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Old 10th December 2019, 17:08   #1291
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Originally Posted by speed_edge View Post
Wanted to start for Munnar on Wed. afternoon.
As others have mentioned, avoid night driving on this route beyond Theni.

Consider breaking journey at Dindigul, since Madurai and Theni are even further away.
This way, you can reach in about 6-7 hours, get a good night's rest and start fresh next day morning.

*This routing is fine since you're headed to Club Mahindra on the Chinnakanal side.

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Old 12th December 2019, 17:19   #1292
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Which route to take from Munnar (Chinnakanal) to Thekkadi? How is the road condition?

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NH44 till Dindigul -> Theni -> Munthal -> Munnar
Please update about the road conditions.

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Originally Posted by bejoy View Post
Please update about the road conditions.

On this route, road till around last 20km to Munnar are all good. Actually I traveled till Club Mahindra, and Google has shown some sharp right at around 14Km before club mahindra. That road is not good as mostly steep single lane with bad stretches - Best avoided. Instead travel till Poopara and then to club mahindra. This is ~10Km long but wide road however with few manageable bad stretches.

Also, Road connecting from power house(CM) to Munnar is still not open and need to take some internal long route. Google is not very accurate here and road quality of some of the stretches are really bad. Better to take local guide if traveling here.

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Hello friends,
I'm travelling to Munnar for a 4 day trip next weekend and wanted to get an idea on the route I should be taking. There are quite a lot of helpful posts before this, but still not getting a good idea of the route to be taken. I am staying at Tea Village, Chitirapuram. Google currently shows two routes -
1) Salem-Tiruppur-Udumalpet-Marayoor (shorter)
2) Salem-Dindigul-Theni (longer but almost the same time)

Thanks in advance
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Hi All,

I am planning for munnar in may end,Is it a good time or its just a no go season.I am planning to drive in my 4*4 Pajero and wanted to know if anyone tried driving to Kolukkumalai Tea Estate of late? How are the road conditions?Is It doable in pajero with the turning radius?.I have read couple of guys have done it in 4*4 duster with their small turning radius.I am planning to visit allepey during the drive for house boat experience.Is it open during last week of may?Will it be too hot and not worth the effort.Pls advise.

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Did Bengaluru --> Munnar --> Bengaluru. It was a blast. Loved it.

Started early morning on 18th and took the highlighted route. Took me 9 hours, could have been 8 if the highways weren't hogged by heavy vehicles. Took the one on the extreme left, NH948, on the way back(21st). Took the SAME amount of time and hardly 10% of traffic that you'll see on NH44.

Salient points of this route
Very very scenic
Deer sighted = many
Monkeys = Many (Car was loaded with delicacies. Dozen of them hitched a ride for a few meters )
Elephants sighted = 3
Toll = ZERO
Delight for veggie and fruit lovers. Goes thru towns & villages.
Traffic = Road is yours
Much better fuel efficiency in comparison

40 km of small potholes, no major red flags
Hardly any restaurants
Forest route is open during day time only
Pray that your car doesn't breakdown
Mobile reception is very patchy. Store the route offline.

Note: Gmaps will constantly push you to take NH44. It changed the route TWICE without my consent. Keep an eye on the KM to go.
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Old 4th February 2021, 22:39   #1297
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Did anyone travel through Theni -> Bodinaykannur -> Pooppara route recently? Is there any checking for pass etc both ways at the KL-TN border?

Also, how are the road conditions from Dindigul?
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Has anyone used the Chinnar -- Udumelpet route recently to enter TN from Kerala while traveling to Bangalore? Want to know about the Covid restriction related checks at the Chinnar border while entering TN. I am only passing through TN on way to Bangalore from Munnar and has taken the TN exit pass through Hosur border
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