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Old 19th April 2014, 01:30   #46
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Looks like its worth taking SH75. It lets you bypass Tuticorin completely.
Checked that route on GM. Also shown is a cluster of coastal roads, including one that goes past Kundankulam. I suppose most of these would be narrow tracks with poor surface quality. Have seen quite a few of them while travelling between Kanyakumari & Trivandrum(by taxi) a few times. Might as well enquire with the local tourist taxi operators before leaving for Rameshwaram.

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Checked that route on GM. Also shown is a cluster of coastal roads, including one that goes past Kundankulam.
The road via Kundankulam is the same ECR. But in that region (KK-Tuticorin), I hear its not all that great. Hence the option to drive via Tirunelveli.
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The road via Kundankulam is the same ECR. But in that region (KK-Tuticorin), I hear its not all that great. Hence the option to drive via Tirunelveli.
Tata motors claim the Safari to be an off-roader, so its tempting to try a little trade-off between distance and comfort.
Did the Trissur - Coimbatore stretch last May, returning from Munnar via Ooty & Mysore. It was like a swept mine field.
Hope ecr between K'kumari & T'corin is better.

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Tata motors claim the Safari to be an off-roader, so its tempting to try a little trade-off between distance and comfort.
Did the Trissur - Coimbatore stretch last May, returning from Munnar via Ooty & Mysore. It was like a swept mine field.
Hope ecr between K'kumari & T'corin is better.

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Quite a miserable road - not only rough, but also narrow, very twisty & has lots of rumbler strips. Whichever car it is, I would hate to drive Tuticorin-Tiruchendur-Ovari-KK
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Quite a miserable road - not only rough, but also narrow, very twisty & has lots of rumbler strips. Whichever car it is, I would hate to drive Tuticorin-Tiruchendur-Ovari-KK
@HVKumar, it is a privilege to receive your comments. (I remember we have a mutual friend - U Mohandas.)
I did suspect that these were awful roads, but one always hopes for improvements. Thanks for your advice.

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I did suspect that these were awful roads, but one always hopes for improvements. Thanks for your advice.
I think it may be worth trying the SH via Ottapidaram. If you don't want to take any risk on that front, then, take the regular NH7A.

KK-Tirunelveli-Tuticorin bypass - Sayalgudi - Ramnad - Rameshwaram.
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I think it may be worth trying the SH via Ottapidaram. If you don't want to take any risk on that front, then, take the regular NH7A.

KK-Tirunelveli-Tuticorin bypass - Sayalgudi - Ramnad - Rameshwaram.
I was anyway thinking of opting for SH 75. It seems more direct and bypasses Tuticorin.

Also as seen on GM, it joins with ECR after Kulathoor. On the Tirunelveli end, the exit to SH 75 seems only about 3 - 4 kms beyond the NH 7A exit (on NH 7).

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One of the friend will be traveling to Pondi from Coimbatore this weekend. Wanted to check the best possible route.

Google shows below best possible route:
https://goo.gl/maps/L3sB7

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One of the friend will be traveling to Pondi from Coimbatore this weekend. Wanted to check the best possible route.
Just follow the 4-lane end to end and thats it. Coimbattore-Salem-Ulundurpet-Tindivanam-Pondicherry.

Google would say get off GST (NH45) at Villupuram and take the road to Pondicherry. Instead if you go ahead all the way till Tindivanam bypass and take the NH66, you get 4-lane all the way. Its about 40km more, which he should munch in no time.

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Just follow the 4-lane end to end thats it. Coimbattore-Salem-Ulundurpet-Tindivanam-Pondicherry.

Google would say get off GST (NH45) at Villupuram and take the road to Pondicherry. Instead if you go ahead the way till Tindivanam bypass and take the NH66, you get 4-lane all the way. Its about 40km more, which he should munch in no time.
Sure. I will pass it on.
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