Naaidu Biryani Batlagundu Dindigul

While the biryani-trinity of Thalapakatti, Venu’s and Ponram’s dominate the popularity charts of Dindigul Biryani – it’s the small, no-franchise, unique outlets serving Their version of Dindigul biryani with a slight individuality that excite a biryani-fan.

One such unique biryani getaway is Naaidu biryani restaurant at Batlagundu serving some delicious biryani (mutton and chicken) along with some lip smacking meat-sides such as mutton sukkha, chicken fry etc.

Dindigul Chicken Biryani at Naaidu Biryani Batlagundu

Traditional Dindigul Chicken Biryani served on a plantain leaf – deliciousness!!

Located on the highway connecting Dindigul and Theni at Batlagundu ( about 35 kms from Dindigul) this small biryani place is a welcome relief from the crowded and overpriced Thalapakatti outlets – making it the perfect lunch stop for travelers heading to Theni or Thekkady.

Naaidu Biryani Restaurant at Batlagundu

Useful information:

  • Timings: 11 am to 11 pm Open all days
  • Cash only no cards
  • No dedicated or separate parking
  • Contact Number: Mr.Saktivel 09677753238

Naaidu Biryani Restaurant was discovered by a dear friend during one of his rides – the food is delicious, easy on the wallet and sports wonderful roads to and ahead till Thekkady !!

Road from Batlagundu to Theni aboard the Yamaha YZF-R3

Delight to Ride – road from Batlagundu to Theni – mind the crosswinds though!!

Periyar Ghat - Enroute Kumily on the Yamaha YZF-R3

Periyar Ghat – En-route Kumily, too damn scenic !!

Biryani Ride Getaways from Bengaluru

The urge to ride a motorcycle on an empty highway at dawn in search of a breakfast place is incredible, yet some mornings are meant to be spent in a warm blanket than in a riding jacket on-board a motorcycle!!

Well that’s when you outta go-back to the bed and wake up for biryani-lunch ride 😀

Presenting the best biryani ride getaways from my beloved Bengaluru:

Chinnaswamy Naidu Biryani, Hosur:

Started in the 1920s in Dindigul, Chinnaswamy Naidu, originally a chicken-dealer moved to Hosur after independence perfected the Dindigul biryani.

  • Location: Rajmahal Complex, Bypass Road (Opposite to the new Hosur Bus Stand) Google Maps Link
  • Timings: 11:30 am to 3:30 pm (Open all days of the week)
  • Cash and cards are accepted
  • Type of Biryani: Dindigul Biryani (Chicken, Mutton & Biryani Rice)
Dindigul Biryani at Chinnaswamy Naidu Biryani in Hosur

Dindigul Biryani at Chinnaswamy Naidu

Hotel Hanumanthu, Mysore:

Easily the most famous and replicated biryani place in Mysore. The folks who run the original hotel on Akbar Road in Mandi Mohalla, Mysore call it ‘Pulav’ due to the nature of the preparation and not biryani. Hotel Hanumanthu has been serving gastronomical pulav and mutton chops since the 1930s.

Based on my friend’s recommendation – the mutton chops are extremely delicious and a must-eat.

  • Location: Akbar Road Mandi Mohalla, Mysore Google Maps Link
  • Timings: The timings vary on a day-basis – as provided below:
    • Monday Holiday
    • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday : 7 am to 10:30 am & 12 pm to 4:30 pm & 6 pm to 10 pm
    • Thursday: 2 pm to 4:30 pm & 6 pm to 10 pm
    • Saturday: 12 pm to 4 pm only
  • Cash only
  • Type of Biryani: Pulav (Mutton & Biryani Rice)
  • Chicken pulav is served only on Sundays
Mutton Pulav Rice at Hotel Hanmanthu Mysore

Mutton Pulav Rice at Hotel Hanumanthu

Jai Bhuvaneshwari Military Hotel near Srirangapatna on Blore-Mysore Highway:

If you are a fan of Donne Biryani, this place serves a similar one except the Donne – locally known as Gowdru-style biryani.

  • Location: Baburayankoppal, Near Srirangaptna on the Bangalore-Mysore Highway
  • Timings: 11:30 am to 4 pm (open all days) – Monday holiday
  • Cash only
  • Type of Biryani: Gowdru-style biryani (Chicken, Mutton and Biryani Rice)
  • Chicken pulav is served only on Sundays
  • The place usually packed with partially-drunk borderline-violent men 😀 – so visit this place with discretion 😛
Mutton Biryani at Jai Bhuvaneshwari Military Hotel Bangalore-Mysore Highway

Mutton Biryani at Jai Bhuvaneshwari Military Hotel

Rahamaniya Hotel, Ambur:

The original hotel that kick-started the popularity of ‘Ambur Biryani’. In fact Star Biryani. Managed by one of the brothers is an offshoot of Rahamaniya Hotel.

  • Location: O V Road Mootukollai, Ambur Google Maps Link
  • Timings:
    • 11:30 am to 5 pm & 6 pm to 9 pm (open all days – except Saturday)
    • 11:30 am to 3 pm (on Saturdays only)
  • Cash only
  • Type of Biryani: Ambur Biryani or Vanyambadi Biryani (Chicken, Egg & Kuska rice aka biryani rice)
Ambur Biryani at Rahamaniya Hotel in Ambur

Ambur Biryani at Rahamaniya Hotel


Touring on a Yamaha R3 in India in search of biryani

Perfect to explore biryanis on the highways 🙂