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Old 21st September 2022, 14:13   #16
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Very nice travelogue. Thanks for sharing. A nicely thought out itenary and a very good time to do the trip also. Nice intercept to the boat race too.
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Awesome route to drive, wonderful travelogue.
Thanks, guys!

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By the way this is Pushkarani at Santhebennur.


Looked really interesting; we wanted to stop but dark clouds were looming and we had heavy rain within 10min of crossing this place.

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Day 11: Alleppey - Bekal
Missed adding this: the Alleppey - Bekal route crosses a town called Mahe, which is a part of Pondicherry!

When discussing routes, a friend reminded me to tank up at Mahe, because the fuel is cheaper (~ 12/litre!). Not understanding why he made it a point to call this out, I looked it up on Maps and found that this small town is a part of Pondicherry.

On reading further, learnt that Pondicherry is made up of four parts: two of them (Pondicherry and Karaikal in TN), Mahe in Kerala and Yanam in AP.
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Day 11: Alleppey - Bekal
There is massive construction in progress for four-laning of NH66, and once complete (currently scheduled for 2025)
A well-thought-out and fascinating trip schedule. Yes, TN has one of the best state and national highways. Today, almost all major roads are being expanded to four lanes.

If somebody looks at your itinerary, the travel on the Kerala highway took a long time. To travel on NH 66, one needs to have patience and hope the project is finished on schedule.

If you chose the Chickmagaluru to Madurai via Tirupur route, you can skip Tirupur (since there is no bye pass)and opt Avinashi - Palladam - Dharapuram - Madurai which also saves a significant amount of time.
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Wow looks you guys went on a lovely trip, those pics are lovely too. I had done a much shorter version of this circuit in '12. Thanks for sharing bro.

What caught my attention was the bit about the Gondwana Junction. It is utterly fascinating to think the Vivekananda Memorial marks the spot of such great geological signficance.
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It was only recently that I read about how accident-prone this ghat actually is.
Currently, preventative measures have been made by the government and the infrastructure contractor (L&T) to lower accidents on this highway.

The below link for ref:

https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/india...ml#post5397185 (Cyrus Mistry passes away in a road accident)
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Now, onto the next!
Thanks libranof1987! Excellent write up with some great details. Much appreciated.

Dhanushkodi is on my bucket list for some time now. I was hoping to complete that itch when I visit my home town in December. I'm sure that your travelogue is going to be a great pointer if that trip happens.

Even better if I get the nod from my home minister let me to drive down all the way. That will have additional perks since I can proudly boast that I have driven to both Kashmir and Kanykakumari with my current steed. Otherwise it will be with just another road trip in a rental from Kerela

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