Thumping my way to Rameswaram - Day 1

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12th Sep 2018
Photo of Thumping my way to Rameswaram - Day 1 by Sunny Kewalramani
Day 1

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Photo of Thumping my way to Rameswaram - Day 1 by Sunny Kewalramani

Somewhere on the Highway to Villupuram

Photo of Thumping my way to Rameswaram - Day 1 by Sunny Kewalramani

Road to Villupuram

Photo of Thumping my way to Rameswaram - Day 1 by Sunny Kewalramani

Brilliant Tarmac

Photo of Thumping my way to Rameswaram - Day 1 by Sunny Kewalramani

A Beach close by - The sound of the sea ❤️

Photo of Thumping my way to Rameswaram - Day 1 by Sunny Kewalramani

Calling it a day with a perfect Sunset

Photo of Thumping my way to Rameswaram - Day 1 by Sunny Kewalramani

The place I call home tonight

Photo of Thumping my way to Rameswaram - Day 1 by Sunny Kewalramani

Love for Riding.. don't know how it happened to me, I am glad it did. Have been riding for over 5 years now and love every bit of it.

For every rider there are many dream routes. From the Holy Grail of all Motorcycle trips ( I mean Ladakh) to a near by highway, the joy of riding cannot be explained but only experienced.

For me one such route has been the road to Dhanushkodi ( Rameswaram ). I prefer to ride alone, at my pace & under no pressure.

So here I am sharing my experience of my ride to Dhanushkodi.

The route I planned - Bangalore - Cuddalore - Rameswaram - Kolli Hills - Bangalore.

This trip is all about Dhanushkodi but with the double whammy of Kolli Hills I am super excited.

Today is the end of Day 1 - the first leg of the journey - Bangalore to Cuddalore, Distance 307Km - Riding time 7.30 hrs ( at my own pace, it can be done in 6.30 hrs too ).

I typically like to ride anywhere between 7-8 hours a day, anything more gets a little long and with the weather being as hot as it is, it can be disorienting.

I decided to take the route to Cuddalore via Thiruvanamalai & Villupuram.

The route from Bangalore to Thiruvanamalai is not so exciting anymore. But it's a lot shorter than going all the way around Ambur ( especially on a two wheeler ).

The road from Thiruvanamalai to Villupuram on the other hand is brilliant, a lot better than the Gingee / Thindivanam route. You could consider taking this route to Pondy as well.

Being well aware that this route does not have any good highway side restaurants or dhabas, I stopped for breakfast in Krishnagiri and a refreshment break at Thiruvanamalai.

Murugan Idli Shop is a great choice in Krishnagiri and Auro Usha in Thiruvanamalai offers simple food in a peaceful setting.

The homestay I picked for my Day 1 halt is somewhere between Pondy and Cuddalore on the ECR highway. After a great but sultry ride I finally reached the homestay at 2.30 PM.

With a swimming pool right beside the room and a beach 400 mtrs away, it was a perfect way to bring the day to a close.

Tomorrow I start the Second leg of the journey to Rameswaram ( 375 Kms ) which is expected to take about 8 hrs of riding time.

Here are some pictures from today.

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