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Old 18th August 2014, 20:32   #106
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I think for Tanjore, nothing beats the 4-lane access all the way via Trichy. Some traffic congestion at BHEL signal. Once past the NIT campus, its smooth all the way.
True, at the last minute near vikravandi toll, we changed our plans to go to chidambaram and so went through panruti.
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True, at the last minute near vikravandi toll, we changed our plans to go to chidambaram and so went through panruti.
For that you could have taken Ulundurpet-Vriddachalam-Bhuvanagiri-Chidambaram.

You took Panruti route till Sethiathope and did Bhuvanagiri-Chidambaram?
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For that you could have taken Ulundurpet-Vriddachalam-Bhuvanagiri-Chidambaram.

You took Panruti route till Sethiathope and did Bhuvanagiri-Chidambaram?
Correct. It was a leisure unplanned trip to kill the day, so, we wanted to go through SH but never knew it would become a tiring journey.
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Just thought of this aspect considering the sky high toll fees collected in this route (Almost in all the NHs in our country). Is there a way to reach Thanjavur from Chennai with no/minimum no. of toll plazas? without compromising on the travel time and road quality?
I do frequent trips to Thanjavur and find the NH45 route a breeze. But the toll prices are really annoying these days.
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Bumping up an old thread.

Can someone comment on the road conditions from Chennai to Madurai via Chidambaram -->Thanjavur-->Madurai. And between Madurai and Bangalore.

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Can someone comment on the road conditions from Chennai to Madurai via Chidambaram -->Thanjavur-->Madurai.
Have not been on this road for quite some time now. Last I remember Chidambaram-Vaitheeswaran Kovil-Mayavaram was very decent. But then traffic takes over towards Kumbakonam all the way to Tanjore. Once on Tanjore bypass its smooth till Trichy and there on its the usual 4-lane to Madurai.

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And between Madurai and Bangalore.
This is the standard 4-lane. Good roads all the way.
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Chennai to Madurai via Chidambaram -->Thanjavur-->Madurai. And between Madurai and Bangalore.
For Madras-Chidambaram, this would be my route choice. NOTE: The Google Maps link is in the reverse direction.

Basically you have to take NH45 aka GST well past Villupuram - MD 736 - SH9 - Panruti bypass and join Panruti Neyveli Road for 12 km - MDR 199 - MDR 200 and joins ECR 30 km south of Cuddalore. From here Chidambaram is about 30 mins south. This avoids all traffic filled sections of ECR, bad Bhuvanagiri-Chidambaram road and the 2-lane sections here are little bit fast as well (you can maintain 60-80 throughout). There's only a 1/2 km stretch at Kullanchavadi village where you have to deal with village traffic/market.

For Chidambaram-Thanjavur there isn't much choice. Take Sirakazhi-Vaitheeswaran Koil-Mayavaram-Kumbakonam-Thanjavur. Don't even think about the Bhuvanagiri-Sethiathope route which GMaps suggests.

Thanjavur-Madurai you have 2 choices.

1. Thanjavur-Trichy-Madurai which is fully 4-lane.
2. Thanjavur-Pudukottai-Tirumayam-Tirupattur-Melur-Madurai. This one gives you an opportunity to see few temples like Tirumayam, Pillayarpatti if it interests you.

Madurai-Bangalore is a no brainer. Madurai city traffic can be a pain in the rear, so plan your stay and entry times accordingly. For your plan you'll have to enter and leave from 2 ends of the town and the ring road that bypasses town is being 4-laned.
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For Chidambaram-Thanjavur there isn't much choice. Take Sirakazhi-Vaitheeswaran Koil-Mayavaram-Kumbakonam-Thanjavur. Don't even think about the Bhuvanagiri-Sethiathope route which GMaps suggests.

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Narayanan why not take chidambaram - Gangai konda cholapuram - Udayar palayam - Paluvur - Thiruvaiyaru - Tanjore. Recently somewhere i saw an update that Paluvur - ariyalur road is in great condition.

Also why not this road. he avoids the entire traffic between Chidambaram and Swamimalai... also as a bonus he gets to travel through the road which Ponniyin Selvan might have used.......

https://goo.gl/maps/ZpES2cJVf1x

Last edited by venki.bala : 19th June 2018 at 16:40. Reason: found a better road than i mentioned earlier.. sorry wont repeat
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