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Old 10th December 2018, 18:04   #571
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Does anyone have details on the Thenmala-Shengottiah-Rajapalayam route to Madurai. Are there any bad stretches on this route.
For my trip to Thiruvananthapuram, I intend to go via Tirunelveli, Nagercoil for the onward journey and the Rajapalayam route for the return journey.
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Folks

Does anyone have details on the Thenmala-Shengottiah-Rajapalayam route to Madurai. Are there any bad stretches on this route.
For my trip to Thiruvananthapuram, I intend to go via Tirunelveli, Nagercoil for the onward journey and the Rajapalayam route for the return journey.
Punalur - Shengottah - Rajapalayam route is OK. The roads are in decent shape, though not excellent. The update is from this weekend. However the two-lane highway will tire you out (I hope you know that already). My pick for a drive to Bangalore (without overnight breaks) would be to hit the 4-laned NH44 near Kovilpatti instead of braving the traffic, especially inside towns
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Punalur - Shengottah - Rajapalayam route is OK. The roads are in decent shape, though not excellent. The update is from this weekend. However the two-lane highway will tire you out (I hope you know that already). My pick for a drive to Bangalore (without overnight breaks) would be to hit the 4-laned NH44 near Kovilpatti instead of braving the traffic, especially inside towns
Thanks Mate. Any idea on the below shown route

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Is marthandam flyover open? It is supposed to be opened this month as per old reports. Any updates on this?


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Does anyone have details on the Thenmala-Shengottiah-Rajapalayam route to Madurai. Are there any bad stretches on this route.
For my trip to Thiruvananthapuram, I intend to go via Tirunelveli, Nagercoil for the onward journey and the Rajapalayam route for the return journey.
I was on this route about a week ago. There are some bad stretches but none that are too bad like what you will find on work in progress sections of road connecting tvm to nagercoil. Some culvert work is going on after sivagiri and there are some untarred sections on this stretch. Some broken sections on kerala side on the two lane ghat section and also towards kulathupuzha. If you plan on reaching nagercoil at peak hours this alternate route could save some time and is a peaceful drive on TN side. During offpeak hours i prefer nagercoil route.

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Thanks Mate. Any idea on the below shown route

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Not worth it. Roads (what is left of it) are horrible and some large diamter pipe laying work is in progress from even before surulacode and towards kulasekaram. Expect offroading tracks instead of roads.

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Is marthandam flyover open? It is supposed to be opened this month as per old reports. Any updates on this?

No official communication yet. But there are some rumors going around which says that this flyover will be open for traffic from December 16th.

Meanwhile, Parvathipuram flyover will be kept open for public viewing on December 15th (4:00 PM to 7:00 PM).

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Is marthandam flyover open? It is supposed to be opened this month as per old reports. Any updates on this?
So from Aralvaimozhi, which is the best route to go to Thiruvananthapuram (Secretariat)
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No official communication yet. But there are some rumors going around which says that this flyover will be open for traffic from December 16th.

Meanwhile, Parvathipuram flyover will be kept open for public viewing on December 15th (4:00 PM to 7:00 PM).
Some are saying Marthandam flyover will be open before Christmas and I hope they do. if they open for trafic by Dec 16th then it will be very good.

I passed underneath the Marthandam flyover when they had pedestrians day there on Nov 11th. Could see a lot of light an people up on the flyover.

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So from Aralvaimozhi, which is the best route to go to Thiruvananthapuram (Secretariat)
I have sent you a PM yesterday. Did you receive it?

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Problem with google maps is that it tends to find the shortest route to a destination. I don't trust it too much nowadays, personal experience.

This was in mathrubhumi last week, probably it is a good place to put it here.
Trivandrum to Bangalore : Route Queries-car_google_ditch.png

https://english.mathrubhumi.com/news...dent-1.3376423

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Some are saying Marthandam flyover will be open before Christmas and I hope they do. if they open for trafic by Dec 16th then it will be very good.

I passed underneath the Marthandam flyover when they had pedestrians day there on Nov 11th. Could see a lot of light an people up on the flyover.



I have sent you a PM yesterday. Did you receive it?

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Problem with google maps is that it tends to find the shortest route to a destination. I don't trust it too much nowadays, personal experience.

This was in mathrubhumi last week, probably it is a good place to put it here.
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https://english.mathrubhumi.com/news...dent-1.3376423
Hi Sankar,

Received ur PM and sent you one. My destination is Hotel Town Tower in Thiruvananthapuram. Also I plan to cover Thirupathisaram temple. So from Aralvaimozhi which would be the best route.
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Hi Sankar,

Received ur PM and sent you one. My destination is Hotel Town Tower in Thiruvananthapuram. Also I plan to cover Thirupathisaram temple. So from Aralvaimozhi which would be the best route.
Coming towards trivandrum from aralvaimozhi you could take the default national highway since they are letting vehicles from nagercoil side towards thuckalay under the flyover.

For marthandam hope the bridge is open by that time!
Ideally do not take payanam, thickurichy route google map shows, heavy vehicle traffic narrow road and the traffic flow is mostly towards nagercoil on that road.
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Marthandam Flyover is open for traffic:

As per the below facebook video, the much awaited Marthandam flyover is open for traffic since early this morning. So, some relief for people traveling on the Nagercoil - Trivandrum stretch. Parvathipuram flyover is expected to be opened for traffic soon too.

https://www.facebook.com/Kanyakumari...1731526997279/
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Marthandam Flyover is open for traffic:
Now, is it OK to take the NH 47 to Trivandrum?
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Marthandam Flyover is open for traffic:
Now, is it OK to take the NH 47 to Trivandrum? Is this flyover only 2 lane?
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Marthandam Flyover is open for traffic:

As per the below facebook video, the much awaited Marthandam flyover is open for traffic since early this morning. So, some relief for people traveling on the Nagercoil - Trivandrum stretch. Parvathipuram flyover is expected to be opened for traffic soon too.

https://www.facebook.com/Kanyakumari...1731526997279/
A major inconvenience is now resolved.

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Now, is it OK to take the NH 47 to Trivandrum?
There is flyover work going on at parvatipuram and road work between vadassery and thovala so it is still not free motoring till NH44. But having said that marthandam was a problem area much worse than the other two sections so one big headache is now over for anyone wishing to take this route.

Other two sections can be bypassed from aralvaimozhy and we can join back on the NH just after parvatipuram (and vice versa) so no major inconvenience.

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Folks

Does anyone have details on the Thenmala-Shengottiah-Rajapalayam route to Madurai. Are there any bad stretches on this route.
For my trip to Thiruvananthapuram, I intend to go via Tirunelveli, Nagercoil for the onward journey and the Rajapalayam route for the return journey.
If you are still looking for this information, I just did Bangalore-Madurai-Rajapalayam and back last week.

The roads in the Madurai-Rajapalayam stretch were in decent shape with no surprises/potholes anywhere. The traffic inside Rajapalayam town is quite bad in the day time and can sometimes take more than 30 minutes to cross especially during peak hours.
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Parvathipuram flyover is open for traffic too:

Finally the headache of taking the alternate route on the Nagercoil - Trivandrum has come to and end. Both Marthandam flyover and Parvathipuram flyover has been opened for traffic from today.

Here is a video shared in facebook - Parvathipuram flyover,

https://www.facebook.com/Kanyakumari...6972992759880/

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Now, is it OK to take the NH 47 to Trivandrum? Is this flyover only 2 lane?
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A major inconvenience is now resolved.

There is flyover work going on at parvatipuram
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