I just completed a 548km trip to Tiruvanamalai Temple, in Tamil Nadu.
It was just 2 of us, me & my cousin, he isnt that familiar with driving in India, as he stayed in Us for sometime and is not able to adjust to Left lane driving style,
hence I had to drive throughout the trip. We had planned to start the trip @ 10am, but ended up leaving home at 12pm. As expected it took us 1hour and 40mins to reach Hosur (killer traffic throughout bangalore, despite being a saturday and a long weekend).
We had 3 routes to chose from
1. B'lore - Krishnagiri - Tiruvanamalai = ruled out as road condition is pathetic, although the shortest one)
2. B'lore - Krishnagiri - Vellore - Kelur - Tiruvanamalai = we opted this route while returning
3. B'lore - Krishnagiri - Bargur - Tirupattur - Singarapetti - Chengam - Tiruvanamalai = This is longer than the first route
and shorter than the second one. Mainly the traffic was very less, although single lane roads were okayish.
Except for a very bad stretch for 2kms.
We took our first break at Krishnagiri for lunch (2parotas) and moved on. The roads till the Bargur deviation are awesome 6lane (zero pothole roads), from then on the roads till Tirupattur are a bit bouncy and have a few humps at every village, otherwise roads were really good.
Once we reached the temple, we did the Darshan and not much crowd too. The temple is way bigger and beautiful from inside, there are some renovation work going on currently. The place is big enough to confuse first timers easily. We entered though the North gate and ended up exiting through the East gate. The East gate has a market place, right outside and is pretty lively to see the coourful sweets, flowers, all sorts of shops etc.
The temple has a pretty clean pond and an Elephant too. Mainly built out of stone, this temple is about a 1000yrs old but architecture is stunning.
To know more about the temple visit their website. Arulmigu Arunachaleswarar Temple, Thiruvannamalai.
Total expense was roughly 2500/-
2 full tanks - 1600/-
Tolls - 75+75+90+40
Dinner & chai breaks - 400/-
Prasadam - 300/- approx
Getting ready now to upgrade the headlamps, as it is simply impossible to drive at night (with rain even worse) with these stock candle style bulbs. Will post a few more pics soon.
Total distance travelled - 548kms
Top speed reached: 100kmph (on a very empty stretch)
Mileage: 21kmpl with 2 occupants and AC on for nearly 90% of the distance.
Things which need upgrade in nano for super long drives - BETTER BRAKES & HEADLAMPS.