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Old 29th October 2013, 20:24   #1
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I am planning to drive from Bangalore to Gangapur and cover pandarapur-kolhapur during Nov 1- Nov 4 days. I am trying to check if own car is better or booking a bus or train is more meaningful.

We are 2 adults and 1 kid (9yrs) small family.

DAY 1 - BLR - GOOTY - ADONI - RAICHUR - Javargi - Ganagapur
630 kms
DAY 2 - Temple darshan and prasad in noon. Halt
DAY 3 - Drive to Pandarapur through solapur. Halt
DAY 4 - Drive to Kolhapur, finish darshan and drive back to BLR

Driving by Fiat Punto MJD and need suggestions on road conditions and hotel stay. I know its too late for planning but need inputs.

All buses and trains are booked due to festive season.

Please advice.
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DAY 1 - BLR - GOOTY - ADONI - RAICHUR - Javargi - Ganagapur
630 kms
DAY 2 - Temple darshan and prasad in noon. Halt
DAY 3 - Drive to Pandarapur through solapur. Halt
DAY 4 - Drive to Kolhapur, finish darshan and drive back to BLR
Had done this circuit clockwise in 2009. road conditions may be different now.

First, I would prefer Bangalore - Hiriyur - Bellary - Siruguppa - Sindhanur - Raichur route over Anantapur - Gooty route. Reason - Better facilities.

Raichur - Kalmala - Devadurga - Shahapur stretch is always bad. Instead, continue to Lingsugur and turn right towards Shorapur. That road is good.

Jevargi - Jeertagi ( on the sindgi road ) is good. Jeertagi - Ganagapur is a single lane rough road and is confusing. Very few villages in between. A GPS navigator may be handy. Of course, Jevargi - Gulbarga - Ganagapur is a long alternative. I would prefer Jeertagi route if done during daylight.

On Day 3, Jeertagi - Sindgi - Bijapur is always good. Please ask locals at Zalki if Zalki - Mangalwedha - Pandharpur stretch is good. Else, drive through Solapur

Day 4, Pandharpur - Miraj - Kolhapur is the shortest but lonely and without much facilities.


Stay options (though very basic). Please check for changed phone numbers. There are be other hotels / ashrams around

Ganagapur : Shree Dattatreya Annadan Trust, Near Bus stand. 08470 274309, 9901752097

Pandharpur : Bangalore Yathri Nivas, Sangola Road, Pandharpur. 02186 24416


Hope this helps. Have a great drive and darshan.
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@roamingrao: Thanks for quick response.
After lot of discussions with friends below is the final route i am taking:

DAY 1:
BLR - NH4-Tumkur-Sira-Hiriyur-Chitradurga-NH13-Kudligi-Hospet-Kushtagi-Mudgal-Lingsugur-Shorapur-Shahapur-Jevargi-Mandewal-Ganagapur - 620kms
Visit Temple, Pallaki Utsav.
DAY 2:
Morning Lepan seva and Rudrabhishek. Lunch in temple.
After lunch, leave to Badami.
Ganagapur - Mandewal - Sindagi-Bijapur-NH218-Bilgi-Bagalkot-Kerur-Badami
220kms. Reach Badami for evening halt
DAY 3:
Visit Badami temple/Pattadakal/Aihole
Halt in Badami
DAY 4:
Depart to Hospet/Hampi. Visit Virupaksha temple and few others.
Back to Bangalore - 320kms
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After lot of discussions with friends below is the final route i am taking:

DAY 1:
BLR - NH4-Tumkur-Sira-Hiriyur-Chitradurga-NH13-Kudligi-Hospet-Kushtagi-Mudgal-Lingsugur-Shorapur-Shahapur-Jevargi-Mandewal-Ganagapur - 620kms


Why do you want to take the long tiresome Kushtagi-Mudgal route to reach Jewargi, you can continue on the NH13 itself upto Bijapur then onto Sindagi and Ganagapur. NH13 after Hospet is a beautiful road upto Bijapur and even Bijapur to Sindagi is a decent 2 lane. You will reach fast and the route is secure compared to Lingasugur-Shahpur-Surapura route.
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