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Old 3rd January 2022, 08:59   #13816
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Drove to Bangalore via Aryankavu-Rajapalayam-Madurai-Salem. TN COVID check post is still active at Puliyarai. We have to park by the roadside and walk up to the counter and get the details verified. Vaccination certificates and TN ePass are still getting checked diligently, kind of felt they were more strict about the ePass rather than the vaccination certificate. We had both, so we moved on within 5 minutes. Roads were a mixed bag till Tirumangalam, courtesy the recent downpour.
Just registerd for TN Epass for travel upto Madurai. Strange there is no option of selecting the mode of transport as 2 wheeler. Had to register as a CAR .
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Old 3rd January 2022, 20:56   #13817
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Hi All, how are the roads from Mangalore to Cochin? Any recent experience? I have to drop my cousin at Cochin Airport next week and planning to drive down.
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Old 3rd January 2022, 21:05   #13818
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Hi All, how are the roads from Mangalore to Cochin? Any recent experience? I have to drop my cousin at Cochin Airport next week and planning to drive down.
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While I don't know the latest road conditions, I think it would be safe to say that it would be a nightmare of a drive considering the traffic and the 2 lane roads. Would be a 10+ hour drive and if the intent is just to drop at airport, not worth it in my opinion. Better of taking a train to Thrissur or Angamaly and then take a cab.
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Old 3rd January 2022, 21:05   #13819
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Hi All, how are the roads from Mangalore to Cochin? Any recent experience? I have to drop my cousin at Cochin Airport next week and planning to drive down.
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If you can, then please go by train.

May be you already know, this is a notorious route to drive. While the road conditions are good, it is the crazy traffic through out, choked city stretches, dangerous single carriage way which is the pain. I frequent Mangalore - Kannur stretch and have observed that the traffic has increased multifold off late. Lots of vehicles on the road and I literally crawl this stretch and do not enjoy much. I am sure it would be the same beyond Kannur as well.

The train journey far outweighs how much ever interest you have in driving. And especially this particular route where there are plenty of trains at any time of the day.

PS: The upcoming 4/6-lane expansion is the only remedy for this.

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Old 3rd January 2022, 21:13   #13820
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Better of taking a train to Thrissur or Angamaly and then take a cab.
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If you can, go by train.
Thank you very much for the quick response. I have not really driven this stretch beyond Kasaragod and was hoping the conditions to be better beyond Kasaragod. The drive till Kasaragod itself is very stressful. We will now take the train for sure. Thanks again.
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Old 4th January 2022, 07:50   #13821
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Drove down from Blr to Palakkad yesterday. Very less car traffic than usual and was able to maintain good speeds throughout. CBE by-pass surface has become super smooth.

No checks at the borders as mentioned by many others. Will travel back to Bangalore on Friday and will update on how the return went.

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Old 4th January 2022, 15:59   #13822
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Drove from Palakkad to Bangalore on Saturday night. Crossed Walayar at around midnight, and entered Bangalore at Attibele at around 04:45. Roads were relatively free of passenger cars, and no checking anywhere. Extensively used cruise control.

The L&T bypass is resurfaced. Lane markings are not done, Shoulders are, though. Surprisingly all lanes are open on all toll booths on this stretch - which is good because that's where long and slow moving lorries could be safely overtaken.
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Old 4th January 2022, 19:03   #13823
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Some good news for Coimbatore bypass users. MoRTH has set the ball rolling on 4-laning the bypass:

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https://eprocure.gov.in/eprocure/app

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Old 5th January 2022, 08:09   #13824
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So the news about checks at Tamilnadu border would have worried a lot of people in this thread. Update as on 7:20 AM at Walayar border is that there was no stopping or diversion into the service lane as of today. If something concrete develops by today evening. I will update here. If i fail to do so, there is no significant development worth reporting. Neverthless, will make a report by Friday morning for the weekend travellers.
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Old 5th January 2022, 08:48   #13825
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On behalf of all of us following this thread here, I am taking this moment to express our heartfelt thanks to @rohitoasis , who has been unrelenting and regular with his updates on this thread, regarding the checks/no-checks @walayar border.
Thank you Rohit.
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Old 7th January 2022, 08:30   #13826
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Let me give a brief of what i have observed across Walayar border. I was holding up to give an update till i had something concrete to report. I myself am confused about the guidelines i could see in the internet. I am really not sure what is meant by "standard protocols" meant for interstate travel.

Towards Kerala : No announcement yet as i understand. The border has the two barriers partially blocking the road as it has been for the past few weeks. No checks of any sort. There was one cop i could see today morning. But no cars were being stopped.

Towards Tamilnadu: As of yesterday evening. I could see the barriers but no cops for any checking of any sort. As of today morning I was keeping by double vaccination certificate on standby. Today the entire traffic is now diverted to the service road. The entry of the service road has tonnes of gravel which was unsettling on my bike. Please be wary of braking distance and brake a few metres in advance. No cops at the Shamiana today morning. So i am not able to report what kind of "Standard Protocols" could be enacted if the cops appear. It is wait and watch for now. If i do see some updates i will keep this thread populated.
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Old 7th January 2022, 14:18   #13827
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Let me give a brief of what i have observed across Walayar border. I was holding up to give an update till i had something concrete to report. I myself am confused about the guidelines i could see in the internet. I am really not sure what is meant by "standard protocols" meant for interstate travel.

Towards Kerala : No announcement yet as i understand. The border has the two barriers partially blocking the road as it has been for the past few weeks. No checks of any sort. There was one cop i could see today morning. But no cars were being stopped.

Am planning to come to Alleppey via Coimbatore - Cochin route on 17th January. Please update the following if possible :- 1) Any Requirement of RT PCR tests at "Walayar" border. Have had both doses of Vaccine . Is this sufficient? 2) Anything else we should be prepared for.

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Old 7th January 2022, 17:46   #13828
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Hi All,

Adding to the above requests, a few queries from my side wrt. travelling on the following route this weekend: Hyderabad -> Kurnool - Anantapur - Bangalore - Salem - Coimbatore- Thrissur.

1) Any e-pass requirements now?
2) Is RTPCR test required for any route? If yes is it needed for minors also?
3) Any other procedural /documentation requirements apart from carrying the double vaccinated certificate? Would soft copy (on phone) be sufficient?
4) As of now any of the above required on the return route?

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Old 7th January 2022, 21:40   #13829
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Travelled Thrissur - Bangalore(02 Jan) - Thrissur(06 Jan) this week.
We were 4 travellers (1<15 unvaccinated, all others double vaxers).
We carried RT-PCR Negative reports, TN e-pass (both ways) and KL epass(return)
No checks anywhere on either route.
Onward Journey: Crossed Walayar at about 06AM. Crossed Attibele at about 12:30PM
Return Journey: Crossed Attibele at about 11:30 AM. Crossed Walayar at about 06:00PM.
I have done this crossing now twice in the last 30 days. No checks!
Makes me wonder, if it's an absolute waste of time to get the travel passes and a waste of money to get the RT-PCRs
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Old 8th January 2022, 08:09   #13830
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Entry to Karnataka from Kannur via Makutta checkpost has been blocked till Monday morning citing weekend curfew in KA. whoever is traveling, please plan accordingly.
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