This was a sudden plan as that's the usual way to do. I planned to cover Coimbatore-Palani-Madurai-Kodaikanal-Palakkad in 2 days. Had to cover roughly 530kms. As a solo rider I prefer traveling on day time.
Day 1: Coimbatore - Palani - Madurai
23-10-2019, Wednesday, 09:15AM: I prefer starting the trip early morning but this time I started my trip a bit late. 09:15 AM. Planned to take Palladam route rather the pollachi route to Palani. I had to go through all the hectic traffic. So my trip delayed by 30 mins. But I took advantage of loner roads to catch up the time.
Below is the route I took Coimbatore-Palladam-Dharapuram-Palani. Distance covered: 118km, Riding Time: 3hrs
This route is a decent one. There is road work going on from Palladam town till few kms. Otherwise road helped for a smooth ride. I didn't take break enroute Palani except for taking pics and have a tea.
Enjoyed greenery throughout the way and road passes through villages. You can see typical village mates while passing through these road.
There are many speed barriers. You can find police aid post in many. I was stopped once. But the gentleman just asked where I am from and where I am going to. And he let me go.
By 12:10PM I reached Palani. Parked my bike paying Rs. 20. Took my bag, deposited at locker paying Rs. 50. You can find locker room run by government at the entrance. This place is safe to keep your bags.
I started walking by 12:40PM. Rather taking the traditional steps, I opted for the alternate route which has lesser steeper steps than the traditional one.
There were no rush as it's off season and that was a weekday. Since there were no rush I took the Rs. 10 queue and went inside. There were no rush at all and had a good darshan for the first time. I stood around 5mins praying.