My 15 most memorable road trips

Now that flying is grounded, time to revisit some old memories, particularly road trips. In this post I am compiling a list of my 15 best road trips till date. A few of these were solo but most were with friends and family.
1. Tata Nano Superdrive 2010
Probably my longest road trip of all times- Almost a month on the road in Tata Nanos. Starting in Ahmadabad, we drove to Surat, Mumbai, Pune, Goa, Mangaluru, Kochi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolhapur, Solhapur, Nasik and back to Mumbai. Trip was sponsored by Tata Motors. I was covering the green route as Official Blogger while Sankara and Deb covered the other two routes for north India.
2. North India 5 states road trip in Swift Dzire, year 2014
Had to attend a family function in UP. Went to Delhi, rented a Swift Dzire from Myles, drove overnight to UP, then to Amritsar, Himachal Pradesh (McLeodGunj), Punjab and back to Delhi. 5 days, 2000 kms, 5 states. Read more here
Visited Amritsar Golden Temple, Jalianwala Bagh, Wagha Border, HPCA Cricket Stadium, Doraha fort etc. I had a damage to the car during the trip- read more here

3. Copenhagen to Berlin by bus and ferry
My first international cross country journey, in a bus from Copenhagen to Berlin, including a ferry ride across the Scandinavian seas. Was a quick weekend trip to explore Berlin city. Read more here

Related posts: Berlin Victory tower * House of world cultures etc

4. Self Drive car rental in New Zealand
Memorable 4 day solo road trip in New Zealand around Auckland. Visited  Muriwai and other places. Car was rented from Avis.

Read more here.

5. 48 hours/1200 kms in XUV500-Blr to Murudeshwara
Just one weekend and 1200 kms drive. Started Friday night from Bengaluru with friends, in an XUV500 rented from Myles. Drove overnight to Murudeshwara, where we have a scuba diving session in Netrani Islands. Drove to Udupi and next day back to Bengaluru via Agumbe and Kuppalli.
Check more photos here, XUV500 review here

Those days there was no usage limit. We just had to fill fuel, so I could cover 600 kms a day without speed limit or usage limit. These days rental companies are imposing per day usage limit and extra charge for excess kms. 80 kmph Speed Governors are installed. So same trip will cost 3x more now and will take more time.

6. Ertiga Roadtrip-BLR-Jog falls-Dandeli-Karwar-Gokarna-Chikmagalur-BLR
Another memorable road trip with family. Started from Bengaluru, picked up friends, drove to Shivamogga, Jog falls, Unchalli Falls, Dandeli, Syntheri Rocks. 2 nights in Dandeli with White water rafting, then on to Karwar, Murudeshwara and Gokarna.

On final day we left by sunrise from Gokarna, hiked up Yana rocks, returned via Shivamogga (lunch), Mullayyanagiri (sunset) and reached Bengaluru for dinner.

Ertiga was perfect allrounder. Ertiga review here

7. Luxury ride: BMW 320d to Mysuru
Spent 2 days with BMW 320D driving it between Bengaluru and Mysuru.

I've driven few other luxury cars including Maserati Ghibli, GLA class, E Class, C Class and A Class but the BMW 320d from Zoomcar was the longest (2 days)- all other rides were shorter- like few hours.

My first brush with luxury, though it was the cheapest variant without many bells and whistles.

Also read: What you don't get for 38 lakhs * BMW Photoshoot 1 *

8. Gold Coast Australia Self Drive
Self Drive in Australia visiting several monuments and national parks including Lamington National Park, Hinze Dam, Byron Bay, Springbrook National Park and more. Car was rented from Avis.
9. Dubai 4x4 Safari
Drove a Landcruiser Prado on the sands of Dubai- had great fun.

10. Tata Safari SOUL Drive Goa
Bengaluru to Goa and back in Tata Safari, in an event organized by Tata Motors. Visited foot of Doodhsagar falls.

11. Wayanad Bike trip with Onn Bikes and Scoutmytrip
Great bike riding experience from Bengaluru to Wayanad with fellow bloggers, organized by Scoutmytrip, ONN Bikes and Wandertrails. We stayed at Dare5000 Nature campz, visited few waterfalls and had fun. I rode an Avenger 220 street for most of the trip.

More details here: Bike trip to Wayanad,

12. Mumbai-Alibag-Murud in Jetta
Rented a Jetta from Myles- had got it for relatively cheap price, and toured Mumbai-Matheran- Alibaug, Korlai fort, Murud Janjira and back to Mumbai. Read more here

13. My first self drive- Skoda Octavia ride to Mysuru from Chennai.
Way back in 2008, my first even self drive car rental, an old Skoda Octavia RS from Carzonrent. Drove from Chennai till Mysuru and back. Drove 1800 kms in 3 days- visited Talakadu, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Infosys Mysuru campus and other places.

Read more here: first road trip with Skoda Octavia.

14. Meghalaya and Assam with Zoomcar Ecosport
From Guwahati rented an Ecosport from Zoomcar, drove to Meghalaya (Chirapunjee, Dawki), back to Guwahati, to Poa Mecca and then to Bhutan border village.

15. Ten days with Tata Aria
Tata Morot officials have me an Aria Pride 4x4 to experience and review- drove from Bengaluru to Shivamogga, Sagara, Udupi and back to Bengaluru. Aria was earlier model to Hexa. See more photos here
In past few years, my road trips had come down significantly as I focused on more international trips. Now in this post corona world, domestic travel and road trips will be more preferred over international travel. Let us see.

Which are your most memorable road trips?

Post idea triggered after seeing a tweet by Atul Maharaj.

9 comments:

  1. What a nice compilation :) Had great fun checking it out, you truly do love road trips :)

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  2. You did miss the Nexon trip in Kochi and the Hexa drive (wasn't exactly a road trip though). That's when we had met. And you're super fast, you've done so many road trip, I envy you now. :P Also thanks for the tag :)

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    1. Well those were too short compared to other trips, hence didn't include.

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  3. I can imagine how overwhelming you must have felt, after compiling all your memories in this single post! Wish we get out of the current situation soon and wish you plan and execute many more road trips ahead. :)

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  4. Sounds ant to do that north east road trips. Haven’t been there in a long while...

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