The Great Indian Monsoon is here….time for a drive

One of the most world’s most famous natural phenomenon is unfolding: The Great Indian Monsoon. While you can just sit back and enjoy the rains, you can also go out for a drive

The Great Indian Monsoon

One of the most world’s most famous natural phenomenon is unfolding: The Great Indian Monsoon. While you can just sit back and enjoy the rains, you also have the option of driving.

I always like to drive in the rain. More the rain, greater the joy. The best seat in the open-air auditorium is on the West Coast. So, that’s where I drove.

The feel of rain drops on your hand, the sound of the wind, the cool breeze, waves hitting the rocks, the wild sea clashing with the coast… if there was a passionate debate in nature, this must be it.

I can’t say or write anything that can capture the beauty of the monsoon. So, I will let the photographs speak for themselves.

Dark clouds are the reason you are here, warrior
Maravanthe beach on NH66
A brief stop to stretch the limbs
Can a monsoon be complete without a cup of hot tea

It was difficult to part from the sea, but I managed to wean myself away to explore one of the veins that flowed into the hinterland. The roads were all dressed up very pretty, but what is a drive in the monsoon without hitting the dirt tracks.

All dressed up by the rain. Welcoming sight
The joy of a dirt track in the monsoon
When it comes to a dirt track, joy lies in the eyes of the beholder and in the hands of the driver
Maybe, I could just lie here….waiting to be embraced by the rain
Watch… listen… feel…

Then…you have the ghat on the highway from Bengaluru (Bangalore) to Mangaluru (Mangalore), which is NH75. Shiradi Ghat. I made it to Shiradi Ghat. It was a beautiful drive. The rain began somewhere near Channapatna before Hassan.

Author: Dhiraj Shetty

I am a journalist based in Bengaluru. Every day, every moment, each one of us sees a different aspect of our home, the planet Earth, and its people. Sharing them enables others to indulge in our point of view. Star of Nowhere is my blog about my view of some interesting developments in the world. Could be on any development that piques my curiosity. Centre of South is about my experiences in travel and food. I relish local food and conversations with people in places I visit. I share some of my travel stories and about the food I try. Yea... I guess sometimes people do wonder why is this chap clicking pics of his meal! I would be happy to offer tips or guidance in south India. Most visitors to India are drawn by the Taj Mahal, which is one of the wonders of the world, and the forts of Rajasthan. I invite you to look beyond these two places, at south India. I will be writing about the interesting places in this highly developed part of India, where the people are better educated, enjoy a better standard of living as compared to the rest of India, have built a reliable network of roads and transport services, and can count on state-of-the-art healthcare infrastructure. South India is safer than any other part of India, and the gateway to south India is Bengaluru (aka Bangalore). Where do you want to go in south India? I would be happy to be of service to fellow travellers

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