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Old 26th January 2011, 21:32   #1
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All : I'm on a personal trip to Cuddalore. I have 4 days, 1 day of which is the personal stuff I'm going there for.. So I have 3 days to explore : around Cuddalore as well as places ( or detours ) on my way back.

1. What are the best hotels to stay at Cuddalore ? Or is Pondicherry a more preferred stay option ?

2. The route : Is it better to take the NH7->NH66 or NH7->NH68 via Salem ?

2. One of the days I plan to do Pichchavaram and the Silver Beach. Would this take a day ? Or can I add more to that day ?

3. No exploring of Pondicherry this time ( plan to do it later on ). I'm not planning on visiting any temples this time either ( again I have a longer plan for later on to do Pondicherry and temples around Chidambaram, so not this time )

4. What are other places can I do on my way back ? I prefer scenic spots and drive throughs. Are there places around the Kalrayan hills ? I'm OK going down south a little bit to visit places like Muthupet Lagoon, which my uncle recommends a lot.


First time to these parts, so please do not flame me for the number of questions
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Old 26th January 2011, 21:59   #2
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Pondicherry has much better hotels. If all you are looking for is decent room and decent south indian food, i think there are a couple near the bus stand which should be ok.
you could think of Tranquebar and Velankani
You could also think of staying at the Kailash Beach resort midway between Cuddalore and Pondicherry.
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Old 26th January 2011, 22:29   #3
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You would be better off doing an extra 150 km instead of taking NH66 or NH68.
Go via Chennai Highway.

Krisnhagiri-Kanchi (NH46) 4L
Kanchi-Chengelpet (SH)
Chengelpaet-Tindivanam (NH45) 4L
Tindivanam -Pondy (NH66) again 4L,
Pondy - Cuddalore (ECR)

Do NOT go via TV Malai or Attur, both are in pretty bad shape.

BLR to Cuddalore

Staying in Pondy is better. You also cannot stay in Pichavaram, but at Chidambaram. As said earlier Tranquebar is an awesome. Look at Bunglaow on the beach.

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Old 26th January 2011, 22:53   #4
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Thank you, guys. Also re the ECR stretch between Cuddalore and Pondicherry : is that safe for a family drive late in the night e.g. 9 PM or 10 PM ?

Anything else we need to be aware of ?
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Old 27th January 2011, 09:39   #5
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the stretch between pondicherry and cuddalore is safe all around 24 hours bcoz of heavy traffic, lots of colleges, 3 medical colleges, hospitals etc.,. so no worries.
bangalore to kanchipuram - chengelpet - tindivanam - pondy - cuddalore would be the best motorable route, as all are 4 lanes. its extra 50kms but well worth when you consider the time saved plus the beating your car takes. even suvs struggle in between krishnagiri-tiruvannamalai routes, so pls avoid if running with family, as even a puncture can be a headache in this road.
pitchavaram is 40kms from cuddalore, tranquebar is 85kms, and pondicherry is 23kms before cuddalore, having lots of shopping, variety of cuisines, beach, auroville etc.,.
one day you can spend in pitchavaram, another going to-fro tranquebar, even paying visits to nearby (lots of) navagraha temples, and 3rd day will be a tight schedule for pondicherry. so my advice is 1 day pitchavaram, 2 days around tranquebar and velankanni.

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Old 27th January 2011, 09:58   #6
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One more route ( ECR route )

Bengaluru, Karnataka to Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu - Google Maps

Krisnhagiri-Kanchi (NH46) 4L
Kanchi-Chengelpet (SH - 2L) - 36kms
Chengelpet- Thirukazhukundram (SH - 2L ) - 26kms
Anupuram -Pondy (ECR) ,
Pondy - Cuddalore (ECR)
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Why dont you also make it to Chidambaram if you have time? It is just around 40 KMS and you will be able to see the oustanding temple of Nataraja.

Try and cover with a good hat if you are boating in Pichavaram mangrove forets. It will be quite hot during day.
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Old 30th January 2011, 01:22   #8
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Pondicherry to cuddalore, Drive very cautiously, has the highest number of self sacrificing lunatics on motorized two wheels. I always plan my trip down that road so that I cross this bit before they wake up. Gets worse once the 'shops' open up. Pondy folks know to hold it, not the same with cuddalore. Drive safe!
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Old 30th January 2011, 19:18   #9
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Thank you guys. I'd probably finalize my plan sometime this week. Best.
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Guys, planning a BLR-CLE (Not sure if I can use this acronym for Bangalore to Cuddalore) in the in the new year. I have gone though this thread, and gained confidence that I will be able to maneuver my good 'ol Alto on these roads. Passenger list consists of the Princess (5 years) Her Highness, and yours truly.

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Thank you guys. I'd probably finalize my plan sometime this week. Best.
airguitar, were you able to complete your trip earlier this year? can you please share your experience in CLR? How is the place? Do they have some goof hotels there? (I am not talking about some Star category, but some decent ones!) Did you stay in Pondy or in Cuddalore?

Looking forward for some help on this.
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Hey, apologies, just seeing this, hope this information isn't too late.

Yes I did complete that trip.

Didn't take a chance : stayed at Ginger, Pondicherry. Honestly, didn't even try looking for a hotel in Cuddalore - though someone mentioned Suriyapriya hotel, but decided to stay put at Pondicherry.

Took the Kanchipuram - Thirukkazhukkundram - ECR route. Pondicherry - Cuddalore : the 2-wheeler traffic is very very high.
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