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Old 30th September 2013, 14:16   #451
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Am planning to drive down to Chennai this Friday / Saturday. Would appreciate feedback on the road conditions / anti-telengana agitations in Coastal Andhra. Should I take the Hyd -Nalgonda - Ongole - Nellore route? Or should I take a different route?
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Am planning to drive down to Chennai this Friday / Saturday. Would appreciate feedback on the road conditions / anti-telengana agitations in Coastal Andhra. Should I take the Hyd -Nalgonda - Ongole - Nellore route? Or should I take a different route?
There are 2-3 routes by which you can reachout to Ongole from Hyderabad. But from there it is GQ only and it passes through Ongole, Nellore, Gudur, Tada etc. Now coming to your question, I would suggest you to do a night drive if possible to avoid issues like road blocks, agitations etc. I did not travel recently so could not talk about the road condition.
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Old 30th September 2013, 16:41   #453
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Thanks Ravi.

My dad is suggesting I take the Kurnool - Cuddapah - Chennai route. Any inputs on the road conditions?
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Thanks Ravi.

My dad is suggesting I take the Kurnool - Cuddapah - Chennai route. Any inputs on the road conditions?
Kadapa route,you are highly likely to get into a rasta roko at Chittoor.Stick to the Vijayawada route imo.fast and good conditions as well.
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Thanks Ravi.

My dad is suggesting I take the Kurnool - Cuddapah - Chennai route. Any inputs on the road conditions?
I would suggest to avoid this as suggested by Ranjit. My dad had faced issue two weeks back while travelling in this route

Ideally you should look for a route where you travel more in the Telengana region and less in the Andhra region.

If you start in the evening/night and choose the Nalgonda -> Miryalaguda route, by mid night you will be able to cross the problamatic regions (read as boarder villages) where you may held up. This route is under construction but doable in the nights. The only challenge you will face is the diversions. Last time (read almost one year back) when I travelled in this route the diversions were not glaring and I had a challenge with them.

Coming to Hyd -> Vij -> Guntur -> Ongole -> Nellore -> Tada, this road condition is good, but the issue is people may stop the traffic at some places. But you can take a chance.
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If you do not have problem with night Driving, then best is to stick to HYD-VJA-CHN highway and start around 3pm.

Or esle start early morning - 4am - Take Nalgonda route, you will hit VJY-CHN highway near addanki - this route is also being made into 4 way. 40% is done.

What I have heard is that, they are not stopping Cars & Bikes on highway..only buses and trucks. Not sure.

Best ROUTE is HYD-NALGONDA-ADDANKI- ONGOLE-CHN - to escape disturbances.

But agian..it's all LUCK my dear friend !!

All the best !!
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Any recommendations for decent vegetarian food on this route? I will most likely take the Hyd-Nalgonda-Addanki-Ongole-Chennai route.
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Any recommendations for decent vegetarian food on this route? I will most likely take the Hyd-Nalgonda-Addanki-Ongole-Chennai route.
Nalgonda and Miryalguda have bypass. So you can bypass both the towns. Decent eating places only in Piduguralla town which does not have a bypass.No specific restaurants that I can suggest. After Piduguralla the next option is only Ongole. Once you cross Addanki and reach Medarmetla you have a lot of dhabas on the highways which can be tried
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Rightly said..decent places to eat are only after you hit Ongole, none before that. you will pass all small villages and towns. Better to pack food.

On Ongole bypass, once you come down the flyover, on left ( while going to chennai), you will see a good tiffen center ( at cross roads)..or else Murali Krishna hotel in Nellore town ( you have to enter town for that)

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Thanks tbhpians, with the info on this thread i just concluded a hyd-chennai round trip:

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http://goo.gl/maps/YrZSz
1. Hyd-Chennai via NH7 Anantapur, Madanapalle, Chittoor bypass
2. Chennai-Hyd via NH5 Vijayawada Prakasham Barrage, ORR

Time:
I traveled from west Hyd to south chennai so both routes were similar in distance (~800km) and took around 15 hours each at steady speeds of 80-100kmph, including rest breaks, toll booths and unintended deviations costing around 2 hours on each leg. If you are traveling from east Hyd you would get a saving of 50km on ORR if you take route 2.

Money:
Spent 19l of fuel until the first refuel point at 320km (17kmpl), and 50l on the return journey from Chennai to Hyd (16kmpl). Didn't get a chance to measure the other legs.

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Made an overnight stopover at a serene place called Horsley hills.
Got good food enroute. Restaurants marked on the map are simple veg food joints, so may not appeal to non-vegetarians.
Road from Hyd to Blr is the best I have come across yet.
Roads are well marked with milestones across all of TN.

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Highway from Walajah to Chennai is no longer the expressway it used to be as it shows aging signs, undulations and cattle.
Vijayawada-Hyd road at 4 lanes is too narrow for its traffic.
The road from Guntur to Vijayawada is completely under construction with tens of deviations and hundreds of cows even though the toll booths are fully constructed and dipping into your pockets as well as precious time.

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Thanks tbhpians, with the info on this thread i just concluded a hyd-chennai round trip:

Route:
http://goo.gl/maps/YrZSz
1. Hyd-Chennai via NH7 Anantapur, Madanapalle, Chittoor bypass
2. Chennai-Hyd via NH5 Vijayawada Prakasham Barrage, ORR

Time:
I traveled from west Hyd to south chennai so both routes were similar in distance (~800km) and took around 15 hours each at steady speeds of 80-100kmph, including rest breaks, toll booths and unintended deviations costing around 2 hours on each leg. If you are traveling from east Hyd you would get a saving of 50km on ORR if you take route 2.
Can you compare and give an update on the condition of the roads on both the routes?
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Can you compare and give an update on the condition of the roads on both the routes?
1. via Anantapur
60% expressways - NH7
30% undivided but good scenic roads - Anantapur-Madanapalle, Palamaner-Walajah
10% roads with some potholes, speedbreakers and city traffic - Madanapalle-Palamaner

2. via Vijayawada
60% expressways
30% expressways but runs city traffic with cattle, wrong side truck traffic.
10% called expressways but mainly running on service roads with speed-breakers, cattle, everything else (Guntur +- 50km)
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Can you compare and give an update on the condition of the roads on both the routes?
Yes, we need this information, especially the 2-hour unintended diversions please.
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Yes, we need this information, especially the 2-hour unintended diversions please.
The 2 hour is for all the non-travel times, lunch, snack etc. Unintended diversions were probably less than 30m of wastage mainly when I missed the direction signs and ended up entering some towns instead of taking the highway bypass. I don't remember which towns they were, but they weren't too crowded.
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The 2 hour is for all the non-travel times, lunch, snack etc. Unintended diversions were probably less than 30m of wastage mainly when I missed the direction signs and ended up entering some towns instead of taking the highway bypass. I don't remember which towns they were, but they weren't too crowded.
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Nalgonda and Miryalguda have bypass. So you can bypass both the towns. Decent eating places only in Piduguralla town which does not have a bypass.No specific restaurants that I can suggest. After Piduguralla the next option is only Ongole. Once you cross Addanki and reach Medarmetla you have a lot of dhabas on the highways which can be tried
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Any recommendations for decent vegetarian food on this route? I will most likely take the Hyd-Nalgonda-Addanki-Ongole-Chennai route.
Hey guys,
A quick question.
On the 5th or 6th I will be travelling from nellore to hyd
Can you please update me about the road condition, expressways, percentage of divided or undivided roads if I travel via nellore-ongole-addanki-nagarjuna sagar hyderabad.

Is this road better or the nellore-ongole-vijayawada-hyderabad better.
Thank you

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