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Old 1st January 2020, 23:03   #1966
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Depending on what time you leave from BLR, your breakfast options could either be A2B at Krishnagiri, or the Sai Sangeet Restaurant before Vellore. Post this, you could stop for a quick coffee/tea/bio break at A2B Arcot (like we did). Dont follow Google maps for this Arcot A2B as it asks you to take a U turn at some wrong location.
Its a clear answer. Umpteen options till Krishnagiri. Post that, Sai Sangeet, Quite some CCDs and an A2B at Arcot. There are enough sign boards to lead you this A2B. Best idea to maximize the the first leg of the drive. If the idea is to start very early say 4AM, then drive all the way till A2B. (Its about little over 200km but quite possible). If not drive till Sai Sangeeth.

Post Arcot your next break option is at Tindivanam (At the GST/ NH66 exit). I guess one may not need it as one is close to Pondicherry itself. But please do use the bypass. Its a pain getting through Tindivanam town.
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Travelling to Pondicherry from Bangalore and planning to start around 2:30 PM. Based on the forum it's Krishnagiri -> Vellore -> Cheyyar -> Tindivanam -> Pondy. Is it still the recommended route ? How about the route via Tiruvannamali ? The last time (couple of months back) I went this route had a lot of pot holes from Krishnagiri to Chengam. Is it still same ?
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Travelling to Pondicherry from Bangalore and planning to start around 2:30 PM. Based on the forum it's Krishnagiri -> Vellore -> Cheyyar -> Tindivanam -> Pondy. Is it still the recommended route ? How about the route via Tiruvannamali ? The last time (couple of months back) I went this route had a lot of pot holes from Krishnagiri to Chengam. Is it still same ?
Had been to Tiruvannamalai 2 months ago. There were potholes, I had to slow down for almost every pothole because my sedan's ground clearance is pretty bad. Not sure if there was any repair work done within the last 2 months. Moreover, if you are driving a vehicle with good ground clearance, then it should not be much of a worry I think.
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Its a pain getting through Tindivanam town.
Just saw this. Using the bypass completely helps avoid the town.

Right before Tindivanam, there is a small temple on right with big statues of deities. Right after that, there is a left turn. Take that and continue till you hit the Chennai Trichy Highway. There is Cafe Ruchi on right at the intersection.
Take right there and continue for 2 kms - right before the flyover, there is a small left that takes you into Pondy road. Keep an eye on a small board mentioning Pondy, its very easy to miss.

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Planning to drive to Kanchipuram from Pondicherry in the coming week. Request recommendations for best route in terms of road quality. Planning to leave Pondicherry by 6 am to reach Kanchipuram by 9 am, it is doable?


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... Using the bypass completely helps avoid the town.
Please share the Gmaps link for the bypass. Thanks.
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Travelling to Pondicherry from Bangalore and planning to start around 2:30 PM. Based on the forum it's Krishnagiri -> Vellore -> Cheyyar -> Tindivanam -> Pondy. Is it still the recommended route ? How about the route via Tiruvannamali ? The last time (couple of months back) I went this route had a lot of pot holes from Krishnagiri to Chengam. Is it still same ?
Tiruvannamalai via. Bargur-Tirupattur is pretty good. Patching has been redone after Singarapettai (based on my trip a month back) so the potholes on this stretch till Tiruvannamalai are no longer a problem.

Post-Tiruvannamalai road condition is generally good. My most recent travel on this stretch was 4 months back. The condition may have changed now but I don't think it would have worsened that much.

Please keep in mind that Arcot route is 45km longer but this is compensated by the luxury of driving on 6-lane expressway for a similar distance.

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Please share the Gmaps link for the bypass. Thanks.
https://goo.gl/maps/71TMEDnyjfNBkDY59

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Based on the forum it's Krishnagiri -> Vellore -> Cheyyar -> Tindivanam -> Pondy. Is it still the recommended route ? How about the route via Tiruvannamali ? The last time (couple of months back) I went this route had a lot of pot holes from Krishnagiri to Chengam. Is it still same ?
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Tiruvannamalai via. Bargur-Tirupattur is pretty good. Patching has been redone after Singarapettai (based on my trip a month back) so the potholes on this stretch till Tiruvannamalai are no longer a problem.

Post-Tiruvannamalai road condition is generally good. My most recent travel on this stretch was 4 months back. The condition may have changed now but I don't think it would have worsened that much.

Please keep in mind that Arcot route is 45km longer but this is compensated by the luxury of driving on 6-lane expressway for a similar distance.
Since he is driving in the evening hours, I would suggest to go via Arcot. Its much better and more options to break till Arcot.
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So, as has been discussed earlier in this thread, anyone who is starting from north and east Bangalore to Chennai/Pondy, taking the OMR is not such a bad option. You save a lots of time on relatively uncrowded tolls as well.
What an amazing recommendation man . You were in our thoughts after an eye popping return journey via Chitoor - so much of blessings to you.

So, basically, we went to Pondi on Sunday morning 9th Feb and living in East Bangalore, still took the Krishnagiri route for the only reason that it was known and there were a lot of restaurants for us and the kid to relax.

Bangalore - Hosur - Krisnagiri - Pallikonda - Arani - Gingee - Tindivanam - Pondicherry
Started at 8:00 AM, reached EC toll plaza by 8:30 AM thanks to Sunday morning no traffic, had few cars on the Toll and then finally reached resort at 3:30 PM after a total of 1 hour break (Sri Krishna Cafe post Hosur and Hotel Vasantha, Tindivenam). A total of 7.5 hours drive
Road till Palikonda is as discussed, without a doubt, excellent, but the road post that passed through small towns and was quite narrow. There was this bull running festival ( not sure but looked similar to jallikattu) which caused the roads to be blocked and we passed through even narrow stretches before connecting the highway to Arni. Apart from that, it was quite steady with usual or little traffic.

On Return, we followed your advice and took
Pondicherry - Tindivanam - Cheyar - Arcot - Ranipet - Chitor byepass - Palamaner - Kolar - Hoskote
Road till Tindivanam was butter smooth but then it took us inside the city market and then what followed was state highways till Chitoor.
Albeit for a small stretch of road, approx 25 kms, where google maps took us through small narrow village road and farms, which by the way make no mistake had zero pot holes, made me conservatively anxious (and wife pleasantly happy ) for it was very narrow single lane and deserted - rest of the state highway was 2 lane with 99.5% excellent roads until Chitor bye pass which again was no deal breaker to not take this route.
Post Chitor, till Kolar, the roads are 6 lane with zilch traffic and this made driving such a breeze and relaxing as you had all lanes by your self.

All it took us was 6.5 hours drive including 45 mins break and we skipped notorious Krishnagiri - hosur - EC - ORR traffic to reach East Bangalore and not to forget, we almost saved 300 bucks on tolls

It suddenly felt Pondi is so closer to Bangalore !

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What an amazing recommendation man . You were in our thoughts after an eye popping return journey via Chitoor - so much of blessings to you.

On Return, we followed your advice and took
Pondicherry - Tindivanam - Cheyar - Arcot - Ranipet - Chitor byepass - Palamaner - Kolar - Hoskote

It suddenly felt Pondi is so closer to Bangalore !
Thanks Buddy. I sincerely believe that it is the best route to east coast at this point of time for East and North Bangalore folks. You don't need to cross Attibele, Silk Board and Marathahalli. KR Puram is manageable via alternate side routes and most importantly a hanging bridge exists for the road less traveled After Battrahalli signal it's basically freeway. Yes, Pondy has got closer but I do miss my Sai Sangeet delicacies on this route. A business case exists for the franchise.
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