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Old 23rd September 2009, 06:03   #181
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I traveled to Bangalore from Chennai today morning and some updates

1. There is a huge crater on the road towards Bangalore between Madhanur and Pachakuppam flyover. Be extremely careful and try to slow down a bit and prepared to swerve to avoid(if you are on the slow lane). Hope this is repaired as soon as possible.

2. Roads are being relaid in Hosur-Krishnagiri sector near Chinnar. Be careful of oncoming traffic coming in your lane.
1. This was fixed when I travelled on Sunday
2. This is slightly dangerous as the diversion signs are visible only at the last moment and the stretch being a mini-ghat, one races up a slope only to find a bus in your lane
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Old 24th September 2009, 12:58   #182
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I need some help on getting to the ECR. I will be traveling from Bangalore to Chennai tomorrow morning. Once i get on the Bangalore - Chennai highway and get to Chennai, how do i find the way to the ECR?

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Hello:
I need some help on getting to the ECR. I will be traveling from Bangalore to Chennai tomorrow morning. Once i get on the Bangalore - Chennai highway and get to Chennai, how do i find the way to the ECR?

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At Poonamalle, check for the Porur Road - take the Porur Road and reach Kathipara Junction.

At Kathipara Junction, keep left and go towards Guindy. Cross the Guindy Bridge and take a right at the main junction towards Raj Bhawan.

Just before Raj Bhawan (it is T-junction) take left towards Sardar Patel Road - you'll cross Anna University (left), Cancer Hospital (right) - go over the Bridge - IIT (right) and go up Adyar Corner.

At Adyar Corner, take a right and from that point there are road signs that will lead you to ECR.

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After you cross the IIT Madras Flyover you will see the Madhya Kailash Temple on your right hand side about 300-350 metres along the same road - you could turn right there and you will see the elevated Madras Metro Train line on your left all along this road. You can go along this road to the ECR by following the signs.

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At Poonamalle, check for the Porur Road - take the Porur Road and reach Kathipara Junction.

At Kathipara Junction, keep left and go towards Guindy. Cross the Guindy Bridge and take a right at the main junction towards Raj Bhawan.

Just before Raj Bhawan (it is T-junction) take left towards Sardar Patel Road - you'll cross Anna University (left), Cancer Hospital (right) - go over the Bridge - IIT (right) and go up Adyar Corner.

At Adyar Corner, take a right and from that point there are road signs that will lead you to ECR.
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I think the better option for you is to take the Chennai Byepass all the way upto Tambaram then take a right onto NH45 go upto Vandalur Zoo. At this Jn. take a left onto Kelambakkam from where ECR is hardly a km away. If you are going to some point in ECR after Muttukadu this makes sense otherwise you could use the route suggested by shankar.balan
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good suggestion but for a person who is completely unfamiliar with the terrain this may be difficult to find and follow.
further problems compounded by the lack of good road signs on the Bangalore to Madras approach - especially marking the way to reach Porur.
but it might help to find out the ultimate destination - because for example if he is going to say Pondy or somewhere in between Madras and Pondy, he could cut off the main highway at Sriperumbudur and go through Kanchipuram instead, to hit the ECR near Mahabalipuram. what say?


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I think the better option for you is to take the Chennai Byepass all the way upto Tambaram then take a right onto NH45 go upto Vandalur Zoo. At this Jn. take a left onto Kelambakkam from where ECR is hardly a km away. If you are going to some point in ECR after Muttukadu this makes sense otherwise you could use the route suggested by shankar.balan
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Thanks to your speedy replies.

I am planning to go to the Taj Fisherman's Cove..is it better to use the Chennai Byepass road as suggested?

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for a person who is completely unfamiliar with the terrain this may be difficult
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good suggestion but for a person who is completely unfamiliar with the terrain this may be difficult to find and follow.
further problems compounded by the lack of good road signs on the Bangalore to Madras approach - especially marking the way to reach Porur.
but it might help to find out the ultimate destination - because for example if he is going to say Pondy or somewhere in between Madras and Pondy, he could cut off the main highway at Sriperumbudur and go through Kanchipuram instead, to hit the ECR near Mahabalipuram. what say?
Chennai Bypass is pretty well marked and cant miss it from highway. So is the joining of GST which is very well marked. Am not sure where is the left turn to hit NH45.

Going via Kanchipuram is an option as well, but believe me, it was a nightmare with no signs at all inside Kanchipuram. Once you are nearing outsides of Kanchipuram one sees good sign boards. I drove in this road last week, to Tambaram from Bangalore via Walajapet. To my horror I found the road that connects GST and Walajapet is dug up, just at the connecting point( mudichur or perungulathur I guess, from the boards I saw ) I could see the GST 50 mts from where I stood but had to take a detour through villages, and entered GST nead Perungulathur.

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ha ha

good one

but where exactly are you headed to on the ECR?
because this would in a way determine whether you actually need to go into Madras city through the traffic etc or simply bypass it.
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I am planning to go to the Taj Fisherman's Cove..
You can then take the byepass.
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Thanks to your speedy replies.

I am planning to go to the Taj Fisherman's Cove..is it better to use the Chennai Byepass road as suggested?

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Once you reach Poonamallee continue onwards towards Koyambedu until you reach Maduravayol which is where this road meets the Chennai byepass. You would find some diversions and construction happening. Here you take a right, you will have signages to take a right to Tambaram. (Basically the byepass is an elevated road perpendicular to the NH4 at this Jn. though still under construction). Once you join the byepass you would have a toll booth about 2 kms later, this would also confirm you are on right track.

Keep going until you reach the end of the flyover where the left would take you to Tambaram and back into Chennai city and the right would join you to NH45. Continue on NH45 until you reach Vandalur Zoo which is on your left. Take the left that runs along the periphery of the zoo. This is basically the first major road to branch on the left. Once you onto this road keep going as the road goes until you reach Kelambakkam. From here ask anyone for ECR they would guide you.
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Thanks for all your help, will report back on how the trip went.

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Going via Kanchipuram is an option as well, but believe me, it was a nightmare with no signs at all inside Kanchipuram. Once you are nearing outsides of Kanchipuram one sees good sign boards. I drove in this road last week, to Tambaram from Bangalore via Walajapet. To my horror I found the road that connects GST and Walajapet is dug up, just at the connecting point( mudichur or perungulathur I guess, from the boards I saw ) I could see the GST 50 mts from where I stood but had to take a detour through villages, and entered GST nead Perungulathur.
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I believe you meant Wallajabad. Yes the GST Road junction is dug up to lay flyover at Vandalur level crossing. Another alternate would be to take a left 2 kms before at Mannivakkam on Kanchi - Vandalur road to reach Tambaram via Mudichur-Old Perungalathur.
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Hi,

I am planning to travel to Bangalore this Wednesday via the Old Madras Road, does anyone have any update especially due to the ongoing spell of rains & highway work??? ( especially the AP stretch )


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