Returned from Pondicherry to Bangalore yesterday night. The route options I had were: Route-1 : Pondi - Tindivanam - Chengalpattu - Walajabad- Kanchipuram - Vellore - Krishnagiri - Hosur - Bangalore
I took this route. From Goubert
Avenue, Pondy to my home, it was 442 km
and took 7.5 Hrs. Started at 4 pm and reached home at 11:30 pm. The 40km long
Chengalpattu-Walajabad-Kanchi is the ONLY State Highway in this Option
. Still it took me more than an hour for 4-lane to 4-lane time. I have written my comments on the Drivers in SHs at the end. THE BEST ROUTE-2
Route-2 : Pondi - Tindivanam - Melmaruvathur - Kanchipuram - Vellore - Krishnagiri - Hosur - Bangalore
According to Uncle Google, this is only 400 km
with 54km State Highway
(from Melmaruvathur-Uthiramerur-Kanchi). I did the travel in the reverse direction, in January 2016, but wanted to try Option-1 this time. I could have saved between 25 to 40 minutes in travel time. Who knows ? THE BEST ROUTE-1
Route-3 : Pondi - Tindivanam - Cheyyar - Vellore - Krishnagiri - Hosur - Bangalore
As per GoogleMaps, the distance is 396km
. I avoided this because of the 100km travel thro the State Highway in "Tindivanam - Cheyyar -Arcot" stretch. That 100km could as well have resulted in close to 3 Hours. Route 4 : Pondi - Villupuram - Ulundurpet - Attur - Salem - Krishnagiri - Hosur - Bangalore
As per GoogleMaps, the distance is 430km
. I avoided this because of the 180km travel thro the State Highway in "Vilupuram - Salem" stretch. I had TWO touch sessions in this SH. It is recorded in my Ownership thread.
Route 5 : Pondi - Tiruvannamalai - Krishnagiri - Hosur - Bangalore
I had plenty of bad experiences on the roads on either side of Tiruvannamalai in the past. Simply decided to avoid. BTW, this is THE shortest route at just 326 km with 181km in SHs
. Once I left Tiruvannamalai at 5pm and reached home around midnight. THAT nightmare is recorded in my Ownership thread. Dare to challenge your tyres, wheels, shockers, nerve and whatnot ??? Just take this route :-) About Driving in SHs: Driving in SHs,
drive within 80 kph if YOU ARE ABLE TO CLEARLY SEE WHAT IS AHEAD. Drop speed at night. With licenses given to everyone and 2 wheeler Finances available easily, there are plenty of 2W on Indian SHs now. When these guys see a car, they want to test / prove their driving skills. They way they zig-zag around moving vehicles in these SHs, brought my young age memories. But I never made dangerous moves on 2W. Like, "there is an obstacle ahead - avoid BRAKING - just LEAN - change direction - move in the path of another vehicle - let HIM apply brakes, if he wants to get out of MY AREA
" type of moves. My heart was in my mouth many times.
On three occasions, I thought I hit a two wheeler. Once, I was following a Bus; a Honda 100CC bike with 3 guys on it overtook me from left and disappeared on teh left side of Bus; suddenly I saw the bike in my view; the driver cut right in front of me. All this to avoid some obstacle in HIS path. Some how, Verna's brakes saved the day.