We had lunch in a resort on the coast that didn't have rooms but had a nice restaurant, not much choice at the buffet so used the menu to choose from.
As place it is a challenge for the car, several of the coastal cities had by the way toll to enter which is an easy piece of income but looking at the crowd understandable. Had some problems in finding the room and asking doesn't't really help as the competition is fierce, they will bring you to the place that give them some commission and not the place you asked for. But we managed to get to it after some driving skill exams 😏.
Turned out that it was not the best place to stay as the night was rather humid and the rooms didn't have real breathing opportunities. First learning of the trip, look for a place at internet and check before really staying.
Had dinner at the restaurant of the landlord, nice view with bad experience as somebody drowned during our stay, but seems to happen regularly. No surprise as most of them don't know how to swim.
After this continued to Velankanni, which is a place that is having several churches and a lot of people come specifically for that. A sand path is used for doing penance, crawling on the knees for a long distance about 500 meters I think. And although we were their during the week still a lot of people were doing it.
The banana chips were not tasty so don't bother about those.
On our way there we stopped along the coast and noticed that the sea on that side (Bay of Bengal) was extremely flat, no waves at all it seemed. In Dhanushkodi it was a very strange sight with on one side the sea with a lot of waves and the other side very calm. But on the way it was nice to see the enormous amount of boats for fishing, leaving in the evening and returning in the morning as they told us. During the day most likely sleep and preparing the nets for the next trip.
Used the end of the afternoon to go to Dhanushkodi which was possible as they opened the road just in the weeks before we came. Quite some people but still an interesting place to visit.
Combination of the old city parts and the endpoint that looks at Sri Lanka. Got explanation from a former citizen of the place that survived the cyclone and had pictures to show. Currently there are again people living at the place but get the feeling that it a hard life living mostly from the visitors.
Definitely a place to visit when you go to the south.
Next day the target was Kanyakumari at the south tip of India. First part we had company as a police officer asked if he could get a lift, most likely would not have happened if I had been behind the wheel 😏, not that I would have said no but more that he would not have asked. Expect this was the fastest time he ever had made on the peninsula.
This again was an easy day with very good roads and no rains or hardly. That the roads are important was shown but the amount of teams we passed that were busy with road measurements. Stopped for the big salt factory and got captured by the guys of one of those teams, they happy by having a picture with me. For the rest just a quick ride to get to the south point.
In Kanyakumari we tried to catch the sunset, but seems that this trip the clouds are present every time again, so no open sky, but nice combinations of sunset and clouds.
For all photos see the Coastal trip page