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Old 13th October 2014, 11:53   #256
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The rough patches from Naripalli to T V Malai are not really a cause for concern but the drive becomes bumpy if you exceed 60 kmph. I too experienced the same.
True. Ride becomes bumpy if you cross 60 kmph. Also the average speed through this route comes down as it passes through few villages, few narrow stretches, and high human movement on the roads at few places though vehicular traffic is less. But I liked the drive since it was through countryside and was scenic.

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For both the onward and return trip, i went via Harur, Morappur, kambainallur, Karimangalam, Vellichandai, Rayakottai and Hosur. Did not pay any toll.
That's nice. Would like to try that route Hosur-Rayakottai-Vellichandai-Karimangalam some day. How are the roads?
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True. Ride becomes bumpy if you cross 60 kmph. Also the average speed through this route comes down as it passes through few villages, few narrow stretches, and high human movement on the roads at few places though vehicular traffic is less. But I liked the drive since it was through countryside and was scenic.


That's nice. Would like to try that route Hosur-Rayakottai-Vellichandai-Karimangalam some day. How are the roads?
Hosur-Rayakottai road is a very good 2 lane road. After crossing Rayakottai as you proceed towards Palacode, you will reach a 4 road junction at a village called Vellichandai. From here you have to take a left to proceed towards Karimangalam.
Vellichandai-Karimangalam stretch is also a good one. I recollect the roads being slightly narrow at some places. As you near Karimangalam, the roads are very narrow. You can expect traffic inside Karimangalam town.
From here you can ask the locals how to go to Kambainallur. From here on the roads are good overall.

Here is the route link
https://maps.google.co.in/maps?saddr...rflg=d&t=m&z=9

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Been to tiruvannamalai from Bangalore last weekend (1-2 Nov 2014). The defaut route now shown by google maps is the Hosur-Krishnagiri-Karimangalam-Harur-Thanipadi-Tiruvannamalai.

As mentioned many times in the forum, this route is very good. Infact, it reminds me of the regular (shortest) - Mathur-chengam route from 6 years back. The route after the 4/6 lane highway is a consistent 2 lane good road for about 70 km. For the last stretch is 2 lane and not freshly laid. But still 60-80 kmph easily doable.

Thank the good people of this community who keep pouring information on the forum about the various routes and make everyones life easier.
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Been to tiruvannamalai from Bangalore last weekend (1-2 Nov 2014). The defaut route now shown by google maps is the Hosur-Krishnagiri-Karimangalam-Harur-Thanipadi-Tiruvannamalai.

As mentioned many times in the forum, this route is very good. Infact, it reminds me of the regular (shortest) - Mathur-chengam route from 6 years back. The route after the 4/6 lane highway is a consistent 2 lane good road for about 70 km. For the last stretch is 2 lane and not freshly laid. But still 60-80 kmph easily doable.

Thank the good people of this community who keep pouring information on the forum about the various routes and make everyones life easier.
Thanx for the updates. Yes right from Naripalli onwards till T V Malai the patchwork on the roads is such that the drive becomes bumpy in excess of 60 kmph. Otherwise good to drive.
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Help needed. A friend of mine is planning to drive to Thirukoilur this Saturday, 17th Jan. He is very new to these places and roads (so am I). Kindly request you to post a suitable route for the trip. Purpose is to visit temples. Thanks and Regards to everyone.
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Help needed. A friend of mine is planning to drive to Thirukoilur this Saturday, 17th Jan. He is very new to these places and roads (so am I). Kindly request you to post a suitable route for the trip. Purpose is to visit temples. Thanks and Regards to everyone.
See this post by Suresh and some of the following ones too.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...amalai-14.html
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Help needed. A friend of mine is planning to drive to Thirukoilur this Saturday, 17th Jan. He is very new to these places and roads (so am I). Kindly request you to post a suitable route for the trip. Purpose is to visit temples. Thanks and Regards to everyone.
I will suggest the following route

Via Hosur, Krishnagiri, Kambainallur,Morappur, Harur, Thanipadi, T V Malai GH. After reaching T V Malai GH, ask for Gorimettu street. This small road leads you to Thirukkoilur by pass road.

In Tirukkoilur we have the famous Ulagalandha perumal temple (Part of 108 divya desams) and a famous Ranganathar Temple called Adhi Thiruvarangam in Manalurpet near Thirukkoilur.
Adhi Thiruvarangam is much more ancient than Srirangam. This temple does not close for lunch.I have mentioned only about the Vaishnava temples.

As regards the road condition, till harur the roads are good. Post Harur, we have broken roads here and there. My friend had been to T V malai some time back recently. He said he took solid 2 hrs from Harur to T V Malai.

Hope this helps.
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See this post by Suresh and some of the following ones too.
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I will suggest the following route Via Hosur, ....
Suresh, Ampere, Thanks for the timely and speedy assistance. Very helpful. I will share the information further with the intended audience.
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Via Hosur, Krishnagiri, Kambainallur,Morappur, Harur, Thanipadi, T V Malai GH. After reaching T V Malai GH, ask for Gorimettu street. This small road leads you to Thirukkoilur by pass road.
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Suresh, Ampere, Thanks for the timely and speedy assistance. Very helpful. I will share the information further with the intended audience.

Please note, I dont think you can find Kabinallur easily. The point look on the 4-lane is Karimangalam. This would be about 22km from the Chennai turn-off towards Salem. You can see a board for Morappur and furthur to Harur at this point just before the flyover.

At Harur please ask your friend NOT to ask for the route to Thirunammalai. Because if he does, its very likely that they will divert him to Chengam and thus the broken NH66. At Harur, in case if he gets lost, he should ask for Thanipadi and not Thiruvannamalai.
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Please note, I dont think you can find Kabinallur easily. The point look on the 4-lane is Karimangalam.
Ampere, as always, mere Thanks is not enough, but that's the best I can do on the website! Duly noted.
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Ampere, as always, mere Thanks is not enough, but that's the best I can do on the website! Duly noted.
Mate After reaching harur instead of asking thanipadi i would suggest you to ask for directions to Theerthamalai as this place comes immediately after harur.
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Mate After reaching harur instead of asking thanipadi i would suggest you to ask for directions to Theerthamalai as this place comes immediately after harur.
Thanks Suresh. Seems like the human element is still in place on this route. Are these roads so less traveled that they are not on maps? or that, they are on maps but a new guy may not be able to spot them. For the first time on T-BHP, I heard 'ask for directions' in a route :-). This is getting interesting.

I have shared all the inputs with my friend, and he was thankful and each and everyone of you. Regards to all.
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Thanks Suresh. Seems like the human element is still in place on this route. Are these roads so less traveled that they are not on maps? or that, they are on maps but a new guy may not be able to spot them. For the first time on T-BHP, I heard 'ask for directions' in a route :-). This is getting interesting.

I have shared all the inputs with my friend, and he was thankful and each and everyone of you. Regards to all.
These places are very much on google maps. Infact i had been on this stretch in the last week of december. Instead of totally relying on google maps I would recommend you to ask the locals if in doubt. I follow the same practice and it is safe. Sometimes google maps can mislead you
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Thanks Suresh. Seems like the human element is still in place on this route. Are these roads so less traveled that they are not on maps? or that, they are on maps but a new guy may not be able to spot them. For the first time on T-BHP, I heard 'ask for directions' in a route :-). This is getting interesting.
The question is not about the road being less travelled. The issue is that NH66 is the main arterial road (supposedly!) to Tiruvannamalai. So Google by default routing tries to guide you through that route. Hence the misleading. But if you want to go on a route which is not the default option in Google, you will have to ask or you will have to know.
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The question is not about the road being less travelled...
Thanks for clarifying for what it is. Makes perfect sense. I would have blindly followed Route 66 (!). One reason why I depend more on maps (or a pre-programmed GPS route) is that, the route itself wont lie (or cant lie). I have had experiences wherein I have been sent to different places (during old times), based on the directions given by people. I think language is a barrier sometimes or the person may have misunderstood the destination. Anyway, if we dont have paper maps, and if we dont know where we are going, then we have no business in going there.
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