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The Road to Home

When driving home, these are some of the roads I take.

These photos were taken on different days during several journeys, between my farm in Palni hills and Bangalore - a 500km / 10 hour drive.

Let us begin somewhere in the state of Tamil Nadu in India.

 National Highway 4
  National Highway 4

road-through-tamil-nadu-1.jpg by Harshad Sharma is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

The roads here are a pleasure to drive.

 A well maintained NH4 with flowering bushes in the median.
  A well maintained NH4 with flowering bushes in the median.

road-through-tamil-nadu-2.jpg by Harshad Sharma is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

 The road bends gently as the coconut palms dot its sides.
  The road bends gently as the coconut palms dot its sides.

road-through-tamil-nadu-3.jpg by Harshad Sharma is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

 The road to Salem and Madurai.
  The road to Salem and Madurai.

road-to-salem.jpg by Harshad Sharma is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

 Lights from oncoming traffic make the mist glow at night.
  Lights from oncoming traffic make the mist glow at night.

night-drive-on-nh4.jpg by Harshad Sharma is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

There are two roads that go to Kodaikanal, I take the one that most vehicles avoid.

 Winding mountain road from Palani to Kodaikanal.
  Winding mountain road from Palani to Kodaikanal.

palani-to-kodaikanal-1.jpg by Harshad Sharma is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

 The road cuts through large rocks, the eroded remnants loom over the sides.
  The road cuts through large rocks, the eroded remnants loom over the sides.

palani-to-kodaikanal-2.jpg by Harshad Sharma is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

My journey continues beyond Kodaikanal, further into the hills.

 Mist and narrow roads beyond Kodaikanal.
  Mist and narrow roads beyond Kodaikanal.

road-to-kookal.jpg by Harshad Sharma is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

 A eucalyptus tree fallen over the road and travelers waiting around it.
  A eucalyptus tree fallen over the road and travelers waiting around it.

roadblock-fallen-tree.jpg by Harshad Sharma is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

 Narrow road curves through the forest.
  Narrow road curves through the forest.

road-through-forest-1.jpg by Harshad Sharma is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

The last 10 killometers are quite bad, but that's okay - home is just around the corner.

 A potholed road beyond the areas that tourists frequent.
  A potholed road beyond the areas that tourists frequent.

road-through-forest-2.jpg by Harshad Sharma is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

All that travel to reach this beautiful place...

 At the farm, snuggled between hills.
  At the farm, snuggled between hills.

at-farm.jpg by Harshad Sharma is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

All tiredness vanishes as I meet my people and animals, it's good to be back home!