The Subarnarekha river follows you most of the way, and Casaurina trees line the roads at every turn. If the hundred odd kilometers of the drive do not satiate, you can zig-zag your way down the coast stopping at forgotten but delightful beaches like Talsari, Kashafal, and the estuary formed by the Subarnarekha where it enters Orissa.
HolidayIQ Traveller Samyak Mishra says, “Two hours drive from Digha is the small coastal town of Chandipur-on-Sea. This is the smoothest route; avoid potholes and this route has minimal traffic. One can find lush greenery to cover most of the road-side area. Do fill up your tank, and enjoy the journey.”
It is a very popular beach in Kerala located parallel to NH 17. Muzhappilangad is also the only drive-in beach in Asia. The best time to visit Muzhappilangad is in the month of April. The annual Beach Festival is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Muzhappilangad.
HolidayIQ Traveller Pruthvi Naganna says, “A drive on the beach is a must. There are different viewpoints at this beach. You can park the car and watch the roaring waves.”
The journey from Karwar to Mangalore cruises through some of the most scenic coastal roads sandwiched between the sea on one side and the Western Ghats on the other. This is also a place where River Kali meets the Arabian Sea. The sight of fisherman taking to sea and roads lined with coconut trees will make your drive memorable.
On the way, there are many detours you can take. The mosque at Kasargod, the forts at Bekal and Chandragiri, British era remains at Thalaserry, and the beach at Kappad which is feted as the landing site for Vasco da Gama’s crew.
HolidayIQ Traveller Ajit Shetty says, “It was a great experience and unforgettable! The coastal drive was the best experince!”
The journey from Visakhapatnam to Rajahmundry via National Highway 5 is a driver’s delight. For travellers who are truly looking to tread the offbeat path, exploring some coastal jaunts on the Visakhapatnam to Rajahmundry trail can be refreshing.
The drive from Dhanushkodi to Kanyakumari is akin to a pilgrimage; from one holy city to another through greenery and wave touched shores, and clouds that come down from the Anaimudi hills to envelop you snugly.
HolidayIQ Traveller Praveen says, “Never miss this opportunity to drive through the ECR. People might warn you about it being unsafe and it is known for its rash driving. If you are a skillful driver who loves the hit the bends rather than taking the boring long straights of high way, this is the road for you. The route is very scenic and the road is amazing.”
HolidayIQ Traveller Samrath Kalbadevi says, “It is a great experience to drive on the NH 66. We could spot birds, animals, etc on the route. It was awesome driving through the ghats. The route was very scenic and the weather was cool. While going by car you can visit many historical and cultural places like Deravan, Chiplun, Parsuram ghat, etc.” HolidayIQ Traveller Ganesh adds, “According to me travelling by car on this route is most fantastic experience. The road crosses many rivers and mountains and many beautiful temples and waterfall.”
The East Coast Road is known to be one of the most picturesque drives in India, and many use it to drive down from Chennai to Pondicherry on their days out. But if you are looking for more, we recommend that you drive down further to the tranquil erstwhile Danish outpost of Tranquebar.
HolidayIQ Traveller Travel Bound from Mumbai says, “Tranquebar is far from the crowds and not a very poular destination but a great place to relax. The road from Chennai to Tranquebar barely a single laned road.”