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Ooty to Pondicherry by car

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Ooty to Pondicherry by car

Need help!!

I'm travelling from Ooty to Pondicherry (mid December 2013) and would like to know if the drive is too long (time wise). If so, Is an overnight stop over in Yercaud a good idea or some other place enroute? I've googled many sites and every one of them say that it is a 7-hour drive, but someone in Chennai told me that it is a 10-hour drive - big difference.

What is the driving time from Yercaud to Pondicherry? We are 4 seniors and we'll be travelling in a 6-seater Innova, so I'm sure it will be comfortable.

Thanks for your help/advise.

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1. Re: Ooty to Pondicherry by car

Hi

The shortest route which is: Ooty - Coonor (or) Kothagiri - Mettupalayam - Erode - Salem - Athur - Kallakurichi - Ulundurpet - Villupuram - Pondy is about 470 KMS. Assuming a steady 40 Kms/ hour average on the ghats and 65 to 70 Kms / hour on the plains with maybe one stop (at Salem ) in between it is more like 8.5 to 9 hours.

Yercaud to Pondy (same route as above from Salem) is about 240 KMS. Normally the entire stretch is a 4 lane great highway and the entire distance can be done in 3.5 hours without pushing it too much. But as of now, there are some bridge / culvert constructions underway and you never know the condition of the roads after the rains in December so it is safe to factor for about 4.5 hours for this stretch.

Oh yes, the Innova is one of the best on the Indian roads today for long hauls like these.

regards

Rajan

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Hi Rajan,

Many thanks for the detailed information on the trip from Ooty to Pondicherry. Based on your comments, it seems like a good idea to make a stopover in Salem/Yercaud and then depart for Pondicherry the next morning.

Cheers,

Sunil

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3. Re: Ooty to Pondicherry by car

Hi...

Welcome to Trip Advisor.

A stop over at Yercaud would be a welcome break. It is just a very small detour of approx 80 kms but you would have seen another good place. Salem also happens to be equidistant and you plan time it rightly, so that you reach Yercaud with a plan.

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Prasanna

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Thanks Prasanna

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can anyone suggest the right route from Pondicherry to Ooty at current road condition and climate....our plan is to go by end of May

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The one suggested by Rajan in the above post is the direct one and all are highways...

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