Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Chennai Trekking Club explanation after the Theni Forest Fire

I am pasting the content sent to all CTC members with explanation regarding the Theni Forest Fire.

March 13th,

Our sincere condolences go out to the families of the victims who lost their lives in the forest fire during our Woman’s Day trek at Kurangani, Theni district. Our experienced trek organisers Nisha and Dhivya, supported by Arun and Vibin, two of our experienced organisers took out a 27 member group for a 2-day trek along with a local guide. We came to know that on Saturday, March 10th the group started off from Kurangani at the base and paid fees at the forest entry check-post who issued an entry pass. The trekking route from the base at Kurangani to Kollukumalai on top is a regular and a clear trail created by local villagers and trekkers. On Saturday morning when the group started to trek, there was no sign of fire in the entire forest range and by evening the team reached the Kollukumalai tea estate at the top and camped there.

On Sunday morning the group started their descent back towards the exit through the same trail they went up by and reached close to mid-point of the exit. As a normal seasonal cultivation practice, local farmers at the base burn grass during this season and on Sunday it seems they light the grass at the base. Due to an unusual low depression in the Bodi valley (Source: Tamilnadu Weatherman), there were unexpected and unprecedented strong winds on Sunday. As a result, the fire swept across from the base of the hills and spread across the hill upwards. Some of the survivors told that there was very limited reaction time due to the fast spreading smoke. As soon as smoke was noticed the team proceeded downhill away from the smoke but got blocked by fire in the opposite direction.

On Sunday afternoon soon after CTC reached out to the local guide who was with the trekking group; one of the few who was reachable by phone gave us accurate information on the location of the group. This critical information was immediately shared with the forest department along with participant details and helped in the search and rescue operations. In the evening CTC put together and sent an experienced team to Theni to provide on-ground support.

The recent Kurangani trek was organized as a women’s trek to commemorate women’s day. Arun and Vibin are experienced trekkers who have been trekking across the country for over 7 years. They have competed and won trekking events in other parts of the country. Trained in survival skills themselves, it is hard to accept that they lost their lives in this unfortunate incident. Knowing these experienced trek organizers, we believe they have fought till death to save as many lives as possible. We also came to know that Dhivya Muthukumaran, one of the participants, rescued 3 people and went back to save others, but could not get back. She lost her life in her efforts to save the lives of her team mates.

Chennai Trekking club and its events give courage for women to step out, for a lifestyle of fitness and exploration of nature. This is a platform for women to take on the challenges that only men were allowed to take on. We have lost the best of our trekkers, leaders, volunteers, friends and above all good human beings who cared for other people and the earth. This loss is irreparable. We extend our sincere and heartfelt sadness in what has happened. We extend our full support to the survivors, their families and the families of the victims.

About Chennai Trekking Club

Chennai Trekking Club is a well-established 10-year-old, a group of volunteer-driven, non-profit entity which has inspired tens of thousands of people into an active and healthy lifestyle through hundreds of weekend trekking expeditions and several large annual sports activities. It’s a platform in which like-minded people with full-time jobs, volunteer to come together and experience their shared passion for nature and outdoors. No membership fees are collected and it’s free for all to join.

The group is actively engaged in ongoing environmental initiatives in collaboration with the forest department, planting and maintaining more than 20 thousand saplings in and around Chennai.  Volunteers of CTC were very active during the Chennai floods, rescuing numerous lives and did extensive relief and rehabilitation and organized 300 cleanup drives of the Adyar river post the floods. The group has organized various social initiatives, including 4000 blood donation drives in support of 12 thousand patients, construction of educational and sanitation facilities for the less privileged. The group has a very close affinity to nature with strong adherence to environmental conservation.
There is no organisational hierarchy in any of the activities or events organised by CTC. Each trek is organized by the individual organizer/volunteer based on skills and experience in managing a team. Any trek organized by the club undergoes multiple approvals.  The participants are carefully selected and disclaimers are obtained from all the participants. While starting the trek, it is also ensured that necessary permissions are obtained and the organizers carry the documents with them. The event expenses are shared equally among participants and organisers; and there is no profit made from any trek. Accounts are transparently shared among participants. As in this case, although we followed all the safety procedures and precautions the team was overcome by fire.

We would like to assure all concerned that this is a natural disaster and our experienced trek organizers paid with their lives to stand up for the team. We mourn the death of every CTC and non CTC person struck by this tragedy. And we pray for the speedy recovery for those undergoing medical treatment.

Chennai Trekking Club

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Hoax or not? Mobiles to be 13 digits from 1st July

You are reading this article as you come to know that the mobile numbers will be changed from a 10 digit format to a 13 digit format from July 1st 2018.

From July 2018 Mobile number will be of 13 digit.All 10 digit existing mobile number will be changed to 13 digit number max by October 2018.

This message is true, but the interpretation is false. The message clearly says this is for M2M communication. This is Machine to Machine communication. These are communications that does not cover our mobile communication. These are for Credit card processing, Debit card processing, GPS system, vending machines etc.

I will not be surprised if this even makes in to news media, due to the chaos this message can create in common people.


We can safely say this message is a Hoax as it is a wrong interpretation of a message, which is the only reason it is making its rounds.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Hoax or not? NGO Prerana supported by Infosys

This is the message that is floating around,

Hi All,

A small help required.

Will you please post this message in the known groups so that it gets circulated, thanks.

If you have come across any bright students coming from poor financial background who have finished their 10th standard this year and scored more than 80%, please ask them
to contact the NGO - Prerana (Supported by Infosys foundation).

The NGO is conducting a written test and those who clear the test will be eligible for financial help for their further studies.

Please ask the students to contact the people mentioned below to get
the form:

Contact numbers:
1. Ms. Saraswati - 9900906338
2. Mr. Shivkumar - 99866 30301
3. Ms. Bindu - 99645 34667

Even if you don't know
anyone, please  pass on this info, someone might be in need of this. www.infosys.com/infosys-foundation

Forward it in other groups as well.😊

This message has a classic sign of what we call as a data junk like a space junk. this does not have a date. Checking the link, you see this program was available in 2015.

Also the numbers are not valid anymore. So please do not forward this message if you have received it.


This is not a spam, this is a real message indented to help someone, but not currently out of relevance as this is from a long time back.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hoax or not? Message from Cyberswachhtakendra.gov.in

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Message received from AT-ARWINF

This has all the telltale signs of a phishing message. Looking at the domain name record:

Registrant Contact:
Name: Amardeep Singh, Director
Organization: CERT-In
Street: Ministry of Electroins & IT
Electronics Niketan, 6, CGO Comp
City: New Delhi
State: Delhi
Postal Code:110003
Country: IN
Phone: +91.1124364737
Email: aschawla@meity.gov.in
If you look at the email address, you will see the email is registered to meity.gov.in (Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India)

This message is not a phishing message. You can try the bot removal tool from this website

You have a message and not sure if it is a Hoax or spam or phishing?

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Solo travel to Kerala Beaches by Maari

This is a contributed blog by Maari. Maari is a traveller, trekker and has completed the most grueling Ironman Triathlon.

For the past one year, I couldn't travel due to few reasons. Now that I decided to travel, I was looking forward to the long weekend this Republic day (2018). My wife agreed * (*conditions applied) to let me go on a trip this holiday. The condition was to take her and Kaniyan (our cute 1 month baby) to the same place wherever I choose to go, later when he's old enough :). So my trip started with this agreement.

My friend and I planned to go to Bangalore initially. My bro Hari then suggested an idea for solo trip. It turned out that my friend couldn't make it and then I decided to set out on my first solo journey. I am a big fan of beaches in Gokarna. Expecting the same kind of an experience, I decided to check the beaches in Kerala. Hari bro had already been to these places on his own and I too prepared to go alone to these beach destinations. Since it was a long weekend, there were no tickets available. My only option was to try booking tatkal train tickets and luckily I got them.

Here are the places I planned to cover:

  1. Alappuzha (Alleppey beach & Marari beach)
  2. Varkala
  3. Kovalam

The route to Alappuzha while on the Alleppey express between Ernakulam and Alappuzha was breathtakingly beautiful. Lots of coconut trees and frequently passing lakes were a treat to the eyes. Finally reached Alappuzha at 10.30 am. As I had come alone, I had booked dormitory rooms for both days. My room was 1.5 km away from the railway station. I reached my room on foot. After freshening up started to checkout this places around and went to the backwaters place (boat jetty). Then started to look for Marari beach, I had thought that Marari beach was nearby but it was 15 km away from here, so planned to skip Marari beach and spend more time in Alleppey beach. It was time for lunch already, it was Kerala meals for lunch in a nearby eatery and took some rest in the room.

The evening was blissfully spent in the beach from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. It was the best thing this day.

With memories and thoughts inside and the beach outside, I felt something that can't be justified with words. Then found a roadside food stall for dinner and had beef, dosa and idiyappam and returned to room. Spoke to a co-traveller for some time in the room. He suggested staying in Marari beach is better than staying at Alleppey beach. Then he told about his boating experience. Boat jetty ride is available with government and private boats. They will take you for 2-3 hours and charge Rs. 900-1200 (depends on your bargaining ability). Private ones charge you Rs. 500 per hour.

Next day I reached Varkala via train again.

I wanted to spend more time at Varkala. So had booked train at 6:30 am and reached Varkala railway station at 9:15 am. The dorm room I had booked was 2.8 km away from the station. Again walked and reached my room. What a scenic view it was to see the sea from  the helipad area! I badly wanted to take a plunge in the waters but waited an hour as I was tied to book my return tatkal ticket to Chennai. After booking the ticket, kept my bag in the room and swam for an hour in the sea.

Then there I saw people on the Paraglider. It costs Rs. 3500. I observed the ride for some time and left the place. I walked for some time, had lunch and took rest in the room. The dorm was mostly occupied by foreigners. The thing I liked most about them is that they didn't disturb others. Even if they had come with friends, they always gave them their private space for their own me-time. It was a good thing I observed in them. 

I started the evening walking over the cliff. Shops and restaurants lined the entire length of the cliff. I kept walking and the line of shops were never-ending. After a point, I started walking back towards the room. Fresh sea food were showcased in front of every restaurant. They prepared and served whatever we wished for.

Next day started with some walking, exercise and swimming. 

Then I went up the cliff and walked to its end. There were only restaurants and hotels. Some were remarkably rich and beautiful.

I vacated my room and went to Trivandrum. The travel was one hour from Varkala. From there I wanted to go to Kovalam beach. So I reached Kovalam beach from East fort bus stand (1 km from Trivandrum central ). This beach was very commercial. I went up the lighthouse and saw the entire view from the top.

After Kovalam it was time to reach Trivandrum railway station. 

This trip gave me many different experiences. Language problem turned out to be both good and bad for me. Bad in the sense I would not be able to ask others about food and places to see. But that did not become a major problem as I should figure out these things myself. So that wasn't a big deal. The good thing was, maybe because of this, I didn't speak much to others. Usually when I go to trips with friends, I would talk non-stop the entire period. This one time I spent time with myself more than talking to others and liked it.

The only fear in this solo trip was that I couldn't keep my mobile and wallet safely (the things I totally depended on during the trip - including booking tatkal tickets). My heart kept saying that just like I won't take others' bags, others won't take mine. But mind often asked what if someone takes something. In the end, heart won ;).

Finally I boarded the train to Chennai.

Train Started. Trip Ended.

Friday, January 26, 2018

பகுத்தறிவு By Selva

This is a contributed blog by Selva.


பகுத்தறிவு என்பது மிகப்பெரிய காரியம் அல்ல.மிக மிக சுலபம்.

“மனிதனை மனிதனாய் பார்ப்பதே பகுத்தறிவு”

இந்த பகுத்தறிவை சுலபத்தில் அடைவதென்பது பன்முக கலாச்சாரம் கொண்ட இந்திய திருநாட்டில் கடினமாகவே உள்ளது.
சாதி, மதம், அரசியல், கலாச்சாரம், சமூகம் என இவ்வாறான பல்வேறு காரணிகள் ஒருவனின் பகுத்தறிவை அழிக்கிறது.



சாதி என்பது ஒரு தொழிலை மையப்படுத்தி அமைக்கப்பட்ட ஓர் பொருள்.
முடி திருத்தம் செய்பவர்களை அம்பட்டையார் என்றும், வியாபாரம் செய்பவர்களை செட்டியார், நாடார் என்றும், வீரமிக்க படைவீரர்கள் தேவர்கள் என்றும் சொல்லி வந்தனர்.இவ்வாறு பல்வேறு கட்டமைப்பு மற்றும் கூட்டமைப்பு பெற்ற சாதிகளில் ஏற்றத்தாழ்வு என்பது ஒருவனின் உழைப்பே பொறுத்தே அமைகிறது.

இவ்வாறான ஒரு பொருள் தீண்டாமையின் உச்சகட்ட எல்லைக்கு கொண்டு சென்றது மனிதனின் மடத்தனம்.தற்போது ஒவ்வொருவரும் அவர் சாதி மரபான தொழிலை செய்கிறார்களா என்பது கேள்வி. இல்லவே இல்லை என்பது ஆணித்தரமான உண்மை. இப்படி இருக்கையில் சாதி கொடியை இப்போதும் தூக்கி பிடிப்பது எந்த வகையில் நியாயம் என்பது தெரியவில்லை.

ஐ.டி யில் வேலை செய்யும் என்னை எந்த சாதி கூட்டுக்குள் அடைக்க போகிறீர்கள்? முடி திருத்தாக்கம் வைத்திருக்கும் எனது சித்தப்பாவையும் விவசாயம் செய்யும் என் அப்பாவையும் எந்த சாதி கூட்டத்தில் சேர்க்க போகிறீர்கள்.



தனிமனித ஒருவனின் நல்லொழுக்கத்தை கலாச்சாரம் கலந்து எடுத்துரைக்கப்பெற்றது மதம் ஆகும். மதத்தின் கொள்கைகள் கோட்பாடுகள் அறிந்து யார் வேண்டுமானாலும் எந்த மதத்தை வேண்டுமானாலும் பின்பற்றலாம். இதுவே ஒரு மதத்தின் அடிப்படை தத்துவம்.

உனக்கு பிடித்தால் அந்த மதநெறிகளையும், எனக்கு பிடித்தால் இந்த மதநெறிகளையும் பின்பற்றலாம், நீயும் நானும் ஒருதாய் வயிற்று பிள்ளைகளாயினும்.

இப்படிப்பட்ட தனிமனிதனை காப்பாற்ற வந்த மதம்.நாளடைவில் தலைகீழாய் போனது சமூகத்தில் உலாவும் சில சகுனி கிறுக்கன்களால். தற்போது சாதி கொடியை தூக்கி பிடிக்க அடிப்படை காரணமாய் அமைவது இந்த மத கொள்கைகள் தான்.

தாழ்த்தப்பட்ட சாதியினர் உயர்ந்த சாதியினர் கோவிலுக்குள் செல்லக்கூடாது என்பது இன்னமும் வழக்கத்தில் இருந்து வருகிற உண்மை நிலை. இப்படி ஒரு தீண்டாமை கலந்த மதத்தை உடைய, கீழ்த்தரமான பெருமை இந்திய இனத்திற்கே உண்டானது.இதனால் தன பெரியார் போன்றோர் சாதியை காட்டிலும் அதன் வேறான மதத்தை அடியோடு இருப்பதில் ஆர்வம் காட்டினார்கள்.

அநீதி என்னவென்றால் மேல்சாதியினர் கீழ்சாதியினர்க்கு இழைத்த தான். குடிசையை கொழுத்துதல், தீண்டாமை, கற்பழிப்பு , கல்வி மறுப்பு, வாய்ப்புகள் மறுப்பு என பல்லாயிரக்கணக்கான ஆண்டுகளாய் நடப்பது தான்.



பல யுங்கங்களாய் டி.என்.ஏ வில் கலந்த ஒரு பொருள், ஒரே கட்டுரையில் பொய் விடுமா என்ன?.அடிப்படை கல்வி, திறமைக்கான வாய்ப்புகள், நட்பு, கலப்பு திருமணம் போன்றவைகளால் மட்டுமே சிறிது சிறிதாய் முடியும்.

இக்கால இளைஞர்களுக்கு இவையெல்லாம் பாடம் புகட்டியது ஜல்லிக்கட்டு போராட்டமும் அதன்பின் நடக்கும் கேவலமான அரசியலும் தான்.

சாதிகள் இல்லையடி பாப்பா என்று பாடிய பாரதியையும், பூணூல் அணிந்தது மற்றும் இந்து கடவுளை மையப்படுத்தி பாடியது என்று சமூகவலைத்தளத்தில் கேலி செய்வது எங்களின் பகுத்தறிவின் வளர்ச்சியை குறிக்கிறது.

சாதி மதமற்று மனிதனை மனிதனாய் பார்க்கும் மனிதனாய் இருப்போம்

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Being Lazy, How I reduced 12kg (26 lb) in 3 months?

I am 33 now and I had put on a lot of weight over a few years. I was one among the leanest when until my college days, then I started eating a lot and all of a sudden I started putting weight and no going back. I am 5 feet and 10 inches, at one time I crossed a unhealthy 90kg.

Few months back I realized I am carrying more weight than I have to. Even people around me started noticing that have put on a lot of weight. My pants do not fit me anymore, classic signs.

I am lazy, never would be able to stick on to a exercise routine. I would do stretches at times as I go on long distance motorcycle rides and it is almost needed (Here is a write up of a Solo motorcycle ride from Chennai to Delhi). I had tried walking once. Would do one hour of walking covering 6 km. I lost 3kg in a month. Due to work schedule, I was not able to continue with that. This time I wanted to lose weight, but something that will fit in my unscheduled and lazy life style. Going on a palio or other diet is not something I can put myself in to sacrificing the food I love to eat.

That is enough of what I cannot, still I lost 12kg.

The path that best suited me in intermittent fasting. Seems logical to be to lose weight and also to lead a healthy life. Logic is simple, leave time for your body to use up all the nutrients before it is ready for the next meal, in the process it also ends up using up excess fat to fuel if there is any defect. Within the eating window, you are free to consume your meals. You can leave a eating window of 12 hours or 8 hours or even 4 hours, which is a warrior diet.

Usually I skip my traditional morning breakfast. I break my fast with my afternoon lunch at 1 pm, this is the major meal in my day with no restriction, rice, meat, fish, bread, vegetables anything that I feel like eating. This is followed by some dry fruits and black tea for evening at 4 pm, night I have a vegetable/fruit bowl, raw. This is around 9. This is my regular diet. After work, I go to bed around 2 - 3 am. This gives me a good 5 hours for my dinner to settle down before I go to bed.

In addition, I skip my lunch on Tuesday, to detox y body for one day a week. This is also necessary for me. Saturdays I am lenient, I do have a regular dinner and my weekly quota of drink. With all this I was able to see the difference immediately, I was reducing weight and I landed at 78kg in a couple of months, I was also feeling healthy in this process.

After reaching 78kg, anything that I do, did not take me past  that mark. Weeks passes and I was still at 78kg. It was like there was still bad fat in my body,  that would not go away with even this healthy mode, it needs a even more serious treatment.

That was when I moved on to a 6 days water only diet. Just water, 3 liters a day for 6 days and it took me from 78kg to 74kg. You can read about how the benefits and procedure to follow a 7 days water only fast.

It has been a few months now and I am still hovering around 74kg to 75kg, even with one whole week of traveling and eating my heart out, I reached 76kg, still rolled back to 74kg following my regular diet.

This may not be a one size fit all diet, you would need to listen to your body and do what helps you to feel healthy.

I hope you found this blog helpful. If you have any questions, you can leave it in the comments.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Chennai to Gandikota and Belum Caves bike ride

This ride is to escape from the commotion of New Year, I still cannot understand why all this for changing an English calendar year.

The ride was supposed to start from Guindy at 5:30 am on 31st of Dec, 2017. Five was the final count and we had 3 bikes with us.

All was on track, except Parthiban who did not attend the call until 5:15 am. We had an ultimatum, to wait till 5:20 am, if Parthiban still did not respond, we have to drop a bike and go forward with 2 bikes. Finally he did attend. I picked to Purushoth from Perungudi, Muruga and Amaresh on separate bikes from Crompet. We all gathered right outside the Guindy Railway station.

It was a late start already. There were two routes, one through Nellore and another through Kadapa. After reading a few blogs, I selected Kadapa route. I told the guys to head towards Thiruvalur and Tirupathi from there. For some reason, Muruga did not catch that and he got off track from Thiruvalur. I was waiting there for a good 30 min, Amaresh already nearing Puthur, Muruga in a course correction after reaching Uthukottai.

We all gathered again in Puthur and then started moving forward. The road was excellent (at least compared to what was to come now) until Renigunta. Then you take a left that leads to Kadapa and Gandikota. After clearing the ghat region, we had an early lunch break in a Dhaba. You will find a lot of Dhabas before the Ghat region and few after that. From that point on you will understand why Google shows 7 hours 45 minutes travel time for 380km travel distance.  Trouble was in multiple forms: pot holes, marked speed breakers and the most notorious is the unmarked speed breakers of different size and shapes. No median is something we cannot even complaint. Still not worst than few of the roads that does exist.

We reached Gandikota by 2:30 pm. There was no security, no entrance fees. You just go on. Few had managed to come right till the fort on their bikes.

Gandikota Fort

We took rest near the fort entrance, waited for the sun to go down so that we can get better lighting when we reach the river front. By that time, we also had a District Judge visit the place and the way to reach the top of the fort was opened. Amaresh was lucky enough to make it to the top. After that the doors were locked. With no signs in English, we had to come up with our own versions of what this building is and what it must have been used for. With sign boards like this, what else can you do in this multi-lingual nation biased towards only ONE.

Then we went up to the temple. From there you get a good view of the fort and another temple right behind it. After a few clicks in the temple, we made it to the river front. Just worth it. Amazing view. Nature’s art work. A one of a kind landscape. Then I realized the Fort and the temple were just mere landmarks, people come here just to see this formation. We took a lot of pics here, then I went down, selected a rock and rested there staring at this mesmerizing place.
This is one of the better photo that Parthiban was able to take during sun raise the next day.

Penna river view from Gandikota during Sun raise

The nearby hotel run by AP government was already booked, we moved towards Belum caves, in 10 KM you get a small town and there are only two lodges there. Amaresh had already been here. So we took two rooms, Rs. 300 per room and Rs. 50 advance. The rooms were not tidy enough, toilet on one was not usable. If you got for this place, make sure you check the toilets and then pay. Good thing is, the floor extends out to another building’s roof, which you can use for sitting out and having dinner.
We went out to get our dinner. This laid back town was exploding from its bakeries, like everyone one wanted to cut a cake for the last day on a man-made calendar. Dinner was from 3 different places handpicked by the experts. I did not expect much, but we were able to get some really good food from this place. All went well and we called it a day by 11:30 pm and hit the bed.

We planned to leave for Belum caves by 7 am, after reading that the place opens only by 10, we again had a late start. It is 45 km from this town. Stopped for breakfast and made it to Belum caves by 10:30 am.

Belum caves welcomes you with a majestic Buddha statue. Majestic. Here is a photo that Amaresh had clicked:

Ticket cost is Rs. 65 for Adults and Rs. 45 for Children between 5 - 10 years. Free for kids less than 5 years. We made our way in to the caves, first was a natural lit opening, then you move in to the cave that was well lit with incandescent bulbs. Wish they were LEDs due to the heat they emit.

We walked for a couple of minutes with paths marked, but barricaded. There were two routes, we inquired in one and people said there is nothing. Muruga and Parthiban still wanted to check that route. Amaresh, Purushoth and myself went in a different route after jumping over the barricade. These were not lit, pitch dark and the floor was muddy, slippery in few places. Few said the place is under maintenance. Half way, Muruga and Parthiban’s route joint with us. All five made it till the end to the Mandapam, where we say the stalactites and stalagmites. These are nature made over decades or even centuries. With what we saw, this will disappear in years with everyone want to take home part of this wonder. It was already looking like a dehorned rhino.

Then we came to know water had seeped on to the caves about 2 months back and that is why the routes are blocked. Wiring were compromised due to which light and ventilation is not available inside past the main region.

We than came back near our room, had a quick bite and started by 2:30 pm. Had a minor incident on the way, with a bike skidding on an unmarked speed breaker. Few scratches on the knee and palm. On the bike again, scratches on the headlight doom and crash bar. Bike just few months old. I then decided to push as much as possible until we had day light, then slow down until we get good road again.

We now cleared the ghats region, stopped in a dhaba for early dinner. Amaresh and Muruga wanted to lay over for the night and start early morning. We dropped that plan and decided to make it the same day. A few KM from the Dhaba, we were on better roads, with some relief, we and slowly made it to Guindy by 10:45 pm.

All in all, the trip is definitely worth just for the Penna river view and Belum caves. If you are scrambling for a place to check from Chennai or Bangalore, you can definitely check this place. If you can book the accommodation in advance, it will be much more relaxing. If the roads are a little better and has enough markings, the riding experience would also have been much better. Otherwise, I would advise this trip.

Here is a write-up of another ride a last minute plan to escape the New Year, Chennai to Rameshwaram.

Here are few solo bike rides:

Coimbatore – Coonor – Valparai – Athirapally – Coimbatore
Chennai - Jog falls - Murudeshwar - Chikmangalur - Coorg - Chennai
Chennai – Hubali – Mahabalishwar – Lonavala – Mumbai – Hampi - Chennai
Chennai - Hyderabad - Aurangabad - Indore - Udaipur - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi