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Old 6th June 2017, 14:54   #526
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Requesting update on route condition. Is there anything to watch-out for in the regular route?
There was report on a 6 Hour traffic jam in Kuthiran stretch during yesterday's rains. This was reported by Manorama news channel

Another report on Manorama online, sharing for the benefit of all though I have never experienced anything similar on this stretch

http://www.manoramaonline.com/news/j...-palakkad.html
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Thank you all! Any traffic choke points on day driving?
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Hi guys, need a little info.

Driving down to Kochi from JP Nagar. Been more than a year since I last did the drive. Just want some updates on the route and road conditions. Planning to stick to Salem-Coimbatore route. Also some good place to stay in Kochi (wife is accompanying me).

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Planning to stick to Salem-Coimbatore route.
Start early, say 4am and you will have a peaceful drive, you can easily cross Coimbatore and reach Palakkad by 10. After that roads are fine all the way but after Vadakkencherry, 4 lane ends and it becomes 2 laned till you cross kuthiran. Then 4 laned section starts again, beyond mannuthi it can get slower due to more traffic and signals.
I'm not sure if things have improved after the Kochi metro was launched, hopefully reduced construction activities.
Breakfast stop can be at Gowri Shankar or Aaryaas on the L&T Coimbatore bypass or earlier at A2B Salem bypass or Saravana inn sankari near Vaigundam toll plaza.

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Start early, say 4am and you will have a peaceful drive, you can easily cross Coimbatore and reach Palakkad by 10. After that roads are fine all the way but after Vadakkencherry, 4 lane ends and it becomes 2 laned till you cross kuthiran. Then 4 laned section starts again, beyond mannuthi it can get slower due to more traffic and signals.
I'm not sure if things have improved after the Kochi metro was launched, hopefully reduced construction activities.
Breakfast stop can be at Gowri Shankar or Aaryaas on the L&T Coimbatore bypass or earlier at A2B Salem bypass or Saravana inn sankari near Vaigundam toll plaza.

Thanks a lot NPV, your directions were helpful to the T. Left 4 am sharp, took the route you suggested.

Vadakancherry all the way to Thrissur entrance is messy, roads are broken, tons of diversions and heavy construction work is ongoing. Added to all that was the rains which made it even more worse. Managed to hit Kochi (Edapally junction) at 1 pm. Thrissur onwards it is 4 lane all the way but the traffic was insane.

Return we went to Aleppy, TVM and Kanyakumari, so the return was via the standard NH7. Peaceful drive all through except at Krishnagiri & Attibele toll where it was a nightmare - 3km ques all through till the toll gate. Nice was relatively empty. Bypassing Salem was also hectic-way too much traffic.

Left Kanyakumari at 11:30 am, ate lunch at Burma Kadai (Virudhnagar)-2 pm and reached home at 10pm.


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Update from my Bangalore - Vaikom drive.

Roads are generally in good condition except - Vadakkencherry - Mannuthy.
There are potholes in Kuthiran but no big craters. Traffic was low ( at 11:30 AM on 11th Aug and 7:00 AM on 15th Aug). Pace of work on this section seems to be slow. There is a potential bottle neck due to flyover construction at Vadakkencherry. Update on my Fastag experience can be found here.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/street...ml#post4251322 (FASTag: All you need to know about procuring & using it!)

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/street...ml#post4252350 (FASTag: All you need to know about procuring & using it!)
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