Around 45 to 50 kms from Pune, Panshet is a small nice place and perfect destination for a small one day trip. You are suppose to take Pune – Bangalore highway towards Singhad Fort. The roads are good and narrow. Just an hour and half drive one could plan early morning trip and return the same day. There are few resorts near the dam. A small resto for food is just at the edge of the hill surrounding the dam and gives amazing scenic view of the dam and surrounding hills. One could spend time with nature watching the clam water and the soothing mountains around. Far off from the city crowd, its a perfect place to relax in the silence of the nature and do some photography .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Anil is a cook at one of the dhaba in AP near Ichchapuram. He had lost one of his leg during his tenure in the army. All respect sir !
Another beautiful road trip to pen down. This time its from Bangalore to Varkala via Kanyakumari .
Trip 1– 660 km : Bangalore to Kanyakuamri – The 1st part we drove from Bangalore to Kanyakumari. We left Bangalore early morning 5 am. This time it was 5 of us- 2 of my couple friends and me . We took the highway to Salem from Bangalore.
As usual the drive on karnatak highway is awesome. The highway roads of karnataka are well maintained and you will always love to drive on them. After a long drive and few small halts for snacks we reached Madurai. Rahul had been to this place earlier and suggested we have lunch at Bell Jumbo Restaurant.
The setup was huge and we could see some special biryani counter. Its a place famous for biryani .We ordered a biryani, chicken gravy and roti. The biryani was just OK, nothing special that we felt about it.Rather the chicken was better.After our lunch we started towards Kanyakumari. On the way came a stretch where all around us we started seeing huge wind vanes. This was one of India’s largest wind farm. The size of these wind mills were spectacularly huge. This wind farm has around 10000 wind mills spread over 20 km length of NH 7/AH 43 near Kanyakumari. Driving and photo shoot on this stretch was fun.
We reached Kanyakumari by evening. As planned and not having much to see there we spent a while near the beach.
The scenic beauty was really good, we even got a thought of seeing the sunset , but time did not permit us as we had to reach Varkala before it was too late. Without much delay and after some oceanic site seeing we left from Kanyakumari towards Varkala.
Trip 2 – 132 Km Kanyakumari to Varkala . Though the distance was just 132 km, the drive was long due to the bypass roads and some busy towns that we had to cross. One interesting city that we crossed was Nagercoil. There are some places that i cross in such road trips which gets on my list of a come back, this was one of them – Nagercoil. The city had something nice in it which pulled my curiosity for later visit.
The road to Varkala all along was busy and we had to get along with lot of traffic. We reached there late night. Our booking was at Hill View Resort, on Varkala cliff, one of the finest stay with decent cost. We were all tired so after small talk we all slept off the night.
Next day was a beautiful morning with a silence and light hearing of the ocean waves. The resort was beautiful and the best part was that the shore was 2 mins walk. Every morning for next 2-3 days we enjoyed our lavish breakfast at Cafe Del Mar and then headed straight to the beach, enjoyed the cold oceanic water. After the fun at beach we got fresh at our resort and had some awesome lunch at the near by restaurants(Cafe Del Mar, Abba are few of good resto to try) at the cliff.
Varkala restaurants and cafes serve delicious and fresh sea food. A must to have if u are sea food lover. There are options for beer (1-2 brands) at the restos/cafes as Kerala being a dry state you wont get much offerings for alcohols .Rather we only got beer and some cocktails, but that was more than enough for us. At night we went on shopping at small cozy shops on the cliff stretched for 1-2 kms.
Varkala is a place where you could head for a very peaceful, serene and light trip. If relaxing, good food and fun with close friends(or a solo) is on your mind then guys this is the place to head. The beaches are less crowded and the best part, its clean unlike many beach holiday destinations in India. Last day i spend early hrs meditating at the lovely beach. The experience is splendid.
The drive back to bangalore was pretty fun and engaging . We guys spoke much about our dreams, life and much much more that was interesting to all of us. One more happy trip and lot of memories and beautiful stuff to write and share about.
Hope you guys enjoyed the write . There’s lot in line !!