purchasing. Met some buddies. Spend good high quality time.
Kochi to Thekkady – Midway by way of the journey we acquired a bit drained, and took a day without work. Then subsequent day deliberate to do Periyar wildlife sanctuary however did not get ticket because it was new 12 months rush. We did a safari that took us to a spice plantation, some offroading, boating, tea plantations and so on. That is lovely.
Thekkady to Kodaikanal – It is a quick drive. Good roads, driving within the hills is one other type of expertise. We spent the brand new 12 months in Kodai. Visited all of the well-known locations, but it surely was cloudy so did not see a lot.
Kodaikanal to Ooty – It was an extended and windy street journey however we managed it with a number of small breaks in between. We desire Ooty to Kodai, possibly the brand new 12 months has handed, but it surely has a extra rustic attraction.
Ooty to Chikamangalur – We did not actually see Chikamangalur, it was once more a pit cease. However the Gateway Taj property is superb. Nicely value it, will certainly go right here once more.
Chikamangalur to Hampi – Hampi has been on our record for a very long time. It is a captivating place, with historical past oozing from in every single place.
Hampi to Fratelli winery – Superb discover once more. A should expertise for wine lovers.
Again to Pune.
We journey so much, however street journeys are particular, so many particular moments. Locations we might by no means see in any other case.
To complete with some quotes from my journey husband that I discovered humorous:
- “Why do folks drive like snakes in India” – Within the context of overtaking vans driving on the left and proper facet.
- “They are not pace breakers, they’re automotive breakers” – We must always standardize how pace breakers are constructed, a few of that are downright harmful.
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