Annual Ride on Coromandel Coast (2015)

It is believed that fishing is one of man’s oldest professions. So, one can observe human settlements along entire coastlines. And with it, traditions and practices from centuries past. The coromandel coast along India’s south-east is one such location that has witnessed lives of simple fisher-folks to powerful Tamil kings setting forth in their conquest of the far east to the European colonial powers like the English, French and Danish setting up castles to gain foothold in India.

Today, the coromandel coast hosts the popular ‘ECR’ or ‘East Coast Road’ that runs along the coastline traversing through small fishing communities, forts built by Europeans, busy commercial ports and massive places of worship like Chidambaram Nataraja Temple, Thirukkadaiyur Abirami Temple, Veilankanni Basilica, Nagore Dargah and Rameswaram Ramanathaswamy temple. This is an ideal route for a cycle trip to enjoy the views, immerse in local culture and experience pedaling in the smooth tarmac highway whose altitude remains same throughout. 2 of us from Southern Riders experienced the joy of doing a 5 day cycle trip in the route in 2011 and wanted to share this with our fellow riders who have accompanied us during Chennai – Ooty (2012), Coimbatore – Kanyakumari (2013) via Kerala and Bangalore – Goa (2014) rides. What better way to share this than by organizing another ride of 600+ Kms between Chennai and Rameswaram during the December holidays of 2015?

We have 12 confirmed riders and have started making plans for this trip. We are considering having a support car and camping equipment, so that we can stay even closer to nature and test our endurance. We will set-off from Chennai during early hours of 26-Dec and will hope to get to Mahabalipuram for breakfast. We would then be crossing Pondicherry, Cuddalore and reaching Chidambaram. Beyond that, we will be riding through sparsely populated ancient cities of Poompuhar, Tarangambadi and into Nagore. The last stretch from Nagore to Rameswaram will cover Veilankanni Basilica, the Paamban Bridge, Chettinad Palace (Kaanaadukaathaan) by taking a small diversion from ECR and finally into the Paamban Bride! Hopefully we will be celebrating the upcoming new year at the imaginary Raamar Bridge into Sri Lanka (Danushkodi).

This time, we have experienced riders who can easily do 200 KMs per day, but we will take it easy and restrict ourselves to a maximum of 125 KMs per day to soak in the experience from the places we visit, enjoy sea-food, take pictures, write interesting blogs along the way and make this a memory to cherish for a lifetime. We will give constant updates on Facebook as well as our Southern Riders blog – so, do join and be part of this experience!



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