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Old 14th June 2009, 19:19   #1
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Default Mumbai to Coorg by Road - Nov 09!!

Hi Everyone, I am a new member to this forum. i own a Indica XETA (more cars per car - famliy has a comfortable seating at the back..!).

Though I have been moving in and around Mumbai - had only i long drive last Diwali to Rajkot from Mumbai.

This November planning for Coorg. Any idea on the NH4 condition, this would be major part of the drive. Also i welcome route suggestions and tips.

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Too early days, the rains will tell. Although NH4 keeps its shape during the monsoons, the shortest route which is via Shimoga takes a beating.

Ideal route would be to go on NH4 till Harihar - via Pune, Kolhapur, Belgaum, Hubli - and then go via Shimoga, Bhadravathi, Tarikere, Channarayapatna/ Hassan to Corg.

If you are a very fast driver, you can reach Coorg directly on the same day, else you can take a halt at Hassan.

If you are keen on going via Bangalore - and have a private place to stay there - Bangalore would be an ideal place to halt.
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Thanks Kumar, I googled the route and the stretch is around 1100kms. I intend to take a break and will check out places at Hassan.

Thanks once again.

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Hey Silverwheel

I too have been thinking of driving down to Coorg and own a XETA GLS 2006 myself.

We would 3 of us - me, wife & kid... the most that I have driven is to Mangalore - via Pune, Kolhapur, Belgaum, Hubli - Haliyal, Kundapura and hv had given the route plan to me.

Lets see how this route queries / plan develops....

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Thanks Kumar, I googled the route and the stretch is around 1100kms. I intend to take a break and will check out places at Hassan.

Thanks once again.

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Hotel Southern Star is a good place to stay at Hassan
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Hey Silverwheel

I too have been thinking of driving down to Coorg and own a XETA GLS 2006 myself.

We would 3 of us - me, wife & kid... the most that I have driven is to Mangalore - via Pune, Kolhapur, Belgaum, Hubli - Haliyal, Kundapura and hv had given the route plan to me.

Lets see how this route queries / plan develops....

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Ditto for me; self, wifey and kid on the trip. Lets see if we can get more along ...can have a good drive and a vacation
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I suggest you to following schedule

Day 1: Leave Mumbai at 4 AM and reach Hoysala Resort between
Hassan and Belur, by night 8 PM. Hoysala is a mid-High end Resort.
You can also try the hotel suggested by HVK.
Day 2: you can visit Belur, Halebidu, Shravanabelagola all three
in one day.
Day 3: you can travel to Madikeri (Coorg) You can visit the
places within Madikeri. if you are comfortabel with homestay then you can go
for it else there are different level hotels/lodges etc.

Day 4: places arround Madikeri, Abbi falls, Irupu falls, Tibetian village,
Tala-Kaveri etc

further you can decide.
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hvkumar -- If you are a very fast driver, you can reach Coorg directly on the same day, else you can take a halt at Hassan.
That would be fast but unsafe. 1100 kms in a single day would be too fast wouldn't it. Whatever the quality of road, at the most I would suggest not more then 600 to 700 kms per day.

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Thank you all, Starvegabond has a great Idea and I am sold, for now . Planning for a break at Hassan to have a look around and then proceed to Coorg.
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Thank you all, Starvegabond has a great Idea and I am sold, for now . Planning for a break at Hassan to have a look around and then proceed to Coorg.
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Hey Silverwheel

I too have been thinking of driving down to Coorg and own a XETA GLS 2006 myself.

We would 3 of us - me, wife & kid... the most that I have driven is to Mangalore - via Pune, Kolhapur, Belgaum, Hubli - Haliyal, Kundapura and hv had given the route plan to me.

Lets see how this route queries / plan develops....

Cheers
November is a good time to visit Coorg. The rains would be over and it would be cold winds,fog and mist that will keep you company. If you need any help in Coorg with regards to stay,food,sightseeing or anything else in general please do let me know.
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Thanks Pricezahed, any homestays you recommend. i could figure a few on Mhindra homestays; first hand info will help.
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Welcome to TBHP, silverwheel! Why dont you check '52 weekend breaks from Bangalore' from Outlook. It has detailed info on Coorg. Quite a few homestays are listed. I have found this book most useful and they seem to have a fairly unbiased (but brief) writeup on good hotels/homestays.
And do not miss the Tibetian village.
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Please realize that when Mr Kumar says very fast driver - it means not for the average mortal/car - he has high standards.

And i dont just mean speeds - i'm sure he implies less breaks etc (not too feasible in your scenario!)
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Hi silverwheel, welcome to team BHP. I have done Mumbai-Coorg over two days, and it's a lovely lovely drive if you take it easy and decide to enjoy the road.
Day 1: Mumbai - Pune - Kolhapur - Belgaum - Hubli - then take the coastal road - the famous KARWAR belt...
It's one of the most enjoyable roads to drive on, verdant greenery and mountains on one side, and the Arabian sea on the other .
We did a night halt at MURUDESHWAR - a coastal town near Gokarna. Stay at the RNS resort. - we had a room overlooking the sea, believe me, at night as the waves lap your balcony, you feel as though you are on a ship !
Visit the Shiva temple with the giant Shiva Murti early next morning, take in the folk lore, and head out.
You'll reach Madikeri (Kodagu) via Mangalore, by 3 pm latest.
Enjoy the drive buddy !
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Thanks Pricezahed, any homestays you recommend. i could figure a few on Mhindra homestays; first hand info will help.
Mahindra stays are just hyped. Nothing great about most of them. Have sent you a PM.
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