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Old 11th July 2018, 09:05   #11401
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Alathur-Kollengode-Pollachi route which is the best alternative to the ever irritating, and in my opinion quite dangerous Coimbatore L&T bypass. One could eventually merge with NH 544 via Pollachi-Kamanaikanpalayam-Karumathampatti, a few km before Avinashi.
Is this even a practical option at all ? Just to avoid L&T bypass, is it necessary to throw away all the 4L that is available from post-kuthiran all the way to just before avinashi ? This alternate route (narrow, any hiccup/jam will ripple heavily), will add a minimum of 1 hr to an otherwise ~3hr journey - thats 33%. Of course, goes without saying that close to 200 rupees in toll saving is there.
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I am planning to drive from Pune to Calicut this weekend. Not exactly sure what Monsoon will have in store for me.

The query is specific to the choice of the ghat to descent to Kerala. Which ghat is likely to be in better shape , Wayanad (Thamarassery) or Nadugani ghat?

I keep reading that there has been a lot of rains in Wayanad over the last couple of days or so..

Thanks in advance for the responses!

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I am planning to drive from Pune to Calicut this weekend. Not exactly sure what Monsoon will have in store for me.
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What is the present condition of Athirappilly - Vettilappara - Kalady Plantation - Malayattoor - Kuruppampady road? Anyone did this route recently may please update.

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Old 11th July 2018, 19:06   #11405
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What is the present condition of Athirappilly - Vettilappara - Kalady Plantation - Malayattoor - Kuruppampady road? Anyone did this route recently may please update.

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I did Thrissur ~ Athirappilly a week back, so I can comment on the section between Vettilappara and Athriappilly is all good.
More to it, this is the best time to visit the falls. Bith Vazhachaal and Athirapilly both were on full glory.

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There are generally two routes that people consider. Both enter Thrissur from the north side (Viyyur side).

1. Palakkad-Kulappully-Wadakkanchery-Thrissur. Excellent road with usual KL SH width. Longer by about 15-20 km when compared to the Kuthiran route. Hotspots are the major towns en route - Ottapalam, Shoranur and Wadakkanchery. Getting on to this route from Chandranagar is a bit of a hassle.

2. Palakkad-Alathur-Mullurkara-Thrissur. Narrower road than (1), but shorter. Towns could be tougher to negotiate (Pazhayannur, Chelakkara). You get to drive on NH 544 for a bit longer.
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As binand mentioned there is no need to deviate if you are crossing Kuthiran at dark.

I prefer Option 2 over 1 as you have to negotiate Palakkad town and Ottapalam which are relatively bad when compared to Pazhayannur and Chelakkara. Palakkad ~ Ottapalam in spite of being wide sees more traffic now a days.

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Thank you all. I recollect now that we had driven through Pazhayannur - Chelakkara route. That route was narrower and winding, but minimal traffic. The drive was scenic through the sleepy towns.

We prefer not to drive past mid-night. Just one of the safe driving practices we follow . Drove through Kuthiran from Thrissur to Palakkad a couple of weeks ago. Construction is ongoing even past Kuthiran. There are long stretches around Vadakkencherry where the roads are uneven and broken due to the construction work, but can't be avoided.
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Hi Everyone, please help me with the current road conditions of the following route. (Bangalore - Salem - Coimbatore - Thrissur - Kochi). I intend to travel towards the end of Jul 2018. Thanks!
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Hi Everyone, please help me with the current road conditions of the following route. (Bangalore - Salem - Coimbatore - Thrissur - Kochi). I intend to travel towards the end of Jul 2018. Thanks!
All fantastic roads throughout, except for an 18km stretch between Alathur and Mannuthy (between Palakkad and Thrissur) where a pair of tunnels are being constructed to replace the present road.

Just before Salem bypass starts, there is a flyover being constructed. All the remaining flyovers on the bypass have been opened already.

Dual carriageway throughout except the aforementioned 18km stretch and the 28km Coimbatore bypass.

Bangalore-Krishnagiri, Chengapalli-Coimbatore and some sections between Alathur and Thrissur are 6 lane. Rest all are 4 lane (excluding the single carriageway sections).

Numerous signals once you enter Kerala. From Angamaly to Kochi it is only as good as a city road and treat it as such.

Bangalore (Silk Board) - Kochi (Edapally) is about 560 km.
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Hi Everyone, please help me with the current road conditions of the following route. (Bangalore - Salem - Coimbatore - Thrissur - Kochi). I intend to travel towards the end of Jul 2018. Thanks!
Did this route on 27-Jun, and it was all good except Kuthiran.
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Just before Salem bypass starts, there is a flyover being constructed. All the remaining flyovers on the bypass have been opened already.
there is a special place reserved in hell, for the team who did the salem flyovers :
1. Shoulder for 2 wheeler absent
2. expansion joints are pathetic. How can somebody approve a road with frequent 2-inch level differences ? How hard was it to smooth it out before opening the flyover for traffic ?
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A follow up on the Kuthiran section, today’s newspaper informed that there has been some landslides and in view of this traffic pile up resulting in serious delays. Therefore, it would be better to re-route via Alathur-Chellakara-Wadkancherry-Trichur. There has been heavy rains for last few days and general traffic congestion is common.
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1. Shoulder for 2 wheeler absent
2. expansion joints are pathetic.
And 3. They are only 2 lanes each way. Generally the GQ/NS Corridor flyovers are 3 lanes each way, which allows painless future widening.

There are few other stretches down south that are crying for widening more than Krishnagiri-Salem.

I also feel that the lanes are narrower than the regulation 3.5m.
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A follow up on the Kuthiran section, today’s newspaper informed that there has been some landslides and in view of this traffic pile up resulting in serious delays. Therefore, it would be better to re-route via Alathur-Chellakara-Wadkancherry-Trichur. There has been heavy rains for last few days and general traffic congestion is common.
I was welcomed by this traffic yesterday night near Vaniyampara post office, didn't check in Google as it was late in the night. I had to travel back and took Vaniyampara ~ Elanad ~ Chelakara ~ Wadakancherry route.
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I was welcomed by this traffic yesterday night near Vaniyampara post office, didn't check in Google as it was late in the night. I had to travel back and took Vaniyampara ~ Elanad ~ Chelakara ~ Wadakancherry route.
And what is the condition of roads on this route? It was ok type a few years back.
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A follow up on the Kuthiran section, today’s newspaper informed that there has been some landslides and in view of this traffic pile up resulting in serious delays.
Is there any update on when the tunnels will be opened?

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