I will be travelling to kerala next weekend,exactly to cochin. Can anybody give an update on how the road condition after mansoon. I think roads upto valayar will be ok, what about valayar to trissur? Or can i take any different route, which bypasses palakkad like a route through marayoor-munnar?
Thanks in advance.
A comprehensive listing of most of the important highway eateries on the NH7-NH47 (Bangalore - Salem - Thrissur) stretch as on May 2016 is attached in this post. Many thanks to member ranjitp1!
Last edited by Gannu_1 : 9th May 2016 at 07:59.
Reason: Update on eateries posted.
I was made to understand that roads to Kochi from Bangalore is BAD, but the road to calicut is fairly GOOD (I went 2 weeks back,Not as good before the rains). Why dont you take the road :
Bangalore - Mysore - Gundalpet - Sulthan Bathery - Kalpetta - Calicut - Edappal - Edapally - Kochi.
Bangalore Calicut drive time is 5.30 mts to 6 hrs (350 Kms), and another 3.30 mts to 4 hrs (210 Kms) will be Calicut - Kochi.
walayar to palakkad is ok with just the usual potholes. palakkad to thrishur is a fast strech with potholes the size of craters! Be very careful on this strech. work is going on in this strech but it'll be some time before its fully done.
I am also driving to Kerala (Cochin to be precise) on 23rd morning. Reports from recent travellers confirm that the road condition (Usual route, via Coimbatore) is really very bad. I think it would be wise to take the Calicut route even though there are reports of bad patches on the Calicut-Cochin route.
Let's hope the patch work being done by the PWD (or whoever) at least fills the deadly potholes.
Bangalore-->Mysore-->Thamarassery-->take left turn after the Ghat-->Areekkode-->manjeri-->Perinthalmanna-->Pattambi--->then either proceed to Trichur thru Shoranur or Kunnamkulam route-->From Trichur side u can take either NH 17 or NH47.
Its advisable to avoid Tamilnadu as entire Tamilnadu 4 lining works of National highways are on progress and hence some traffic issues.
Hi BMWX5 th rains in the last two months can do a lot to the road s thats why i believe most members are looking for more recent updates....the scenic beauty is unparalled but bad roads has the potential to take your mind to a state where you cannot enjoy the scenery
Sounds the best route to take to Kochi is through Calicut. There are certain stretches on calicut - Kochi (I took this route 2 wks back) which are not good...I was told that the stretches from Walyar - palghat is very bad.
The calicut route does not make any sense - because it ultimately lands u up in Thrissur, no matter what and the Thrissur-Cochin stretch has to be done(NH 17 is an option, though). For avoiding Walayar-Palghat-Thrissur stretch(70-80kms), you travel about 100 more KMS???? Till Coimbatore, the roads are Ok in TN, only the traffic is more.
My suggestion is to take the normal route and be prepared to drive slowly and carefully in the Walayar Stretch, take your time...
Unless you want to drive 100 more kms/enjoy scenic roads/ghats.