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Old 5th July 2013, 10:21   #856
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Alternately you can also consider Bangalore-Morappur-Harur-Tiruvannamalai route (looks for ampere's earlier posts). But heard recently that Tiruvannamalai-Tindivanam is bad so you may need to go via Villupuram so overall may add to more Km but probably a more scenic, peaceful route and off the beaten track
Yes, CliffHanger says Tiruvannamalai-Tindivanam is equally horrible (or that's what I understood ).

So, as you suggested, I checked the route via Krishnagiri, Harur, Tiruvannamalai and Viluppuram:
https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=S...ia=1,2&t=m&z=9

This is only 324 KM (from home to hotel). If the road is good, scenic and if the traffic is less, I might as well go on this, instead of Krishnagiri, Arcot, Vandavasi and Tindivanam. Because the latter is 360 km: https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=S...ia=1,2&t=m&z=9
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Yes, CliffHanger says Tiruvannamalai-Tindivanam is equally horrible (or that's what I understood ).
One via Arcot has more hotels and break options. The one via TV Malai has nice greenery on 2-lane roads, but at many stretches it is quite desolate as well. And on top you need to get into TV Malai to find the road Villupuram. Beyond Villupuram all the way till Pondi, I think a road is a bit narrow.
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Need route recommendations for a Bangalore-Vellore-Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry trip.
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Day 1 morning from Bangalore to Vellore, visit the Golden Temple (Sripuram) and then proceed to Mahabalipuram.
Route: Bangalore-Hosur-Krishnagiri-Vellore-Temple
Temple-Vellore (back on NH46)-Kanchipuram-Chengalpattu-Mahabalipuram - not sure about road condtions/alternatives for this ?

Day 2 Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry
Route: Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry on ECR - I guess this will be in good condition

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Day 1 morning from Bangalore to Vellore, visit the Golden Temple (Sripuram) and then proceed to Mahabalipuram.
Route: Bangalore-Hosur-Krishnagiri-Vellore-Temple
Temple-Vellore (back on NH46)-Kanchipuram-Chengalpattu-Mahabalipuram - not sure about road condtions/alternatives for this ?
Can you make this into a afternoon drive? Try to reach Vellore by evening. See the golden temple with lights at night. Its definitely worth it. Stay in Vellore and start the next day for Mahabalipuram. Kanchi-Chengalpet road is pretty decent with rough patches here and there. The biggest problem is wading through Kanchi and latching to the Chengalpet SH. There is no bypass for this.
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Can you make this into a afternoon drive? Try to reach Vellore by evening. See the golden temple with lights at night. Its definitely worth it. Stay in Vellore and start the next day for Mahabalipuram. Kanchi-Chengalpet road is pretty decent with rough patches here and there. The biggest problem is wading through Kanchi and latching to the Chengalpet SH. There is no bypass for this.
Thanks, this is for a friend.
Day 2 he has booked at a hotel in Pondicherry and wants to visit Mahabalipuram and the temple enroute, can't add another day.
I think there is more than 1 deviation to Kanchipuram on NH46, which one to take ? Is there one marked for Chengalpattu ?
How is ECR for Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry ?
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Thanks, this is for a friend.
Day 2 he has booked at a hotel in Pondicherry and wants to visit Mahabalipuram and the temple enroute, can't add another day.
I think there is more than 1 deviation to Kanchipuram on NH46, which one to take ? Is there one marked for Chengalpattu ?
How is ECR for Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry ?
@NPV, I meant if he can start noon of the previous day. In other words:

D0 : Noon : Drive to Vellore reach by night, visit the temple and stay in Vllore.
D1 : Drive via Kanchi to Mahabalipuram and Pondi.

ECR is very good. However ask him to be careful. ECR is known for lots of irresponsible driving incidents.

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I am planning on a trip to pondi in September. Please suggest some good budget hotels/resorts or homestays out there. Looking at staying there for 3 nights, just to enjoy the beaches and not do anything else.
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Dass

Just sharing this, you may check this out.
Easy access and nice parking place, as it is on ECR.
I stayed here this May.

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How to reach Pondicherry from Bangalore, plan to visit on 9th weekend of Aug 2013
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How to reach Pondicherry from Bangalore, plan to visit on 9th weekend of Aug 2013
The last several pages of this thread are dedicated to mostly discussing the Arcot-Cheyyar-Vandavasi route which is good.
Please look up the earlier posts for several details of this route (this is a very detailed post by Raveesh - http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...ml#post2923886).

Alternately you can also consider Bangalore-Morappur-Harur-Tiruvannamalai route (looks for ampere's earlier posts). Also heard recently that Tiruvannamalai-Tindivanam is bad so you may need to go via Villupuram so overall may add to more Km.

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Easy access and nice parking place, as it is on ECR.
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I will be travelling from Bangalore, so will getting onto ECR be an issue or is it on the way? How far is the hotel from the Beaches?
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I will be travelling from Bangalore, so will getting onto ECR be an issue or is it on the way? How far is the hotel from the Beaches?
You hit ECR only when you near Pondi. There have been few bypasses discussed. But these are more about how to bypass Pondi town. So I dont think it should be a big issue.
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I will be travelling from Bangalore, so will getting onto ECR be an issue or is it on the way? How far is the hotel from the Beaches?
Getting to it should be very easy indeed. Though on the ECR, this is well within Pondicherry town.

Its location should be pretty easy to get to. When coming from Tindivanam, after you enter Pondicherry town, you will pass JIPMER on the left and then hit a major junction where the NH66 joins the ECR. You will see signs showing Chennai to the left and Cuddalore to the right. Heading left at this junction onto the ECR and I remember this hotel comes up pretty soon on the left near a petrol pump.
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Planning a trip to Pondy in Aug and this will be my first trip to Pondy. Request all to suggest a good beach resort for family .
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Planning a trip to Pondy in Aug and this will be my first trip to Pondy. Request all to suggest a good beach resort for family .
Depends on the budget. To name a few : Kailash Beach Resort and Dune.
(I have not been to either. Heard a few good things about Dune. Do check it out before you book)
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