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Old 19th April 2017, 19:07   #61
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I did Bangalore - Kodai last Saturday. Started at 5:30 am. Had the breakfast at Sai Annapoorna Veg, after Selam by around 9:00 am. This comes (on the left side) around 21 kms after the Omalur Toll Plaza. Great food and restrooms. You may be passing this hotel early morning and I am not sure when it opens in the morning. But there are no good restaurants beyond this till Dindigul, unless you enter into Karur or Namakkal towns.

Maps location of Sai Annapoorna Veg:
https://goo.gl/maps/X3dJ9PtrFAR2
Very useful information. Thank you bejoy.
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Between Karur and Dindigul, Valluvar is a good option.

It comes on the right side when driving south, I don't think they are listed on Google map. But location is around here.

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Between Karur and Dindigul, Valluvar is a good option.
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I will be doing this route coming weekend.

Day 1: Bangalore -> Madurai (via Salem-Namakkal-Karur-Dindigul)
Day 2: Madurai -> Rameshwaram (Via Paramkudi - Ramanathapuram - Rameshwaram)
Day 3: Rameshwaram -> Dhanushkodi -> Kanyakumari (Via Ramanathpur - Kilakarai - Sayagudi - Thoothukudi* - Tirunelveli - Kanyakumari)
Day 4: Stay in Kanyakumari
Day 5: Kanyakumari -> Madurai (Via Tirunelveli - Kovilpatti)
Day 6: Madurai - Bangalore (Same as on Day 1)

Are these the best routes to take (Google Map Link)?

I am aiming to start from Whitefield at 4:30AM on Saturday. Is it early enough?

Day 3 has me in a doubt. Would it be too hectic? Can Dhanushkodi be done along with Temple visit in the morning? My thinking being that it will then leave me with a leisured drive to Kanyakumari the next day?

All suggestions welcome.

PS: Stay in all the stop overs have been already booked, however, I do not have those details yet (task assigned to the ladies of the house).

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I am aiming to start from Whitefield at 4:30AM on Saturday. Is it early enough?
Your Day 1 is just Bangalore-Madurai, so this should be fine. About 6 hours is a comfortable journey time for Bangalore-Madurai. Temple closes around noon, so you can head straight to the temple for a visit.

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Day 3 has me in a doubt. Would it be too hectic? Can Dhanushkodi be done along with Temple visit in the morning? My thinking being that it will then leave me with a leisured drive to Kanyakumari the next day?
If you reach Rameswaram on Day 2 afternoon, you can visit the local temples/tourist spots with a 4pm start from your hotel and visit the Ramanathan temple to complete Day 2.

On Day 3, do an early morning drive to Dhanushkodi and then drive to Kanyakumari (from Dhanushkodi you will have to drive to Kanyakumari via Rameswaram).
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Your Day 1 is just Bangalore-Madurai, so this should be fine. About 6 hours is a comfortable journey time for Bangalore-Madurai. Temple closes around noon, so you can head straight to the temple for a visit.


If you reach Rameswaram on Day 2 afternoon, you can visit the local temples/tourist spots with a 4pm start from your hotel and visit the Ramanathan temple to complete Day 2.

On Day 3, do an early morning drive to Dhanushkodi and then drive to Kanyakumari (from Dhanushkodi you will have to drive to Kanyakumari via Rameswaram).
Excellent. Thank you. I will update the plan with this.

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...There is a 2Km diversion in Salem for flyover construction work, so better to time your drive well and avoid driving thru Salem between 8:30-11am...
Does anyone know if this flyover construction is finished?
Hope it is done by now. I'm visiting Srivilliputtur this weekend and will be taking this route.
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Excellent. Thank you. I will update the plan with this.
The new Dhanushkodi road extension is complete and was inaugurated by the Prime Minister last month, should be fun to drive up to the end of this road now, have a good trip

See this thread for more details - here

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Does anyone know if this flyover construction is finished?
Hope it is done by now. I'm visiting Srivilliputtur this weekend and will be taking this route.
It is not complete, it is about a 2Km distance and can be navigated easily during non-peak hours, peak hours usually being 8am-11am and 4pm-8pm. During weekends and holidays this could be different.
I would suggest crossing Salem by 8am.

However, I'm a bit confused seeing your location as Chennai
If you're driving Chennai-Srivilliputhur via Salem, you will not even see this construction!
Also, you have alternate routes like going via Trichy also without even touching Salem.

This flyover construction will be enroute only when going from Bangalore to Perundurai (NH 47/544) or Bangalore to Namakkal (NH7/44) sides via Salem.

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However, I'm a bit confused seeing your location as Chennai

Oh, I'm unable to find where to change location in the app. Every time I login via browser I keep forgetting to edit it!

I'm currently residing in Bangalore!

PS: Thanks for the info. If I have to cross Salem by 8, then I should leave really early from here, no? I'm not sure how far I'll be successful in that! Particularly because I'm traveling with a 3yo.

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The new Dhanushkodi road extension is complete and was inaugurated by the Prime Minister last month, should be fun to drive up to the end of this road now, have a good trip

See this thread for more details - here
Yes, the road was completed long back I suppose. I was there in June and they were not allowing any vehicle to go beyond a point. Had to take a rickety 4x4 Mahindra van to the ruins, which went along the sea. We did walk on the road a bit. Hope to do it again and drive on that beautiful road.

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