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Old 23rd June 2016, 07:49   #46
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Thanks for the quick reply Ampere. If I take this route and start by 8.30 in the morn from Coimbatore can I reach karwar by 22.00? Does it involve ghat section drives as well?
Yes that should be possible. Its about 700km of 2-lane roads all the way with ghat sections at: Dimbam and Honnavar. So even if you assume 50km/h as a average, it translates to about 14 hours of drive (You also need to account for breaks).
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Thanks for the quick reply Ampere. If I take this route and start by 8.30 in the morn from Coimbatore can I reach karwar by 22.00? Does it involve ghat section drives as well?
If you start at 8.30, you will reach Jog falls around 8 pm. (with breaks). Considering this is a rainy season, it may be tricky(visibility, road block due to tree fall) to take the ghat section at that time. I would suggest you to stay at Sagar and start early in the morning and reach Goa by noon. You can also visit Jog falls on the way.

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Coimbatore-Sathy-Chamarajanagar-T Narasipur-Srirangapatna-KR Peter - CR Patna-Arsikere - Shimoga-Honnavar-Karwar-Goa.

A green and scenic route but with much less traffic.
Google Maps suggests to take the Sagar-Sirsi-Kumta route instead of the usual Sagar-Honnavar-Kumta route. I remember reading in the Bangalore-Goa thread that the Haveri-Sirsi-Kumta route in very good condition. Also it looks like the Sirsi kumta road is less winding compared to the Jog falls-Honnavar road. Any thoughts on this route?

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Google Maps suggests to take the Sagar-Sirsi-Kumta route instead of the usual Sagar-Honnavar-Kumta route. I remember reading in the Bangalore-Goa thread that the Haveri-Sirsi-Kumta route in very good condition. Also it looks like the Sirsi kumta road is less winding compared to the Jog falls-Honnavar road. Any thoughts on this route?
I dont have a quantifiable impact. But yes in general traffic is lower. If he plans to break his journey at Sagar then this makes sense to explore. If not I would still vote for the conventional NH206/NH17.
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I am planning a Goa trip next month. Starting point is Coimbatore.
Google Maps show two directions:
a) Coimbatore - Salem - Dharmapuri - Bangalore - Tumkur - Davanagere - Hubli - Dharwad - Margoa
b) Coimbatore - Palakkad - Kozhikode - Kannur - Kasargod - Mangalore - Udupi - Murdeshwar - Karwar - Margoa

Many say route a) is best if we need to drive fast. However it is 930 km. Route b) is 160 km lesser, but would take more time.

I am not sure how the situation is recently. Any improvements? Is there any advantage in doing the coastal route?

I am actually interested in doing both routes, if possible stopping on the way in some places. I have no issues, if I have to break the journey on the way to stay at night, and also for sight seeing.
One more thing: I want do drive only during the day time. I am the sole driver.

Suggestions and inputs on route, places to stay, any places to visit on the way etc., please!

Thanks!
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b) Coimbatore - Palakkad - Kozhikode - Kannur - Kasargod - Mangalore - Udupi - Murdeshwar - Karwar - Margoa
Definitely not the the quoted one! High on traffic and fatigue.

You can try:
Coimbattore-Dimbam-Chamarajanagar- T Narasipura - Srirangapatna - Pandavpura - KR Pete - CR Patna - Arsikere - Honnavar - Ankola - Karwar - Goa.

Its a full 2-lane end to end. But definitely better than taking the Calicut/Mangalore option.
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a) Coimbatore - Salem - Dharmapuri - Bangalore - Tumkur - Davanagere - Hubli - Dharwad - Margoa
This is the route if you want to do point A to point B and the fastest.

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Coimbattore-Dimbam-Chamarajanagar- T Narasipura - Srirangapatna - Pandavpura - KR Pete - CR Patna - Arsikere - Honnavar - Ankola - Karwar - Goa.
Agreed! There are slight detours that can be done from this route. exiting NH206 at Talaguppa and taking Talaguppa-Sirsi-Yellapura gives an opportunity to see Unchali and Magod falls. Yana is also doable from Sirsi. Talaguppa-Sirsi was in pristine condition in 2012. One of the loveliest roads I've driven on, near nil traffic was a bonus. We did Panjim-Gokarna-Kumta-Sirsi-Talaguppa-Tumkur on our Goa trip in 2012.
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Definitely not the the quoted one! High on traffic and fatigue.

You can try:
Coimbattore-Dimbam-Chamarajanagar- T Narasipura - Srirangapatna - Pandavpura - KR Pete - CR Patna - Arsikere - Honnavar - Ankola - Karwar - Goa.

Its a full 2-lane end to end. But definitely better than taking the Calicut/Mangalore option.
Thanks! Anything to visit en route? Jog falls is open to visitors?
Anything to be remembered for such a travel?

Thanks in advance!
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Jog falls is open to visitors?
Not worth visiting Jog outside the period when they open the (Lingamakki?) dam gates, which is usually mid-late August. Outside this period even in monsoon its not so spectacular to look at. By January, it would be no more than a trickle.

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If you are going via Bangalore. Plan your start timings (rather Bangalore crossing timings) well.
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Thanks! Anything to visit en route? Jog falls is open to visitors?
I doubt. Though there are many places, but if you want to reach the same day and if you are with family, it would be better to drive straight to Goa.
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b) Coimbatore - Palakkad - Kozhikode - Kannur - Kasargod - Mangalore - Udupi - Murdeshwar - Karwar - Margoa
Definitely not the the quoted one! High on traffic and fatigue.
Any advantage on taking this heavy traffic route? Like scenic and good curvy roads etc?
Or completely pointless driving this route?

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Any advantage on taking this heavy traffic route? Like scenic and good curvy roads etc?
Or completely pointless driving this route?
Scenic-yes.Curvy-no.Reaching Goa same day would leave you exhausted.My suggestion would be to do a stopover en route and reach Goa on Day 2 for a late lunch,that way you would get to spend more time in Goa as opposed to reaching Goa in the middle of the night!
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