Go Back   Team-BHP > Buckle Up > Travelogues > Route / Travel Queries


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 20th March 2012, 13:30   #706
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Madras,Modena
Posts: 1,068
Thanked: 680 Times
Default re: Bangalore - Chennai - Bangalore : Route Queries

Quote:
Originally Posted by prabhuferrari View Post
I would like to know if anyone has tried the Bangalore-Kolar-Chitoor-Thamaraikulam-Sholinghur -Tiruttani-Tiruvallur-Chennai route?

The reason is for a trip to Tiruvallur and Tiruttani.
The Madras-Tiruvallur-Tiruttani is an awful road, most headed to Tirupati take the Tada-Kalahasti route. You don't have much choice in your case, but drive if you must.
narayans80 is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 20th March 2012, 20:18   #707
BHPian
 
ajay2233's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Chennai
Posts: 155
Thanked: 10 Times
Default re: Bangalore - Chennai - Bangalore : Route Queries

Hi, I did this route last month to visit Sholinghur.

Roads are OK. Be careful if you are driving in the night as there are no reflectors and there are medians without markings.

Also beware of the oncoming lorry traffic between Tirutani and Thiruvallur as the road is only 2 lanes.

Thiruvallur - Chennai is a good road. recently made, but a bit bumpy.
and finally

Welcome to Madras!
Ajay
ajay2233 is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 27th March 2012, 12:23   #708
BHPian
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Chennai
Posts: 553
Thanked: 178 Times
Default re: Bangalore - Chennai - Bangalore : Route Queries

I did a round trip over the long weekend.

Hebbal - KR Puram - Kolar - Mulbagal - Palamaner - Gudiyattam - Pallikonda- Chennai. Did it in 6 hrs with a 30 min break at HP pump+Aryas in Pallikonda. Palamaner Gudiyattam took me around 45 min to 1 hr and I reached pallikonda in 3 hrs flat from Hebbal. Road widening is happening all the way in tamilnadu stretch of gudiyattam to palamaner.

In return direction came via krishnagiri hosur. As many people have said, 6 lane work is happening. The only stretch which slows you down is from krishnagiri to hosur. Otherwise this route is still the best.
prabhuferrari is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27th March 2012, 20:26   #709
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 16
Thanked: Once
Default re: Bangalore - Chennai - Bangalore : Route Queries

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tempelhof View Post
Did the usual GQ route last weekend.

1. Many patches, especially from Sriperumbudur to Vellore stretch.

2. At least two diversions.

3. Looks like some bridge is under construction near Vellore.

Otherwise traffic was mild enough to do a constant 120-130.
Templelhof, my personal opinion, GQ is not worth the toll we pay. 120-130 is good, but when you got to turn and hit patch work it gets a little scary. I've taken NH4 the last 4 times and find that to be rather enjoyable. The 85 km stretch from KR Puram until the toll road ends is just a driving bliss. And about 150 kms from KR Puram is my favorite eating destination - Nandi Plaza. The driving pleasure exponentially deteriorates once I hit Ranipet and join GQ


Quote:
Originally Posted by prabhuferrari View Post
I did a round trip over the long weekend.

Hebbal - KR Puram - Kolar - Mulbagal - Palamaner - Gudiyattam - Pallikonda- Chennai. Did it in 6 hrs with a 30 min break at HP pump+Aryas in Pallikonda. Palamaner Gudiyattam took me around 45 min to 1 hr and I reached pallikonda in 3 hrs flat from Hebbal. Road widening is happening all the way in tamilnadu stretch of gudiyattam to palamaner.

In return direction came via krishnagiri hosur. As many people have said, 6 lane work is happening. The only stretch which slows you down is from krishnagiri to hosur. Otherwise this route is still the best.
Prabhu, I am surprised. I find NH-4 quicker and a far more pleasant driving experience.
araman2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th March 2012, 09:24   #710
BHPian
 
Tempelhof's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 449
Thanked: 121 Times
Default re: Bangalore - Chennai - Bangalore : Route Queries

Quote:
Originally Posted by araman2 View Post
Templelhof, my personal opinion, GQ is not worth the toll we pay. 120-130 is good, but when you got to turn and hit patch work it gets a little scary. I've taken NH4 the last 4 times and find that to be rather enjoyable.
I have gone in the OMR a few years back - yes the toll is high, but my requirements for a drive are slightly different

In fact. more than the BLR-MAA GQ, I like the Bangalore - Madurai stretch...
Tempelhof is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th March 2012, 09:50   #711
BHPian
 
Rajith's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: bangalore
Posts: 615
Thanked: 391 Times
Default re: Bangalore - Chennai - Bangalore : Route Queries

friends,

I have driven to chennai on last friday to attend Jeep thrills Annual event.

Started 5.30pm from hebbal-Bangalore, driven thru ring road to KR Puram,hoskote,Palmneer,Ranipet and Chennai.Reached Adayar by 10.30Pm in a THAR CRDe with small stop near by Palmneer for a self replace of a fused 130/100 HL bulb and fuel fill at Ranipet.

Similarly left chennai by 6pm on saturday.Driven same route back, reached 11pm Hebbal-Bangalore , stopped at every coffee day on the way @ 4nos for hot chocolate(As i was too tired) @ 15min at each place.

Road condition is excellent and paid a total toll of 70Rs.

Last edited by Rajith : 28th March 2012 at 09:55.
Rajith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th March 2012, 12:43   #712
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Chennai
Posts: 1,045
Thanked: 140 Times
Default re: Bangalore - Chennai - Bangalore : Route Queries

+1 to Rajith. I am planning to shift back to OMR after my last weekend trip to Bangalore. While going it took me 6 1/2 hours via GQ with a stop of about 20 minutes after spending almost Rs.250 on toll. While coming back it took me 5 hours non stop via OMR. The stretch between Thiruvalam & Walajah took some time for crossing over, may be next time I will try to see if going via Vellore makes any difference though it is longer by about 20 kms.
pypkmsrikanth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th March 2012, 12:49   #713
Senior - BHPian
 
mjothi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 3,252
Thanked: 216 Times
Default re: Bangalore - Chennai - Bangalore : Route Queries

Yes, past several trips of mine was all through OMR route. The toll we pay in NH7-NH46-NH4 route is useless. No maintenance of roads, and I see that they are adding the number of tolls + increasing the tolls too.

I think Govt. have tasted the flavor of toll, and will never do any improvement to the infrastructure. We are forced to keep paying :(

Not to mention the reduction of about 40KMs from home to home for me when I use OMR route.
mjothi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th March 2012, 17:51   #714
BHPian
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 911
Thanked: 667 Times
Default re: Bangalore - Chennai - Bangalore : Route Queries

I did B'lore-Madras last weekend via Hosur-Vellore route.
In its current state, I agree that the toll we pay is not worth the entire route.

There are multiple diversions between Krishnagiri-Vellore and I believe after Ambur, there is a bridge construction work going on with only single lane for one way. I got stuck between a fully loaded truck and for almost 2 to 3 kms, need to drive at dead slow speed tailing the truck and there is huge car pile up behind me in short time. Lot of time wasted.

Also, the 6 lane work between Hosur-Krishnagiri slows you down heavily.
In total, it is not quite safe to drive at night in good speed between Hosur-Vellore.
Beyond vellore till poonamalle, the road condition is not that good and all in all the toll we pay is not worth for the roads and also the travel time is now definitely 6+ hours for sure.

If we are are travelling with family in day time, then this route could be good due to advantage of good hotels/breaks all throughout.

I'll be driving via OMR-Chittoor-Ranipet route this friday again and will see how it fares compared to Hosur route.

@araman2, in which side Nandi plaza restaurant, comes if we drive from bangalore? I wanted to stop for breakfast and looking for good hotels in OMR route.

-Ravi
ravib is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd April 2012, 23:54   #715
BHPian
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 911
Thanked: 667 Times
Default re: Bangalore - Chennai - Bangalore : Route Queries

As mentioned earlier, did B'lore-Chittoor-Madras on friday and in return journey took the usual GQ route Madras-Vellore-Hosur-B'lore.

A quick comparison between two routes in its current state.

B'lore-Chittoor-Ranipet-Madras
Pros:
1) Time and Distance wise shorter than GQ
2) Super advantage of just 2 tolls in entire 320 km stretch - Paid only Rs. 55/-
3) Good Roads throughout, except for few short stretches here and there between Mulbagal and Chittoor. Nothing much to complain.
4) Nothing new to talk about super 4L roads till Mulbagal. Did it in just 1 hour.
5) Can easily get average distance coverage of 75 to 80 km per hour in normal cars.
6) Saw one company operated BPCL in right side after few kms between chittoor to Ranipet.

Cons:
1) 2 lane from Mulbagal till Ranipet. Need more cautious driving compared to GQ. No comfort territory or high speed areas in this section.
2) Lots of Trucks. Timing of travel is important. I started from B'lore OMR Big Bazaar at 7:15 am and reached Koyambedu at 12:15 pm including about 20 mts break in Nandi Plaza.
3) Bit More tiring drive (due to cautious 2L driving) than GQ.
4) Not many good restaurants like in GQ. But CCDs are saviours I guess, but not tried it. Nandi plaza is fine and decent enough.
5) Watch out for Rash driving APSRTC/KSRTC drivers in 2L apart from truck drivers.
6) There are many blind up climbs. What i mean here is there are small climbs in the roads and the moment you climb up, you notice someone is casually crossing the road or a slow moving vehicle in front of you which is not visible at long distance. Need to watch out for this.


B'lore-Hosur-Vellore-Madras
Pros
1) Complete 4L is great advantage, but it is losing the same advantage due to 6L work in progress.
2) Good for driving with family/kids due to advantage of good hotels or for breaks.
3) Comfort zone for many, as usual drivers know what comes next.

Cons:
1) Very expensive and too many tolls. Pallikonda and Wallajah tolls were increased to Rs. 65/= each starting Apr 1st.
2) Not worth the roads for the toll we pay. It was better earlier, but not now.
3) Too many diversions and no shoulder between Vellore-Hosur. Absolutely not safe for night driving. Strongly recommend not to overtake from left because the barricades they have kept have fallen down in many places and if your wheels hit it in high speed, it is extremely dangerous that you may fall in the excavation in left side.
4) Roads from Kancheepuram to Madras - tons of patches with lots of sand lorries.
5) The additional 40 kms in GQ route is really killing more time, because it is in heavy traffic section, mainly around Hosur which is very painful IMO.

I tried several times, and this is what happens always. Madras to Krishnagiri is 220 kms and I normally reach in 3 hrs. Krishnagiri to B'lore is 90 kms and it usually takes 2.5 hrs + additional 30 mts break in Chinnar A2B for fuel and food. Not at all proportionate !

IMO, atleast for next 1 to 2 years or until 6L work gets completed, OMR route to madras is a better option for now

-Ravi

Last edited by ravib : 2nd April 2012 at 23:55.
ravib is offline   (5) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 3rd April 2012, 08:19   #716
Awaiting Email Confirmation
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: ............
Posts: 3,260
Thanked: 4,210 Times
Default re: Bangalore - Chennai - Bangalore : Route Queries

Good comparison. I too drove via Kolar/Chittoor during February 2012 after many years and would continue to do so in view of dangerous conditions prevailing on NH 7/46 due to 6-laning works.
Quote:
Originally Posted by ravib View Post
4) Roads from Kancheepuram to Madras - tons of patches with lots of sand lorries.
Actually, this section is common to both the routes, and hence, applicable for both the alternatives. Sand-laden trucks spilling sands on the road-users coming behind are common sight round-the-clock.
J.Ravi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 3rd April 2012, 13:34   #717
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,930
Thanked: 1,391 Times
Default re: Bangalore - Chennai - Bangalore : Route Queries

Quote:
Originally Posted by ravib View Post
IMO, atleast for next 1 to 2 years or until 6L work gets completed, OMR route to madras is a better option for now
Had done this route (alone) in December. Now, I will be going to Chennai next week to drop family off for summer vacations. Most likely will take this route.

The main unknown I felt in this route is the slow crawl through Walajah town just before joining the GQ.
binand is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 3rd April 2012, 18:15   #718
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Chennai
Posts: 1,045
Thanked: 140 Times
Default re: Bangalore - Chennai - Bangalore : Route Queries

Quote:
Originally Posted by binand View Post
Had done this route (alone) in December. Now, I will be going to Chennai next week to drop family off for summer vacations. Most likely will take this route.

The main unknown I felt in this route is the slow crawl through Walajah town just before joining the GQ.
What you could do is take the detour to Katpadi & join NH46 at Vellore byepass, though longer I think it would be the less painful the passing through Ranipet, the stretch between Thiruvalam & Walajah is a pain.
pypkmsrikanth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 3rd April 2012, 18:43   #719
BHPian
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 911
Thanked: 667 Times
Default re: Bangalore - Chennai - Bangalore : Route Queries

Quote:
Originally Posted by pypkmsrikanth View Post
What you could do is take the detour to Katpadi & join NH46 at Vellore byepass, though longer I think it would be the less painful the passing through Ranipet, the stretch between Thiruvalam & Walajah is a pain.
If i look at it in a different perspective, since binand is traveling with family, atleast he has a town to pass through to take a break/buy things for kids etc, because all other towns we by pass completely.

Agree it takes time to crawl through slow traffic there, but doesn't warrant to take a detour which is longer.

-Ravi

Last edited by ravib : 3rd April 2012 at 18:44.
ravib is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 3rd April 2012, 20:01   #720
BHPian
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Chennai
Posts: 553
Thanked: 178 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by binand

Had done this route (alone) in December. Now, I will be going to Chennai next week to drop family off for summer vacations. Most likely will take this route.

The main unknown I felt in this route is the slow crawl through Walajah town just before joining the GQ.
You can take right in rain pet and join NH46 just after palat bridge. Avoids walajah.
prabhuferrari is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bangalore, Chennai via Chittoor : Route Queries Blue Thunder Route / Travel Queries 234 19th October 2017 18:25
Chennai - Coimbatore - Ooty : Route Queries bharanidharang Route / Travel Queries 218 29th September 2017 22:16
Chennai - Kumbakonam : Route Queries polopm Route / Travel Queries 427 18th August 2017 08:54
Chennai - Hampi : Route Queries saurabh711 Route / Travel Queries 35 19th December 2015 13:13
Chennai-Mumbai-Chennai route queries jeevmenon Route / Travel Queries 69 8th February 2012 12:04


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 10:23.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks