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Old 19th April 2010, 11:42   #31
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As suggested in previous threads, it seems Kumili-Theni route is better for you.

I suggest you to start little early and reach Velankanni in the evening. IMO, you may keep at least 10 hrs for this trip with family.

Also I suggest you to go to church in the evening/night as its very hot even at 8.30-9am.
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Old 19th April 2010, 15:05   #32
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Thanks for the information. We will be reaching Bharananganam from Angamaly. So if we leave at 5:00AM, we may reach at about 8:00AM. Then maybe 2 hrs at Bharananganam and breakfast - may be able to leave by 11:00AM. I think it is better to halt for the night at Thanjavur. Hotel Gnanam is good. I have stayed there a few times. Meanwhile thanks once again.
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I think it is better to halt for the night at Thanjavur. Hotel Gnanam is good. I have stayed there a few times. Meanwhile thanks once again.
You could also try to take the NH from Madurai all the way to Trichy and then onto Thanjavur. It is 4 laned all the way and would be time saving and tension free to the Pudukottai route.

I did it last week (Tirunelveli to Thanjavur) and used the NH all the way. Previously I used to take the SH via Pudukkottai, though the roads are decent, the NH now beats it.
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I did it last week (Tirunelveli to Thanjavur) and used the NH all the way. Previously I used to take the SH via Pudukkottai, though the roads are decent, the NH now beats it.
How was the Trichy bypass? And how bad is the widening work between Trichy-Thanjavur?
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That means from Madurai - take NH45B via Melur - Viralimalai - Trichy bypass ? And as hvkumar sir asked - is the Trichy by pass done....
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I am planning for a Velankanni visit in the next month. Can someone please update the best road option from Muvattupuzha to Velankanni? We are travelling with baby and will need enough breaks to refresh. Also, I want to drive only in the day time, so assuming it is going to take 11-12 hours, Shall we start in the morning? Also, Now the Google Maps suggests (goo.gl/SwMlkz) to take Muvattupuzha-Kothamangalam-Thalakode-Rajakumari-Pooppara-Bodi-Theni-Dindigul-Trichy-Thanjavoor-Velankanni route which is shown as 480kms or so. Can someone update the condition of the road through Kothamangalam-Rajakkad-Pooppara-Bodi-Theni? From what I recall, this is a narrow deserted stretch? Also, suggest any better routes even if lengthy and can be used to reach faster.
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Also, Now the Google Maps suggests (goo.gl/SwMlkz) to take Muvattupuzha-Kothamangalam-Thalakode-Rajakumari-Pooppara-Bodi-Theni-Dindigul-Trichy-Thanjavoor-Velankanni route which is shown as 480kms or so.
This is a best option as per me too.

- Wide 2-lane from Theni to Dindigul
- 4-lane Dindigul - Trichy - Tanjore
- 2-Lane roads there on.
- Tanjore - Velankanni is : Tanjore - Mannagudi - Thiruthiraipoondi-Velankanni. Dont got via Nedamangalam.

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Can someone update the condition of the road through Kothamangalam-Rajakkad-Pooppara-Bodi-Theni? From what I recall, this is a narrow deserted stretch?
Dont know about this section as of how is it today.
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Can someone update the condition of the road through Kothamangalam-Rajakkad-Pooppara-Bodi-Theni?
I did this route on my way back from Kodai. The only bad stretch is between Adimali and Kallarkutty (8kms). From Kallarkutty till Pooppara it is rough surface but no issues. From Pooppara it is a bliss to drive. From Pooppara to Bodimettu the road is a bit narrow, so be careful of moronic local jeep drivers and bikers.

Alternatively you can go via Munnar, a bit longer but good roads all the way. Also if it is a weekend or holiday, expect heavy rush at Munnar.
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I did this route on my way back from Kodai. The only bad stretch is between Adimali and Kallarkutty (8kms). From Kallarkutty till Pooppara it is rough surface but no issues.
There's another route to get to Rajakkad from Adimali without going through Kallarkutty. You need to go about 5-6 kms towards Munnar and take a right turn towards Anachal/Kunchithanni (Route marked as "Munnar bypass" on Google Maps). Last time I travelled via Rajakkad (which was a couple of years ago), some locals in Adimali suggested that I take this route instead of the one via Kallarkutty-Vellathooval because the Kallarkutty road was bad. The roads were quite OK on that route except that there are some real steep stretches in some places and some bus traffic (But the bus drivers in these regions are generally very courteous and will even back off some distance to find a way for you to pass if the stretch is narrow - I guess they realize that it is in their interest also or else traffic can come to a standstill !)
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