Mid-September 2018; just came back from a two week long gruelling business trip to China and travel was not my next agenda. Well was that? not sure! My loved one knows I have a "thing" on road trips and she planned for this long-desired trip as my advance birthday gift!
I consider myself as Hindu Nastik (Someone who does not believe in god or religion but proud of Hindu way of life that this country has practised for five thousand years. Not to be confused as Hindutva as religion) and usually keep myself away from religious places unless there is something else to be enjoyed. I have visited number of temples, mosques or churches but for their history and architecture. Madurai-Rameshwaram-Kanyakumari was a long pending trip in my to do list. But due to shortage of time we had to drop Kanyakumari from itinerary. My points of attraction were Meenakshi Temple of Madurai for its marvellous architecture and drive to Dhanuskodi from Rameshwaram. Plus this was first long drive for my new Nexon, so I was definitely excited to test performance of my bahan !
Day 1 (Unleashing all horsepowers)
When we started our journey, it was still dark at 5.00 A.M. My idea was clear; to drive away from Bangalore city limits as early as possible. I took varthur<>Sarjapur<>Attibele and within hour hit NH44 aka Hosur Road. Like always high numbers of trucks were not letting me to drive smoothly till next few kilometres. Then traffic reduced and I was able to do 100+ We were sailing smooth and decided to stop at Cross Town Eatery , Salem for breakfast. This is a nice place, for pitstop on highway. One does not need to enter Salem, it is right on NH44.
After filling our tummies, we started onward journey. By that time traffic started showing up but once we took right turn just before MGR Nagar again road become free.