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Old 23rd September 2008, 21:52   #1
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Thought of warning all of you guys who might go through this route. I know its something that might be fixed in few days time but I've been travelling through this route for 4 years now and did not see any change .

Well, I was driving back from Kannur to Kozhikode at 10pm doing at about 70-80kmph day before yesterday. At Kollamchira, a oncoming vehicle (believe it was an HM Ambassador) was overtaking another with high beam lights on. I could not see a thing so I started slowing down but was too late to realize and I had hit the divider there. My car’s front tyre was totally gone and the alloy wheel had broken, The rear tubeless tyre also was punctured but could be fixed by using a tube in it, the front bumper was broken to the left, front under body mud guard was broken. I called the highway police and they sent the Maruti guys to fix the tyres.



In case, any of you drive through this route at night, please be careful at Kollamchira, its around 5 mins from Koyilandy junction when coming from Kozhikode to Kannur. There comes this 1km long unexpected divider.

Kerala Highway Police No. : 9946 50 0107
24Hr Maruti Helpline No. : 9847 00 0000
Maruti Breakdown : 9447 87 4537

I was driving back from Bangalore to Alanallur, Palakkad .
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Very famous and notorious!
It has claimed enough vehicles and damaged many human beings. There's a chain of these beautiful creations in this certain parts of NH17. Very sad that it's not yet buried in the tarring ceremonies which happens almost once every 2 years. Some years before, these were more cruel by being quiet high above the road enough to damage many gearboxes and oil sumps. Now, the tarmac level has decreased that.

Annoying is when you get stuck behind a slow moving vehicle in these sections. You won't be able to overtake them until these so called medians are over.
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Glad to hear that you are OK Sorry to hear about your vehicle though.
EDIT: saw the map pic. Nice Now I have to look into MS Virtual Earth...

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that's bad. i guess the govt should pay the tax back if they can't maintain the roads for such damages.
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Driving From Calicut to Kannur is seriously a risky affair , The Dividers,Crazy Pedestrians,Mad Auto Rickshaw Drivers,Ohh and not to mention the Grandprix between the private buses..!.! Wish the Highway authorities looks it to this matter and do the necessary at the earliest.!.!
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thats stretch is always dangerous. sorry to hear about the damage.
I used to do this route quite frequently till a few years back and those medians would give me nightmares, even during the daytime.

inspite of knowing where they were after 2 or 3 trips, I've had countless near misses.

completely callous attitude by the kerala govt. what else can we expect?
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Glad to hear that you are OK Sorry to hear about your vehicle though.
EDIT: saw the map pic. Nice Now I have to look into MS Virtual Earth...
Wow, your active here too ?
The MS Virtual Earth is pretty interesting way to find roads and estimate distance.

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Driving From Calicut to Kannur is seriously a risky affair , The Dividers,Crazy Pedestrians,Mad Auto Rickshaw Drivers,Ohh and not to mention the Grandprix between the private buses..!.! Wish the Highway authorities looks it to this matter and do the necessary at the earliest.!.!
One thing about buses in Kerala, never mess with KeralaSRTC (especially southern Kerala) and private buses that might have Kannur/Kozhikode/Thrissur in their destination boards.

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...inspite of knowing where they were after 2 or 3 trips, I've had countless near misses.

completely callous attitude by the kerala govt. what else can we expect?
I asked the local there and he told me its usual thing there, an accident a day is average.
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he he, I try to be as active as possible

btw, I like the MS Live Maps ( I usually use Google ), but I have serious doubts about the suggested routes.

Trivandrum - Coimbatore = 4.5hrs???
Trivandrum - Cochin = 128mi (approx 205 kms) and that too via Kottarakara and Kottayam. Dont think I can do those kinds of speeds

EDIT:
MapmyIndia gives me a more realistic estimate of 9+ hours from TVM to Coimbatore
MapmyIndia - TVM to Coimbatore


and TVM to Kochi is 5 hours
MapmyIndia - TVM to Kochi

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Regular accident spot & glad that you are safe.

instead of praying for the bureaucracy to change - buy an SUV
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Driving From Calicut to Kannur is seriously a risky affair , The Dividers,Crazy Pedestrians,Mad Auto Rickshaw Drivers,Ohh and not to mention the Grandprix between the private buses..!.! Wish the Highway authorities looks it to this matter and do the necessary at the earliest.!.!
Truly said Varun! Even though this thread might be inactive and I should emphasize the rash driving of the private buses between Kannur and Calicut. The roads are fine now but lack of width in some areas draws threats. Unpopular or non existent parallel roads makes this route busy in day times. I would prefer early mornings to travel.
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