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Old 15th April 2010, 13:36   #16
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Ampere On the other route Via Ooty Do I have to climb Ooty? Then I will definatley avoid it.
Yes you will have to climb. In fact you have to climb in both on the first and the second route.
This is because you enter from CBE side. If you were entering from Kerala side you need to climb a small section only.
But there is no point to route yourself through Kerala side (which is Nilambur)

Here either you go via Chamarajnagar or via Conoor/ooty.
The Ooty road is safer in terms of being more populated. I am not aware of the other. I remember HVK mentioning, they are pretty desolate roads.

From Ooty you have to descend down either via Masinagudi (36 Hairpins) or via Gudalur (more of a bus/truck route).

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In fact you have to climb in both on the first and the second route.

Here either you go via Chamarajnagar or via Conoor/ooty.
The Ooty road is safer in terms of being more populated. I am not aware of the other. I remember HVK mentioning, they are pretty desolate roads.
Ampere If i take this route Munnar -> Marayoor - > Udumalpetai -> Palladam -> Tirrupur -> Avinashi-> Gobichettypalayam -> Sathyamangalam and Mysore

Few questions here

1) Where does the Ghat session starts ?
2) I hope it fine to do a day journey ?
3) And Also let me know how long it take to reach Mysore so that I can start accordingly.
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This answers most of my questions. Thanks Ampere.
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Ampere If i take this route Munnar -> Marayoor - > Udumalpetai -> Palladam -> Tirrupur -> Avinashi-> Gobichettypalayam -> Sathyamangalam and Mysore

Few questions here

1) Where does the Ghat session starts ?
2) I hope it fine to do a day journey ?
3) And Also let me know how long it take to reach Mysore so that I can start accordingly.

Ranjit one correction, you should go to Annur from Avinashi and then hop on NH209 to go to Sathyamangalam.

The total distance is about 350 Km.

Munnar-Udumalpet : 90Km (3 Hours of Ghat Section)
Udumalpet-Palladam-Tiruppur-Avinashi-Annur (90 Km State highway 2 hours)
Annur -Sathyamangalam-Chamrajnagar (NH209) Dimbam Ghat Section 90Km ~3 hours
Chamrajnagar-Nanjangud-Mysore (60 Km) 1 Hour

As you can see there are two stretches of Ghat sections. You need to start early from Munnar so that by evening you can reach Mysore. I am not sure of any food options. So better to carry on board.

Make sure that you get off NH209 at Chamarajnagar on the Nanjangud road that you dont end in Bangalore via Kanakpura.
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By the way I also see one more route from Palladam towards Sulur which goes to Annur and bypasses Avinashi as well. Not sure how good is this road.

Any comments?

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By the way I also see one more route from Palladam towards Sulur which goes to Annur and bypasses Avinashi as well. Not sure how good is this road.

Any comments?
I have used this route from Annur to Karumathampatti to join back NH47. It was in decent shape upto that point and my feeling it should be decent all the way upto Somanur. It is the state highway connecting Pollachi to Annur.

I think this would be a better option because getting into Tiruppur and getting out to Avinashi would be chaotic and wasting a lot of time.

Dimbam ghats has some 19 hair pin bends if my memory serves me correct, so schedule your time plans accordingly. The roads are good all the way upto the top of the ghats so nothing to worry.

Sathyamangalam is the last place where you might get some decent place to eat post which all the way upto Chamraj nagar there is nothing, I don't remember seeing any decent places in Chamraj nagar either. So plan your food stop carefully.

In comparison to this route where you have to come down one ghat and climb another one, the Ooty route would involve coming down two ghats (Munnar & from Ooty) and climb another ghat towards Ooty also Dimbam ghats is not as high as the Ooty ghats hence you could cross it faster especially with very little bus traffic as compared to the Ooty Ghats.
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Srikanth, for that update.

Ranjit here is the final route you can take then:

Munnar - Udumalpet - Periyapatti - Palladam - Somanur - Karumanathampatti - Anniur - Sathy - Chamrajnagar - Nanjangud - Mysore.
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ampere & pypkmsrikanth - > Please take a round of applause from me.

I am confirming on Munnar - Udumalpet - Periyapatti - Palladam - Somanur - Karumanathampatti - Anniur - Sathy - Chamrajnagar - Nanjangud - Mysore.

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Hi ampere & pypkmsrikanth,
I have one quick question on this route. I am starting from Salem and will go via CBE and Palani as I have some work over there (visiting relatives ) and then I will head to Munnar. Just want to conform the route to Munnar from Palani.

Palani -> Udumalaipettai -> Munnar (125 Kms approx). I am taking this route correct me if there are any other better routes.

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Hi ampere & pypkmsrikanth,
I have one quick question on this route. I am starting from Salem and will go via CBE and Palani as I have some work over there (visiting relatives ) and then I will head to Munnar. Just want to conform the route to Munnar from Palani.

Palani -> Udumalaipettai -> Munnar (125 Kms approx). I am taking this route correct me if there are any other better routes.

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Thats the standard route. There is a route from Kodai, but that is closed.
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Though dimbam has so many hairpin bends, you never realise it. It is easily covered in 20 - 30 mins.
Once at top, there's no climbing down the other side.
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Though dimbam has so many hairpin bends, you never realise it. It is easily covered in 20 - 30 mins.
Once at top, there's no climbing down the other side.
Never tried this route though. Will do it some day while going to CBE.
Did not know that the Ghat roads were so good.
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