What Does a Road Trip Offer?

You have your spin and have the enthusiasm to take it out on a long drive, but you are not sure how your first road trip may go or what it may offer you. You need to learn what to expect from a road trip. This is especially true if you are going with a set of friends or family, because the experience becomes all the more enjoyable. The freedom: When you have your own car or bike as your travel partner, the most positive factor about it is that you travel according to your own convenience, you start when you want to, stop when you feel like it and take as many breaks as you wish to take. The views: You will realize that a view from the car of bike feels much more enhanced when it is compared to a train or bus travel. The reason for this is that you can control the speed of the vehicle according to your will and can even stop to take in the sights and sounds of a place that tugs at your heart strings. The food: you may spot the best highway restaurant but may not be able to stop and experience the food at the place, but if you are on a road trip in your own car, you can choose to stop at as many restaurants as your stomach allows you to. The Space: The kind of comfort, convenience and space that an owned vehicle offers on a road trip is much more when compared to a shared vehicle such as a bus or a train. This is another reason why a road trip becomes most memorable in an owned vehicle. The amount of comfort and uniqueness that a road trip offers to the travellers is something that is out of the world. A trip on your own terms is a memory in the making for a...

Mesmerising Drive Through the Western Ghats

Do you feel driving on Western Ghats is mesmerizing? If you haven’t tried it once, take a long drive in monsoons on this stretch as there could be nothing better experience. This is a reality that there is nothing more pleasurable than driving in Western ghats during Monsoon. The rains weave a magic in the Western Ghats all around. The hills are green. The cascades could be seen tumbling-down beautifully. Streams whirl around to get back their life. Every thing is green and beautiful. So, let’s discuss a few monsoon road trips which can be experienced during the monsoon in Western ghats. Monsoon Road Trip 1 – Malnad Magic There is a nameless waterfall near Balehole. The route extends as follows: – Hassan – Mudigere – Charmadi – Balehole – Sringeri – Agumbe – Tirthahalli – Chikmagalur – Hassan Overall distance is 465 km and the road conditions are excellent.  This is a quintessential monsoon drive. Here, you can savour charms of Charmadi ghat as there are numerous waterfalls. Drive on winding mountain roads with water falls after every few kilometer is a heavenly experience. You can visit the famous Shankaracharya math and Sharada devi temple here in Sringeri. There is a lovely valley view from sunset point in Agumbe. You can get mesmerised with green landscape in the valley from Kundadri hill. The recommended night halt could be at Tirthahalli Monsoon Drive 2 – Malnad Heritage trail Here you get beautiful landscape in Kudremukh National park. You can visit Jain shrines and 1000 pillared temple in Moodabidri. You drive through pristine forests of Kudremukh. The recommended stay for night could be at Karkala. Monsoon Road Trip 3 – Malnad Coffee Trail Here you get the rolling meadows of Sakleshpur. The route is as following:  Route –  Hassan – Sakleshpur – Madikeri – Sullia – Subramanya – Hassan The overall distance is 331 KMs. Road conditions are very good but there are a few broken patches. This could be is an opportunity to drive through the beautiful landscape of meadows and rolling...

Driving down the shore of Muzhappilangad Beach

What is the best thing you feel about beaches? The sweltering sunrays falling straight on the sea bed, the sparkling sand covering the beach area or the incredibly beautiful sea covering almost 71 per cent of the Earth surface? Well, it is a combination of all three, which adds more to the beauty of beaches in India. However, if you get a chance to drive down the beach shore, the enthusiasm will multiply as you will get more chance to behold the beauty of the beach in your eyes for a longer time. Are you aware of the fact that Muzhappilangad Drive in Beach, Kannur- Kerala is the only drive-in beach of Asia. It offers a smooth drive of 4 km between Thalassery and Kunnur, which runs parallel to National Highway NH-17. Tourists visit this amazing beach spot mostly in the month of April when locals organise a festival. This event attracts travellers and young adventure enthusiasts to perform car stunts and bike stunts involving drifting and wheeling on the beach. As far as safety standard is concerned, driving is safe at Muzhappilangad Beach as it is surrounded by black rocks. These rocks safeguard it from stronger currents of the sea. The serene beach is one of the popular beaches in Kerala known for its tranquility and picturesque sea view, which makes it a perfect spot for tourists to swim, to simply walk around and take sun bathe as well. The best time to drive on the sore here is from September to March. The beautiful stretch winds through coconut groves leading to the beach. To get on to this road while driving from Tellicherry towards Kannur, take left turn just before the first railway crossing you encounter after crossing the Moidu bridge. The beach is around 5 km long and curves in a wide area thereby giving a good view of Kannur on the north. The local laws are also easy as they allow beachgoers to drive for a full 4 km directly on the sands of the...

Safe Travel Tips

Traveling is one of the most pleasurable things we do and it is always a lot of fun to explore new destinations and new avenues. However, traveling comes with some risks since we go to new places and deal with new experiences. Here are some crucial travel tips that will make your journey even more enjoyable. 1. Ensure that you keep yourself and children seat belted at all times when traveling in a car. Children are the greatest concern when traveling so it is important to keep them safe at all times. 2. Keep the cash out of sight when going out for sightseeing or while traveling in public transports in new cities. Don’t display a large stack of cash in a store. Also, you must distribute the cash in various places so that even if some goes missing, you always have a back-up. Keep some cash in the car, some in the luggage and give some to your spouse so that the trip’s expenses are not just dependent on one person. 3. Have a first aid kit in your car at all times. It can be difficult to find medical help immediately in a new city so it is always better to have basic necessities with you. 4. Avoid using the ATM machine at night times or all by yourself 5. If you are going on a road trip with your children, you must keep things in the car to keep them occupied so that you can concentrate on driving. 6. Don’t carry your expensive jewellery or valuable coat with you on a vacation. It is an open invitation for thieves. 7. Pay attention to your luggage at all times. Ensure that a stranger does not come close to your luggage. Road trips can be extremely fun-filled with family and friends. Just bear in mind these tips to make your trip safe and secure so that you can enjoy it the...

Planning a Vacation in India

It is common for families all over India to start planning for a sightseeing trip once the summer vacations or the Diwali holidays have been announced. Everybody in the family is excited, and they busily start making plans for where they want to go, what they want to do and what activities they can indulge in. However, cold water is poured over all those plans when they find that not a single ticket is available by rail, road or air. New trains are being added every year, airlines are introducing new flights all the time and there are a vast number of taxi services and bus companies for taking passengers from point A to point B. But that is still not enough to cater to India’s burgeoning population that uses the holiday season to attend weddings, celebrate festivals, visit religious places, travel to their ancestral home and go for sightseeing expeditions with friends and family. That is why it is a good idea to make these plans well in advance, because getting tickets at the last moment is next to impossible, especially during vacation time. The best time to go to a tourist spot is in the off season. It is unlikely that families will come to such places when the children are in the middle of the academic year. So for those who are under no such obligation, planning a trip to these places would mean having the whole tourist town all to themselves and also availing of lower rates in hotels. Hotels display their room rates on their websites, so it is easy to compare different resorts as well as being able to judge which place has the best amenities. It is possible to book airline tickets well in advance over the Internet. The Indian aviation industry has many budget airlines operating in it. Full service airlines like Air India also offer some of the seats on their flights at a very low cost. The earlier the seat is booked, the lower is the cost. Quite often the passengers will be required to bid for the seats. In case, the flying time is short and the passengers do not want a meal on board, taking a low cost service can save them a lot of money. Most tourist destinations have excellent taxi services that can take tourists to all the major hot spots, while special trains are run to key pilgrimage destinations like Tirupati and Shirdi. With a little early planning, it is possible to enjoy a fun vacation at a decent cost anywhere in India....