First of all, I appreciate the way you decided to spend your time, as not many would do so!Evacay Journey Again
On one fine weekend decided to meet some of my friends(read as bus fans down south) and planned to have a round journey from Chennai. Started 06/04 early morning and took Tejas to Madurai (We can have review of that for someother day ) Got down at madurai in Scheduled time(12.30) and had lunch and small meet up. started to Tuticorin in TNSTC newbie which was registered two days back. The Vehicle was locked at 75 which combined with the Summer temperature tested the patience. Driver tried his best but in vain and reached in around 2hr 45 mins. Had another meet there and took the 1 to 1 to Nellai. The oldie was around 8 years old but still topped 91 and covered the distance in around 50 mins. Now the thing is all end to end buses between Nellai and Ngl are replaced by newbies now. Met some friends there. But there was absolutely zero bus because of traffic jam caused by political party meet. Finally got into newbie and started another 70kmph ride and reached Nagercoil finally around 9.15 PM and @Hersom bro was already waiting there, had our dinner , few delicacies and the wait finally began for last leg of the journey by Evacay B11r from Nagercoil to Chennai,
Observations till now:
- Speedlock of Tnstc 3*2 newbies should be increased asap.
- Seats are very much comfortable with nice interiors
- Feels newbies has a bit more glass and much heat is getting in
And finally the review
Operator : Evacay Bus
Bus type: Volvo B11R 14.5 Multi Axle AC semi sleeper (2+2) 12 rows+ one driver berth
Act/Sch Departure : 10.30 PM/10.40 PM
Act/Sch Arrival : 7.45 AM/7.45 AM
My last Multi axle journey in this route was in erstwhile Jeppiar and SRM Multi and had very few journeys in this sector after that and even those were in sleepers. So was pretty much excited for this.
Reached Vadaserry Omni BS after dinner around 10 PM. One by One buses from NGL starts arriving NeeVee towards Chennai ,Kerala Lines towards Bangalore and DOT at 10.30 PM Came our superstar glittering in lights. Sure its an head turner once it entered the BS. I got in and took my seat #48 in the hope that no one would book the nearby seat and it was successful. Got inside the bus and AC was maintained at optimal temperature. Blankets and Water bottles were in place. Interior looked stunning in yellow and looks exactly like their other Pathanamthitta Chennai 11r which i take frequently. Bus departed at around 10.40 and stopped in fuel pump near Thovalai for fuel and bio break. Petrol pump was crowded and started back after around 20 mins. Vehicle was constantly maintained at around 100 kmph and driving was absolutely superb with no unwanted moves. Reached Nellai boarding and started back around 12.10 AM. I decided to doze after that, there was another break around 3 am for 15 to 20 mins but I did not get down as i was tired from too much travel and comfort of Volvo and driving was tempting. Reached Perungalathur at 7.15 am and CMBT at 7.45 am as scheduled. Excluding break Perungalathur(CMBT) timing was flat 8hrs(8hr 30mins) from Ngl and 6hr 30 mins(7 hrs) which is pretty much a beauty considering speed locked vehicle and driving which was sleep friendly even in last row and best of all not rash. Hope they stick around and provide same kind of service and inspire other operators. One Negative if I should say is that break time can be made 10 mins each. Particularly the first one mainly because Petrol pump is over crowded.
Lets give them 4.99/5 . People may think I am biased if i give 5.View attachment 763846
What makes me like Evacay is that, whoever travels by them(I have not yet) says that they are not rash, but are on time and provide a neat and clean service!
This late night service might have skipped almost all major points for such good timings!
My best on this stretch in this direction was by Rathimeena back in 2011/2012, wherein after departing at 10:05 pm we managed to reach Perungalathur at 6:50 am with a 20 minute break at Tirunelveli.