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Old 13th December 2007, 11:07   #16
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If your destination is Salem or something closer i would suggest Vellore-Vaniyambadi- Tirpuattur-harur route.
My destintaion is further down from Kottayam in Kerala.

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Hi Ajo,

I went to salem via ulundurpet two weeks back in my ikon. Till dindivanam the road is too good but you have to pay toll twice. From dindivanam to ulundurpet is kind of ok. After ulundurpet, i warn you there are pot holes even bigger than your ALTO. :-)
Best go through krishnagiri. you wont face oncoming traffic and you will save fuel too.
I took krishnagir-dharmapuri last 2 times, Will stick to it. Any updates on the roads after Krishnagiri?

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Old 13th December 2007, 11:29   #17
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My destintaion is further down from Kottayam in Kerala.


I took krishnagir-dharmapuri last 2 times, Will stick to it. Any updates on the roads after Krishnagiri?
Hi, Then take the Krishnagiri, mettur,andhiyur,sathy,coimbatore route.
This will better than the mettur -bhavani-avinashi route.
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Old 13th December 2007, 13:55   #18
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There have been a lot of updates on this route by me and various other members. You can do a search.

Chennai - Krishnagiri is a breeze. Take a left from the four lane road towards Dharmapuri at Krishnagiri.

then its Krishnagiri - Dharmapuri - Thoppur - Mechari - Mettur (take the bypass or go down the small ghat road which has a nice view of the dam) - Ammapettai (take a right here) - Andiyur - Athani - Sathyamangalam - Coimbatore - Pallakad - towards your destination....

Bhavani - Avanashi road is in being widened. Lot of traffic snarls.

Krishnagiri - Dharmapuri is bad. Patched up in places, 4 lane work in progress. Lot of pot holes. No shoulders at times.

Dharmapuri - Thoppur is even worse... except for the 6 lane ghat section near Thoppur.

Take right in thoppur towards Mechari and Mettur.

Palaghat road is bad but I heard its being patched up.
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So which route would be the best in terms of good roads and less Toll. I plan to travel to Cochin in December.
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Took chennai -krishnagiri-Dharmapuri-Salem-Erode and back during Diwali. It took 6 hrs to Erode (+ 2 breaks 1 hr and 45 mins). 454 Kms (Medavakkam [chennai] to Palayapalayam [Erode]).
The road from Chennai to Krishnagiri was excellent and we were able to make 255 kms in 2.30 hrs (Toll paid was chennai bypass Rs.10 +35+25+30+45). Krishnagiri -Salem road is getting better (look out for the patches) and the salem erode road is also improving.
This is the best route currently ,I suppose ....
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Chennai - Krishnagiri - Dharmapuri - thoppur - Mettur - Bhavani - Erode is shorter and faster as it involves lesser traffic from Thoppur to Bhavani. Salem - Erode is being 4 laned and should be done soon I guess.

For Cochin it would be the same route till Mettur then Ammapettai - Athani - Sathy - Annur - Coimbatore - Cochin.

or Athani - Gobi - Avinashi - Coimbatore outer via ring road - Palghat - Cochin

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Looks like I am reviving a very old thread.

I need to know about the road condition of Chennai - Ulundurpet - Salem route. I know that the road is excellent from Chennai to Ulundurpet. How about Ulundurpet - Salem route? Has anyone took this route recently?
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Looks like I am reviving a very old thread.

I need to know about the road condition of Chennai - Ulundurpet - Salem route. I know that the road is excellent from Chennai to Ulundurpet. How about Ulundurpet - Salem route? Has anyone took this route recently?
The road is being widened and some more way to go before it becomes an excellent road.
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Suddenly I can see/read/hear about many 4L widening works in progress. And this too this is happening outside GQ/NS-Corridor. Things are definitely improving. Two road numbers that I would love to see on that list would be 13 and 66 !
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The road is being widened and some more way to go before it becomes an excellent road.
Thank you Sir. Will it be Ok kind of road for me to travel in that road in my Punto?
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Thank you Sir. Will it be Ok kind of road for me to travel in that road in my Punto?
I heard that the road condition is decent, but I have no firsthand account. Please do give us feedback if you do take this route
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I heard that the road condition is decent, but I have no firsthand account. Please do give us feedback if you do take this route
Sure. I am going to try this road this weekend and I will report the status.
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Sure. I am going to try this road this weekend and I will report the status.
I had done this route 6 months back. at few places one side of the road was complete. The major deterrent was lack of bye-pass and you had to go through the towns of Ulundurpet & kallakurichi, which was way time consuming.

Let me know the current status. I am planning to do back and forth this to Salem this week.
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I went through whole of Salem by-pass from NH7 entry (at Salem) to Attur by-pass to hit NH68 two weeks back. The by-pass beyond NH7 (Madurai exit) is dug up and its a pain for about 5-10 km. Not sure how is it on the actual NH68 beyond Salem.
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I went through whole of Salem by-pass from NH7 entry (at Salem) to Attur by-pass to hit NH68 two weeks back. The by-pass beyond NH7 (Madurai exit) is dug up and its a pain for about 5-10 km. Not sure how is it on the actual NH68 beyond Salem.
Ampere, if i understand you correctly- you actually had used very little of NH68 and for bypassing Salem.
Well, i was checking on the status of NH68 from Salem till ulundurpet.
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