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Old 4th April 2008, 15:31   #1
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Default Cochin to Coorg (Kodagu) : Route Queries

Hi Everybody,

I am planning a trip to Coorg this month or next. Can anybody help me with the route? Also I would like to know whether the climate would be good now and which are the good hotels to stay.

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Option 1:
Cochin-Trissur-Palakkad-Coimbatore-Satyamangalam-Chamarajnagar-Nanjangud-Mysore-Hunsur-Kushalnagar-Madikeri

Option 2:
Cochin-Kodungallur-Calicut-Kalpetta-Mananthavady-Kutta-Virajpet-Madikeri

Second route is shortest and most direct.
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i dont know the places that you have mentioned between calicut and madikeri .. but on average what would be the distance to be covered on whole? and how long do you think it would take? and are you aware of the present road conditions in the said region?!
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Ashvin, IIRC, your questions are answered in the "Present condition of Roads to Kerala" thread.
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  • Closest Airport: Bangalore (260 km), Mangalore (135 km)
  • Closest Railway Station: Mysore (146 km)
  • Road: The Mysore - Mangalore highway (NH48) passes through Kodagu. The district headquarters Madikeri (Mercara), is 260 km from Bangalore and 120 km from Mysore. The distance from Mangalore is 136 km and from Cannanore and Tellicherry, it is about 115 km. There are regular buses plying from these places to Madikeri.
Best Time To Visit: April to November

Coorg, The Scotland of India | Madikeri


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i dont know the places that you have mentioned between calicut and madikeri .. but on average what would be the distance to be covered on whole? and how long do you think it would take? and are you aware of the present road conditions in the said region?!
Calicut - Kalpetta - Mananthavady road is in very good condition. Mananthavady to Kutta is through the forest (if you know the route to Thirunelli its the same, just take RIGHT at the only fork inside the forest to reach Kutta).

From Kutta onwards the road is usually in dilapidated condition. Roads in this part of Karnataka are (sadly) neglected as a rule so dont expect any surprises. Kutta onwards to the nearest town is usually in cratered condition, thankfully it isnt much of a distance.

I'd recommend this route over the CBE-Sathy-Chamrajpet-Mysore road - that route is quite nice but can get tedious after a while. You start wondering when Nanjangud would turn up.

If you're REALLY adventurous you'd try the Kannur-Virajpet route via Iritty. Not for the faint-hearted, I believe.
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i dont know the places that you have mentioned between calicut and madikeri .. but on average what would be the distance to be covered on whole? and how long do you think it would take? and are you aware of the present road conditions in the said region?!
Hi Ashvin,
The distance between Calicut and Madikeri will be around 250 kms. We went to Coorg last week and it took around 7 hours in a tempo traveller.
The road condition from Calicut to Mananthavadi is good. From there to Kutta, Kattikkulam etc are average. Expect pot-holes in between. We took the route to Siddapur and the distance between mananthavadi and siddapur was around 125 kms.
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Cochin-Kodungallur 30 kms-Chavakkad 47-Kuttipuram 45-Calicut 72-Kalpetta 76-Mananthavady 22-Kartikulam 6-Kutta 24-Ponnampet 32-Virajpet 17-Madikeri 44,
totalling 421 kms.

The road to Kalpetta is a ghat road. From Manantyhavady, it is a WLS road which is best avoided after dark (besides, there are check posts that have time restrictions). In case you are going to any place in Kodagu other than Madikeri, you would turn off at Gonikoppal or Virajpet instead of going on to Madikeri.
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hey thanks for the info guys. i have done a coimbatore-mysore-coorg trip last Jan. from Cochin the route through calicut is definitely a better option.
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Last week i came throgh Gonikoppal to Kutta in a Tempo Traveller. The roads are OK from Kutta to Gonikoppal, Virajpet and Madikeri.
As said by hvkumar, entry into WLS is closed between 6 PM to 6 AM.
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Well JK the best time to visit coorg would include december and january as its quite cold and so it suits lotsa people. I wouldnt suggest visits during may as its the peak summer and would be a bit hot and also the nagarhole wls would usually close during this season.
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For Virajpet - Calicut, which route is better? Better surface? Less hilly?
Iritty route or Kutta route?
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For Virajpet - Calicut, which route is better? Better surface? Less hilly?
Iritty route or Kutta route?
Calicut bypass upto Thalassery is a coastal road 2 lane with heavy traffic, goes through picturesque but narrow-street Mahe. The traffic congestion continues through upto and beyond Iritti and only abates once you cross into the forested part of the road beyond the Kerala border.
I haven't done the Kutta route recently but it should be equally congested during peak hours.
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