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Old 12th October 2015, 18:18   #166
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Nice video Mr. BenjiRoss. I will be driving to Munnar from Bangalore on October 24th for 3 days. Looking forward to it.
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Old 17th October 2015, 16:17   #167
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Here are a few more dashcam videos of my drive to Munnar:

The Chennai-Vellore-Bangalore Highway before the Salem turnoff:


Karur-Dindigul:


Near Theni:


The start of the climb to Munnar:


The worst stretch was going through Batlagundu and some stretched near Periyakulam. On the return leg we missed the Theni bypass and that section through Theni was bad!
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Here are a few more dashcam videos of my drive to Munnar:
Benji - Drive looks good

Few questions from me as I am planning my trip coming week

- What route did you take from Chennnai for to & fro journey?
- Where did you stay and what all spots you visited?
- Did you face any issues at all because of the tea plantation workers strike?
- Any other helpful tips that you could share will be welcomed.
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Benji - Drive looks good

Few questions from me as I am planning my trip coming week

- What route did you take from Chennnai for to & fro journey?
- Where did you stay and what all spots you visited?
- Did you face any issues at all because of the tea plantation workers strike?
- Any other helpful tips that you could share will be welcomed.
I am from Vellore. So the route I took was Vellore-Dharmapuri-Salem-Karur-Dindigul-Theni-Bodi-Munnar.
Since we started late at 4:30 PM, we did an overnight stop at Karur on our way to Munnar.
After Munnar we drove to Kumarakom and Thekkady.
We took the route back from Thekkady via the same route, but did not stop as we left before lunch.
We were in Munnar before the tea plantation strikes.
We enjoyed Munnar but did very little sightseeing - enjoyed driving and the scenery and lounging!
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Nice video Mr. BenjiRoss. I will be driving to Munnar from Bangalore on October 24th for 3 days. Looking forward to it.
How did your trip go? Let us know the route your travelled on and overall experience.
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How did your trip go? Let us know the route your travelled on and overall experience.
Hi Mr.BenjiRoss. My trip was pretty good, as I always enjoy driving. I took the Dharmapuri, Salem, Dindigul, Theni route both ways. The challenges were, I missed the Theni bypass both ways and had to go through the busy traffic of small towns after vathalagundu. On my way back, the salem traffic was awfuk at around 7 in the evening. I left Bangalore at 5 in the morning on October 24th and checked in at Club Mahindra at 1:45 PM, after breakfast stop at Salem and couple of coffee stops after that. Left Munnar on October 26th at around 1:00 PM and wast at home in BTM Layout Bangalore at 11:00 PM. Overall the trip was very good and Munnar was very scenic. Drove to Mattupatty from Munnar. THat road was very scenic but very narrow at places. I found the TamilNadu road in the Theni Munnar sector was far wider and pothole free.

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Hi , My first post

I am planning Chennai to Kumarakom, then to Munnar and from there back to Chennai in Jan 2016.

My route option : Chennai - Ulundurpet - Salem - Coimbatore - Aluva - Vaikkom - Kumarakom.

Kumarakom to Munnar, I am planning vaikkom - Adimaly as suggested by Google maps.

From Munnar, we will be returning to Chennai via Theni route

Info on current road conditions and suggestions for better routes will be helpful
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I did Pondicherry to Munnar by road 2 weeks back. It was Pondicherry --> Trichy -->Dindigul --> Theni --> Munnar. Pretty much your road on your way back. Good roads all the way. From Theni till Dindigul is a single lane road. Small patches of bad roads here and there but manageable. From Dindigul to Villupuram/ Chennai is very good, four lane highway.

Chennai - Ulundurpet - Salem - Coimbatore is awesome. A small patch under construction near Valayar, TN-Kerala border. Then good highway till a little after Palakkad. Then a 20km single lane stretch between Palakkad and Trichur. There are few some under construction stretches between Palakkad and Trichur. And then good highway till Aluva.

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Hi , My first post

I am planning Chennai to Kumarakom, then to Munnar and from there back to Chennai in Jan 2016.

My route option : Chennai - Ulundurpet - Salem - Coimbatore - Aluva - Vaikkom - Kumarakom.

Kumarakom to Munnar, I am planning vaikkom - Adimaly as suggested by Google maps.

From Munnar, we will be returning to Chennai via Theni route

Info on current road conditions and suggestions for better routes will be helpful

Last edited by carChef : 11th January 2016 at 00:29. Reason: Corrected the direction, to ensure its less confusing.
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