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Solo Drive to Tiruchendur and Thoothukudi

I always prefer to travel any where all alone. If I get a chance to drive through out India all alone, Im always ready for it. Hope will make it one day for sure. We can have our own freedom if we do a solo drive. No disturbance, No late comings, etc etc. We can set our own limits. Might sound bit crazy, but I mean it. Lol. 

This time I prefer to do a solo drive from my home town → Nagercoil → Kanyakumari → Thiruchendur → Thoothukudi → Thirunelveli → Nagercoil →back to home town. The total distance is approximately 365 kms. Earlier I planned to drive in my Hero Honda HUNK. But since it was raining in the parts of the areas I visit, it might spoil my entire trip. So zeroed down to drive it in my THAR. Its a 2WD DI model. This drive will be done in the day time as 60% of the route will be like a no-mans land. I mean there wont be any humans at all.

I started in the morning at 9 AM from home. When I started from home, it was raining like hell. I was thinking if I could able to take any photos of the drive. I was driving towards Kavalkinaru and from there I was driving towards Kanyakumari. From Anjugramam I had to deviate towards the Koodankulam route. It was pouring out like anything.

By the way, I have a huge collection of Illayaraja songs. Driving the vehicle in the rain, and hearing those songs is really awesome. I bought lots of snacks too and was driving while eating those. Hmm.. superb.

The road was really worse at some places. This road is said to be a highway, but there is no road at all. In no time I was crossing the Koodankulam nuclear plant. 

The weather began to change as well as the roads now began to change. It was superb at some places. Till koodankulam can able to see the houses and vehicle coming by. But after that its totally a deserted area. There might be one vehicle passing every 5-7 kms. But road is awesome. In some areas can able to see the costal areas as the highway is said to be as East coast road. I have to drive till Thiruchendur.

The road was perfect in some places

After traveling some distance, found a village. I saw a village hotel. I love eating simple food in village hotel rather than eating in star hotels. I had lunch over there and spoke to the people. Spent around 1 hour there and began to continue my drive. 

I reached Thiruchendur around 3 PM. I had to drive inside the town and further drive to Thoothukudi. There is no by-pass I guess.

Now the climate and roads were totally different. I cant even switch over to 3 rd in some places, such a horrible roads. The govt bus were overtaking casually in a high speed. I was thinking how the people inside the bus were experiencing the ride. Lol. I was drained out by then. Parked the jeep in a place and took some rest for 30 min. Refreshed further and drive till Thoothukudi. Had tea and snacks, and was cruising towards Thirunelveli. This highway is a four lane road. It was great to drive the THAR. It was a bumpy ride but was feeling the ride in THAR.

It was 6 PM by then. I was getting excited for a night drive. Took for break for over 1 hour and wanted to do a night drive. Started at 7 PM and reached Thirunelveli at 7:30. From Thirunelveli I had to drive to Nagercoil. 

The 4 lane is good over here too. I was maintaining an average speed of 80 KMPH in most of the places. Driving in night in jeep is simply superb and that too it was fantastic by hearing the ever green melodies of Illayaraja. At 8:30 I reached Kavalkinaru, had tea and snacks and further drove till Nagercoil. Had a heavy dinner and reached home at 10 PM.

Overall, the drive was superb. And that too it was a solo drive, it was really amazing.

Ownership Review - Mahindra Thar DI 2WD

Prior to the purchase of Mahindra Thar DI 2WD we had a MM 540 95 Model. We bought it as a used vehicle in 2011 and used it for 2 years. After we bought it we repainted it and used it for some time. It was comming up with some problems and the process of taking it to the local mechanic shop was really a paining one. The primiary usage is for going to our estate and for taking things from there. besides i use the jeep in the week ends. as the visit to the local mechanic became a routine job for my father, we then decided to sell it off and buy a new one so that we can able to use it for a long term basis. Finally we sold the MM 540 '95 Model for 1.30 L. Seems to be a better price. We had already shortlisted Thar DI 2WD and i had a another thought if we can go in for Force Gurkha. But when i discussed it with my friends, they said the A.S.S of Force Motors is not available in our area and it would be problem. So i cancelled it and went for Thar. I did not consider going in for 4WD as the 2WD is meeting all out requirement of use. We booked the Thar in Kodai Automobiles in Tirunelveli, TN. The sales advisor told us that they need to bring the vehicle from Hosur, it may take 10 days at the max. So in the mean time we planned to get loan from ICICI Bank.

The guy who was responsible for the Loan in ICICI was telling us to bring hell a lot of documents and we gave it to him and he was telling us to bring another documents for loan processing. I really got fedup with him and proceeded to Royal Sundaram. The useless formalities in ICICI made me to go in for Royal Sundaram and the process took 2 days for approval.Where as in ICICI it was 10 days and counting.

My Father went to collect the vehicle for the delivery in Kodai Automobiles and every thing was simple and smooth. Finally a new baby is back to my home. Manza, Figo are the other.

Our primary purpose is for the usage in our estate and may be use it for our personal travel too.

I had a driven it in the week end. Would say it is far far better than the earlier 540.