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Hyderabad - Mysuru - Coorg - Murudeshwara - Goa(Palolem) - Hyderabad
Total Distance Covered: 2097 KMS
Vehicle: Nissan Micra
Mileage: 23+ kmpl with 60% of A/C all the time(2 Adults and 1 kid).
No. of Days: 7 Days
From Dec 22nd to 28th 2019.
Total Tolls: 1030/- [Through Fastag 960+ cash 70]
Route expedition Via Google Maps
** SINGLE HAND DRIVING
Route: Hyderabad(NH 44) - Bangalore- Mysuru.
Total distance covered on day 1 : 729 KMS
Total Time: 14 hours 27 min with 5 breaks.
Christmas holidays.... planned the trip and very well executed with the support of my spouse and kid.
Started at 3:30 Am on 22nd Dec from Hyderabad via NH 44.. It's a pleasure to drive through this route and it's my first-time visit to Bangalore. After entering into the Bangalore got confused with one of the exit at entered into the CV Raman road and got stuck in the traffic around 1 hour. Literally experienced the Bangalore traffic that too on SUNDAY
My only suggestion to newbie visiting Bangalore or traveling through Bangalore, please take some time to explore the map deeply or ask anyone to go in the right direction.
Road condition from Bangalore to Mysuru(Via NH 275) is Good with a good number of Speed bumps. So have an eye on these speed breakers.
Reached Mysuru at 5:00 PM and checked into the hotel [Reliable service apartments], booked via booking.com
After refreshing, visited Brindavan Gardens(KSR) and had dinner at Hotel Chirag Food court Dabha while returning back to Hotel.
It was a long day by driving 729kms, but not challenging. Its a simple and straight road.
Reliable service Apartments:
Tiffin: Roadside hotel, As I had already crossed Kurnool in early hours.
Lunch: Vattika vegetarian restaurant after crossing Bangalore on the way to Mysuru.
Mysuru Palace - Coorg
Total distance covered on Day 2: 112 km
Stay: OYO Home Luxe 23010 Opulent Stay(HomeStay)
Checked out from hotel@9:30 AM, visited Mysuru Palace and started towards Coorg @12:45 PM via NH 275. Road condition is good but not great, From Kushalnagar took SH 91 towards Dubare Elephant camp-Excellent location - easily one can spend around 2 to 3+ hours in the Kaveri river. Due to the Holiday season, the queue for the Elephant camp was very huge, so avoided it and had fun with the family in the river itself and also done the Still water river rafting in it.
In between, Mysuru roads were the cleanest and wide roads.
Still water River rafting - 200/person.
Time: 30 to 45 min
Once we are done with the Elephant camp, started towards our stay at 6 pm which is in Coffee estate. As it was dark, it was very difficult for us to find the homestay as there are no street lights and its a ghat road.
Oyo 23010 opulent stay(Berry trails Homestay)
Suggestion- Make sure to reach your homestay/Hotel before 6 PM in Coorg especially if you have booked in coffee estates. .
** I have avoided to stay Madikeri, as I want a pleasant place to stay on so choose HOMESTAY and it was an awesome stay for 2 days in between coffee estate and jungle.
Total distance: 83 km
Started at 10 AM from Homestay towards Madikeri, it's a ghat road and full of scenic views. It was a challenging road
Visited Raja Seat, Abbey falls and fort as well...while returning we took the NH 275 as my kid was little worried by seeing the ghat roads which we have traveled in the morning and took the long way via Kushalnagar. Had lunch at Fish curry Rice Hotel and it was 3 pm. We still had time to roam, so again visited the Elephant camp and spent 2hrs and then checked into the homestay by 7 pm.
Day 4 :
Coorg – Mangalore – Murudeshwara – Goa(Palolem Beach)
Total distance: 446 km
Planned to start at 5 AM but due to the darkness started at 7 AM from Homestay.
Madikeri was full of due.. the visibility was very low.. slowly crossed Madikeri and started towards Mangalore road and in between the scenes of the mountains were awful while getting down through ghat road.
Stopped at Abhi falls – It's a small waterfall point but the scene opposite to the waterfalls was great, spent around 30min by viewing at mountains with some clicks.
Moved towards Mangalore road.. Its a 2 lane road but the road condition was too good until we reach near to Mangalore.
Halted for tiffin @ Hotel New kamadhenu at Kodankeri place. I rate it 4/5.
** Before entering into the Mangalore we have crossed 2 toll plazas on NH 73.
Time was running out due to the highway traffic on NH 66, decided not to halt until murudeshwar temple. Did the same and reached murudheshwar temple by 3 pm.
Temple location, shiva Idol .. beach all were awesome… As there was no time for us to stay, we shortened our stay and moved towards Goa at 4 pm. From murudeshwar the road condition is Average, due to the heavy vehicle traffic avg speed was between 50 to 60 on NH 66 and most of the road is under construction.
Finally entered Goa after 3 hours drive from murudeshwar, our tiredness got vanished by seeing the see view's
Not a single toll we encountered on NH 66 after crossing Mangalore until Palolem.
Checked into the hotel @7:11 PM at Palolem.
Hotel Name: Bay leaf resorts.
We got refreshed in 15 min and moved towards beach. My kid and wife were very excited by seeing the environment over there. We roamed around Palolem beach for a while and had some roadside snacks.
Dinner @ Baba's Little Italy restaurant.
Reached room by 1:15 AM after having a nice relaxing time on the beach shack.
Our day started a little earlier, by 6 AM we were on the beach and had some fun playing around.
@9am booked a boat for 2000 rs, visited Monkey island, butterfly beach, honeymoon beach and also saw a lot of Dolphins
As it was Amavasya, the water level on the Honeymoon beach was very high and boats were unable to drop us over there.
**My suggestion to one is to have a pocket full of cash if you are in goa.
In Goa, most of the ATMs either won't be working or no Cash boards. I had to wait in queue for an hour as there was only one ATM which was working.
In the evening, we had visited the Omellete center which is located exactly at the main entrance of the Palolem beach. He has a wide variety of egg dishes and its fantastic. Must visit the place. (Added the stall Pic)
After a beautiful sunset, we moved on to one of the beach shack and had a great dinner. We spent the time until midnight on the beach shore and moved to the room.
Palolem – Hubli - Raichur
Total Distance: 483 KMS
Total Time: 10 hrs 43 min
We decided to start our day a little earlier and moved on to the beach.. We experienced the beautiful sunrise and played around.
Started @10 AM from Palolem... As we all know petrol is cheaper compared to that of other places in India. Filled the petrol to Full Tank and checked the Air pressure as well, as it would be a long drive.
As I was in south Goa and few locals also suggested me take the route of Raichur rather than going through choral ghats from north GOA.
But, I can say it was a smooth drive until I have reached KADANKOPPA but after that its a Hell of the drive. The road is under construction a lot of diversions and road is not at all good.
Reached Raichur by 9:50 PM, decided to halt there for a night and did the same. As I was not in a condition to drive more as it was 4 more hours for Hyderabad but due to the road condition decided not to drive more.
**Please do avoid this Hubli-Raichur road.
Raichur – Hyderabad
Total Distance: 207 KMS
Total Time: 4 hrs 6 min
Started at 5 AM from Raichur and road condition is very bad until you reach NH 44.
Reached Home by 10:05 AM.
Completed the Road-trip with full satisfaction and with lots of memories.
Thank you to all the members in the INDIA-DRIVE forum for your valuable tips/suggestions which helped me to get this trip successful
Hi Experts !
Am planning for a 5 day road trip from Gachibowli to Coorg.
Can any body please suggest me a perfect plan for the trip.
Do i need to book the hotel in advance or can i just walk in?
Day1: Start of the journey
Day5: Return Journey.
This is the Pune-Bangalore road condition as on 14th Oct 2019.
This is a detailed explanation and a long post so kindly read it at your leisure.
A stretch of almost 870 kms from Pune. Until Hubli you dont have to fall down under. It is a beautiful highway to drive on. Your patience is taken for a toss from Hubli. Your real journey starts now :p After Hubli, almost close to 150-200 kms, you have to deal with some rough patches of the road because a lot of construction activity is in progress. May be two years down the line it will be the best highway. After the trouble with all the rubble, here comes the best stretch of the highway which is the last two hundred kilometres where you feel you are in heaven. You can easily touch speeds upto 130-140 kmph with ease and it is a 6-Lane highway. In most parts of the highway until Kolhapur or may be little further you will find some shoddy white strips (refer video) which spread across hundred metres before you cross every village. These are nasty, so you may want to speed up a bit; instead of travelling at 40 or 60 kmph, travel at speeds of nearly 80-100 kmph so that you don't feel these jerks. However, be careful of two wheeler and pedestrians crossing the roads in these villages. After Hubli, you may not find too many food options so carry lot of snacks with you. Especially, when you are travelling with kids ensure that you take decent quantity of food. However, here and there you might find small outlets which are just average. But if you are looking for some good options you will have to wait until the last 100 to 130 kilometres stretch towards Bangalore. Last but not the least, as far as possible, avoid driving in the night in this stretch from Hubli because in certain places you will not find diversion symbols near construction areas, you wont see shoulder line markings, lane markings in most of the places thus making it a difficult drive during nights. Both the driver and navigator have to be really careful to ensure that everyone is safe
by Praneeth Palakodeti
This Dussehra holidays we planned a long road trip to Coimbatore in our EcoSport.
Thanks to India-Drive members, especially @sagar @Ranger for suggesting trip route and staying food options along the route.
We started around 4 AM from Miyapur, Hyderabad. Drive till Anantapur is quite familiar to me, as i have driven this route many times.
Drive was excellent with good pleasant weather, around 9:30 AM We reached Anantapur for breakfast at Club RuRu.
Food was good as well as the service and atmosphere. After some nice breakfast we started towards Bangalore, as we approach the outskirts of the city traffic made us slow down, and also the fear of over-speeding and getting fined made me cautious, kept at 60-80 speeds reached Devanahalli around 12:30 PM.
Our EcoSport flyaudio gave us this route which bypassed the traffic areas of the city (silkboard, electronic city) and took us to the sarjapura main road and joined on the NH just after the electronic city. The route we took to bypass the city is quite scenic and some places were narrow roads. and in some parts very rough roads (2-4 KM) with construction work is ongoing. I am attaching the route map for reference.
Around 2:30 we reached Hosur outskirts, despite being a Sunday afternoon the road is filled with heavy vehicles occupying all the lanes and made us slow down, managed to reach a good restaurant which serves good tamil meals by 3:00 PM.
The food was good and hot. after staying so long out of Tamilnadu we always look forward to eating in Tamilnadu hotels, glad we could make it for lunch.
After lunch started the journey towards Salem, Roads were quite good and smooth but not as wide as Hyderabad-bangalore highway. Not a pleasant experience as the vehicles seems to be in hurry and not giving space occupying all lanes, had to be very patient to outmatch the city buses.
Kept a average speed of 60-80 KM reached Salem, thought have a break at Salem, but due to some politicians visit (i am guessing its CM visiting his native Town) the roads were filled with cops asking us not to stop and keep left. At some places the cops were confusing us with their directions, over all a confused environment, but good thing is they reroute the heavy vehicles like lorries and trucks to some other route, so we had a clear road ahead of us.
The only catch is we couldn't stop for the tea break. And it started drizzling once we past Salem, it's almost 7 PM, and those rerouted trucks joined us back while we are nearing Coimbatore making our last leg of journey more interesting At Komarapalayam we stopped for some hot Badam Milk and much needed break.
After that it was nice to drive to the coimbatore city with with lit wide roads, reached around 9:15 PM to Sungam cross roads, Coimbatore. After parked the vehicle and went inside the house all of us were feeling that still we are moving. From morning 4 to night 9 this makes my longest distance driven in a day. (960 KM says speedometer)
We visited the famous GeDee Car museum, Coimbatore. the beauty of the museum is we can see so many vintage cars at one place which are maintained so good.
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