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Old 20th June 2007, 11:49   #31
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I went for a permanent "getaway" option from Chennai after staying there for 6 years :P.. cant bear the heat!!
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Old 20th June 2007, 11:51   #32
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what about yercaud ?
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Old 20th June 2007, 20:39   #33
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Yercaud is near Salem. Not sure abt the distance.

Another one dayer is Yelagiri Hills. Nothing much to do there.. . THis is near Jolarpet. I guess this should be around 200kms from chennai.
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Yercaud is near Salem. Not sure abt the distance. Another one dayer is Yelagiri Hills.
Yercaud would be like 330kms from Chennai. Unless you happen to drive the Shinkansen, there is no way it is going to be a one-dayer. Takes at the minimum 6 hours from Chennai to the top in a car.

Yelagiri could be a one-dayer - only 180kms one way plus a sexy road.
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Old 22nd June 2007, 17:23   #35
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Another nice one dayer is Vedanthangal. Take the right on GST Road after Chengalpattu but, before Maduranthagam. Breakfast at the highway motel immediately after Chengalpattu may be a good idea. This is a nice bird sanctury at a large lake. No convinient hotels around so, you may want to carry lunch. Have a good nap after lunch and drive back with a pitstop at Sanggetha, Vandalur. Less than 100 kms one way. The stretch on right of GST road is 12 kms. Neatly laid narrow road. Night vists are not allowed by the forest department.
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This year I did a road trip to Maanjolai at Tirunelvelli Dist. This is an unexplored hillstation. It is known for Tea Estates. Route is Chennai - Trichy - Madurai - Tirunelveli - Manimutharu - Maanjolai. You require permission from Tirunelveli forest department to enter the reserve forest. No hotels to stay so need to book guest house of Forest, EB or PWD guest houses or you must have a frient there. Places to visit are Manimutharu waterfalls enroute, couple of dams at Maanjolai, Kudiraivetti view point, tea estates. Road from Manimutharu is a hill road with hairpin bends. There is a 18 hole natural golf court on the way. Dindivanam - Kanyakumari 4 lane work in progress so may be try it after that. Alternatively, you can skip pieces of that route. Villupuram and Ulundurpet can be skipped through Vadalur route joining just before Perambalur junction on GST. Virudhunagar till Tirunelvelli can be skipped by taking state highway through Rajapalayam, Sankarankoil, Ambasamudram, Manimutharu.
It requires a good two day enjoy Maanjolai.
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Old 23rd June 2007, 20:25   #37
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I have added a thread called Wild trips in this very one section where i have added information on a place called Telakona.It is a weekend getaway a worthy one.
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...ps-anyone.html

If you are interested you can check it out.
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Old 12th October 2007, 21:55   #38
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IMO, Chennai has very few getaways when compared to a Bangalore, what do you say guys?
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Can't agree more Proxima !!
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Old 12th October 2007, 23:14   #40
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IMO, Chennai has very few getaways when compared to a Bangalore, what do you say guys?
Yeah true !!!

You chaps still can get booze and petrol cheap just abt 100 odd kms away, but we get fresh beer in bangy .
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Guys, Hi..

Well..every city has its won charm of getaways..

Agreed the weather in Bangalore is more polluted..but the beer better.. etc etc.. Lets not start a war on which city is better or has more attractions..

People who've been in Chennai know the getaways..and also how to do it in a day or two..
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Hello There,

Last week I did trip to Mettupalayam from Chennai.

Route: Chennai-Krishnagiri-Dharmapuri-Mettur-Andhiyur-Gobi-Sathyamangalam-Mettupalayam

The distance was 540Kms. Except 50 ~ 75 Kms rest of the route was fantastic and drivers paradise.
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Old 27th December 2007, 16:07   #43
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Consolidating the 3 day drives\rides:
  1. Ooty
  2. Kodaikanal
  3. Chikmagalur hill station
  4. Dhanushkodi
  5. Kumbakonam
  6. Horsley Hills
  7. Mettupalayam
Have I missed out on any?

Dosent Kerala qualify as a 3 day ride? Or is it too far for that?
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why shouldn't mahabs or pondy or chunambar qualify as getaways. I would love to getaway to these places whenever i can find resources.
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Old 28th December 2007, 12:26   #45
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IMO, Chennai has very few getaways when compared to a Bangalore, what do you say guys?
Yeah, that's one reason I got away from Chennai and came to the west coast
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