I had a trip to Bangalore IIM. I purposely avoided the regular Salem- Hosur highway due to two reasons. i) plenty of vehicles on the road and I can see only fast moving vehicles and will be stressed , ii) nearly 400+ plus rupees tollgate payment.
I planned for alternative route and it was a correct and perfect choice. From Pollachi I took the Palladam road and around 12Km before Palladam took the right turn to reach Annur and Sathyamangalam – Chamrajnagar – Kollegal route and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The roads were fine, no potholes, almost all thought the stretch it was good, except very few patched places and rough roads. Few months back I had a similar trip to Mysore in 4 hours in this route.
I really got what I wanted – the empty beautiful roads and natural scenery and driving in 100 + KM/H. Nothing to complain.
Pollachi to IIM Bangalore was 370 KMs and it took 6 ½ hours with a breakfast break and couple of other small breaks. The total travel time was 6 ½ hours and driving time would be 5 ½ hours. Not bad… covering 65KM per hour. Started at 615 am from Pollachi and reached Sathyamangalam at 8 am with a breakfast stop. Sathy – Dhimbham 27 hairpins in a span of 9 KMs was very memorable with fog and mist, reached Bangalore around 1245 pm. Kanagapura-Bangalore road had moderate traffic.