Originally Posted by Highway Ranger
We have planned a trip to Munnar later this month. I would like to know the road conditions in and around Munnar/Thekkady.
We will be taking the Hosur > Salem > Avinashi > Palladam > Udumalpet > Chinnar > Munnar route.
Any inputs will be appreciated.
I guess, this route is not new to you. There are some bad patches/detour in and around Udumalpet town and also within the Chinnar forest [TN]. I did this stretch last month or so and shouldn’t be any issue at all. Return:
If you want a change, I would suggest this route: Munnar- Gap road- Anayirangal –Poopara- Bodimettu-Bodi-Theni-Dindugal-Salem-Bangalore.
You can also take the Munnar- Anayirangal- Poopara – Thekkady and return to Munnar if you don ‘t wish to head back to Bangalore directly from Thekkady.
Except for the Bodi mettu-Bodi ghat stretch, the rest of the route should be exceptionally smooth to drive along. The Munnar-Poopara stretch via Gap Road is a treat and if you haven’t been already, it is a must visit stretch. Though narrow, it is beautifully laid tarmac all the way up to Bodi mettu.
The TN Ghat road [Bodi]used to be much better a few years back. It is only when they started the road widening work, it got deteriorated. It is still very much drivable and the view/ scenic beauty all along the stretch will compensate for any roughness that you encounter on the surface. If you want to take an early break, you may do it at Hotel Western Ghats or Hotel Theni International @ Theni, beyond which you may not have good options.
Munnar should be at its best this time of the year. All the best and do take care.
Edit: Gap Road @Munnar