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Old 9th June 2009, 11:45   #496
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Just returned from (south)Goa yesterday (currently in Belgaum).

NH-63 (Hubli-Kalghatgi-Yellapur-Ankola) is in good condition and a beautiful drive.

The section of the NH-17 from the NH-63 junction up to Goa border is not in a great shape and might get worse during the monsoon.

Madgaon-Ponda (~22 km) is good.

Ponda-Mollem-Khanapur-Belgaum (NH-4A) is a beautiful drive too with good roads.

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Old 9th June 2009, 15:49   #497
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Just returned from (south)Goa yesterday (currently in Belgaum).

NH-63 (Hubli-Kalghatgi-Yellapur-Ankola) is in good condition and a beautiful drive.

The section of the NH-17 from the NH-63 junction up to Goa border is not in a great shape and might get worse during the monsoon.

Madgaon-Ponda (~22 km) is good.

Ponda-Mollem-Khanapur-Belgaum (NH-4A) is a beautiful drive too with good roads.

cheers,
Cool! Are the rains that bad? I thought monsoon time is a good time to visit Goa.

How much time it took from Hubli?I plan to visit Goa sometime in August and am planning to drive down.

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AK-47,

when did u check out the Ponda-Mollem-Khanapur-Belgaum (NH-4A) route?

thanks!
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Cool! Are the rains that bad? I thought monsoon time is a good time to visit Goa.

How much time it took from Hubli?I plan to visit Goa sometime in August and am planning to drive down.

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OT : These are coastal rains - so nothing unusual. Most of the time, it just pours. If you like rains, monsoon should be a good time to visit Goa ; In spite of heavy rains, we didn't face any disruptions e.g. road blocks in South Goa, while there were a few incidents of water logging reported in North Goa. I would prefer South Goa during monsoons. You can drive around.

Hubli-Yellapur-Karwar-Madgaon took us ~ 4.5 hours including a halt of 30 min. (on 5th june)

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AK-47,

when did u check out the Ponda-Mollem-Khanapur-Belgaum (NH-4A) route?

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We did NH-4A on 8th june.

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Just returned from (south)Goa yesterday (currently in Belgaum).

Ponda-Mollem-Khanapur-Belgaum (NH-4A) is a beautiful drive too with good roads.

cheers,
Cheers again.
What is the distance?
Ponda Mollem
mollem khanapur
khanapur belgaun
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Old 23rd June 2009, 01:21   #501
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so this is th best route now is it

Bangalore - Chitradurga - Haveri - Hubli - Yellapur - Karvar - Canacona - Margao

or do i proceed from yellapur to ankola and then drive up to karvar??

also the only stretch i need to watch out for is from chitradurga to haveri and karvar to goa border is it?

someone please confirm, i plan on doing this in a palio 1.2
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yellapur to ankola and upwards in Nh17 will be better. You can avoid the small and crowded roads through karwar.
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so this is th best route now is it

Bangalore - Chitradurga - Haveri - Hubli - Yellapur - Karvar - Canacona - Margao

or do i proceed from yellapur to ankola and then drive up to karvar??
NH 63 meets NH17 between Ankola in the south and Karwar in the north. Thus you would not touch ankola.

also the only stretch i need to watch out for is from chitradurga to haveri and karvar to goa border is it? You are right

someone please confirm, i plan on doing this in a palio 1.2
All the best. rains have started. be careful of iron ore trucks on NH63. Keep updating this thread after your trip
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so this is th best route now is it
Bangalore - Chitradurga - Haveri - Hubli - Yellapur - Karvar - Canacona - Margao
I suggest that you also visit Dandeli / Ganeshgudi on your way. it is near Yellapur. you can do river rafting + jungle safari plus relaxing
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I suggest that you also visit Dandeli / Ganeshgudi on your way. it is near Yellapur. you can do river rafting + jungle safari plus relaxing
If you are referring to river rafting in river Kali, then it might just be closed at this time of the year - usually until Aug (?), cos of the heavy rains! I went to a resort 2 yrs back in June to Ganeshgudi and thanks to the heavy rains, even a coracle ride was not possible!!
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thanks for the tip.

one last question is - i remember readin about this other route via shimoga - sagar - honnavar - ankola - karvar - margao ?

is this road good? and will it be quicker?
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I did this route exactly a month ago, but in the opposite direction i.e. canacona to bangalore. The roads were fine then, but ofcourse, no saying now.
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msbehave which route are you referring to? the one via shimoga or the one via kawvar - yellapur - hubli - bangalore??
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shimoga - sagar - honnavar - ankola - karvar - margao ?

I did this route last month; Jog to honnavar the road is driveable not so great rest of the route is good.
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Sorry, I meant the himoga - sagar - honnavar - ankola - karvar - margao. But, we bypassed ankola. Can't remember how, took some smaller roads I think. But, I was driving and not keeping the log so I can't remember!
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