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Old 30th July 2011, 10:53   #16
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Its actually very good. Though pricey. I tried it more than once.
Also note they open exactly at 7AM for BF!


If you have a Garmin GPS, here is the waypoint for Aristo marked by HVK (see the attachment in the following post).

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...ml#post2443619 (DRIVOBLOG® |Maiden Drive with HVK (too tempestuous to be Telecasted LIVE!))

Beautiful roads all the way till Tuticorin. Have a nice drive.
ampere, neo you both just managed to cut a deeper hole in my pocket. My wife has the habit of snooping around my emails sometimes and she was curious to see what I have been quoted in team bhp and saw ampere's post.

She was very happy to hear about GRT grand at Salem. Her argument is that usually we tend to get very hungry by 7.00AM as we get an early morning start and a sumptuous breakfast would do a world of good given that the lunch would be in Tuticorin at about 2.00PM.

So, thanks guys for bringing up additional options and this makes the trip and drive even more interesting.
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ampere, neo you both just managed to cut a deeper hole in my pocket. My wife has the habit of snooping around my emails sometimes and she was curious to see what I have been quoted in team bhp and saw ampere's post.
@Gopi Also note that, the hotel is right at the point where NH7 to 5 roads junction road separates.
But to get into the hotel you should be on the service road of NH7 while approaching this diversion as the entrance is on the service road.

Once on the way back I landed there on an Onam special for lunch. It burnt an even deeper whole on my pocket! But they were having celebrations.
Free tatoos/painting for kids etc. So overall I like the place. The only logic is I say to myself is, we go out once in 3-4 months. Why deny ourselves that pleasure!
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By the way, I remember seeing Hotel fantasy in previous drives. But I dont remember seeing Hotel Aristo at all in the previous drives. Is this a hotel that came up recently
Aristo is really a good hotel with nice food, clean toilet and also has a good spacious play area for kids. I used to stop there every time I cross this place. When you are on the way back to bangalore, you will have to cross this place and take a 'U' turn below the first flyover.
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Are there any recent experiences of Bangalore to Tuticorin that can be shared. I am aware that the road from Bangalore to Madurai is spectacular to drive on, having been on that stretch a couple of times in the recent past, but how good is Madurai to Tuticorin, via Aruppukottai?
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Are there any recent experiences of Bangalore to Tuticorin that can be shared. I am aware that the road from Bangalore to Madurai is spectacular to drive on, having been on that stretch a couple of times in the recent past, but how good is Madurai to Tuticorin, via Aruppukottai?
Hi Pariwar, I am regular on that route. It is a 4-lane bliss all the way from Madurai to Tuty with minimal traffic. To latch on to that route, you have to take a left from NH7 Madurai bypass. Watch out for signs for Madurai airport from top of a flyover. Take that left, drive for 10 kms and then you will have to take a right into the 4-lane to get to this road.

You should take less than 90 minutes to drive to Tuty from the time to latch on to this 4-lane. Enjoy your drive. Are you driving that side during the good friday weekend? If yes, watch out for a red punto with a live to drive sticker behind. That should be me
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Hi Pariwar, I am regular on that route. It is a 4-lane bliss all the way from Madurai to Tuty with minimal traffic. To latch on to that route, you have to take a left from NH7 Madurai bypass. Watch out for signs for Madurai airport from top of a flyover. Take that left, drive for 10 kms and then you will have to take a right into the 4-lane to get to this road.

You should take less than 90 minutes to drive to Tuty from the time to latch on to this 4-lane. Enjoy your drive. Are you driving that side during the good friday weekend? If yes, watch out for a red punto with a live to drive sticker behind. That should be me
Thanks! That is really helpful. I will be leaving @ about 4.30 a.m. on Thursday, April 1, targeting to reach there @ 2.00 p.m., after a breakfast halt for about 45 minutes @ Aristo Drive Inn, Karur. Is the timing right for a sedate yet quick driving style?
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Thanks! That is really helpful. I will be leaving @ about 4.30 a.m. on Thursday, April 1, targeting to reach there @ 2.00 p.m., after a breakfast halt for about 45 minutes @ Aristo Drive Inn, Karur. Is the timing right for a sedate yet quick driving style?
Pariwar, Yes. Absolutely doable. I usually take about 7.5 of driving time only. But my family demands a lot of breaks while driving which extends the journey. In your case, if your stoppage is just 45 minutes, you can be in Tuty for lunch with a 4.30AM start.
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Thanks! That is really helpful. I will be leaving @ about 4.30 a.m. on Thursday, April 1, targeting to reach there @ 2.00 p.m., after a breakfast halt for about 45 minutes @ Aristo Drive Inn, Karur. Is the timing right for a sedate yet quick driving style?
As Gopi said the only point to note in this whole drive is where to exit the NH7 at Madurai. Again as he mentioned, just watch out for the Madurai airport symbol.

Just for my understanding: Whats the importance of 45B beyond Madurai, that it had to be 4-laned? Is the traffic so heavy with trucks because of the port?

Gopi do you encounter enough traffic on this section?
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As Gopi said the only point to note in this whole drive is where to exit the NH7 at Madurai. Again as he mentioned, just watch out for the Madurai airport symbol.

Just for my understanding: Whats the importance of 45B beyond Madurai, that it had to be 4-laned? Is the traffic so heavy with trucks because of the port?

Gopi do you encounter enough traffic on this section?
Ampere, The 45B is done as a part of port connectivity. Tuticorin is an important port city and it has connectivity to two major towns Tirunelveli on the west and Madurai towards northwest. Both of them are 4-laned. The truck traffic is pretty heavy starting from the evening and through the night. However, it eases during daytime and there is only sparse traffic in the afternoon when we usually reach there.

You know what, your suggestion Grand Estancia in Salem has become our regular stop for breakfast since the past few years. Kids and wife will not settle for Adayar or Krishna Bhavan now because of the huge crowd during long weekends. Like you pointed out, it is definitely worth it and a much peaceful place to relax after the hectic drive.
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Both of them are 4-laned.
Did not realise that even Tirunelveli-Tuticorin was 4-laned as well! Thats great.

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You know what, your suggestion Grand Estancia in Salem has become our regular stop for breakfast since the past few years. Kids and wife will not settle for Adayar or Krishna Bhavan now because of the huge crowd during long weekends. Like you pointed out, it is definitely worth it and a much peaceful place to relax after the hectic drive.
. Talk of comforts ! This one is surely needed.

Now you also have Park Plaza just a km before Grand Estancia! After the GRT fracnhise broke over with Grand Estancia, I find the food quality has gone down quite a bit esp lunch.

I have shifted loyalties to Park Plaza now!
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Now you also have Park Plaza just a km before Grand Estancia! After the GRT fracnhise broke over with Grand Estancia, I find the food quality has gone down quite a bit esp lunch.

I have shifted loyalties to Park Plaza now!
Aha, that is a good option I never explored. We do see Park plaza everytime we cross it. Let me give it a shot the next time. Thanks for the tip.
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