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    Default My Dream Bike Trip(Bang --> Madurai --> Rameshwaram --> Pondi --> Tiruvannamalai)

    Hi All,

    I have always dreamed of going to Dhanushkodi with my Bike and on 26JUL2014 it came true.
    It was a four day trip from 26JUL2014 to 29JUL2014; Bangalore --> Madurai --> Rameshwaram --> Velankanni --> Chidambaram --> Pondi(Auroville) --> Gingee --> Tiruvannamalai --> Bangalore
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    Initially me(TBTS 350) and my friend(DUKE 200) decided to go BUT on Friday (25jul) I got a call around 7PM form my friend that he will not be able to come as has to go to office on Monday (28). I disconnected the call thought for a moment and called him back to tell that I am going solo. I packed my things, set my trip meter to 0, took a print out of Google map and left for his house to pick up a camera(my dslr is still with my bro and I don't own a smart phone).
    Rode my bike for 20Km to reach his home(Electronic city to BEML Hospital) settled there, decided to leave at 3:30AM in the morning hopes were high, beast was ready, blood was pumping and those last minute jitters how can anyone sleep. I was in the bed doing all sort of yoga and alarm rang and it was time.
    Did last minute check and left for living the dream.

    Here are some Teasers

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    Default re: My Dream Bike Trip(Bang --> Madurai --> Rameshwaram --> Pondi --> Tiruvannamalai)

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    Default re: My Dream Bike Trip(Bang --> Madurai --> Rameshwaram --> Pondi --> Tiruvannamalai)

    Inviting teasers! Bring on the rest!

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    Default re: My Dream Bike Trip(Bang --> Madurai --> Rameshwaram --> Pondi --> Tiruvannamalai)

    Nice one there Rohan! Bring on the rest! I'm curious to know about the Tiruvanamalai/Krishnagiri road condition, it was pathetic the last two time i rode that stretch!

    Cheers & Ride Safe

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    Default re: My Dream Bike Trip(Bang --> Madurai --> Rameshwaram --> Pondi --> Tiruvannamalai)

    Quote Originally Posted by ridermax View Post
    Nice one there Rohan! Bring on the rest! I'm curious to know about the Tiruvanamalai/Krishnagiri road condition, it was pathetic the last two time i rode that stretch!

    Cheers & Ride Safe
    its still ugly there

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    Default re: My Dream Bike Trip(Bang --> Madurai --> Rameshwaram --> Pondi --> Tiruvannamalai)

    @The Monk... Thanks for Approval
    sry for the delay

    It was a dark and cold morning when I left Bangalore took some pic at the starting point

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    Day – 1
    Morning I decided to reach Madurai and stay there and if time is still there after Madurai Temple visit I’ll go to Rameshwaram and stay there.
    Journey started me and my bike glued together maintaining 80-85Kmph, I decided to drive till dawn without any break. Road were calm with no traffic it was just pure driving pleasure within no time rays of the Sun were sprouting from my left it was around 5:30AM, I stopped after 159Km near Dharmapuri
    Stayed beside the highway to see the sun rise, it was beautiful.

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    Continued my ride; roads were excellent, weather was awesome and the surrounding were picturesque.
    After Salem, divider on the roads were covered in pink flowering plants that was an amazing road at that point of time I was thinking this is just a start. :P

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    With some 2-3 break for tea/breakfast, watering earth , and petrol I reached Madurai around 12PM. Finding the Temple was not easy as people don’t know English or Hindi or any other language except Tamil, even using the words like Temple, Meenakshi, Mandir some people just shook their head oblivious to what I was asking.
    I can already feel the hot environment in Madurai, it was humid and wind was hot there it was like an oven for bangaloreans, anyway found out a parking spot and went to visit the Temple.
    Inside the temple no bag, no camera and no shoes are allowed, had to keep my luggage and Camera in security.
    While my bag was going through the x-ray machine the lady officer that was checking was somewhat shocked to see the contents of my luggage and asked me to open it. It was that bungee cords hook and chargers (mobile, camera and one more phone only for music) that made it look suspicious she gave me a look I gave her one and we were cool.
    It was hot, roads were like frying pan and people were walking barefooted; I can only imagine myself doing that, so I kept my socks on and went inside the Temple.
    It was a huge Temple and minutes of reaching there I realized it’s their lunch time and they were closing the gates of the Temple, people were rushing here and there so I also followed one group and man that was the best move. Main queue gate was closed so that group went other side and opened one of the gate of the barricade (those steel pipes) and entered in to the queue that was already there and we had Darshan!! Within 5-10min after entering the Temple that was a record for me in any south Indian Temple. This was Meenakshi Temple one more was pending that was Shiva.
    Followed same strategy there and within 15min Darshan was complete.

    Roamed around the temple for about 40-50mins it was a beautiful Temple ceiling, walls all were embedded with sculptures one could stare them for a long time and realize how it was made, how many man hr or generation it took to build this magnificent structure.
    I was feeling very sleepy thought of sleeping in the Temple but as they were closing I thought not here.
    I went out and went to security to collect my things only to find out I was at the wrong Tower SHIT!!!.
    Now I have to walk on the scorching road to get to the EAST tower from NORTH OR SOUTH dunno what tower it was I started walking and within minutes my feet were roasted!! There was also not a single plase of shed there so I kept walking as soon as I reached there, on the road there was a patch of water, I immediately pulled my socks out to stand on that water patch what a relief that was wooohhh.
    Collected my things and decided to get the Hell out of Madurai as it was like Oven, winds were damn hot there.

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    Left Madurai around 2PM and went out on the highway to find some place to eat. I had less money so searching for an ATM found one and as soon as I entered that ATM it was HEAVEN there around 20 degrees awesome!! Spent around 10min in that ATM .
    Beside highway found out a caf sort restaurant saw their unique display items and ordered for Steamed BUNLY Burger and Lime n coconut twist drink.
    Food was awesome.

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    Left from that place around 2:40PM and continued my journey to Rameshwaram. I was feeling very sleepy so thought of taking rest beside the road.
    Search started for the perfect place after missing couple of places found out one, parked my bike sat reverse on the bike head down and took a nap for about 30-40 min. Woke up around , filled with new energy took some pics and continued.

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    By this time weather was not that hot around 5:30 stopped for coffee break. There were posters; hoarding of this coffee maker kdfc so thought of trying it, was an average filter coffee.

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    Complete 600 Km

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    I was riding and could feel the cold wind and the ocean I was enjoying the ride listening to songs singing and then suddenly I SAW THE BEACH/OCEAN I was like WTF!!! Turned my bike and stopped 3-4 meters before the beach. And man that was the most beautiful beach that I saw till date.
    Clicked few snaps. Without realizing that just a km away Pamban bridge is there I was taking pic of beach and then when my eyes stumbled on that bridge I knew that my destination is achieved and had that awesome feeling. Reached the Bridge around 6:30PM and after 641KM.

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    First view of the Indian Ocean

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    Luckily Train was passing there were cheering/shout from either side

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    Construction work

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    I was moving aimlessly on that bridge appreciating the beauty till the Indian Ocean went dark.

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    Reached Rameshwaram temples roamed around for a bit to get familiarize with the place and started searching for the place to stay, got one for 500rs. It was a newly built lodge so room/bathroom was nice and clean took bath and went out to see the temple and eat food. Came back to the hotel and I was drop dead on the bed. Day 1 ends with 662Km on my Trip meter.

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    Rameshwaram Temple

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    Day -2 next post, more awesome pics to come.. \m/
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    Wonderful narration, beautiful captures too.
    Keep the story comin'
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    Default re: My Dream Bike Trip(Bang --> Madurai --> Rameshwaram --> Pondi --> Tiruvannamalai)

    Bring on the rest of the trip log, quick !!
    Waiting eagerly as I am planning to do the exact route around november.

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    Default re: My Dream Bike Trip(Bang --> Madurai --> Rameshwaram --> Pondi --> Tiruvannamalai)

    Quote Originally Posted by shashank ashwin View Post
    Bring on the rest of the trip log, quick !!
    Waiting eagerly as I am planning to do the exact route around november.

    +1 to that , I am doing the same route from chennai on October.

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    DAY -2

    Sunrise was important for me. Was awake around 5:00am, did my morning chores, packed my things loaded on my bike and was ready to go.
    Started around 5:40am. Roads were awesome till Dhanushkodi with some patches of sand on the road and after Dhanushkodi there was NO roads .

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    It was like I was living the dream of mine; sea was on either side, not a single soul on the road and perfect weather. Reached at the end of tarmac road around 6am (20mins).
    I can see some abandoned huts where the road ends and after that there were tyre markings on the sand. There was no one to ask for an alternate route so I followed tyre markings till end.
    For some half Km I was cruising through sand and learned NEVER TO STOP YOU BIKE when you are passing through sand. After that there was vast plain barren ground like salt lake but instead of salt it was Mud n Sand.
    Parked the bike and started clicking pics.

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    Sun was out but clouds blocked it. After photo session I went on to bike only to realize that 1/2th of the side stand went inside the ground. 5-10 mins more and it would be very difficult for me to bring it back to normal. When I pushed my bike to normal from that hole black water and mud came out.

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    I was driving slow enjoying everything on that plain surface maneuvering those huge patches of mud, Quicksand, patches of water; drove around 40 mins and reached the last leg to reach the end point.



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    Last leg was very very difficult, one time my bike was stuck in the sand and was not moving at all even giving full throttle in the first gear, had to get down and remove the sand under the bike.
    Initially only I learned that you have to kept moving if you stop somewhere then it will be difficult to move again. I was moving nice and slow but keeping the bike on two wheels was a tough task, I was following the Jeep/Van trails marked on the sand. It was enough only for tyres to pass and you feet will be on sand.
    My feet was on sand like a shock absorber and I was slowly moving through that trail balancing my bike, man that was tough, I got tired of it took break and thought of riding just beside the ocean where sand was plain and not messy. So I was searching for an exit to get out of those trails didnt get one so I made one with my hands .
    After reaching beside the ocean clicked some pics.

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    I can see the end of Indian land mass and resumed Sand Cruising, I was fairly easy riding beside the beach, but you have to be very careful cuz one wrong move and you and your bike will go it to the ocean, you will survive but your bike might not.
    Reached at the end point around 7am. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

    Some people were already there setting up there shops and by this time Jeeps/Vans were also bringing tourists.

    Parked my bike at the end point and took some pics. Admired the place and unloaded myself and my bike and went to the ocean for a swim. There was no one to interrupt/restrict you there you can go as far as you want and ocean was shallow there, I can still see some patchs of sand half km away and maybe till that point ocean is shallow till you chest or waist youll never know.

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    At Peace

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    These things were stuck in chain and sprocket during Sand Cruising.
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    After bath had some biscuit, juice, lime and a lady there was making something had two of those and was eating and relaxing. Then few other riders came with 5 REs 8(guys and girls) they were from Kerala they parked there bike at the end point and started photo session, I was near to the shops some 300mtrs away with my bike enjoying the meal, they didnt notice; I went to had a friendly chat with them they were cool. I leave them to be and went for a nap under the shop had a good nap for about 40-50mins and the sound of REs woke me, those guys were leaving.
    I also packed my things and bought some Pearls and Shankha and left the beautiful place around 10am.

    Continued...
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