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Present road conditions in Tamilnadu

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Present road conditions in Tamilnadu

Can anyone who has done the Bangalore - Pondicherry stretch recently, tell me how the road condition is?

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1. Re: Present road conditions in Tamilnadu

Hi

Apart from the 4 lane highways, the conditions of the smaller highways differ dramatically, especially after the rains. I am talking about the condition of the roads about 3 to 4 months ago (July 2011), before the recent rains . .

Option 1

Bangalore-Hosur-Krishnagiri-Vellore-Arani-Gingee-Tindivanam-Puduchery: Bangalore to Krishnagiri is an awesome stretch, clear 4 lanes with dividers. The rest of the route is average, though single lane and does have a diversions for road work.

Option 2

Bangalore-Hosur-Krishnagiri-Chengam-Thiruvannamalai-Villupuram-Puduchery. Clear 4 lane highways with dividers until Krishnagiri and average to poor conditions of roads on the rest of the stretch. Some sections were really bad and a low strung car like a Civic will have a knocky ride.

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Rajan

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2. Re: Present road conditions in Tamilnadu

Thanks Rajan,

I'd heard the road conditions have worsened over the last few months.

The route I was considering was the one via thiruvannamalai, gingee, tindivanam. I was hoping to cover the distance in around 6 hours, factoring bad roads, as its around 310-315 kms..

a) Would you recommend I stick to my plan or do it via the one you suggested - along Villupuram? OR

b) do the vellore route, which is almost 370 kms? I realise I can get to vellore in under 3 hrs due to good roads.

Thanks again

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3. Re: Present road conditions in Tamilnadu

Hi

If you are keen on Thiruvannamalai, there are other options which are Banglore - Krishnagiri- Vellore-Polur-tiruvanamalai-tindivanam-Pondicherry.

The variation here if you want to avoid Tindivanam would be, Bangalore - Krishnagiri - Vellore - Porur - Tiruvannamalai - Tirukoilur-Villupurum-Pondicherry.

The stretch between Arani and Gingee (option 1 on my first post) used to be a nightmare . . .

Option 2 (my first post) is OK if you are doing this on a SUV, otherwise you are in for a rough ride . . .

regards

Rajan

Edited: 8:41 am, December 05, 2011
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4. Re: Present road conditions in Tamilnadu

Hi,

No particular preference for Thiruvannamalai.

Spoke to a friend who also suggested vellore arcot, arani, and some place (he couldn't remember) through which to reach Tindivanam. He mentioned that the krishnagiri - thiruvannamalai is really bad.

And no i dont have an SUV. Its a Polo, which is lower than other hatches. :)

My aim is to make it to leave bangalore by 6 AM and reach pondicherry by lunch, 12-1 PM, without being too drained.

thanks.

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5. Re: Present road conditions in Tamilnadu

Oh, OK, then i guess it is option 1. Have a safe ride.

regards

Rajan

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6. Re: Present road conditions in Tamilnadu

Thank you Rajan,

Nice talking to you.

Have a great christmas season.. :)

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7. Re: Present road conditions in Tamilnadu

Hi Ashwin,

Kindly share your experience of driving to and from Pondicherry. I am planning a trip towards the end of month and your advice is greately solicited.

Regards

Naresh

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Dear Naresh,

I too am driving only then. :)

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9. Re: Present road conditions in Tamilnadu

can u kindly let me know the alternate rou te bangalor e to pondicherry as we are going next week

we are elderly persons and would prefer a better route and also the road to be better not with pot holes etc

thanks in advance

jaya

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10. Re: Present road conditions in Tamilnadu

Your best bet under current circumstances would be: Bangalore-Hosur-Krishnagiri-Vellore-Arani-Gingee-Tindivanam-Puduchery

There are some rough sections which you cannot avoid,for example, the stretch between Aarani and Gingee was really bad . . . (unless you don't mind a longer route Bangalore - Krishnagiri - Vellore - Kanchipuram - Villupuram - Pondy).

regards

Rajan