Nivi's Adventures

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Trichy to Chennai by road

OK time for a rant about the driving in India! The fact that drivers use their bells/horns CONSTANTLY (much like dolphins and bats use sonar) and the reduced amount of personal space in India extends to the roads, being on the roads is quite a hair-raising experience!

So as you can imagine, the 450km / 6hour drive from Trichy to Chennai had us a bit worried. Most of the time the roads are just one lane each way, and as the lines painted on the road seem to be mere decoration, when it comes to overtaking it usually comes down to 'biggest gets right of way'. Seeing a bus or truck hurtling towards you, in your own lane, is pretty freaky!

Anyways below is a collection of some of the more amusing photos taken on the road...

A taste... Please note this is a single carriageway so the cars on the right are in the oncoming lane

One of the reason there is so much overtaking - the tractor on the left laden with sugar cane. Check out its front wheels!

Somewhere under there is a vehicle...


As if the incessant sound of horns wasn't enough, every vehicle on the road seems to invite you to join in.

This photo doesn't really capture how scary instances like this are. Just remember we were travelling at about 100km/hour!


  • Didn't you know Niveh? Honking your horn is the rulz! I saw it on the amazing race. What do you do if you see and animal or a child? "HONK HONK"

    By Blogger Bree, at 2:21 PM  

  • Yeeee that last one looked a little close :) You seem to be popping up in blogs a plenty at the moment, and all round the world, you globe trotter/ international woman of mystery you...

    By Blogger David, at 1:30 AM  

  • OK Bree, constantly honking the horn is not cool. Crikey, I'm getting a headache just thinking about it :(

    By Blogger Nivi, at 6:58 AM  

  • And David, how funny you shold comment on me gallivanting around the globe... Keep watching this space ;)

    By Blogger Nivi, at 6:59 AM  

  • Okay Niv, you can't say something like that and then leave us hanging for too long! :-P Looking forward to hearing what your next adventure is! :-)

    By Blogger Bex, at 1:33 AM  

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