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Old 2nd November 2010, 13:36   #16
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Now that the route is more or less finalized, would appreciate suggestions for Pit Stops on the follwoing routes.

Drive to Kodai on Nov 5th is via NH7 (i.e. Bangalore-Hosur-Krishnagiri-Dharmapuri-Salem-Namakkal-Dindugul - Vathalagundu - Kodai).

Kodai - Seerkazhi on Nov 7th
Kodai-Dindigul-Trichy-Tanjore-Mayavaram-Seerkazi

Seerkazhi to Bangalore on Nov 8th
Seerkazhi - Chidambaram - Neyveli - Panruti - Tirukkoyilur - Tiruvanamalai(NH66) - Krishnagiri - Bangalore

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If you start early say 3-4 AM, you would in time for BF at Thoppur A2B.
(Please note this will be on the right side and comes about 2-3 Km before Mettur turning.) Since there are no reminders, you can easily miss this.

You can be in time at Kodai for lunch. Breaking at Krishnagiri one generally looses time.

Kodai-Seerkazhi : As some one mentioned there is a hotel at Trichy By-pass (I think it was Meenakshi Bhavan).

Seerkazhi -BLR : You can break for lunch/BF at Arunai Anantha resort at TV Malai (On the NH66) and/OR A2B at Krishnagiri.

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If you start early say 3-4 AM, you would in time for BF at Thoppur A2B.
(Please note this will be on the right side and comes about 2-3 Km before Mettur turning.) Since there are no reminders, you can easily miss this.

You can be in time at Kodai for lunch. Breaking at Krishnagiri one generally looses time.

Kodai-Seerkazhi : As some one mentioned there is a hotel at Trichy By-pass (I think it was Meenakshi Bhavan).

I plan to start from Kodai after breakfast at the resort, so lunch would be enroute.

Seerkazhi -BLR : You can break for lunch/BF at Arunai Anantha resort at TV Malai (On the NH66) and/OR A2B at Krishnagiri.
Im planning to start by 5-5.30 am (not easy to start early with a 2 year old kid), do u think i should be in time at Thoppur for breakfast.

Any suggestions near Dindugal just in case I cant make it to Kodai for lunch

At Seerkazhi we are attending a marriage, so will start after morning breakfast around 9am, again lunch would be enroute

PS: My wife and parents are vegetarians

Suggestions are welcome
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Im planning to start by 5-5.30 am (not easy to start early with a 2 year old kid), do u think i should be in time at Thoppur for breakfast.

Any suggestions near Dindugal just in case I cant make it to Kodai for lunch

At Seerkazhi we are attending a marriage, so will start after morning breakfast around 9am, again lunch would be enroute

PS: My wife and parents are vegetarians

Suggestions are welcome
Yes I think leaving that early, you'll beat traffic and reach Thoppur in 2-2.30hrs driving at comfortable speeds.

Like I've mentioned in another thread, Dindigul is actually famous for its mutton biriyanis. There arent any prominent veg hotels AFAIK. I think the best to do will be to have a heavy breakfast at Thoppur A2B and push to Kodai for lunch.

There is a Jain eatery on the 7 road junction which serves freshly made delicious food. (My personal recommendations - Ghee rotis, All panneer subjis, bhindi fry, Lassi)

TVMalai would be your best option for lunch on return as ampere suggested.
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Location of Arunai Anantha

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Food was decent when I had and its location being bang on NH66 really helps.

Another thing would be keep lots of Bisleri bottles where ever you find.
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Yes I think leaving that early, you'll beat traffic and reach Thoppur in 2-2.30hrs driving at comfortable speeds.

Like I've mentioned in another thread, Dindigul is actually famous for its mutton biriyanis. There arent any prominent veg hotels AFAIK. I think the best to do will be to have a heavy breakfast at Thoppur A2B and push to Kodai for lunch.

There is a Jain eatery on the 7 road junction which serves freshly made delicious food. (My personal recommendations - Ghee rotis, All panneer subjis, bhindi fry, Lassi)

TVMalai would be your best option for lunch on return as ampere suggested.
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Location of Arunai Anantha

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Arunai Anantha Resort Hotel


Food was decent when I had and its location being bang on NH66 really helps.

Another thing would be keep lots of Bisleri bottles where ever you find.

@ampere & luvurride: Thanks for your suggestions, any suggestions of decent hotels / restaurants for lunch on Kodai-Seerkazhi route, probably around Tanjavur, Mayavaram.

EDIT: @ ampere: Sorry I missed ur earlier post, you have already suggested a restaurant on Kodai-Seerkazhi route.

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I remember having lunch at a hotel in Tanjore. It was decent.

But then for that we had to go into the city (We had some work anyway).
But I am not sure of any on the Tanjore and Kumbakonam by-pass.
Similarly not sure about Mayavaram also.

Maybe others can help.
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I remember having lunch at a hotel in Tanjore. It was decent.

But then for that we had to go into the city (We had some work anyway).
But I am not sure of any on the Tanjore and Kumbakonam by-pass.
Similarly not sure about Mayavaram also.

Maybe others can help.
Tanjore- Hotel Gnanam is good (opposite to Old bus stand), but then you have to get into city. There are also some hotels near new bus stand which will be easy enroute.

Kumbakonam-
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which is on the Tanjore-Kumbakonam highway near Dharasuram, some 10kms before kumbakonam. When I visited last early this year, GRT had taken up operations and was on the pricier side.
2. Hotel Le Garden on the Mayavaram road on the outskirts, so even if you take Kumbakonam by-pass, you can come back just about a km to this.
Welcome to Hotel LeGarden Kumbakonam - The first Three star hotel in Kumbakonam.
3. Hotel Rayas inside town
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Then looks like Kumbakonam seems to a better place for a break than Tanjore, with so many good places on the main road and no need to detour.
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Tanjore- Hotel Gnanam is good (opposite to Old bus stand), but then you have to get into city. There are also some hotels near new bus stand which will be easy enroute.

Kumbakonam-
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which is on the Tanjore-Kumbakonam highway near Dharasuram, some 10kms before kumbakonam. When I visited last early this year, GRT had taken up operations and was on the pricier side.
2. Hotel Le Garden on the Mayavaram road on the outskirts, so even if you take Kumbakonam by-pass, you can come back just about a km to this.
Welcome to Hotel LeGarden Kumbakonam - The first Three star hotel in Kumbakonam.
3. Hotel Rayas inside town
@ luvurride:Thanks, I guess I will have to break for lunch depending the distance I can clock from Kodai. I hope to break for lunch @ Kumbakonam. Guys a small hiccup, my 2 year old son's car seat has become unusable and I'm very nervous and uncomfortable making my son sit on my wife's lap. Any suggestions please
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@ luvurride:Thanks, I guess I will have to break for lunch depending the distance I can clock from Kodai. I hope to break for lunch @ Kumbakonam. Guys a small hiccup, my 2 year old son's car seat has become unusable and I'm very nervous and uncomfortable making my son sit on my wife's lap. Any suggestions please
Dont worry, even I was forced to do the same owing to space constraints in the car once. Make sure he always sits at the back and someone keeps hold on him. Drive peacefully at moderate speeds avoiding any sudden braking or maneuvering. You'll do just fine.
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@ luvurride: That seems to be the last option and I'm very nervous and uncomfortable doing that.


@ Everybody

Can i make him sit on two pillows and fasten the lap belt, is it an advisable option?
Else can some good Samaritan lend me booster seat for a couple days.
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All set to start tomorrow at 5.30 to Kodai from Banaglore, I ust have a couple of last minute questions.
Considering I'm going to driving on Diwali, which routes would have less traffic.
Blore-Krishnagiri-Dharmapuri-Salem-Bhavani-Dharapuram-Palani-Kodai
or
Blore-Krishnagiri-Dharmapuri-Salem-Namakkal-Dindigul-Vathalagundu-Kodai

Your inputs please
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Default Re: Bangalore - Kodaikanal - Seerkazhi - Bangalore

Hi Lottoman,
Hope you had a good trip. Could you please update on the road condition between Seerkazhi and Krishnagiri. I am planning to drive down this route in the last week of December.

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