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Old 8th April 2010, 14:01   #1201
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Thanks Raj and Ampere. Shall take the route via Mysore from Gundulpet. Let me do an extensive search for posts related to Nilambur route and road condition. Let me try to get a day off on Monday so that we can travel early morning and spot some wildlife on the way if lucky . Also that helps to reach Bangalore for Lunch since estimated travel time is 6 to 7 hours (rit?).
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Let me do an extensive search for posts related to Nilambur route and road condition.
Also see the Guruvayoor route discussion.
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What is the route to be taken from Chennai (Tambaram East / Kathipara Jn - both places are equidistant from my house) to get onto the highway to Salem?
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What is the route to be taken from Chennai (Tambaram East / Kathipara Jn - both places are equidistant from my house) to get onto the highway to Salem?
From Kathipara junction, take the Porur road exit, where you hit the NH4 at Poonamallee.

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From Kathipara junction, take the Porur road exit, where you hit the NH4 at Poonamallee.
Any pointers towards the distance from Kathipara Jn till you hit NH4? Any turns/deviations to be taken in between or is it a straight road after turing towards Porur from Kathipara Jn.
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Any pointers towards the distance from Kathipara Jn till you hit NH4? Any turns/deviations to be taken in between or is it a straight road after turing towards Porur from Kathipara Jn.
Keep driving straight on the Porur road, without any deviations. Its about 15 Km where you hit the NH4.

Here is Google map link.

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Also see the Guruvayoor route discussion.
Thanks Raj. I read bad roads are less than 10% now which is actually a good news.

As this is going to be my first drive via Nilambur, please share idea on the viewpoints on the way so that I can budget time and make the plan accordingly to be in right place at right time (I'm familiar with Bandipur - Gundulpet stretch since we did couple of Ooty trips via Masinagudi).

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Keep driving straight on the Porur road, without any deviations. Its about 15 Km where you hit the NH4.

Here is Google map link.

Unknown road to NH 4 - Google Maps
@ampere: Thanks for that update !
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As this is going to be my first drive via Nilambur, please share idea on the viewpoints on the way so that I can budget time and make the plan accordingly to be in right place at right time (I'm familiar with Bandipur - Gundulpet stretch since we did couple of Ooty trips via Masinagudi).
Guys please help with inputs regarding stops which are maximum 5 to 10KMs away from the route. So that I can utilize the whole day for a leisure trip rather than a boring return drive.
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Guys please help with inputs regarding stops which are maximum 5 to 10KMs away from the route. So that I can utilize the whole day for a leisure trip rather than a boring return drive.
I think there is a teak museum in Nilambur. I saw it on the main road. Not sure about the timings. Also if you are a rail buff, you can checkout the Nilambur railway station. (Not that it may be great, but I thought it may be worth it).

I say that because the rail runs through the ghats and there is a plan to link Nilambur to Mysure via Nanjangud.

I think quite some view points were mentioned on the Bangalore-Guruvayur thread. (Though I did not stop for many).

Also please be aware the best hotel you get on this route is Jungle lodges Pugmarks at Bandipur. Hence please time accordingly.

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Which is the best route to reach Varkala from Tenkasi?

Comparatively which is better? Kilimanoor-Kallambalam route or Ayur-Paripally route?

1) Tenkasi-Thenmala-Kulathupuzha-Anchal-Ayur-Kilimanoor-Kallambalam-Varkala

2) Tenkasi-Thenmala-Kulathupuzha-Anchal-Ayur-Pallikkal-Paripally-Varkala

3) Tenkasi-Thenmala-Kulathupuzha-Anchal-Ayur-Oyur-Chathannur-Paravoor-Varkala

I will be driving from Bangalore via Madurai-Tenkasi.
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I would avoid all the above routes unless you are familiar with Kerala roads or speak Malayalam, since they involve going on narrow village roads with turn offs at some places. I would prefer to come via Tenmala, Punalaur, Kottarakara and Kundara to Kollam and then take NH47 south to Kallambalam, from where I can go to Varkala. The route suggested is straightforward, there is no confusion in Kollam town - the road comes in straight to a junction just before Kollam Railway Station and then you have to turn left to the Trivandrum road (NH47).
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Thanks HVK Sir.

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I would avoid all the above routes unless you are familiar with Kerala roads or speak Malayalam, since they involve going on narrow village roads with turn offs at some places.
No problem in asking for directions in Malayalam (graduated from TKMCE ).

But worry is the condition of the connecting roads between MC road and NH47 at Kallambalam/Paripally.

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I would prefer to come via Tenmala, Punalaur, Kottarakara and Kundara to Kollam and then take NH47 south to Kallambalam, from where I can go to Varkala. The route suggested is straightforward, there is no confusion in Kollam town - the road comes in straight to a junction just before Kollam Railway Station and then you have to turn left to the Trivandrum road (NH47).
From Kundara, a detour to left will skip Kollam and reach Kottiyam directly to join NH47. And after Kottiyam, a detour to right to reach Varkala via Paravoor. Or a detour to right at Paripally to reach Varkala via Ayiroor.

But I think Punalur-Kottarakkara-Kundara is highly circuitous route. I think option 3) is better than this route as the road quality there is average. But again, 3) is not direct, as compared to 1) or 2).

Any updates on the road condition for 1) or 2)?
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Hi All,

I was planning my return trip from Kanjirappuzha to Electronic City via Nilambur and found various routes between Kumaramputhur to Nilambur.

Kumaramputhur is a Y fork and left takes to Perunthalmanna and right takes to Melattoor. But google map doesnt show complete route between Melattoor and Kumaramputhur. Any idea?
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Hi All,

I was planning my return trip from Kanjirappuzha to Electronic City via Nilambur and found various routes between Kumaramputhur to Nilambur.

Kumaramputhur is a Y fork and left takes to Perunthalmanna and right takes to Melattoor. But google map doesnt show complete route between Melattoor and Kumaramputhur. Any idea?
Go to Melattoor and drive on to Kalikavu and then onwards to Nilambur and continue. The roads are very good.
Need not go to Perinthalmanna.
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