Go Back   Team-BHP > Buckle Up > Travelogues > Route / Travel Queries


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 28th March 2010, 01:32   #1
BHPian
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Chennai
Posts: 286
Thanked: 152 Times
Default Chennai to Alleppey

Hi,

I am excited to go for a long drive to alleppey for my friend's marriage.

I prefer to drive in the night, mostly starting around 9 or 10 pm, but not sure whether starting at night is good for such long drives. My plan is to drive all night and allow my friend to continue in the morning.

Can you guys help me with the route, road condition and to plan the time intervals to avoid traffic or peak hours in the cities on the way? if required, i prefer to halt anywhere in between since we have enough time to reach the destination.
klassics45 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th March 2010, 08:00   #2
Senior - BHPian
 
aargee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: KATN
Posts: 4,694
Thanked: 2,115 Times
Default

It takes only 12-14 hours of sane drive from Chennai to Allapuzha & IMHO, avoid the night drive. Start early in the morning, say 3 or 4 AM & you can be there before 5PM on a very sane driving & good breaks.

The route you can choose is Chennai-Krishnagiri-Salem-Coimbatore-Palakkad-Thrissur-Chalakkudi-Ernakulam-Allapuzha

Alternatively you can follow Chennai-Krishnagiri-Salem-Tiruppur-Pollachi-Chalakkudi-Ernakulam-Allapuzha

The first route I'm quite familiar & the roads until Coimbatore are breeze of 4 laned NH & you don't have to worry about the oncoming traffic; Coimbatore-Palakkad-Thrissur is ghat section & you may strongly avoid the night drive in this section.

Avoid the night drive if possible & if you cannot, try to drive to Salem, stay there at night & then take a early morning start towards Allapuzha.

Last edited by aargee : 28th March 2010 at 08:16.
aargee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th March 2010, 08:14   #3
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Chennai
Posts: 1,045
Thanked: 140 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by aargee View Post
Alternatively you can follow Chennai-Krishnagiri-Salem-Tiruppur-Pollachi-Chalakkudi-Ernakulam-Allazpuzha
Pollachi to Chalakkudi alone would take you about 5 hours in this route so not advisable in case your objective is to reach Alleppey from Chennai in reasonable time and with less stress. In case you want to drive in the night then this route is not advisable at all, narrow roads, elephant movements, no mobile signals for about 50 kms with little or no traffic opt for this only if you are insane.

In case you wish to take an alternate report what you could possibly do is go via Chennai - Trichy - Dindigul - Theni - Kumily - Kanjirapally - Changanasery - Alleppey. You will have to live with some high ranges driving between Kumily and Kanjirapalli.

Last edited by pypkmsrikanth : 28th March 2010 at 08:15.
pypkmsrikanth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th March 2010, 08:28   #4
Senior - BHPian
 
hvkumar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 7,369
Thanked: 3,354 Times
Default

The NH7-NH47 combo - first route suggested by aargee - is the best for a night drive. You can reach Salem in super-quick time (< 3 hours) and from there NH47 will be empty of miscellaneous traffic and people. TN-KL checkpost may have traffic jams, but rest of the route is fine.

In case you are looking for detailed route info, you can check out the following link:
SOUTH INDIA, Nov 2009 - hvkumar | Google Groups
hvkumar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th March 2010, 09:12   #5
BHPian
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Chennai
Posts: 286
Thanked: 152 Times
Default

Thanks guys,

since i am close to tambaram, i was thinking about taking NH45 and reach Dindigul for halt.

@pypkmsrikanth, is the road completed between trichy to dindigul?

@aargee, hvkumar, which route would be more scenic? this is a very leisure drive so i dont mind driving a longer route. Marriage is monday morning and i am planning to start on friday night or saturday morning. so there is going to be lot of breaks and cover some sightseeing.

Last edited by klassics45 : 28th March 2010 at 09:31.
klassics45 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th March 2010, 09:20   #6
Senior - BHPian
 
hvkumar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 7,369
Thanked: 3,354 Times
Default

Srikanth's suggestion for the Theni route is the most scenic, but it will be a long day.
Trichy-Dindigul widening work is still going on.
Rest of the roads are good, except for a small ghat section just before Kumili.
From Kumili onwards, the road is downhill ghats through tea estates, rubber plantations and rich greenery.
hvkumar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th March 2010, 11:55   #7
Team-BHP Support
 
ampere's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 15,604
Thanked: 8,594 Times
Default

NH7-NH47 is the best. Go till Salem, take a halt and start early to beat the traffic. Much better and safer option. If you are driving at night, take care of Thoppur ghats. There are many speed breakers. You may/may not spot them in the night.
ampere is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th March 2010, 14:58   #8
BHPian
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 887
Thanked: 281 Times
Default

Last week I travelled between Palani to Chennai.After Oddanchatram I took the Vedasandur- Vadamadurai-Trichy without touching Dindigul.The roads are good.From Vadamadurai-Trichy one portion of the highway is complete only in patches the road is average.Manaparai bypass is also complete.
gajadonga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29th March 2010, 00:08   #9
BHPian
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Chennai
Posts: 286
Thanked: 152 Times
Default

if i go to salem through NH45, do i have to turn in NH68 at ulundurpet or SH10 a veppur? is NH68 widening work completed?
klassics45 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29th March 2010, 08:13   #10
Senior - BHPian
 
aargee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: KATN
Posts: 4,694
Thanked: 2,115 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by klassics45 View Post
if i go to salem through NH45, do i have to turn in NH68 at ulundurpet or SH10 a veppur? is NH68 widening work completed?
Ulundurpet & Veppur??? But that's the opposite direction of Allapuzha isn't it? I thought you were heading to Allapuzha from Salem or did I miss something? Or did you mean Udumalaipet?

Quote:
Originally Posted by ampere View Post
NH7-NH47 is the best. Go till Salem, take a halt and start early to beat the traffic. Much better and safer option. If you are driving at night, take care of Thoppur ghats. There are many speed breakers. You may/may not spot them in the night.
And Ampere, Thoppur is again like going towards north instead of west isn't it? So from Thoppur which way to head towards Allapuzha?

Last edited by aargee : 29th March 2010 at 08:17.
aargee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29th March 2010, 09:04   #11
Senior - BHPian
 
hvkumar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 7,369
Thanked: 3,354 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by aargee View Post
Ulundurpet & Veppur??? But that's the opposite direction of Allapuzha isn't it? I thought you were heading to Allapuzha from Salem or did I miss something? Or did you mean Udumalaipet?


And Ampere, Thoppur is again like going towards north instead of west isn't it? So from Thoppur which way to head towards Allapuzha?
klassics45 is based in Madras, going via Ulundurpet/Veppur on NH45 is the shortest route to Salem/Dindigul.

If he comes via Krishnagiri, Thoppur is on his way to Allapuzha/Alleppy, it is south of Krishnagiri. The NH7 goes south till Salem/Dindigul and turns west from there onwards.
hvkumar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29th March 2010, 09:26   #12
Senior - BHPian
 
aargee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: KATN
Posts: 4,694
Thanked: 2,115 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by hvkumar View Post
If he comes via Krishnagiri, Thoppur is on his way to Allapuzha/Alleppy, it is south of Krishnagiri. The NH7 goes south till Salem/Dindigul and turns west from there onwards.
Thanks Sir, I got the picture of Thoppur now, Ampere made a perfect route.

Quote:
Originally Posted by hvkumar View Post
klassics45 is based in Madras, going via Ulundurpet/Veppur on NH45 is the shortest route to Salem/Dindigul
However, I still don't get the Ulundurpet/Veppur. Here's what Google map showed me. Pls let me know where I've been making the mistake. Thanks.
Chennai to Alleppey-m1.jpg

Last edited by aargee : 29th March 2010 at 09:29.
aargee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29th March 2010, 09:39   #13
Senior - BHPian
 
hvkumar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 7,369
Thanked: 3,354 Times
Default

He has a choice of turning off NH45 at either Ulundurpet or Veppur and proceed to Salem. From Sale, he can take NH47 all the way to Alapuzha.

Alternatively, he goes on the NH4-NH46 route to Krishnagiri, then comes via Toppur to Salem to get onto NH47.
hvkumar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29th March 2010, 09:46   #14
Senior - BHPian
 
aargee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: KATN
Posts: 4,694
Thanked: 2,115 Times
Default

Got you Sir. Thanks.
I guess Krishnagiri-Salem is good for first timers & night drives due to the good highway all way upto TN border.
aargee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29th March 2010, 09:46   #15
Team-BHP Support
 
ampere's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 15,604
Thanked: 8,594 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by klassics45 View Post
if i go to salem through NH45, do i have to turn in NH68 at ulundurpet or SH10 a veppur? is NH68 widening work completed?
If ultimately you are planning to go via Salem, you might as well take that extra pain to hit NH4/NH46 from Tambaram. Because its much better an option.

Last edited by ampere : 29th March 2010 at 09:56.
ampere is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bangalore to Alleppey - Best Route and places Driver_Bee Route / Travel Queries 34 27th October 2016 09:53
Quick meet in Alleppey / Alappuzha trrk The Team-BHP Meet Section 79 12th August 2010 21:16
Chennai to Alleppey in my new Scorp! klassics45 Travelogues 18 26th May 2010 14:32
Opinion on restaurant in Alleppey johnda Shifting gears 8 27th October 2008 22:40
Bangalore - alleppey route info required Lukeskywalker Route / Travel Queries 6 27th October 2006 20:16


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 14:27.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks