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.
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 :)
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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.
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