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Old 1st December 2012, 06:24   #4456
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I am planning to take the below route from Trivendrum to Bangalore as I want to visit Srivilliputtur. Else would have taken the known Nagercoil route and then NH7. What is the road condition
Trivendrum > Nedumangadu->Palode->Thenmala ->Rajapalyam->Srivillaputtur->Madurai->NH7 to Bangalore
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Pramod had taken this road. Its narrow but very decent is what I remember him mentioning.
I had taken this route in 2011 October and the roads were OK then. It is also shorter than the Nagercoil route and more scenic. Expect some Sabarimala traffic. Also, this route is not suitable for night driving. Go ahead and take it.
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Does anyone know the road condition between Avinashi and CBE. Is it advisable to take the Kangeyam - Pollachi route to Palakkad during night (around 10 PM) ?
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Does anyone know the road condition between Avinashi and CBE. Is it advisable to take the Kangeyam - Pollachi route to Palakkad during night (around 10 PM) ?
L&T Bypass is ok.Walayar-Palakkad is bad to ok.IMO no need to divert from NH47 if your destination is Palakkad.If its beyond Palakkad,then taking the Pollachi route makes sense.
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I had taken this route in 2011 October and the roads were OK then. It is also shorter than the Nagercoil route and more scenic. Expect some Sabarimala traffic. Also, this route is not suitable for night driving. Go ahead and take it.
Thanks Pramod. We will do this during day time.
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If you dont have any particular reason to take the NH212,take the Nilambur route to Palakkad.Roads are far better than the Wayanad route.Gundlupet-Bandipur-Gudalur-Nadugani-Vazhikadavu-Nilambur-Wandoor-Pandikkad-Pattikad-Perinthalmana-Manarkad-Olavakode-Palakkad.Ofcourse this route is again provided you do not want to take the NH7-NH47 combo

If you do end up taking the NH212,nothing to worry about pumps,plenty of them on the route.
I have to touch Vythiri, else I would used the above said route.

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On Sunday 25/11/2012 I had done the Nilambur - Manjeri - Areekode - Mukkam - Thamarassery - Sulthan Bathery route. The road is good, except for a short rough stretch between Mukkam - Thamarassery where a culvert is under construction (don't recollect the exact place).

No idea about good bunk in Sulthan Bathery
Thats good news on the road condition. Shall update the post when I back.
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Old 3rd December 2012, 23:02   #4461
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I have to touch Vythiri, else I would used the above said route.



Thats good news on the road condition. Shall update the post when I back.
If you have to take NH212, take a look at the suggestions in this thread on how to avoid the bad Meenangadi-Kalpetta stretch. (Take a left at Kolagappara junction about 5 kms after Sulthan Batheri and go via Ambalavayal-Vadunanchal-Meppadi and join NH212 back at Chundale)
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I will be travelling to Kazhakootam from Bangalore during Christmas. I'm planning to take the Thenmala route this time. I have never done this route before. I would like your suggestions on this route. Previously I have always taken Madurai-->Tirunelveli-->Nagercoil route.

Also, on the Thenmala route from google maps I see a deviation without touching Punalur. I would like to know if anyone has travelled this route. I have attached an image below.

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Dear BHPians,

I will be travelling to Kazhakootam from Bangalore during Christmas. I'm planning to take the Thenmala route this time. I have never done this route before. I would like your suggestions on this route. Previously I have always taken Madurai-->Tirunelveli-->Nagercoil route.

Also, on the Thenmala route from google maps I see a deviation without touching Punalur. I would like to know if anyone has travelled this route. I have attached an image below.

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You do not have to touch Punalur anyway. At Tenmala, turn left towards the Trivandrum road (clearly marked) and that is the road you have marked in G Maps above
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Dear BHPians,

I will be travelling to Kazhakootam from Bangalore during Christmas. I'm planning to take the Thenmala route this time. I have never done this route before. I would like your suggestions on this route. Previously I have always taken Madurai-->Tirunelveli-->Nagercoil route.

Also, on the Thenmala route from google maps I see a deviation without touching Punalur. I would like to know if anyone has travelled this route. I have attached an image below.

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Did the shenkottai - Allepey - cochin route last week ( through punalur). The initial stretch on Thenmala hills is really bad. Huge craters all over the place. And once you take this route ( or any route within kerala) calculating your travel time is almost impossible except probably when it's a night drive ( post 9 PM ). You can try this if you want some adventure :-)
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Default Anybody traveling to Kannur (Kerala) on Dec 7th evening

Hi All
Way out of topic, but didnt know where else to post, so please excuse me.

Wanted to check if anybody is traveling to Kannur, Kerala specifically Taliparamba on Dec 7th evening. I need to attend a wedding there, but i am only getting tickets for Saturday evening. I am ready to share in the driving, travel costs till there.

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What is the state of NH47 between kochi and trivandrum. I am visiting tvm tomorrow
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Dear BHPians,

I will be travelling to Kazhakootam from Bangalore during Christmas. I'm planning to take the Thenmala route this time. I have never done this route before. I would like your suggestions on this route. Previously I have always taken Madurai-->Tirunelveli-->Nagercoil route.

Also, on the Thenmala route from google maps I see a deviation without touching Punalur. I would like to know if anyone has travelled this route. I have attached an image below.

Attachment 1022321

Regards
Varun
I took this route last week but with a small deviation. I took Palode route from Kulathuppuzha. The first 10 km from Kulathuppuzha has a little bumpy ride but the rest of the road till TVM is very smooth and less traffic. But the main problem with the diversion from Madurai is the stretch between Madurai and Shenkottai where there are few small towns which has lot of traffic and hence cuts down your speed. It took 14 hours for me to reach TVM with about 3 hours of break. Not sure if I have really saved some time with respect to Nagercoil route.
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What is the state of NH47 between kochi and trivandrum. I am visiting tvm tomorrow
Pretty good. The only stretch to watch out is between Alleppey and Kayamkulam. Just after Alleppey it's bad and after that many sections till Kayamkulam are patched up and wont be comfortable. Took this route a month back.
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Pretty good. The only stretch to watch out is between Alleppey and Kayamkulam. Just after Alleppey it's bad and after that many sections till Kayamkulam are patched up and wont be comfortable. Took this route a month back.
Retaring was going on in this stretch when i passed that route two weeks back. Hope they have covered a good portion by now.
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Retaring was going on in this stretch when i passed that route two weeks back. Hope they have covered a good portion by now.
Did the stretch two weeks back. The stretch from Alleppey till we cross the bridge near Ambalappuzha (~13 kms) is not that good. Again, the stretch between Kayamkulam and Harippad is also not good, with frequent bad potholes.
The rest of the route is good, only issue is constant traffic which gets worse in case you are doing it during peak hours.
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