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Old 5th December 2017, 20:14   #76
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As regards the return leg, would it make any sense to drive along the east coast, viz. Pondicherry-Chennai-Nellore-Ongole-Nalgonda-Hyderabad? This is the default route, to and from Pondicherry, recommended by Google Maps.
Did you make this trip? Which route did you take and how was it?

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I suggest Hyderabad - Kurnool - Devanahalli - Hoskote - Kolar - Chittoor - Vellore instead of Hyderabad - Kurnool - Kadapa - Chittoor - Vellore. However, Mobike008 will not agree. There are some bad patches around Nandyal which I would not like to subject to my car. Plus, more isolated road.
I am planning a trip to Pondicherry from Dec 14-17. I will be driving alone in my WagonR. I can start any time, based on the suggestions I receive and intend to cover the whole distance in day. Can you suggest which one would be the best route?

The main intention is the drive and hence, I am ready to explore different routes during the to and fro journey if there are multiple options available.

Any other tips, info on place to stay, places to visit, etc are welcome.

Thanks in advance.
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I am planning a trip to Pondicherry from Dec 14-17. I will be driving alone
I would prefer.going via Bangalore simply because lot of facilities enroute (plenty of restaurants etc)and 4 laned roads for most parts.
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I would prefer.going via Bangalore simply because lot of facilities enroute (plenty of restaurants etc)and 4 laned roads for most parts.
Thanks for the info.

I would be traveling alone and I carry my food along me mostly. So I wouldn't need facilities as such except for good roads and decent fuel bunks enroute.

Are there other route options which would be more scenic but would still have good roads? This is a exploratory trip and hence I am open to try new roads. I have driven to Bangalore twice and agree that the roads are flawless but the scenery around it is bit boring.
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Bumping an old thread.

Hey fellow bhpians, I'll be driving my Verna AT from Hyd to Pondy with my wife and daughter in early October. I know the route is good and ECR is a must to drive on. Is there any update on route, anyone been there recently?
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Hey fellow bhpians, I'll be driving my Verna AT from Hyd to Pondy with my wife and daughter in early October. I know the route is good and ECR is a must to drive on. Is there any update on route, anyone been there recently?
Why do you say ECR is a must? I think it would only add to distance.

If you chose to go via Chennai, even then taking the Trichy Highway (Grand Southern Trunk) makes more sense. As against if you chose to go via Cuddupah/Chittoor, then you do Chitoor-Ranipet-Arcot-Tindivanam-Pondicherry.

Given the first option via Chennai is a near/full 4-lane it makes it much easier.
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My apologies. I forgot to add important detail. Since we are only 2 drivers and have young kid, we'll make overnight stop at Chennai. Upon return we might travel directly without stopover. Then the route you suggested would be apt.
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Hello Bhpians,

I am planning to do a Hyderabad Pondicherry trip on 11th March and planning to do it in a daytime starting at around 4 AM in the morning. Can someone who travelled recently suggest the best route. I will be the solo driver and hence looking for a smooth patch involving 4 lane roads for most of the part. Google maps is suggesting two routes below.

1. Hyderabad - Nalgonda - Ongole - Kavali - Nellore - Gudur - Chennai outskirts (seems so) - Tindivanam - Pondicherry.

2. Hyderabad - Kurnool - Kadapa - Rayachoty - Chittoor - Arcot - Tindivanam - Pondicherry.

It'd be really helpful if anyone could suggest the best of these two or any other alternative route.

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1. Hyderabad - Nalgonda - Ongole - Kavali - Nellore - Gudur - Chennai outskirts (seems so) - Tindivanam - Pondicherry.

2. Hyderabad - Kurnool - Kadapa - Rayachoty - Chittoor - Arcot - Tindivanam - Pondicherry.

It'd be really helpful if anyone could suggest the best of these two or any other alternative route.

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I've got back from the trip last month and penning down my input here as I've taken both the routes.

Route 1: I've taken this route during my onward journey from Hyderabad to Pondicherry. The route was mostly smooth 4 lane or 6 lane for around 95%. The only few bad patches, congestion and road work diversions were seen after entering Tamil Nadu for around 25 kms. You'll find a six lane route not long after you take the turn from Red Hills junction. The road from there on was either smooth six or four lane again except for the peak hour traffic around the SRM University area where the roads were exceptional but the only issue being the students coming out after college along with the highway traffic. This route again converges to a two lane smooth road for a not so long stretch and again you'll find a smooth 6/ 4 lane highway from the turn at Tindivanam till Pondicherry.

Route 2: I've taken this while returning from Pondicherry and would recommend to avoid it. Providing route details in the same order. ( Pondi to Hyd ). It was 4/ 6 lane road from Pondicherry to Tindivanam which again turned out to a 2 lane divider less highway for the Tamil Nadu State Highway and also a major length of the NH40. The road widening works on NH40 don't help either in most places. Simply put, the last 380 kms stretch before Hyderabad were only the consistent stretch of 4/6 lane tarmac accounting for near 50% of a proper 4/6 lane road except for a few good patches here and there on NH40.

The route 1 trip time was close to 14 hours including proper breakfast, lunch, fuel and snack break. The distance was 803 kms from Kphb Hyderabad to Pondicherry. I've not taken the ORR as it was not crowded at 5 AM in the morning.

Route 2 took 15 and half hours from Pondi to my home in Kukatpally Hyderabad.

Both the timings were without exceeding 120 kmph and mostly between 80-110 kmph on the good stretches.

Hope it helps!
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