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Old 25th March 2010, 01:33   #1891
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Guys ! Just went up and down from Bangy - Udupi & Udupi - Bangy in 2 different routes. Given below is my trip log.

Vehicle: Spark - packed with luggage.
No. of people: 5 (with aged parents)

Onward Journey: Bangalore - Udupi 20th March, 2010, Saturday

ODO.....Kms...Time....Place & Remarks
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16323...000...06:40...Home................Vijayana gar
16325...002...06:48...KHB Colony BS
16327...002...06:51...A big junction & Flyovr...Bad Rd Start
16341...014...07:15...Tavarekere...Bad Rd End
16370...028...07:45...Magadi.......Metal Arch (continue Right)
16385...015...08:05...Joins Bangalore - Mangalore Highwy, turn Left
.............................Apprx 1 km Indo Spanish Foods Bldg
16392...007...08:13...Kunigal BS
16426...034...08:50...Hotel Mayura...Breakfast Stop
...................09:35...Start after breakfast
16467...041...10:12...Chenraypatna BS
16478...011...10:24...Athithi - LHS; Kamat Upachar - RHS (Restaurants)
16500...022...10:45...Turn Right Towards Hassan City (Straight to M'lore via Shiradi)
16542...042...11:36...Belur, turn left @ Chennakeshava Temple sign Board; Straight goes to Chikmagalur
16578...036...12:31...Mudigere...Belur to Mudigere rough road with patches
16589...011...12:43...Bankal
16592...003...12:47...Kottigehara...Mudigere - Kottigehara Excellent Road
16599...007...13:05...Magundi...Turn Left towards Kalasa (Straight goes to Chikmagalur)
16607...008...13:19...Kelagur Tea Estate...Somewhat rough road
16620...013...13:45...Hirebail
16633...013...13:57...KALASA...Stop for Lunch @ a relative's place
...................15:20...Start after lunch (Kottigehara - Kalasa Narrow, but OK road)
16642...009...15:33...Samshe
16646...004...15:40...Kudremukha Forest Checkpost 1st gate
16689...043...17:05...Kudremukha Forest checkpost 2nd gate (Dense forest, scenic, good road)
16696...007...17:12...Goli baje Errrrrr Bajagoli
16705...009...17:24...Karkala bypass 1st circle
16713...008...17:35...Nitte
16720...007...17:47...Belman...turn right towards Udupi
16729...009...18:01...Shirva...turn right
16741...012...18:17...Katpadi
16753...012...18:30...UDUPI Bus Stop (Hotel Janardhana)
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Total Distance: 430 Kms........Total Time: 11 hrs 50 min
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Return Journey: Udupi - Bangalore 24th March, 2010, Wednesday

ODO.....Kms...Time.....Place...Remarks
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16942...000...07:04...Udupi Bus Stop (Hotel Janardhana)
16948...006...07:16...Manipal...Road under repair
16950...002...07:18...Parkala circle
16957...007...07:27...Hiriyadka Jn...Left goes to Hebri/Agumbe
16969...012...07:40...Bylur
16978...009...07:50...Joduraste (Karkal bypass) turn right to Dharmastala
16982...004...07:55...Karkala Bus Stop, Hotel Ashoka (?) stop for breakfast
...................08:38...Start after breakfast
16991...009...08:50...Miyar
16994...003...08:57...Goli baje ooooops Bajagoli
17006...012...09:11...Hosmar
17009...003...09:16...Naravi
17021...012...09:30...Aldangadi
17031...010...09:43...Guruwayanakere...Turn left towards Dharmasthala
17034...003...09:47...Belthangadi BS...Turn left
17039...005...09:54...Ujire Jn...Turn right (straight goes to Belur via Charmadi ghat)
17048...009...10:07...Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala...Stop for Darshan
...................11:15...Start after darshan
17070...022...11:40...touch B'lore - M'lore highway; turn left (right goes to M'lore)
17088...018...12:01...Gundya...(Kept straight; Right 22 km goes to Kukke Subramanya temple)
17090...002...12:04...Barchinahalla Sethuve (bridge)
17092...002...12:06...Start of very bad stretch
17094...002...12:15...End of very bad stretch
17104...010...12:34...Saw one Black Shining Swift pass thru; was it TBhpian, TheMag ?
17121...017...13:05...Donigal...Shiradi Ghat end
17126...005...13:13...Sakleshpura
17131...005...13:22...Ossoor Vegeterian Restaurant...Stop for lunch (Excellent)
...................14:15...Start after lunch
17164...033...14:45...Jn, Go straight (left goes to Halebeedu)
17166...002...14:50...Hassan bypass, Go straight (left goes to Hassan City)
17192...026...15:14...Kamat Upachar, LHS & Hotel Athithi, RHS
17197...005...15:18...Go straight, Left goes to Arsikere
17203...012...15:28...Chenraypatna
17241...038...15:59...Very very big humps, hits underbody
17244...003...16:02...Hotel Mayura (RHS)
17245...001...16:04...Tollgate, Rs. 5/-
17269...024...16:45...Hotel Brindavan, Aalappanagudde, Stop for Chai-paani (this hotel is good for tea only !)
17278...009...16:55...Kunigal BS
17284...006...17:05...Indo-Spanish Food Building (A landmark to catch Magadi Rd)
17285...001..............Turn right to Magadi (straight goes to Nelamangala)
17300...015...17:19...Metal Arch (A landmark)
17302...002...17:24...Magadi town (Indo-Spanish to Tavarekere Butter smooth road)
17328...026...17:48...Tavarekere - Road under repair, bad stretch start
17342...014...18:15...A big Junction & flyover, Left joins Tumkur Rd, bad stretch end
17344...002...18:19...KHB Colony bus stop
17346...002...18:28...Namma Mane i.e. Our home, Vijayanagar !
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Total Distance: 404 Kms........Total Time: 11 hrs 24 min

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Old 25th March 2010, 02:00   #1892
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Guys i have to travel to bangalore from manipal at the end of this month. I will be doing this first time by road so what would be your advice to regarding the best route to take right now. If possilble can u also suggest potential stops on the ways for snacks etc.
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Old 25th March 2010, 09:16   #1893
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Return Journey: Udupi - Bangalore 24th March, 2010, Wednesday

ODO.....Kms...Time.....Place...Remarks
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17285...001..............Turn right to Magadi (straight goes to Nelamangala)
17300...015...17:19...Metal Arch (A landmark)
17302...002...17:24...Magadi town (Indo-Spanish to Tavarekere Butter smooth road)
17328...026...17:48...Tavarekere - Road under repair, bad stretch start
17342...014...18:15...A big Junction & flyover, Left joins Tumkur Rd, bad stretch end
17344...002...18:19...KHB Colony bus stop
17346...002...18:28...Namma Mane i.e. Our home, Vijayanagar !
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Total Distance: 404 Kms........Total Time: 11 hrs 24 min
Hi BomBatt, just a small correction here. The road from Tavarekere till NICE road junction is excellent. It is only after the NICE road, that the road work has started. From there it is a complete mess.
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Any ideas about the stretch from shimoga to tirthanahalli and then further on towards kollur via nagara?
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Old 25th March 2010, 11:45   #1895
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Guys ! Just went up and down from Bangy - Udupi & Udupi - Bangy in 2 different routes. Given below is my trip log.
Nothing could be as detailed as this one! . How did you manage to clock the odo readings? And it's not even the tripmeter.

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Old 25th March 2010, 12:30   #1896
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Hi BomBatt

I'll be visiting to Dharmastala & Kukke this week end.

Since you ve travelled both via Charmudi & Shiradi, which route is better/advisable to take? Via Hassan-Shiradi or CKM-Kottigehara-Charmudi?

Is it that via Shiradi we can cover the distance faster than Charmudi? (atleast till Sakleshpur straight roads). I'll be driving my Swift with my wife & children.

Tnks
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17092...002...12:06...Start of very bad stretch
17094...002...12:15...End of very bad stretch
@Bombatt, so you mean to say its only 2 kms of Bad stretch on the Shiradi Ghat?

If it so, its very good news and going by time taken you have taken 9 mins to cross this bad stretch, which indicates its not that bad either.
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Hi BomBatt

I'll be visiting to Dharmastala & Kukke this week end.

Since you ve travelled both via Charmudi & Shiradi, which route is better/advisable to take? Via Hassan-Shiradi or CKM-Kottigehara-Charmudi?

Is it that via Shiradi we can cover the distance faster than Charmudi? (atleast till Sakleshpur straight roads). I'll be driving my Swift with my wife & children.

Tnks
I dont think he's travelled through Charmadi. He's deviated from Kottigehara towards Kalasa if you look at the logs and way back he's indeed taken the Shiradi route.
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16599...007...13:05...Magundi...Turn Left towards Kalasa (Straight goes to Chikmagalur)
16607...008...13:19...Kelagur Tea Estate...Somewhat rough road
16620...013...13:45...Hirebail
16633...013...13:57...KALASA...
BomBatt, you would have taken left at ukkada village, ( 5 kms from kottigehara towards magundi ) and not at magundi to reach Kalasa via kelagur estate and hirebail.

Magundi is 25kms from kottigehara and then to Kalasa via balehole is another 24 kms. This road, though longer by 10 kms, is a much better road.

Bangalore - Udupi via Ck'lur, Balehonnur, Magundi, and Kalasa is also 435 kms ! though looks longer !
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Guys, sorry couldn't log in yesterday.

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Since you ve travelled both via Charmudi & Shiradi, which route is better/advisable to take? Via Hassan-Shiradi or CKM-Kottigehara-Charmudi?

Is it that via Shiradi we can cover the distance faster than Charmudi? (atleast till Sakleshpur straight roads). I'll be driving my Swift with my wife & children.

Tnks
Hi Alsuda,

I would definitely advise taking Sakleshpur-Shiradi route.

Advantage:
1. Shiradi ghat road is wide and less curvy. Only about 2 kms of bad stretch which I managed on my Spark with 4 ppl on-board without any underbody hits. But you have to drive carefully in 1st and 2nd gears on this bad stretch.

2. If you are to visit both Kukke and Dharmasthala, you can first go to Kukke by taking left deviation (22 kms) at Gundya, finish darshan, come back to Gundya, and then proceed towards Dharmasthala. You can halt at Dharmasthala which has better facilities. If you take Charmadi route, you have to visit dharmasthala first and then Kukke. (Check my trip log).

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@Bombatt, so you mean to say its only 2 kms of Bad stretch on the Shiradi Ghat?

If it so, its very good news and going by time taken you have taken 9 mins to cross this bad stretch, which indicates its not that bad either.
Deepak, Yes ! only 2 kms of very bad stretch, and may be 3-4 bad patches in between, all of which can be managed easily if you drive cautiously. Moreover, repair works are in full swing.

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I dont think he's travelled through Charmadi. He's deviated from Kottigehara towards Kalasa if you look at the logs and way back he's indeed taken the Shiradi route.
You are right Parag, I just went towards Charmadi ghat and took a deviation before entering actual Charmadi ghat !

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BomBatt, you would have taken left at ukkada village, ( 5 kms from kottigehara towards magundi ) and not at magundi to reach Kalasa via kelagur estate and hirebail.
You are right again roamingrao. I got into a junction from which one road went to Chikmagalur and one road to Kalasa. I thought this must be Magundi.

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Hi BomBatt, just a small correction here. The road from Tavarekere till NICE road junction is excellent. It is only after the NICE road, that the road work has started. From there it is a complete mess.
Addy, this trip log was done by my wife and I was just concentrating on driving. So, I am not very sure where this bad stretch started and ended.

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Nothing could be as detailed as this one!. How did you manage to clock the odo readings? And it's not even the tripmeter.
Credit goes to my wife, who was holding the scratch pad and pen throughout the trip and noting down things. My dad sitting in the backseat was helping her with names of towns and villages
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Credit goes to my wife, who was holding the scratch pad and pen throughout the trip and noting down things. My dad sitting in the backseat was helping her with names of towns and villages
Ah!! And the tripmeter, speedometer being in the centre helped her take the readings! Brilliant! I was wondering how come the tripmeter readings could be taken without disturbing your driving. Kudos to Chevy spark!

So, to summarise, if i need to go to Karkala, i should be taking Shiradi route itself right? This is the route is am most familiar with, followed by the Charmadi route(Last time i took Charmadi route). Because i felt shiradi route is faster.

Also, nowadays, buses reach karkala quite soon! For eg Vishal I leaves Bangalore at around 9 30pm and reaches Karkala at 5 30am!!
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The buses reach early because mining trucks have stopped plying in the Shiradi ghast road. Traffic has come down drastically.
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Guys, sorry couldn't log in yesterday.



Hi Alsuda,

I would definitely advise taking Sakleshpur-Shiradi route.

Advantage:
1. Shiradi ghat road is wide and less curvy. Only about 2 kms of bad stretch which I managed on my Spark with 4 ppl on-board without any underbody hits. But you have to drive carefully in 1st and 2nd gears on this bad stretch.

2. If you are to visit both Kukke and Dharmasthala, you can first go to Kukke by taking left deviation (22 kms) at Gundya, finish darshan, come back to Gundya, and then proceed towards Dharmasthala. You can halt at Dharmasthala which has better facilities. If you take Charmadi route, you have to visit dharmasthala first and then Kukke. (Check my trip log).



Deepak, Yes ! only 2 kms of very bad stretch, and may be 3-4 bad patches in between, all of which can be managed easily if you drive cautiously. Moreover, repair works are in full swing.



You are right Parag, I just went towards Charmadi ghat and took a deviation before entering actual Charmadi ghat !



You are right again roamingrao. I got into a junction from which one road went to Chikmagalur and one road to Kalasa. I thought this must be Magundi.



Addy, this trip log was done by my wife and I was just concentrating on driving. So, I am not very sure where this bad stretch started and ended.



Credit goes to my wife, who was holding the scratch pad and pen throughout the trip and noting down things. My dad sitting in the backseat was helping her with names of towns and villages
Hi Bombatt,

Excellent report !!! So, you say that we can go in Shiradi without having much trouble now. Last week i went to Dharmasthala, but fearing Shiradi road, i went thro' Mudigere-Kottigehara-Charmadi & returned via the same route.

I wanted to explore going / coming back via Shiradi, but was vetoed down by my family members.

I want to go to Kukke sometime in May end / June, so i think the road should be in good shape by then, as you mentioned repair work was in full swing.
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16592...003...12:47...Kottigehara...Mudigere - Kottigehara Excellent Road
Good to know that. Last I heard this road was in a mess.

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17131...005...13:22...Ossoor Vegeterian Restaurant...Stop for lunch (Excellent)
As I understand from your odo readings, this is 4 kms after Sakleshpura, driving back to Bangalore. Right?
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Hi Bombatt,

Excellent report !!! So, you say that we can go in Shiradi without having much trouble now. Last week i went to Dharmasthala, but fearing Shiradi road, i went thro' Mudigere-Kottigehara-Charmadi & returned via the same route.

I wanted to explore going / coming back via Shiradi, but was vetoed down by my family members.

I want to go to Kukke sometime in May end / June, so i think the road should be in good shape by then, as you mentioned repair work was in full swing.
Excellent Report Bombatt.

@ Rajesh, can you please confirm the road enclosed below is good throughout? I am driving tomorrow.

Thanks.
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