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Old 22nd March 2011, 11:44   #1
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Hi All,

This is my first trip to Kerala via road. I have also been following up with these forums to see if anyone else has gone via the route I have in mind, but I have failed to see any related posts. I got this route mentioned from Google maps. I don't know and can't vouch for it's authenticity though.

The route I plan on is :

Chennai > Trichi > Madurai >Theni > Cumbam >Kumili > Kanjirapalli > Kozhencherry - using NH 45,45B, NH 49, NH220

I have seen a lot of posts with routes touching Palakkad, Salem etc...I arrived at this route map by discussing this with my friends and their suggestions to follow the same.


Has anyone taken this route as mentioned above ?, could you share your experience ?, if you already have shared, please direct me to your posts.
I have a Getz 1.3 petrol, it's clocked 17,000 till date.
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Good route to go to Kozhencherry.

You can also continue on NH45 beyond Trichy (without going to Madurai) to Dindigul and go to Theni via Periakulam.

There is no need to go into Madurai city, just take the bypass towards Kanyakumari and then turn around towards Dindigul at the end of the bypass (just before Tirumangalam), go a little towards Dindigul and take the Theni road.

Road conditions from Madurai are good, although it is 2-laned. Some bad patches where you climb up the ghats to Kumili.

You can do the drive to Kozhenchery in a day, assuming you have an early morning start.
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Hi All,

This is my first trip to Kerala via road. I have also been following up with these forums to see if anyone else has gone via the route I have in mind, but I have failed to see any related posts. I got this route mentioned from Google maps. I don't know and can't vouch for it's authenticity though.

The route I plan on is :

Chennai > Trichi > Madurai >Theni > Cumbam >Kumili > Kanjirapalli > Kozhencherry - using NH 45,45B, NH 49, NH220

I have seen a lot of posts with routes touching Palakkad, Salem etc...I arrived at this route map by discussing this with my friends and their suggestions to follow the same.


Has anyone taken this route as mentioned above ?, could you share your experience ?, if you already have shared, please direct me to your posts.
I have a Getz 1.3 petrol, it's clocked 17,000 till date.
Trumpet,

See this thread for more info about routes to Kerala - http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...erala-145.html

I had driven to Kottarakara on Saturday via Dindigul, Theni, Cumbum, Kumily Mundakkayam. The roads were pretty good apart from few patches in Cumbum Town and pretty bad stretch on the climb to Kumily and around 10kms downhill from Kumily.
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Old 22nd March 2011, 12:46   #4
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Hi,

Thanks for your replies. Just a little apprehensive about the whole thing. A lot of what-if analysis going on my mind. Will post the sightings and pictures. I plan to go on April 21.
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Old 22nd March 2011, 15:32   #5
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There is no need to go into Madurai city, just take the bypass towards Kanyakumari and then turn around towards Dindigul at the end of the bypass (just before Tirumangalam), go a little towards Dindigul and take the Theni road.
HVK, Theni road cannot be reached by taking the Kappalur-Samayanallur bypass ?
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HVK, Theni road cannot be reached by taking the Kappalur-Samayanallur bypass ?
When you are coming on NH7 from Dindigul, coordinates are as follows:
1. Samayanallur Bypass turn: 0 kms
2. Madurai bypass turn: 3 kms
3. Theni road intersection/Flyover: 7 kms
4. Madurai bypass end: 15 kms
5. Turn off to Rameswaram/Old bypass to Trichy: 19 kms
6. Tirumangalam bypass turn: 21 kms

So if you are coming on NH45B from Trichy-Viramalai or from Rameswaram, it is best to connect to Point #5 and retract (go back north) to Point #3 where you go under the flyover and turn left to go to Theni. If you go right you will hit the junction which has the Hotel Best Western Germanus in Madurai city (the original NH7 bypass).
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Trumpet,

Dont worry. Get behind the wheels and enjoy the drive. After Theni, it is very picturesque. Drive safe.
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Hey guys,

It's all set and the news it out. The trumpet's going out of town. Just wanted to update all of you on the happenings. I had started this thread with Kumily route in mind, but we have decided to skip it and go via CBE instead.

So we are now doing Chennai > Krishnagiri > Palghat > Angamali > Kottayam > Chengannur. ( just a rough note)

It's my father's new Swift Dezire, so can't floor it too much. By the way, he told me yesterday that the service center changed the oil to a synthetic one, and he claims that engine noise has greatly reduced. I doubt that claim. The car has done only 400 km till date, but it's been one month since he got it so, the first service was still valid


Will update once I return on Apr 28.
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Hi Guys,

We successfully completed our first long trip to Kerala and back. This is the trip musings.

PART 1
We started off on April 21 at 7:00 PM (My father, mother Wife and I) after prayer and doing the essentials to safe housekeeping. Appa took the wheel and started off quiet smooth. We hit quite a rough patch of traffic till we reached the toll booths and the dezire was happily strumming along in the cool morning breeze.

We stopped at Hotel Brindavan ( I think) on the highway around 8:30am for breakfast and refreshments. Started off again at 9:00. By 10:30 we crossed Vellore and were still going strong. I must say that since Maruti A.S.S changed the oil to a synthetic one, the ride has been comfortable, to cite a point : once you touch 70/80 on 5th gear , you hardly can hear the motor, it purrs very quietly and turns rough only when you go lower on the gearing. I think its the oil. Experts can pitch in.

By 11:30 we stopped for a tea break and there was a change of wheel. Appa asked me to take over. Both our driving habits differ very much. With the new Dezire, his driving has been quite rash as he comes from an old school of driving. Anyway, I took the wheel and by 12:30 stopped for lunch at a wayside hotel on the highway.
After half an hour we took to the road again, we past Salem and were heading to CBE bypass.

All was well till we hit Avinashi. Then as most of you will know now, the current 2 lane is being changed to a 3 lane carriage way. So, there was a lot of road work in progress for atleast 20-25 kms. We crossed CBE by 3:30 /4, but due to the road work we lost about 2 hours and finally reached the Kerala border by 5:00pm. We were quite worried at the Walayar checkpost as there was every possibilty of getting stuck behind a trail of lorries. But thankfully, there was not much disturbance there. We continued on NH47 till we turned off into ChandraNagar (where my uncle stays). We reached home by 6:30 (usual traffic and signals at Kerala) and put up for the night. All along we never crossed 100 on the speedo. We were only within that range.




PART II

The next day, we started off again by 6:30am, took the bypass and started our journey to Kozencherry. The wave of difference was awesome. There was so much fresh air that we rolled down the windows and saw greenery like never before. Till the clock struck 9, we didn't switch the AC on. The display temperature was between 26- 29 C. I drove the whole way down till Kozhencherry.

Trichur,Wadakancherry, Angamaly...all these passed effortlessly. The Dezire gave no signs of pain or wear or tear even after lapping so much. The turbo was just adequate to get out of jams and traffic. There were a few picket areas of traffic which we could not avoid. We continued on with NH 47 and we past Ernakulam and turned off NH 47 into a road that has paddy fields and houseboats on both sides. (I forgot the name of this road) It's a long straight road with a couple of bridges. We past EKM around 10:00am.

All through the length of this road, there are people selling duck meat, eggs etc. The other end of the road will link you to Channganacherry > TVLA. Once we got off the highway, movement slowed considerably as there was traffic and jams. So we finally got home by around 1:00pm happily - but tired.

The AC made a lot of effect as it helped my parents maintain their cool and composure. The long drive made my mom's back flare up a bit, but in the end everything turned out well.

Will update the return on a separate post.
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Hi,
Planning to drive to kerala on 22nd Dec. Considering that this is the Christmas weekend, and assuming that the Walayar road will remain the same as it is now, we are planning to take the pollachi route. Bangalore - Tirupur(Night Stay in Tirupur) - Palladam - Pollachi - Alathur - Thrissur - Cochin.
Do let me know if you are planning to use the same route .
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Hi,
Planning to drive to kerala on 22nd Dec. Considering that this is the Christmas weekend, and assuming that the Walayar road will remain the same as it is now, we are planning to take the pollachi route. Bangalore - Tirupur(Night Stay in Tirupur) - Palladam - Pollachi - Alathur - Thrissur - Cochin.
Do let me know if you are planning to use the same route .
Another option is ti stay at Pollachi iteself, if you want to. Two nice places.
Nivethas Inn and Shakthi Hotels.

Its also better to go via Perundurai-Palladam-Pollachi. Crossing Tiruppur can be traffic, thanks to traffic.
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