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Old 27th February 2015, 09:35   #1
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Default Kollam to Dhanushkodi, Rameswaram

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Planning to go to my hometown, kollam by train next week, and then drive down to Rameswaram, Dhanushkodi.

I get 3 different route options, with not much of a difference, as this is the first time I am planning for road trip from Kerala,wanted advise on the best route to take, as Google maps does not tell the road conditions, the must see places along the route etc.

If anyone in the recent past has done this trip, please do help.

I have gone through the posts of folks who have gone to Rameswaram from different location, the pictures attached were also a treat to the eyes.

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Planning to go to my hometown, kollam by train next week, and then drive down to Rameswaram, Dhanushkodi.

I get 3 different route options, with not much of a difference, as this is the first time I am planning for road trip from Kerala,wanted advise on the best route to take, as Google maps does not tell the road conditions, the must see places along the route etc.
The Tirunelveli bypass-NH 7A-Tutocorin-East Coast Road route is excellent but not sure of the Kollam-Tenkasi-Tirunelveli bypass part.

Rameshwaram-Madurai-Bangalore is also excellent (if you're returning to Bangalore from Rameshwaram directly).
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I have gone through the posts of folks who have gone to Rameswaram from different location, the pictures attached were also a treat to the eyes.
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The Tirunelveli bypass-NH 7A-Tutocorin-East Coast Road route is excellent but not sure of the Kollam-Tenkasi-Tirunelveli bypass part.

Rameshwaram-Madurai-Bangalore is also excellent (if you're returning to Bangalore from Rameshwaram directly).
This is a better option:
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Kollam-Punalur-Thenmala-Thenkasi-Tirunelveli-Ottapadaram-Vembar-Ramnad-Rameshwaram.

Don have to take 7A. You can bypass Tuticorin totally. SH75 is OK and not all that great. But that should be fine. NH208 good to decent but expect Traffic till Thenkasi.
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Default Re: Kollam to Dhanushkodi, Rameswaram

I have been to rameshwaram thrice in past 6 months.

Twice from Madurai and once from kanyakumari through ECR.

After SH75 you can move on to ECR Road (SH49).

You can even bypass ramnad as well but the road passes through 1 or 2 odd villages and wide enough only for two cars to pass through.

I used it in November end and the condition was also good that time.
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The Tirunelveli bypass-NH 7A-Tutocorin-East Coast Road route is excellent but not sure of the Kollam-Tenkasi-Tirunelveli bypass part.

Rameshwaram-Madurai-Bangalore is also excellent (if you're returning to Bangalore from Rameshwaram directly).
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This is a better option:
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Kollam-Punalur-Thenmala-Thenkasi-Tirunelveli-Ottapadaram-Vembar-Ramnad-Rameshwaram.

Don have to take 7A. You can bypass Tuticorin totally. SH75 is OK and not all that great. But that should be fine. NH208 good to decent but expect Traffic till Thenkasi.
Thanks Ampere and NPV, will take this route Kollam-Punalur-Thenmala-Thenkasi-Tirunelveli-Ottapadaram-Vembar-Ramnad-Rameshwaram.

Any idea whether there are any places of interest along the route, specifically along the TN part.

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Any idea whether there are any places of interest along the route, specifically along the TN part.
Ramnad has few temples which are worth visiting.

Forgot to mention on my previous post. Please carry food and water. I dont expect facilities between Tirunelveli to Ramnad. If you need a break in that case, you may want to consider going via Tuicorin and going into the city.
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