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Old 5th August 2012, 17:51   #586
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Quick directions on taking Auroville Road from Tindivanam to ECR below. This road is now well done - I guess as part of post cyclone repairs. Note that the road is single lane with hardly any traffic, but occasional speeding two-wheelers (usually driven by Aurovilleans who generally expect you to give way to two-wheelers and pedestrians) and lot of trees and bamboo on both sides of the road. All distances below are approximate and from memory - overall, Highway to ECR through this road is about 5km.

* Coming from Tindivanam, Auroville main road is the last left turn before Pondicherry Toll booth. Take that.
* After about 1.5km, you hit the first junction (Y junction). Left goes to Auroville Visitor's center and right goes to ECR. There is a board indicating left is to Auroville Center. Take right.
* Another 2km, you see some shops on both sides and the road bearing left with a board that says Chennai is to your left - I've not taken this road, so can't comment. Go straight instead - for some 10m, you have untarred roads.
* This road then takes a sharp right with a boulangerie plus ATM on your left a cafe on your right. After about 20m, you see a small temple with big statues on your left.
* Right there is the next junction. Take left there.
* Straight down 1.5 km you hit ECR at 90 degrees. Be careful here - you have no way of seeing traffic on ECR. Stop, inch ahead to see both sides. This is a bus stop and usually a scene for buses starting to race.
* Left on ECR takes you to Pondicherry University, St James Court, Ashok Resorts etc and to Chennai
* Right is to Pondy - but I suppose if you wanted to go to Pondy, you'd have taken the Toll road :-)

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I would be travelling to Pondi 2 weeks from now and planning to take BLR-Ranipet-Kanchipuram-Chengalpattu-ECR-Pondi route. This is primarily because i believe the roads are good all along.Are there better routes. I would be travelling in my chevy Spark. I would like to know what are my refreshment options once i hit the Chennai highway after Krishnagiri. Any A2B's or decent hotels for break
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This is primarily because i believe the roads are good all along.Are there better routes. I would be travelling in my chevy Spark. I would like to know what are my refreshment options once i hit the Chennai highway after Krishnagiri. Any A2B's or decent hotels for break

There is Aryas and a Coffee Day after Pallikonda toll. But its on the opposite side while you drive towards Chennai.
Also the road via Arcot/Cheyyar/Vandavasi is equally good and also has much less traffic.

But as I read there are 5-6 diversions due to culvert, but its quite OK.

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There is Aryas and a Coffee Day after Pallikonda toll. But its on the opposite side while you drive towards Chennai.
Also the road via Arcot/Cheyyar/Vandavasi is equally good and also has much less traffic.

But as I read there are 5-6 diversions due to culvert, but its quite OK.
@Ampere, Thanks for the info. Will certainly keep these in mind for refreshments. I have been on ranipet-kanchipuram-ECR-pondi route before. Google tells me that the route you suggested Via Arcot-Tindivanam is 80 kms shorter. I wouldnt mind taking these route if it does not eat much into my time. I somehow always prefer the shortest time versus the shortest distance
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Google tells me that the route you suggested Via Arcot-Tindivanam is 80 kms shorter. I wouldnt mind taking these route if it does not eat much into my time. I somehow always prefer the shortest time versus the shortest distance
@LF, Its definitely shorter on time as well. Thats because you dont have to cross Kanchi, which would take some time.
Instead crossing Cheyyar/Vandavasi is much easier I think.

And Tindivanam has a good bypass. (Route Link)

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@LF, Its definitely shorter on time as well. Thats because you dont have to cross Kanchi, which would take some time.
Instead crossing Cheyyar/Vandavasi is much easier I think.
Yup i do remember navigating through Kanchi and that sure was pretty crowded. Will certainly try the one you mentioned and will post it back as well. Cheers mate!
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Boomerang, thanks for the update. Where did you take your lunch break?
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Hi Guyz, Just visited Pondy last weekend.

We took the vellore route and was awesome. Roads are great and we reached Pondy is 5.5hrs (with 30mins lunch break).
What do you mean when you say Vellore route. Did you take Vellore - Kanchi - ECR - Pondi. Or Arcot - Tindivanam - Pondi. Would be travelling in a weeks time. So Curious!
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Lunch @ Arani - there was a roadside biriyani joint. i know, one shouldnt be trusting; however, if you have lived in TN u know what's good...to a great extent.

Route:
Vellore - Arani - Thellar - Tindivanam - Pondy

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Route:
Vellore - Arani - Thellar - Tindivanam - Pondy
Would you recommend Arcot-Arni-Thellar- Tindivanam OR Arcot - Cheyyar - Vandavasi - Tindivanam routes w.r.t road condition and traffic ?
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Just wanted to share an interesting experience regarding the Bangalore-Pondicherry route:
Couple of days ago I pointed a friend to this thread for route to Pondicherry based on current conditions. Once he booked at one of the resorts and got a confirmation email, it had the following line for the route from Bangalore:
(90kms) (117kms) (27kms) (62kms) (29kms) (39kms) (9kms)
Bangalore--Krishnagiri--Vellore--Arcot--Vandavasi--Dindivanam--Pondicherry--Resort.

Seemed like it was taken straight out of this forum and matches exactly with what our TBHP members have been discussing!
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Any good restautrant in Pondi for seafood? My family wants to taste lobster/shrimp dishes. Google suggests "rendezvous" restaurant, but recent Tripadvisor reviews are not that good.
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Read through all the posts for the best route to Pondy from Bangy.

But guys, to sum it up, whats the best route(good roads) to Pondy, distance not being a constraint.

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Read through all the posts for the best route to Pondy from Bangy.

But guys, to sum it up, whats the best route(good roads) to Pondy, distance not being a constraint.

I drove from B'lore to Pondi and back on 4th - 6th August. Route taken:

B'lore-Hosakote-Mulbagal-Chitoor-Ranipet-Arcot-Cheyyar-Vandavasi-Thindivanam - Pondi.

B'lore to Mulbagal - 4 Lane excellent roads
Mulbagal to Chitoor - 2 Lane undivided, but reasonably good road
Chitoor - Ranipet - 2 Lane undivided, but reasonably good road - truck traffic
Ranipet - Vandavasi - 2 Lane undivided, good for most part a few rough sections
Vandavasi to Thindivanam - Mostly OK roads - 8-10 minor diversions for bridge construction
Thindivanam to Pondi - 4 Lane excellent roads

I took 6 hours going to Pondi and 5 hours 30 minutes coming back. Lost my way and ventured into Vellore on the way up

Distance - 350 kms approx. Google map of the route

Hope this helps.

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