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Old 28th November 2012, 10:58   #76
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Default Re: Chennai to Mumbai / Pune Route advice

Thanks to the various members, made the Chennai - Mumbai trip this weekend. Started from Chennai (Tambaram) at 5 am and reached Satara around 8 PM on my Thar.

Stayed at Hotel Mahendra Executive at Satara (right on the NH but on the opposite direction), as suggested in some of the threads here. A good place to stay, cost is Rs. 1700 for non-AC room. Did the Satara - Mumbai stretch the next day morning.

As suggested by Ampere, starting early helped to avoid traffic at most places.

Have one question - for Chennai - BLR - Tumkur, is it better to take the vellore - Hosur - NICE road (this is what I did), or would taking Old Madras Road via Andhra and going from KR Puram to Neelamangala Bypass in BLR help saving some time if it is a weekend morning ?? ( I did the drive on Sunday)
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[COLOR=black]Did the Chennai - Mumbai sector over the weekend in our new Swift ZDi, my brother and myself on our two week old Cheetah (our Swift). we timed our start a bit late as i was caught up in office, left from Annanagar Chennai at 6:30 PM and hit maduravoyal and then poonamalle by 7:00 PM, by the time we were in Sriperumbudur it was past 8:00 PM. really bad peak hour traffic. [/COLOR]

[COLOR=black]We then gained some pace and zipped past Vellore and stopped for Dinner for about 20 minutes, Change of drivers, one thing we decided was irrespective of the distance covered we will swap drivers every 2 hours and will also give the car a 15 minute break every 2 hours.[/COLOR]

[COLOR=black]It worked very well up to Krishnagiri, albeit the frequent lane changes all the way upto hosur due to 6 new flyovers etc. we hit Nice road at 11:45 PM. Nice is such a blessing, we skipped all of bangalore, hit the tumkur road exit in 25 minutes and we were cruising towards Tumkur, at that hour, the raod was so active with so many omni buses exiting Banglore and we were in Neelamanga Toll at 12:35 PM.[/COLOR]

[COLOR=black]We hit the Tumkur bypass, looked for a lodge to crash, got lucky as we got a decent one for the night for Rs 800 a night, the only thing we checked was Geyser in the room and hot water for a shower early in the morning. did our phone calls back home and crashed by 1:00 PM.[/COLOR]

[COLOR=black]The plan was to wake up by 6:30 AM and leave by 7:30, things worked that way, had a sound sleep and with a bit of nip in the air, left Tumkur by 7:40 AM. the drive to chitradurga was filled with a lot of diversions, my brother took the first turn to drive in the morning, and by around 9:30 we had crossed chitradurga, stopped for breakfast by a road side motel, didn't like the location much, so opted for chai with biscuits and took the mandatory break and driver change.[/COLOR]

[COLOR=black]Started again at 9:50 AM, boy, the best stretch to hubli was a breeze i was confident of doing the distance in little over 2 hours. the drive was very dotted with windmills on both sides of the road. Took a quick breakfast break at a Kamat's in Reliance petrol pump some 50 kms ahead of ch'drga. We managed awesome pace and reached Hubali toll by 12:05 PM. Happy with our progress, we did the driver change. and the stretch to dharwad was toruturous with so many people on the road, and my brother gave a disgruntled look with every time he take the wheel the roads are bad, diversions, traffic etc. [/COLOR]

[COLOR=black]to be continued..[/COLOR]

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