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Old 21st July 2013, 13:55   #136
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Day 07
28th December 2012
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Wayanad was all set up for HVK meet
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The meet was at THDC, Wayanad
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There was a mega convoy driving event with some 50 odd cars in the morning through some heavily planned circuit with the blessings of some higher ups in traffic and police departments.

The meet was supposed to be from 18:00 hours and since we were early at THDC, decided to check out the club.

THDC was all setup for the meet
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PPGs quickly settled at the play area

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May be inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean
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Swimming pool
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Kitchen!

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Old 21st July 2013, 14:02   #137
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Day 07
28th December 2012
Sultan Battery - Heritage Museum - RARS - Kaduvakuzhi - Sultan Battery

There were tents like these organized for the participants
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I walked towards the gazebo
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An artificial channel of water was made to make it look like an island

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Jr. PPG and me checked out the place
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Sunset looked beautiful
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Some flowers

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It was already 18:30 hours and I could see the convoy with HVK leading coming in to the parking lot with military discipline!

I walked across to greet and meet the guys I know.

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Old 21st July 2013, 14:12   #138
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Day 07
28th December 2012
Sultan Battery - Heritage Museum - RARS - Kaduvakuzhi - Sultan Battery

We were entertained with Singari melam
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I was then handed over the dinner coupons at a payment by the organizing team. I gave the coupons to my family and asked them to be comfortable, while I joined HVK behind the scenes to help him with some presentations etc..

DBHPian Dhanush and HVK shares the podium
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That's me and HVK sharing some words on our common passion - Travel

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And that's Mathew uncle proudly showing of his Antarctica T shirt, he just returned from Antarctica expedition and he screened a few videos for HVK fans.
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The meet and fun went on late into the night, by 22:00 hours I dropped my family back at the hotel and returned back to catch up on the stories behind the scenes. It was a fun filled night and by 02:00AM I had to call it a day since I had a long drive ahead of me.

I was supposed to drive all the way to Goa from Wayanad
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Day 08
29th December 2012
Sultan Battery - Varambetta Mosque - Mahe - Thalassery - Kannur - Mangalore - Karwar - Goa (Palolem)

The idea was to drive to Goa today. But we had a plan to visit Mahe on the way as a warmup before Goa. We decided to have lunch at Mahe and continue onwards. The other thing which we wanted was to see Kannur Engineering College at least from outside (sentiments for wifey) and to reach Goa by night. Total distances worked out to be around 650KMs for the day.

Drive plan for Day 08
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Sultan Battery - Varambetta Mosque (Padinjarethara ) around 46KMs
Varambetta Mosque - Kuttiady around 41KMs
Kuttiady - Nadapuram around 14KMs
Nadapuram - Mahe around 24KMs
Mahe - Thalassery around 10KMs
Thalassery - Muzhuppilangadu Beach around 6KMs
Muzhuppilangadu Beach - Kannur around 18KMs
Kannur - Parassinikkadavu temple around 20KMs

Plan till Parassinikkadavu temple (Kannur)
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By the time we reached Parassinikkadavu temple it was already 20:00 hours. That was like just 180KMs of the 650KMS.

We still have 470KMs remaining to Goa and dinner yet to be served . Did we reach Goa for the night? Read on!

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Day 08
29th December 2012
Sultan Battery - Varambetta Mosque - Mahe - Thalassery - Kannur - Mangalore - Karwar - Goa (Palolem)

Though we had a long 650KMs of drive for the day, we could only leave by 09:30AM. I bid bye to HVK Fan Club members and started the drive. Our first destination was Varambetta Mosque on our way out of Wayanad.

Varambetta Mosque is near Padinjarethara. It dates back to around 300 years, and is the oldest Mosque in Wayanad.

Some pictures of Varambetta Mosque
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By the time we started from Varambetta it was 11:15 hours. It was really really late for us. It was nearly 80KMs to Mahe. Well that is another two hours. We decided to break for lunch at Mahe.

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Day 08
29th December 2012
Sultan Battery - Varambetta Mosque - Mahe - Thalassery - Kannur - Mangalore - Karwar - Goa (Palolem)

We reached Mahe by 13:30 hours

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We decided to visit St. Teresa's Shrine
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By 14:00 hours we drove towards Mahe Railway station and found a decent hotel, I guess it was called some Azad, and we had the best biriyanis we have had in a while.

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Day 08
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Sultan Battery - Varambetta Mosque - Mahe - Thalassery - Kannur - Mangalore - Karwar - Goa (Palolem)

We were at Mahe Railway Station
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We were welcomed to Mahe
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Mahe belongs to Pondichery and that explains the Pondichery connection
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I refueled Civvy thinking about the long drive ahead. Mahe, since it belonged to Pondichery the petrol rates were a bit lower around Rs 5 or so.

I checked the time, it was already 15:00 hours and Goa seemed far, very very far. I started toying the idea of breaking the journey at Kannur for the night. Kannur was nearly 40KMs away. With that idea in mind, decided to check out Mahe before moving on.

I always used to hear about the beauty of Mahe river (Mazzhazhi puzha) as part of Malayalam literature during my studies. What best time than now to see it in person. Could have been nice if it was late evening, but 15:00 hours is also just fine for now.

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Day 08
29th December 2012
Sultan Battery - Varambetta Mosque - Mahe - Thalassery - Kannur - Mangalore - Karwar - Goa (Palolem)

Though we had a long 650KMs of drive for the day, we could only leave by 09:30AM.
Laluks, what really surprises me and which I am never able to understand is that, how you manage to drive such long distances (which in itself is a daunting task for people like me) and simultaneously take so many photos, not missing even the smallest detail of the travel. Yes - I am fan of HVK but I am also a fan of Laluks.

Expected more photos of the HVK meet - or is it that it is a seperate thread by itself?

Had food for today. As usual Waiting for more.

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Day 08
29th December 2012
Sultan Battery - Varambetta Mosque - Mahe - Thalassery - Kannur - Mangalore - Karwar - Goa (Palolem)

We went to Tagore Park from where you can see Mahe River joining Arabian Sea.

We visited Tagore park
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Mahe River joining Arabian Sea
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NH Bridge on Mahe River
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Looking out for fish!

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Colorful boats

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Jr. PPG and Wifey at the Park

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They relaxed for a while enjoying the breeze
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A big banyan tree
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One for the album
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Father daughter moments
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Day 08
29th December 2012
Sultan Battery - Varambetta Mosque - Mahe - Thalassery - Kannur - Mangalore - Karwar - Goa (Palolem)

We then went near the Railbridge over Mahe river, where the river had a huge expanse
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We saw a train too!

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Mahe River
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Sultan Battery - Varambetta Mosque - Mahe - Thalassery - Kannur - Mangalore - Karwar - Goa (Palolem)

This board caught my attention
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Kallai Kadavu - This place was mentioned in one of the best ever hit of a Malayalam song

Stopped to check the place
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That's a small canal
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One day should try and request a boatman to take me along the river
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But for now it was time for me to leave
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The NH was very narrow, and whenever a bus goes nearby your heart will skip a beat!
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Day 08
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Sultan Battery - Varambetta Mosque - Mahe - Thalassery - Kannur - Mangalore - Karwar - Goa (Palolem)

We then visited Thalassery Fort
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Sultan Battery - Varambetta Mosque - Mahe - Thalassery - Kannur - Mangalore - Karwar - Goa (Palolem)

Some more pictures from the fort
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Civvy was parked in front of Sub Collectors Bungalow
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We bid good bye to the Fort
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We followed a BMW Ambassador
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29th December 2012
Sultan Battery - Varambetta Mosque - Mahe - Thalassery - Kannur - Mangalore - Karwar - Goa (Palolem)

We stopped by Sea View park alongside the NH
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We get some place to sit and enjoy the breeze

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PPGs watching the sea
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One for the album

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We moved on, it was 16:30 hours.

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Day 08
29th December 2012
Sultan Battery - Varambetta Mosque - Mahe - Thalassery - Kannur - Mangalore - Karwar - Goa (Palolem)

I drove directly to Muzhupilangadu drive in beach and surprised PPGs by driving on the beach and splashing some water. Everyone's energy level suddenly rose. Since Kannur was nearby we spent our evening at the beach waiting for sunset. It was a beautiful scene. Kids really enjoyed the shallow beach, and I enjoyed myself driving civvy over the splashing waves and doing some donuts and drifting. It was real fun!

Some pictures from Muzhupilangadu drive in beach
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