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Old 29th September 2016, 15:07   #9841
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I am digressing a bit here, apologies. Is it safe to drive a TN reg car in Bangalore?
I am also in the same boat as you. Kindly wait for some more time before once can safely take out his/her TN registered vehicle. Post this Friday, we will have a clear picture.
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Old 30th September 2016, 17:04   #9842
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Hello Fellow Bhpians,
Considering the current situation is it safe to drive a KA registered car via Gudalur to reach Kerala? My destination is palakkad. I am planning a journey next week from Bangalore.
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Old 30th September 2016, 17:48   #9843
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Hello Fellow Bhpians,
Considering the current situation is it safe to drive a KA registered car via Gudalur to reach Kerala? My destination is palakkad. I am planning a journey next week from Bangalore.
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Gudalur is not a wise choice. You should take the Gundlupet - Bathery route.

I am leaving for Kochi via Bathery early tomorrow. Fingers crossed about the situation in Mandya.
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Old 30th September 2016, 18:44   #9844
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I am leaving for Kochi via Bathery early tomorrow. Fingers crossed about the situation in Mandya.
If you are worried about Mandya, take the alternate route, Kanakpura road. I traveled by that road thrice in last 10 days. Except for a few km, roads are in good condition.

In that route, I would suggest you to go to Mysore ring road from Malavalli. Google maps might show other shortcuts to Nanjagod / Gundalpet. But, I heard road conditions are not that great compared to the one via Mysore.
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Friends, any suggestions on the latest situation on the Bangalore-Hosur-Salem-Coimbatore-Palaghatt route with a KA registration ? As schools are closing on 7th, we thought of visiting our aged family members around Cochin with a plan to return on 11th. Cauvery situation is now coupled with the TN CM's health concern. Looks like anything can go wrong anytime. Last moment train or flight is totally out of reach too. Tips appreciated !!
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Cauvery situation is now coupled with the TN CM's health concern
Cauvery looks like it will worsen. You are a bit SOL.

Friend of mine went via Mysore-Calicut to Thrissur last weekend; took him 15 hours but with one wrong turn and two motion sicknesses.
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Friends, any suggestions on the latest situation on the Bangalore-Hosur-Salem-Coimbatore-Palaghatt route with a KA registration ? As schools are closing on 7th, we thought of visiting our aged family members around Cochin with a plan to return on 11th. Cauvery situation is now coupled with the TN CM's health concern. Looks like anything can go wrong anytime. Last moment train or flight is totally out of reach too. Tips appreciated !!
My gut feeling tells me that this could be viable alternative route: https://goo.gl/maps/KWhrgA8T6K32

Walayar to Karnataka border, via this route is 142 kms. It is that 142 km that one travels in TN but it is mostly in ghats and forest section, after a couple of initial kms in Coimbatore (TN).

I think people at Coimbatore may not be hostile to KA vehicles in the normal course. Reasons:

(1) I don't see river Cauvery coming flowing towards Coimbatore side ( map below). Or is it?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaveri...Cauvery_EN.png

(2) KA has agreed to release water to TN soon. So, situation is improving in that front.

http://indianexpress.com/article/ind...-nadu-3064007/

(3) Any KA vehicle in Coimbatore could most probably be that of a mallu who is from Bangalore. There were no attacks reported on KA vehicles at Coimbatore yet. I think people know this. That is what I sensed during my return back from Kerala after Onam holidays.

Amma's health is indeed a concern but news paper reports suggest that she is recuperating.


But, think well and take your decision. Good luck

NOTE: I drove in this route couple of years back based on Team-BHPian Pramod's suggestion.

Road surface was good (is good mostly in TN) and it is very very scenic. There are some 28 hair pin curves at Dhimbum ghat section. Very few fuel pumps and eateries. So, you know.

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Another issue to consider - will the cops at the checkposts let KA vehicles into Tamilnadu?

Anyone driven to Kerala via Tamilnadu recently, like in the last couple of days?
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I think people at Coimbatore may not be hostile to KA vehicles in the normal course. Reasons:
My office has scores of KA reg vehicles and as far as I have seen, they are being used normally. I have not personally seen any antipathy towards KA reg vehicles in the city, so your view is in general correct.
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My gut feeling tells me that this could be viable alternative route: https://goo.gl/maps/KWhrgA8T6K32
That is the Satyamangalam-Chamarajanagar Dimbam ghat route (NH 209). It was also closed/blocked during the agitation; and probably the other-state registered vehicles are even now being turned away (my friend was asked to turn back at Bandipur-Mudumalai border last weekend).
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That is the Satyamangalam-Chamarajanagar Dimbam ghat route (NH 209). It was also closed/blocked during the agitation; and probably the other-state registered vehicles are even now being turned away (my friend was asked to turn back at Bandipur-Mudumalai border last weekend).
This is an eye opening article about the associated costs. See the cost to business and commerce.

We people in south are pacifists in general but still there was lot of violence this time. Sad to see the way things evolved.
https://yourstory.com/2016/09/karnat...ry-water-wars/

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Any idea about the latest situation at TN-KA border at Hosur? We have a bhpian who had travelled from Nagercoil to Bangalore yesterday who was not stopped at the border. Maybe because it was a KA reg vehicle coming into Karnataka.

But with the water issue at an all time lull, maybe the cops at the border are a bit relaxed and letting vehicles cross.
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Any idea about the latest situation at TN-KA border at Hosur? We have a bhpian who had travelled from Nagercoil to Bangalore yesterday who was not stopped at the border. Maybe because it was a KA reg vehicle coming into Karnataka.

But with the water issue at an all time lull, maybe the cops at the border are a bit relaxed and letting vehicles cross.
Crossed into Bangalore through attibele on Sunday morning. A cop was stopping vehicles at the junction just before the flyover on TN side, and asked us to take the service road on the other side.
The service road was the one which is in front of the RTO checkpost and that was completely blocked by trucks.
So ended up taking a U turn under the flyover and joined NH just at the start of the flyover.
TN police was stopping all TN registered vehicles from crossing onto KA side.
My ride was "plateless thus stateless" and was not stopped by police on TN and KA sides.
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...TN police was stopping all TN registered vehicles from crossing onto KA side.
My ride was "plateless thus stateless" and was not stopped by police on TN and KA sides.
Weird huh? The times we are living in. Plate-less vehicles are not having issues while the ones displaying a registration are . Wonder when this madness will end. Having to plan like smugglers just to travel from one state to another.

On a side note : Thank god for Team-bhp
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Drove Whitefield to Vaikom on Oct 1st.

Start Time - 4:40 AM
End Time -6:50 AM
Distance - 585 KMS (The Salem route is 577 KMS long).
Break Time - 1 hour
Total Toll Paid - Rs 7/-

Route Whitefield - Mandya - Mysore - Gundlupet - Sultan Bathery- Kalpetta- Ramanattukara - Parappangadi -Tirur - Charmavattam - Ponnani -Chavakkad - N Parur- Edapally - Vytilla -Tripunithura - Vaikom

Reached Mysore at 7:00 AM. Mysore road is much better. Not many speed breakers. Traffic was also less. Went through city> Entered Kerala at 8:45 AM. Stopped for break fast at Sultan Bathery from 9:15 - 9:45 AM. Took 9 hours to cover 280 KMS from Sultan Bathery to Vaikom. No major blocks anywhere. Progress was slow due to large number of towns and narrow roads. The Charmavattom - Parappanangadi stretch has lot of potholes.

The last 60 KMs to Vaikom took more than 2 hours.
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