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Exploring rural Tamil Nadu-Chennai-Kumbakonam-Tanjavur-Karaikudi-Trivandrum

Discussion in 'Travelogues & Experiences' started by kailasmenon2000, Mar 9, 2014.

  1. kailasmenon2000

    kailasmenon2000 Superiore

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    Hi TFIans…


    Have been thinking for quite sometime to do a road trip to Kumbakonam, Tanjavur & Karaikudi to experience the beautiful Indian architecture & delicious Chettinad food. Im clubbing it with my Trivandrum trip. Planning to start tomorrow. Here is my itinerary..


    March 10th - Chennai to Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple - (245km, 4hrs)


    March 10th - Gangaikonda Cholapuram to Kumbakonam - (35km, 40min) - Darasuram Temple, Airavateswara Temple


    March 10th - Kumbakonam to Tanjavur - (40km, 1hr) - Brihadeeshwara Temple, Royal Palace & Art Gallery


    Stay at Tanjavur


    March 11th - Tanjavur to Karaikudi - (105km, 2hrs) - Athangudi Tile Factory, Chettinad Houses, Delicious Chettinad Food


    March 11th - Karaikudi to Trivandrum (Via Madurai) - (400km, 6.4hrs)




    Have I missed some good places in between?? Pls give your suggestions.. I'm traveling alone. Anyone wish to join are most welcome.
  2. Crazy Fiatian

    Crazy Fiatian Amatore

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    I am always ready for the road trip in car that too in Linea but have several roadblocks like work, family etc put me down.

    Enjoy your drive and have a safe journey..

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  3. kailasmenon2000

    kailasmenon2000 Superiore

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    We'll soon plan something :)
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  4. kailasmenon2000

    kailasmenon2000 Superiore

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    Here are few pics teasers to start with... IMG_20140311_043807.jpg IMG_20140311_081920.jpg
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  5. aruncep

    aruncep Amatore

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    Hello Kailas,
    Thanks for the pics and also for giving an idea about the present condition of the road. Looks like its newly laid. I am travelling home end of this month.
    -Arun.
  6. kailasmenon2000

    kailasmenon2000 Superiore

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    Arun...I'll post the complete details about the trip & roads soon... One thing I must tell..The drive was awesome! These roads make you realize that 4 lane driving is really boring

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    All of a sudden, while travelling I changed my plan from Tanjavur... Instead of going to Karaikudi, went directly to Madurai from Tanjavur... And then to Tirunnelveli, Papanasam, Courtalam, Trivandrum
  7. kailasmenon2000

    kailasmenon2000 Superiore

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    Started my journey from T Nagar, Chennai on March 10th, 5am.

    Odometer reading - 70845.

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    Stopped after Chengalpet toll for (60km) a coffee...

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    I must say without doubt that filter coffee tastes the best in Tamil nadu..

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    Road to Kumbakonam...

    The real journey started after deviating from the 4 lane track. All of a sudden, the whole feel changed. The road was partially good & the remaining average till Kumbakonam. There were lot of crowded villages. In some places, farmers block half the road for drying what they cultivated. Couldn't understand what it was. But I was enjoying the drive :)

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    Gangaikonda Cholapauram (245km)

    1st of all, I was not on a pilgrimage tour. I was travelling from Chennai-Trivandrum. Just thought of taking a different route, exploring the attractions of Tamil nadu. An excellent temple built by Cholas in 11th century AD. This temple, along with Kumbakonam is under UNESCO's world heritage sites. The difference can be understood by the way these temples are maintained.

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  8. ramjn

    ramjn Staff Member Janitor

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    Awesome, Kailas. Gangai Konda Cholapuram, Darasuram, and Tanjore have awesome ancient temples where I always cherish whenever I visit there. :)

    I remember this. I took this route when I drove from Sabarimala to Courtallam. :)
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  9. kailasmenon2000

    kailasmenon2000 Superiore

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    Kumbakonam Airavateeswar Temple

    Travelled for 35km to reach the magnificent temple at Kumbakonam.The road was average & had very narrow passes near a small dam where only 1 vehicle goes at a time. Traffic police were there to guide at these places.

    Airavateeswar temple is located at Darasuram. It was built in the 20th century AD. Unlike the previous temple, there was more crowd here. Most of them are foreigners. As I mentioned earlier,this temple along with Gangaokondacholapuram & Tanjavur temples comes under UNESCO world heritage sites.

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    Yes Ramesh. These temple architectures are unbelievably great. I was never a temple freak. But the last weeks Chidambaram trip inspired me to visit more temples & learn about their architecture & cultural heritage. Ive been to these places when I was a kid. But going when you are really interested is something different. These constructions shows us how talented our ancestors where.

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    This is near Shengottai. What a beautiful place it is. Taken on my way to Trivandrum from Courtallam falls. More pics coming soon :)
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  10. aruncep

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    To be more specific this bridge is called the "Pathimoonnu Kannara Palam" means 13 well bridge, near Thenmala. As part of the railway line broadening each pillar of the bridge will be blanketed with concrete to strengthen it thus destroying the entire beauty of the structure which was constructed during the British regime using surki(a mix of lime, sand, clay(or brick powder) and jaggery (sarkara)), A period when cement was not in use.
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