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Old 28th October 2010, 13:57   #1816
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Hi,

Planning to drive down bekal via bangalore -> sbelagola -> sakleshpur (NH48) -> Mani (left at this junction per google maps) -> Bekal and back to bangalore via madikeri -> mysore.

Totally sat/sun/mon, and possibly extending to tue, but hopefully not.

Hows the condition of the route and do i need to be aware of any gotchas?. Alternative routes?. Suggestions?.

How about pointers for staying in hassan/sakleshpur/bekal?.

thanks folks!!

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Hi,

Planning to drive down bekal via bangalore -> sbelagola -> sakleshpur (NH48) -> Mani (left at this junction per google maps) -> Bekal and back to bangalore via madikeri -> mysore.

Totally sat/sun/mon, and possibly extending to tue, but hopefully not.

Hows the condition of the route and do i need to be aware of any gotchas?. Alternative routes?. Suggestions?.

How about pointers for staying in hassan/sakleshpur/bekal?.

thanks folks!!

Please confirm if the Madekeri-Sulya road is being closed. Not sure of the current status. As per what was mentioned, since Nov 1 it would be closed.
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Old 28th October 2010, 15:30   #1818
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If its Kottayam, why not take the Theni route. Much-much better.
I heard horror stories about Palakkad - trissur stretch, not sure how better it is now! But chances are I have to drive alone and Theni route is quite deserted in night and less road support incase of any issues. Also Theni route adds up about 50KMs extra with some extra time.

BTW recently I came via that route, 90% beautiful road.
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I heard horror stories about Palakkad - trissur stretch, not sure how better it is now! But chances are I have to drive alone and Theni route is quite deserted in night and less road support incase of any issues. Also Theni route adds up about 50KMs extra with some extra time.

BTW recently I came via that route, 90% beautiful road.
I did not realize you will drive at night. Yes its kind of desolate. But for day time drives to Kottayam/Kumarakom, its the perfect route!
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Old 28th October 2010, 17:28   #1820
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Hi Guys

I am planning a drive from Bangalore (starting from Jalahalli) to telicherry on the 10 of Nov.

Pls suggest the best route in terms of road quality. The usual route i take is nice road-mysore road-mysore-bandipur-mananthavadi and so on.

Any recent updates on the road quality on this route?

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Old 28th October 2010, 17:45   #1821
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I will be travelling from Bangalore to Trivandrum (via NH7) next week. While returning I wanted to take the NH208 - basically to see Kutralam falls.

Google Maps shows this as the default route for the return journey. How good is the road condition?
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Hi Guys

I am planning a drive from Bangalore (starting from Jalahalli) to telicherry on the 10 of Nov.

Pls suggest the best route in terms of road quality. The usual route i take is nice road-mysore road-mysore-bandipur-mananthavadi and so on.

Any recent updates on the road quality on this route?

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1. Telichery - Koothuparamba - Nedumpoyil-Manathawadi - Bavali-HD Kote- Mysore - Bangalore.
The bad stretches are between Koothuparamba and Nedumpoyil and at the exit of Nagarhole Park. But this road is closed between 6pm to 6am through the national park

2. Telichery - Koothuparamba - Mattanur - Iritty - Makkutta - Gonikkuppa - Hunsur - Yelwala - Bilikere- Srirangapatna - Bangalore

Bad stretches are between Mattannur - Iritty, Koottupuzha bridge to Makutta CP, Perumpadi CP to Hunsur main road.

Both the routes are drivable in any car.

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Old 29th October 2010, 11:37   #1823
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Yesterday I had a drive from Bangalore to Ernakulam. Palakkad-Trichur NH47 section has become worst now... only the first half of the stretch (from Palakkad) was little ok. Will be taking alternate route (Shornur) on my return.

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Yesterday I had a drive from Bangalore to Ernakulam. Palakkad-Trichur NH47 section has become worst now... only the first half of the stretch (from Palakkad) was little ok. Will be taking alternate route (Shornur) on my return.

I would be driving from Vaikom to Bangalore on November 7th. Would be helpful if you could post the details of the alternate route.


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I would be driving from Vaikom to Bangalore on November 7th. Would be helpful if you could post the details of the alternate route.


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please see this and the followup posts.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...ml#post2073471
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I would be driving from Vaikom to Bangalore on November 7th. Would be helpful if you could post the details of the alternate route.


Thanks in Advance.
Best Route: (NH220/NH45/NH7)

Valikom-Kumarakom-Kottayam-Kanjirappaly-Kumily-Theni-Dindigul-Salem-Krishnagiri-BLR
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The route that you mentioned very much longer than the NH47 route.
Vaikom Kumily itself would be 100+ KMS. Also there are very bad sections between Vaikom and Kumarakom. The road was dug up for Japan Drinking water scheme and has not been repaired for more than 6 months now.

I was asking about the Shornur-Wadakkanchery-Kolappuli-Palakkad route.
I had taken this route in September 2007 when the Palakkad thrissur stretch was horrible.
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The route that you mentioned very much longer than the NH47 route.
Vaikom Kumily itself would be 100+ KMS. Also there are very bad sections between Vaikom and Kumarakom. The road was dug up for Japan Drinking water scheme and has not been repaired for more than 6 months now.

I was asking about the Shornur-Wadakkanchery-Kolappuli-Palakkad route.
I had taken this route in September 2007 when the Palakkad thrissur stretch was horrible.
I think its about 70Km more (570 versus 640 as per Google maps). But if you get good roads all the way (except as you say Vaikom-Kumarakom), I think it is still worth while.

That is why I always maintained, if one has to drive to Vaikom/Kumarakom, it may be a good option. But if its Cochin, the detour is too much.

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Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001 to Vaikom, Kerala - Google Maps



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Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001 to Vaikom, Kerala - Google Maps
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The shorter route to Kanjirappally from Vaikom is
Vaikom - Thalayolaparambu - Kaduthuruthy - Njeezhoor- Kuravalangad - Marangattupally- Pala - Kanjirapally.

But the Vaikom - Thalayolaparambu road is also not motorable as it was dug up for Japan drinking water scheme.
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I would be driving from Vaikom to Bangalore on November 7th. Would be helpful if you could post the details of the alternate route.


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Thrissur(Mannuthy)-Vadakkanchery-Shornur-Kulapully(41km)--Ottapalam-Palakkad.

NH47 Thrissur(Mannuthy Bypass Jn) to Palakkad Bypass Jn is 59km in my car.
The same via Shornur route is 88km. That means Shornur route is longer by ~29km.

Though there were big gutters in Ottapalam town, Kulapully-Palakkad stretch was very nice to drive. Considering the current NH47 state/drive in peak hours and raining condition, not regretting the additional distance traveled.

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