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A scenic drive along the coastal roadd from Muscat to Sur

It's a drive of a lifetime, 200 kilometers of pure ecstasy. The road from Oman's rocky and dry capital city of Muscat to Sur makes its way through many incredible must visit sites and breathtaking views.

The road starts from Al Amerat and at first offers a view of naked dry mountains on both the sides. The dry rocks are worth a sight, for they are decorated with all sorts of myriad colours. Some of the rocks are marbles.

After about 70 kilometers, we take a right turn off towards Wadi Dayqah Dam – an artificial lake formed by a hydroelectric dam. The views are awesome. The nearby wadi is full of water and vegetation, a rare sight in Arabian landscape.

We come back from the Wadi and back to the main road towards Sur. After a few kilometers we cross the small town of Quriat and from here the coastal road begins. The views are refreshing with East Hajar mountain on one side and the gulf of Oman on the other. The sea appears dark blue glorified by the intense bright Arabian sunshine.

We come across several wadis on the way – Wadi Al Arbeieen, Wadi Tiwi and Wadi Shab to name a few, all offers crystal clear spring waters and one can engage in swimming or diving.

We move ahead towards the Bimmah Sinkhole, which is believed to be formed when a meteor collided the earth. The sinkhole is about 300 meters from the sea and is connected via an underground tunnel, which is why the water tastes salty. It's an ideal place for Swimming, diving and fish therapy. The turquoise water of the sinkhole is worth taking a few snaps.

Our final destination is Sur, a coastal city full of beautiful unspoilt beaches. Sur is a popular tourist destination for bird watching and turtle watching. People come here from all over the globe to see big green turtles laying eggs on the beach. However, for turtle watching an overnight stay is required.

We need not necessarily take the same road while going back. There is another road from Sur to Muscat. This old road is longer and narrow and takes almost four hours to reach Muscat. Still you will be motivated to take this road if you wish to pay a visit to the Wahiba Sands – the only desert in the Sultanate of Oman and Wadi Bani Khalid – another great wadi worth a visit.



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I’m Anshuman Bordoloi – a Muscat based Banker and Blogger, who is more comfortable with words than the numbers, who loves exploring the world than staying under the comfort of home, who dreams of a freelancer life but finds himself getting ready for the office at 8 O’clock everyday. My dawn to dusk job may not give me any opportunity to think fresh, but my imaginations are like the white clouds flying over the blue sky. They creep into my mind every now and then and make me think and write. I enjoy travelling, love observing people and sharing my thoughts. I also love Blue – the colour of imagination. Whenever I look into the Blue Sky, Blue Sea or Blue Mountains, I feel the power of infinity - a power that inspires us to travel and explore. Blog from the blue is about the journey of my life and travel inspiration. Here I’m sharing my thoughts on what I love to do – to travel and share ideas.I believe that we can make this world a better place to live by doing good things, thinking good, being nice to people, through friendship, exchange of ideas and by getting to know each other. Let’s join hands and explore every nook and corner of the world and make this planet a happy village full of beautiful flowers and people.

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