Dear Friends, I am planning a trip to Mattanur from Bangalore via, Mysore-Hunsur-nagarhole-Kutta-Tholpatty-Kattikulam-mananthavadi-Periya-Kottiyur-Peravur-Iritty. Can anyone let me know about the road condition and is there any other road which will save me on travel time. REgards Suresh
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Update (21 - Oct- 09) : Yesterday Drove from Kannur to Bangalore via Kuthuparamba - Nedumpoyil - Manthavady - Kutta -Nagarhole- hunsur
Road between Kuthuparamba - Nedumpoyil has lot of broken stretches.Kartikulam - Tholpeety is in Bad condition , Tholpetty to Kutta is the worst.Anyone any idea when Makutta Repair will be completed.
Update (18 - Sept- 09) : Two weeks back I drove down all alone from Mayyil to Bangalore in my Scorpio. The route I took was Mayyil-PavannoorMotta-Irikkoor-Iritti-Kottiyoor-boystown-Manathwaadi-Batheri-Gundulpet-Mysore-Bangalore.. I started at 7.30AM and reached Bangalore city by 3-3.30PM (aprox 8hrs by taking 30-45mins break overall)and clocked around 400KMs.. The road was good thru out.
Update (14- Sept - 09): I normally travel from Bangalore to Kuttiady (a small town in calicut district near to Kannur district border) through NH 212 i.e Mysore - Gudulpet- sultan batheri - kalpetta ( I take a diversion through Tharuvana and get down the ghat through Kuttiady pass): This stretch is exactly 360 kms from Bangalore - Kuttiady. And takes almost 8 hours with couple of breaks. The road is not good (with so many pot holes and lot of traffic too)from Mysore to Nanjangud - I guess around 17-20 kms,and then a couple of stretchs from Kalpetta to Kuttiady especially because of monsoon. Currently there are restrictions in NH212 where it passes through Bandipur forest, travelling is not allowed after 9 PM till 6 AM. Yet to check the Bangalore - Hunsur - Nagerhole - Manathavadi - Kuttiady route, looks like much shorter(around 300km)-not sure of the road conditions.
Update (26-Jan 2009): I travelled from Bangalore to Koothuparamba via Mysore - Gundlupet - SultanBattery - Panamaram - Mananthavady - Periya - Nedumpoyil - Koothuparamba.
Roads are in good shape. I found this route in a better shape compared to my previous drive on Oct-2008. It took around 8.5hours overall with approximatly 45 mts break in-between.
Update(Aug 2008): The road to Kannur from Manathavadi via Nedupoyil is very bad. Do not take this road.I am not sure about Manathavadi-Irrity-Kannur. We were told that if you want good road then take NH17 i.e. Kannur to Calicut(Kozhikode) . This is 90 km stretch via thalassery but you have to add 10km more as there is diversion from Vatakara due to some repair going on NH 17. The diversion is a narrow road and may take 1 hr to complete. Then take Calicut (Kozhikode) to Bangalore(NH212,SH17).There is ghat section from Kozicode (Calicut) to Lakkidi. There are 9 hair pin bends not difficult but as the road is damaged on the bends may be difficult on rainy day. If you are looking for north indian food while coming back to bangalore there is one restaurant in frot of IIM Kozhikode. Total from Kannur to Bangalore via Calicut(kozhikode) is approximately 445 km.
Rest of the road to Gundelpet-Mysore-Banagalore is Good. Take care of speed breakers which comes without any sign board on the entire road from Gundelpet to Bangalore.
Update (Aug 2008): travelled on the HD Kote - Kattikulam road thinking the road would be completed in April 2008 ...The road is untouched and as bad as mentioned here.. It took 2 hours to traverse this distance .. Highly avoidable stretch! While coming back the route was Tholpetty - Hunsur-Srirangapatnam .. which is really peaceful.
Coming back from Kannur to Bangalore: Kannur-Kootuparamba - Mananthavadi - Kartikulam - Tholpetty - Kutta - Kanur - Ponnampet - Gonikuppa - Hunsur - Mysore - Bangalore. 376 km, departed at 10.30AM and arrived non-stop at Bangalore at 6PM - total of 7.5 hours. The road is much much better and starting from Kannur at 5.30AM, would have probably taken only about 6 hours and 15 minutes to Bangalore. This route is definitely recommended, until the route throught Kabini is repaired. Please read above NOTE while planning the journey.
CAVEAT: Times given are by a fast driver and car used was a Maruti Swift.
Update(June 2008): The roads are hectic and only State transport dare to go by this route. Don't know why have they opted this route. (Is it to cut cost?).
Update (April 2008): Route No 3 is in good condition except for 3 - 4 km near Kutta , but we could manage it even in a Maruti 800. Note that Nagarhole road is open from 6AM to 6PM only.
The option (2) is longer , total distance is 400 km (from Kengeri,bangalore), but the road is excellent(as of Aug -2006).
The option (1) has bad stretches around 15 km inside the Nagarahole (Rajiv Gandhi National) park. But is far better than the Gonikoppal route.
Update(February 2008): The stretch between Gonikkoppal and Makkutta is in extremely bad condition. I took around 2.5 hrs to cover the 17 km strech.
Update (January 2008): Traveled by bus from Virajpet to Kannur. There are no roads for the last 16 km inside Karnataka until the Kerala border. Other than a few stray trucks and a couple of Karnataka Transport buses, NOONE travels on this road. The Kerala Transport buses have long stopped plying on this road. Potholes as deep as 2 feet - just stone and rubble on most places - not even a semblence of a road. In short - unpassable for any car or SUV or buses. DO NOT TAKE THIS ROAD.
Bangalore Alakode / Cherupuzha / Karuvanchal route. (preferably for folks who are driving down)
Roads are manageable as of last travel, though the distance goes up by 30-40 km compared to the main route which is thro Makuta (Kerala / Karnataka border post).
Gundlupet-Sultan Battery is through forests, usually accompanied by elephant sightings. Advise to travel this stretch before late night....however, nowadays the traffic is pretty high that there is hardly a silent moment.
Bangalore-Mysore-Gundlupet(take right on Ooty road towards Calicut)-Sultan Battery-Mananthavady-Boys Town-Irrity-Sreekandapuram-Naduvil-Karuvanchal-Alakode.
Update (December 2007). While going from Bangalore to Kannur: Bangalore - Mysore - HD Kote - Kabini - Bavali - Manathavadi, Kootuparamba - Kannur.
356 km, departed at 5.30AM and non-stop to Kannur at 1 PM - total of 7.5 hours. The 30 km stretch inside Kabini forest is VERY VERY bad and took a full 2 hours. This route is not recommended at all.
NOTE: They are laying a new road inside Kabini which should be done by April 2008. After that, this journey should be shorter by 1.5 hours. Anyone coming after April 2008 should check and if the new road is done, then definitely come on this route, otherwise you are requested to please divert from Kattikkulam towards Tholpatty-Kutta-Nagarhole-Hunsur rout.This will give you a pleasant journey.