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Old 9th August 2016, 22:14   #271
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Okay,will take the Bhavani - Satyamangalam route. Any idea on the food options beyond Bhavani? I have noted Nijaguna in Chamrajnagar and Gundlupet and also CCD in Gundlupet.
-At Salem once you get onto the NH47 in about 2-3km there is A2B inside KPN Plaza, campus has a Bharat Petroleum pump also.
-About 20km later there is Sree Saravana Bhavan at Vaigundam NHAI amenity complex.
-At Sathyamangal there is hotel Rama Vilas opposite the police station.
-At Gundlupet next to Nijaguna there is De Shell Restaurant in the hotel Misty Rock campus. Both these are almost opposite the CCD.
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Old 15th August 2016, 20:38   #272
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Just completed my Chennai - Wayanad - Chennai drive. Here is a quick summary for the benefit of those who might want to drive down this route in the near future. I prefer sticking to manageable speeds and avoid unnecessary overtaking as much as I can, so my travel times are probably much slower that average.

Left Chennai (Egattur on OMR) at 6.10 pm on 11th August. Took the route via Kelembakkam>Vandalur>Sriperumbudur to reach NH 48/ Chennai - Bangalore highway. It wasn't a pleasant drive at all, narrow roads from Karasangal to Sriperumbudur were narrow and at some stretches the head light glare was terrible. This stretch is best covered during the day. I thought the roads were very bumpy & patchy even on the highway until I reached Vellore. I arrived at my hotel in Electronics city only at about 1.15 am. Taking away the 45-minute break for dinner at Ambur, the total drive time was about 6.15 hours+. Last time I traveled to Bangalore, I took only about 4.5/ 5 hours to reach Electronics city, I am guessing it was the traffic congestion before entering NH 48 & the long queues in the toll gates that added the extra hour of driving.

Since I was traveling with my family, the plan was to spend the night in Sahar Pavilion, Electronics city. This hotel is a 3 km diversion from the Nice road entrance on Hosur road. The stay at Sahar Pavillion was disappointing, to say the least, details of which appear on my review in TripAdvisor. I wanted to get at least a 6-hour sleep and I didn't have a time pressure, so I took it a little easy in the morning. I left Electronics city only at about 8.30 am. I missed the service lane entrance to Nice road and ended up spending an hour extra just to take the U-turn in Hosur road, to enter Nice road. The traffic congestion on NH275/ Bangalore -Msysore road was terrible - guess the long weekend effect. There was also a huge traffic pile up just before wonder-la park - thanks to a truck breakdown. These two factors added at least a 1.45 hours to the drive.

I was supposed to take the route via Hunsur to Manathavady, but between a patchy 3G connection and my wife's navigation (oops, I hope she doesn't read this review ), I ended up taking the route via Kabini. While I've been to Orange county in Kabini before, I've never driven beyond that area and I didn't expect the place to be so beautiful. So no complaints. Pictures couldn't do justice to what the eyes saw.

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After a couple of short breaks, I reached Banasura Hill Resort around 3.30 pm. There was a constant drizzle once I entered the Wayanad district. The road from the main road to Banasura Hill resort is very steep and in bad condition but you can't expect something else when you want to stay in a jungle villa. It surely adds to the experience. A couple pictures of the log hut we stayed in the property.

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So a total driving time of about 13 hours put together and the distance was about 650km. I also made a mistake and took a wrong turn near Kabini which added about 10kms extra. Watch out for the road that takes you to Orange County instead of Manathavady. The distance between Mysore & Wayanad is best covered during daylight. 80% of the roads were ok but there are a lot of killer bumps along the stretch.

On my way back, I wanted to avoid the Bangalore - Mysore route at any cost. I canceled my booking at Sahar Pavillion and booked myself in CJ Pallazio in Salem. The 2k difference in the room tariff was also a motivation to take this route. I left Banasura Hill resort at 1.30 pm on 14th August via Sulthan Bathery > Gudlupete>Terakanambi> Chamraja nagar>Sathyamangalam>Bhavani>Salem. The drive was certainly better the onward route via Kabini, the road quality was much better & the number of killer speed breakers were lesser. The stretch from Banasura to Sulthan Bathery was equally charming as the stretch near Kabini. The orchids on both sides of the road as you get closer to Gundlupete is a treat to watch.

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The distance between Terakanambi has some bad patches where the road is nothing but gravel & mud. There is some road work happening and hopefully, they will complete it soon. The roads get better after Chamarajnagar right turn towards Sathyamangalam. The road gets better with every km towards Sathyamangalam. Driving through Punajanur>Hasanur>Dhimbam>Sathyamangalam is always a treat. I remember taking this route when I drove down to Bandipur from Chennai. It's best done during daylight. We even managed to catch the sun setting as we drove down from Dhimbam.

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I was keen to cover the ghats section before sunset so didn't have the luxury to stop by and capture the sunset in Dhimbam. It was about 6.30 pm by the time we crossed Sathyamangalam, and the distance up to Bhavani was unforgiving to the eyes. The road passes through many villages and the head light glare makes you go nuts. With so many pedestrians and bikes on the dark roads with no reflectors, you got to take the foot off the pedal. Once you cross Bhavani, you hit NH 544 and it's a smooth ride until Salem. CJ Pallazio was a 4km diversion from the road to Chennai but the place was a treat. We reached Salem at 8.40 with just one short break in between. Total drive time from Banasura hill resort to CJ Pallazio in Salem was about 6.5 hours and was much smoother than the Electronics city - Banasura drive.

We left Salem at about 9.45 am. Took at 45-minute break near after Villupuram at an A2B outleft. I took the usual Chengulpet - Thiruporur - OMR route to reach home at Egattur by around 3.00 pm. This is a stretch I wouldn't take in the night as well. The segment drive time was about 4.5 / 4.45 hours. Total drive time was about 11.5 hours / 12 hours. Total distance was about 650 Kms again.

In summary, the next time I drive from Chennai to the Kabini/Wayanad belt I will stick to the route via Salem for 4 reasons :

1. The average quality of roads and percentage of distance in smooth 4 lane roads are much higher.
2. The drive between Sathyamangalam & Chamraja Nagar is very scenic
3. The traffic congestion seemed a lot lesser than the Bangalore -Mysore section.
4. Marginal increase in distance is set off by a better driving experience and lesser drive time.

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a) All pictures were shot by my wife while I had both my hands on the wheel.
b) It is not a perfect comparison given that my return journey had 50% more day time driving than the onward drive
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Left Chennai (Egattur on OMR) at 6.10 pm on 11th August. Took the route via Kelembakkam>Vandalur>Sriperumbudur to reach NH 48/ Chennai - Bangalore highway. It wasn't a pleasant drive at all, narrow roads from Karasangal to Sriperumbudur were narrow and at some stretches the head light glare was terrible.
Do you mean the Mudichur-Manimangalam-Sriperumbudur route? This is the quickest and shortest way to reach Chennai-Bangalore highway if you stay south of Sholingnallur.

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Bangalore -Msysore road was terrible - guess the long weekend effect. There was also a huge traffic pile up just before wonder-la park - thanks to a truck breakdown. These two factors added at least a 1.45 hours to the drive.
Kanakapura route is supposed to be less congested than the traditional Bangalore-Mysore highway.


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I was supposed to take the route via Hunsur to Manathavady, but between a patchy 3G connection and my wife's navigation (oops, I hope she doesn't read this review ), I ended up taking the route via Kabini.
I suggest that you also have an offline map such as 'Here WeGo'.Will help in situations such as the above. GMap, with 2G/3G connection, along with 'Here WeGo' should help in majority of the scenarios.
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I too travelled to Waynad last weekend along with my friend's family. Started from Tambaram by 1AM, 13th and reached the Coffee county resorts by 7PM next day. 18hrs of journey with lot of breaks since we were travelling with kids.
Bangalore to mysore stretch was the worst with lots of traffic.
Return journey was through Chamaraj nagar-Sathyamangalam-bhavani-Salem-Krishnagiri.
It was a decent route. Only drawback is that there are no proper food joints in between.
This is the longest duration i have driven solo..
Overall had a good time.

Cars: Celerio AMT and Tata Zest revotron.
Total distance travelled: 640kms +680kms.
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It was a decent route. Only drawback is that there are no proper food joints in between.
Chamarajanagar has a decent place. But you need to know before hand to find the place. But once past you dont fine any till you hit the 4-lane (NH47). Then you find many.
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Do you mean the Mudichur-Manimangalam-Sriperumbudur route? This is the quickest and shortest way to reach Chennai-Bangalore highway if you stay south of Sholingnallur.

Kanakapura route is supposed to be less congested than the traditional Bangalore-Mysore highway.

I suggest that you also have an offline map such as 'Here WeGo'.Will help in situations such as the above. GMap, with 2G/3G connection, along with 'Here WeGo' should help in majority of the scenarios.
That is correct but I came via Vandalur > Padapai route. I live closer to Siruseri so I guess the kelambakkam>vandalur road would be easier to approach if not shorter.

Yes, next time I drive in that part of the town I am going to be taking that route.

Thanks for that tip. I am going to install those apps right away!

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