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Old 14th June 2016, 15:44   #31
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Thank you. 7 hours from Silk Board seems reasonable then.
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Thank you. 7 hours from Silk Board seems reasonable then.
Yes with breaks. Infact, with just one break you can easily do it in lesser time with your Duster. Roads are almost traffic free after Namakkal all the way till you cross Dindigul/Samayanallur.

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I need to head onwards to kutrallam from Bangalore. Do I go via madurai on the highway? How much longer? Do I stick to the same highway?
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I need to head onwards to kutrallam from Bangalore. Do I go via madurai on the highway? How much longer? Do I stick to the same highway?
Be on NH7 till Thirumangalam. Take the exit to Sriviliputtur. Its about 140km. Ravi should know more about the road conditions.
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@Red Liner, you can take a look at this thread for more details.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...ourtallam.html (Bangalore - Tenkasi/Courtallam)

The last we heard was the road conditions was not great but that was back in January. Due to TN election, i am guessing they would have relaid the roads or atleast patched it, so you can still go in NH208.

Not just that, since your destination is Kutralam, there is no benefit taking a detour via NH7 till Tirunelveli or even Sivakasi. So i suggest stick to NH208 itself as the driving time will be same. Let us know how the current road conditions are.

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I need to head onwards to kutrallam from Bangalore. Do I go via madurai on the highway? How much longer? Do I stick to the same highway?
Stick to NH208. No need to go via Madurai. NH7 neatly bypasses Madurai from Samayanallur to Kappalur.

Timing is critical, I wouldn't drive NH208 after sundown. Roads are good, its the traffic that sucked in the evening. I was doing an average of 30 kmph between Tenkasi and Srivilliputtur.

Detours won't add any value. I've driven Srivilliputtur-Sivakasi-Virudhunagar once, roads are good but has innumerable unmarked speed breakers (thanks to reckless Madurai-Sivakasi private buses).
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Ok folks, so it's nh7 upto thirumangalam. Then after the thiru toll, stick to the left and watch for the signboard that's the nh208 to courtallam. Hope I got this right.
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Ok, so here is the uodate:

The roads are patchy at best on NH 208. No unmarked speed breakers... No breakers at all. But you can't do over 70 in the day. And absolutely best avoided at night!
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Ok, so here is the uodate:

The roads are patchy at best on NH 208. No unmarked speed breakers... No breakers at all. But you can't do over 70 in the day. And absolutely best avoided at night!
Thanks for the update. As expected it was at least patched. The nature of this road is usually like that. Its best avoided in night. Also the trucks will normally drive in center of the road (to avoid their load hitting tree branches) leaving less space for opposite side vehicles or even the same side vehicles to overtake. Should be careful and honk a lot to overtake those trucks.

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