So when my uncle asked if we could travel to Baroda via road I got excited and readily agreed. We started planning, calculating the kms, check and book hotels, where to halt. Its a 3 days trip one way, close to 1700kms from kochi to Baroda, passing through 4 states (2 UT excluded). The vehicle was Mahindra Bolero.
In Kerala, the roads are bit narrow, compared to other states. Then the state is thickly populated. You can say entire state is like a town. You see people everywhere. Even in Highways, its difficult to drive in good speed.
Day 1: Our first stop
By the time we reached Vadakara, it was breakfast time, close to 10 AM. Found an Indian Coffee House near the bus station. Indian coffee house is always a nostalgia. I still remember visiting ICH at Cherthala, along with my Grandpa! My favourite at ICH is the cutlet.
Mahe, also known as Mayyazhi, is a small town at the mouth of the Mahé River and is surrounded on all sides by Kerala. The Kannur District surrounds Mahé on three sides and Kozhikode District from one side.Formerly part of French India, Mahe now forms a municipality in Mahe district, one of the four districts of the Union Territory of Puducherry. Mahe has got its own charm! Mayyazhi puzha, the small lanes! The police with round cap!
Day 1: As we cross the border! Kerala-Karnataka Border. By around 4 PM, we crossed Kerala and reached Mangalore in Karnataka. Even though, there is no much difference in the terrain, there is a huge difference in the quality of roads. The roads are broader and well maintained.
Murudeshwara! Our first stay!
By the time we reached Murudeshwara, it was already dusk. So we couldn’t enjoy the beautiful beach and the temple. Murudeshwara is a town in Bhatkal Taluk. Murdeshwar is another name of the Hindu god Shiva. The place is famous for the world’s second tallest Shiva statue and for the Murdeshwar Temple. Believe me the statue of Shiva at Murudeshwara is massive. Surrounded by sea in 3 sides, the view is breathtaking.
Day 2: We started off from Murudeshwara early morning. The travel through villages in Karnataka is quite memorable. The west coast is full of greenery and filled with magnificent beaches. Now we took a detour and travelled across the state via state highway. Reached a place called Yellapur at Breakfast time. Believe me, great innovations also happen at villages in India, you need to travel to believe it. In a small shop I found this interesting assortment of Handmade soaps with biodegradable packaging. Make In India, Truly.
Now the state highways are full of surprises. Most of the time they are cut across two villages. We encountered one bizarre traffic block at the middle of nowhere. We couldn’t identify the reason for the traffic block. There were no accidents or breakdown of vehicles. In minutes there were all kinds of vehicles, huge number of people dressed in colourful cloths.
Day 2: By the time we crossed Karnataka and entered Maharashtra, the entire landscape changed. One thing I liked was the colour of The public transport buses I found while passing Satara, Maharashtra. Roads were very wide.
Now when we travel in National highways, whats the most trickiest of decisions to take is decide on how to overtake these massive trucks with 10s of tyres and they move at some 15kms per hour. Imagine 3 of them moving parallel. How do you overtake them? By night we reached our second day halt, Pune!
Day 3: Pune to Baroda
Really enjoyed the Pune-Mumbai expressway, good, wide road, with lots of tunnels 🙂
On Third day, by evening we reached Baroda! When you travel, especially in India,you meet different cultures, people who speak different languages and the best part is you get to eat lot of varieties of food. This is amazing and is the best part of any travel.
Had a great fun travelling by road, experiencing new cultures, trying out some great food and of course meeting some wonderful people. Now we travel for this right 🙂
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