Kerala to Bangalore Scenic Route ?

#1 Jun 16th, 2008, 22:14
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Hi All,

What is the best scenic route to Bangalore from Thrissur (Kerala) by car without deviating too much.

Donít want to take the dull or rather overused Palakkad, Coimbatore, Salem, Bangalore route.

Would appreciate if someone can guide me of a different and advise me of any scenic spot enroute without too big a deviation.

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#2 Jun 16th, 2008, 22:29
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via Wayanad

I've been to Wayanad district from Bangalore, and it takes you thru the Bandipur & Mudumalai National Parks. Plenty of opportunity to spot wildlife at dawn and dusk. Not so sure about the route(distance) from Thirssur upto Sultan Battery in Wayanad.

Mysore would be a good place enroute to stop over.
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Hi once again,
Here are the routes from trissur to bangalore,
1 = The regular trissur - combaitore -salem - bangalore,
2 = The more scerenic route trissur - nelambur - gudalur - mysore -bangalore.
3 = Trissur- kalpetta - wyanad - mysore - bangalore.
4 = Trissur -kalpetta - manathawadi - nagarahole -hunsur-bangalore.
I prefer the 2 and 4 route more sceneric.
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Thanks Pravman & N kumar.

N Kumar do you or anyone else know what would be the distance for the more scenic route trissur - nelambur - gudalur - mysore -bangalore route would be ( ie - approx how many more km than the normal trissur - combaitore -salem - bangalore route)

Also can anyone tell me the excat route to take for trissur - nelambur - gudalur - mysore -bangalore route as mentioned by N Kumar ( ie; how to go from Chalakudy (Thrissur) to Nelambur etc.

Ps: N kumar if possible can you specify any good scenic location in your Route no 2.

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Ps I would be using an Alto for this trip

Does Gudalur fall in Karnataka
can anyone provide a link for a decent road map which has these destinations in it.

Also N Kumar can you guide me regarding route two a bit better plus I belive Nilambur is in Malappuram distrit , Does Gudular comes in Karnatka, and ideally am I going through Nilambur to gudalur through Coorg region onto mysore ?

also does the scenic beauty start from Nilambur or farther up
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Distances according to mapmyindia.com/online

Thrissur - Bangalore via Coimbatore, Salem 481kms
trissur - nelambur - gudalur - mysore -bangalore 418kms

Have a great trip, looking forward for a trip report!
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Let me try to give a few more details about Route 2 ( distances and times are approx guesses)-

Thrissur - Nilambur has decent roads almost all the way through except for some short stretches in between ( I had taken this route some 2 years back, so things could be different now ). Approx distance 120 Km, time - approx 2.5 to 3 hours depending on how you drive. You cross Bharathapuzha river on the way - there are multiple options to reach Nilambur ( Thrissur - Kunnamkulam - Pattambi - Perintalmanna , Thrissur - Shoranur - Pattambi - Perinthalmanna . etc. ).

The next stretch is Nilambur - Vazhikkadavu - Nadugani - Gudalur. ( approx 45 km or so )

Nilambur onwards the route is quite scenic , first all the way to Vazhikkadavu ( approx 24 km? ) which is at the base of the nilgiris, then the ghat stretch that goes up all the way to nadugani ( approx 12-13 km I guess ) which is at around 3000 feet above MSL or so. The ghat stretch is quite scenic with a lot of greenery all around - tall tropical trees, views of the plains below, winding roads. The only thing you need to check is the state of this stretch - this ghat section is prone to frequent shutdowns/repair work in the monsoon owing to mini landslides & fallen trees etc. There was some huge crack last year for which they had to close this section for months together - I heard it is open now. With the rainy season on, expect some challenges on this stretch.

Nadugani to Gudalur is through typical hilly terrain - some tea/coffee estates here and there- overall quite scenic. Distance - around 12 km or so?

Gudalur is a small but fairly crowded town and the base for the climb to Ooty ( towards the right as you reach Gudalur - but to reach Mysore you will have to turn left .).

The overall run time from Nilambur to Gudalur could be around 1.5 - 2 hrs.

From Gudalur you have to take the road to Mudumalai - Bandipur- Mysore.

Mudumalai ( Theppekkadu ) is arouond 20-25 km or so from Gudalur. initially goes past somee plantations etc and then you enter the reserve forest. The road condition could be a problem here ( I had passed through this stretch a few times a couple of years back and ended up scraping the bottom of my car a couple of times . Hope its improved now ). In any case the roads are narrow and winding.

Theppekkadu is the base for Mudumalai sanctuary - you can choose to take a break here and take a ride into the jungle if you have time.

From Theppekkadu you proceed towards Bandipur- Gundulpet - mysore . Theppekkadu - Gundulpet should be around 30 km or so, Gundulpet Mysore around 60 km. You pass through reserve forests till a little beyond Bandipur (drive slowly - you may suddenly run into a herd of elephants) , and once you are in Gundulpet, you meet the Calicut - Mysore road. From then on the roads are good till Mysore - look out for the occasional speed bumps though.

Gudalur - Mysore should be covered in around 2- 2.5 hours or so I guess.

Mysore Bangalore roads are excellent , four laned. approx 2.5 hours ( 140 Km? )

So the overall journey time should be approx 9 - 10 hours for a distance of approx 415 km. I guess you can reach a little earlier than if you push it a bit.
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To Dimitrz's question on post # 5, Gudalur is in Tamil Nadu. the route goes like this.

Thrissur, Nilambur, Vazhikkadavu - Kerala

Kerala - TN border is somewhere in the Ghat section.

Nadugani, Gudalur, Theppekkadu ( Mudumalai ) - Tamil Nadu.

TN - Karnataka border is in the reserve forest between Theppekkadu and Bandipur.

Bandipur, Gundulpet and from there on - Karnataka.


And here is the MapmyIndia result for Trichur to Bangalore via Nilambur.
http://www.mapmyindia.com/online/?fr...ype=best&q=dir#

It is unfortunately not accurate as it directs you to go via Malappuram from Perinthalmanna to reach Nilambur. To reach Nilambur from Perinthalmanna, you have two straightforward options:

1) Perinthalmanna - Pandikkad - Wandoor - Nilambur - around 40 Km
2) Perinthalmanna - Manjeri - Nilambur - around 46 Km.

Perinthalmanna - malappuram - nilambur will be around 59-60 km.

Hope this helps.
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Wow Thanks awfully lot guys ( N Kumar & Bigzero)
With rain season and bit of luck this might turn out to be a great trip.

still going through your tips will get back if I have any further query
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hi Dimitrz once again from kerala karnataka trip,
I advice you to please buy a ttk road guide to kerala and karnataka and not ttk road guide to south india.
Gudalur falls in tamilnadu and it is at the foot hills of nelagiri ranges which is close to ooty.
From trissur to bangalore is appx 425 kms.
The route will be thrissur - shornur - perandalmanna - nilambur - nadugani ghat - gudalur - madumalai wildlife santuary - bandipur wildlife santuary - gundelpet - mysore - bangalore.
1) nilambur = One of the oldest teak wood plantation and buckingham palace as used teak wood only from nilambur. It is called the golden teak wood town.
2) nadugani ghat = very fine sceneric route but very patchy road, please find out in nilambur if this ghat road is repaired and open.
I had travelled in my alto 4 years back knowing the patchy road only to view the mist and the scenery. In fact I took a left turn at the check post after crossing the nadugani ghat and travelled to wyanad stayed their for a night. From wyanad i travelled to manathawadi - kutta - nagarahole - pollibeta - hunsur - bangalore.
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Thanks NKumar, pravman & Bigzero for the vauable advise.

Few added queries

1) The main one -
"from Vazhikkadavu the ghat stretch that goes up all the way to nadugani "
Firstly how can I check if this route is open ? and secondly incase ; lets say I reach Vazhikkadavu and find out that the Ghat section is closed - is there any alternate route that I can take? without a big deviation or a total backtracking.

2) Entering or going through Mudumali or Bandipur = now is there a particular deviation one needs to take for it or does all road automatically go through them ?

3) Regarding road condition - a) I have a professional driver and he is quite good, b) will using Alto be a problem ( have gone upto Rohtang pass in Alto ( diffrent driver & car).

4) What are the things that I should check and ensure I have in the car before this trip - apart from Jack, wheel screw tool and a good stepanie.

5) does 3000 MSL refer to 3000 meter above sea level ( sounds pretty high for south India)

Thanks
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Quote:

1) The main one -
"from Vazhikkadavu the ghat stretch that goes up all the way to nadugani "
Firstly how can I check if this route is open ? and secondly incase ; lets say I reach Vazhikkadavu and find out that the Ghat section is closed - is there any alternate route that I can take? without a big deviation or a total backtracking.
From Vazhikkadavu you will have to come back to Nilambur and from there go via Edavanna, Areacode, Mukkam and Thamarasseri to get to the Wayanad Ghat - this is in case the Nadugani Ghat is closed. That is quite some back tracking. I dont think there is any alternate option..

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2) Entering or going through Mudumali or Bandipur = now is there a particular deviation one needs to take for it or does all road automatically go through them ?
The road goes straight through these sanctuaries. And you will see signboards. They are small, but you will find them

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3) Regarding road condition - a) I have a professional driver and he is quite good, b) will using Alto be a problem ( have gone upto Rohtang pass in Alto ( diffrent driver & car).
Alto should do fine.

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4) What are the things that I should check and ensure I have in the car before this trip - apart from Jack, wheel screw tool and a good stepanie.
Toolkit, A spare bulb, Some water (in case coolant leaks etc ) apart from the ones you mentiond. a spare fan belt too, if you want to push it.. I have never carried a spare fan belt..

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5) does 3000 MSL refer to 3000 meter above sea level ( sounds pretty high for south India)
Ooops... Terribly sorry about this goof up. it is 3000 feet - which works to approx 1000 MSL. sorry about this.
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This blog entry mentions about a drive down the Nadugani ghat a month back - apparently the road is open to traffic - but you never know with the rains..
http://augustborn.wordpress.com/2008...vacation-2008/
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Thanks a lot Bigzero

No apologies necessary for the MSL stuff.

One last query while coming back from Bangalore

option 1

Bangalore - Yercaud - Thrissur is lesser distance / better

or

Bangalore - Ooty - Thrissur is lesser distance wise / better

or are both of them a big deviation

[Did try the mymapindia site however it was not working properly maybe due to internet speed - also the print option was not working for map - also how did you manage to get the blue route line - cox when it eventually came it just showed waypoints and no marked route- or did you happen to edit the map )


Cheers
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Hi once again,
Route 1 = Bangalore yercad trissur .
This falls in the regular route of bangalore - salem -combatore - pallakad - trissur. After travelling upto salem you have to take a deviation to yercad and again come back to salem.
Route 2 = This is not the normal route to trissur and I feel it will be longer.
The buses from bangalore to trissur takes this route ie
Bangalore - mysore- gundalpet-wyanad-kalpetta- calicat -trissur.
Route 3 = This is the oldest route to combatore ie
Bangalore- Kanakapura- kollegal - sathyamangalam - combatore- trissur. From kollegal to sathyamangam you will be travelling thru veerapans area, how would this be for a change. Even though this is a NH, the road condition is a problem.
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