India's Best Coastal Drives
How to begin your vacation even before you reach your destination
Mangalore to Goa: The next time you drive from Bangalore to Goa take the longer route along Karnataka’s coast (via Mangalore) and don’t make any bookings in Goa. Make Udupi your first pit stop – its home to one of India’s most serene Krishna temples and is a foodie’s paradise (yes that includes the world famous Masala Dosa). The highpoint of your drive awaits about 50 kms ahead at Maravanthe, where the road splits with the Arabian Sea on your left and the Sauparnika river and the backdrop of the Kodachadri hills on your right.
The Devbagh beach resort may not be the most luxurious getaway but it’s nestled inside a Casuarina grove on the Devbagh beach, one of India’s finest snorkelling destinations. As you pull into Goa you might wonder why a few hours jouney turned into a few days.
Chennai to Pondicherry: Sometimes the road trip becomes the destination as is the case with the East Coast road (ECR) that connectsChennai with Pondicherry. Start your ECR odyssey from either the Vivanta by Taj Fisherman’s Cove or the Radisson Blu Temple Bay resort. Halfway down the road is one of ECR’s better kept secrets full of photo opps – the remains of the Alambara fort on a deserted beach.
- Ashwin Rajagopalan
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