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Old 21st July 2017, 12:56   #196
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Planning to drive down to Chikmagalur over a weekend. Rough Itinerary is to visit shettihalli church, Halebidu, Belur enroute. I want to know which destination should I choose to visit while going to the city.

Also would appreciate if anyone confirmed the current road conditions till Chikmagalur.

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Hello Folks,

Planning to drive down to Chikmagalur over a weekend. Rough Itinerary is to visit shettihalli church, Halebidu, Belur enroute. I want to know which destination should I choose to visit while going to the city.

Also would appreciate if anyone confirmed the current road conditions till Chikmagalur.

Thanks
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You can make Chikmaglur as base.

On day 1, you do Bangalore Hassan Shettihalli.

Then you drive to Halebidu via Hagare on Belur Road followed by Belur and the settle down at Chikmagalur.

Is this possible In a day? Definitely yes with normal pace and 5am start and ample time to spend at all 3 locations.

Once in Chikmagalur, you can visit rest of the POIs around here : Mullayanagiri, Hirekolale, Bababudangiri etc.

Route conditions: Overall roads are excellent till destination(Chikmagalur). However, Hassan Arakalgud road work in is progress and hence expect bad roads and deviations here to reach Shettihalli. We drove 2 weeks before and roads were bad. Hence, take Hassan Bypass - Huluvagilu option to reach here instead of Arkalgud road


Bangalore Hassan :Excellent 4 lane with good 2 Lane CR Patna bypass.

Hassan Hagare Belur : Good 2 lane roads

Halebidu Belur : Ready and done up now. 16 kms of new roads

Belur Chikmagalur : Good now and they have even widened the narrow section between Bennur Gadi to Magadi Handpost

Chikmagalur Kaimara Mullayanagiri Bababudangiri: Good Roads

Caution : From a friend I heard about bad roads to Kemmannugundi from BB Giri. So avoid this and knock Kemmannugundi off your list in case you are planning.

Also, it's been raining heavily that side. So be prepared for sudden change in road conditions, especially in the hills beyond Chikmagalur.

Where to stay? In Chikmagalur town that has plenty of good to very good hotels now - Grand Krishna, Lotus Botique Hotel, Aadrika etc.

If you want to make it even better, you can opt to choose at any of the homestays too. However, it'd it is a wet climate, you can't relish the nature much from here.

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Thanks a lot paragsachania for such a detailed info

My answers in bold below:

You can make Chikmaglur as base.
Plan to Stay over the weekend there

On day 1, you do Bangalore Hassan Shettihalli.
Can we do shettihalli halebidu and then directly go to chikmagalur?

Then you drive to Halebidu via Hagare on Belur Road followed by Belur and the settle down at Chikmagalur.

Wanted to do Belur on return route as evening will be less hot to walk inside the temple compound. Is this a good choice?

Bangalore Hassan :Excellent 4 lane with good 2 Lane CR Patna bypass.
Any good eateries with restrooms?

Where to stay? In Chikmagalur town that has plenty of good to very good hotels now - Grand Krishna, Lotus Botique Hotel, Aadrika etc.

Planning to go and stay in hotel and not homestay for the same reason you mentioned,thanks for the heads up.

Route conditions: Overall roads are excellent till destination(Chikmagalur). However, Hassan Arakalgud road work in is progress and hence expect bad roads and deviations here to reach Shettihalli. We drove 2 weeks before and roads were bad. Hence, take Hassan Bypass - Huluvagilu option to reach here instead of Arkalgud road

Not sure where the hassan bypass exactly is, however Gmap is showing this route which has hAluvagilu as the road. Is this the one you are talking about?

Also for scenic drive, I remember you had pointed out these routes:

1. Mudigere road and Road leading to Mulayanagiri

2.Towards Mudigere after Tholalu/ Towards Arehalli/ Towards Gendehalli

Are there any more scenic route through coffee plantations closer to Chikmagalur town?

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Planning to drive down to Chikmagalur over a weekend. Rough Itinerary is to visit shettihalli church, Halebidu, Belur enroute. I want to know which destination should I choose to visit while going to the city.
I am also planning to travel chikmagalur this weekend(28th - 30th July). Initially had plans for Halebidu, Belur en-route. Shettihalli church seems to be a nice place to be added to the itinerary.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shettihalli_Rosary_Church

As per wikipedia, during monsoons, it is partially submerged in water.
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Can we do shettihalli halebidu and then directly go to chikmagalur?
Yes, you can do Shettihalli - Hagare (Belur Road)- Halebidu - Belavadi - Kalasapura - Magadi Hand Post - Chikkamagaluru if you want to do Belur on return.

However, doing Halebidu - Belur to reach Chikmagalur will actually take same or little lesser time.

Via Belavadi option, you can as well visit the less famous Veernarayana Temple there.

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Wanted to do Belur on return route as evening will be less hot to walk inside the temple compound. Is this a good choice?
Yes, this is possible. But the climate is very much bearable for a barefoot walk inside the temple even with no regular rains. I was there last Sunday and we walked all around at 3PM too. So if the "Heat" is the concern, you may want to evaluate your itinerary again.

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Any good eateries with restrooms?
Shark Food Court
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Not sure where the hassan bypass exactly is, however Gmap is showing this route which has hAluvagilu as the road. Is this the one you are talking about?
Yes. This is the route.

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1. Mudigere road and Road leading to Mulayanagiri
Did I? I do not recollect how I would have related Mudigere road with Mullayanagiri. I am sure I would have said Mudigere Road and road leading to Mullayanagiri.

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Are there any more scenic route through coffee plantations closer to Chikmagalur town?
You head towards Mudigere or Mullayanagiri or Mallandur from Chikmagalur town and within 6-10 kms you will start seeing coffee plantations around the road.
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Folks,

Do any of you know whether we can pay the toll charges electronically on the Bangalore Hassan route? Which app or pay portal can be used?

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Folks,

Do any of you know whether we can pay the toll charges electronically on the Bangalore Hassan route? Which app or pay portal can be used?

Thanks!
I don't think so. Barring NICE, you will encounter 5 Toll Plazas enroute and none of them as I know (today) have the option to electronically accept payments via Card or PayTM. They did this during the immediate days post demonitization but as of now they must have completely done away with it.

However, all the toll booths are FASTag enabled where your toll charges will be deducted from the FASTag account.
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