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Old 8th March 2014, 21:04   #1081
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Link to the route that I took a few days back
http://goo.gl/maps/7Z2M7
Some pointers:
1. On the way to Arcot, you will find Green Thunder water park or your right. If you go further ahead, you will see a structure with a hugh cross on it on your left(think this is the SSS Arts & Science college building). Just after that is this small roundabout where you need to take right

2. Once you take right, it takes you to NH46 and you will see a bridge. Take a U turn before the bridge and take the first left at the junction. This is the road that connects to SH5 and runs parallel to the river (river is dry)

3. At the dead end, take left and you will hit SH5

4. Cheyyar bypass has a lot of speed breakers and crazy bikers. Might be easier to drive through Cheyyar town

5. Use the tindivanam bypass when you are driving from Vandavasi to Tindivanam. I went through the town and spent about 20 minutes driving around thanks to one way streets

6. Dont pick up alcohol from pondy while coming back as they check each car and ask you to open bags etc


I usually stop at Kamat which it attached to the Reliance petrol pump. Good food and relatively less crowd even on weekends
http://goo.gl/maps/EJZbI
Hi - Can you tell me the road condition as per the map you have uploaded from Arcot to Pondicherry. What I have heard is that its pretty bad, but I could be wrong because its old information. I am planning a trip in April thus checking. Is it good enough for a Sadan? What is the traffic volume like?
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Is it good enough for a Sadan? What is the traffic volume like?
Road conditions were v good. Traffic was not much and the ride was enjoyable. Most of the roads were newly laid. If you are driving down in April then do check election dates and ensure that your are not using this route then. I drove down on 15th Jan and got stuck at cheyyar due to a strike. Had to take a detour. Do check my travelogue for pics and details

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Hi - Can you tell me the road condition as per the map you have uploaded from Arcot to Pondicherry. What I have heard is that its pretty bad, but I could be wrong because its old information. I am planning a trip in April thus checking. Is it good enough for a Sadan? What is the traffic volume like?
My inputs based on the route taken 1 month back -

1) The road condition is pretty good. It is a 2-lane road, without a median. Maintain usual vigil and you should be good.

2) Maintain an average of 65 kmph and you should be able to easily negotiate all varieties of traffic (the straight stretch of empty road is too good to resist, hence, the comment). Traffic itself is sparse. I encountered Pondy Govt vehicles more than anything else.

3) Slow down at village intersections as you may have something popping up from your left / right suddenly.

4) We travelled in a Sunny, so yes, the road is good for a sedan as well.

5) Traffic is at the most, medium. Trucks are bare minimum or none at all.

The route is correct. Just make sure you stick to it and take the by-pass(es) where recommended.
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I'd been to Pondy on the 8th Mar weekend, and I must say it was an amazing ride.
Ride Specification:
Swift VDi (3rd Gen), 2 years old and 30,000 kms. on it.
The car had its 30k service a day before the journey.
This is the first time, I was on Synthetic oil and it was the most happy drive. I was cruising at a good speed without any issues, and could do a bit more.

Passengers - My wife, son and Me.

First off, thanks to all the good people above who've shared their travelogues and routes, which made life easier.

I followed the routes, but took a turn near Vellore, very well in advance.
Then I sought Google Navigation's help and continued the journey.
Even Google Nav. uses the same route as default:
Bangalore-Krishnagiri-Vellore-Arcot (bypass)-Cheyyar (bypass)-Vandavasi (bypass)-Tindivanam (bypass)-Pondicherry
So don't worry, even if you're lost. You can count on the Navigation.
There was one short cut that I found before the Arcot bridge which if used carefully, leads you directly to the State Highway 5.
Again, be careful here. Google Navigation would start suggesting you to make a 'Slight Right' at this point. If you take this, you can avoid the U-turn over the Arcot bridge altogether.
Bangalore - Pondicherry : Route Queries-arcotshortcut.png

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I'd been to Pondy on the 8th Mar weekend, and I must say it was an amazing ride.
Ride Specification:
Swift VDi (3rd Gen), 2 years old and 30,000 kms. on it.
The car had its 30k service a day before the journey.
This is the first time, I was on Synthetic oil and it was the most happy drive.
Starting on a long drive with a major service done a day before is not a good thing in my opinion. You should use the car for a week in the city to see if things have settled down well.

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After computing the route in Google Maps, this is what I have come up with. I hope that's fine.

http://goo.gl/maps/6KTkl
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Hi - Can you tell me the road condition as per the map you have uploaded from Arcot to Pondicherry. What I have heard is that its pretty bad, but I could be wrong because its old information. I am planning a trip in April thus checking. Is it good enough for a Sadan? What is the traffic volume like?
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I'd been to Pondy on the 8th Mar weekend, and I must say it was an amazing ride.
I followed the routes, but took a turn near Vellore, very well in advance.
Then I sought Google Navigation's help and continued the journey.
Even Google Nav. uses the same route as default:
Bangalore-Krishnagiri-Vellore-Arcot (bypass)-Cheyyar (bypass)-Vandavasi (bypass)-Tindivanam (bypass)-Pondicherry
So don't worry, even if you're lost. You can count on the Navigation.
There was one short cut that I found before the Arcot bridge which if used carefully, leads you directly to the State Highway 5.
Again, be careful here. Google Navigation would start suggesting you to make a 'Slight Right' at this point. If you take this, you can avoid the U-turn over the Arcot bridge altogether.
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I am planning to drive down to Pondy on 29 March from Bangalore (returning on 31st) and am contemplating the above route. Anything specific to watch out for? Especially for this detour near Arcot to get onto SH5? Planning this ride on my Sunny XLD. How long did this route take for those that covered this recently?

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All,

I am planning to drive down to Pondy on 29 March from Bangalore (returning on 31st) and am contemplating the above route. Anything specific to watch out for? Especially for this detour near Arcot to get onto SH5? Planning this ride on my Sunny XLD. How long did this route take for those that covered this recently?

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No second thoughts. Follow the route mentioned below

Bangalore-Krishnagiri-Vellore-Arcot (bypass)-Cheyyar (bypass)-Vandavasi (bypass)-Tindivanam (bypass)-Pondicherry

Watch out for the traffic at Hosur. Happy Journey
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I am planning to drive down to Pondy on 29 March from Bangalore (returning on 31st) and am contemplating the above route. Anything specific to watch out for? Especially for this detour near Arcot to get onto SH5? Planning this ride on my Sunny XLD. How long did this route take for those that covered this recently?

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Aroonanand,
The road is absolutely a breeze. Even the SH-5 is great, keep an eye on jaywalkers, bikers and speed-breakers (the speed-breakers have signboards well in advance, there are a few which have the signboards and no speed-breakers, they might've got merged with actual road during asphalting).
Another note on the eating joints, we missed out having breakfast near Krishnagiri as my son was asleep and we didn't want to wake him up. The next best place we ended up was at Arya Bhavan (which is within HP Petrol Bunk's premises and also has a CCD), which is on your right hand side after the Vellore road's second toll. You can take the U-turn. It's pretty easy, there's a sign-board indicating about Arya Bhavan too.
Rest should be good. You have a good one!

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Guys,

Can someone give some more information about Tindivanam bypass? Is this a two-way road?

I recollect going into the town, narrow-kacha roads and driving next to the station (all one-way). Is that the bypass?

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Can someone give some more information about Tindivanam bypass? Is this a two-way road?
Tindivanam College Road bypass is a two-way road with a bridge over the railway line. The details are here.



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Can someone give some more information about Tindivanam bypass? Is this a two-way road?
The trick is not look out for the bypass on to your left before you enter the town.I think there is a board now pointing to Chennai.
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Any idea if SH6A from Harur to Tiruvannamalai is good road? If this is decent, then this is a viable alternate route without the bad stretch, truck traffic and tolls

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Any idea if SH6A from Harur to Tiruvannamalai is good road? If this is decent, then this is a viable alternate route without the bad stretch, truck traffic and tolls
This may be a better thread to find updates:
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Any idea if SH6A from Harur to Tiruvannamalai is good road? If this is decent, then this is a viable alternate route without the bad stretch, truck traffic and tolls
That alternate route has now become the "standard" route from Tiruvannamalai. But in spite of that its not recommended because Tiruvannamalai-Gingee-Tindivanam is also quite bad.

Some folks also have explored Tiruvannamalai-Thirukkoilur-Villupuram-Pondicherry. Again Villupuram-Pondicherry is a narrow road.
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