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Old 11th October 2016, 12:27   #121
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Just completed a week long road trip from Hyderabad, covering Hassan, Horanadu Sringeri, Agumbe, Mallandur, Bagmane, Mulliyangiri, Chikkamagalur, Ujire, Udupi, Malpe, Manipal, Chitradurga, Bellary and finally back to Hyderabad. Trip was done with family (Self, wife and two kids aged 10 and 5 years respectively) in a Wagon R, till Chitradurga. Wagon R had a problem, so we left it a Chitradurga and continued the journey in a cab till Bellary, and bus till Hyderabad. Route Taken:

Hyderabad to Hassan - https://goo.gl/maps/8HBVuPzp7V22 –
Till Devanahalli, butter smooth route – no problems. From Devanahalli till Gudemaranahalli we took the Bangalore by-pass. NH 648 from Devanahalli to Dabaspete is in the process of getting 4-laned, so expect slower speeds.
SH 3 from Dabaspete till its intersection with NH75 at Gudemaranahalli is also fine, there are culverts under construction en-route, so expect slower average speeds. NH 75 till Hassan was fine, but for those irritating speed breakers that keep cropping up at regular intervals, near village intersections. Stopped over for duel and Coffee at Belur cross – CCD is a good stop-over option. There is a short two lane section from the start of Chennarayanapatna bye-pass, till the intersection with SH 7, so slower speeds are advised.

Hassan to Horanadu – Via Belur road, NH 73 and SH 106 - https://goo.gl/maps/5cejF1fchnC2

Nice two lane roads till Belur town, roads thru Belur town and till a few Kms outside Belur town are in shambles, and need urgent repairs, so slow progress is advised. Rest of the route is OK. Steep descent on approach to Horanadu village, so please exercise caution.

Horanadu to Sringeri
- https://goo.gl/maps/NRKtRU88k582 via Shantigrama - twisty roads, tarmac condition OK.

Sringeri to Agumbe and back via SH27 - https://goo.gl/maps/yo9hDQ6qzSz Amazing twisty roads, smooth two lane roads. Also checked out Jogi Gundi falls near Agumbe – bad roads to the falls, but the falls are worth a visit.

Sringeri to Beanstalk Bagmane Homestay - https://goo.gl/maps/wDSdYHDeAH92 SH 27 till Bettadamalali junction is OK.
Route from Bettadamalali via Avati village and Makodu till the junction with Chikkamagalur Mallandur road should be avoided, and the more direct route via Aldur, Vastare and Chikkamagalur town should be taken. The road condition via Avati is pathetic and full of steep ascents – the entire stretch though scenic and picturesque, is pretty desolate and you are pretty much on your own, should something happen to your vehicle, so avoid this section.
Bagmane to Mullayanagiri and back
- https://goo.gl/maps/e2gzB5zDnmv - Nice roads and there is a gradual ascent after Chikkamagalur town. At one point you will be asked to pay Rs 30/- as eco – conservation charges at the entrance to Mullayanagiri – I paid Rs 30/- but was given Rs 20/- receipt so that means Rs 10/- straight to the pocket of the collector. Insist on a Rs 30/- receipt. Last few Kms to Mullayanagiri can be a tough drive, so drive carefully. The steps to the peak can be tiresome but it’s totally worth.
While coming back/going up, stop over for coffee at the picturesque Siri cafι on the outskirts of Chikkamagalur town. It’s a nice place, and has play facilities for kids too. Lunch at New Town Canteen is a must – the place has a quaint, canteen feel and seating options are limited, but the food on offer at lunch – Paratha Kurma, Veg Pulao and Maddur vada – is very tasty – down it with the hot Malnad Kashaya and Gulab Jamun.

Bagmane/Mallandur to Ujire – Sree Sadasiva Rudra temple via Aldur, Mudigere – Charmadi Ghats - https://goo.gl/maps/CHPvUhirfDG2 - Charmadi ghats are very scenic and twisty – need to watch out for KRSTC buses at the turns. Sadasiva Rudra temple (http://temple-of-secrets.blogspot.in...ple-surya.html) is a must visit for those who have unfulfilled wishes.

Ujire to Udupi via Karkala, Shirva - https://goo.gl/maps/imvt1ki9AfC2 - Good road condition. From Karkala till Belman, SH1 is amazing – very smooth tarmac, decent speeds possible – keep a lookout for local traffic. From Belman to Udupi on SH 67 roads are good, but a few Kms before joining NH 66, culvert works are in progress, so expect traffic back-ups. NH 66 to Udupi is fine.

Udupi to Chitradurga via Manipal, Hebri, Agumbe, Tirthahalli, Sakrebyle, Shimoga, Holehonnur and Channagiri - https://goo.gl/maps/qVot8bbPKVQ2 - Pathetic condition of roads in Manipal, especially near TC. End Point opens at 4 pm, so that was a disappointment for me. Watch out for the twisty and broken road surface up the steep inclines of the Agumbe ghat. Agumbe – Tirthahalli section is good. Near Tirthahalli town there are broken stretches of tarmac and bitumen, so go slow. If time permits check out the jungle camp at Sakrebyle. From Shimoga to Channagiri, it’s a slow progress, the road is wide, but due to unfinished work at the culverts, progress is slow. Post channagiri till Chitradurga, the roads are very good. Decent speeds are possible.

Chitradurga to Hyderabad via Bellary– Our ride, the wagon R had to be left behind at the Maruti service station due to a cooling fan breakdown issue. We hired a cab to get to Bellary and from there, took an overnight bus to Hyderabad. Chitradurga to Bellary via Challakere – SH 150A is a good road too – no issues.

Overall it was a good road trip, save for the last stretch where we had to switch to cab/bus. Chikkamagalur district is very neat and clean with multiple rest and refuel options for tourists. Clean toilets at almost all places, which is very heartening to note
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went to Chitradurga again this weekend, to get the Wagon R which was now ready, with all of its issues fixed. While coming from Chitradurga, took the route via Challakere, Karikere, Donehalli, Setturu, Kalyanadurg( Ring Road, bye-passes the town) and onto Ananthapur and on NH44 to Hyderabad. https://goo.gl/maps/cHuMYt2kGwC2

Chitradurga to Challakere - nice road, route from Challakere till Setturu is a bit dicey with broken roads, and slow speeds, route directions are not clearly marked near Donehalli, so you would need to keep the maps with you. Kalyanadurg to Ananthapur road is also good.
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Chitradurga to Challakere - nice road, route from Challakere till Setturu is a bit dicey with broken roads, and slow speeds, route directions are not clearly marked near Donehalli, so you would need to keep the maps with you. Kalyanadurg to Ananthapur road is also good.
Nice update. So except for Challakere-Setturu looks like a neat option to cross this area of the country. Did you get into Anantpur for food or continued towards Kurnool?
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Had done Hyderabad Chikamaglur in June this year. Was updating another thread when I saw this, hence a quick update.

When I checked the directions before travel, I realized that the distance and the road condition might make it a 10 hr or more journey. Hence I decided to break it into a 2 day drive as I was driving with wife and young kids.

I stopped at Anantpur which is around 5 hr drive from Hyderabad (this stretch is the Blr highway and hence known to all and in excellent condition). I also wanted to stick to the known, reliable Blr highway as much as possible. I stopped at Anantpur as it was midway and there was new hotel which had opened there - Masineni grand. It was a new hotel in an otherwise small town and it was a pretty decent one for its location and price.

After stopping at Anantpur for the night I followed google maps and it took me another 7-8 hours from there to reach Chikamaglur. I was absolutely not happy with the route Google brought up, as it was through unknown locations and extremely poor roads/ paths. I had to continue on that route. The route took me through Kalyandurg and then Hiriyur with some weird reroutes in between. The road conditions were poor for large stretches and people on the way did not even know the directions to Chikamaglur.

I did more R&D at the hotel to chalk a better route and finally decided to head in the opposite direction towards Tumkur and then take the NH back to Anantapur. This route as again longer but much better roads throughout.

Stopping overnight was a really good decision as the location and directions to Chikamaglur turned out to be slightly convoluted and not really direct or optimal for a direct drive from Hyderabad, especially with family. There are other routes from Hyderabad, but, I am not confident of them as anything else apart from NH typically have typically given me bad experiences.

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There are other routes from Hyderabad, but, I am not confident of them as anything else apart from NH typically have typically given me bad experiences.
From Bangalore the straight forward route to Chikmagalur is via Hassan (Bangalore-Mangalore Highway) and Belur.
Coming from Hyderabad you can bypass Bangalore by taking Devanahalli-Dabaspet NH 207 and then take the Mangalore highway via Nelamangala. Road conditions are very good almost all the way.
Can you share the route that Google maps navigated you through ?
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Nice update. So except for Challakere-Setturu looks like a neat option to cross this area of the country. Did you get into Anantpur for food or continued towards Kurnool?
We didn't get into Anantapur. We refueled at Anantapur, got onto the highway and stopped here for a quick snack at Blue Moon Highway Restaurant off the highway. This is a neat and clean place with clean toilets. We started off, and then halted at Jadcherla for dinner after a 3-hour drive. Post dinner,(20 minutes), we started again and we pulled into Gachibowli by around 12:10 am

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Had done Hyderabad Chikamaglur in June this year. Was updating another thread when I saw this, hence a quick update.
When I checked the directions before travel, I realized that the distance and the road condition might make it a 10 hr or more journey. Hence I decided to break it into a 2 day drive as I was driving with wife and young kids.
The route that I took on 2nd Of October, has been mentioned in my post above and I too split the trip. Halted for the night at Hassan at around 09:00 pm, after having started from Hyderabad at around 07:50 am

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After stopping at Anantpur for the night I followed google maps and it took me another 7-8 hours from there to reach Chikamaglur. I was absolutely not happy with the route Google brought up, as it was through unknown locations and extremely poor roads/ paths. I had to continue on that route. The route took me through Kalyandurg and then Hiriyur with some weird reroutes in between. The road conditions were poor for large stretches and people on the way did not even know the directions to Chikamaglur.
Yes, google maps shows the shortest route as Hyderabad - Anantapur - Kalyanadurg - Setturu-Donehalli- Karikere-Gopanahally-Hiriyur-Hosadurga-Kadur-Chikkamagalur. Though I havent been on this route completely, I did the route from Challakere to Ananthapur via Donehalli and Settur. There is a small section that is a problem in the Challakere to Setturu section, but apart from that the other roads should be in a good shape.

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Stopping overnight was a really good decision as the location and directions to Chikamaglur turned out to be slightly convoluted and not really direct or optimal for a direct drive from Hyderabad, especially with family. There are other routes from Hyderabad, but, I am not confident of them as anything else apart from NH typically have typically given me bad experiences.
Well, if you target an early morning departure of say around 04:00 am from Hyderabad, and have two drivers(in my case, we had two drivers, self and wife), you could do the Chikkamagalur stretch at one go, if you take the faster route via Devanahalli and Hassan. Otherwise, having a break in between is a good thing to do, especially with kids.

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