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South India Tour – Namakkal – Srirangam – Thanjavur – Kumbakonam

We did a roadtrip from Mumbai – Trichy – Chennai recently in the month of November 2016. We did in an Alto K10. This blog will cover the trip from Namakkal, Srirangam, Thanjavur, Kumbakonam. This was my wife’s first trip to proper South India.

Namakkal

Namakkal is famous for its Narasimha (Half Lion & Half Human Avatar) temple and Anjaneyar Temple (Hanuman). Narasimha temple is carved out of a mountain and located below. Anjaneyar temple is open roof. These temples are hardly crowded so it is very peaceful.

Photos of Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India 1/4 by Prahlad Raj
Photos of Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India 2/4 by Prahlad Raj
Photos of Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India 3/4 by Prahlad Raj
Photos of Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India 4/4 by Prahlad Raj

After Namakkal, our next destination was Srirangam. We crossed a town called Thottiyam which is famous for Bananas.

Photos of 1/2 by Prahlad Raj
Photos of 2/2 by Prahlad Raj

Srirangam

The must do list in Srirangam below:

1. Srirangam Temple – Amazing prasad you get in the temple. You can have your dinner here. Tamarind Rice, Curd Rice, Sweet Pongal, Dosai & Vadai. Ideal time to visit: 7PM. See pics below.

Photos of Sri Ranganathar Swamy Temple, Srirangam, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India 1/2 by Prahlad Raj
Photos of Sri Ranganathar Swamy Temple, Srirangam, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India 2/2 by Prahlad Raj

2. Venkatesa Bhavan – Located just on the way to the main entrance of the temple. Timings: 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM. Try to reach here early. Dishes to try: Sambhar Vada, Idly, Rava Dosai, Coffee & Sweet

3. Cauvery River – If there is water, go to Amma Mandapam or Mukkombu (Tourist view point – 20kms from Srirangam)

4. Thiruvanaikaval – Shiv Lingam soaked in water (2kms from Srirangam temple)

5. Gunaseelam – Balaji temple in Salem road – 20 kms from Srirangam.

Photos of Gunaseelam Prasanna Venkatachalapathy Kovil, Gunaseelam, Tamil Nadu, India 1/3 by Prahlad Raj
Photos of Gunaseelam Prasanna Venkatachalapathy Kovil, Gunaseelam, Tamil Nadu, India 2/3 by Prahlad Raj
Photos of Gunaseelam Prasanna Venkatachalapathy Kovil, Gunaseelam, Tamil Nadu, India 3/3 by Prahlad Raj
Photos of Kallanai, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India 1/1 by Prahlad Raj

We then proceeded towards Thiruvaiyaru – samadhi of Saint Thyagaraja by the river Cauvery. Famous for Asoka Halwa (Urad dal halwa) soaked in Ghee (Clarified butter).

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Photos of Thiruvaiyaru, Tamil Nadu, India 1/1 by Prahlad Raj

Thanjavur Brihadeeshwar Temple – Visit for the architectural beauty

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Photos of Thanjavur Big Temple Fort, Balaganapathy Nagar, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India 1/3 by Prahlad Raj
Photos of Thanjavur Big Temple Fort, Balaganapathy Nagar, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India 2/3 by Prahlad Raj
Photos of Thanjavur Big Temple Fort, Balaganapathy Nagar, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India 3/3 by Prahlad Raj

Kumbakonam

Must do things here:

1. Degree Coffee @ Sri Venkatramana

Photos of Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India 1/1 by Prahlad Raj

2. Banana Leaf lunch @ Sri Venkatramana

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Some other things on the way which we experienced:

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Photos of Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu, India 1/3 by Prahlad Raj
Photos of Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu, India 2/3 by Prahlad Raj
Photos of Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu, India 3/3 by Prahlad Raj

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Mumbai – Chennai Road Trip

My wife and I did a roadtrip from Mumbai – Trichy – Chennai – Mumbai in our Alto K10 car.

Route: Thane – Pune – Satara – Kolhapur – Belgaum – Hubli – Davangere – Chitradurga – Tumkur – Bangalore – Krishnagiri – Namakkal – Srirangam – Thanjavur – Kumbakonam – Chidambaram – Chennai – Bangalore – Tumkur – Chitradurga – Davangere – Hubli – Belgaum – Kolhapur – Satara – Pune – Thane

Day 1:

We started sharp at 3 AM from Thane. We did non-stop till Satara and we reached at 7:30 AM. We wanted to avoid morning traffic so we started as early as possible. The best part was all tolls were waived due to demonetisation effect. This helped us in saving a lot of time as well.

We stopped somewhere in the outskirts of Satara for breakfast. Had some Idly, Poha & Tea. Our next target was to reach Kolhapur. The roads were perfect NH4 highway after Satara. 4 laning of Pune – Satara is on so there were diversions in between.

We reached Kolhapur at 9 and our next destination was Belgaum and ahead. We reached Dharwad at around 11. There are not many options for eating on this highway. The best restaurant we found was Kamat Upachar just before Dharwad.

Since we reached at 11:15, the lunch was not yet ready so we had to settle for tiffin dishes. We had Vada sambhar, Pooris. We also purchased famous Dharwad peda. It was yummy and chocolaty!

We pushed ahead and we never stopped till Tumkur. One can easily maintain speeds of 100 kms safely on those highways. The drive was a breeze. We got a little exhausted when we reached outskirts of Tumkur at 5:00 PM. We stopped for nature’s call somewhere and we decided to drive till 8:00 PM.

We had made reservations for Hotel at Krishnagiri. A thought popped up to cover as much as possible and maybe stay at Salem. We decided to take a call after reaching Bangalore.

We reached Bangalore NICE road by 6:00 PM. We encountered a bit of traffic while exit. We were somewhat tired and hungry since we did not eat much after our lunch.

We stopped at Adyar Ananda Bhavan for dinner. We decided to reach Krishnagiri and stay for the night and not to go further.

Return Journey: We left again at 3:00 AM from Chennai. We covered a 1000 kms and reached Kolhapur at 8:00 PM. We stayed there overnight somewhere near the temple. Next day morning we had darshan at Mahalakshmi Temple and had famous Misal Pav (Expected it to be very spicy) but it ended up a normal one.

Things to keep in mind for roadtrip:

1. Get your vehicle serviced before your trip

2. Ensure air pressure is correct

3. Take couple of cloths to tie up at back window to avoid sun heat during afternoon time

4. Carry a lot of water

5. Drink Coconut water on the highway

6. You can stop at any petrol bunk for nature call as we found all to be clean

7. Try to maintain average speed of 80-90 kmph.

8. Do not race at 120-140 kmph as your average will only come down.

 

 

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