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Old 22nd December 2007, 18:46   #1
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Hi guys,
Planning to go to Mangalore from Mumbai in the 2nd week of Jan. Have read horror stories of NH17 so please suggest best alternative route. After a couple of nights in Vittal (about 30kms from Mangalore) plan to go to Coorg and after a couple of nights there go to Hassan visit Belur Halebid and then onwards to Bangalore. Bangalore to Mumbai on Nh4. Appreciate any inputs re route/road conditions. Thank you all so much.
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Old 29th December 2007, 15:01   #2
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Hi Magiceye

Have reached Mangalore - Kundapur (Mumbai - Panvel - NH4 - Kumta - Sirsi - Honnavar - Kundapur) on 24th started on 23rd. The drive till Belgaum was a dream - one that you will see and witness abroad but after you hit honnavar there are craters more deeper than those on the moon. I have never seen these kind of roads anywhere and used to curse the BMC for our roads back home. Imagine this is the NH17 going to Kerala, wonder how cars really make it?

Anyways now i am going to leave on 2nd morning and am planning to head from Kundapur - Vandse - Murudeshwar and then NH4, but am still unsure if there is a connect there so that I can skip the NH17 - am sweating already thinking about NH17, I would like you to please checkif there is an alternate so that you can bypass the Honnavar - Kundapur belt as you will have a torrid time getting through.

Hope our friends will be able to guyide us if they have more inputs on bypassing the crater filled belt and reach safely.

Look forward to get more inputs from you guys....
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Best route is still nh17 because even other routes are bad as well.

I have travelled in NH17 few days back right now in Ankola.

NH17 is better now but still road is not smooth very very bumby ride with broken surface. Although less potholes now, NH17 is like village road no one call it national highway. When asked with concered people here they told me central governmenet has sanctioned for new layer for entire stretch of nh17 hopefully in few months they will do it.

Alternate routes:

1. Mangalore -> Kundapur -> Kumta -> Sirsi -> Haveri -> hubli -> belgaum -> pune. here instead of haveri you can go via mundgod but roads are in bad state :(

2. Mangalore -> Kundapur -> Kumta -> Sirsi -> Yellapur -> Haliyaal -> belgaum -> pune.

and vice versa.



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Hi all Iíll be doing Mumbai to manipal tomorrow can anyone suggest the best route I should follow ? I have done this trip once before but had my uncle to guide the way so a few certain parts maybe familiar. Google maps suggests this route (marked in blue)
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Originally Posted by Ferrariwell View Post
I’ll be doing Mumbai to manipal tomorrow can anyone suggest the best route I should follow ?
by 'best' if you mean a route without much trouble driving, then this is the best option :

Originally Posted by ravibhat View Post
Best route is still nh17 because even other routes are bad as well.

2. Mangalore -> Kundapur -> Kumta -> Sirsi -> Yellapur -> Haliyaal -> belgaum -> pune
Bear in mind that NH17 is undergoing expansion between Ankola and Udupi (some stretches are not yet complete)

A lot depends on the time of travel - leave Mumbai early and cross Pune before 8 - otherwise, it'll be chaotic from end of expressway till Katraj tunnel.

You will have plenty of traffic near Kolhapur (guess the sugarcane season must be underway and there will be quite a good amount of cane being transported).

You will have to turn left when you are nearing the Hubli end of the Hubli-Dharwad by-pass, to go beneath the road to get on to Yellapur - Ankola route (i.e. Karwar Road).

To go to Manipal, you can take the left at Karavalli Hotel junction (there will be signal on the high-way and it is one of the entry points to Udupi).

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