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Life is a highway

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    Summary: We give the Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary a miss and push on in search of a fort built like a tiered cake. Tribute to a visionaryIf there is a soundtrack for the road to Rameshwaram it would be the deep drone of the oboe. We are parked a few kilometres beyond the town of Cuddalore where the Gadilam empties itself into the sea. In the early 1600s, the Danes, with the permission of the Maharaja of Tanjore built a fort for their spice trade. The plan is to pass up the four-lane highways — linking Tiruchi-Madurai-Salem-Coimbatore — that would’ve got us to anywhere in Tamil Nadu in a couple of hours, and instead follow the lonelier, two-lane East Coast Road (ECR) that threads along the Bay, rising and falling among the tussock-topped sand dunes alongside it.

    It’s so quiet you can hear the rasp of the waves as the Bay of Bengal bludgeons the coastline. We are parked a few kilometres beyond the town of Cuddalore where the Gadilam empties itself into the sea. It’s late afternoon and there’s still a hundred kilometres to Fort Dansborg , As Reported By Hindu.

    According to the Newspaper,The plan is to pass up the four-lane highways — linking Tiruchi-Madurai-Salem-Coimbatore — that would’ve got us to anywhere in Tamil Nadu in a couple of hours, and instead follow the lonelier, two-lane East Coast Road (ECR) that threads along the Bay, rising and falling among the tussock-topped sand dunes alongside it. Bookended by Chennai and Kanyakumari, the ECR is synonymous with the high life in the State capital, its residences, cafes and hotels, patronised by the swish set. Past the clogged-with-traffic neighbourhood of Thiruvanmiyur, the road breathes easy at Muttukadu and runs itself into the Pallava port of Mamallapuram, a heritage town where ocean breeze and rollers conspire to make it a surfing haven. The former French settlement of Puducherry, with its tree-lined boulevards, bohemian ethos and air of nostalgia is as far as most people from Chennai travel on the ECR for pleasure.

    Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/driving-the-east-coast-road-from-chennai-to-rameshwaram/article19845591.ece


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