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Old 5th January 2017, 20:26   #76
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A friend of mine has booked a decent resort at Yercaud and I am planning to drive from Besant Nagar. The trip is scheduled during republic day holidays.
I second what ampere has to say regarding NH till Krishnagiri, as the roads are in supreme condition after Ranjeet till Krishnagiri junction. I work at a bank at sriperumbudur and daily travel from Besant Nagar via Manapakkam, Poonamallee Bypass, Nazarathpet. The roads are not even from Porur signal as the entire signal is in a mess owing to the under construction ROB and further till Poonamallee reckless and senseless folks will be driving in a stupid manner. Not to forget the carelessness exhibited by MTC drivers. So to all those folks who are planning a short weekend gateway, please start early around 5 to 6 AM and you can cross first toll at Sriperumbudur in an hour or so and from Ranipet till Krishnagiri drive is breeze.
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I did Vellore - Yercaud and back last week.
On the climb up, Google asked me to take a left well before Salem. A few km in and I slowly regretted this. The climb up was terrible roads - broken, narrow, no traffic, dry and isolated.
This is the route that google showed me from the turn-off:
Chennai - Yercaud : Route Queries-screenshot_20170419102857.png

These video clips will show a bit of how bad the roads were - some good scenery and sections though:


The drive down was through the Salem route - a bit longer, but the Ghat road was way better!!
Here are a few clips from the downhill drive:

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Hello Guys

I am travelling to Yercaud from chennai by the 3rd week of August . I would like to know if the route other than Vellore is good interms of road conditions ?My starting point is Medavakkam and i would like to avoid Vandalur route due to the ongoing bridge construction. So please suggest the best route available interms of time and road condition. Also the weather condition in yercaud would help. Thanks in Advance
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Hello Folks,

We are going on a vacation to Yercaud from Chennai next week.

Google suggests the following route - please see the pic. Is this route fine or should I approach Yercaud from a different direction?

Chennai - Yercaud : Route Queries-screenshot-20190406-9.21.32-pm.png

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This route is good since you avoid getting into Salem town.
Which part of Chennai will be you leaving from
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This route is good since you avoid getting into Salem town.
Which part of Chennai will be you leaving from
Thanks. I heard some people say that the Kuppanur-Yercaud ghat road is a bit narrow and desolate.

I will be leaving Chennai via GST road.
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We are going on a vacation to Yercaud from Chennai next week.
The Kuppanur route can be taken. Couple of notes:

- Have your GPS handy. The exit at Kuppanur is not easy to spot. Its looks like some bylane which can be easily missed. (Well thats how it used to look. Dont know if its still the same.)
- The road used to be good but narrow and desolate. There is hardly anyone on this road. And you should be careful at corners as the scope to cross-over is less. (Lets also take a second confirmation on status of the ghat. Since I have not driven on this for long, it would be good, if others can chip in with the status.)
- That apart its all good. Makes a nice drive though.

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Google suggests the following route - please see the pic. Is this route fine or should I approach Yercaud from a different direction?
If this route avoids Salem town then I would suggest this. I had gone to Yercaud couple of weeks back and Salem town was really crowded thanks to the flyover construction. It really slowed us down. But once we entered the ghat section, it was all good.
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We are going on a vacation to Yercaud from Chennai next week.
I think TBHPian Ddrive had taken this route few years back, I remember seeing a post from him while I was checking for the route couple of years back.
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Thanks. I heard some people say that the Kuppanur-Yercaud ghat road is a bit narrow and desolate.
I will be leaving Chennai via GST road.
I take this road often and the last time was two months back. The shoulders have been widened and the road is in a good condition. It is still narrower than the main one from Salem. It is not as desolate as it was a few years back.Therefore you do not have to be worried much. Some parts of the road 10Km road leading to Kuppanur from the turn off from the highway is not that great, but only for short stretches.

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Thanks. I heard some people say that the Kuppanur-Yercaud ghat road is a bit narrow and desolate.
Many years ago (atleast 5), I had done this route, only difference was that I had approached the kuppanur turn off from the north (SH from tiruppattur,harur). Yes, it was desolate (definitely wont be as much now) - except the occasional TNSTC bus and some construction truck, there was absolutely NIL traffic and the views were beautiful. Lots of photo ops. If during daytime, absolutely nothing to fear, rest assured. THe climb is ~25kms and will take 45m to 1hr to do sedately.
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We had been to Yercaud last weekend and took the Vilippuram - Ulundurpet - Kalakurichi route during the onward journey and the Dharmapuri - Krishnagiri - Vellore route during the return drive.

The former is shorter and the 4-laned road keeps merging into 2-lanes often but is good for the most part. Fastag works on all booths. The road that ascends towards Yercaud is however a little narrow and in some stretches, just one vehicle can pass through. We saw a few trucks going through this route. It is a little desolate too. Google's map guidance is perfect. We started from Chennai (Porur) around 5 AM and reached our resort at Yercaud by 11:30 AM, after a tea and breakfast break.

The other usual route from the Salem city side is better but due to the elevated road/flyover construction in the town, there are diversions and slow moving traffic once you descend down.
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Here is the latest update on Salem to Yercaud ghat stretch.

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