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Old 29th September 2008, 15:11   #1
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Hi all,

Been so long since I started a thread that it took me sometime to figure it out !!

Planning to drive to Thekkady from Coimbatore and I'm just a little bit lost since its been quite sometime since I went on that route.

Proposed Route:

Coimbatore - Dharapuram - Otanchatram - Sembatti - Vathalagundu - Kambam - Thekkady.

Question is is there a road connect from Sembatti to Vathalagundu.

I've actually done it through Dindigul but that is a longer route.

Also any update on current route conditions between Dindigul and Thekkady?

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Old 29th September 2008, 16:11   #2
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yes, there is a road connecting sembatti to Vatlagundu.it passes through Kannivadi.
Once you cross Oddanchatram, I think the deviation to Sembatti is within 3-5 kms (if my memory is correct)
There are some small construction work going on in thi stretch but this is the best way to go to Thekkadi (skipping Dindigul)
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The Sembatti - Madurai road intersects the Dindigul - Vattalagundu highway, you will have to take a right at this junction to go towards Vattalagundu and then onwards to Theni - Cumbum - Kumily - Thekkady.
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Why not simply do the Coimbatore-Pollachi-Udumalipet-Palani-Ottanchatram route instead of going via Dharapuram - the direct and simplest route?

As others have mentioned, at Sembatti, if you turn right, you go to Kambam, to the left is Dindigul around 15 kms.
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I'm sure the Cbe - Pollachi - Palani route is longer and there's more traffic in that sector.

All Coimbatore - Madurai buses takes Palladam - Dharapuram - Otanchatram - Sembatti - Kodai Road - Madurai. When I was studying in Madurai I used to take this particular route to Coimbatore. Remember the board in Sembatti with distance and direction towards Theni/Vatlagundu.

Thanks one and all for the suggestions. Will post details on the route once I'm back.
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I am planning to go from Madurai to Coimbatore. Whats the best route? Should I stick to NH7 / NH209 all through OR should I take shortcuts via Sembatti to reach Puduchatram/Oddanchatiram? Is it worth the pain?

Secondly, Is Dharapuram/Palladam better or should I stick to Udumalai route?
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I am planning to go from Madurai to Coimbatore. Whats the best route? Should I stick to NH7 / NH209 all through OR should I take shortcuts via Sembatti to reach Puduchatram/Oddanchatiram? Is it worth the pain?

Secondly, Is Dharapuram/Palladam better or should I stick to Udumalai route?
NH7/NH209 is where my vote goes to. I think its better as compared to Dharapuram. Lesser towns to by-pass.
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I am planning to go from Madurai to Coimbatore. Whats the best route? Should I stick to NH7 / NH209 all through OR should I take shortcuts via Sembatti to reach Puduchatram/Oddanchatiram? Is it worth the pain?

Secondly, Is Dharapuram/Palladam better or should I stick to Udumalai route?
Expect lots of traffic between Palani & Coimbatore. But still better than the route via Dharapuram.
No need to go via Sembatti.
NH209 ends in Dindigul bypass on NH7, proceed to Madurai thereafter without entering Dindigul town.
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