Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Road trip update!

K and I went on another road trip end of Feb - this time to Madurai/Rameshwaram/Dhanushkodi. Tamil Nadu had dream like roads.. no kidding!! We reached Madurai well before our expected time of arrival... and crashed for a bit. First stop in the evening was of course the Meenakshi Temple. I don't really have words to describe how beautiful this temple was(is). The architecture was brilliant. It was calm, peaceful and serene. The lights on all 4 towers were lit up and made a pretty picture. We revisited the temple next day early morning, this time we actually prayed ;-) Breakfast was at our very own Murugan Idli Kadai, K says this was the original.. so there's no way am leaving Madurai without going there! It did live upto its expectations.. great stuff! We then drove to Rameshwaram which took us about 3 hours.. you know somehow I've always thought that TN was not too green. You will be surprised.. the drive was so pretty, with green fields all around.. Sigh. Made a quick dash in to the Rameshwaram temple, didn't do the dip in the holy water, we decided we would come back later in our lives to cleanse ourselves :P
Then the drive to Dhanushkodi began.. Man this is one awesome scenic drive. We cross the Pamban bridge, and after a point all you can see is blue water on both sides... Picture perfect!!! Supposedly the water gets really rough on one side, but I guess it was a low tide that day so both sides were calm. Once we reached Dhanushkodi, K said he would drive me along the coast on the sand. Wowie. That was one exciting ride, the offroading began and went on and on and on.... until we reached a point which was literally No Man's Land! Just a narrow strip of land, and clear blue water on both sides.... we played in the beach(es) and had fun. We waited and waited for one thing though.. and here it was finally...
The sunset!! One of the most beautiful ones I've ever seen... Totally worth all that time we waited... Good job, K! :-)
We then started our drive back to Madurai, was quite an adventure.. we reached quite late that night and we were super tired. Next day was all about doing the usual touristy stuff.. went to the Madurai Palace which was again beautiful!
I know, so pretty na? Well well, we had a good time, Saturday night we went to the Taj Madurai which is on a slight hilly terrain.. we could see the entire city from the lawn... we drank(thats the purpose u see!) and ate and chilled out in general. Woke up late the next day and we started our drive back to Chennai. Boo. Me thinks road trips must be never ending. They are so much fun! Well here are a few more snaps I could steal from K's album.. I must say they don't do full justice to the actual picture it presents.. but nevertheless, good job K. U and your Canon are a super combo! :-)