1800 x 2 Km Drive – Bengaluru to Jamshedpur and Return – a 2 day trip !

2017, is suppose to be a year that i would be travelling more, more than what i have been doing all these years. The best part, 2016 ended with a long drive, 1800 km, B’lore to Jamshedpur with the Rahul and Dipika and their cute dog, Oreo. And even better, 2017 begun with 1800 km drive back from Jamshedpur to Bangalore .What better could i have asked for.

We started the journey from Bangalore on 24th Dec, 2016 early morning at 5 am.

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On the Karnataka highway towards kolar-nellore early morning

The 1st part of the trip is the 1008 km drive from Bangalore to Vishakapatnam via Nellore . Rest is must for any long drive, and more over when you really wanna enjoy the drive. Keeping body and mind fresh is a must.

The highway is good in Karnataka and Andhra, and the drive is smooth. We had amazing Andhra food on the highway and loved every ounce of it both at lunch and dinner.

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Early morning – just out of Bangalore
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We 3 men !!

Due to some long halts we got late in reaching Vishakapatnam. Both me and Rahul got sleepy at night.

It was just half an hour more to reach our night halt and Rahul tried to keep away the sleep by asking some silly,stupid questions. One i remember was – “Mumbai mein bai aati hai kya kapde dhone” 😀 …Damn that really got us into a bit of better mode to keep going for next few minutes. Ideally we should have reached Vishakapatnam by 10 pm. We reached by 12:30 pm. All tired we went inside, made our beds and went off to a nice sleep.

2nd part(800 km) : Vishkapatnam – Srikakulam – Ichchapuram – Chatrapur – Khurda – Bhubaneswar – Cuttak -Anandapur – Badbil – Jamshedpur

As we wanted to have a good sleep, we did not rush on 26th morning and left Vishakapatnam by 10 am after some idli sambhar. Our next target was lunch at Chilika Dhaba, near Chilika Lake in Odisha. I had no idea about this dhaba until Rahul told me about it. And i also came to know that this was one of the must visit dhaba in India and that too in the top 5 list. This dhaba is ranked 2 in India by the tv show – Highway on my plate.

So all excited we reached Chilika Dhaba by 3pm and had some awesome chicken and prawns. The place is all jam packed  and the food amazing. Esp the sea food.

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Highway near Chilika Lake

After good food we left towards our home, Jamshedpur. The road in Jharkhand was pretty bad as most part was either under construction or were very uneven. The humps, bumps and jerks made us realize that we have entered Jharkhand . Also advisable that the route is not safe at late night and should be avoided as far as possible. We too got too late due to the bad road condition and reached Jamshedpur at 12 : 45 pm at night.

The scenic beauty all along was beautiful and the most beautiful part for the trip is Andhra Pradesh, esp Rajahmundry that has amazingly beautiful nurseries along the highway. This part was covered on our return trip as while coming it was dark and we couldn’t really see the green all along AP. Overall, the farms, the trees, the road, the food (esp at Odisha and AP ), scenery and the diversity of culture that we saw along the highway and places that we halted left us with beautiful memories and amazing feeling. Shared below the photos while returning.

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Goa, Candolim October 2016

Goa has been and will be my favorite holiday destination. I usually be here almost 2-3 times a year. Whether its for parties, fun, relaxing or just like that 🙂 , nothing beats this place and there are thousand reasons i could quote…later though :). I totally love Goa for everything .

So it was after my Varkala trip the same month(October end) i headed towards Goa for a small 3 day trip during Diwali.Nothing Diwali special in Goa as such. This time no driving, i took a bus from Mumbai to Mapusa on the evening of 28th October, 2016. Reached Goa early morning on 29th. As soon as i got down the bus, i took a long breath, as if this was the air i so desperately wanted to inhale.The freshness and the Goan affect is just an amazing feeling.

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Sunset @ Candolim beach, this beach is comparatively less crowded to beaches at north goa

I took a scooter @inr 900 per day rental and left. Rented scooter is best for Goa commute. I already had my booking done at Ruffles @ Candolim. The place is nice with pool and small cafe inside. Candolim is my personal favorite to stay at northern part of Goa. Why Candolim ? 1st its proximity from party places – Anjuna, Baga . 2nd, its crowd is much better and lesser to other parts in northern Goa. 3rd, it houses some of the best restaurants and cafes.

The very first day, i stroll down Candolim roads, had Kings(the beer) and delicious sea food @Kisherman’s Clove – they serve mouth watering sea food. Evening i spent near Candolim beach watching the sunset, the sea at large and sipping some beer. Late night it was @ Titos, Baga and late dinner at the shacks near by.

Second day, i took the camera and started early morning to explore nearby areas-

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near Sinquerium beach, a small walkway behind Vivanta Taj

aguada jail & fort, Sinquerium beach, some woods, private secret villas, roads that signed – private property, and a boat manufacturing workshop. This is the best part of my Goa trips – it always has enough to explore. Evening i went club hoppin – @Curlies and my best – @Shiva valley(i love tis place of all)…Late night i drove to Hill Top to attend a trance party. This was the first time that i attended a wet trance party…under the rain. It was trippy and i loved it.

Last day, got up easy and late, after a full night party. Checked out of hotel by 12 had biryani @ De Candolim Deck (must try) and went to old Goa to spend some time just driving around. Evening went to Spice Goa a small restaurant in Mapusa . They serve authentic Goan food and one who wants to try some real good Goan food should visit this place. Its far from beach and parties, but the serving is a worth. So before boarding my bus to Mumbai i got an authentic taste of Goa.

Cheers…shall visit again …soon !!!