Rameshwaram – 600 kilometers from Bangalore – my longest bike trip till now. I was wondering if my 10 year old Apache 160cc will sustain the distance or not, and yet again it proved its loyalty.
Me and my friend Prashant, both packed our bags and started from Bangalore at about 8AM. Prashant on his 500cc royal Enfield was very excited as usual. We decided to go via Madurai as it had a four-lane road and the road condition was better.
The weather was quite hot and after few short breaks and a decent lunch break, we reached Madurai by 5PM. We had covered about 430 kilometers and it was 170 more kilometers to Rameshwaram. As the road condition was not so good from hereon so we decided to stay the night in Madurai. We checked into a hotel very near to the Meenakshi temple. In the evening we went around the main complex of the temple. It was very much crowded and the queue of the devotees to enter the main temple was almost more than a kilometer long. We spent some time there, had dinner, and then went back to the hotel to get some quality sleep.
Next morning we left Madurai by 7AM. After a small breakfast stop and couple of drinks break, we reached the Pamban Bridge by 10.30 AM. Few parts of the road till here were under construction however the ride was smooth enough.
We reached Rameshwaram by 11AM, which was about 10 Kilometers from the bridge. We checked into a hotel and had lunch and took some rest. The weather was quite hot with temperature around 35 degree hence decided to go out a bit later. At about 4PM we started towards Dhanushkodi point. Dhanushkodi is the tip of Rameshwaram and the end of the Indian land. On a clear day, Sri Lanka can be seen from there, as it is about 50kms from there.
We went on our bike till 10kms from the point, beyond which no private vehicle was allowed. We were a bit disappointed as there was a newly laid road till the tip and it would have been a really awesome drive. We had to park our bikes and go in a small mini bus which was supposed to take us to the end point.
The bus ride was quite exciting, and though we had to pay 150 bucks, it was worth it. The bus did not take the new road, rather it took us through the beach and through the water. There was literally no road and it was quite an exciting experience.
The bus dropped us at a point near the beach which had few local shops around.
However, we found out that the end point of the land was few more kilometers away. The bus was not allowed to go till there so we decided to walk up till the end. We walked along the beach for sometime and then joined the newly laid road.
After about an hour’s walk over that newly laid road, we finally reached the tip of India.
We could not get a sight of Sri Lanka as it was already getting dark and was quite cloudy. The beach was nice over there and it was completely deserted as no one was allowed to come to this part. We spent some time watching the sunset and then started our 10km long walk back to our bike.
Next day we visited the Rameshwaram main temple at 5 AM. After spending about an hour over there, we started off to Bangalore. We had decided to cover the complete distance to Bangalore in the same day. We took the same route we came and reached Madurai by 10 AM where we stopped for breakfast. From then on we decided to stop every hour or so for a short break and rest ourselves.
Finally, with few nice short breaks on the way, we reached Bangalore by 8 PM.
Overall, the trip was not as hectic as we thought it would be. Nice road conditions during most part of our trip made things quite easier. Nevertheless, as this was one of our long awaited trip and the longest one till now, we were quite happy to successfully finish it.