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Old 20th August 2010, 16:17   #526
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after gonikoppa you will see another y intersection the left goes to makutta and the right goes to virajpet.you have to take left. this road leads to koothupuzha(thats where you enter kerala from).
Y intersection - the place is called 'Vittangal'(??!!!) .

land marks: There is a bus waiting shelter at this intersection
I think there also a big advertising board

Take left to bypass Virajpet town.

I am starting from Bangalore on sunday early morning.

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Rajeshk, ad75, Lateesh. Many thanks for clarifying the route. I've got it all written down.
Rajesh- thanks for sharing your number. Will trouble you with a call in case I think I'm off route.
This is my first time driving to Kannur from Bangalore ( i've done a Mumbai- kannur trip last year) so I'm pretty excited. Also this is my first time during Onam in Kerala - even though I used to visit every year when in school during summer. But never ever got a chance in so many years to visit during onam. I've bought about 10 kilos of flowers from kr market today to carry along for the decorations.
Ad75 - I have MMI and navteq maps on my garmin. But both dont have koothupuzha ( however I spell it)
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Y intersection - the place is called 'Vittangal'(??!!!) .

land marks: There is a bus waiting shelter at this intersection
I think there also a big advertising board

Take left to bypass Virajpet town.

I am starting from Bangalore on sunday early morning.
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there is a small milestone at this intersection with makutta and iritty written on it with distances.

am not sure of the name of the place.
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Any update on the road condition by those went to native during Onam?? Due to the heavy monsoon, I believe patholes started to appear..is it?

Saw few updates in the malayalalam daily -> Kannur District News,Local News,???????? ,Regional News- Mathrubhumi (Road was blocked after a big tree falling)
Kannur District News,mattannoor Local News,???????? ,??????????? ,???? ????????: ????????-????????? ????????? ???????? (Thalassery - Koottupuzha road damaged at many places..)

I am planning to go native next week, any update on the condition is highly appreciated.

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Any update on the road condition by those went to native during Onam?? Due to the heavy monsoon, I believe patholes started to appear..is it?

Saw few updates in the malayalalam daily -> Kannur District News,Local News,???????? ,Regional News- Mathrubhumi (Road was blocked after a big tree falling)
Kannur District News,mattannoor Local News,???????? ,??????????? ,???? ????????: ????????-????????? ????????? ???????? (Thalassery - Koottupuzha road damaged at many places..)

I am planning to go native next week, any update on the condition is highly appreciated.

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  • Iritty - Mattanur road is horirible - lots of potholes that slow you down.
  • Mattanur - Kannur is very good.
  • Mattanur - Thalassery is ok.
  • From Bangalore till Iritty is good; expect few pot holes after Thithimathi turn off till Makkootta.
Rajesh, when are you leaving? I'm planning Iritty - Bangalore Sunday morning.
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Rajesh, when are you leaving? I'm planning Iritty - Bangalore Sunday morning.

Sanjay, Thanks a lot for the information. As of now, my plan is on 11th Sept'10 (friday) and leaving B'lore by 3pm. Return yet to decide.

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hi guys , this post is really helpful, i am also planning to travel to Kannur on 15th Sept , last couple of times i took the mysore-sultanbattery route , it was abt 400 kms ..pretty long compared to this route as mentioned by you guys .
Bangalore~Srirangapattana~Yelawala~Hunsur~Tithimat ti~Gonikoppa~Perumpady~Maakuta~Kootupuzha~Iritty~M attanur~Chalode~Kannur

will check and update you abt the road condition after i am back, meanwhile Rajesh if you can updated the road condition before 15th it would be helpful.
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Bangalore~Srirangapattana~Yelawala~Hunsur~Tithimat ti~Gonikoppa~Perumpady~Maakuta~Kootupuzha~Iritty~M attanur~Chalode~Kannur

will check and update you abt the road condition after i am back, meanwhile Rajesh if you can updated the road condition before 15th it would be helpful.
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Sure, mean while if you are travelling north of Kannur suggest you to take Iritty - Sreekantapuram - Thalipparamba otherwise take turn at at Irikkoor. The Iritty - Mattannur is not in good condition as per the local newspapers.

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Definitely agree - the iritty-> mattanur road was horrible to say the least. Although the punto handled it better than my santro would have , I bottomed out atleast a couple of times.
Also - the road from srirangapatna bypassing mysore to reach Hunsur,Gonikoppa is pretty badly damaged in certain stretches.

The kootupuzha - makutta stretch is like a dream. Beautiful hills - theres one spot with a lake on the right and with hilly vegetation in the background thats seems out of this world. Will post a pic - words dont do justice.

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Default kootupuzha makutta stretch during onam

This is the stretch that I was talking about
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nice picture, am going to kannur town proper, so i think mattanur is the only option.
if the roads are really bad what do u suggest ?
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Road condition:
Bangalore-Srirangapattana - Very good with decent number of spead breakers
Srirangapattana - Yelwala - Hunsur - decent till you reach Mysore-Madikeri road (speed I managed 10-80 on this streach), Once you are on Mysore-Madikeri road it is very good.
Hunsur-Gonikoppa : Not very good speed you can do from 10-80. Few very bad patches at some places.

Gonikoppa-Vittingal (turn) - Decent road

Vittingal-Makkutta : single lane bad streatch. But saves time.

Makkutta-Kuttupuzha: Very good, newly opened road. You can feel that you are approaching Kerala; Please do not go outside asphalted surfaces.

Kuttupuzha-Iritty-Mattanur - road condition is bad, expect some deep potholes

Mattanur-Kannur: 2 lane road, but excellent

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Milestogo, I think this lake is at Perumbadi, just after the checkpost in the right side..right..?

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Milestogo, I think this lake is at Perumbadi, just after the checkpost in the right side..right..?
Yes Rajesh - right after the checkpost.
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hi
returned to mysore from kannur last night. my advise on the route is
blr- mysore - H D kote hand post - bawli - manandavadi- koothupuramba- kannur. staright forward, no issue with the sign posts too.
total distance from mysore is approx 198 kms till kannur main junction from mysore.
road condition: mysore to H D kote hand post is excellent.the stretch inside the forest ( about 12 kms) is very bad and needs extra care. bawli to manandavadi is good. from m vadi to kannur is horrible. absolut night mare for any cars incld SUV and buses. even gods cannot save kerala's worst road conditions.
alternatively, you can do a round about
1. - blr - mys- gonikoppa - perambadi - irriti - koothuparamba- kannur ( distance approx 230 km from mysore)
2. - blr- mysore- gundalpet- bathery - koothuparamba- kannur ( approx 240 km from mysore)
3. blr- mys- hunsur- nagarhole forest - kutta - thodapuzha - manadavadi - koothuparamba- kannur ( 210 km from mys)
lastly going by bus makes lot of sense as it is very likely that evry part of car gets hit in kerala roads.
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