Category Archives: Transportation
What do you do on a rainy weekend in a city, when flooded streets and chaotic traffic wouldn’t let you enjoy the rains? Well, if you are like me, you would find yourself a ride and get out of the city. Driving my bike didn’t seem like a good idea in that weather so I booked a Chennai taxi with a reliable driver and headed towards Yelagiri.
The mini hill station, sitting quietly in the Vellore district is one of the most beautiful places to spend some time near Chennai, and also my favorite. Being at a little higher altitude also makes it pleasant and lets you enjoy the cooler weather. I have mostly been there for short treks and camping trips, but never solo or to experience a quiet time and enjoy the solitude. So, this trip turned out to be quite special. I paid attention to every little thing around, which one often misses when traveling in groups.
There are several getaways in and around Chennai that guarantee a break from monotony for travelers. Let’s take a look at a few of these getaway destinations, most notably Madurai, Kumbakonam, Pondicherry and Pulicat.
Visit the lotus-shaped temple town of Madurai and get busy discovering not just themagnificent temples but several hidden gems like the famed fish market at the heart of Madurai, the Gandhi Museum with the clothes he wore on his last day, and the Thirumalai Nayak’s palace among others. The aroma of jasmines, the Jallikattu festival, and the Meenakshi 10-day festival called Thirukalyanam are not to be missed and unique to Madurai.
Tata Motors, the leading vehicle manufacturer in Sri Lanka has come out with a range of brand new cars in the personal and commercial segments. Highlight of today’s vehicle buying lies in affordability without much compromise on safety and facilities. Tata Motors offers petrol and diesel cars in both manual and automatic variants. The wide range of vehicles from Tata motors, GenX Nano, Tata Bolt, Tata Zest and Indigo eCS, caters to the various expectations of the customers. Take for example, GenX Nano, the most affordable fuel efficient car. It has taken the automobile segment to a different level being the most significant choice for city driving with its compact size and good performance. Sri Lanka can now buy Tata Indigo eCS, a car which marries price, size and features to offer best affordable fuel efficient car in its range.
As a pet parent, we have been postponing our vacation and holidays meant staying at home indoors with our Labrador. The immediate thought of leaving her in the mercy of friends switches off our plans and it is only if it is unavoidable we go out of the city leaving her with our friend to take care of her in our absence at our home because she does not like to be away in another place without us. It is not an easy task to find someone to take care of her in our absence with the same love and attention we give her. Now it is good news for pet parents like us, we can take our pet along with us for the vacation. Thanks to CollarFolk, an innovative idea by a pet parent Rukmini Vaish.
We could not move on without appreciating the cute logo of CollarFolk (wagging tail) which speaks volume about their love for pets.
Automobiles have become such a phenomenon that 125cc scooters are the second largest market in the world. Scooters with their stylish design and ease of use has become an affordable form of commuting and so has since become a part of lifestyle. And naturally the demands and expectations too increase with acceptance as it gets absorbed into the family and community at large. Suzuki Motors launched their All New Access 125 in Chennai at Taj Coramandel on 17th March 2015. We saw the Senior management team of Suzuki India at the event – Mr. Kenji Hiroshawa, VP Sales and Marketing launching the vehicle and Mr. D. Suresh Babu, Product and planning explaining the features that makes it unique. We are not auto bloggers nor do we fancy knowledge on them and so our focus was more on what the ALL New Access has to offer to normal person be it a father, mother, daughter or a son in terms of comfort and convenience.
Come vacation, long weekends or festivals, the first thing that comes to mind for the people planning travel is train tickets. Booking a ticket during these days is a mental, emotional and physical challenge for many but unlike private operators for buses, we are dependent on government operated trains. Tickets booking open as early as 120 days and reservations for available seats gets completed so fast that short term planners find it almost next to impossible to travel by train. Though buses are an option, travelling with elderly people and women on a longer journey is not preferred by many. Tatkal is another option but here too, it is for the jiffy expert users to find tickets using this process. This has led to a development of a fantastico high utility travel app called ConfirmTkt which predicts chances of confirmation for wait listed tickets using historical data. It also suggests alternates like break journeys to help book confirmed railway tickets.
Chennai, one of the old metropolitan cities of India, is the capital of Tamilnadu and home to diverse population from India and abroad. Chennai is home to rich culture, heritage and tradition and for our local food items including the famous Idli, Dosa, and Sambhar. Chennai, known as Madras earlier is an old city that came into existence during the British regime as ‘Madrasapattinam’. The borders of the then Madrasapattinam ranged from Nellore to Cuddalore. Any one from Chennai can imagine the area Madrasapattinam has covered in the name of Thondaimandalam. I am sure everyone here would have recollected the movie ‘Madrasapattinam’ which showcased the place in its fervor to an extent. Many areas of Chennai have come into existence during this time and earlier too. For example, Pallavaram, a locality in Chennai is Pallavapuram established by Pallava king, Mahendra Varman in 7th century. This place is considered one of the oldest settlements in South India.
Southern railways announced new Sabarimala Special trains between Ernakulam and Chennai central for avoiding extra rush of passengers during the season. Following are the details
Train No. 06345 / 06346 Ernakulam – Chennai Central – Ernakulam Weekly Super fast Specials (via. Coimbatore):
Eco Free Cab, an invention of Mr. Sivaraj Muthuraman has entered the India Book of Records. Sivaraj Muthuraman, a 26yr old Post Graduate based out of Tirupur, hailing from an industrial background is basically a concept maker. He is also the proud founder and chairman of Eco Free Cab which is operating in Ireland, Canada & China, and now stepping into India. His invention, an Eco Free Cab has won him recognition in the “India Book of Records” under Science and Technology category. It is a modified cycle rickshaw and aims to encourage people to use Go Green vehicles.
Lost in a new area and looking for the right buses to get you home? Need info regarding bus, train or flight ticket availability? Help is at hand, literally. Thanks to a new initiative by two young entrepreneurs, Routes is a new dial-up service in the city wherein callers can get their local travel queries answered free-of-cost.
Apart from information on Chennai city routes, bus numbers and local train timings, Routes will give details on timings, rates and seat availability of inter-city buses, trains and domestic flights; just dial 86 95 95 95 95.