Coimbatore – Arani New Route by SETC

Arani is a town and a municipality in Tiruvanamalai district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The name comes from the word araneeyam which means a place surrounded by a forest. In olden days Arani was called Aranyam. Aar means Athi tree; such trees once covered the region. In the north of Arani, there was a river, the Kamandala Naga river. These trees and river looked like an ornament; hence the name Arani.

The town is well known for Rice and Silk in Tamil Nadu, Majority of the population in and around the town are depending on Agricultural and Weaving related occupation. The revenues of the town are the major contribution to the revenues of the district. There are more than 250 Rice mills with in the town limit and stands second in the state to produce rice next to Thanjavur region.

Arani is the 2nd largest town in the district after Thiruvannamalai. It is located about 38 kilometres (24 mi) from Vellore and 60 kilometres (37 mi) from Thiruvannamalai. The city is well connected through various well formed roads, the state highways SH-4 (Arcot – Arani – Gingee – Villupuram Road), SH-132 (Vellore – Arani Road),Arani-Tiruvannamali Road are the major roads connecting Arani. The nearest railway station is “Arani Road” located at Kalambur, which is 8 km from the town.

SETC has recently introduced a new route from Coimbatore to Arani. It is a rare route connecting a Tier II city with a town apart from District HQ or major city. The bus was captured around 4.35 p.m. at Salem CBS towards Coimbatore. It would help majorly the pax commuting to Tiruvannamalai (plus nearby towns) from Coimbatore to have a comfortable journey. At present quite a few 3×2 seater express services byt TNSTC is seving between Coimbatore and TVMalai. A pair of bus from Coimbatore SETC Branch has been deployed.

Pic: Prasanna & Krish

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Hinder Route # 68C of Coimbatore city resumed.

Route # 68C which was plying from Singanallur Bus Stand to Thudialur was stopped by Coimbatore region’s Ondipudur-1 Branch due to bus shortage as well as poor collection.TN 38 N 1980-A Leyland SLF was plying for this route earlier. Continue reading

Pongal Special Buses Operation

A whopping 11270 special buses would be operated according to the State Department of Transportation for the Pongal festival on 11, 12 and 13th January 2017.

Press Release:

On the eve of Pongal festival special buses would ply from Chennai to various destinations across the state. 29 ticket counters opened for this purpose at Chennai Koyambedu. Special buses operated continuously for 3 days festival.

Temporary Bus Terminus:

For the convenience of passengers and to avoid congestion, temporary terminus at below points similar in  fashion to Diwali would be arranged.

  • Andhra bound buses would start from Anna Nagar West Terminus.
  • ECR bound buses would commence from Gandhi Nagar Bus Terminus, Adyar.
  • Thanjavur, Kumbakonam buses would start from Tambaram Sanatorium BS.
  • Vellore, Hosur and Dharmapuri bound buses would ply from Poonamallee.
  • All other destination like Trichy, Salem, Madurai, Coimbatore, Nellai, Nagercoil, Villupuram, Tiruvannamalai, Neyveli, Panruti and Kallakurichi bound buses would depart from CMBT (Koyambedu) as usual.


Upcoming New Branch for TNSTC CBE at Sulur


Upcoming TNSTC CBE depot under construction at Sulur. 

This new Branch will come to reality very soon and it would be second depot to serve Sulur area, while presently Karumathampatti mostly serving Sulur area. The new branch would be more helpful in reducing the huge load of Ondipudhur 1 Branch. Sulur bound town services from Ondipudhur 1 Branch and Karumathampatti would be transferred to the under construction Sulur Branch once it commences. Surrounding villages would get good connectivity once this branch gets inaugurated.

Pics & info: Ramesh









Brindhaavanam Blog Calendar-2017

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

New Year is always so magnificent time of our life, it’s when we celebrate the new upcoming year and say good bye to the previous year 2016. Let us all welcome the coming New Year 2017 with open hearts and remember all the moments in our lives that were memorable from the previous year.

Pics Courtesy : Mr.Syed Riyaz, Mr.Reno Ruberts, Mr.Shankar, Mr. Ramesh, Mr.Prasanna, Mr. Harishwar

Team Brindhaavanam Blog Wishes Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all Continue reading

Wish you Happy Karthigai Deepam

Karthigai is essentially a festival of lamps. The lighted lamp is considered an auspicious symbol. It is believed to ward off evil forces and usher in prosperity and joy. Karthigai Deepam is the most significant festival that is celebrated with pomp and gaiety at Arunachaleswarar temple, Tiruvannamalai. In this year Karthikai Deepam falls on 12th December,2016 .This Karthigai Deepam is celebrated as a ten day festival and it is widely known as Karthigai Brahmotsavam.

Karthigai Deepam festival starts at around four o clock in the early hours and the Bharani Deepam is lit at the temple. In the evening the Mahadeepam is lit on the top of the hill at around six o clock. This is a very important ceremony during the Karthigai Deepam festival at Tiruvannamalai. Arunachaleswarar is said to be visually represented in the form of agni on the hill top. There is a very mammoth gathering on this day at the Arunachaleswarar temple to witness this glorious and sacred event.

TNSTC operate special buses from various parts of Tamil Nadu to help cater the huge rush for the festival at Tiruvannamalai. Usually Chennai bound special buses are operated from Chennai road, Kanchipuram and Vellore bound buses north of the BS on Vellore road, Kallakurichi, Attur and Thanipadi bound buses near Thamarai Kulam on Thanipadi road near TNSTC TVM  Branch 1 and West bound and Bangalore bound buses near Govt Arts College on Chengam road.


Converted Tata Town Buses in Erode Region

Downgraded TML City Buses

TNSTC-CBE Erode region received Tata Buses in 2012-13 in a good number of shares. Mostly this TML buses are allotted to Erode-Coimbatore and Erode-Tirupur routes. apart from Erode-Mettur, Bhavani-Coimbatore and Sathy-Erode also. Recently erode region getting good number of new buses in AL platform and replaced most of TML buses in TN 33 N 28xx. we all are expecting that replaced TML buses are going to transferred to Coimbatore. But, to be the surprise all the buses are running under Erode region. Continue reading

TNSTC-Coimbatore region New Learner Buses

Downgraded Learner buses from CBE Region

TNSTC-Coimbatore region driver training institute which was located in Pollachi is the one and only center having driving simulation training while driving in TN. Totally 6 Learner buses are attached to this Unit which was served as a Passenger vehicles from the beginning. There are two Hill Station buses, and 4 Usual buses are attached in the previous days. Apart from 4, Three buses are bit old and they are BS-2 Model buses. But present days are BS-3 Models. So Officials decided to Change that 3 BS-2 Buses to City services, and get back BS-3 Model buses to Learner Vehicles. Continue reading

Pamba – Chennai Chartered Bus

KSRTC has introduced Pamba – Chennai Sabari Express(Super Deluxe 2×2 pushback seat, Body Built by Pappanamcode) Chartered Bus via Kumili, Tiruchi since Novemebr 25th, 2016 to cater to the Sabarimala pilgrims. A moved aimed to clear the huge crowd and serve Pamba bound rush from Chennai.

During 2015 historic flood, Ksrtc deployed several special buses from various parts of Kerala to Chennai in order to help the stranded Keralites and other passengers to goto Kerala safely. After that almost an year later the Pamba special has been started. An welcome move and hope they would continue such services to help cater the public.

Pics by: Daniel Joseph





Yercaud Bus Stand Timings

Bus Timings from Yercaud Bus stand

Yercaud is a hill station in Salem District, in Tamil Nadu, India. It is located in the Shevaroys range of hills in the Eastern Ghats. It is situated at an altitude of 1515 metres (4970 ft) above sea level, and the highest point in Yercaud is the Servarayan temple, at 5,326 feet (1,623 m). The hill station is named owing to the abundance of forest near the lake, the name signifying Lake Forest.[1] As a popular tourist destination, Yercaud [2] is also called as Jewel of the South.[3] Yercaud is connected to the city of Salem, Tamil Nadu through a Highway of 28 km. Coffee and citrus fruits, most notably oranges, are grown in abundance, as well as bananas, pears and jackfruit. Scenically, Yercaud is as enchanting and picturesque as the hill stations on the Eastern Ghats and trekking will be an experience. Continue reading

Veteran as Special in Prime Route

TN 38 N 1231 Coimbatore – Tiruppur (Karumathampatti Branch) was deployed as special to Salem on Sunday. The guy was looking good but sadly not healthy. Officers should be careful in pushing the crews to take these kind of buses for long run. There are many better buses which could be out as special. Hope they change their attitude even if it is for special on a prime route. Just because it is money minting things should not be taken for granted. Hope the bus returned back to Coimbatore successfully overnight.

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Annual Bus Fans Meet – Brindhavanam BLOG

It was a great pleasure to welcome you all to this year’s Annual Meet, celebrating not only our accomplishments, but also to celebrate our hard work and all these years achievements.

It is so important for us to have this opportunity to connect with our fans, members; after all – that’s what it’s all about for us. We wanted to start by thanking you for joining us today; your support and presence here is indicative of the steps we’ve made in the right direction, and of the possibilities of what could be as we continue on this path.

We are proud of our reputation, and have worked hard to establish it.

It was a delightful moment when Mr. Boopathy Reddy – a TNSTC staff who willingly came up for the meet and we had a great time with him. It was  a big honor for our team.

It was important for us as a Team to enter this phase with not only the same passion and purpose that our predecessors (Ramesh who is currently senior member) channeled when they established the blog few years before, but also to add our own flavor to the mix.  To do that, we needed to review our practices to establish:

  • A refocused passion that reflected the need’s of today’s fanning community,
  • A renewed presence, to command the stage, and
  • A rejuvenated purpose that would inspire our members, our team and the community to push for more.

Then there was a moment of long wait for the media popular bus and everyone ready to capture that guy.

Almost it was the first ever BBU visit for many. We had a tour of REC. Thanks a zillion to Dani for organizing it and Mr. Karthi of REC to allow us for this to happen apart from giving valuable info and very patiently answered the queries and  explained in detail.

Post lunch, there was presentation ceremony. Mr. Boopathy distributed the gift to the fans. Then came final moment to conclude a great day out. The fanning actually continued for the 2nd day at Yercaud unplanned by Salem team. Short, sweet and memorable trip.

Yes, it is about the success we have met as an Team, the synergy we have found within these walls, the barriers we have knocked down, and the opportunities we have built up.

On the way to Karur for Anual Meet

From Salem on the way to meet at Karur

Two Wings Meet


Team assembling


Team in action



Krish having a ride with FZ


Bharathy having a ride with FZ


Shankar having a ride with FZ


Dani in Action

Dani in Action

Krish in Action

Krish in Action

Harishwar & Shankar in Action

Harishwar & Shankar duo in Action

Gokul & Dani

Gokul & Dani

Group Chat

Group Chat

Riyaz in Action

Riyaz fanning

Harishwar desparate for the media popular Devfort – Tiruppur guy

Krish clicking TN 63 N 1719

Krish clicks the media popular guy

Harishwar desparate for N 1719 Devakottai - Tiruppur guy

Finally long wait comes to an end – TN 63 N 1719 Devakottai – Tiruppur; well decorated guy

The media popular Devakottai - Tiurppur well decorated bus

Shankar & Krish at BBU


Silambu & Shankar at BBU


Shankar at BBU


Riyaz & Bharathy @BBU


Shankar, Ramesh & Dani


Krish, Shankar, Ramesh & Dani


SMR Ramesh posing with S.M.R (shortest Omni;Namakkal – Coimbatore)


S.M.R with Logo


Shankar posing with S.M. R (Ex Service Man Coach) 


Bharathy posing infront of Bharat (Royal’ s)

Bharathy posing infront of Bharat (Royal' s)

Group Pic @BBU


Group Pic infront of ready bus


Post Lunch Group Selfie


Gifts for Presentation Ceremony


Boopathy Sir Receiving Gift

Boopathy Sir receiving Gift

Sakkarai Nathan Receiving Gift

Sakkarai Nathan receiving Gift

Bharathy Receiving Gift

Bharathy receiving Gift

Krish Receiving Gift

Krishna Receiving Gift

Gokul Receiving Gift

Gokul Receiving Gift

Silambu Receiving Gift

Silambu Receiving Gift

Prasanna Receiving Gift

Prasanna Receiving Gift

Ramesh Receiving Gift

Ramesh Receiving Gift

Daniel Receiving Gift

Daniel Receiving Gift

Harishwar Receiving Gift

Harish receiving Gift

Karthi Anbu Receiving Gift

Karthi Anbu Receiving Gift

Team meet Adieu


Meet 2nd Day at Riyaz Home – Getting ready for Yercaud


Rosemilk time – specially for Gokul – Wonderful Hospitality by Riyaz & Family


Gokul having fun


Fans gearing up to click MSMP


Nizam in action 


N. S. The Oldest operator to Shervaroys Hills (Yercaud) nearing its centenary year


Auto Selfie


Group pic


Gokul & Riyaz


Prasanna with Kurinji


Shankar with Kurinji