Bangalore To Pondicherry - Road Condition and Route

Jul 16, 2015
Just thought to update the latest road conditions. Have done multiple trips in the last 6-8 months via multiple routes.

Standard: Bangalore - Hosur - Krishnagiri - Vellore - Arcot - Cheyyar - Vandavasi - Tindivanam - Pondicherry: No major updates. Except for a few sections between Arcot - Cheyyar, the top layer had come off, but they were relaying the tar surface. Best & easiest route. All towns have bypass, scroll a few pages, I have given GMap Links to all bypass.

Shortest: Bangalore - Hosur - Krishnagiri - Mathur - Uthanagarai - Chengam - Thiruvannamalai - Gingee - Tindivanam - Pondicherry. Still painful surface from Krishnagiri - Mathur - Uthanagarai. Post Singarapettai, surface is better. Cruising at 60kmph is definitely possible. And at times, 80kmph too. Just be beware of sudden road height drops. Crossing Thiruvannamalai, is still painful. Chola Resorts (just before Thiruvannamalai - while coming from Bangalore - is a decent stopover. Decent tasting food. Average restrooms).

Alternative to the shortest route: Bangalore - Krishnagiri - Bargur - Thirupattur - Uthanagarai/Singarapettai - Chengam - Thiruvannamalai - Gingee - Tindivanam - Pondicherry. Still the best alternative. Crossing Thirupattur, is still painful with potholed roads & peak hour traffic. Remember, the route from Thirupattur to Uthanagarai/Singarapettai are 1.5-2 lane undivided winding roads. Slow down to enjoy the Tamarind-tree-covered surfaces.

Scenic alternative: Bangalore - Hosur - Krishnagiri - Karimangalam - Kambainallur - Morappur - Harur - Theerthamalai - Thanipadi - Thrivannamalai - Gingee - Tindivanam - Pondicherry. Road surface has help up in most sections. Beautiful winding sections of villages, farms, forests, and hills. If you are in no hurry, take this route, although not in the lands may be parched.
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