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Old 21st March 2017, 14:52   #10381
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2. Any suggestion for overnight stay @ Trichy or Madurai?
Looking at your route, as you will be going to Madurai via Trichy, I think Hotel Metropole, Madurai will be on the way for you. The hotel is opposite the district court at Melur.

*I'm unable to answer your other questions related to driving to Trivandrum.

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Old 21st March 2017, 15:37   #10382
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3. How much time it takes from Poovar to Trivandrum city? Are the roads in good condition?


Thank you very much for your valuable responses

It will take about an hour from Poovar to TVM city. Roads are in good condition, but narrow and with many twists and turns between Poovar and Kovalam. After Kovalam, the new 4 lane bypass is almost complete, except some junctions.
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Folks, last month I had filed an RTI Application to get more details on the infamous L&T bye-pass at Coimbatore. Today received two letters as a response. The English one was straight forward; my application has been despatched to another office. The other response was in Tamil (and official Tamil), which I could not make head or tail out. Was the Coimbatore office informing to contact some one else, or was this another department informing the parent department that they did not have any information?. Looks like the NH division of Chennai is not the right place to ask and they have redirected me to NH Division of Coimbatore. People who can understand Tamil and translate please help me here...

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Folks, last month I had filed an RTI Application to get more details on the infamous L&T bye-pass at Coimbatore. Today received two letters as a response. The English one was straight forward; my application has been despatched to another office. The other response was in Tamil (and official Tamil), which I could not make head or tail out. Was the Coimbatore office informing to contact some one else, or was this another department informing the parent department that they did not have any information?. Looks like the NH division of Chennai is not the right place to ask and they have redirected me to NH Division of Coimbatore. People who can understand Tamil and translate please help me here...

Attaching my query, the English response & the Tamil response...
Well the replies in English and Tamil mean pretty much the same thing - passing the buck to NHAI, sorry! Cheers
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Hi guys, I have to drive to Kochi from Delhi next week.

Although google maps shows the route through MP to be the quickest option, I am planning to drive via Rajasthan - Gujrat - then either the costal route through Maharashtra & Karnataka or the second option is to go via bangalore.

Which route do you guys recommend? Any help is much appreciated.

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Hi, Planning to do this stretch in end-May, look forward to hearing of your travel, routes used and road conditions. I'm thinking of taking the Agra-Jhansi-Nagpur-Hyderabad-Kurnool (break for Orvakal rock garden, Belum Caves and Gandhikota canyons)-Bangalore-Palakkad-Kottayam. Return through the coastal route to Mumbai and then via Udaipur and Jaipur. Look forward to hear from others too on these routes.
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Old 29th March 2017, 12:15   #10386
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How is road conditions from Munnar - Marayoor - Udumalpet - Pollachi - Palakkad?
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How is road conditions from Munnar - Marayoor - Udumalpet - Pollachi - Palakkad?
Did the Munnar-Marayoor-Udumalpet section recently, and the roads are quite decent - though not really butter smooth. Once you cross into Tamilnadu, the road condition is much better, and the Chinnar forest section which used to have rough roads earlier has been done up now. But beware of quite a few speed breakers in that stretch, generally well marked.

Can't comment about the Udumalpet-Pollachi-Palghat section since I haven't been on that road lately.
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How is road conditions from Munnar - Marayoor - Udumalpet - Pollachi - Palakkad?
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Did the Munnar-Marayoor-Udumalpet section recently, and the roads are quite decent

Can't comment about the Udumalpet-Pollachi-Palghat section since I haven't been on that road lately.
Udumalpet - Pollachi - Palakkad roads are good all along and nothing of a concern.

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Hi Folks,

Please suggest the best (Safest & Shortest) route from Munnar to Karunagapally.

Vehicle - Baleno

Thanks in advance!
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Please suggest the best (Safest & Shortest) route from Munnar to Karunagapally.

Vehicle - Baleno

Thanks in advance!
Shorter route is via Munnar-Oonnukal-Thodupuzha-Pala-Kottayam but it is confusing for a newbie, so I would advise you to take the regular Muvattupuzha, Tripunithura, Alappuzha route. It is some 20 kms longer but straight.

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Shorter route is via Munnar-Oonnukal-Thodupuzha-Pala-Kottayam but it is confusing for a newbie, so I would advise you to take the regular Muvattupuzha, Tripunithura, Alappuzha route. It is some 20 kms longer but straight.
Thanks. So you mean to say the route via Thodupuzha-Pala is slightly tricky/complicated than Muvattupuzha-Alleppey route?

Is there lot of deviations via Thodupuzha-Pala that I need to be aware of?
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Please suggest the best (Safest & Shortest) route from Munnar to Karunagapally.

Vehicle - Baleno

Thanks in advance!
Faster route is to use NH47, take right turn at Kundannoor junction and stick with Muvattupuzha road and towards Munnar. You can take a right turn to enter Thrippunithura through the new bridge after Nucleus Mall.

The alternate route is through Kayamkulam-Kottaayam-Muvattupuzha-Munnar. But, road works are still going on in Koothattukulam area.

Kottayam-Pala-Thodupuzha which is also good after the works of PM road from Ponkunnam to Thodupuzha has now completed. But, Thodupuzha-Oonnukal road is narrow.

The problem taking MC road or PM road is too many towns you've to cross and it will be tiring and time consuming.
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Faster route is to use NH47, take right turn at Kundannoor junction and stick with Muvattupuzha road and towards Munnar. You can take a right turn to enter Thrippunithura through the new bridge after Nucleus Mall.

The alternate route is through Kayamkulam-Kottaayam-Muvattupuzha-Munnar. But, road works are still going on in Koothattukulam area.

Kottayam-Pala-Thodupuzha which is also good after the works of PM road from Ponkunnam to Thodupuzha has now completed. But, Thodupuzha-Oonnukal road is narrow.

The problem taking MC road or PM road is too many towns you've to cross and it will be tiring and time consuming.
Thanks a bunch Deepclutch. I will stick to NH47 route from Munnar.

I have driven from Kochi to Karunagapally couple of times.

Can you please provide me a Google map snapshot too, if possible?
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Thanks a bunch Deepclutch. I will stick to NH47 route from Munnar.

I have driven from Kochi to Karunagapally couple of times.

Can you please provide me a Google map snapshot too, if possible?
The GMaps route suggestion is proper. Here is the link: https://goo.gl/Wke5y4 . You have to take right turn at Kundannoor Junction and after Abad Nucleus Mall, there is Thrippunithura Mini Bypass through a new bridge which reaches at Private Bus stand and Statue junction, from where you take right turn to Muvattupuzha road. When reaching Muvattupuzha, you can take bypass EEC market road in Velloorkkunnam to Kothamangalam. It's all shown in the maps.

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The GMaps route suggestion is proper. Here is the link: https://goo.gl/Wke5y4 . You have to take right turn at Kundannoor Junction and after Abad Nucleus Mall, there is Thrippunithura Mini Bypass through a new bridge which reaches at Private Bus stand and Statue junction, from where you take right turn to Muvattupuzha road. When reaching Muvattupuzha, you can take bypass EEC market road in Velloorkkunnam to Kothamangalam. It's all shown in the maps.
Deepclutch, I believe you have provided directions from Karunagapally to Munnar.

Can you please provide me the reverse direction?

Google maps is showing 3 routes as below.

https://www.google.co.in/maps/dir/Mu...d9.0654423!3e0
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