This beautiful road is filled with rash drivers and takes away the
pleasure of driving on a good, scenic rout. You can see slow trucks and
cars criss-crossing to overtake. The cars dont hesitate to go to the
road shoulder and beyond (?offroading!) and the come back to the road
without watching for traffic.
You will see plenty of deer as you drive on the road through Bandipur Tiger reserve. Here is a big herd of deer. We didnt stop as it is advisable not to stop on these roads and also the 2 other cars had stopped close to the herd and we didnt want to scare them away.
Its difficult to capture the true awesomeness of watching a big tusker
elephant fairly closeby – a biker signs to me stating somethingis just
down the road and we find it easy to spot this elephant
The final stretch of the road to the parking lot at Wild Planet Jungle
Resort is unpaved dirt road, but its patiently drivable in any car. Be
prepared to reverse when someone comes in the opposite direction. This
is a narrow hilly road, but the stay at the resort is worth it. From the
parking lot, they take you in a 4 wheel drive vehicle to the actual
resort which is a bumpy ride!
On the return journey, I almost drove off the hill as I took the wrong ‘exit’ before I went out through the gate. The bumpy dirt road is narrow. I also had to reverse to let a car past. Quite a nice little adventure
This is the coimbatore to Pollachi road. I love the lush green
surroundings with coconut trees and changing scenery as it traverses
through small villages and towns. The roads are not the best, but the
ride is very relaxing
Pollachi – Avinashi stretch: This stretch is narrow but quite scenic and a lot of bits are very green. This is the stretch where we got see see many windmills – lovely to watch them as you drive
Lovely road – the highway between Dindigul and Salem. Saw this monster
truck carrying some massive part of something driving on the designated
left lane with a guide car behing. Felt awesome overtaking it!
Following Google maps is not always a good option. I was driving from Vellore to Yercaud and it instructed me to turn off before reaching Salem and took me on a route through Danishpet. This was the worst road I have driven in. Narrow, broken, lonely and probably dangerous. The scenery at times is great, but I wouldn’t advice this route at all!
A few clips from the dash cam as we drove down from Yercaud. This is the
Yercaud – Salem Ghat road which we took on our way to Vellore via
This route is a bit longer but way better than the other Ghat road that
we took to climb up to Yercaud.