Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina - Jammin thru India

Day 8 - Calicut to Udupi and my first police stop!

On a hot day on the highway, Jay gets stopped by the police near Mangalore, but all turns out well in the end

From Calicut (Kozhikode), the riding was hectic on NH 17 but by now, I was getting used to Keralite driving and enjoying it. I passed through the small territory of Mahe, administered by the Union Territory of Puducherry, and noted the crowded petrol stations. I was later told that petrol is 10 rupees cheaper there. As liquor is also cheaper, Mahe is a place to stock up on all essential liquids.

Fishing boats in Mahe, an enclave of Pondicherry within Kerala.

The driving in northern Kerala got a little more calm and pretty soon, I entered Karnataka - state number 3 on this trip around India. I got around Mangalore and overtook a police van and pretty soon they were flashing their lights and waving me over. I thought, "OK, here we go, first police stop in India..." but there were no worries. They were just curious and wanted to take some photos. I told them I was trying to get to Udupi before dark and they quickly let me carry on.

A friendly stop by Karnataka Police outside Mangalore.
I reached Udupi and was greeted by the United Riders Udupi Bullet Motorcycle Club and they put me up in a hotel in town. It was good to hang out with like-minded people and share tales from the road. They gave me tips for riding in Spiti and Ladakh and set me up with a few contacts there. In the evening, we went for a quick tour around Manipal where my sister studied for a number of years and the facilites looked very impressive.
A visit to the Krishna Temple in Udupi.

Onward to Goa tomorrow!

Watch the video of the friendly police check near Mangalore:

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The Konkan coast begins north of Kerala and continues through Goa into Maharashtra. On this route are some of the most famous temples in the region, some of the country's best-known beaches and the entire region is a culinary treasure-house offering seafood and vegetarian cuisines as varied as Konkani, Goan and Malwani.

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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.