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Old 25th September 2008, 08:15   #1
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I seek your assistance...I will be going off to Karwar in the first week of October and would love to have road condition information on the following sectors:

Karwar - Gokarna - Yaana - Bhatkal - Sirsi

Gokarna - Badami - Aihole

Badami - Hampi

Hampi - Bangalore

Are there things I need to watch out for? I will be driving my Swift. What is the best route from Badami to Hampi? How bad or good are the road conditions once you get off the Golden Quadrilateral?

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Hi Kirti Kumar

I went to Ankola in the first week of sepember 2008.
I went via Tumkur-Shimogga-Agumbe-Udupi (stayed for a day@ my parents place)-NH17-Bhatkal-Honnavar-Kumta-Ankola, while returning we came to Honnavar-Jog-Sagar-Shimogga-Tumkur-BLR

I would say road is mostly good, but not good in patches arround Tarikere-Kadur, between Shimogga onwards some 15KMs towards thirthahalli, Udupi-Kundapur, Byndoor-Bhatkal, Kumta-Ankola. While returning from Sagar onwards till Shimogga road is not good in patches. We left RT Nagar BLR@ 3:30 PM reached Udupi @ 11:30 at night (435KM non stop drive with a 35 minuetes for flat tyre near thirthhalli).
from Udipi to Ankola it took me 3.5 hours next day afternoon / evening time.

People also told me that Ankola-Karwar road is also not good.

i would recommend BLR-TUMKUR-SHIMOGGA-SAGAR-JOG-HONNAVAR-KUMTA-ANKOLA-KARWAR route. I took 10 hours Ankola To Bangalore with three breaks (20Minutes@ JOG, 45 minutes for lunch @ Sagar, and 30 minutes @ tiptur for evening snacks/coffee). We left Ankola @ 1045 AM and reach ed RT Nagar BLR by 8:45 PM.

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Hi Kirti Kumar

I went to Ankola in the first week of sepember 2008.
I went via Tumkur-Shimogga-Agumbe-Udupi (stayed for a day@ my parents place)-NH17-Bhatkal-Honnavar-Kumta-Ankola, while returning we came to Honnavar-Jog-Sagar-Shimogga-Tumkur-BLR

I would say road is mostly good, but not good in patches arround Tarikere-Kadur, between Shimogga onwards some 15KMs towards thirthahalli, Udupi-Kundapur, Byndoor-Bhatkal, Kumta-Ankola. While returning from Sagar onwards till Shimogga road is not good in patches. We left RT Nagar BLR@ 3:30 PM reached Udupi @ 11:30 at night (435KM non stop drive with a 35 minuetes for flat tyre near thirthhalli).
from Udipi to Ankola it took me 3.5 hours next day afternoon / evening time.

People also told me that Ankola-Karwar road is also not good.

i would recommend BLR-TUMKUR-SHIMOGGA-SAGAR-JOG-HONNAVAR-KUMTA-ANKOLA-KARWAR route. I took 10 hours Ankola To Bangalore with three breaks (20Minutes@ JOG, 45 minutes for lunch @ Sagar, and 30 minutes @ tiptur for evening snacks/coffee). We left Ankola @ 1045 AM and reach ed RT Nagar BLR by 8:45 PM.

in case you need any specific question, please let me know.
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On 21 Sept I took:
Goa - Gokarna - Murudeswar - Udupi - Shimoga (night Halt)

On 22 Sept I took:
Shimoga - Chitrudurga - Penukonda - Kurnool - Hyderabad

The Road conditions were:
Goa - Ankola: is quite ok though you can see the impact of rain on the same.

Ankola - Gokarna: Almost like driving in moon. My wife and I thought we should have returned to Hyd directly via Hubli and Raichur by postponing the Gokarna, Murudeswar, Udupi trip to GOA.

Gokarna - Murudeswar: Kind of ok. As you get near to Mududeswar the roads improve a lot.

Murudeswar - Udupi: Till 30 kms before Udupi is is great. From outskrts of Udupi you are back to driving on moon.

Udupi - Shimoga: Left Udupi at 5:30pm and reached Shmoga 9:00pm. The roads were drivable.


I suggest not taking up GOA-Udupi unless it can't be avoided. I was in my scorpio.
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