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Old 2nd September 2011, 00:38   #16
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Just came to Mahabalipuram today from Bangalore. Brief trip log:

Home to NICE road Hosur road exit: 1hr
NICE road exit to Krishna Inn/CCD/McDonalds (shoolagiri): 30min
(Breakfast halt: 1 hr)
CCD to Kanchipuram exit from GQ: 2hr 15min
Kancipuram to Mahabalipuram: 2hrs

Kanchipuram to Mahabalipuram segment details:
-Frustrating number of speed breakers.
-Overtaking is hard, so might have to follow slow truck/lorry too often
-30% of road is patchy, no potholes though

Is there a better route than Kanchpuram-Mahabalipuram?
Like BLR - Sri perumbudir - Mahabs? I want to avoid Chennai but Kanchipuram-Mahabalipuram is also bad. Thanks.
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Kanchipuram to Mahabalipuram segment details:
-Frustrating number of speed breakers.
-Overtaking is hard, so might have to follow slow truck/lorry too often
-30% of road is patchy, no potholes though

Is there a better route than Kanchpuram-Mahabalipuram?
Like BLR - Sri perumbudir - Mahabs? I want to avoid Chennai but Kanchipuram-Mahabalipuram is also bad. Thanks.
Andodev,

So the misery of driving between Kanchipuram - Mahabs is stlll on. It was bad when we drove at night five years back and sad to see it has not improved.

My strong recmmendtaion is to hit Sriperumbudur from Mahabs and then onto Chennai - BLR highway. You will have peaceful drive atleast.
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My strong recmmendtaion is to hit Sriperumbudur from Mahabs and then onto Chennai - BLR highway. You will have peaceful drive atleast.
Wouldn't say it as peaceful. You would still encounter Hosur-Electronics City type traffic on Vandalur-Chengalpattu section (dont think the other route is good enough), but would be lot better than managing narrow roads with traffic. One big disadvantage would be to cross a railway line at Vandalur which will be heavily crowded at peak hours.

The route with the least question marks is the Maduravoyal-Vandalur-Kelambakkam route even though you'll hit suburban traffic a bit from Poondamalee Bypass to Chennai Bypass. This is the longest of the routes, but would be relatively fast to drive.
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How about using the Cheyyar/Arcot access?
Instead of heading to Kanchi, take the GST at Chegelpattu and exit at Sothupakkam.
Then come down to Arcot, via Cheyyar and join the GQ.

Per Google maps analysis, it would about add about 40km.

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Thanks for suggestions folks!

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Andodev,
My strong recmmendtaion is to hit Sriperumbudur from Mahabs and then onto Chennai - BLR highway. You will have peaceful drive atleast.
I want to, but how to get to Sriperumbudur?

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Wouldn't say it as peaceful. You would still encounter Hosur-Electronics City type traffic on Vandalur-Chengalpattu section (dont think the other route is good enough), but would be lot better than managing narrow roads with traffic. One big disadvantage would be to cross a railway line at Vandalur which will be heavily crowded at peak hours.
Can't we do Mahabs - Kelambakkam - Vandalur - Manimangalam -Sriperumbudur as given below:

Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu to Bengaluru, Karnataka - Google Maps

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The route with the least question marks is the Maduravoyal-Vandalur-Kelambakkam route even though you'll hit suburban traffic a bit from Poondamalee Bypass to Chennai Bypass. This is the longest of the routes, but would be relatively fast to drive.
Vandalur - Maduravoyal - Sriperumbudur seems like a lot of extra, travel? How about Vandalur to Sriperumbudur directly?

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How about using the Cheyyar/Arcot access?
Instead of heading to Kanchi, take the GST at Chegelpattu and exit at Sothupakkam.
Then come down to Arcot, via Cheyyar and join the GQ.

Per Google maps analysis, it would about add about 40km.

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Thanks Ampere, but I am hoping to do more GQ and less state highways. Too many unknown on state highways (town traffic, speed breakers, potholes, etc.)
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Thanks Ampere, but I am hoping to do more GQ and less state highways. Too many unknown on state highways (town traffic, speed breakers, potholes, etc.)
That route has been validated by many. That is because its the best alternate
route for folks wanting to go to Pondicherry. The Cheyyar route to Arcot is very good, has much less traffic.
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I did the below route while returning from Mahabs to Bangalore -
Mahabalipuram -> Chengalpattu->Kanchi->Krishnagiri-->Bangalore.
Kanchi to Bang -> GQ ( nothing to say here ).
Mahabalipuram to Kanchi -> Cross Mahabalipuram , continue towards Pondi in ECR. You will get a right 3-4 Kms after Mahabs to Chengalpattu. Straight road to Kanchi. Less traffic and good road. In kanchi, keep following signs and join GQ ( no major diversion, pretty straight ).

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That route has been validated by many. That is because its the best alternate
route for folks wanting to go to Pondicherry. The Cheyyar route to Arcot is very good, has much less traffic.
Ampere, the route you had suggested is a scenic one. I have tried it once. But, it's not in a good shape now.

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I want to, but how to get to Sriperumbudur?

Can't we do Mahabs - Kelambakkam - Vandalur - Manimangalam -Sriperumbudur as given below:

Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu to Bengaluru, Karnataka - Google Maps
Wouldn't help bro! Manimangalam to Sriperumandur (SH110) is at it's worst. Full of potholes and lorries ferrying sand/concrete for construction purposes.

Ideal route will be: Mahabaliburam - Kelambaakam - Vandalur - Oragadam - Sriperumandur.
Both, Vandalur to Oragadam & Oragadam to Sriperumandur roads are newly laid and in pristine condition (save for a few patches though)
See it here
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Ampere, the route you had suggested is a scenic one. I have tried it once. But, it's not in a good shape now.
Hi, thanks for that update. I was not aware about its current state. As per
what I read about it on the Bangalore-Pondicherry thread, this route is supposed to be pretty decent.

And this update what I read was in the last 4 weeks.
Here is the reference:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...ml#post2445636
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Ampere, the route you had suggested is a scenic one. I have tried it once. But, it's not in a good shape now.



Wouldn't help bro! Manimangalam to Sriperumandur (SH110) is at it's worst. Full of potholes and lorries ferrying sand/concrete for construction purposes.

Ideal route will be: Mahabaliburam - Kelambaakam - Vandalur - Oragadam - Sriperumandur.
Both, Vandalur to Oragadam & Oragadam to Sriperumandur roads are newly laid and in pristine condition (save for a few patches though)
See it here
Thanks for the map link. Exactly what I am hoping for. Will update once I get back to Blore this weekend.
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Hi, thanks for that update. I was not aware about its current state. As per
what I read about it on the Bangalore-Pondicherry thread, this route is supposed to be pretty decent.
It seems that I was whistling in the dark. From the link, it looks like people are happy about that route. When I did that road, it wasn't good. Anyway, thanks for the pointer.

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Thanks for the map link. Exactly what I am hoping for. Will update once I get back to Blore this weekend.
There was a bridge construction going on over Vandalur's rail. If it's still on, you'll have to detour till Tambaram. And that'll be painful, given the traffic that piles up.
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It seems that I was whistling in the dark. From the link, it looks like people are happy about that route. When I did that road, it wasn't good. Anyway, thanks for the pointer.
Since your originally suggested route touches GQ earlier, it would be definitely worthwhile.
So I was just trying to counter-think and see what all negatives it can have:

1. Since you said the route is nice, no issues there.
2. You also mentioned traffic is much less.
3. Apart from the bridge that you mentioned at Vandalur, is there no other access to cross the railway line, apart from going all the way back to Tambaram?
4. Assuming that bridge is in place, how easy/difficult it would be to go through Oragadam and Sriperumbudur?

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Since your originally suggested route touches GQ earlier, it would be definitely worthwhile.
So I was just trying to counter-think and see what all negatives it can have:

1. Since you said the route is nice, no issues there.
2. You also mentioned traffic is much less.
3. Apart from the bridge that you mentioned at Vandalur, is there no other access to cross the railway line, apart from going all the way back to Tambaram?
4. Assuming that bridge is in place, how easy/difficult it would be to go through Oragadam and Sriperumbudur?
1. Road is awesome, period. The only place where you might spend time is at Oragadam junction. There is a flyover construction going on.
2. Traffic wouldn't be an issue if you're taking Vandalur - Mannivaakam - Oragadam. This again depends on the overbridge construction at Vandalur.
3. Thru Perungulathur (New). It's exactly in between Vandalur & Tambaram. But, the roads are too narrow and pathetic. To add more, it goes thru a market, IIRC (last time I took that was 3 years ago ). I definitely wouldn't go by this. So go to Tambaram and take the Mudichur road. This'll be full of traffic again (during peak hours)
4. With the bridge in place, it'd be a child's play. No city traffic, no rail lines. Also, you've the butter smooth 4-lane SH at your disposal. (6 lanes near Oragadam )
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4. With the bridge in place, it'd be a child's play. No city traffic, no rail lines. Also, you've the butter smooth 4-lane SH at your disposal. (6 lanes near Oragadam )
4L SH? That is news to me. So you mean the SH-48 is 4L?
What is importance of this road?

1. Because it provides 4L access to industrial zones? (Mainly automotive plants?)
2. Another 4L access to Kanchi from GST?
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4L SH? That is news to me. So you mean the SH-48 is 4L?
What is importance of this road?

1. Because it provides 4L access to industrial zones? (Mainly automotive plants?)
2. Another 4L access to Kanchi from GST?
You read it correct. It's a 4-lane SH and it's not a 4L all the way till Kanchi. Only till Oragadam (add some 6 or 7 kms). All hail Oragadam

Another 4-lane to Kanchi? This is the only one which I'm aware of.
The one which goes like Chengelpet - Wallajabad - Kanchi is again a 2L. Even SH48 merges into the above said route at Walljabad.
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