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Old 4th June 2010, 23:44   #16
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Has to be the best honeymoon out here Best wishes!
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Old 5th June 2010, 00:03   #17
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Has to be the best honeymoon out here Best wishes!
+1!


You guys are true petrolheads or should I say, dieselheads!

Nice scenic pictures too!
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Old 5th June 2010, 11:44   #18
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Congratulations on your marriage, I am sure its nice to have a like minded wife who loves roadtrips and adventure as much as you do.

I have enjoyed the trip so far, and like others am waiting for the next leg.

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Old 5th June 2010, 15:26   #19
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Default Honeymoon Drive - Chennai to Delhi (Leg-3)

After having stayed at kotagiri and visiting friends and relatives in ooty it was time to hit the road. We had only advance booked FringeFord at Wayanad and Highfields at Kotagiri, we had a idea of the route that we wanted to follow and places that we wanted to visit but for our night stays we depended on Lonely Planet, India and Outlook Destinations.

Our initial plan was to drive uptill mangalore but we took it leisurely and decided to break our journey at Dubare Elephant Camp, it turned out to be a good decision as the road after kushalnagar was bad with huge pot holes.

Leg - 3
Kotagiri – Ooty – Masinagudi – Bandipur – Gundulpet – Begur – Hunsur – Bylakuppe – Kushalnagar – Dubare Elephant Camp

Leaving Ooty...
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The drive from Ooty to Masinagudi was awesome...
with its 36 hairpin bends and beautiful landscape

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Old 5th June 2010, 16:09   #20
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Wonderful. That Ooty-Masinagudi pics reminds me of 2010 new year. I had a bachelor's new year with friends. Btw did they allow you to take up the road downhill to Masinagudi without any fuss?

We had to convince the cop that one of us had to board the evening flight from Bangalore. Then he budged and let us go.
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Old 5th June 2010, 16:28   #21
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Reply2ab,
Congrats for your marriage (belated) and for the trip too. Others have already written all the good points. My +1 to all those. You sure have set a trend! This Honeymoon road trip idea, I am sure is going to be a hit. I am just giving a 5* rating to this thread for the free style way in which you two seem to have undertaken this trip! Great
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Congrats on your marriage and best wishes for a long and happy married life. Excellent start to the life ahead but I must say that this kind of a trip can be survived only on a honeymoon,lol. Yeah that Masinagudi road is a trouble to go down not because of the bends but because of the cops. Last time we went down that road we had to prove that we were expert drivers from Himalayas and being from the forces knew how to drive on bends. Even then we were given a pep talk on how to keep driving in 1 n 2 gears only all the way down. We asked for his cell number so that we can ask him when can we shift to 3 but sadly he missed the humor. lol
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Very few people could accomplish certain things like this & I'm happy you did one of them. Roadtrip from Chennai to Delhi, is really amazing to hear & besides thanks so much for sharing the pics with us. I hope this will remain as one of the best memorable road trip to you.
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Congrats and wishes for happy married life. As other said, you guys are true petrol heads, having gone every where on wheels!

How was the rad from :

1. Sulthan Bathery to Gudalur?
2. Gundlupet-Begur-Hunsur?

Was there in Ooty/Conoor two weeks back and it was like home coming!

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Default Honeymoon Drive - Chennai to Delhi (Leg-3)...contd

Leg - 3
Kotagiri – Ooty – Masinagudi – Bandipur – Gundulpet – Begur – Hunsur – Bylakuppe – Kushalnagar – Dubare Elephant Camp

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arriving in gundulpet...
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from beautiful roads to dusty roads
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and back to smooth roads...
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we chose country roads over highways....
which turned out to be a visual treat...
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Dubare Elephant camp is run by the Karnataka Tourism it was a pricy
but worth every money...

you need to leave your vehicle behind and they take you across in one of their boats...
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the cottages were modern, clean and nicely done up
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after checking in and lunch we went out for a jeep safari...
didnt see much but the drive through the forest was fun...
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Great log in the making, keep going.
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Always the countryside is beautiful than Highway, unfortunately in our country the countryside roads are neglected & hence one is forced to take the highway for commuting quickly. Looks like the TN bolero had to be left behind to take the forest ride through a KA bolero
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Default Honeymoon Drive - Chennai to Delhi (Leg-3)...some more pix

Our decision to stop at Dubare Elephant camp turned out to be a good one as the road condition from kushalnagar to mangalore was really bad.

the hammock outside our cottage...
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the cottage
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loved the sign
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got up early morning to take the coracle ride....its one adrenaline rush when the boat man spins it...
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HORN OK PLEASE....
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we went to the river side where we got the opportunity to bathe the elephants..
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a lil bit of hair oil and combing...
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afternoon spent lazing around...
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Default LEG - 4 - Honeymoon Drive - Chennai to Delhi

Leg – 4
Dubare Elephant Camp – Madikeri – Sulya – Puttur – Mangalore – Udupi – Kundapura

The Drive from Dubare turned out to be a very exhausting one. We left Dubare post lunch and thought that we would be able to reach Mangalore in no time, but the road condition was too bad and we reached mangalore in the evening...we pushed on and took a break at a cafe coffee day way past mangalore on the highway. Some reading through the Lonely Planet told us about the Turtle Bay Resort, what a place !

The road Madikeri onwards...
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A mahindra Bolero Pickup...fully loaded
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Pot Holed Roads...
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Turtle Bay Resort...
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Default Honeymoon Drive - Chennai to Delhi (Leg-5)

Leg – 5
Kundapura – Kasarkod – Karwar – Polem – Bambolim Beach

After having a wonderful and relaxing time...its time to move on to GOA !!!
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it was amazing to drive next to the sea....bliss !
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superb roads...breathtaking views...
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colonial architecture...if you may call it
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the setting sun as we tread towards our destination...
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night lights...
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morning view from our cottage...
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morning to evening @ the beach....
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