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Planning road trips? Here are 5 road trips in South India you must take in 2015. They are not only a visual treat but will refresh you from within.
Travelling is therapeutic and when it comes to absolutely stunning road trips engulfed in natural beauty, who wants to spend a vacation doing anything else?
Whether your monotonous daily schedule has stolen the spark from your life or you just want to chill out with your close ones, the fun of a road trip in South India remains unbeatable. These road trips are known for their exquisite beauty, natural charm and healing freshness. Well constructed and safe to drive roads, these road trips have been the ultimate go-to destinations among students, singles, professionals and the young at heart couples since ever. The next time you plan to pack your bags for a weekend getaway or a vacation in mesmerising south India, check out the list to know the most enjoyable trip to head out for.
The best part about these road trips is that they offer something for everyone. For example, adventure, photography and a romantic drive can be enjoyed alike on all these man-made stretches. That makes these road stretches favourite among everyone.
A break from the hustle bustle of the tinsel town is well deserved to break life’s monotony. This expressway is 93 km long and in a good shape. Lonavala – the mysteriously beautiful geographic escape on the expressway offers amazing natural views that help you relax and unwind. The most popular chikki is something to be on your checklist. Besides chikki, you can enjoy a sumptuous weekend meal at Sunny Da Dhaba or Kinara Village Dhaba on the Pune-Lonavla stretch. They offer hunger enticing menu that will make you find any damn excuse to skip your diet and just indulge! Getting to Lonavla from both Mumbai and Pune is quite easy. You may choose to travel by bus, cab or even your two-wheelers. The two-wheelers are allowed to run on Mumbai-Pune highway whereas the four wheelers like cabs and buses ply on the Mumbai-Pune expressway.
If water is your fantasy and photography your hobby, you got to be hitting this road very soon! This 160 km long stretch can be covered in almost 3 hours. The best time is to start early so that you can witness the most enthralling beauty of sea as the day advances and Sun reflects through the water body. If you live or are holidaying anywhere around Chennai, this is a must visit stretch. The natural beauty of sea alongside the road you travel will keep your camera eyeing for perfect shots back-to-back! There are many interesting spots en route likeMahabalipuram (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Kalpakkam (nuclear facility), Idaikkazhinadu (Alamparai Fort aka Alambara Fort), Mudaliarkuppam (with boat house and water sport facility), Marakkanam (famous for large salt pans) etc. All these attractions together make it a must visit place for anyone who is looking for a cool vacation.
We have all reached that stage of civilization where cement jungles have significantly replaced the green jungles. So, how about travelling through a real green forest? This very idea sounds refreshing and it is truly so when you travel through the Bandipur forest and locate deer walking across the road casually. For a longer vacation, you may take the same road to Ooty or Mysore as the road connecting these two places passes through Bandipur National Park. This stretch is 235 km long and takes almost 5 hours to travel through. The trip is facilitated with stopovers like McDonalds and Cafe Coffee Day along the route. Right in the lap of nature, this trip will leave you rejuvenated and relaxed.
If you are holidaying around Rameshwaram, you can’t afford to miss a ride on the 13.5 km long Pamban Bridge given the rare view you will enjoy for 20 minutes. For all the 20 minutes of your ride, there would be only water as far as you can see. The moist breeze emerging from the ocean is like the happiness therapy that makes you feel lighter and brighter. If water and cool breezes are your pick, don’t miss out on this one!
Visakhapatnam is a place of natural beauty as the Bay of Bengal and Eastern Ghats merge together. Araku valley is 116 km away from Visakhapatnam and the route offers a mystic beauty of hills and elevation. The refreshing surroundings at Araku will make you want to come back again and again. The stretch between Visakhapatnam and Araku houses some interesting places to visit like Borra caves and Tatipudi reservoir. They make for great stopovers and let you unwind completely. A trip to Visakhapatnam and Araku is perfect to go clicking real candid moments of a holiday.
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