A 5000 km drive along the Indian Coast: 7 women, 8 states, 28 days !

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On the 4th of January 2015, 5 women will set off from Mumbai and drive along the coast of India in a 5000km long journey  through 8 states over  28 days. A total of 7 women will participate on this drive, joining at  different stages of the journey. They will travel down from Mumbai to Kanyakumari and then up to Kolkata, meeting and interviewing inspiring women along the way.

This travel project is called the BuffyFish Coastal Diaries and is organised by BuffyFish, a Pune-based travel inititiative. BuffyFish, founded by Vidula Tade, is a platform for women to get together, explore and travel together, all over the world. The Coastal Diaries is the first such adventure.

Why only women?

Women love to travel and since traveling is a very personal experience, many women may prefer to travel alone. However there is a real concern about safety and though many women do want to travel, they find they don’t have access to it easily. Their families may be averse to them going on their own. Or they themselves may not feel confident of making such journeys.

BuffyFish is a platform, where women can meet other women-folk and travel with them.

Why this particular journey?

First there’s the joy of getting up in a new place each morning. And a love for travel and adventure! We want to discover our country – talk to the people, experience the culture in different places, marvel at the  natural beauty and of course, try out the food!

The documentary

As part of the 28-day journey, we plan on meeting inspiring women who live along the coast. We plan to interview them, record their stories and publish them in the form of a blog as well as a documentary film.

For example, in Kerala we will be meeting the founder and drivers of She Taxi, a 24×7 taxi service meant for women and run by women. We will also be meeting the woman who handles the crocodile bank in Tamil Nadu.

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The team for the 5000kms drive

Vidula Tade (complete drive)
Founder of BuffyFish, traveler, singer and a student of life, all of 33, from Pune.

Subhadra Devi (west coast)
A 40 year old, writer, traveler from Bangalore.

Sumati Madiman (east coast)
A 31 year old, traveller, Painter, from Hubli

Sejal Waghmare (east coast)
A mother of 1, a write and a 33 year old from Pune

Vanita Kariappa (west coast)
The youngest member, all of 20, who works with an NGO in Mumbai

Sayali Pandkar (complete drive)
She is a traveler herself. She quit her job in the IT and now is seeking her true calling. She is 25.

Prerna Dangi (complete drive)
She is a mountaineer and an adventurer from Delhi. She is 22.

The Route

Maharashtra

Jan – 4 – 2015 Mumbai to Dapoli – 268kms – Day 1

Jan – 5 – 2015 Dapoli to Tarkarli – 263 kms – Day 2

Goa
Jan – 6 – 2015 Tarkarli to Agonda – 188kms – Day 3

Karnataka

Jan – 7 – 2015 Agonda to Udupi – 262kms – Day 4

Kerala

Jan – 8 – 2015 Udupi to Kozhikode – 284kms – Day 5

Jan – 9 – 2015 Kozhikode to Kochi – 195kms – Day 6

Jan – 10 – 2015 Kochi to Trivandrum – 240kms – Day 7

Jan – 11 – 2015 Trivandrum – Day 8

Tamil Nadu 

Jan – 12 – 2015 Trivandrum to Kanyakumari – 120kms – Day 9

Jan – 13 – 2015 Kanyakumari to Rameshwaram – 350kms – Day 10

Jan – 14 – 2015 Rameshwaram to Velankanni – 255kms – Day 11

Jan – 15 – 2015 Velankanni to Puducherry – 158kms – Day 12

Andhra Pradesh

Jan – 16 – 2015 Puducherry to Pulicat – 220kms – Day 13

Jan – 17 – 2015 Pulicat – Day 14

Jan – 18 – 2015 Pulicat to Nellore – 170kms – Day 15

Jan – 19 – 2015 Nellore to Vijaywada – 277kms – Day 16

Jan – 20 – 2015 Vijaywada to Koringa – 184kms – Day 17

Jan – 21 – 2015 Koringa to Vishakhapatnam – 175kms – Day 18

Odisha

Jan – 22 – 2015 Vishakhapatnam to Berhampur – 311kms – Day 19

Jan – 23 – 2015 Behrampur to Puri – 175kms – Day 20

Jan – 24 – 2015 Puri – Day 21

Jan – 25 – 2015 Puri – Day 22

Jan – 26 – 2015 Puri to Chandipur – 311kms – Day 23

West Bengal

Jan – 27 – 2015 Chandipur to Kolkata – 339kms – Day 24

Jan – 28 – 2015 Kolkata – Day 25

Jan – 29 – 2015 Kolkata – Day 26

Jan – 30 – 2015 Kolkata – Day 27

Jan – 31 – 2015 Kolkata – Day 28

A sponsored journey!

Mahindra has agreed to sponsor and provide one Scorpio 4×4 vehicle for

The BuffyFish Coastal Diaries.

BuffyFish is currently looking for additional partners to provide support in any form for this journey.

Contact

Vidula Tade, Founder of BuffyFish

Phone – +91-9158351185
Email – Vidula@buffyfish.com
Website – www.buffyfish.com

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