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Old 4th May 2017, 06:35   #211
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Given this what would be a good restaurant near dindigul or 4 hrs from salem?

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Thalappakatti Biriyani in Batlagundu is a good option for you.
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I am planning to travel to Kodai this weekend. I am travelling with infant and a child. Planning to start early at 6am (that is the earliest we can start owing to infant).



We plan to break for breakfast at Salem, however I am not sure if we can reach kodai for lunch as I am not an aggressive driver and with kids I will have to take frequent breaks. Not to mention the ghat section slows us down considerably due to motion sickness.



Given this what would be a good restaurant near dindigul or 4 hrs from salem?



Thanks in advance

You should be able to get to Kodai in 4 hrs even if you drive at a normal pace. Stopping between Salem and Dindigul will be an absolute nightmare ( read thermal shock )

If your kids have motion sickness , suggest you don't get them to eat before a ghat climb. It's a good 90 min climb. Maybe something like biscuits would do.

Alternatively Venu Biriyani in Dindigul town is a famous joint. 49, East Car Street, Begambur, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu 624001. ( Avila Le on Google Maps )

Talpakatti Biryani is available at Bathlagundu.

There is a Dindigul Tallapakati just opened 2 weeks
ago at Kodaikanal( opp Govt Hospital ). Easy to find and at the entrance of Kodai. Good food. Was there the day it opened.

Tank up in Shoolagiri , while coming back there is an A2B somewhere close to Dharmapuri. That complex had a company operated fuel bunk. Bunks in Kodai open only at 8 am so if you going to start early and need fuel , tank up the previous day.

Enjoy the climate. It's just awesome for summer.
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If your kids have motion sickness , suggest you don't get them to eat before a ghat climb. It's a good 90 min climb. Maybe something like biscuits would do.
Thanks, I think I will carry some snacks just incase and try to hit Kodai for a late lunch. I am lodging at villa retreat- will check if they can hold on to lunch for us.

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Absolutely, thanks!
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Thanks, I think I will carry some snacks just incase and try to hit Kodai for a late lunch. I am lodging at villa retreat- will check if they can hold on to lunch for us.





Absolutely, thanks!

Stayed in the same place. Call Shyam. I am sure he will organise something.
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Hi All.. I am planning to drive from Bangalore to Kodai on the night of Friday 29th Dec. Since roads are expected to be full of traffic, I am planning to start around 12 AM Friday Night/ Sat Morning cusp and reach Kodai by Mid-day latest (considering extra Traffic).

I hear that the Salem -> Dindigul -> Vattalagundu route is safe from law and order perspective and I plan to do the Ghats in the morning light.

I will be using a 80K KM old second hand Santro (took it at 75K KM and serviced at Bosch - in good condition as far as I reckon) or a Myles 7-Seater, depending on number of guests that arrive.

Do you folks see any risk in this? Or any advise and suggestions please? We did this in a chauffer drivel car last year but started at 2 PM and reached at 11 PM.

I have decent driving experience like Pune -Goa, around Bangalore (300+ KMS) and also do extensive Motorcycle rides with my wife. So the sleep factor, Driving Skills are kind of OK .


Ah yes and I plan to stay at Greenland Youth Hostel - 2100 per night, (cheaper rooms also there), and a awesome valley/ mountain/ jungle view and very, very serene. Was suggested by a local friend and wanted to share this with all.

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I hear that the Salem -> Dindigul -> Vattalagundu route is safe from law and order perspective and I plan to do the Ghats in the morning light.
Route is good, a friend drove in the night few months ago, did not face any difficulties.

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I have decent driving experience like Pune -Goa, around Bangalore (300+ KMS) and also do extensive Motorcycle rides with my wife. So the sleep factor, Driving Skills are kind of OK .
Night driving is a different animal, don't want to discourage you but the least you must do is to make sure you are well rested (get enough sleep) before the drive.
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Route is good, a friend drove in the night few months ago, did not face any difficulties.


Night driving is a different animal, don't want to discourage you but the least you must do is to make sure you are well rested (get enough sleep) before the drive.
Many thanks for your points.

Yes, agree 100% that Night Driving is indeed a different animal. Early experiences in Maharashtra were tiring and tolling. Attempted it first time in the Southern India for Kasargod, started 2:30 AM. Did not feel much stressed.

Since the route is safe, and it will be New Year Traffic, I plan to go ahead with my schedule and yes, shall ensure am rested and have a good conversation running with my passenger

Thanks Again!!
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I am planning to go to kodaikanal with my family on the new year.
How are the road conditions, is it prone to landslides ?
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I am planning to go to kodaikanal with my family on the new year.

How are the road conditions, is it prone to landslides ?

The road condition is very good. Yes the roads are prone to landslides but I guess it is not raining anymore. Suggest you check with your resort. Give them a call.

It is going to be very cold there now. Expect sub 10 degree C.
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