Avoid going via Thoppur. Via Salem is better option now.
If you have to pass through Salem during heavy traffic hours, choose Omalur-Sankari route(SH65). Entrance to NH47 at Sankari is bit confusing due to bridge/road work on SH65. I traveled on Omalur-Sankari route last week and I prefer this route during day time.
Guys - dont confuse me further. The below route was suggested by hvk and others.
Any reason why i should not go through thoppur? If it has to be via salem, what is the route?
I think what sj_koova meant was that since NH7 is 4-laned all the way to Salem, it is a good idea to go from Toppur via Salem to Bhavani. The road from Toppur to Bhavani via Mettur is a 2-laned road which is 20 kms shorter and has been preferred by all of us of late because of the road widening working going on in NH7 (Toppur-Salem) and NH47 (Salem-Bhavani).
If you have to go via Salem, you continue straight at Toppur on NH7 via Omalur. On Salem bypass, you will see the NH47 right turn to Coimbatore via Sankari and Bhavani.
The Mettur route is not in great condition now, otherwise, no reason to go via Salem as Mettur saves 17km. I drive to Kerala every three months, sometime more frequently and I have started avoiding Mettur route.
If you are going via Salem, follow NH-7 till Salem (4 line beautiful road) and divert to NH47 for Perundurai from Salem. Part of Salem-Perundurai is again 4 line.
From Perundurai it is the same route as above.
I did not want to take the full drive from Bangalore to Munnar in one shot, as there is a baby involved. I also make it a point not to drive over 80-100. Hence was not sure if I could make it in one go to Munnar. So I broke my journey at Salem. That allowed me to start late during the day from Bangalore.
NH47 from Salem to Perindurai OK. You may loose half to quarter of an hour at the Salem Sankagiri stretch and not more. I had planned to be in Munnar by 6. But what I did not realize is that the resorts lie quite far from the town. That gave me away.
dear HVK, Horrible Roads ! Never take Metter/Bhavani route
Originally Posted by ssengo
Team, if you are planning to drive to Coimbatore/Kerala through Metter/Bhavani, please avoid and use Salem Route instead. In my personal experience last week, the roads from Thoppur to Bhavani are in worst condition with huge potholes especially from Metter to Bhavani. Heavy Rains couple of weeks back have ruined these roads a lot. Horrible!!!
I happened to see even spot a Scorpio suffer this stretch by huge potholes. You are sure to cause damage to your vehicle (mostly hatchbacks and Sedans) by taking this route.
Instead you can take Thoppur - Salem - Sankagiri route to reach Coimbatore/Kerala which is awesome.
Ssengo asks to avoid mettur -Bhavani road and suggests Mettur >salem> sankari route. your comments.
I am going to native this weekend. Plan is to start around 2PM and reach Trissur by 10PM where we would halt. Next day proceed to Thodupuzha covering all the relatives on the way. Below is the planned route taking inputs from the latest posts considering we have a baby on board. Travel is on Palio and return would be on 3rd Jan only.