Coimbatore - Rameswaram
I had a bowl of Cornflakes and started my ride from Coimbatore around 5am, had first full tank fuel for my bike. My planned first stop for the day was supposed to be Madurai (211kms from Coimbatore) for brunch. I had planned to have the famous Madurai Bun parotta, Mutton Sukka and Jigarthanda. I met a youngster on the highway with a TN59 number plate, I knew he had to be a local from Madurai so asked him for the best place to have parotta. He suggested it had to be inside the city and mentioned the same place I was planning to go. I entered the city around 11am. But like it happens in a trip, things dint go as planned, the workers of the Parotta shop were still sleeping and it was not open yet. I was able to get parotta in all the other shops but in not the famous one, since they start serving people only after 1 pm. So if you are planning to visit Madurai make sure you reach by 1pm to all have those dishes. I was not okay to stay there for another 2 hours on the road and I left for the final stop Rameswaram which is around 180kms away.
Till I reached Madurai I dint feel anything because the sun was just coming up and I was having a pleasant morning breeze. But the fact is, once I left Coimbatore I had to accept the fact that every other district is hotter. In The recent years, we Coimbatorians have started experiencing hot weather due to the climatic change and we are complaining about that. But outside Coimbatore dayum its HOT. The Sun started to hit in and I reached Rameswaram around 1:30pm.
So my riding style for this ride was Simple - Start early so that I can reach my destination early and I can have some daylight that I can use to visit a place or two within the city. The other thing was not to ride after Sunset.
Booked a stay in Rama Palace and it is very close to the beach and the Rameswaram temple. The Single room that I booked was occupied at the moment and so I was given a bigger room which was very neat and tidy. later I was transferred to e single room and I was not happy with the bathroom facility. They had the facility to dry clothes and stuff which is useful after you go to the beach and temple.
After having a good Lunch, I visited the beach and took a dip there. By that time around 3pm, Rameswaram temple was open and I had the opportunity to bath in the 22 wells of that temple and collected the holy water to be delivered home. I also had the opportunity to meet Director Lokesh inside the temple.
Went back to my hotel, washed my clothes and had a good first sleep of the ride.