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Madras --> Mysore --> Bekal --> Wayanad --> Madras - Road Trip

Discussion in 'Travelogues & Experiences' started by 5u3zEr0, May 14, 2014.

  1. 5u3zEr0

    5u3zEr0 Regolare

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    It is family vacation time of the year and like the last few years it has come down to a last minute road trip as our plans of going abroad did not fall into place.

    Now since I love driving, I always end up cajoling my family into a road trip telling them it is much more convenient to go around and that train tickets would be impossible to get and instead of flying to our destination we could spend that money on our stay in a much plusher hotel / resort. So now as we have become quite experienced with our road trips over the last few years and by God's grace my two cute little daughters have no health issue's with being in the car for extended periods of time, so we have decided to explore North Kerala this year.

    The plan is to have a eight or nine nights trip with stays in Mysore, Bekal, Calicut and Wayanad. And then come back to Madras without a break or take a nights break enroute in either Salem or Bangalore. The route and plan as of now is as below:

    Madras - Chittoor - Whitefield - Attibele - NICE road - Maddur - Mysore.

    Mysore - Madiker - Sulia - Bekal

    Bekal - Calicut or

    Bekal - Irutty - Vythiri

    Vythiri - Chamrajnagara - Sathyamangalam - Salem - Ulundurpet - Madras or

    Vythiri - Mysore - Bangalore - Chittoor - Madras

    Please give your suggestions on the route or alternate routes and current road conditions . Feedback from our member's from Kerala / Karnataka would be highly appreciated.

    Also any suggestion's to go to any other place are welcome.
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  2. ramjn

    ramjn Staff Member Janitor

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    For onward, I would like to suggest Kanakapura road to Mysore instead of Maddur/Mandya. The regular Mandya road to Mysore has got 'n' number of speed breakers which will make your drive painful. On the other hand, the kanakapura road is enjoyable but be warned that there are no decent food options in this road.

    For return, I certainly recommend Chamrajnagara-Sathyamangalam section. The Dimbam ghat is super fun to drive with the Fiats.
  3. punto_emotion

    punto_emotion Esperto

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    During previous Mysore trip, my friend who was in co-passenger seat did a rough count and it was @90 speed humps which dots the 135-140 km stretch; which translates to a hump for every 1.5 kms on this highway! Errr, I shouldn't be calling it a highway.



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  4. ramjn

    ramjn Staff Member Janitor

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    ^^ The only good thing about this highway (???) is that we have also got 'n' number of food options as well. Food court highway. :)
  5. shams

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    true. its is actually a foodcourt on a stretch of 140 kms :)

    @subzero, the places that you have planned to visit would be pretty hot at this time of the year. I am guessing you want to visit relatives who reside at these places?
  6. 5u3zEr0

    5u3zEr0 Regolare

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    @ ramjn: I did Kanakpura road last year in January as I wanted to avoid the regular road to Bangalore on my way back from Mysore, but there were some sections of road which didn't have tar on it and some slow sections which pass through towns which kind of made me think twice about this road again. If the road is completely tarred now I could use it.

    But to think again, if the Mandya road has that many speed humps :eek:, I would definitely be better off with the Kanakpura road. Anybody who used it recently?

    Yes, I have heard about the Dimbam ghat road, looking forward to driving on it. And after reading your post contemplating going that way even for getting into Mysore. I dread getting into Bangalore.

    @ shams: We live in Madras! You should know that "hot" in other cities could be pleasant for a Madarasi :D. Anyway I have been checking the weather in these parts and they could be a little warm except Mysore / Wayanad but that is fine.

    No meeting relatives just vacation with family :).
  7. 5u3zEr0

    5u3zEr0 Regolare

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    Any updates on the Kanakpura road to Mysore? Anybody drove on this section recently and is it fully tarred till Mysore?
  8. fiatlover

    fiatlover Esperto

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    It is not that bad these days. I did a trip to home and back couple of weeks back. There are speed breakers, but not too many, and are mostly near towns, such as Ramanagara, mandya, and srirangapatna. All these are well-marked too. A good portion of the roads were repaired recently, and gives you a very smooth ride. I don't know how recent is recent, but they looked like newly asphalted.
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  9. shams

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    for the 1st 110 kms or so (till malvalli town) it will be smooth as it always is since you will be on NH209 which is usually in top condition. from there you need to go another 40 odd kms which is a state highway, though not so smooth as NH 209 but very much drivable usually. i have used these roads quite a few times but not recently. in case you are worried about the road conditions (not managing to get a review of the 40 odd kms) and you are not driving to mysore on weekend, you might as well take mysore rd
  10. ramjn

    ramjn Staff Member Janitor

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    He is driving this Saturday. Nightmares guaranteed on the Mysore road. :)

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