A ride to southern Peninsula- Bangalore-Kodaikanal-Dhanshkodi-Bangalore.

It was a boring, sleepy Monday post lunch i decided to do something for fun excitement, as it was a long weekend, Monday i applied for leave and on Tuesday national holiday due to 71st Independence day. Therefore i planned to ride for the next 4 days

11th of Aug 9 PM, I was still in office due to heavy rainfall, meanwhile planned my route and checklist. 
Bangalore-kodaikanal-Rameshwaram-Dhanushkodi-Bangalore.
Total estimated distance 1360 KM.

9:45PM its still raining,, no sign of relief from rain,, 
Yet I decided to ride home. 
I reached home cold and completely wet, had nice hot water shower and Packed all my luggage.
“It is wise to take bath previous night if you are riding the next day early morning, it helps to stick to schedule and get out of city at the earliest.”
 

It was 00:30 AM when i came to bed and it was still raining,

I woke up before the alarm hits 4:30 AM.

Got ready and wore all my protective gears, 

5:05 AM I was shocked and saddened when i opened the door. 

Damn “It’s still raining” 

5:30 slight change in the weather, the intensity of rain is slowed down, 
Finally left home at 5:40AM, 

There are two different routes to reach kodaikanal from Bangalore

Best route to reach kodaikanal from bangalore. 

Route-1. 
465 KM in NH 44 & NH 183 Via Hosur, Salem Dindigul and Kodai Road to destination. The best, easiest and nearest route to reach kodaikanal, ride in 4 way lane till kodai Road and there are many highway hotels, snacks shops, fuel station and  by passing all the major cities, It is only in salem, that you ride through the city. 

Route-2
451 KM NH83 and SH 166 though the total KM is less than route but need at least 3 hours extra to reach kodaikanal because of narrow state highways and village limits, and snacks shops, highway restaurant are good in Route-1. 

I choose to ride in route-1

The morning was beautiful and drizzling a perfect weather for bike ride lovers. I covered 56 KM in hour but soon the fun faded away

and in the next 1 hour i covered 1KM due to weekends traffic.

After crossing bangalore city Limits,, it was smooth & pleasure ride in NH44,  last 45 KM through the mountain pass reached Kodaikanal “srinivasapuram” at 5:30PM 

I choose to stay at Srinivasapuram kodaikanal as there is plenty of option like home stays, lodge and hotels. A room with basic facility like hot water, welcome tea & snacks, Internet Facility, Power Backup, and a morning tea/coffee will cost Rs2000 for 24 hours during season,, and the same hotel during off season you can check-in with 40 to 50 percent discount. and the best time to visit kodaikanal with family usually the long weekends with festival, summer season from april to july, and monsoon starts from July to August and winter from October to March. 

And the best time to visit kodaikanal for biker would be off season and monsoon, Roads are mostly narrow and curve, it’s hard to get rid of traffic line, as a biker you would like to stop if you spot a landscape or any interesting place and trust me you would not like to reach most places riding through intensive traffic and wasting lot of time. and there are many beautiful curvy roads with landscapes you would love to stop your bike and for a short break but make sure you don’t lit your cigarette mainly for two reasons. one, you don’t want to miscreant and reason for forest fire and two, Cops are always on patrol and on spot smoking fine in kodaikanal is Rs 300 per person. 




Day-2. 
  I planned to visit more than 6 places, Left early morning 7AM a ideal time to begin sightseeing after visiting Kodai lake, Bear shola falls, poombarai village view, i was riding towards pillar rocks but after some times it didn’t make me sense to ride through traffic to each location, I started to ride to my next destination dhanushkodi point via rameshwaram 303 KM.  I covered 115 KM stayed that night in madurai and planned to ride early morning towards my destination. 


Rameshwaram also called as Pamban island, “The city with many legendary stories” required at least two to three full days to visit most important places, and the number of days can go higher on your interest,  located in south, very tip of Indian peninsula separated from Mainland India and connected by Pamban Bridge, 

Bikers preferably wear full sleeve cotton t-shirt unless you are comfortable to ride 28 to 35 degree Celsius with moderate humidity  

Most important place to visit in Rameshwaram
Ramanathaswamy Temple
Agni theertham
Rishi Agathiyar Temple and Theertham
Ujjaini kali Temple
Theerthas Inside the temple
Abhaya anjaneya Temple
Ramar paadham
Bathrakali Amman Temple
Sakshi hanuman temple
Nambu Nayaki Amman Temple
Jadaayu theertham
Ramar theertham
Lakshmana theertham
Pancha muki Hanuman Temple (Tulsi baba mutt)
Floating Stone(inside tulsi baba mutt)
Sita theertham
Egaantha ramar Temple
Dhanuskodi Ram Sethu view
Villoondi theertham (thrayambekeswarar)

Though the rameshwaram is an island, you can’t walk all seashores because most of the places are covered with rocks, thorny bushes. but here is the list of beaches attracts tourist. 
Agni theertham
Olaikkuda beach
Dhanushkodi
Villoondi theertham
Kunthukal beach
Pamban beach
Ariyaman (Kushi beach) 

Dhanushkodi, Rameshwaram to Bangalore, Google map will suggest you via Trichy, Salem 589 KM, 11 hours ride and it is the nearest route to Bangalore but the route till Karaikudi, is mostly single road with two way traffic, and be aware of potholes, and bad roads,
Karaikudi to Trichy four way lane but looks deserted and less accessible,
Trichy-Namakkal-Salem, single road, two way traffic and reckless driving from truck drivers, 
It is only from Salem to Bangalore the roads are good

The best way to reach Bangalore from dhanushkodi 624 KM, 11 hours easiest ride is via Madurai, Dindigul, Salem NH44(AH43), the extra few miles will eliminate all the hitch, 

Madurai Land of Historical Monuments

Madurai, The land of rich cultural and heritage the birth of Madurai is dated back in 300BC, The existence of the city is written by Roman historian and lawyer Pliny the younger and Ptolemy on their books,  
While we are talk about Madurai the very first thing strikes our mind is the famous grand Madurai Meenakshi temple, situated on the bank of Vaigai river,  the city is developed around the temple in the form of lotus, The existence of the temple are dated in 7th century AD, and most the structures what we today was reconstructed in 1623 to 1655 by the Nayak ruler, Madurai kingdom was ruled, captured and recaptured by various kings and dynasties,

 
During 14th century, dispute among the pandyas over the thrown, weakened the kingdom taking advantage of the situation Delhi sultan Alauddin Khilji dispatched Malik Kafur and his army.

Malik Kafur a slave general in Alauddin khilji’s army led a series of successful battle against Yadavas, Kakatiyas, Hoysalas, along his way he plundered treasures, ravaging the city, suppressing Hindu worships and temples, killing & capturing innocents men and women. The message of his army marching towards Madurai was confirmed, knowing the consequences the five supreme priest who worshiped lord Meenakshi every day planned to save at least the sanctum of the temple, therefore they built a wall closing the main sanctum and replicated the Idol and jewels, Malik kafur as determined destroyed the replicated sanctum built by five priest, and the secret of the main sanctum was kept among the five priest all their life. 
After 48 years the Madurai was recaptured and reconstruction of Madurai temple was begun,  four priest had already passed away, it is when the last of the five supreme priest disclosed the secret about the main sanctum to the king,  when the wall was taken down the city astound to surprised, and it is believed and said in various books that the lamp in the main sanctum was lit and smelled fresh and sandalwood just exactly like day it was closed 

Believe it or not

I know, Scientifically it is hard to believe, but remember every invention of science is belief of some one The root of every scientific invention what we see today is Belief.