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Old 15th April 2014, 17:55   #496
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Planning to start early( At least by 5.30am) this time on 11th April.

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Did you undertake this trip? Can you please update on the latest road conditions, especially near villages. Also how is the road from Addanki to where the road meets NH5. Are the tolls on SH2 operational?
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Did you undertake this trip? Can you please update on the latest road conditions, especially near villages. Also how is the road from Addanki to where the road meets NH5. Are the tolls on SH2 operational?
racer_ash: I travelled last month and the tolls are operational in SH2. if i remember correctly 3 toll booths are there. The SH2 is good from Addanki till Medarametla where it meets NH5 and it is clearly marked as well.
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Thanks everyone. I had a pleasant journey via route given above.
Left from my home near Langar Houz at 4:45 am.
Reached Adyar at 3:15.
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Did you undertake this trip? Can you please update on the latest road conditions, especially near villages. Also how is the road from Addanki to where the road meets NH5. Are the tolls on SH2 operational?
Yes. The road condition is good. Nothing to worry. Other than few entry and exit stretches of some towns, rest of the road is almost butter smooth.

All the Tolls are operational now. So be prepared to shell out more. Not able to give the exact amount now as I left my ride in Hyd.


I started almost an hour late against my plan to leave at 5.30am. Took the same route as discussed earlier.

Hyderabad - Chennai : Route Queries-dsc_0296.jpg

Hyderabad - Chennai : Route Queries-dsc_0295.jpg

First break was at Integrated Check Post HP COCO. Tanked up my ride and myself too, with a Cheese Sandwich in CCD.
Total time off the wheel was 22 mins.

A forced stop from 9.30 to 10.00 am to take a call. Lost another 30 mins.

One more call from 12.00 to 12.20 pm. Lost another 20 Mins.

Hyderabad - Chennai : Route Queries-dsc_0297.jpg

Hyderabad - Chennai : Route Queries-dsc_0298.jpg

A few flyovers are still under construction while entering the small towns.

Hyderabad - Chennai : Route Queries-dsc_0299.jpg

Had Lunch after crossing Pidugurallu around 1.15 pm. Again time 'Off' the wheel was for 25 mins.

Hyderabad - Chennai : Route Queries-dsc_0303.jpg


Hyderabad - Chennai : Route Queries-dsc_0305.jpg

One more break of 10 mins after narket palli for fluid out and little stretching.

Reached planned destination Chaitanyapuri around 4.10pm.

Further travel from Chaitanyapur took another 1 hour to reach Motinagar. Traffic was relatively less for a change from there.

Total Time from Chennai home to Chaitanyapuri - 9 hrs 25 mins.
Total time for brakes : 22+30+20+25+10 mins = 1hr 47 mins

Total time on wheel : 7 hrs 38 mins.
Vow!This is my fastest till now on the same route.

Thanks to good roads.

Was able to keep the needle around 120 kmph most of the times.
Didn't try Cruise control atlest once this time.

Refilled fuel only next day after a lot of city driving in the night and next day morning.

Total trip F.E : 18.52 Kmpl calculated by Tank fill to tank fill method.

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Hi guys,

So I'm driving from Hyderabad to Chennai this Sunday (April 27th). From reading the above posts, sounds like the best (best in terms of time + road conditions) would be this route:

Hbad - Narketpally - Nalgonda - Piduguralla, Addanki- Ongole- Nellore- Chennai

Could you guys please confirm that my understanding is correct?

thanks very much!
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Hi guys,

So I'm driving from Hyderabad to Chennai this Sunday (April 27th). From reading the above posts, sounds like the best (best in terms of time + road conditions) would be this route:

Hbad - Narketpally - Nalgonda - Piduguralla, Addanki- Ongole- Nellore- Chennai

Could you guys please confirm that my understanding is correct?

thanks very much!
Boban
Yes as of the the above route is the best option. Be aware of lack of good dining facilities on the way in the main highway. You can find many if you make detours and go inside the towns.
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Drove back from Chennai yesterday. Road conditions are as usual good. one major update though: there is a new Amaravathi Restaurant that has opened between Gudur and Nellore when coming coming from chennai on left side. Very spacious, neat toilets and play area. 3 overbridges which were under construction between nellore and ongole are done and have thrown open.
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Hello All,

I did Chennai - Hyderabad via addanki last weekend and as mentioned above, it's excellent road now. Four way is completed except few village stretches.

Just wanted to add toll- gates info. Total 9 toll-gates, 6 on NH5, 2 between Addanki & Narketpally, and 1 on HYD-VJD highway.

Total toll charges I paid were Rs - 435 ( one way)
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I did Chennai - Hyderabad via addanki last weekend.

Just wanted to add toll- gates info. Total 9 toll-gates, 6 on NH5, 2 between Addanki & Narketpally, and 1 on HYD-VJD highway.

Total toll charges I paid were Rs - 435 ( one way)
Not bad at all, Rs. 435/- for a 700+ km journey is pretty decent, reasonable, cheap and VFM.

I guess that 2 or 3 more tolls have yet to be set up.
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Hi all
Just undertook a Chennai-Hyderabad trip on 17/5/14 and drove back to Chennai yesterday(21/5/14) in my trusty old steed, i10 and I must say that the roads are absolutely beautiful and smooth.A big thanks to venki.bala and virgovencat for their valuable heads up and info on the route.
Took the Addanki>Miriyalaguda>Nalgonda route and the roads carry very less traffic and are really laid well,except for the short but manageable sections near the villages approach and exit.

Managed to do the onward trip (Start time :4.30 am)in 10.5 hours which includes an hour and a half break(was traveling with my 5 year old princess )The return journey (Start time:6 am)however took about 12 hours as I had to stop for breakfast and had to get inside nellore in search of an ATM and finish lunch as well(if only I had used an ATM when I started from hyderabad.And the traffic near Chennai was pretty heavy as well.

On the whole it wasa very relaxed drive and will soon post a detailed report of the trip.
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Hey folks, i am planning to drive down to Chennai on 26th June from Hyderabad. Planning to use Google maps. can any one advice on the below routes? which of these will be better? my preference are good roads. Hyderabad - Chennai : Route Queries-hydchennai.jpg

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PS: I am plan to start around 9 am.
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Hey folks, i am planning to drive down to Chennai on 26th June from Hyderabad. Planning to use Google maps. can any one advice on the below routes? which of these will be better? my preference are good roads. Attachment 1250401

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PS: I am plan to start around 9 am.
Go via either of the routes,not much savings in terms of time.Both are going to take you around 10 hours of drive time.

The only advantage of taking the Addanki-Miryalguda route is you would avoid driving via Vijayawada town.But with your 9am start I would suggest that you go via Vijayawada if you are looking for eating options as VJA has plenty of options and if not VJA,you have the 7 Refresh at Suryapet (www.foodseven.com)

Otherwise there are no eating options on the NH5.
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Hey folks, i am planning to drive down to Chennai on 26th June from Hyderabad. Planning to use Google maps. can any one advice on the below routes? which of these will be better? my preference are good roads. Attachment 1250401

Thanks in advance.

PS: I am plan to start around 9 am.

I will be taking the same route marked by you on Google Maps, the day after tomorrow. I plan to start between 11 a.m or 12 p.m. Will be updating this thread once I return on Saturday.
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I will be taking the same route marked by you on Google Maps, the day after tomorrow. I plan to start between 11 a.m or 12 p.m. Will be updating this thread once I return on Saturday.
I would suggest to take Addanki Route. Will save 1) Time 2) 70-80Km ( compared to via Vijayawada) and lesser toll charges

One more piece of advice, If you start at 9am, most probably you will get stuck outside Chennai in heavy traffic. Better to start at 5am ( if you can) and reach Chennai before 4pm. this way you can beat both HYD and CHN traffic. Yes, you have to pack Food.

Have a Safe Trip !!
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Hello All,

I did Chennai - Hyderabad .... 2 between Addanki & Narketpally, and 1 on HYD-VJD highway.

Total toll charges I paid were Rs - 435 ( one way)
Are you sure it was 2 toll gates between Narketpally and Addanki. Though I havent travelled after the toll gates were installed I do remember reading in newapapers that there are three toll gates on this NAM Expressway ( Narketpally Addanki Mederametla Express way).
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