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Old 28th February 2018, 08:33   #2896
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I assume you meant the the 2 lanes on either side after Walajah. Is the surface smooth now or its the same patch-up work?
I did Bangalore-Chennai-Bangalore mid-Feb. The surface is quite good after Sriperumbudur (towards Bangalore). Between Poonamallee and Sriperumbudur (and even earlier, perhaps from Maduravoyal itself) the surface is bad. I think the Oragadam road junction is the demarcating point.
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Yes. Agree with Binand.

Surface on Vellore - Chennai direction is good. Most places they have relaid the surface, few sections patched up. Even have reflectors and road markings done at some sections. Something which I never seen in this stretch.

Chennai - Vellore direction also is good, however some sections near Kanchipuram bye-pass has few potholes here and there. But again, compared to last year or even compared to couple of months back it has improved.

One observation is lack of sand trucks towards Chennai. Earlier, especially if you are crossing Walajpet section around 11 PM or so, you will find numerous trucks. Last weekend I noticed a handful of them only.

This was the case when I drove in Oct too, however that time it was raining and I thought may be due to rain they are unable to load sand. However, on seeing less truck this time too, I wonder if it has to do with some news of illegal sand mining which was in news elsewhere.
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The posts by Suresh VS and SRVM on 01 Feb 19 and ajithin on 14 Feb 18 are very descriptive and accurate. I took that route on 8 Mar leaving home at 5AM. The only additional observations I have is the rising morning sun is right in the eyes and even with the sunshade, it is difficult till about 8 AM when the sun has traveled a bit upwards. The other is the lack of pit stops for a good cup of coffee or refreshment. Though the traffic was light, the roadworks on the two lanes roads is demanding at times. But the route is scenic, no doubt. Would have been more reassured if I were in my Yeti instead of my VW Polo (which nevertheless was was equal to the task).

Sri Perumbudur to Chennai Gemini Flyover took two hours. No serious traffic but slow moving. Roads were generally smooth and pothole-free within the city. Two wheelers flex the rules a bit and can be bothersome after a six hour drive. Total driving time was 7 hours.

I returned on 11th March, Sunday. Left the hotel at 9 AM and reached Sriperumbudur in an hour. Clear roads made for an enjoyable drive. In spite of toll booths not paying attention to fast tag enabled vehicles, I reached Hosur by 1:45 pm with a 25 mts refreshment bread. I was home in Whitefield by 3:15 using the elevated expressway and ORR. I have never done the route in such good time and in relaxed fashion. Even my car returned 18.5 kpl which was 1.5 to 2 kpl more than the best numbers I saw on the outbound.

I would take the Krishnagiri-Vellore -Sriperumbudur route the next time round. If possible avoiding the weekends on the outbound and returning to Bangalore by 3 pm to avoid the city traffic to some degree. Easier for me to do since I am retired from work.

The updates here are so informative and detailed. Almost like a live commentary. I have benefited greatly reading route review a day or two before I set out. Thank you.

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I would take the Krishnagiri-Vellore -Sriperumbudur route the next time round. If possible avoiding the weekends on the outbound and returning to Bangalore by 3 pm to avoid the city traffic to some degree. Easier for me to do since I am retired from work.
I you can make it back home before 4/5 in Bangalore, there is nothing better and soothing than the 6-lane Vellore-Krishnagiri highway. The same applies to a time to exit Chennai. Usually even I take about an hour to hit Sri Perumbudur. Once past the Walajah toll its a relaxation time with the empty 6-late staring at you !

The fly in the ointment is always the toll at Krishnagiri and as mentioned earlier if you make past this point early noon, there is no cause for concern.

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Drove through this route (Tambaram-Sriperumbudur-Vellore) on 19-Mar. Most of the recent posts have captured the details, but just another piece of information that can assist more - wherever the blinkers are installed, roads are mostly safe. If there are no blinkers or reflectors, need to watch out. There are still some medium sized potholes that can be tricky.

By the way, the route from Dommasandra to Chandapura could be severely clogged sometimes. I was stuck for 45 minutes on a Friday afternoon trying to navigate through a turn that runs through a small village.
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I am driving to Whitefield starting around 2:00PM from Chennai. Google maps is suggesting me to take the diversion at Attibele and go via Sarjapur-Dommasandra-Varthur.
Is it the right route to take considering I will be entering the City during evening peak hours? Or should I take ORR after Silk board?
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Google maps is suggesting me to take the diversion at Attibele and go via Sarjapur-Dommasandra-Varthur.
Is it the right route to take considering I will be entering the City during evening peak hours? Or should I take ORR after Silk board?
This will be better than Silk board-ORR route.
Another option is to turn off to NH 207 at Hosur and then reach whitefield via Hope farm, that will avoid the Varthur road as well. However, do check on status of some pipe laying work that was in progress around Channasandra near Hope Farm.
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Would like to avoid travel if it's likely to have the long weekend crowd on the roads. Heard that most companies are working on Good Friday so it most likely would not be a long weekend. Would tomorrow have the usual long weekend traffic ?
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I am driving to Whitefield starting around 2:00PM from Chennai. Google maps is suggesting me to take the diversion at Attibele and go via Sarjapur-Dommasandra-Varthur.
Is it the right route to take considering I will be entering the City during evening peak hours? Or should I take ORR after Silk board?
That Attibele diversion is a minefield or maybe a moonscape for several km with extensive dug up sections before it becomes more decent (single lane state highway standard).

Just do the Silk Board and ORR - will take rather longer thanks to your landing in Bangalore just around rush hour, but the traffic will be a bit less as you’re traveling towards Whitefield rather than away from Whitefield to the city. But your car and your spine will be in much better shape.
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Another option is to turn off to NH 207 at Hosur and then reach whitefield via Hope farm, that will avoid the Varthur road as well.
+1 to the Hosur-Bagalur-Chikka Tirupati-Hope Farm route.

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Just do the Silk Board and ORR...
On a weekday evening at around 8 PM??
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+1 to the Hosur-Bagalur-Chikka Tirupati-Hope Farm route.

On a weekday evening at around 8 PM??
Not that bad at 8 actually. And he's heading into whitefield and the evening traffic is by and large in the other direction, towards actual Bangalore.
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Not that bad at 8 actually. And he's heading into whitefield and the evening traffic is by and large in the other direction, towards actual Bangalore.
The ORR is an orbital road. It doesn't go "towards" or "away from" Bangalore; it just goes around it. Therefore it has traffic both ways at all times.

As for "Whitefield is all offices" - well, I'd say each of these clusters account for a minimum 5000 residential dwelling units: Marathahalli-Kundalahalli, AECS Layout-Brookefield-Hoodi, Tubarahalli-Siddhapura-Hope Farm, Hoodi-Whitefield etc. Heck, PSN alone has 3000 apartments.
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions.
I took the standard Silkboard - ORR - Marathalli route. Right after getting down the E city flyover, traffic was on the higher side but constantly moving until I reached Marathalli. It took more than 40 minutes to navigate through Marathalli bridge and Kundanhalli gate.

Reached Whitefield around 8:30 with a short 15 minutes of bio break near Krishnagiri. Surprisingly all the tolls were less crowded and having fastag made it even faster to cross them.
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Hi guys,

I need to travel to Chennai and from there to Madurai and then back to Bangalore. What with the ongoing TN bandh and cauvery protests, is it safe to take my KA registered car at this point of time ??? My travel dates are Apr 18-22.
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Hi guys,

I need to travel to Chennai and from there to Madurai and then back to Bangalore. What with the ongoing TN bandh and cauvery protests, is it safe to take my KA registered car at this point of time ??? My travel dates are Apr 18-22.
Nothing scheduled then as far as I can see. Check for the situation closer to the date.
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