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Travel back in time - East coast trip of TN

Discussion in 'Travelogues & Experiences' started by Mabams1826, Jan 5, 2015.

  1. Mabams1826

    Mabams1826 Amatore

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    Hey all, planned for this trip way back in November, it was planned for 5 days and its my first trip to those places except Pondy

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  2. ramjn

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    Awesome. Have you already completed the trip or yet to do?
  3. Mabams1826

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    I' ve just completed the trip.Started on 26th Dec and reached back home on 31st, will post the details and photos shortly.
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    Raring to go on the Morning of 26 th, with a thorough wash and loaded boot,probably its time for you guys to fasten the seat belts...

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    Raring to go on the Morning of 26 th, with a thorough wash and loaded boot,probably its time for you guys to fasten the seat belts...
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  5. Mabams1826

    Mabams1826 Amatore

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    Well I am very much exicited to start my maiden travelogue in TFI,hope it makes interesting and informative reading.
    Our touring party comprised of my wife, son (12) daughter(5) and my in laws.
    We started at 8 in the morning with packed breakfast and lunch as well.
    I avoided Erode - Sangagiri route and joined the highway through Nasyianur.
    The drive till Salem was uneventful and fast.
    Stopped after Attur for break fast .
    While we were looking for a shade happened to spot this lovely small house and the elderly lady insisted we have our break fast in her front yard.
    Such kindness from strangers always moves you, especially right at the start of your journey is a divine blessing.

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    After break fast ,drove a short distance and stopped at Ramu Cafe for coffee break.
    The reataruant was clean and good with massive parking area and clean toilets.
    Some great wooden statues add ambience to the clean interiors.
    We then drove towards Villupuram.
    A word of caution here, the drive from Salem to Villupuram even though its a NH,a lot of single lane comes in between and most of the oncoming vehicles drive real mad as if there are driving through an express way.
    Better to avoid this stretch during night time.
    Had one more break at A2B just before Villupuram for hot samosa's.
    Took diversion at Villupuram and drove through NH 45 A , heavy traffic and bad roads slowed down our journey a bit.
    Reached Pondy at last at 2 pm,checked in at Hotel RajaRajeswari on airport road.
    Booked through net for 4500 Rs for a four bed room.
    The hotel is new and clean and has good restaurant.
    Had the food we had taken,just ordered some curd rice which was good and economical.

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    A word of caution: Never leave your fuel levels to drop so low; especially when you are on a long drive.
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  7. Mabams1826

    Mabams1826 Amatore

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    @punto_emotion! thanks a lot for your concern, in fact it was done deliberately just to fill the tank in Pondy ,as its a union territory I thought there will be a good price difference.
    Ultimately it was around 2.30Rs.
    Filled the tank to full capacity the same evening.
    Will continue the travelogue in the evening.
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  8. ramjn

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    Awesome start and I like your way of narration. It is like hearing a story. Keep coming.

    I guess you are referring Ramas Cafe? It is located at the Attur Bypass (2 laned bypass).
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  9. Mabams1826

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    Thanks @rmjn for your appreciation, yes its Rama's cafe at Attur, will our time spent at Pony beach and Arouvill tonight.
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    After stretching our back for couple of hours, we decided to head for Promenade beach which is major recreation hub in Pondy especially in the evenings.
    The road is lined with a lot of heritage buildings on one side and road side vendors occupy the beech side.
    You can have a walk, if want to stretch your legs or just sit and soak in the ambience of mother nature and truck load of holiday crowd.
    The beech road is closed for all types of vehicular movement between 6 and 7.30 in the evening. So if you park your vehicle by the road side, a mobile police unit comes around 6 requesting you to take off your vehicle, failing which it gets towed.

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    After spending more than an hour at beach we then moved to ,"Manakula Vinayagar" temple which very near to the beach and if you are luck you can park the vehicle just near to the temple.
    This is a very famous temple in Ponday and is supposed to be in existence since 1666.
    There are around 40 different type of Ganesh avatars depicted inside the premises and it will not take much time for you to offer Darshan.
    Right across the temple is "Aravinder Ashram" and as it was closed by 6 pm,so we were not able to visit it.
    From the temple we decide to some exploration and set out by foot for some shopping and food.
    We went to , "Mission Street" which is actually old town with lots of heritage buildings.
    We came across ," Immaculate Conception Cathedral " in our walk which is a majestic building more than 350 years old.
    Since our visit was after Christmas and before New year, the church was well decorated and even though its almost 8pm, the care taker was kind enough to switch on all the illumination and was patient enough to explain about the church.
    We then had our dinner at ," Sathguru" veg Restarunt which offers some great veg dishes.
    They have some unique dosa varieties and starters like veg lollipop which was great and the cost was very reasonable for a Tourist destination.
    Finally after a well spent evening we bought some clothes for kids and headed back to the hotel for a sound sleep.
    We used google maps for our Navigation and my son, " Aadhavan" was my official Navigator.
    The great thing that night was google maps took us to our hotel through the shortest route which crisscrossed lot of small lanes, a great way to explore! as it was almost 10 pm the roads were free and the navigation was spot on it took us to the back side of the hotel which is were the parking lot is situated.

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    27 th, Dec 2014- Day 2.

    After a sound sleep and great breakfast@ hotel, " Ungal Vasatha Bhavan" which is the name of the restaurant attached to our hotel,( break fast is complimentary and was good ) we decided to check out by around 11 am.
    Our daughter was showing her long face as she was not able to wet her self yesterday at the beach.
    In fact you can't get down to the water level because of the stone dyke.
    We decided to just go past, " Soorya beach Resort" where you have access to beach.

    A word of caution the beach is not a authorised tourist spot ,so absolutely unsafe in case of emergencies.
    The view was great and waves fearsome and water was ice cool. The beach was quite neat as well.
    After an hour and lot of persuasion our daughter reluctantly agreed to move on.
    Our next destination was Aurovil just around 10 kms from the beach.

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    The road leading to Aurovil is off the highway and is a single lane one. But was drivable and well maintained.Thick vegetation can be seen all around and you have some shops and continental Restarunts as well along the path.
    We had a halt enroute at Aurovill Bakery, where you can get freshly baked cakes and breads as well.
    There is also a mini restaurant run by French women.
    You can get good tea, great French fries and a lot of non veg continental food as well.
    The place was really cool with lot of tress and some unorthodox and eye catching architecture.

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    After spending more than an hour for our tea break ,we finally moved to the main destination.
    For those who are not in the know how, Aurovil is a global village like setting, where no religion is followed and the feeling of togetherness and oneness are the basic ideology.
    How exactly it works and what are the ground rules, I am not aware.
    One has to do some online research to know more.
    Once you enter the premises you are taken to a small audio visual room built like a small theatre where a short clipping is played for our understanding.
    You have to walk one kilometer to reach the view point of,' Matri Mandir' which is huge globe shaped congregation place .The dome is made of gold and is a sight to behold.
    There are lot of volunteers all along the path and for elderly and children transportation is provided.
    Permission to visit inside the dome is restricted.
    You have to first come and book separately and attend a orientation class.
    Then in second visit you are given a minimal time. Subsequent visits can be booked over phone.
    The inner part of the globe, a special crystal ball is housed in such a way that sunlight falls on it through opening in the dome.
    We couldn't visit the inner part because it was our first visit.
    Not much of stalls are available for food, except for some fast food, which I felt was tad expensive and may not vet your appetite.
    The total distance driven with in Pondy was around 30 km.
    We left for Chidambaram by around 4:30.

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