Woww time for a vacation ! But where ? for last couple of trips during summer we visited hill stations and jungles to escape the hot Bangalore ( yes you are reading right , Bangalore is getting very hot during summer. Thanks to rapid urbanisation and deforestation ☹ ). This time we wanted to visit some beach.
Pondicherry has been done twice and moreover you get sea but not reach beaches over there. Goa is good but will take longer drive. And certainly, deserves more than 3D/4N. While searching options I came across this place, Kannur, Kerala. It has some nice beaches, a fort and other interesting places to visit. Moreover its within 350 kms from Bangalore (or max 380 depending on the route you select. So, Kannur was THE PLACE.
I tried to book several beach resorts, but all were full due to long weekend. Finally, I was able to book Kanbay Beach Resort and later found that it was the right place to select.
28/4 (The journey starts)
4 a.m. 28th April wheels started rolling. Within 45 minutes we could hit Mysore road. But it was not a smooth sailing until Bidadi due to Metro works, diversions and huge number of cars piled up. This was first long weekend of summer vacation and all wanted to go out desperately for vacation!
Post Bidadi, road was clean and we could cruise continuously. Just few kilometres from Srirangapatna we stopped at Right-O for break. This is a nice food court with clean toilets and options to choose from different food vendors.
The stop was much needed before starting next leg of journey because there would be no good place for pit stop for a while.
We continued our journey and just after crossing Srirangapatna Bridge, took right turn to hit KRS Dam Road. This bypass took us to NH275 i.e. Mysore-Mangalore road. The drive was bumpy on NH275 till Hunsur. Some stretches of bad tarmacs and pot holes impeded drive.
After Hunsur we took Thalaserry-Mysore road (SH90) from Y-junction and road condition improved drastically. No traffic and good to drive till forest check post. Here we were stopped for pre-election checking. In the entire trip we had been stopped several times in Karnataka for checking due to forthcoming state election.
Drive was fun in this stretch with good roads and cover of greens on both sides. After Gonikoppal we decided to stop for tea break, because the winding roads start after that.
Once we started climbing up, drive became quite challenging. Though the road was not steep but narrow, loaded with twists and turns. Moreover, as in some spans, work is going on, leaving space for only one vehicle to move. And negotiating bends while huge buses are coming from other direction was tough. In India bigger the vehicle, higher the right to bully others.
Once off the ghat section, we encountered some real bad roads due to massive highway constructions till Iritty. After that roads were good and only issue was thick traffic.
Anyway we could reach our destination at sharp 1 PM. When we entered the resort the first view completely bowled us over! Sea is just at a stone throwing distance! It was like love at first site for us!
Check in process was quite smooth and staff were very cordial. After a quick shower and lip smacking lunch we had a small nap, woke up to see sunset. Spectacular view that was!. If one is lazy enough he/she can watch the sun set from the room itself. But we decided to hit the beach. Resort has constructed some stone paved stairs to get into the beach which may be a challenge for elderly persons.
Kizhunna is a long, clean and very less crowded beach. In fact most of the people were from our and other nearby resorts. Combination of high tide, wind and crimson sky was spellbinding!
We had a nice stroll on the beach before calling it off. Better to climb up before its completely dark.
Resort staffs arranged dinner tables in the garden area under the coconut trees. We had some nice chitchat followed by dinner before hitting bed.
29/4 (Colonial Connections)
When you wake up with the sweet sounds of waves , you feel refreshed and rejuvenated! We started our day with loads of excitement. Every thing was planned and we had a long day ahead so decided to have breakfast at the resort itself. Well it was not a wise decision realized later.
Our first destination was St. Angelo Fort build in 1505 AD by first Portuguese viceroy in India. This mighty fortress has seen shift of colonial powers in the west coast for centuries. From Portuguese to Dutch and then finally British and also brief period of rule by local Indian king Ali Raza.