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Old 4th July 2016, 11:56   #121
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Thanks! I have booked the visit for Wednesday next week. Your feedback on the latest condition after the weekend trip would be very helpful.
As updated early, the road (Tiruvallur - Tiruthani - Tirupathi) is good except a small diversion after Tiruvallur (due to bridge construction).There are two toll booths and they charge (Rs 15 and Rs 60) for a single journey. Buy return toll ticket if you have planned to come within 24 hours (Rs 20 and Rs 90).

For onward journey (alipiri to tirumala) the minimum driving time is 28 min and it is 40 minutes minimum for the return journey between tirumala and alipiri.
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Hello all,

Bumping an old thread. I plan to travel to Tirupati from Chennai on the 18th. Wanted to know if there is a entry tax to be paid for self drive rental cars as well or is it only for yellow plated cars.

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Wanted to know if there is a entry tax to be paid for self drive rental cars as well or is it only for yellow plated cars.
Only taxis (yellow board) need to pay permit fee/road tax, nothing for private vehicles.
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Only taxis (yellow board) need to pay permit fee/road tax, nothing for private vehicles.
Thank You. Quick Question. How is self drive rental cars categorised, These are black boards with yellow numbers right?
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How is self drive rental cars categorised, These are black boards with yellow numbers right?
Rental cars are like taxis for the sake of permits so yes you will need to stop near the checkpost and pay the fee.
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We finished the darshan in Tirupathi last weekend. By chance, we saw a route from Kalahasthi to Chennai via Srikalahasti - Pichatur Rd. If you see this, avoid. Speed breaker every km, bad road condition, no hotels till Uthukottai.

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We are planning to take the Tada route to kalahasti early (6.30 am) tomorrow morning. Any pointers about route condition, breakfast halt en-route etc. will be most helpful. Hiring a Force Traveler, not driving.
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We are planning to take the Tada route to kalahasti early (6.30 am) tomorrow morning. Any pointers about route condition, breakfast halt en-route etc. will be most helpful. Hiring a Force Traveler, not driving.

As far as I know very limited options for food through Tada route. Took that route multiple times few years back and found one small eatery after crossing into Andhra- do not remember the name of the place. Am taking only Thirumazhisai Thiruvalluvar route for the last 3-4 times.
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We are planning to take the Tada route to kalahasti early (6.30 am) tomorrow morning. Any pointers about route condition, breakfast halt en-route etc. will be most helpful. Hiring a Force Traveler, not driving.
Apart from the hotels in around Kalahasti temple, there is literally nothing. At the most you'll find tea and bakery shops on the way. No proper hotel at all. You are better off stopping for breakfast closer to Madras, so you don't need to stop all the way to Sri Kalahasti.

If you were driving on your own (without the pressure of extra kms) I would've suggested turning at Naidupeta to Kalahasti. Coming from Tada you'll have to negotiate a bunch of narrow lanes/one ways of Kalahasti to reach the temple. Coming from Naidupeta, the temple is just a few 100 m off the bypass road
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I did a T.Nagar - Tirupati - T.Nagar drive last week and here is the update on the latest road conditions

1) Road condition on Poonthamallee High road is horrible especially after Koyambed floyover till right turn for Tiruvallur. I read in @tnsdma account that pot-hole filling is happening this week. My suggestion is to avoid PH road and go via Porur, Poonthamallee itself.
2) Thirumazhisai-Tiruvallur road is very good and 4 lane all the way.
3) Tiruvallur - Thiruthani road is good 2 lane road
4) Thiruthani - Tirupati road has lot of speed breakers and barricades which was not there in my earlier trip last year. Also new eateries have come up on this stretch.

It took 4 hours for me on sedate speed to travel one way till Tirumala. The good part was the excellent darshan we had and less traffic on Tirumala Ghat Toll.
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