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Old 11th February 2016, 07:59   #76
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Default Re: Muthupet Lagoon + Kodikkarai (Kodiakarai) + Vedaranyam

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I'm going to have an opportunity to drive back from Karaikudi to Thanjavur with a full day at my disposal. Planning to take a detour and head to Muthupet Lagoon , then to Kodikkarai ( mostly visiting Ramar Padam, Light house and WL sanctuary )
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http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...ml#post3506003 (Bangalore to Trichy : Route Queries)


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The roads between Nagapattinam- Nagore - Sikkal - Velankanni - vedranyam -Managala heritage Home, Tirupugalaur was nice surface, winding, not too heavily congested. The up and down trip of 140 Kms, about 5 1/2 hours including visiting shrines.

Had to drop Cape Calimere sanctuary, being out of season; Nov-Dec is advised for sighting deer and wild ass the main attraction; yes some birds as well. Also, it is very hot and sweaty these parts of Tamil Nadu.
Member @Waxeloquotent had been there. Quoting him to get his attention to this question. He has a good point, on if this is the right time to visit.

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1) Is this doable in a day ( Karaikkudi - Muthupet Lagoon - Kodiakkarai - Vedaranyam - Thanjavur ( no sightseeing in Thanjavur ) - doable in a day with us being able to get back to Thanjavur not too late ?
Distance wise its 50km to the sanctuary and another 100 to Tanjore from Sanctuary. Even if you complete Kodiakarai by 5, you should be able to make it to Tanjore easily by evening. (Route via Mannargudi).

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2) Good places to eat on the way ? Thiruthuraipoondi ? Vedaranyam ?
Possible places: Thiruthuraipoondi and Mannargudi. Vedaranyam I dont expect much to be available

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3) Karaikudi - Muthupet : Should I prefer the route via Pattukottai or the coastal road ?
Aranthangi-Pattukottai.

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3a) Kodiakkarai - Thanjavur : Presume via Thiruthuraipoondi + Mannargudi is the best ?
Yes.


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4) Timings of Muthupet Lagoon ?
5) Timings of Point Calimere WLS ? (I'm going to call them tomorrow )
No idea! Hope to get that from you after you are back!

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Old 11th February 2016, 11:46   #77
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Thank you.

Spoke to the Kodiakkarai Warden, and WLS open from 8 AM to 5 PM all days of the week.

What I infer from that is that one needs to be there atleast a couple of hours before as 5 PM may be closure time.

Can't find any sources to find out Muthupet Lagoon timings right now. Will post when I find out. Seems it's much bigger than Pichavaram.
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Just a brief update

Day 1 : Bangalore - Dindigul ( Lunch at Gowri KKrishna near Ponram Complex just off the service road ) - Pillayar Patti - Karaikkudi ( Stayed at Nachiappa Palace, a frugal place with acceptable rooms )

Day 2 : Karaikkudi - Kanadukathan - Thirumayam - Athangudi - Karaikkudi. Avoid Athangudi on a Sunday if your aim is to see how they make the Tiles : Sunday is a Holiday

Day 3 : Karaikkudi - Avudaiyar Koil - Meemisal - Adiramapattinam - Muthupet - Vedaranyam temple - Kodiakkarai - Velankanni - Thiruvarur - Thanjavur

> No good place to eat after Karaikkudi if you are taking the Aranthangi - Coast - Adiramapattinam road. Nothing on the ECR until Muthupet bypass. There is a Saravana Bhavan namesake exactly at theMuthupet bypass split. Good, small but clean place, with hygienic food and friendly staff.

> Couldn't do Muthupet Lagoon due to want of time

> Kodiakkarai is open 8 - 5 PM. Keep 2.5-3 hours for the entire visit inside the sanctuary to savour the journey, views and the beach.

> You can visit Ramar Paadam ( views of the area around are simply stunning from here ) and Agastyar temple between Vedaranyam and Kodiakkarai.

> No good place at Vedaranyam to eat ( there are some family run mess style eateries ). Your best bet is either Muthupet or Velankanni depending on which way you go. We had our food at Velankanni Saravana Bhavan ( again namesake only not the HSB ), this one was bigger though and nice place. Roads from Vedaranyam to Velankanni, the initial stretches are being worked on so plan for that. Visited the church and headed to Thiruvarur. Patchy roads from Nagapattinam bypass. Thiruvarur is a hard to navigate town ( atleast for a first timer ) and narrow roads and the 15 minute jam I caused by getting stuck on a narrow road was harrowing. If you are visiting the temple, just figure out the path even before you enter the town.

> Thiruvarur - Needamangalam - Thanjavur : patchy roads, but since we drove late in the night, it was fun on the curves.

Day 4 : Thanjavur - temple - more temples - Tiruchi - Upper Anicut - Salem ( Stay )

Day 5 : Salem - Bangalore and to office.
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My apologies for posting twice in quick succession, realized that I didn't upload all the photos in the previous.

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Just a brief update
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Wonderful update, excellent pictures there, thanks for sharing
Could you add captions especially for the temples and other structures ?
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Apologies, missed this totally. Adding captions in this post, I understand that it's going to be hard to correlate 2 posts, but still..

Post 1
1) Pillaiyar Patti temple and Tank
2) The Bangala dining table at Karaikkudi
3) Kanadukathan tank
4) Kanadukathan raja palace road
5) Kanadukathan raja palace
6) MRR house
7-8-9-10) CVRM House
11-12) Another random bungalow
13-14-15) Aranthangi - Avudaiyar Koil - Meemisal SH
16) Avudaiyar Koil -
17-18-19 ) Aranthangi - Avudaiyar Koil - Meemisal SH
20) Vedaranyam temple

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1) Kodiakkarai road from Vedaranyam
2) Bee eater
3-4-5-6-7) Ramar Paadam and views from Raamar paadam - Saltpans and Kodiakkarai sanctuary
8) Vailankanni church
9-10) Thanjavur temple
11-12 ) Cauvery river around Upper anicut
13) Thanjavur temple
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Apologies, missed this totally. Adding captions in this post, I understand that it's going to be hard to correlate 2 posts, but still..
Did you find time to visit Thirumayam divya desam enroute to Karaikudi. It is a must visit temple.
This temple is between Pudukottai and Karaikudi
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Did you find time to visit Thirumayam divya desam enroute to Karaikudi. It is a must visit temple.
This temple is between Pudukottai and Karaikudi
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You get a panoramic view of main god and all demi-gods in this temple, which is quite unique.

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Did you find time to visit Thirumayam divya desam enroute to Karaikudi. It is a must visit temple.
This temple is between Pudukottai and Karaikudi
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You get a panoramic view of main god and all demi-gods in this temple, which is quite unique.

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No gentlemen, didn't visit the temple (didn't know about it ). Didn't even visit the fort - we just drove down from Kanadukathan until Thirumayam as the road was super and turned back at Thirumayam.
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A weekend drive to Karaikudi is in the works. Never drove on this route before, so needed your inputs on the route and also pit stops. The plan is to leave Bangalore early in the morning (4ish) and try to arrive in Karaikudi by 12’noon. On the return trip, plan is to leave after lunch. From reading the thread it looks like this is a good option:
Bangalore-Hosur-Krishnagiri-Salem-Namakkal-Trichy-Pudokottai-Karaikudi.

Is this the best route? Also any gotchas in terms of where to exit from NH7, signage, traffic etc.

Any pointers to where we can stop for breakfast?

Appreciate your help.
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Bangalore-Hosur-Krishnagiri-Salem-Namakkal-Trichy-Pudokottai-Karaikudi.
Usuallly the better option is via Dindigul/Nattam.

Bangalore-Salem-Namakkal-Karur-Dindigul-Nattam-Karaikudi

Though this route is longer, only town to cross is Dindigul. In the other case you need to get through Namakkal and Trichy. Once past Namakkal you are fully on 2-lanes if you take the Trichy option.

So that way I would still lean towards Dindigul.
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Once past Namakkal you are fully on 2-lanes if you take the Trichy option.
Or take the tolled NH 67 (now NH 81) via Karur to Trichy, but then I think that option may be better if heading to Thanjavur/Kumbakonam and not Karaikudi ?
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In the other case you need to get through Namakkal and Trichy. Once past Namakkal you are fully on 2-lanes if you take the Trichy option.
Musiri route has been recently resurfaced. So the shorter Namakkal-Musiri route makes sense too. You cross only Namakkal here, you'll be on Trichy bypass all through and won't see the city at all. At number 1 tollgate, you need to take a left and in 1/2 km take right at the Trichy bypass. Follow the Trichy bypass, Thanjavur and Pudukottai/Karaikudi share the same exit. Google Maps shows the precise turns you have to take at Number 1 tollgate by default.

The turns from the service road are about a km or so apart.

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Or take the tolled NH 67 (now NH 81) via Karur to Trichy, but then I think that option may be better if heading to Thanjavur/Kumbakonam and not Karaikudi ?
Taking NH67 all through will land you near Chathiram Bus stand. Better option will be to take Karur-Kulithalai-Musiri-No. 1 Tollgate instead. Taking it all through makes sense only if you are terminating at Trichy.

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Usuallly the better option is via Dindigul/Nattam.

Bangalore-Salem-Namakkal-Karur-Dindigul-Nattam-Karaikudi
Thanks ampere. I will take the Dindigul route. Any pointers on how to cross Dindigul?

Also what would be a good breakfast stop given our early start?
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Musiri route has been recently resurfaced. So the shorter Namakkal-Musiri route makes sense too.
Was aware of the route and the Karaikudi bypass. So which one do you think is an easier route to take?

Also how about traffic Post Namakkal towards Trichy? How is it compared to Dindigul Nattam + Traffic in Dindigul? (Thuraiyur is good but wont advise as there too many twists and turns)


Distance wise both seem OK to me. But I was more leaning toward the 4-lane option. Because you do a max of 100-110 km on 2-lane as against Trichy where you do ~200.

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Thanks ampere. I will take the Dindigul route. Any pointers on how to cross Dindigul?
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Also what would be a good breakfast stop given our early start?
If you start by 4AM I would suggest breakfast at Salem. Saravana Bhavan is a decent place. But I am not sure if recent construction as caused any traffic diversions.

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