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Old 23rd November 2010, 09:45   #1
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Default Mumbai - Rameshwaram return > Places of interest

Hi friends,

In a few weeks from now I will be doing a quick drive from Mumbai to Rameshwaram & back in my Safari. The total trip time is 8 days.

I need help to figure out all the places of interest along the way that I can visit. Note, that this will be a more like a drive thru trip completely flexible with no hotel bookings and no confirmed destination for night halts. So please provide your valuable inputs so I can chart a course to make the trip scenic & interesting enough throughout the 8 days.

Also, any help to chart a route alongwith the POI's is very welcome.
If possible, I would also like to meetup with BHpians along the route down South.

Thanks in advance to you all.

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Old 23rd November 2010, 10:16   #2
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Depends upon what all you want to See. Rameshwarm you have do definately Pass via madurai which has the famous temple. about 100 Km Above Madurai is Trichy/ And Tanjore for Excellent temples. You can do Hampi/Badami in Karnataka. Or if you want to throw in some hill stations, Ooty/ Munnar/Thekkady all are in close vicinity.
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There is no dearth of POIs on the way from Mumbai to Rameswaram, irrespective of the route you choose to take. It would help if you have a genre in mind [coast + hills, temples, WLS, heritage, etc]
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jay when do you plan to travel, tentative dates ? Me and a fellow bhp'ain are driving to Dhanushkodi and would like to meet up en-route some place if our travel dates are the same.

Since you are visiting Rameshwaram, ensure that you visit Dhanushkodi.
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Old 23rd November 2010, 14:17   #5
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Thanks for the replies guys.
I would absolutely avoid all places of religious interest like the plague.
Priorities include,
1. Coastline(beaches)
2. Backwaters(if possible in the short time available)
3. FOrests & hills
4. Heritage

@rjstyle69 >> Mum departure 25th Dec 4am arrival 1st Jan2011 anytime.

Guys, Im trying to work on a rough plan ... and your inputs will definitely help.

Thanks,

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- Dhanushkodi for Sure. Amazing place
- Munnar (For a Day?), Diversion from Madurai.
- Badami is worth it.
- Worth visiting Kaas on the way (Satara) ? Even if not the flowers, the Koyna reservoir would be worth it. (Check with @Star and the whole Kaas Gang!)
- Spend some time around Mysore? (Talakadu, Somnathpura etc)
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I suggest you stay on west coast and come down to Kannur (North of Kerala).Adjacent is Wayanad. This will cover beaches/backwaters/Forest/Hills. Wayanad to Munnar/tekkady etc all Nilgiri Hills.Enter Tamiladu via Theni. You can have another route for return covering heritage. Tanjore Big temple is a Word heritage site.
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How about:

D1: Mumbai - Bangalore
D2: Bangalore - Rameswaram
D3: Rameswaram (visit Dhanushkodi) and leave for Ooty
D4: Ooty
D5: Ooty-Bandipur
D6: Bandipur - Hampi
D7: Hampi
D8: Hampi - Mumbai

The above itinerary would cover beaches, hills, forest and heritage.
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jaysmokesleaves, I think you should take the following route:
(Places of interest indicated in BLOCK letters)

Bombay-Bangalore-Salem-MADURAI-Rameswaram-DHANUSHKODI

For return, I suggest you take teh East Coat Road up to Madras
Rameswaram-Ramanthapuram-Tondi-Mimisal-Adiramapatnam-VEDARANYAM-KODIKARAI-VELANKANNI-Nagapattinam-Karaikal-TARANGAMBADI-Sirkazhi-CHIDAMBARAM-PICHAVARAM-PONDOICHERRY-MAHABALIPURAM-Madras-Bangalore-Bombay
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HVK sir he says he wants to avoid all religious places which would have crowd.
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[COLOR=black]I agree with HVK. The east coast drive will be beautiful experience during this time of the year. [/COLOR]

[COLOR=black]Unfortunately, if you are looking for heritage in Tamil Nadu they also happen to be religious places - Tanjavur, Gangai Konda Cholapuram, Madurai, Chidambaram etc. It will also provide a chance to Visit the beautiful beach of Tranquebar, mangrove forests of Pichavaram, heritage sites of Mahabalipuram and of course Pondy. Only thing one misses out here is Hill stations. [/COLOR]

[COLOR=black]But you wont regret it as it is a great road trip!!![/COLOR]
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I agree with HVK.

The east coast drive is a beautiful experience. Unfortunately, if you are looking for heritage sites in TN, they also happen to be religious places - Thanjavur, Gangai Konda Cholapuram, Madurai, Chidambaram etc.

This trip will provide a chance to visit beautiful beach of Tranquebar and dansih settlement, mangrove forests of Pichavaram, heritage site of mahabalipuram and of course Pondy. Only thing you will miss are hill stations. I will assure that you wont regret as this is a great road trip.

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