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Old 27th December 2011, 11:32   #241
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Further to the above the locals at Palani suggested that instead of returning to Palani I should have come straight to Ezhuvanampatti junction through Kodai Ghat Road (SH 156) - then take the NH and eventually take the SH 152 onwards from Dindigul.

Can anyone confirm on this route?


As they said the fastest route is via NH7.
Bangalore-Krishnagiri-Salem-Dindigul-Batlagundu-Kodai.

Earlier both NH7 and NH47 were being 4-laned and hence every one tried to avoid them.
Hence the Thoppur-Mecheri-Bhavani option was also very popular.

Now that all the 4-Lanes are up and roaring, it makes sense to take these options.
From that option, Dindigul is the shortest and also very swift. But if one needs to goto Palani, the Dharapuram Option makes sense.
But even for that, one can go via Salem-Perundurai-Kangeyam instead of Mecheri/Mettur.
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As they said the fastest route is via NH7.
Bangalore-Krishnagiri-Salem-Dindigul-Batlagundu-Kodai.

Earlier both NH7 and NH47 were being 4-laned and hence every one tried to avoid them.
Hence the Thoppur-Mecheri-Bhavani option was also very popular.

Now that all the 4-Lanes are up and roaring, it makes sense to take these options.
From that option, Dindigul is the shortest and also very swift. But if one needs to goto Palani, the Dharapuram Option makes sense.
But even for that, one can go via Salem-Perundurai-Kangeyam instead of Mecheri/Mettur.
Thanks for confirming that. I shouldn't have tried tweaking the route and let Google Maps/aGPS take that decision. As you said even I feel the route Via Dindigul is what I should have taken in the 1st place. This would have helped me avoid the narrow winding roads down the Palani especially while returning last evening.
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bumping up a really old thread!

Anyone who did Bangalore to Kodaikanal via Dindigul recently?
Could you brief me about the recent road conditions, any changes to the route required? I might be doing a monsoon drive this weekend with 3 of my friends in a honda city. Hopefully it will manage the GC issues well.

Also, what are the good eateries I should look out for?
I will be stopping at Salem for breakfast, but for lunchtime maybe I will be in Dindigul or thereabouts. Do suggest good places for lunch in/around Dindigul

Awaiting updates from route gurus Ampere, Fauji or others

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bumping up a really old thread!

I will be stopping at Salem for breakfast, but for lunchtime maybe I will be in Dindigul or thereabouts.
Hotel Sarathy in Salem for breakfast.
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Hotel Sarathy in Salem for breakfast.
Last time we'd stopped at a place called Hotel Annapoorna in Salem. Was nothing great though, so we'll try this Sarathy this time. Thanks!

any suggestions on lunch stop places in Dindigul?
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any suggestions on lunch stop places in Dindigul?
Just past Kodai road junction, but before Madurai (near a tractor factory), there's a decent Hotel (unfortunately I don't remember its name) on the left side of the road. You can have lunch there and proceed to Kodai.

Last time I went to Thekkady, I visited this place.

But, if you are having BF at Salem, then this place (near the tractor factory) will arrive well before lunch....
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If you start by 4AM I think you can be in Kodai for lunch! Salem is good stop for breakfast. Splurge at GRT!
Breakfast starts at 7AM.

If you start by 4 / 4:30, you would be there in time. Its on the left before you turn from the GQ for the five roads junction.

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Also, what are the good eateries I should look out for?
I will be stopping at Salem for breakfast, but for lunchtime maybe I will be in Dindigul or thereabouts. Do suggest good places for lunch in/around Dindigul
When traveling from Bangalore, some options for food stops & approx. distances are:
1.McDonalds and Krishna Inn (HP petrol pump campus) on LHS about 60-65Km from Blr
2.A2B, Shoolagiri (BP petrol pump campus) on LHS about 65-70Km from Blr
3.A2B, Thoppur (BP petrol pump campus) on RHS about 150 Km from Blr
4.GRT, Salem on LHS about 200 Km from Blr
5.Arya Bhavan on LHS, outskirts of Salem on the way to Namakkal about 215 Km from Blr
NOTE: all these are on the NH7 itself and do not need deviation into the town/local roads (#1/2/3 are our usual stops).

There are some more on the stretch between Namakkal and Dindigul that I'd mentioned in my Madurai/Kanyakumari/Rameshwaram travelogue, Nov 2011, but I've not stopped at any of them.
EDIT:Found the post - http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...ml#post2628295 (Dizzy Drive :Bangalore-Madurai-Kanyakumari-Rameshwaram-Bangalore in 5 days)

Hope this helps.
As @Ampere mentioned with a 4 or 5am start you should be able to make it to Kodaikanal for lunch.

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bumping up a really old thread!

Anyone who did Bangalore to Kodaikanal via Dindigul recently?
Could you brief me about the recent road conditions, any changes to the route required? I might be doing a monsoon drive this weekend with 3 of my friends in a honda city. Hopefully it will manage the GC issues well.

Also, what are the good eateries I should look out for?
I will be stopping at Salem for breakfast, but for lunchtime maybe I will be in Dindigul or thereabouts. Do suggest good places for lunch in/around Dindigul

Awaiting updates from route gurus Ampere, Fauji or others
I think you have got enough update on the food stops. Let me give you some update on the road condition.

I suggest doing either, Dindigul-Kodai Road-Batlagundu-Kodai or Dindigul-Palani-Kodai. I recommend the later. You should avoid Dindigul-Batlagundu as the road widening work is on and there is almost no roads now. The monsoon will make the condition even worse.
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