Kannur, that one word made the whole trip look twice as much interesting. It was going to bring back the memories of 17 year old me.
15 Feb’13 : We started from Bangalore by a beaten up KSRTC Airvat through the twisty roads towards Mangalore. I guess KSRTC has reserved their maintained volvo coaches to Chennai & Coimbatore, they seemed quite good last time I traveled.
16 Feb’13 : Reaching Dharmasthala at 5 in the morning, it was the perfect time to experience the divine atmosphere. A dip in the cool temple pond and a visit to the shrine would’ve made us experience the divine presence. So, we skipped it.
One hot tea later, Mr. Pradeep*, our rich chauffeur (who also owns the car), came to pick us up. His house was all Mangalorean style (which is basically Kerala style with the people speaking Tulu or Kanada). Loved the ambiance. His house also had few chaps from the near by college staying as paying guests, unfortunately they didn’t think allow females students, My guess would be ’cause of Pradeep’s frequent visits there.
Here, you can see Pradeep serving us the delicious breakfast. Don’t be fooled by his grin, he didn’t make any of it, his mom did.
Ignoring the camera presence, looking down and enjoying the pickle served, is Dilip, who shamelessly asked for a big bottle of pickle (which he finished alone later on).
We started from Ujire, at 8am, through the twisty roads on to Kerala. Bekal Fort is probably the last place you would want to be at 12pm, so we were there, on the dot. Regardless of the Sun baking our heads, we were loving the scenery. Scenery “outside” the Bekal Fort. Because there was nothing architectural to see within the fort. A boundry wall, few closed tunnels and a observation post (perhaps?).
According to wiki, “Arguably the fort was built especially for fulfilling defense requirements”.
Ignore the rants, it is probably one of the neatest places of interest in India. Also, the Public loo is properly maintained, I swear.
We started for Kannur from here. A heavenly lunch was consumed at “Breeze” restaurant at Kanhangad. Awesome Fish Biriyani, Kumti Chicken.
*Please note, when getting out of the restaurant, get in your car asap, there are crows waiting to drop white bombs on your head. In case you are a victim, you will find a wash basin inside the restaurant.
Kannur Beach Strech as seen from Meenkunnu Beach :
Meenkunnu Beach: Which literally means “FishHill” in malayalam, where you can drive upto a hill and watch over the serene white sand beach. Would be awesome if you have a good company and a drink #IfYouKnowWhatImean.
Meenkunnu Beach view from the car:
Reaching Payyambalam beach by evening, Playing like little kids at the beach with a water-proof hd cam to videotape all that wasn’t the best idea. So we did just that.
Two hours & pocket full of sands (for Pradeep’s car) later we headed for “Pranav Beach Resort” along the Payyambalam beach road. ₨2,500 for 5 people and complimentary breakfast, quite reasonable.
A quick dash to meet my old friend and we headed to “Mascot Beach Resort” for a classy dinner. You could have dinner at the lawn here, with the sea just a wall and few rocks apart. It truly is a romantic spot and I’m here with four guys #StoryOfMyLife.
17 Feb’13 : The highlight of our trip, “Muzhappilangad” Drive-in beach. Popular for the mile long stretch of drivable beach.