The Great Monsoon Chase: Delhi To Kerala and Back

codelust

Shyam
Drive day 3: Pune - Goa (500 kms)

Route:

Pune - Satara
Satara - Karad
Karad - Islampur
Islampur - Kolhapur
Kolhapur - Hattargi
Hattargi - Belgaum
Belgaum - Khanapur
Khanapur - Anmod
Anmod - Mollem
Mollem - Ponda
Ponda - Dona Paula

We started at 7:30 in the morning from Pune. It was a pretty wet morning and it showed no signs of letting up. The roads were fantastic and the rains meant that it was just heavenly to drive on. If you are fond of driving long distances, it is a worthwhile investment to get some good tyres on your car, it makes a world of a difference especially when the road conditions oscillate between wet and greasy.

You get a mix of road types here, super straight, curves, gentle gradients, the odd ghat section and lush greenery everywhere. We were not exactly gunning it because of the good roads and knew that we could cover the distance easily through the day. Stopped for a cuppa cha after Kolhapur and stopped for lunch at Khanapur since the name itself suggested that we eat there.

There is this particular point on the road once you cross over into Karnataka from Maharashtra. It goes on a gentle gradient up for a long time and then comes down on the other side. At the highest point you can see far away in the horizon the Western Ghats. I tried my best to capture it with the camera, but you need a damn good pano lens and someone with better photography skills than me to do justice to the sight.

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Wet start from Pune

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Good roads, again

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The skies were like this throughout

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More rain being dumped

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A little ghat section to spice up the drive

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Followed this bus for a long time, we were in no rush

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Zoom, rip, bring out the speedy metaphors

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And it opens up every now and then like this

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Just love the cloud formations

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More cloudy sights
 

codelust

Shyam
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More lovely clouds and green

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Mud bathed!


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Did anyone say "upsize"?

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"And the road becomes my bride..."

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"Rolling.. rolling... rolling"

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Domesticated pea-hen at the roadside dhaba

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A-cha!

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Pea-hen being hand-fed

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Meanwhile, my car lays an egg (it is a real egg, mind you)
 
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anupmathur

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There HAS to be a difference between a pea-cock and a pea-hen!
Are you suggesting that the so called peacock laid the egg that was later found under your car? :shock:
 

codelust

Shyam
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This is the lovely point after entering Karnataka. There are 3 humps taking you to the highest point.

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Humps are more visible here.

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At the top. This view makes the entire drive worthwhile.

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Looking back from the top

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A hillock on the side.

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Meeting at infinity

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Belgaum!

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Better reproduction of colour, not the phone camera this time.

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Lone tree in the paddy field

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Hitching a ride
 

codelust

Shyam
There HAS to be a difference between a pea-cock and a pea-hen!
Are you suggesting that the so called peacock laid the egg that was later found under your car? :shock:
Whoopsie, you are right there, will make the proper gender correction there.

No idea whose egg it was. It was there!

and how come it (the egg!) came out so small? :eek:
You can ask my car. I've been asking, but she has refused to provide any answers! :rolleyes:

Uff, killing weather ..
fabulous!!
Yup, easily the best stint of the whole journey.
 
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