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Old 23rd September 2010, 17:35   #61
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I agree with funnyguru. NH45 is better option. Though its a longer route, you can drive comfortably than going via traditional panruti/sethiathoppu/kumbakonam route. Its all 2 lane, so more time consuming.

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Old 17th December 2010, 22:21   #62
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Hello Guys,

I need some help in getting the route, I need to travel to Varagur (I dont knoe how many people know about this small village Near Tirukattupalli, its my family deity place). So i am planning to take the

Chennai - trichy (nh45), from trichy to tirukattupalli Via Kallanai to reach Varagur.

Usually used to go via tourist car or train till Tanjore and then take the Bus, This time i am planning to make it in my car itself

I am sure that Chennai - Trichy (NH45) is awesome expressway, So what about the other roads lane and How bad or Good it is? - Trichy to Kallani and from Kallani to Tirukattupalli? your valuable suggession please, waiting....
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Old 3rd January 2011, 19:41   #63
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Took the Route of Trichy-Kallani-Tirukattupalli-Varagur... The road is phenomenal.
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Took the Route of Trichy-Kallani-Tirukattupalli-Varagur... The road is phenomenal.
Do you have a track log for this route? I dont see it in Google maps.
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Took the Route of Trichy-Kallani-Tirukattupalli-Varagur... The road is phenomenal.
Except for the fact that this is a narrow stretch of road, the simple fact that it runs for the most part parallel to Cauvery and offshoots is simply great.

Traffic is very less along this route, and I usually get to Trichy from my native village in about 2 hours, when it would take almost the same time to get to Thanjavur.

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Do you have a track log for this route? I dont see it in Google maps.
Try this one

Grand Anicut, Tamil Nadu, India to Tiruchchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India - Google Maps

On NH45 going towards Chennai you have to make an U-turn to take this exit. This is the route I take from Kallanai, comig from Thiruvaiyaru (SH22). There is also the option of taking the road on the other side of the river, dont know how this road is.

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Except for the fact that this is a narrow stretch of road, the simple fact that


Try this one

Grand Anicut, Tamil Nadu, India to Tiruchchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India - Google Maps
Thanks for the link. Sometime back someone had asked this question, if SH22 is a good option to by-pass Tanjore. Looks it potentially can be a good option.
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Thanks for the link. Sometime back someone had asked this question, if SH22 is a good option to by-pass Tanjore. Looks it potentially can be a good option.
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You are welcome. It is very good by day, not recommended for bad weather conditions or night in my opinion. It is best to reach Trichy before dusk falls, from my experience.

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1) Hardly any infrastructure on this route by way of repair shops, fuel stations, eating joints, hospital etc (admittedly it takes hardly 2 -2.5 hours from my native village, but still)
2) It is for all practical purposes a single lane for most of the way in terms of road width and therefore giving way to a bus or lorry past Kallanai has to be a planned move since there are no proper kerbs to the road.
3) It runs besides the river/tributary mostly and therefore I dont know what would happen during rains or if the river is in spate (less likely scenario, but still)

When I come from Tiruvaiyaru, I see some traffic till the Poondi basilica or Tirukattupalli and beyond that nothing till Kallanai, from Kallanai ofcourse there will be the tourist cabs or buses to Trichy.
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We will be visiting Swamimalai next month. I will be driving in day time only and don't mind long, but better route. Kindly advise me as to which is the better route to drive, out of the following options:

1] Trichy-Thanjavur-Swamimalai [NH 67/45C] [Learnt 4-laning works were in progress with a lot of diversions between Trichy and Thanjavur]

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2] Trichy-Thiruvaiyaru-Swamimalai [SH 22] [road with full of twists and curves: I had driven on this stretch a very long time back]

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It does looks like the SH22 may be a good option to by-pass Tanjore. Check one post above. But yes not not good for night driving.
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Thanks, ampere. But, the latest status of the work on NH 67 would definitely help in selecting the route. By chance, if it is completed, I would prefer the first option. I think, NH 45C bypasses Tanjavur.
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Thanks, ampere. But, the latest status of the work on NH 67 would definitely help in selecting the route. By chance, if it is completed, I would prefer the first option. I think, NH 45C bypasses Tanjavur.
Sir I am not sure there is a by-pass for 45C. You will have to go via the big-temple. (All the better is it not!).
The intersection of 45 and 67 is really chaotic. Heard of many jams on that signal.


PS: I just wanted to write Brihadeshwara temple as "big-temple". When I looked at Google maps, it indeed is mentioned as "big-temple" !

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You will have to go via the big-temple. (All the better is it not!).
Yes, ampere. That's the reason. I visited the Periya Koyil [Big Temple] a decade back in my Maruti Suzuki Omni, so now I wish to refresh my memory!
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Sir I am not sure there is a by-pass for 45C. You will have to go via the big-temple. (All the better is it not!).
The intersection of 45 and 67 is really chaotic. Heard of many jams on that signal.
I had gone to Thanjavur last month. NH 67 is almost complete except for initial stretch from NH45 till Tiruverumbur. You are not aware that you have reached Thanjavur as there were no boards. The clue is you encounter many flyovers which points to major town being bypassed. I needed to stop and ask for directions.
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Yes, ampere. That's the reason. I visited the Periya Koyil [Big Temple] a decade back in my Maruti Suzuki Omni, so now I wish to refresh my memory!
Even though the SH22 is quite a winding road, it makes for peaceful driving at an unhurried pace, taking in the greenery on both sides.

You could try the Trichy - Thiruvaiyaru (on SH22) - Thanjavur - Thiruvaiyaru - Swamimalai (back again on SH22), that way your exposure to NH45C is about 15km one way. An additional temptation would be the Asoka halwa at Thiruvaiyaru

We usually avoid the NH45C out of Kumbakonam to Ayyampettai, due to the nasty state/town buses competing with each other.

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You could try the Trichy - Thiruvaiyaru (on SH22) - Thanjavur - Thiruvaiyaru - Swamimalai (back again on SH22), that way your exposure to NH45C is about 15km one way. An additional temptation would be the Asoka halwa at Thiruvaiyaru
Thanks a lot, indivic, for kind advice. I shall follow this route so that I will have the halwa and eat it too!
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