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Old 12th June 2017, 21:50   #166
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A delayed update: Drove Chennai-Trivandrum and back early last month. The 2 lane Madurai bypass continues to be horrible with an increased number of potholes as compared to my previous trip. Guess it would be a good idea to use Trichy-Dindigul-Madurai route even though it is longer by about ~25 km.

Have never driven in that stretch before; so any pointers on the traffic and road conditions would be welcome considering it requires navigating through Trichy city for a bit.

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How easy is it to take the Dindigul route? Especially time taken to cross Trichy and Dindigul.
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How easy is it to take the Dindigul route? Especially time taken to cross Trichy and Dindigul.
Very easy, you definitely won't miss it.

1. The Dindigul/Trichy town turn (rather service road exit) at Trichy bypass is well marked. If you see Grand Gardenia on your right and you are on the bridge, you have missed the exit.

You should see a TVS owned Bharat Petroleum petrol bunk just ahead of this traffic light.

The junction is called TVS tollgate in case you need to ask someone.

2. Once you have taken the service road exit, you'll get a traffic lights below the bridge I mentioned above. Take a right.

3. There'll be a railway overbridge over Tiruchirapalli Junction (the station is on the right when travelling south). This is the Aristo Bridge and has been complete.

4. Once past Aristo bridge you'll have a roundabout, take the left and keep going straight thereafter. Note, taking a right at this roundabout will take you to Trichy Central Bus Stand.

On a weekday evening peak hour, TVS tollgate to 4-lane start takes 45 mins. Otherwise I've made it across in 20-30 mins.

Time take from TVS Tollgate to Madurai Tirumangalam Junction (where the ring road meets) will be on par for Melur or Dindigul route with the latter offering peace of mind in terms of traffic and road conditions. Last time I timed, it took me 2:15 hrs for the section with 20 mins to cross Trichy.

Hope this helps!
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Very easy, you definitely won't miss it.
Thanks a lot for your detailed response, it helped.
It took us less than 15 minutes to hit the Dindigul 4L highway.
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It took us less than 15 minutes to hit the Dindigul 4L highway.
What time did you cross?
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What time did you cross?
It was 4PM on a weekday, and its the time taken from the service road exit on the bypass till the 4L highway entry. I think it was around 8-10 Kms.
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Is anyone aware of the road conditions from Trichy to Dindigul via Manapparai. Is it a 4 lane road.
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Is anyone aware of the road conditions from Trichy to Dindigul via Manapparai. Is it a 4 lane road.
It is four lane road.
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Trichy to Dindigul via Manapparai
The initial 15 km (approx) from TVS Tollgate/Aristo Bridge towards Dindigul is not 4-laned. Its suburban Trichy and will take anywhere between 20 to 45 mins depending on the time of day.

Seven years back I wrote this (Chennai - Madurai : Route Queries) and would still hold good.

Just to connect the terminology:

TVS Tollgate = Place where you exit from Madras-Madurai highway/Trichy bypass towards Trichy City/Dindigul.

Aristo Bridge = The railway overbridge 1/2 km from TVS tollgate over Trichy junction.
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