Birthday Present - Bangalore Weekend Getaway

#1 Jan 4th, 2012, 01:07
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Hey Guys,

My girlfriend's birthday is around the corner, in fact, a couple of weeks later, and there is the classic male dilemma : The Birthday Present

Being hopelessly unfamiliar with refined feminine playthings like perfumes and body creams and whathaveyous, I have decided to gift her a ride instead. Its right up my alley, and Im reasonably certain I cant muck this one up.

We re both in Bangalore, and the time frame for this shortish ride would be about 3 days, i.e. 14 - 16 January. The choice is between Gokarna and Pondicherry - I have decided to give Ooty and Coorg a miss because they are too touristy, and its mostly families which frequent these towns.

I ve been told that there is a place called Paradise Beach outside of Pondi, which rents out tree-houses right on the beach. Gokarna has its own charm I reckon, with four popular beaches and some nice treks.

I will list down the defining criteria, and then you guys could maybe tell me how each place fares on these parameters. That would help me make this choice -

1) The ride should be scenic; possibly with light traffic.
2) We are both good swimmers, so a nice clean beach with clear water, maybe a shack nearby that serves seafood and beer would really make it worthwhile. Also, any sorts of watersports thrown in would be added plus.
3) Should be rather isolated; not too touristy, and even if there are many tourists around ( given its a weekend), I d rather it be people in our age strata ( 20 - 30 s) than families.
4) Nice scenic places to ride around; or to explore on a ferry.
5) Maybe a nice party scene, or is it too much to ask ? Please dont tell me to bugger off to Goa instead.
6) Budget - 10 k ish, could extend if necessary.

Also, which place to stay would you recommend in each of these places ? It could be a bit offbeat as well ( such as the tree houses in Pondi), I guess that ll make the experience more memorable.

And one final thing, Could anyone please tell me where I could rent a RE Thunderbird in Bangalore, preferrably with saddle bags. I had one in Delhi, but I sold it off before coming here. Im left with my trusted Pulsar 220, but methinks it would not be very comfy with a pillion.

Feel free to chip in with any other pointers you can throw my way guys, I would really appreciate it.


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