Bangalore to Pondicherry: A scenic road trip to the east coast🏖🚙

Bangalore to Pondicherry: Along NH 77
Bangalore to Pondicherry: Along NH 77

A distance of over 300 kms; approximately a 6 hour journey; less than the Bangalore-Goa road trip we had last October. We had no stops planned in-between and so the comparatively smaller distance meant a slow start, aiming to reach Pondicherry 3:00 pm; we decided to start out by 9:00 am. (We were late, starting earlier would have been better….read on!)

9:00 am – Bright and sunny, relatively low traffic on roads, we were on our way to Hosur, in Tamil Nadu and out of Bangalore city🚙.

Under the Elevated Expressway to Electronic City in Bangalore
Under the Elevated Expressway to Electronic City in Bangalore

10:20 am – We passed Hosur and a few kilometres before Krishnagiri, we stop for a bite. This place has the choice of McCafe, Shri Krishna Inn and Cafe Coffee Day; Shri Krishna Inn appeared to be most popular judging from the crowd; but we chose the McCafe. Not a wise decision, the food was insipid🍔. 

Shri Krishna Inn appeared to be the popular choice judging from the crowd
Shri Krishna Inn appeared to be the popular choice judging from the crowd
We chose the McCafe for breakfast. Not a wise decision, the food was insipid.
We chose the McCafe for breakfast. Not a wise decision, the food was insipid.

Pledging not eat at McD again, we were on our way to Krishnagiri.

On our way to Krishnagiri
On our way to Krishnagiri

11:00 am – We payed the toll at the Krishnagiri Toll Plaza, after which we took a wrong turn. Some course corrections later, we were on NH 77 bound for Pondicherry. The scenery outside was varied and beautiful. It felt sooo…. good to see the plenitude of land, trees, greenery, mountains….less of traffic jams, buildings, neon signs🍃.

Fields of Jamanthi or Marigold
Fields of Jamanthi or Marigold
Granite quarry?
Granite quarry?

Krishnagiri has a stretch of road filled with shops on either side selling Granites.

Beauty in stone
Beauty in stone

By now we could see the Eastern Ghats, the mountains were clothed in varying shades of green, looked majestic. The road was bumpy, patchwork done in some places, missing tarmac in few areas; but low on traffic. Few stretches had kachha (dirt) road. 

A lake with the Eastern Ghats in the background
A lake with the Eastern Ghats in the background

12:00 pm – We reached a small dusty town called Uthangarai and now on the way to Thiruvannamalai.

Kachha (dirt) road
Kachha (dirt) road
Green and greenery
Green and greenery

1:00 pm – We reached Thiruvannamalai, a major town and it’s here that we started seeing the road signs pointing to the Gingee fort. There were also signs leading to the Sathanur dam, we had to make a choice – fort or dam; we chose the Gingee fort.

Goats cutting across the ASI fences at Gingee fort
Goats cutting across the ASI fences at Gingee fort

1:30 pm – The visit to Gingee fort is here 👉Gingee fort: Our Fort(uitous) Encounter

Exploring Gingee fort
Exploring Gingee fort

We spent two hours exploring the place, a majestic fort; but needs almost a day to see all the beautiful structures and climb the Rajagiri and Krishnagiri hillocks. We were out of time, if we had started from Bangalore earlier, we could have spent more time at the fort.

The Krishnagiri hillock at Gingee fort
The Krishnagiri hillock at Gingee fort
Beware of monkeys at Gingee fort
Beware of monkeys at Gingee fort

3:30 pm – We are off from Gingee; Pondicherry is 58 km away. The road becomes narrow as it passes through a town and finally we emerge to the four lane Kamraj Salai Puduchery road (NH 66) and from here it’s a smooth drive 🛣

This factory has definitely seen better days
This factory has definitely seen better days
On a flyover leading to NH 66
On a flyover leading to NH 66
Good roads after Gingee
Good roads after Gingee
The four lane Kamraj Salai Puduchery road (NH 66)
The four lane Kamraj Salai Puduchery road (NH 66)

4:30 pm – We reached Pondicherry and out stay is at the heritage hotel – Maison Perumal🌿

The white arch on the road welcomes you to Pondicherry
The white arch on the road welcomes you to Pondicherry
Maison Perumal, our stay at Pondicherry
Maison Perumal, our stay at Pondicherry

A fabulous drive and finally at Pondy 😘.

More in the next post, take care !!

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    1. Miles and smiles says:

      Thank you

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  1. Beautifully captured in pictures and words.

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    1. Miles and smiles says:

      Thank you

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    1. Miles and smiles says:

      Thank you 😊

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