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    Default The Appraisal Ride - Ride to Pichavaram Mangrove forest

    To start off, Myself Shasthri riding CBR 250R and my friends who have joined with me for this trip are
    Raghav Sharma with Pillion Rishi Sharma riding CBR 250R
    Maheshwaran riding Suzuki Gixxer

    Initially Myself and Raghav had planned for this Pichavaram trip in the month May 2017.

    But Life has something for us every second with Twists and Turns and that too in the month of February and March in IT companies is always a Thriller movie.

    I had my worst phase of my life during the month of March.

    Memories are like Shrapnel. Once you lose the person who gave it, Shrapnel targets the heart

    To add more to the fire, my appraisal came up and I got the lowest rating.

    Funny thing is I simply walked out of the room when they expected me to argue after their comments: D

    Okay coming back to ride. My friend asked me about pre pone the ride. At first I simply rejected but my mom insisted me to go (Usually she doesnt let me to ride such distances in a single day)

    So we started planning for everything and set the date for Ride as April 1st 2017.
    March 31st we were cleaning our bikes and lubing the chains. Then comes Mahesh my school junior, said that their parents are not gonna be in home for next two days and asked for our plans.
    When we said about ride he just jumped on hearing it and said this is gonna be my first long drive. Raghav immediately had a gulp and asked are you sure?

    Reason behind the gulp was Mahesh never went for any long trips before and learnt to drive only in 2016. Also he is kind of squid rider but we took the risk and included him but asked him to ride sensibly.

    We have planned to start at 5 AM so as to witness the sunrise in Muttukadu boat House Bridge.
    Man the beauty is <3

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    We decided not to exceed more than 90 kmph at any cost as mine is a new bike and Mahesh couldnt keep up the speed with constant windblast.

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    After crossing Mahabalipuram its a Single lane road. But thanks to NHAI roads are very well maintained.
    We had a balls in throat moment when Mahesh tried to overtake a car in blind turn and turns out a Bus is on another lane. Thanks to the Car driver, he slowed down immediately and Mahesh came out of the opposite lane.

    Mandatory photoshoot @Odiyur Lake in ECR

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    We had our breakfast in Pondicherry at around 9 AM and resumed our journey by 9 30 AM.

    Pondicherry to Cuddalore are little rough
    The roads started testing our spine for a good 30 Kms with people crossing roads without looking tested our brakes and Our bikes passed the tests with flying colors.

    Once cuddalore is crossed its all greenery we were just ogling the beauty of crops throughout Cuddalore to Chidhambaram highway also roads are well maintained

    Finally we reached the Pichavaram boat house by 11 AM

    Pichavaram Mangrove forest is the only one in Tamil Nadu.
    Water level is very much low till 1 PM to go inside canals freely. 1 PM 2 PM is lunch time.
    If you are a couple or group of friends coming from long distance, there are government resorts available from INR 1500 to INR 4000 per day to make your accommodations.
    There is one hotel for dining at the boat house. But the cleanliness will be pathetic where the dining tables are the toilet for birds.
    Best time to take boating post lunch or at least after 11:30 AM
    Attached the Price for boating.

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    We took the 2 Kms 2 hours package for 4 people and paid 555 at the counter. For camera you will have to pay INR 25.
    Here comes the deal for 2 KMS the boating is just off plain water without going into any forest canal. The boatman will offer you to take in to the canals with some money to him. We offered 200 rupees to the boat man and it was totally worth it.
    I think the pictures will say how worthy it was.

    Captain of our boat Mr Jayaram

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    Boating starts


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    Side Note from Captain: Entry into the canal is restricted as per government. So if any higher officials are present at the day you go, then you shall have to forget about entering into canals.

    The gap between 2 trees in the below picture is the way to go inside Canals

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    Deep into the canals

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    We completed the boating around 1: 30 PM and started from the boat house by 2 PM and finished our much needed lunch in a small hotel but the quality of the food is definitely worth the money we gave.

    We were just ogling the beauty of crops throughout Cuddalore to Chidhambaram highway also roads are well maintained

    We had our good time in somewhere between chidhambaram and Cuddalore

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    Mahesh getting us Tamarind

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    Safety always

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    We then went on to Pondicherry to fill petrol of course :P and to visit Rock beach and have snacks.
    We started the return Journey by 5 PM and reached home by 8 PM

    ECR night ride is always a thrilling and the travelogue ends with Sun calling the day off.

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    Summary:
    Riders and Bikes

    Shasthri Honda CBR 250R (F.R.I.D.A.Y)
    Raghav Honda CBR 250R (J.A.R.V.I.S)
    Mahesh Suzuki Gixxer (SilverRay)

    Total KMS Ridden: 421 KMS
    Mileage: 41 KMPL
    Petrol Used: Around 10 Litres
    Total amount spent
    Petrol INR 700 per bike
    Boating INR 555+200
    Food and Snacks INR 200 per person

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    Thanks everyone

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    Default Re: The Appraisal Ride - Ride to Pichavaram Mangrove forest

    Travelogue Approved

    Very nice

    The next time though try to get your friends to wear shoes at least to go along with the helmets!
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    Default Re: The Appraisal Ride - Ride to Pichavaram Mangrove forest

    Lovely captures there!

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    Default Re: The Appraisal Ride - Ride to Pichavaram Mangrove forest

    Nice write up and clicks,

    But +1 to above what Avinash pointed out, please make your gixxer friend to wear some basic gears atleast. He may not be a frequent touring person, but he can borrow from someone for time being.
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    Default Re: The Appraisal Ride - Ride to Pichavaram Mangrove forest

    Quote Originally Posted by The Monk View Post
    Travelogue Approved

    Very nice

    The next time though try to get your friends to wear shoes at least to go along with the helmets!
    Thank you Sir for approval

    He doesn't have shoes and His foot size doesn't match with any of us.. So had to ride with slippers..
    Will insist him to wear one the next Time

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheArcher84 View Post
    Nice write up and clicks,

    But +1 to above what Avinash pointed out, please make your gixxer friend to wear some basic gears atleast. He may not be a frequent touring person, but he can borrow from someone for time being.
    Thank You ji

    Sure, will ask him to Buy the shoes soon ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by krishna77 View Post
    Lovely captures there!
    Thank you Krishna ji

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    Default Re: The Appraisal Ride - Ride to Pichavaram Mangrove forest

    Nice place, beautiful pics!

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    Default Re: The Appraisal Ride - Ride to Pichavaram Mangrove forest

    Quote Originally Posted by saikarthik View Post
    Nice place, beautiful pics!
    Thank you SK ji
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    Default Re: The Appraisal Ride - Ride to Pichavaram Mangrove forest

    glad (and surprised, in that it's not a common sight) to see someone's a strong enough fan of dani pedrosa to stick a #26 on his repsol decal-ed bike. :-)
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    wow great way of telling your story..love the photography..cheers
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    Default Re: The Appraisal Ride - Ride to Pichavaram Mangrove forest

    Nice.

    ensure next time onwards everyone wears the gear properly (Jackets, Shoes,)
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