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Old 20th September 2007, 16:38   #1
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Hi guys,

Any idea of the best route. Plan to do this bit in Jan, 08. I suppose it will take 2 days, perhaps the first day to Mysore and the next day to Cochin.
Probably we could hit Ooty on the return.

Anyone done this bit? Are the roads ok? Suggestions are invited from all Team-BHPians.
Also, are there any other places worth seeing, not far from the main route?
I plan to take a week off.
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Old 20th September 2007, 21:18   #2
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Onward journey, go straight down on NH7 to Bangalore, and continue via Hosur, Krishnagiri, Dharampuri, Toppur, Mettur, Bhavani, Coimbatore and palakkad to Cochin. Day 1 could be to halt at Bangalore.
Detailed route: Hyderabad-Kurnool-Gooty-Anantapur-Penukonda-Bagepalli-Chickballapur-Bangalore-Hosur-Krishnagiri-Dharmapuri-Toppur-Mettur-Bhavani-Avinashi-Coimbatore-Palakkad-Trissur-Cochin

Return could be via Coimbatore, Ooty, Mysore. And from there to Bangalore and same route back to Hyderabad.
Detailed route: Cochin-Trissur-Palakkad-Coimbatore-Mettupalayam-Conoor-Ooty-Kalhatti-Masinagudi-Mudumalai-Bandipur-Gundulpet-Nanjangud-Mysore-Bangalore-Hyderabad


Currently, roads are bad in Coimbatore-Cochin stretch, but you can expect that to be repaired by the time you are on the road.

In case you fancy, you can take off from Dharmapuri and visit Hogenakal Falls which is 50 + 50 kms off the route, and will mean a 4-hour detour (including a 2-hour halt).

On the return, you can drive straight to Ooty from Cochin, hop to Mysore. You can drive direct to Hyderabad from Mysore without halting at Bangalore. If you take the Outer Ring Road from Kengeri you can bypass BangaloreCity and go via Dasarahalli to NH7 (Hyderabad road).

Roads in Ooty area are bad - perpetually for last 1-2 years, regardless of the season. Road from Ooty to Mysore is good via Masinagudi.
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you can come down nh 7 to bangalore and from bangalore-hosur-raykottah-thoppur-mettur-bhavani-coimbatore-palakkad-thrissur-cochin.
this route wil save you a good 25 kms and the roads are pretty good till coimbatore...the coimbatore palakkad section is quite bad due to the rains but you have no other choice..
on the way back you can goto coimbatore-mettupalayam-kothagiri-ooty-mysore through gundalpet-bangalore and then to hyderabad...
the conoor roads are pretty bad and i would suggest you take the kothagiri road which is a few extra kms but the roads are awesome which one would love drivin on
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Thanks guys. I am aware of the Hyd Bang route, but how much is the distance on the other routes, and how long will it take?
Aditya--when you said Coonoor roads are bad, where do we brach off to Kothagiri road?
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Thanks guys. I am aware of the Hyd Bang route, but how much is the distance on the other routes, and how long will it take?
Aditya--when you said Coonoor roads are bad, where do we brach off to Kothagiri road?
After leaving Mettupalayam town from Coimbatore, there is a left turn to Conoor-Ooty, and a right to Kotagiri-Ooty. The landmark is the Bhavani river bridge after which the fork is. This is a very good road all teh way to Ooty. En route you can turn off (from KOtagiri) to Kodanad, and 6 kms before Ooty, turn off to go to Dodda Betta.


Distances: Bangalore-Hosur 40 kms-Krishnagiri 50-Dharmapuri 50-Toppur 25-Mettur 35-Bhavani 50-Avinashi 60-Coimbatore 55-Palakkad 35-Trissur 60-Cochin 70

Distances: Cochin-Trissur 70-Palakkad 60-Coimbatore 40-Mettupalayam 40-Kotagiri 30-Ooty 30-Kalhatti 10-Masinagudi 25-Mudumalai 7-Bandipur 13-Gundulpet 20-Nanjangud 40-Mysore 25-Bangalore 150
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Dear Friends,

Heard from a driver who drives a private bus between Hyd-Blore that after the recent and still continuing deluge of Districts in A.P that fall between Bangalore and Hyderabad due to rains, the road is supposed to be not that good, erosion et al. Anybody confirm this ??

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