National Highway 766 (India)
|Length:||272 km (169 mi)|
|To:||Kollegal, Chamrajnagar District, Karnataka.|
|States:||Karnataka: 155 km
|Kozhikode - Kalpetta -Sultan Battery- Gundlupet - Mysore - Kollegal|
National Highway 766 (NH 766) is a National Highway in Southern India. NH 766 connects Kozhikode in Kerala with Kollegal in Karnataka via Mysore. Of the total distance of 272 km, 117 km is in Kerala and 155 is in Karnataka. At Kollegal, it joins National Highway 948, which connects Bengaluru and Coimbatore. The highway passes through dense forests of Western ghats of India. The NH-766 passes through Bandipur National Park and other reserve forests. The rapid rise in traffic of vehicles (Automobiles) in this highway has led to deaths of wild animals due to the speeding traffic, even though vehicles are not allowed from 9 P.M to 6 A.M in some stretches.
The section of the road from Lakkidi in Wayanad to Adivaram (Thamarassery) called as Wayanad Churam (A hill highway with nine hairpin bends) offers a scenic drive.
The Karnataka government banned night traffic through the road passing through Bandipur National Park as conservationists argued that it is disturbing the wildlife from 9 P.M in the evening up to 6 A.M. in the morning. It's closed for 2 wheelers from 6 P.M. to 6 A.M. The alternate road to use during night hours is, leave NH 766 at Kalpetta and proceed to Mysore through Mananthavady, Kutta, Gonikoppal, and Hunsur. This alternate route is 32 km longer and completely bypasses Sulthan Bathery, Gundlupet and Nanjangud.
- http://www.india9.com/i9show/National-Highway-212-64643.htm About NH 212
- "Night traffic ban at Bandipur extended from 9 to 12 hours". Deccanherlad.com. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
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