Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina - Jammin thru India

Jammin Day 2 - Homecoming to Kodaikanal!

Leaving Trichy, Jay gets on the ghat road to Kodaikanal, where he spent ten years in boarding school. It's a nostalgic homecoming of sorts. And he's been invited by the current school principal to speak to students about his wonderful trip. Awesome!

So impressed with the new 4-lane highway from Trichy to Dindigul.


From Trichy, I continued south on the wonderfully done National Highway 45. The four-lane divided highway makes riding in India a breeze. But from Dindigul, I started on some state highways and uggh, feeling the full force of crazy oncoming traffic but I'm using my new loud horn and bright lights to not get bullied off the road.
Yes! Finally riding up to Kodai, a place more home to me than anywhere else.

Today was a special day for me. I rode up the Ghat Road to Kodaikanal, a place up on a mountain where I spent 10 years growing up in boarding school. I've traveled up and down this ghat road numerous times but this was the first time that I had ridden it for myself and wow, what a fun road! So many twists and turns and narrow places with blind corners. Kodai sits at an elevation of around 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and the cool temperatures are a big relief from the hot plains. I'm staying with an old school friend who's friends with the new school principal and we just had a small dinner party. The principal's arranged for me to come speak at school :)
The beautiful ghat road heading up the Palani Hills to Kodaikanal.


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TRAVEL NOTES:

Kodaikanal, or just Kodi or Kodai to succour-seeking tourists escaping the stifling heat of the plains, is a hill station in Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu. Its name in Tamil is believed to mean 'Gift of the Forest' or 'Forest of Creepers'. Besides being attractive for abundant tourism, Kodaikanal is also a hub of education with schools such as Kodaikanal International School (Jay's alma mater), Kodaikanal Public School, St Joseph's Public School, etc. located here.

Read more:  8 cool hill stations

Manavannur, 35 km from Kodaikanal, is a quiet retreat away from the commercialized bustle of the hill station.

Read more:  Manavannur: A piece of lost paradise

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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.