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Evacay Scania: Bangalore to Coimbatore

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I generally stay away from family functions - but, for some reason decided to attend a cousin's marriage in Palakkad. The initial plan was to accompany my family the previous day, but certain circumstances forced me to rethink, since traveling with them would need me take a day off. I decided to travel later in the day, so that I can save a leave, and also travel by bus! I badly wanted to try the new sensation on the route - Evacay Travels! I did not put in a lot of thought before booking - Evacay was the most expensive among the lot - SRS, Conti, KPN, MSS all offered cheaper rates - but the decision was already made. This was the first journey of 2018, and it had to have something new - a new operator was the best choice, IMO. My ticket was booked through RedBus (for no particular reason) - and the mTicket popped up on WhatsApp in no time!

February 03, 2018:
I left my office after working half day, on an Uber cab towards Madiwala. Evacay, interestingly, starts its service from Ma…

2017: In a nutshell!

Two Thousand Seventeen was one helluva year!

Although certain things I'd loved to have happened didn't, but a whole lot of surprises happened!

The year 2017 saw me flying out of India for the first time - a trip to the United States of America! Spending 40 days in the US, making the most of my first trip out of India! A visit to NY, and then to DC!

The year saw me taking 18 flights, covering almost 22K miles! There wasn't a lot of traveling in the year - except the visit to the US. I was lucky to even travel in buses in the US - a completely different experience in itself! I could even try an Amtrak journey in the US!

A whole lot of train journeys, even more bus journeys as well in the country!

Personally, the year was a mixed bag - some good things, some bad things in the life. All said, I still loved every bit of the year! I've been living my life to the fullest, and hope to continue doing that in the years to come!

Lets turn pages for a whole new year!

Wishing all m…

Mangalore to Bangalore on KSRTC Airavat Diamond Class

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December 10, 2017:
As I completed the examination paperwork, I logged on to the KSRTC website and looked for the next available bus to Bengaluru, and zeroed in on the 1400 departure - this was an Airavat Diamond Class (Scania 13.7M), operating on the Mangalore-Bangalore-Tirupati route. I completed the examination work, and set out to the bus station. I requested the driver to drop me at New Taj Mahal Cafe, since I had to pickup some sweets and other snacks to take back to Bangalore.

I got to the bus station by about 1300hrs - the bus was yet to be brought from the depot. The bus was brought in by around 1330hrs - the crew did not take the bus to the platform until about 1340hrs. Meanwhile, I received an SMS confirming the bus number. Boarding commenced a while past 1345hrs - most of the seats were prereserved, while the crew managed to get passengers for the remaining seats.

The bus pulled out of the bus station at 1402hrs - with more or less all the seats occupied, except those with …

Bangalore to Mangalore on the new KSRTC Volvo B11R 13.8M

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Exams are always a reason to travel. Being a travel freak, I love to use every opportunity I get to travel. The exam duty at Mangalore was seen as a badly needed opportunity to travel! I really wanted a break from work, and this was the chance. The exam was on a Sunday - getting a ticket to come back was a little difficult, but I had to take some chances here, since I wanted to return early. I booked my outbound in a KSRTC Airavat Club Class. I made a calculated guess, and booked the Bangalore-Manipal service hoping it would get a new Volvo B11R!

December 09, 2017:
I started from home around 2015hrs towards Yeshwantpur - I took a bus to Dasarahalli station, and then a Metro towards Yeshwantpur. I headed off to the nearby Hallimane restaurant for a sumptuous dinner. I ate slowly to reduce my waiting time at the pickup point, the nearby Govardhan Theatre. I still got there by 2145hrs - with more than 25 minutes to go for pick-up time. I had received a message from KSRTC already by then,…

Ernakulam to Bengaluru: KSRTC Garuda King Class Volvo B9R

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Travelling without a return ticket is getting a very bad regular misadventure for me. This trip was no different. I had a plethora of options to choose from for my return trip - but like my outbound, convenience took precedence. Kerala State RTC's Volvo B9R aka Garuda King Class gave a very big convenience that it would drop me near my home - rather just 6 kms away from home, at Peenya Satellite bus station. I booked my ticket about a week before travel - and I was quite shocked that they were charging end-to-end fares for the bus, and almost half the bus was already sold out. I picked up a seat in the rear half of the bus, and, quite interestingly, booked an end-to-end ticket. I planned to change my boarding point to Thrissur, if needed on the day of my journey.

October 21, 2017:
Towards noon on my day of journey, I decided to board the bus at Ernakulam itself. Leaving home after a long stay is surely a heart-wrenching moment. I hate waiting for the bus at Thrissur - the bus stat…

Trivandrum to Ernakulam: by KSRTC's Garuda Maharaja

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I hadn't realised that I was stuck in Trivandrum, until I saw the crowd at the bus station! I hadn't really realised that I was traveling a day before a long long weekend - a Second Saturday, Sunday, followed by Kerala's "national" festival aka Hartal on Monday, an opportunity to 'fall sick' on Tuesday and Diwali holiday on Wednesday! Essentially a five day, extended weekend! Buses were sold out, while the unreserved ones had people ready to pounce the moment the door opened! I had no option but to stay over that night, and try my luck with early morning buses. Intuitively, I headed to the reservation website and found that the Scania bus to Coimbatore, leaving Trivandrum at 0400hrs, had 7 seats available - the last two rows! I grabbed one of them quickly - seat #41 was chosen.

October 14, 2017:
My phone woke me up at an unearthly 0245hrs! I remained groggy for a while, before darting out of my bed and getting ready. I checked out of the hotel at 0315hrs,…

Bengaluru to Thrissur: KSRTC Garuda King Class Volvo B9R - a repeat!

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Call it coincidence, call it a repeat - I was all set to head home for a vacation, and I booked on the Bangalore-Ernakulam Volvo service of Kerala RTC once again! And like the last time, it was convenience that weighed over anything else. I had to delay my booking until the last minute, since I was really not sure if I'd be able to travel. My journey was confirmed only by around 1700hrs - I logged on to the website to see most forward half seats occupied. I quickly selected one in the rear half - #29 it was.

October 09, 2017:
Since it was vacation time, my colleague was also traveling to the bus station. So we decided to share a cab - the Ola cab came in about 5 minutes from booking - the guy got us to the satellite bus station in Peenya by about 1755hrs. While I was in the cab, I received a call from the bus conductor to confirm if I was boarding from Peenya itself - this was important since Peenya happens to be the default boarding point, and a lot of passengers forget to change…