It had been 7 months since I got my Punto and haven't really ventured for a long trip with her. The factory visit was an opportunity lost for her as I was held up with some work commitments at the last moment. The budget allocated for the factory visit was left to be used for Punto. I thought of getting a new head unit for her but later decided that I should go for a long drive for which the budget was allocated for which would make her happy. I got 7th and 8th of Jan Monday and Tuesday free and started discussing with fellow TFIans regarding the destination. As there were only 3-4 days for the travel everyone advised to keep the destination around 600 kms away. I haven't actually travelled to south Tamil Nadu hence thought I should make a visit to some good place. Destination was chosen as Vallparai. I start doing some research on the places around vaalparai and Parambikulam seemed to be interesting. I was planning for all of this on a Wednesday when I was supposed to leave for the trip on Friday. I gave a call to the number listed in their website and no one picked up. I give a call to my friend who will accompany me for the trip and tell him "Get me a accommodation in Parambikulam somehow or else I'm gonna cancel this trip" He gets some local contacts and fixes an accommodation in Parambikulam on Thursday evening. The accommodation was booked from Saturday noon to Sunday noon. Friday was the day. We started at 6 P.M from my office near Sholinganallur. All I know is that I have to reach Parambikulam by Saturday afternoon. With no prior highway experience and with no proper plan and not knowing where we will go after Sunday noon we took off for the trip. It was Me, My Punto and My Friend Route planned as per our cvanandh and dhans4all suggestions Kelambakkam-Vandalur-Chengalpet-Trichy-Dindugul-Udumalaipet-Anaimalai-Topslip-Parambikulam Excuse me for the quality of pics as I'm a complete noob in photography and all the photos were shot using this P&S camera - - - Merged Post - - - Friday 04-JAN-2013 I took a print out of google maps route given by cvanandh. I had ordered for a tab windshield mount from ebay earlier that week but it didn't arrive till then. At around 5 P.M I got a call from office courier desk saying I got a parcel. I was jumping with joy when I got the mount as it arrived just before I was to start for the trip. We started at 6 P.M in the evening straight from office. Crossed Kelambakkam-Vandalur and reached Maraimalai Nagar at around 7:30 P.M. We stopped at Jeevan Cafe for Dinner. I go to the rest room and change from formals to tshirt and shorts Had a light dinner and also set up the route in the sygic installed in my Tab. I fixed the windshield mount, washed the windshield, cleaned the side glasses and mirrors and started to Trichy at 8:30 P.M from Maraimalai nagar. The roads were good with moderate traffic and once we crossed Chengalpet it was a breeze to drive. I hadn't pushed my Punto for more than 100 kmph but here driving at 130 - 160 kmph was like a cake walk. The buzzer was constantly buzzing at 130 kmph. That was the time I realized why people praise FIAT for its highway abilities. We reached Trichy at 12 P.M and decided to take rest as we had a safari planned at 3 P.M the next day and driving the entire night will spoil Saturday evening. We stayed at a lodge and retired for the day. Saturday 05-JAN-2013 We started from Trichy at 5:30 A.M. We hit the Trichy-Dindigul highway by 6 A.M and man o man, the roads we really superb and that too in the dawn it was such a pleasant sight. We reached Dindigul at 7:30 A.M. Had breakfast at hotel green park at Dindigul-Udumalaipet junction. The road from Dindigul to Udumalaipet was a two lane road. The road was good and there was very less traffic as it was in the morning. I filled up fuel at an IndianOil station just few kms before Udumailaipet. This is the only station in the surrounding which accepts card payment. Just when I got out from the fuel station I got a call from cvanandh to enquire about my status We reached Anailmalai and the Topslip checkpost at the foot of the hill was conquered at 11:30 A.M. The road from the foot of the hill to top slip and kerala border was in a very bad shape. I had to shift constantly between 1st gear and 2nd gear. It was around 1:00 P.M when we reached kerala border.