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Old 10th November 2012, 08:45   #2326
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Thanks Binaiks. Does it start from ksrtc stand or moffisil pvt stand?
From Calicut - they start from the Mofussil Bus Station (Private)

From Kannur - they start at the New BS (Private) - the one near the railway station. Some buses start from the KSRTC BS, but they come to the Private BS as well.
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Also if you are lucky you can still get a private bus - (the agents will find you - you dont have to find them) going to Ernakulam which comes from Bangalrore and especially Chennai.
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Better look for Palakkad bus either from Gandhipuram/Ukkadam.
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Few of them do come in - like the Bangalore-Palakkad S.Dlx of KeSRTC, Bangalore-Palakkad/Thrissur Airavat Club Class (KaSRTC), etc. There is a bus every 30 minutes from Gandhipuram towards Palakkad from 0330hrs as well.
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If u reach Palakkad, u will get plenty of buses to Guruvayur both KSRTC and Private. KSRTC will take lesser time.
Thanks a ton, guys. I reached Gandhipuram bus stand at 5:05AM, as soon as reached, one KSRTC bus to Palakkad left. I looked around, to check any other bus was available, then I found a Kallada bus opposite to the bus stand, went and enquired, they had 3 seat vacant, paid 250Rs and they dropped me at Sakthan bus stand at 8:00. There was a heavy traffic block near Kuthiran(near the bridge), lost around half an hour there. Got a limited stop from Sakthan and reached home at 9:30.

Dad and Mom were surprised to see me. At last, a successful surprise visit .
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News report in Manorama online just now about an accident at Perundurai near Coimbatore early today morning. 2 people including the driver died. Bus involved in the collision with a loorry as per the report is Yatra Volvo from Bangalore to Kottarakkara. Does Yatra have a service to Kottarakkara??? Alsoas per report accident happened at 3 AM. If it is a Kottarkara service isnt 3 AM a little too late to reach Perundurai???

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There is a news that the Viji_yatra Multi from BLR to Kottarakkara met with an accident today morning near CBE and two people died including the bus driver. The news is that the bus hit on the rear of a cement truck near Perundurai.
Lot of people are admitted to the near by hospital.

News source :- Manorama and Mathrubhumi.
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News report in Manorama online just now about an accident at Perundurai near Coimbatore early today morning. 2 people including the driver died. Bus involved in the collision with a loorry as per the report is Yatra Volvo from Bangalore to Kottarakkara. Does Yatra have a service to Kottarakkara??? Alsoas per report accident happened at 3 AM. If it is a Kottarkara service isnt 3 AM a little too late to reach Perundurai???
Yes, they have service to Kotarakkara and start late from BLR around 8.30PM and is no stop service via EKM, Kottayam. I have availed their service and they used to reach EKM by 5.15 to 5.30AM and Chengannur by 7.30AM.
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Had the worst expereince this past weekend.
We booked a Chennai - Bangalore trip on redbus.in and we choose Oscar Travels [Jabbar National]. We were asked to report at the Besant Nagar pick up point at 0630. The bus turned up only at 0730. We get in and realise that the seat numbers during booking is just a farce - 3/4ths of the bus is full and we end up sitting somewhere at the back. After picking us up, we are taken on a sight-seeing tour all over Chennai and finally the bus leaves Koyambedu at 0930. Reach Hosur at around 1330 and there is a huge traffic jam! Our man decides to take another route through Anekal and we reach Silk Board junction at 1500!!
On top of this the guys are very rude and he did not bother to stop anywhere for a break - most of the people had not had breakfast, luckily we had packed a couple sandwiches, which we ate.
Aboslutely pathetic service!!
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Had the worst expereince this past weekend.
We booked a Chennai - Bangalore trip on redbus.in and we choose Oscar Travels [Jabbar National]. We were asked to report at the Besant Nagar pick up point at 0630. The bus turned up only at 0730. We get in and realise that the seat numbers during booking is just a farce - 3/4ths of the bus is full and we end up sitting somewhere at the back. After picking us up, we are taken on a sight-seeing tour all over Chennai and finally the bus leaves Koyambedu at 0930. Reach Hosur at around 1330 and there is a huge traffic jam! Our man decides to take another route through Anekal and we reach Silk Board junction at 1500!!
Was this a bus with "Jabbar-National" stickering, or some other bus? Oscar Travels, as such, has very good rating and passenger feedback. They operate two buses on their own (leased from Neeta). Jabbar-National is a joint venture between Jabbar Travels (Hyderabad) and National Travels (Bangalore). The issue is that, many operators open more than one "chart" on RedBus - the end result is that most seat end up having double bookings and the passengers end up having to take whatever seat remains.

If you see more than one "chart" for the same bus in RedBus - beware!
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Was this a bus with "Jabbar-National" stickering, or some other bus? Oscar Travels, as such, has very good rating and passenger feedback. They operate two buses on their own (leased from Neeta). Jabbar-National is a joint venture between Jabbar Travels (Hyderabad) and National Travels (Bangalore). The issue is that, many operators open more than one "chart" on RedBus - the end result is that most seat end up having double bookings and the passengers end up having to take whatever seat remains.

If you see more than one "chart" for the same bus in RedBus - beware!
Good point you made about the multiple charts - I did check and there was just one for this trip timing. Although, you never know.
This bus was with the Jabbar National stickering - in fact this was also mentioned on the redbus.in website in brackets next to Oscar. I would have been ok with it as long as they stuck to the timings.
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Had the worst expereince this past weekend.
We booked a Chennai - Bangalore trip on redbus.in and we choose Oscar Travels [Jabbar National].
Hope you tried KSRTC? I think KSRTC is better bet for daytime travels. Atleast they will be more reliable than Private guys during the day.
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Saw 2 Jabbar - National co-branded Volvo multiaxle buses near their usual stop in Basavanagudi, neither had a number on them. Buses seem to be brand new from the finish on the outside. There were no attendents near the bus to enquire about the service.
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Saw 2 Jabbar - National co-branded Volvo multiaxle buses near their usual stop in Basavanagudi, neither had a number on them. Buses seem to be brand new from the finish on the outside. There were no attendents near the bus to enquire about the service.
Oh! Did you seem them today? They got two new buses last week as well! Wonder which route these guys would go on.

One new bus, which I spotted last week: This one runs Bangalore-Chennai.
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Oh! Did you seem them today? They got two new buses last week as well! Wonder which route these guys would go on.

One new bus, which I spotted last week: This one runs Bangalore-Chennai.
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The bus was similar to the one in photo, but with small change in paint scheme. The front of the bus did not have so much of white to it. The buses were spotted today morning on my way to office, but found only one during my return.
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The bus was similar to the one in photo, but with small change in paint scheme. The front of the bus did not have so much of white to it. The buses were spotted today morning on my way to office, but found only one during my return.
Maybe one of them already went for service. Could you please share where exactly did you see them? Is it the same place near SRS Petrol Bunk? There is a school and a Maruti dealership nearby.
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Maybe one of them already went for service. Could you please share where exactly did you see them? Is it the same place near SRS Petrol Bunk? There is a school and a Maruti dealership nearby.
Past the petrol bunk towards the south end near the Cresent school. There are a couple of run down buses parked inside the compound at the corner. These Volvos were parked on the roadside. A month back, one of the bus was removed from the compound and towed away. Another one belonging to KPN, but without any badging (With TN regn and nr, ending with S 9199) was also parked on the roadside which is also missing for quite sometime.
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Just completed a trip from Bangalore to Trivandrum over the weekend and here's my review:

Onward: SRM Transports Multi Axle from Madiwala at 7 PM (via Alleppy)

The bus was already in the petrol bunk adjacent to the SRM office by 640PM and was a new B9R with I-shift automatic transmission. The bus had ~140k on the odo and was clean. The bus was full at Madiwala itself and we left at 705 PM. Crew was polite at boarding and we had 2 drivers + 1 cleaner. Took the elevated road but had massive traffic jams at Attibele, both at the toll and even thereafter due to cracker shopping + heavy traffic. Finally crossed Hosur ~920 PM, dinner break at the usual Krishna Cafe / McD after which I slept off. Driving was sedate with no excessive honking or braking. Was woken up past midnight when we crossed Coimbatore and entered Kerala (the pothole laden roads of Kerala are the best wake up alarms possible). The driver had to resort to honking in the Kerala roads to get slow moving vehicles to move to enable overtaking as Kerala still lives in an era where National Highways are no wider than "lanes" in any other state. Reached TVM by 930 AM - overall a good experience with the operator and the bus. For some reason, heard excessive creaking noise from the suspension throughout the bad roads stretch - first time in a new B9R. AC was kept at a pleasant 22 degrees and no disturbance apart from one movie till ~1030 PM

Return: KPN Multi Axle at 7 PM from TVM (via Nagercoil)
Normal B9R with ~550k on the odo and decent / clean interiors. Bus was ready by 650 PM and we departed ~710 with 12 passengers on board. The bus had 2 drivers + 1 cleaner, all in uniform and polite. 4 pax got off at nagercoil to transfer to a different KPN service and 1-2 got in. We left Nagercoil ~930 PM with ~10 pax. Sedate driving and a noisy bad tamil movie was played till the dinner break at ~1030 PM. They also screened a KPN Corporate Video at the journey commencement with a welcome message, which is the first I am seeing with a private operator (apart from Olivea). A couple of short distance passengers were taken enroute (Tirunelveli / Salem) but we did not spend time anywhere soliciting passengers (despite the fact that we had only <30% occupancy - full marks to KPN for this), hence no time lost and no complaints. Reached Hosur by 620 AM and Silk Board at 7 AM. No issues, apart from slightly aggressive driving by the 2nd driver with excessive honking on the Krishnagiri - Blr stretch. Again, heard the loud creaking noise from the suspension. Is this a maintenance issue with the Volvos or is it some suspension tweaking to cater to the poor roads thats causing this noise?

On the whole, good experiences on both legs, and a welcome change from the terrible SRS experience and mixed KaSRTC experience I had on earlier trips to Kerala.
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