Chennai to Puducherry via the East Coast road
Stretching across 160 kms, the East Coast Road (ECR) connects Chennai to Puducherry in a much more convenient (and scenic) fashion than the Tindivanam route. The sparkling blues and pristine whites of this beach road make it one of the most gorgeous routes in India. Keep an eye out for the vibrant colours of the sky as the sun sinks into the Bay of Bengal. A must see, if we don't say so ourselves!
The sparkling blues of ECR Source
Mahabalipuram Shore Temple en route ECR Source
Bangalore to Ooty via Bandipur National Park
The 280 kms drive from Bangalore to Ooty takes you through the verdant Bandipur National Park. A well known tiger reserve, expect the unexpected as you drive through seemingly endless lush greenery. A herd of elephants crossing the path, a spotted deer frolicking in the thickets, a peacock waltzing down the road or if you're really lucky, maybe even a tiger! Just use those brakes judiciously! The road through Bandipur National Park is usually closed between sunset and sunrise so be sure to check the timings before you start off.
The lush greenery of Bandipur National Park Source
A herd of elephants cross the Bandipur National Park road Source
Jaipur to Jaisalmer via Jodhpur
For a complete change of scenery, try the 570 km desert drive from Jaipur to Jaisalmer on the beautiful roads of Rajasthan. Prepare for an ethnic escapade as you traverse the golden sands of Thar Desert. Drive through the streets of Jodhpur, fringed with powder blue houses and pay a visit to the magnificent havelis of Jaipur and Jaisalmer. Don't forget to stop by at the roadside dhabas to tuck into some delicious Rajasthani fare!
Traversing the Thar Desert Source
A view of the Jaisalmer Fort Source
Have you been on some or all of these drives already? We would love to hear your experiences in the comments below!