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Old 21st October 2013, 22:27   #961
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Did Pondy - Bangalore yesterday via Thiruvannamalai. HORRIBLE roads with construction happening from Tindivanam till Krishnagiri. NEVER take this route. Didn't get much time to do research on routes.

What a blunder!

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Yup I did also took this route on our journey back to BLR and regretted every KM of it (till K'giri). That NH66 is just plain horrible (all of it from Tindivanam till Krishnagiri).

While going I had taken the Vellore route and that was such a bliss (thankfully had missed the turn to NH66 at Krishnagiri while going and had continued on the Vellore highway).

For any Pondicherry travelers serious advice - avoid the Tiruvanamalai - Tindi stretch. Take the SH to Vellore instead.
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Planning a trip to Pondy from Bangalore
1st Nov early morning Blore to Pondy
4th nov early morning Pondy to Blore

Would love to join any other BHPians also planning to go, give a shout out plz
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Planning a trip to Pondy from Bangalore
1st Nov early morning Blore to Pondy
4th nov early morning Pondy to Blore

Would love to join any other BHPians also planning to go, give a shout out plz
sudipto.maulik@gmail.com
I will also be holidaying at Pondicherry on the same dates - Starting 1st November early morning, but return (reach back to Bangalore) by sunday night. We are 3 families in 2 cars.
We are planing to take the Vellore - Arcot- Thindivanam route. If you see a tuscan wine color punto with LTD on right side of the bumper , do wave
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Any reviews on Dumas Guest House, Pondicherry? Trying to find acco between 1st Nov to 4th Nov! http://www.tripadvisor.in/Hotel_Revi...ndicherry.html
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If you see a tuscan wine color punto with LTD on right side of the bumper , do wave
Look for me too. Beige T Jet with small number plate sticker.

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Any reviews on Dumas Guest House, Pondicherry?
Stayed here in October 2010. Very nice place and I found it value for money (in 2010), considering the location. I don't know how I forgot about this place this time around as I am headed to the coast on November 1st weekend. Ended up reserving at Nature Loft after reading about them on Conde Nast travel magazine. Trip advisor does not have any positive reviews but I am a bit stuck for options as its the only pet friendly joint. I don't think we ever had food at the place so won't comment on that. Being in the heart of white town, we used to walk to places of interest. Duma's in not five star in any sense of it. Its a house converted to a little hotel. Bedrooms are nice, roomy and clean, so are the rest rooms. Highly recommended. I hope they have maintained their standards. Back in 2010, there was a pony tailed gentleman who looked like the owner or care taker.. An Enfield lover too. Nice man. You might find some rotting Enfields in the yard.
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I will also be holidaying at Pondicherry on the same dates - Starting 1st November early morning, but return (reach back to Bangalore) by sunday night. We are 3 families in 2 cars.
We are planing to take the Vellore - Arcot- Thindivanam route. If you see a tuscan wine color punto with LTD on right side of the bumper , do wave
We are also planning a drive to Pondicherry on the same dates - Starting 1st Nov., early in the morning and driving back on the 4th Nov. Planning to take the same route as you.

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We are also planning a drive to Pondicherry on the same dates - Starting 1st Nov., early in the morning and driving back on the 4th Nov. Planning to take the same route as you.

If you see a dark grey Innova with 'Got BHP' sticker on the rear windshield, wave, honk, flash your lights
Looks like a T-BHP rush hour at Pondicherry! We too are visiting Pondicherry from 6-9th Nov.

Any idea about the food options there? I am yet to figure out best French cuisine places in Pondy.
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Looks like a T-BHP rush hour at Pondicherry! We too are visiting Pondicherry from 6-9th Nov.

Any idea about the food options there? I am yet to figure out best French cuisine places in Pondy.
I agree with you. It is so difficult to not spot a LTD sticker on any trip.
One suggestion is to park on Lal Bahadur Shastri street closer to the sea end and walk around for options. Some say Villa Shanti is good. I tried a small place called Artika gallery that is this cozy place tucked away opposite the Richmond on Labourdonnais Street running perpendicular to Lal Bahadur Shastri street. These parts are very Goa like without the touristy commercial feel that Goa's Baga etc offer. This area is charming, laid back, some nice options. The larger establishments like Promenade offer bigger spreads, but lack the character or charm of the smaller places. Here is a link to Artika on Tripadvisor.

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Yup I did also took this route on our journey back to BLR and regretted every KM of it (till K'giri). That NH66 is just plain horrible (all of it from Tindivanam till Krishnagiri).

While going I had taken the Vellore route and that was such a bliss (thankfully had missed the turn to NH66 at Krishnagiri while going and had continued on the Vellore highway).

For any Pondicherry travelers serious advice - avoid the Tiruvanamalai - Tindi stretch. Take the SH to Vellore instead.
You might have missed that right turn to Thirunvanamalai because now you have a flyover at that junction that is great for those going towards Chennai from Krishnagiri side. To get onto NH66 one should go below this flyover, which is some 1-1.5km from Krishnagiri NH7-NH45 intersection.

I am every hopeful that the NH66 road will get fixed since it is quite scenic and shortest for Bangalore - Pondicherry.

Here is an update from NHAI for the month of August 2013.
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Hi All,

Planning to do Blr Pondy over this weekend. Tried reading through the thread but now I am confused as to which is the best (driving ease & pleasure) route to onwards as well as while returning.

I am planning to take the following route:

Blr- Hosur- Krishnagiri - Vellore - Arcot (By Pass) - Cheyyar (By Pass) - Vandavasi (By Pass) - TIndivanam? - Pondy

Does the above route essentially by passes Tindivanam by College road bypass?

While returning is the Arcot bypass the same way? taking the dry river bed bridge?

Any nice eateries in Pondycherry? Planning to try any good french restaurant. Any must visit places? Planning to cover Promenade, Pottery Studio (?) and Auroville. Stay would be on a resort near ECR bit away from the main town.

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Any nice eateries in Pondycherry?

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Le Club Pondicherry
Villa Shanti
LB2 Lounge

LB2 lounge is owned by a friendly person named Upendra. The food is good and the ambiance is nice. You can tell that a couple who came from Kolkata in a white Bolero in May has recommended the place
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I am planning to take the following route:

Blr- Hosur- Krishnagiri - Vellore - Arcot (By Pass) - Cheyyar (By Pass) - Vandavasi (By Pass) - TIndivanam? - Pondy
Thats the one.


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Does the above route essentially by passes Tindivanam by College road bypass?
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While returning is the Arcot bypass the same way? taking the dry river bed bridge?
Yes. But you don't go over the bridge. The instant you reach the bridge end point you driving towards Bangalore.

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Stayed here in October 2010. Very nice place and I found it value for money (in 2010), considering the location.
Does Dumas have parking space? Saw in their site as they have, however as per the pics it looks like entry to hotel is right on to road.
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Le Club Pondicherry
Villa Shanti
LB2 Lounge

LB2 lounge is owned by a friendly person named Upendra. The food is good and the ambiance is nice. You can tell that a couple who came from Kolkata in a white Bolero in May has recommended the place
Also try Rendezvous. I loved their Sea food platter.
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Does Dumas have parking space? Saw in their site as they have, however as per the pics it looks like entry to hotel is right on to road.
Parking can be done on the Dumas street itself. This street is parallel to the "marine drive" of pondicherry (first parallel road). Most of the villas/guest houses would not have parking; guests are supposed to park on the road, which is safe enough.

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Le Club Pondicherry
Villa Shanti
LB2 Lounge

LB2 lounge is owned by a friendly person named Upendra. The food is good and the ambiance is nice. You can tell that a couple who came from Kolkata in a white Bolero in May has recommended the place
You can try Le Maison Rose.
Le Club should be ok, but they dont allow kids sometimes.

Place named "The Indian Kaffe Express" features on tripadvisor ranking, as a place for indian food. But dont go there for indian food, no variety. For example in non-veg only 2 items are there - biriyani and butter chicken.

For "desi" food, you can try place named Asian at the end of the Dumas street, the south end. This is a regular restaurant/bar, which serves all cuisine with speciallity in chinese.

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Any must visit places? Planning to cover Promenade, Pottery Studio (?) and Auroville. Stay would be on a resort near ECR bit away from the main town.
If you visit Auroville, try stopping by the Auroville bakery on the way from Auroville reception to ECR.
If you are looking to have lunch around Auroville, try Roma's Kitchen, again between Auroville reception and ECR. There are boards to guide you to this place, also use google maps.
I did not have food at Roma's, but the location of the place is nice, very quite and natural ambience. Place closes at around 3pm.

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Does Dumas have parking space?.

No. Parking is on the street where dumas is located. It is very safe as there is next to no movement of traffic. It is also kept quite clean.
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