Upcoming India to Thailand Road Trip

The Dream Road trip to Indians, the road trip which opens Indian Borders to numerous overland adventures is here and we are happy to bring this closer to every Indian traveler. Join us as we set on to explore to finest terrains across three countries, rich culture and traditions of these beautiful nations have so much to offer.

18 Days, 5500 Kms, 3 Countries

Mesmerizing Myanmar

Starting our journey from Imphal, our team rides/drives through the enchanting Myanmar and exciting Thailand. A journey of a lifetime takes you to Myanmar after crossing our first International border at Moreh. Myanmar land of Buddhist monks is brimmed with rich history and pagodas, spectacular landscape. Language can be a barrier but trust me the most important thing in the communication is hearing what isn’t said, people of Myanmar are incredibly soft hearted and their smile, care would tell you a story of its own. Experience the variety of spices and cuisine along the way.

Enchanting Thailand 

“It’s a road trip! It’s about adventure! . . . It’s not like we have somewhere to go.”

There are thousands out there who tell you about their Thailand trip, and it is mostly Bangkok and Pattaya. Very few go deeper to explore the rich Thai culture and tradition. The untouched culture and tradition which transcends the virgin beauty nature has to offer.

This road-trip we take you on a road less traveled and path that leads to heavenly Northern Thailand!!!! We will Ride or Drive through the majestic and mesmerizing Northern Thailand. 10 days of pure bliss as your cover the world-famous Mae Hong Son Loop and Golden Triangle Loop.

From the comfort of an SUV to the thrill of riding a bike, your dreams will turn dreams into reality this year. Riding/ driving through the beautiful Mae Hong Son mountains we explore innumerable waterfalls, hot water springs and limestone caves,
Elephant Camps, Beautifully built temples and most importantly rich Thai culture and
tradition in the company of innocent and calm Northern Thailand people.

 

 

Highlights of the Road Trip Includes

  • 3 International Border Crossings and Many International Border Visits
  •  Bagan – City of Pagodas with over 4000 distinctive Pagodas in the city
    we get to witness the best of the Buddhist Architecture
  •  Mandalay – The Capital city of Myanmar with a rich history of Indian
    Freedom struggle and WW II
  •  Inle Lake – The most beautiful lake of Myanmar known for its serene
    beauty
  •  Golden Rock Road and the monument, considered as one of Holiest
    Buddhist shrines.
  •  Varied Myanmar Cuisines and their traditions to be experienced along
    the way
  •  Unique Experience of 1864 Curves constituting Mae Hong Son loop
  •  Visit to 5 famous waterfalls out of 55 in total in Northern Thailand
  •  Drive/ride to the hot water springs, hot water swimming pool and
    Geysers
  •  Drive/ Ride along the steepest road in Northern Thailand
  •  Visit to the Long Neck Women Village
  • Hike to the view Pai Grand Canyon of Thailand
  • Ride to Myanmar border and cross over to the border market at Golden
    Triangle.
  •  Camping on the beautiful sunrise and sunset spots.
  •  World famous Thai Cuisine and the rich culture the country has to offer.

The above highlights is just few experiences you gain during the course of the road trip, everyday is a new adventure and every day we get to see something new and learn something new. In the lap of nature we only showcase the best a country has to offer and we avoid tourist spots which mainly serve as a commercial hub for
visitors. Our clients are above such trivial ways of travel.

Carnet for the Car or Bike
 Accommodation on Twin Sharing Basis
 Pilot Van during Road trip in Myanmar and Thailand
 Certified Local Guides along the road trip
 Breakfast on all days
 Border Clearances for Individuals
 Vehicle permits across International borders
 Myanmar Visa – Process and Fees
 Thailand Visa Process – Fees Not Included
 General Travel Insurance
 Tourism Ministry Fees and Custom Clearances
 Live Digital Nomad crew with the group from India
 Route planning and Implementation

 Fuel for the vehicle
 Meals(Lunch and Dinner) and Alcohol
 Expenses till Imphal, Road trip starts from Imphal on Day 1
 Thailand Visa fees – Visa on Arrival
 Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances like ill-health, vehicle breakdown or repairs, damage accruing from land blocks, bad weather etc.
 Vehicle repair and maintenance
 Additional accommodation due to unexpected situations or delay that may arise due to uncontrollable issues.
 International or Domestic Flights
 Cargo charges involved
 Parking fees, National Park Fees, Entry Fees to attractions and misc expenses
 Strictly only the inclusions mentioned will be taken care of, anything and everything not mentioned under Inclusions will not be covered.

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Independence Day Ride in Andaman

An Epic Road Trip In Andaman Island 7 Days 6 Nights

Booking open

Independence Day Ride in Andaman

  • If you would like to take part in our Andaman Road Trip, please fill in your details in this Registration Form below and you will be automatically registered. in.

  • Below, you can find a map of the event venue.
    Please contact us for any further details

  • Pick-up for Andaman from Bangalore Kempegowda International Airport on August 15th 6:20 AM flight.

    Traveler from other cities will be picked up from Port-Blair.

    For Any Question regarding pick and drop Please Contact Mr Suhail 9844608778 If you have any other question, please write below.

    We request you to bring your Own Riding Gears, as most of the terrain is challenging, and Please make sure to carry Rain Coats.

  • Bank Details

  • ANDAMAN VACATION
    STATE BANK OF INDIA
    ACCOUNT NUMBER: 38591598048
    IFSC: SBIN0007708
    BRANCH: BAMBOO FLAT

  • Example: Payment receipt, screenshot, reference number or any.
  • WHEN BOOKING ANY TRIP/VISIT MEMBERS MUST BE MINDFUL THAT THEY MUST TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR ABILITY TO COPE ON THE DAY

Day-1

 Pick up from airport and after lunch we will be visiting to most prominent carbyn cove beach followed by light and sound show in cellular jail for knowing freedom fighter’s struggle in Andaman.

 

 Day-2

Flag off for epic journey from Chidya Tapu at 6.15am to Rangat approx 175 km passing through tribal area in dense forest.

Lunch in Rangat then ride on to Dhani Nallah 800mtrs through mangroves reaching beautiful beach where turtle nesting is done to breed, and this is the place where sea turtles migrates from Poland.

And Back to Hotel for dinner and Rest.

 

 Day-3

Ride starts at 8 in the morning towards Diglipur approximately 130 KMS where we will experience offshore ride in some of the places.

We will reach the destination approximately at 13:00 hours and after lunch we will be heading towards one of the finest beach in Andaman, Ross and Smith Island in a Dingy Boat

Back to resort for a night party.

 

Day-4

Diglipur to Port Blair return by BUS, Bike will be handed over for Return Shipping.

 

Day-5

Sail to Havelock Island in Government cruise. Havelock is popularly known as the cleanest beach in India.

Enjoy the island overnight.

Day-6

Back to Port Blair.

You are on own time to explore the city

Day-7

Departure

  •  Air Ticket from Bangalore to Andaman and Return
  • Bike Transportation from Bangalore to Chennai and Shipping to Port Blair, and return till Bangalore
  • Packing and Shipping Insurance.
  • Luggage transfer vehicle.
  •  Inclusive of Breakfast, Vegetarian Lunch and Vegetarian Dinner, (Non Veg dependence on Availability)
  • Snacks twice a day.
  •  All Inter Island permits and Tickets.
  • Roadside assistance excluding Spare parts.
  •  Accommodation equivalent to 2 to 3 star hotel and Resort.
  •  Anything and Everything which is not mentioned in Tour Inclusions
  •  Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances like ill-health, damage accruing from land blocks, bad weather etc.
  • Additional accommodation due to unexpected situations or delay that May arise due to uncontrollable issues.

Package Cost

Rs82000/-

BEST DEAL After Discount

RS 60,000 + GST 5%

Pillion Rider

RS 43,000 + GST 5%

For Registration
Contact
Mr Sushail

Andaman Vacation
+91 9844608778 and 9845456600

Mr Naren Raj

contact@livedigitalnomad.com
8095871974

NOTE

There is huge response for this expedition, First Come First serve.

And also to avoid the last minute Rush for Shipping we are closing the registration

On July- 05

Hurry now and Book Your Slot

Terms & Conditions

Terms & condition: Pick up bike for shipping origin Bangalore, if you are based from other cities, you have to find transportation to reach us in Bangalore; this fare is not inclusive of package. Alternatively if you transport your bike directly to Chennai Rs 1000/- will be reduced on the tour package.

 

Bike should be handed over in Bangalore at least 24days before the expedition for Shipping

Sharing my Ride Experience at The Regency Public School Vidyaranyapura Bangalore

Yesterday i had wonderful time sharing my travel story of India to Thailand solo Road Trip with the beautiful, eager young minds of The Regency Public School Vidyaranyapura
Special Thanks to Principal Usha ravi Ma’am and Sridevi Rajgopal Ma’am.
Its indeed a wow moment for me.

The Next Generation Biker

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India to Myanmar, Road Trip Documentation process and steps Blog-2

Dear Rider, 
  I have written in detail about my experience, odds i faced in procuring the permit and visa, Documents to submit, Do’s and Don’ts, so that you can save a lot of time, so i request you to read this blog till the end to understand the process of documentation for road trip to Myanmar and Thailand from India, 
BTW the new regulation and rules to enter Myanmar is not much in favor of travelers who is entering with own bike and car. The new rule is in favor of backpackers and whoever crossing the Indo-Myanmar bridge by foot and take a tuk-tuk. 


Day-1 I started at 6:10 from Bangalore, headed straight towards Kolkotta which is approximately 1950 KM from my Home. 


 
Day-4 Thursday I reached Kolkata late night around 22:00 hours, The perfect city ride took me over 120 minutes to reach old Kolkata, from here Myanmar embassy is around 9KM, I was so excited and worried, because I have just one day,, I wanted to make sure I have all documents with me, because one pending document will postpone the process for Monday and I planned to reach embassy on time to avoid long queue. 

Day-5, Embassy will open at 10:00 hours 
Note: Embassy operation time is not standard please visit their official website before visiting. 

I was feeling exhausted and sleepy, I saw the wristwatch it was 7:40 and i thought i still have time for a mini nap.

Oh,, Damn!!!!!!! its 10:10., I got ready and rushed to embassy thinking about the long wait and reached the destination at 11:30, it was a multi-story building, i saw lady sitting and peacefully reading newspaper, I came out quickly though I’m in a wrong office, i enquired with the security guard, He pointed at the gate through which I came out just now and said “That is the office” Wow, Thank God, No queue, and I’m the only person there to submit the document. 

I went near her cabin, I greet her and said i want to apply for Land Border Visa, 
She Replied:  To where
Me: “what a wacky questing” And I humbly replied her Off course Ma’am to Myanmar Land Border Visa.
She told I need to get few papers from Myanmar to apply for land border visa and for that i need to speak with Myanmar tour office and get those papers
Me: Ma’am I have all document. 
I took out all the documents and kept in front of her. 

List of documents I submitted for Land border visa
  1. Letter from Tour guide.(Talk to your tour guide he will provide this Letter)
  2. Permit copy, (Talk to your tour guide he will provide this Letter)
  3. Particulars of the participant( Passport, entry/ exit dates)
  4. Particulars of Bike(Registration, chassis, Engine number, color and year of manufacturing)
  5. Daily Itinerary.
  6. Passport copy
  7. Bike pictures side, back, and front.
  8. International driving license

She was surprised and took all the documents and my passport to check and meanwhile she gave me visa application form to fill, I was relieved and feeling happy and I quickly filled the form and gave to her and she told me to wait for some time while she took all my documents and started discussing with another staff. 

There was a bowl full of cookies on the table, Hungry and anxious, I started eating one by one,, while I was having my 6th cookie, she called me, her body language told me there is something missing,, “Oh God Don’t Make It Hard”,, as I expected she told me to get a letter from Immigration of Myanmar, Oh man, I’m really screwed now, i requested her and i tried to convince her these are standard sets documents all embassy takes. 

She replied “Maybe”, but we are not embassy we are consulate and we cannot process without that documents, I asked her where do I get that document, She said Myanmar, I said thanks and came out, i was in hurry to submit document because Saturday and Sunday will be off,,, 

I picked up my phone, and called my guide, “THE NUMBER YOU HAVE CALLED IS NOT REACHABLE’” Waaaatttt… I sat on my bike and redialing my phone. 

14:00 hours I went again inside to ask her “Ma’am Is there anyway i can get that letter from India”, She replied, No not at all,, This letter has to issued from Immigration department of Myanmar. 

I came back and sat on my bike again, its been more than 40 minutes now, the lady came out and walked straight toward me, she looked at my bike and registration number, and asked me are you coming from Karnataka, I replied “yes Ma’am” 
And you will ride this bike again to Myanmar I said “yes Ma’am”  
And then she got a call a walked away. 

Oh thank god,, The phone is ringing now,, I was so happy to hear my guide voice, 

Brother I was trying to reach you since a very long time, your phone was not reachable, my guide told he was traveling with his clients in a remote area and the network was bad, and I was in hurry and explained him everything he politely replied, “Immigration office would be closed now”. 

Damn!!! We ended our conservation and with no other choice I spent Saturday and Sunday in Kolkata, and waited till Monday for the letter,

Day-8 Dec-4th Monday morning  around 10 AM i got the call from my guide, he said he wanted to speak with concern person in Kolkata regarding the same therefore i got ready and reached embassy, and called the guide and handed over the phone to lady in the embassy, after their conservation, she handed me the phone and asked me to wait twenty minutes, 

I called my guide after 30 Minutes, he said there is no such letter can be provided from Immigration of Myanmar, that is not in the process for land border visa, but he asked me to wait few some more time, so that he can give me the confirmation, as he said he called and confirmed that they cannot provide any letter because it’s not in regular process. 
But he recommended me to reach New Delhi or Kathmandu to get the visa, as most of the travelers got easily from there, and the same was confirmed from the lady. 

Note: Myanmar Embassy is in New Delhi,  In Kolkata and other location we have only consulate, And consulate have no much power, hence the process may be delayed and ask for extra documents too. 

It’s always better to reach Myanmar embassy in New Delhi for Land border visa along with the above-mentioned documents.

From Kolkata, New Delhi is 1500 KM  and to Kathmandu is approximately 950 KM, 
I decided to ride towards Kathmandu, since its already noon I decided to leave the next day early morning. 

Day-9 Tuesday 5th Dec 07:00 hours Left early morning towards Nepal, covering around 575 KM i reached Birpur late night, Birpur is a small town of Bihar situated in the border of Indo Nepal, I was so excited about tomorrow, as i would be crossing Indo-Nepal Border,

It was so cold and dark, i reached lodge to check-in, It’s a normal routine we have to write From and To places in the log book,  After writing the log book the lodge owner told me Nepal border is closed for next three days due to Election,, 
Oh Damn!!! I’m screwed… Again,,,, 

Anyways i did not believe him, i was hoping i would be lucky to get through.

Day-10, Wednesday 6th Dec  07:30 AM, I told my Lodge to manage to prepare my bill i will check out now,

He replied politely, Sir trust me really the borders are closed for the next three days, if you don’t trust me, you can just ride to the border and enquire, if they allow then you take all your belonging and check out. 

Anyways the border is only in 5 KM distance,, i went straight to the border, when enquired at the Indian border Check post,  they had no restriction to cross they let me go,, But at Nepal Border post, they did not allow, due to election, I requested them so much, very much, too much, I normally i have no attitude of requesting much, but That day i had to request a lot to let me go, and the only good news is border is closed for two days, not three days, So i can enter Nepal on Friday Morning, Again it doesn’t help me much because Saturday and Sunday i cannot process for visa

Day-13 9th Dec, I started at 08:30 hours, It was a smooth entry in Nepal, There will be no problem to enter Nepal with Indian registered vehicle all you need to pay around Rs 120/- towards Road Tax per day, i paid Tax for a week and Rs 30 for Form, this is the simple process at Nepal customs, There was no formality at Indian Side, except the signature at the border on Logbook, If you are entering Nepal from Birpur, customs office is near Koshi bridge. 

Note: There is short Route to Kathmandu from Bardibas through this route you can save at least 4 hours than the usual route, this information was given to me by a custom officer, and i reached Kathmandu on this route, roads are pretty wide and good

From Birpur to Kathmandu its 340 KM and 8 hours ride, 
You have two options to reach Kathmandu,
  1. Ride as fast as you can and reach Kathmandu before dawn.
  2. Enjoy the ride and stop at the various landscape and river points, chat with locals.

I choose option two and be sure to fill up fuel tank where ever you get the opportunity, and after few kilometers from Bardibas you will ride through mountain passes and landscapes are good the road followed by river Don’t mind to take a break, and no need to worry if you could not reach Kathmandu before dawn, there are plenty of lodges are open few operates 24 hours and few closes early too due to cold weather condition, 

16:00 hours, started to get dark and I’m still 100 KM behind Kathmandu, and the climate is also getting cold, so i decided to stay at back and leave morning. 

Next day by noon i reached Kathmandu, Since internet will be not working, i had taken the list of hotels to check-in but i missed that paper and i don’t remember the name of the place too, 
After thinking hard for sometimes i remembered the street name, “Thamel” 

Thamel looks like Goa in India to me, Lot of foreigners, All kind of restaurants, Hotels, lodges, and home-stay, If you are planning to visit Kathmandu head straight to Thamel for the best stay, you will get rooms starting from $10. 


Day-15, 11th Dec, I reached  Myanmar Embassy in Kathmandu, and submitted the same documents which i submitted in Kolkata along with Visa Application Form, The process was very easy, Just remember INR is not accepted, you will have to pay 40 USD towards visa,and i was told to come back on Wednesday again to collect my passport, I requested to give on the same day or at least by tomorrow, It cost me another USD 10 extra to get it by tomorrow

Day-16 12th Dec By Noon i got my Myanmar Visa, but my entry date to Myanmar is postponed to 22nd Dec…

Since the entry date is postponed for 10 days i decided to ride to Bhutan, I will write about the document process and experience in Bhutan in another blog, In this blog, I will clear the process of entering Myanmar. 

After exploring all the fun and bliss, i headed towards my next destination “Myanmar” 
With all the documents in hand, like Permit, Visa, IDL, Bike Documents, Carnet, entering Myanmar was like a cakewalk. 

With all the above-mentioned documents, don’t wander here and there, follow the step by step process. 

Step-1 get stamped out your passport at Indian side in Moreh. This location is approximately 250 Meters behind the border gates of India and Myanmar. 

Step-2. Show your passport to BSF persons at the Gate, They will write down the details and allow you to pass the India border.


Step-3. Visit Customs office and clear your carnet process.


Step-4 head towards Immigration office of Myanmar,


Step-5 Call your Myanmar guide, he will take care from here,


Step-6 Enter the most anticipated and dreamed Indo Myanmar Bridge

Step-7 After entering the Indo-Myanmar bride, Immigration, Customs, and IDL will be taken care by your guide, you just need to walk along with him. 

Make sure you have converted INR to Myanmar Kyat before entry, 

Book Love

Books are my everlasting friend, i can describe the pleasure and advantage endlessly, starting from improving vocabulary and knowledge to expand your imagination and without a doubt it helps to think way out of box, fall in love in reading book, i mean real books, not E-Book, i personally don’t encourage E-books, Though the device carries more advantage like carrying a whole library, and with advance features like dictionary, highlighter, maker, increasing and decreasing Fonts, and reminds the last page you read, this device just made everything easy and stopped you from thinking on various aspects, a E-book can replace anything of a book, but it cannot give the pleasure of holding and feeling the aroma of a book, only true book lover can feel what i’m saying.

 

Among my favorite collection of book is Nostradamus’s “The Future Prophecy”  the first edition was published in 1555 I hope most of you are familiar with the name, Nostradamus a french physician and best known for his book called Les prophesies, This book is a collection of future event and were written combination of French, Latin, and Greek, it is believed that the book is written in Anagram like rearranging words and phrases to discover the hidden meaning and some mythological and astrological reference with the combination of different language has put the scholars in great difficulty to decode the Nostradamus mind.

One such confusing  Quatrain is “Burning Book in year 2053,  I wish the decode of this quatrain by scholars to be again wrong, previously, according to book Hillary Clinton was suppose to win the US presidential election, based on the book i had invested on few companies which would rise if Hillary wins the presidential seat, but we all know who won the election, i had to book lose on few investment, and some at break even point, and switched few based on Fundamentals analysis, That’s OK, Rise and Fall are part of Investments 
Nostradamus also mentioned few shocking events in his book like, Birth of Antichrist, Rise of ISIS, Tsunami in Indonesia, World war-3, Armageddon “The End Of The World” incidents.

  You would surely enjoy reading this book

You can buy this book from Amazon.. Happy Reading. Don't Forget to leave your comment.

India to Thailand Solo Bike Ride (Some where in Nepal)

This video was taken when I was riding to Nagarkot in Nepal, the roads were treacherous, the roads were getting narrow gradually, most of the routes are isolated, and I was changing my GoPro battery, suddenly there were two short guys in front of me shouting Paisa nekhalo, Paisa Nikhal (take out the money) but one guy seeing my outfit asked me, are you from ARMY, obviously “NO” will be the stupidest answer, 
I said “YES” they just went back as if I was invisible GHOST

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Cramp and pain almost shattered my dream.. I woke up with an Elephant on shoulder

I remember I was seeing this route map for almost a year, I have taken printouts and stuck everywhere from my office desk to bedroom, Ever time I saw this map, I felt so excited and happy, I’m going to ride on the same route one day,

For the last 90 days apart from routine physical workouts, I focused mainly to strengthen my lower back and shoulders.

On 26th of November Sunday morning, my daily routine started with the workout for my lower back and with lots and loads of excitement as I’m about to leave in next 24 hours to make my dream come true.

While working out I felt a little cramp in my back muscle, wasn’t a big deal at that moment.

09:30 I started to pack my things but just in few hours the intensity of the pain was enormous I was unable to sit or lean forward, packing my things became challenging. Every step and movement became very difficult, I sat down worried and left all packing to my wife and by 16:00 hours all packing was done and now we wanted to test the weight distribution and balancing of bike, since I was riding solo I preferred to take everything for my bike and me which resulted in 4 kits (details of kit and essential accessories and tools to carry will discuss on my later blog)

I called two of my friends to home and by now I was unable to pick up my saddle bag from the floor.

“Oh Damm man, I’m screwed”

With the help of my friends, I managed to test weight balancing,

19:00 Hours, Cramp on my lower back muscle was very severe, I felt like possessed, unable to look left or right and get up from the chair, painkiller tablets, spray, hot water bag, nothing helping.

I moved my steps inch by inch from living room to bedroom,

Oh god, save me, I’m totally screwed…

And by now I lost all hopes of beginning next day morning.

My body is 100% not supporting to stand on my legs, Deeply saddened and broken,

But I was so stubborn at heart I told my wife to wake me up at 4:30 AM, “She laughed and replied are you SERIOUS”

Normally most of us don’t feel sleepy when we have a road trip ahead, But I had two reasons not to sleep tremendous pain and excitement.

4 AM I’m awake but unable to get up from the bed. I just did not let tears roll out of my eyes.

 Gathered all strength and attitude. Literally, i got up from the bed as if I’m carrying an elephant on my shoulder, This moment reminded of Hercules and his adventure.

I got out of bed in my 5th attempt, Legs and hands shivering in cold, unable to stretch my body from hunchback position to stand straight, with the help of cupboard I finally stood straight

Determined and Got ready, my wife helped me and carry out saddle bag and kits and she tied all my kit on the bike.

Taking off the bike from the main stand was a great labor on DAY-1 of my journey.

With cramp and pain in my lower back, I shifted the first gear at 6:30 AM towards my dream and passion

On Day-1 I covered 630 KM and reached one of my friend home near Vijayawada.

Bangalore to Vijayawada roads are excellent, AH45

Day-2 towards Rajahmundry I followed the GPS and it leads me the shortest route it was through State highway.

Day-3 and Day-4 Thursday, I ignored GPS and covered 1900 KM in AH45 and I reached Kolkata around 22:00 hours.

All the fun and adventure started from Kolkata.

Procuring Myanmar Visa and why I could not get Myanmar Visa in Kolkata. Documents and procedure to get Myanmar visa I will share on my next blog.

Thank you, Don’t forget to leave your comments and query,

Stay connected more exciting adventure coming up.

 

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A ride to Ghost town “Dhanushkodi”

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Dhanushkodi also named as ghost town by then government of Madras, after a massive cyclone ravaged on the night of December 23, 1964, the entire town was submerged under water,a passenger train with 1200 peoples on board was halted on the bridge haled into the sea, many were missing, 1000 of bodies floating on the surface of the sea, surrounded by eagles and vulture for their pound of flesh, Many bodies have been buried without identity & mourning, very few peoples survived climbing the sand dune around the harbor. All kind of communication to outer world was destroyed, loud cries scream out of heart and sadness is mixed the air can be felt and heard. The peoples of Dhanuhkodi were doomed.

Approximately 2.5KM of town is still under the sea, In December 2004 the seawater subsided 0.5KM exposing the remanent which we see today.
In most videos and picture about Dhanushkodi online you will see an elderly man resting on the shades of devastated 300 year Portuguese church, living only with the memories of his family, He has a tattoo of his father name on his chest, mother name on his left hand, and sister name on the right hand, It’s been more than 5 decades, his voice trembles eyes fill with tears while he remembers the scream of his family,

Today more than 250 families are living in Dhanushkodi in spite of government declared the place as unfit for living, a 86 elderly man who also lost his family in cyclone narrates the life before 1964 destruction, Dhanushkodi was once a beautiful holy city with 500,000 population, Rameswaram was then a small town, Dhanushkodi is also holy place of Hindus and it is believed the holy journey ends only after dipping oneself in seawater of Dhanushkodi.

The Customs office was always busy with import and export trades. 1000 years old Hindu temple, the 300-year-old Portuguese church, thrill of standing on the edge of India, the Bay of Bengal on one side and Indian ocean on the other side and intertwining of both sea at a point where the major tourist attraction, Railway station connecting major cities.Ferry service to Talaimannar, Sri Lanka(25KM) via Dhanushkodi is the easiest and economic route preferred by most tourist,
But today we cannot call Dhanushkodi even as a village since the government restricts to build homes people’s lives in the shack, and travel to Rameswaram for every basic need, Electricity was never restored since 1964 and primarily depends on fishing.

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,