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Old 30th December 2011, 16:44   #31
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Ampere, thanks for all your suggestions. We have had a wonderful trip from Chennai to Tuticorin covering Melmaruvathur, Srirangam, Thanjavur, Rameswaram, Devipattanam and couple more temples around Ramnad. Should owe this wonderful journey to you.
Nice to hear that Gopi.
Did you visit Steukarai and the Darbasayanam temples near Ramnad?
I really liked those two places.

Also did you find any new hotels between Adhirampatinam and Ramnad on the ECR?
If yes that would very good info.
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Ampere, thanks for all your suggestions. We have had a wonderful trip from Chennai to Tuticorin covering Melmaruvathur, Srirangam, Thanjavur, Rameswaram, Devipattanam and couple more temples around Ramnad. Should owe this wonderful journey to you.




narayans80, thanks for this wonderful suiggestion as well. The road has been excellent all the way from Thanjavur to Adhirampatinam and then the ECR. Stress free driving.

You were also bang on target. We got out of the US embassy by 11.00AM
I too am planning a car trip from Chennai to Rameshwaram and back next month.

What exact route did you follow on you trip? Can you send a Google Map screenshot?

Thanks.
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What exact route did you follow on you trip? Can you send a Google Map screenshot?
I think he took the following:

Chennai-Trichy-Tanjore-Adirampattinam-Thondi-Ramnad-Rameshwaram.

(Tanjore because he wanted to visit Tanjore).
If you dont plan, you can continue directly from the Trichy-Tanjore highway (without entering Tanjore).

Here is the route : link
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I think he took the following:

Chennai-Trichy-Tanjore-Adirampattinam-Thondi-Ramnad-Rameshwaram.

(Tanjore because he wanted to visit Tanjore).
If you dont plan, you can continue directly from the Trichy-Tanjore highway (without entering Tanjore).

Here is the route : link
Thanks.

P.S - Back by same route?
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Thanks.

P.S - Back by same route?
Either the same route, or if you want to visit Madurai on the way,
you can take that option as well.
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I think he took the following:

Chennai-Trichy-Tanjore-Adirampattinam-Thondi-Ramnad-Rameshwaram.

(Tanjore because he wanted to visit Tanjore).
If you dont plan, you can continue directly from the Trichy-Tanjore highway (without entering Tanjore).

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I too am planning a car trip from Chennai to Rameshwaram and back next month.

What exact route did you follow on you trip? Can you send a Google Map screenshot?

Thanks.
Hi skdking, I saw that ampere has already sent you the link.

Ampere, if he is driving directly from Chennai to Rameswaram, is it not better to drive through either Madurai or the Melur->Sivaganga->Manamadurai route? I took the deviation to Thanjavur just to cover the Big temple.
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Ampere, if he is driving directly from Chennai to Rameswaram, is it not better to drive through either Madurai or the Melur->Sivaganga->Manamadurai route? I took the deviation to Thanjavur just to cover the Big temple.

Gopi,

I was thinking about the same. But when I checked in Google, distance is actually lower.
And if the roads conditions are as you say, this still may be a better option compared to Melur-Manamadurai route.
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If it's a direct drive to Rameswaram, i suggest you do via Trichy - Melur - Sivagangai - Ilayangudi - Paramakudi - Rameswaram. Sivagangai - Manamadurai is very bad compared to Sivagangai - Paramakudi. Last time it took me just 6 hours to reach Chennai from Ramanathapuram through the route i have suggested.
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If it's a direct drive to Rameswaram, i suggest you do via Trichy - Melur - Sivagangai - Ilayangudi - Paramakudi - Rameswaram.
How does this compare with distance and road conditions as opposed to going via Madurai bypass ? How is the Karaikudi route these days ?
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How does this compare with distance and road conditions as opposed to going via Madurai bypass ? How is the Karaikudi route these days ?
Going via Madurai is a longer route and will take additional 1 hour to reach Paramakudi. You can check the distance in Google Maps. About the Karaikudi route, it's shorter but Trichy - Pudukottai road is in very bad shape and will take additional 30 minutes to reach Ramanathapuram.
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Going via Madurai is a longer route and will take additional 1 hour to reach Paramakudi. You can check the distance in Google Maps. About the Karaikudi route, it's shorter but Trichy - Pudukottai road is in very bad shape and will take additional 30 minutes to reach Ramanathapuram.
Thats why I was referring if ECR via Thondi is good, it may be worth it.
When I checked with Google, the distance are almost the same. (Though I agree that one gets 4L till Melur on one of the options)

- Via ECR

- Via Melur/Manamadurai
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Thats why I was referring if ECR via Thondi is good, it may be worth it.
When I checked with Google, the distance are almost the same. (Though I agree that one gets 4L till Melur on one of the options)

- Via ECR

- Via Melur/Manamadurai
The road I was suggesting is through Ilayangudi and not via Manamadurai (Chennai - Melur - Ilayangudi - Paramakudi - Rameswaram).

About the other road through Thanjavur, I have done via Thanjavur and Adiramapattinam (Pattukottai - Sethubhavachatram road is bad). And i'm also not sure about Vallam - Nattam road. So preferred road is Chennai - Trichy Bypass - Thanjavur Bypass- Adiramapattinam - Rameswaram.

Melur - Paramakudi Route.
Total distance - 590 Kms
Not so good roads - 70 Kms.

Trichy - Thanjavur - Adiramattinam Route.
Total distance - 622 Kms.
Not so good roads - 60 kms.

Driving distance is increased by 32 kms but the actual travel time will be increased by nearly an hour due to Trichy - Thanjavur traffic and crossing pattukottai.

But if you wish to take it through Trichy Bypass - Vallam - Nattam - Pattukottai - Sethubhavachatram, the distance is 600 kms and is just 10 Kms more than Ilayangudi route. Now it's your personal choice .

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@Harsh,

Thanks. That is helpful. But I was not driving. @skdking was asking for the route!
However I have few questions and clarifications.

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The road I was suggesting is through Ilayangudi and not via Manamadurai (Chennai - Melur - Ilayangudi - Paramakudi - Rameswaram).
- Do you mean to say its better to take Sivaganga-Ilayangudi-Peramagudi instead of going to Manamadurai.

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About the other road through Thanjavur, I have done via Thanjavur and Adiramapattinam
(Pattukottai - Sethubhavachatram road is bad). And i'm also not sure about Vallam - Nattam road.
So preferred road is Chennai - Trichy Bypass - Thanjavur Bypass- Adiramapattinam - Rameswaram.
- Secondly how do you do Trichy - Adiramattinam? I thought it has to go via Vallam.
Do you mean to say one should drive to Tanjore by-pass and then take the Tanjore-Nattam road
instead of directly driving from Vallam to Nattam?
- Traffic on Trichy-Tanjore is that high that a 4L cant withstand? I thought about 40
minutes should be more than sufficient to arrive at the by-pass. Do let me know since I am not aware of the recent status.

- Good to know about the road status from Pattukotai to Sethubhavachatram.
That seems to be the logical route if one does not know about the road conditions.

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@Harsh,

Thanks. That is helpful. But I was not driving. @skdking was asking for the route!
However I have few questions and clarifications.



- Do you mean to say its better to take Sivaganga-Ilayangudi-Peramagudi instead of going to Manamadurai.



- Secondly how do you do Trichy - Adiramattinam? I thought it has to go via Vallam.
Do you mean to say one should drive to Tanjore by-pass and then take the Tanjore-Nattam road
instead of directly driving from Vallam to Nattam?
- Traffic on Trichy-Tanjore is that high that a 4L cant withstand? I thought about 40
minutes should be more than sufficient to arrive at the by-pass. Do let me know since I am not aware of the recent status.

- Good to know about the road status from Pattukotai to Sethubhavachatram.
That seems to be the logical route if one does not know about the road conditions.
I have now made a tentative itinerary: -

20 Mar (Tu) - Che to Trichy (330 Km)
Night at Trichy.

21 Mar (We) - Trichy to Rameshwaram (279 Km)
Night at Rameshwaram.

21 Mar (Th) - Rameshwaram to Munnar (317 Km)
Night at Munnar.

22 Mar (Fr) - Munnar sightseeing
Night at Munnar.

23 Mar (Sa) - Munnar to Madurai (153 Km)
Night at Madurai.

24 Mar (Su) - Madurai to Chennai (462 Km)

My key planning parameters are: -

Stick to 4 Lane roads to the maximum extent.
Try to finish driving before sunset, especially in new places.
Stick to speeds of 80 - 90 kmph to keep the better half happy. Max 500 kms per day, on good roads that is.

Any suggestions are most welcome please.

Can I also request for hotel suggestions.

Trichy, Rameshwaram, Madurai - Around Rs 2000 per night. With parking space for my Civic. Near the temple complex if possible, but not an overriding condition.

Munnar - A hotel with space, around Rs 2500 per night, 4-5 kms within city, should have large enough room for our family of 2 + 2.

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Any suggestions are most welcome please.
Sounds like a pefect plan. Sticking to 4L as much as possible is a good idea.
Hence Trichy-Rameshwaram can be via Melur as @Harsh mentioned.

At Trichy at a higher cost I would recommend Royal Southern.
Very nice place. Even I think Sangam is good.
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