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Old 26th June 2007, 10:09   #1
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Default Bangalore - Pune - Mumbai: Route updates & Eateries

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I am planning a road trip from Bangalore to Mumbai somewhere in 1st week of august and would like to have some inputs from people who have done that stretch. I have a few queries based on my research

1. From mapmyindia.com, I could get the directions which state that NH4 is the one connecting these two major cities and i wanted to know how is the road condition and approximately how many hours would it take to cover 1000 kms keeping in mind the road topology.

2. Do i need to take a permit at the check posts for entering Maharashtra.?

Please revert back on these and also other tips and pointers too would be appreciated and welcomed and ofcourse Thanks In Advance.

Vijay

EDIT: Thanks to Parag Sachania for this awesome update!

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Here is an attempt, a comprehensive one, as much as I could to include details regarding Food & Fuel options between Mumbai - Pune- Bangalore that would help most of the queries get addressed in this single post rather than look elsewhere. I have given map location for each of the POIs in chronological order to enable travelers to reach here without much trouble.

==============================Direction: BANGALORE- PUNE -MUMBAI==============================


Where to eat or take a Break?

1. Kamat Upachar - After Dabaspet

2.Cafe Coffee Day - After Kamat, Dabaspet

3.Apporva Resorts - Before Davanagere Bypass

4.Kamat Upachar - Before Ranebennur Bypass

5.Ghar Dhaba (attaced to BPCL) after Ranebennur Bypass

6.Cafe Coffee Day - Shiggaon

7.Sankan Residency - Off NH, Belgaum Bypass

8.White House - Tawandi Ghats, After Sankeshwar

9.Hotel Amar - Only Veg - Tawandi Ghats, After Sankeshwar

10.KFC/Mc-Donalds/CCD - Kolhapur Bypass

11.Hotel Sai International - Within 5 kms after Kini Toll Plaza after Kolhapur - RIGHT SIDE but easy access via break in the Median

12.Vittal Kamat - After Karad (Before Umbraj Flyover/Bypass)

13.Vittal Kamat - Before Shirwal

14.Cafe Coffee Day - Khedshivpur

15.Soul Curry - After Wakad Intersection (Flyover), Pune Bypass. Plenty options right here

16.Expressway Food Court (Before Lonavala)

17.Expressway Food Plaza (After Khandala Ghats)


Where to refuel

1.BPCL COCO - After JAS Toll

2.HPCL COCO Attached to Kamat

3.BPCL at Sira

4.IOCL Station before Davanagere Bypass

5.BPCL COCO, Ranebennur Bypass

6.HPCL Before Shiggaon

7.MRPL Station at Hubli Circle

8.BPCL COCO after Dharwad Bypass

9.Barde Fuel Station (BPCL) on Belgaum Bypass

10.BPCL Station - Hattarigi

11.BPCL COCO in Karnataka before the MH Border (RIGHT SIDE - Fuel Cheaper in KA than MH)

12.BPCL COCO after Kolhapur Bypass

13.HPCL COCO Near Shirwal (Before Pune)

14.Expressway - HPCL COCO- Before Lonavala Exit

15.Expressway - IOCL COCO - Before Expressway Exit toll

==============================Direction: MUMBAI - PUNE - BANGALORE==============================


Where to eat or take a Break?

1.Expressway Food Court (After Entry Toll)

2.Expressway Food Court - CCD, Fuel etc (After Exit Toll)

3.CCD 1 - Pune Bypass

4.CCD 2 - After Pune bypass, Before Khedshivpur Toll Plaza

5.Parth Food Mall - Dominos and more- After descencing from Khambhatki Ghats

5.Hotel Annapura - Before Karad Bypass Flyover

6.Sai International - 30 kms after Karad

7.Hotel Amar - Only Veg (After Nippani, at the Start of Tawandi Ghats) - RIGHT SIDE but easy access with a break in Median opposite to it

8.Sankam Residency - Off NH4, Belgaum Bypass - worth a break even if you have to get down the highway

9.Kamat Upachar - Belur Industrial Estate, Before Dharwad Bypass

10.Kamat Upachar - around 18 kms after Hubli Bypass ends

11.Atithya Highway Plaza (Before Hiriyur) - Maximum Private buses stop here, expect crowd and slow service.

12.Kamat Upachar (After Sira)

13.Pavithra Idly Hotel (Khyatandra, Tumkur Bypass)

14.Kamat 1 - Dabaspet

15.Kamat 2 - Dabaspet


Where to refuel

1.HPCL COCO - After Expressway Entry Toll Plaza

2.BPCL (Not sure if its a COCO but reliable) - After Expressway Exit Toll Plaza

3.Shell - Warje, on Pune Bypass

4.BPCL COCO - After Khedshivpur Toll Plaza

5.Konduskar - BPCL (After Kolhapur Bypass)

6.BPCL COCO - 4-5 Kms after Kognoli/Kagal Toll Plaza

7.HPCL - Hirebagewadi, 1 Km before Hirebagewadi Toll

8.BPCL COCO - Belur Industrial Estate, Before Dharwad

9.IOCL COCO - Belur Industrial Estate, Before Dharwad

10.BPCL - Just at the start of Dharwad Bypass

11.MRPL Filling Station - Hubli Circle

12.BPCL Filling Station - Haveri Bypass

13.BPCL Filling Station - After Chitradurga Bypass

14.BPCL COCO - After Sira (attached to Kamat Upachar)

15.IOCL COCO - After Tumkur, Dabaspet


Note: The above list for Food breaks has been factored with a balance between Food and cleanliness of the Rest rooms. Remember that you cannot get the best combination of both at every location mentioned but these are definitely places you really can bank upon on this highway. Since past 8 Years, I have been driving very regularly on this section and have ventured (Or dared) into almost each of the locations along with family in tow. So, if you have apprehensions if these are family friendly places, be assured that each of these are family friendly break points.

I have as well refueled at each of the given locations at least once over the past few years in Petrol and Diesel cars.

Last edited by GTO : 19th October 2015 at 13:20. Reason: Adding Parag's awesome update here
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Roads are in good condition.

You can have a fast drive, I noramlly do the distance non-stop in 12.5 hours.

Facilities are top class.

No permits are required.
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1. From mapmyindia.com, I could get the directions which state that NH4 is the one connecting these two major cities and i wanted to know how is the road condition and approximately how many hours would it take to cover 1000 kms keeping in mind the road topology.
I have travelled from Belgaum onwards on NH4. It is smooth as a baby's bottom .. no worries there.. If you plan to get into Pune.. dont do it via Katraj.. use the Katraj bypass and then get in if needed.

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2. Do i need to take a permit at the check posts for entering Maharashtra.?
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I dont think so. whats the permit u have in mind??
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My Suggession:

1) Start from BLR at 3AM
2) Breakfast at Ranibennur A1 Plaza at 7:30AM (about 300km from here)
Blr - Tumkur - Sira - Chitradurga - Davangere - Ranibennur, Watch out for Tumkur BP....Dont cross 100kmph after Chitradurga as there are often diversions...
3) Lunch at Belgaum (Ranibennur - haveri - Hubli - Belgaum)
4) Belgaum to Pune can be easily done within 4 hours nonstop....
5) You should reach Mumbai before sunset if u plan up the trip nicely...

I know u cannot do nonstop like Kumar but there are many people who often do Mumbai - Blr in 15 hours quite easily...trick is u should start at 3AM...

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Happily, all towns are bypassed, saving you lot of time and trouble navigating through crowds. There are Reliance petrol pumps (with good clean toilets, and sometimes A1 Plazas) throughout (at least 1 every 50 kms). Traffic zones are Kolhapur-Pune.

At Belgaum, Hotel Sankam Residency (100 metres where you enter town) is a good place to have lunch.

As Abhi said, lot of people do this trip in 15 hours or so.
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Roads are in good condition.

You can have a fast drive, I noramlly do the distance non-stop in 12.5 hours.

Facilities are top class.

No permits are required.
Thanks kumar.....thatz pretty fast i suppose but a gud and great relief that roads r gud can cover in around 13 hours..
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I have travelled from Belgaum onwards on NH4. It is smooth as a baby's bottom .. no worries there.. If you plan to get into Pune.. dont do it via Katraj.. use the Katraj bypass and then get in if needed.



I dont think so. whats the permit u have in mind??
...i havent done inter states ever before and i was just wondering if entering into another state would require one. i am travelling on my own alto so i suppose that query is irrelevant ,however i think tolls are common on this golden quad stretch...
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My Suggession:

1) Start from BLR at 3AM
2) Breakfast at Ranibennur A1 Plaza at 7:30AM (about 300km from here)
Blr - Tumkur - Sira - Chitradurga - Davangere - Ranibennur, Watch out for Tumkur BP....Dont cross 100kmph after Chitradurga as there are often diversions...
3) Lunch at Belgaum (Ranibennur - haveri - Hubli - Belgaum)
4) Belgaum to Pune can be easily done within 4 hours nonstop....
5) You should reach Mumbai before sunset if u plan up the trip nicely...

I know u cannot do nonstop like Kumar but there are many people who often do Mumbai - Blr in 15 hours quite easily...trick is u should start at 3AM...

Abhi
Sure Abhi and i think thats a good info and 15 hours is what even i am looking up for and thanks bro for the info..
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Like akroy mentioned the stretch between chitradurga and hubli approx 195kms is the only bad patch, the roads are decent but quite some diversions.

Also expect some showers around Hubli but awesome roads tarmac, flat and curves

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u guys r awesome and thanks a zillion for all the info...kumar,abhi,kinetik and spadival....all u'r info and suggestions taken and will hit this road in august 1st week and will share my experiences as well.....
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Anyone has an update on the Davangere-Harihar bypass?

That is one never-ending construction job. This is normally a terrible section during rainy season, unless the construction work is complete.

Another place to watch out for is Tumkur bypass, the signages are bad that you tend to go into town, missing the bypass entry point (Bangalore side) completely.
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Though I planned and started this thread in June,the time has come down to venture into this trip finally. Thanks all of you guys for your pointers then which will be useful for me now and also i needed to know this.

Do Petrol bunks on this route accept cards (say on a scale of 10 is it atleast 5 that will accept it) as i am not sure about it and dont wanna carry too much cash with me keeping in mind for refilling the tank as and when required.
Do share your thoughts and experiences brothers!!
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Hi,

I think the pumps at most towns would accept cards but in any case you would not require more than 2-2.5 full tanks I think. Also its always a good idea to carry 5-10k in cash when embarking on a long road trip. Never know when you may need it.

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Hi,

I think the pumps at most towns would accept cards but in any case you would not require more than 2-2.5 full tanks I think. Also its always a good idea to carry 5-10k in cash when embarking on a long road trip. Never know when you may need it.

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Sure Viper ! I would do that and am starting on saturday early hours and will be there that evening or late night and will get in touch with you regarding our talk recently. I suppose you are back in mumbai.

Regards Vijay
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My Suggession:

1) Start from BLR at 3AM
2) Breakfast at Ranibennur A1 Plaza at 7:30AM (about 300km from here)
Blr - Tumkur - Sira - Chitradurga - Davangere - Ranibennur, Watch out for Tumkur BP....Dont cross 100kmph after Chitradurga as there are often diversions...
3) Lunch at Belgaum (Ranibennur - haveri - Hubli - Belgaum)
4) Belgaum to Pune can be easily done within 4 hours nonstop....
5) You should reach Mumbai before sunset if u plan up the trip nicely...

I know u cannot do nonstop like Kumar but there are many people who often do Mumbai - Blr in 15 hours quite easily...trick is u should start at 3AM...

Abhi

hi

i just travelled from belgaum to bombay, the roads are absolutely fantastic till pune . u get to face some traffic in pune . from belgaum to pune u would approx take 5 hrs. u could eat at all A1 Plaza's from Reliance . Many petrol Pumps Accept Credit Cards. try to fill on the highway i dont know why petrol is cheaper by approx a rupee. u can stop at a place called Karad after kolhapur. two hotels that are good there one Sangam( good food) and the other Pankaj ( Only Veg) but u need to take care of the overbridges built u hve to go down to enter the city. u can practically drive at + 120 on the roads. from belgaum to Bombay. thanks to 4 laning of the roads.
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