Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina - Jammin thru India

Day 9 - Udupi to Anjuna, Goa

After breakfasting on a masala dosa in Udupi, Jay drives north along the Konkan Coast, crossing Karnataka into the quieter, lazier back-roads of Goa

Having a masala dosa for breakfast in Udupi, the place where it comes from.

I woke up in Udupi to the smells of a freshly roasted masala dosa. They say that the masala dosa originated in Udupi, along with saaru (spicy thin sambar), and the one I had was super delicious and felt it did its ancestors proud ;)

Back on NH 17. The first half of the Konkan Coast in Karnataka is a chore to ride as it's under construction and being made into a four-lane highway. But the northern half was a beautiful road, going up and down the hilly landscape with views of the ocean and the backwaters. I love riding by the ocean. It feels so liberating on a motorcycle.
Welcome to Goa and a message to protect forests.

Ahh, yes! Riding small coconut tree-lined roads to the beaches in Northern Goa.

I saw lots of 'goodbye and thank you for visiting Karnataka' signboards but no 'Welcome to Goa' sign. But I knew I was in Goa as the pace seemed a bit slower through the towns in the south. I diverted from the highway after Cacona and took the small roads through old villages such as Agonda and Betul. It was a charming ride with old houses shaded by numerous coconut trees. After crossing the capital of Panjim, I turned west and rode the small roads again but this time towards Anjuna and found a small guesthouse, right on the beach, for Rs 200 and kicked back.
Sunset at Anjuna after a good ride up the coast.


Distance clocked today: 350 km

Total distance clocked: 2,224 km  

 Watch this video of Jay's ride through the quiet back-roads of Goa. You'll be itching to hop on!

 


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TRAVEL NOTES

Goa, perhaps one of India's most travelled states, receives tourists round the year, even in the wet monsoon months that washes out beach activity and drops hotel rates down to a third. Discerning travellers escape the tourist traps to enjoy Goa's less-known treasures -- its quiet southern beaches, its rainforest birds and wildlife, and its curious but rarely spoken-of Hindu culture.

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The Man. The Machine. The Story

There are love stories and love stories, but none tugs more at the heart than a tale of infinite departure. In March 2010, Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina, his beloved Suzuki DR650, left on a great journey back home to India. Jay quit his secure corporate job, sold his Chicago townhouse and every household possession, and left with sanDRina on a journey that saw them through 94,933 km, 32 countries, and 1,150 days on the road through the Global South -- from the USA through Latin America and Africa, heading towards India. At the core of this seemingly mindless pursuit was Jay’s desire to raise awareness about sustainability and a unique sentiment best described by an archaic Greek term, eudaimonia – the search for things that are true, good and beautiful. 

Homecoming isn’t complete unless you experience the country you call home in all her varied terrain and temperaments. And so Jay and sanDRina will embark on a journey of discovery through India. 

Yahoo India Travel follows Jay and sanDRina on their exhilarating discovery of India with daily updates from the road in words, pictures and video. If you have questions to ask, or words of encouragement for Jay and sanDRina, follow Jammin India on Twitter (hashtag #jamminindia). Also visit JamminGlobal.com for comprehensive accounts of his journey so far as well as snippets and trivia.