The Thanjavur highway was wider and nicely laid out..Two lanes on either side of the median which can handle the heterogeneous traffic very well. My daughter was astonished to see bulls and buffaloes casually loitering the highway and I was amazed at the dexterity with which the drivers go around them without disturbing them. We went through BHEL, Kailasapuram Township and NIT. The BHEL has added more greenery and Kailasapuram township had added quite a bit of Commercial establishments. It was great to see the Joined Hands Statue in front of BHEL intact.
The road after NIT was under construction in some parts. We saw that there was work in progress to construct a toll booth. It was in its infancy now but Toll is coming soon on this road. We saw Shanmuga Campus grown in leaps and bounds with so many buildings catering to so many disciplines. Amazing growth ….
But the sad part till Thanjavur is all the trees we had before lining the road from Trichy are gone. All the lush , thick trees that lined the road are gone. All we have is “Mullu Cheddis” on both sides of the road and barren land.
We hit Thanjavur in about 45mins from Trichy.. Traffic from Vallam was slow due to narrow roads. Yep.. The highway gets over before Vallam.. Not sure when it will be constructed till Thanjavur town. But whenever it is, lots of homes on the side of the roads will be gone.
We took velankani road from Thanjavur and Boy!!! it was beautiful with so much Greenary.
The road from Thanjavur to Velankanni goes through some of the great Vazhai Thoppu and Thennai Thoppus. The road, although narrow, ( Two lanes) was lined with tall , thick trees. For most part they are Banyan Trees, Puliaya Maram( Tamarind Trees) and some Thennai Marams… There are lots of Valai Thoppus to look at, which showcase the pride of Thanjavur district. It was magnificent to see those trees silently towering and looking over the increasing traffic and the carelessness with which people treat the sides of the road.. Lots of papers and plastic bags on the sides. ( Signs of Progress and advancement of lifestyle !!!!!!!!!!:( ) Some people were taking rest from hot sun under those trees and some dogs too were sleeping there…
We hit Needamangalam after some driving. In Needamangalam, very close to railway station, we saw some food grain storage places.. They looked like giant greenhouses in first sight but then we realized they are grains stacked up high after harvest and waiting to be transported to various places. We saw some lorries loading them and transporting them to a Goods Train in the station. Surprisingly there were hardly any people in the vicinity and nothing else there other than grains and lorries (with drivers!!!!!)
We stopped in Needamangalam Tea shop for a cup of tea before continuing.. We had an awesome tea in a small tea kadai.
Next stop for us is to find a place under a tree shade for lunch…..
Lunch Menu: Lemon Rice and Thayir Sadham prepared by my mom…Potato Chips on the side.