The Great Driving Route

Edit: Check out the updated route please.

The wait is over! Finally unveiling the route Ankita and I intend to travel for the Great Driving Challenge.

You can see this as a map on Google Maps. And if you like what we have planned, please take some time to vote for us. Only 10 hours remain as I write this.

From: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

To: Murud, Maharashtra, India – 143km
A striking beach, and the commanding fortress of Janjira, which is simply India’s most spectacular island fort.

To: Chiplun, Maharashtra, India– 176km
Night halt

To: Mapusa, Goa, India – 290km
Short & customary stopover at Goa

To: Gokarna, Karnataka, India – 298km
Gokarna – or the cow’s ear, is a small low-key village, with temples and beaches, the best beaches being those reached via a footpath that begins on the southern side of its Ganpati temple.

To: Coorg, Karnataka, India – 472km with a night halt in between
Coorg, or Kodagu, is known for its cool climate, winding roads, rambling over forested hills and past spice and coffee plantations. There are some forts, temples, and a waterfall to see apart from the breathtaking natural beauty.

To: Kannur – 111km
It may be a small and unexciting town otherwise, but there is Kerala’s most popular ritualistic art form, theyyam that belongs to this place. Apart from that there is a Portuguese built St. Angelo Fort, built of brilliantly red laterite stone, and gives excellent views of the surrounding beaches.

To: Ernakulam – 284km
It’s next to Fort Cochin, a laid back town, famous for its port. Night halt here.

To: Trivandrum – 211km
The capital of Kerala. Short stopover before moving towards Kanyakumari

To: Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India – 89km
Kanyakumari is the “Land’s End” of the Indian subcontinent. Here the Indian Ocean, the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea meet. Among other things to see is the Vivekananda Memorial, where Swami Vivekananda had meditated in 1892 before becoming an icon to the Indian/Hindu public.

To: Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India – 249km
Madurai – the home of the Meenakshi Temple. According to ancient documents, this city is 2400 years old, and was an important trade hub, especially for spices.

To: Pondicherry, Pondicherry, India – 337km
Pondicherry is the pocket of French culture and architecture in India. Apart from its calm and relaxed lifestyle and French connections, it is famous for the Auroville – the ashram of Maharishi Aurobindo.

To: Hampi, Karnataka, India – 618km with a night halt in between
The fascinating ruins of 15th century Vijayanagar make this place famous. In the legends of Ramayana, this place was called Kishkindha, the place where the monkey gods lived.

Back To: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India – 717km with a night halt in between (Sholapur maybe)

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