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Old 7th November 2016, 11:00   #121
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Agree with @Simhi. The Kokrud - Malkapur - Amba road is in the worst condition that I have seen in last 14 years. Especially Malkapur - Amba road is really bad in patches, and one has to be really careful on this road, because remaining parts of the road are quite good. So you build up some speed and suddenly there is a rough patch. It took me almost 30 min to cover this 16km distance.

The road improves once the descent of Amba ghat starts. From that point till Hatkhamba, there are no major concerns about the road conditions.
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Old 24th December 2016, 07:34   #122
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Need some opinion on the following route..
A pleasant weekday drive is the idea here.. provided the roads / traffic are good.
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Road condition on this stretch is good throughout. Only the ghat section between Mahabaleshwar and Poladpur may not be in excellent condition. You will have to cross Mahabaleshwar in 10 minutes else they impose tourist tax.
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Guys in the last week of Dec-2016 I did a trip to Ganapati Pule and other attractions of coastal Ratnagiri (Guhagar, Velneshwar, Hedavi, Arrey-Warrey, Pawas etc). We had booked our PG accommodation in Guhagar and the below mentioned three routes were our disposal to reach Guhagar from Chinchwad (home):
  • Tamhini ghat (via NH66) - Chinchwad --> Mangaon -->Mahad --> Khed --> Chiplun --> Guhagar
  • Varandha ghat (via MH SH 70 and NH660) - Chinchwad --> Bhor --> Mahad --> Khed --> Chiplun --> Guhagar
  • Kumbharli ghat (via NH48 and Umbraj - Chiplun Rd) - Chinchwad --> Satara --> Umbraj --> Patan --> Chiplun --> Guhagar
Family was very reluctant to take the Tamhini ghat route (as the road condition is not that good with some rough patches in between). Also Varandha ghat road is full of twisties (to the tune of 60 kms), which was a sure shot recipe to induce motion sickness. So everyone chose the safest route via Kumbharli ghat, though it would add up 30 extra kms to our journey. I didn't have a choice.

In case you are interested you can go through my detailed travelogue over here --> http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...g-holiday.html (Coastal areas of Ratnagiri: A 4-day driving holiday)
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Hi
Need some opinion on the following route..
A pleasant weekday drive is the idea here.. provided the roads / traffic are good.
Thanks.
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  • Kumbharli ghat (via NH48 and Umbraj - Chiplun Rd) - Chinchwad --> Satara --> Umbraj --> Patan --> Chiplun --> Guhagar
So everyone chose the safest route via Kumbharli ghat, though it would add up 30 extra kms to our journey. I didn't have a choice.
Completely agree with AutoIndia. Kubharli is the best option to get you to Ratnagiri. The ghat is wide for 2 vehicles to pass without slowing down and in good condition.

Once you hit Chiplun, remember to bypass the city by going around the periphery. Ask for directions once you start seeing typical city like outskirts.

Roads inside Chiplun are in poor state and very narrow. Plus random No-entry/No-Right/No-left boards are irritating.

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Once you hit Chiplun, remember to bypass the city by going around the periphery. Ask for directions once you start seeing typical city like outskirts.
Directions for bypassing Chiplun town given here:

If you are coming from Mumbai --> http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...ml#post2797741 (Pune - Guhagar : Route Queries)

If you are coming via Kumbharli ghat --> http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...ml#post2798111 (Pune - Guhagar : Route Queries)

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Friends, I completed a Pune - Ratnagiri - Pune drive during the 26th Jan extended weekend. I took Pune - Karad - Kokrud - Malkapur - Hatkhamba route (as always), and I am pleased to report that Amba ghat road conditions have improved significantly. Especially the Malkapur - Amba road is silken smooth (it was really bad when I traveled just after Diwali). Overall, this road is in a good-to-very good shape, absolutely recommended for Ratnagiri and close-by places.
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Friends, I completed a Pune - Ratnagiri - Pune drive during the 26th Jan extended weekend. I took Pune - Karad - Kokrud - Malkapur - Hatkhamba route (as always), and I am pleased to report that Amba ghat road conditions have improved significantly. Especially the Malkapur - Amba road is silken smooth (it was really bad when I traveled just after Diwali). Overall, this road is in a good-to-very good shape, absolutely recommended for Ratnagiri and close-by places.
Hi sschivate, I am travelling to Ganapatipule on 01 April. Would you recommend this route over Umbraj-Patan-Chiplun-Ganpatipule route via Kumbharli ghat?

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Would you recommend this route over Umbraj-Patan-Chiplun-Ganpatipule route via Kumbharli ghat?
Definitely. The ghat section is shorter and easier, and road conditions in Kumbharli were far from smooth the last time I traveled.
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Definitely. The ghat section is shorter and easier, and road conditions in Kumbharli were far from smooth the last time I traveled.
Thanks a lot! Just need to confirm 1 more thing - For Kokrud - Malkapur, I need to take the NH4 exit which is marked as "Kale - Ratnagiri Phata" (a few kms after Karad), right?

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Thanks a lot! Just need to confirm 1 more thing - For Kokrud - Malkapur, I need to take the NH4 exit which is marked as "Kale - Ratnagiri Phata" (a few kms after Karad), right?

Cheers,
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That's right. It is about 7km from Karad flyover. It is not well-marked, so you need to be careful. It has a board for श्री क्षेत्र नाणीज right at the exit.
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