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Old 13th October 2011, 16:26   #3721
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I was trying to understand the best route from Chennai to Kundapur. Read many pages in this log and got confused as I not well versed with Karnataka roads -

can someone with patience answer me the best route to take from Bangalore to Kundapur?

What will be the timeline? I am visiting between Dec 24-27. I read in the blog about TurtleBay resort and called them, they are all booked!!! My bad!!!!

Trying to search other places, but I am sure someone here knows other good places?

Please help so that i can do the bookings quickly!!!!

Please note I m driving this time with my baby who will be 10 months old.
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I was trying to understand the best route from Chennai to Kundapur. Read many pages in this log and got confused as I not well versed with Karnataka roads -

can someone with patience answer me the best route to take from Bangalore to Kundapur?

What will be the timeline? I am visiting between Dec 24-27. I read in the blog about TurtleBay resort and called them, they are all booked!!! My bad!!!!
Hi, since you're looking at Dec 24th, the road situation could be very different then from what it is now.

As of now, the best route from B'lore to Kundapura is thru' Mangalore i.e. Bangalore - NH4 - Shiradi ghats - Mangalore - NH17 - Kundapura.

But, but, the road condition of a more direct route (through Agumbe/Chikamagalur) could be better post-monsoons.

You could stay in Udupi/Manipal, they are about 30kms from Kundapura. Bhatkal's an option too (it's around 30kms from Kundapura too; but on the other side as Udupi/Manipal).

Can you mention the rough agenda for your trip; we'd then be better placed to suggest.
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Hi, since you're looking at Dec 24th, the road situation could be very different then from what it is now.

As of now, the best route from B'lore to Kundapura is thru' Mangalore i.e. Bangalore - NH4 - Shiradi ghats - Mangalore - NH17 - Kundapura.

But, but, the road condition of a more direct route (through Agumbe/Chikamagalur) could be better post-monsoons.

You could stay in Udupi/Manipal, they are about 30kms from Kundapura. Bhatkal's an option too (it's around 30kms from Kundapura too; but on the other side as Udupi/Manipal).

Can you mention the rough agenda for your trip; we'd then be better placed to suggest.
Hi - thanks for the quick response!!!

agenda is simple, all my childhood friends wanted to have a get together and I chose Kundapur from T-BHP. I thought we can drive from Kundapur to Gokarna in a day and come back as we dont want to check-in and checkout from too many places.

After reading few more logs here, found Murudeshwar temple and Jog falls near by (i may be wrong). Thought we can cover these as well.

But the main idea is to hand out at one place, near beach and talk talk talk!!!!

I am dependent on whatever route is best suggested here!!!!
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After reading few more logs here, found Murudeshwar temple and Jog falls near by (i may be wrong). Thought we can cover these as well.
You'd rather stay at Udupi then.

The route along NH17 is like this : Udupi - Kundapura (30kms) - Murudeshwar (100kms) - Gokarna (180kms). You can do Murudeshwar on the way up or down.

Jog Falls is slightly off; it would have to be done on a diff. day.

There's nothing to do in Kundapura; at least with base as Udupi, you can head to Kapu one evening (Kapu has a light-house). Plus, Malpe beach is around 5kms from Udupi.

PS : Nothing like a night out at Gokarna; a cozy shack, a good bon-fire and a unexploited beach!

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You'd rather stay at Udupi then.

The route along NH17 is like this : Udupi - Kundapura (30kms) - Murudeshwar (100kms) - Gokarna (180kms). You can do Murudeshwar on the way up or down.

Jog Falls is slightly off; it would have to be done on a diff. day.

There's nothing to do in Kundapura; at least with base as Udupi, you can head to Kapu one evening (Kapu has a light-house). Plus, Malpe beach is around 5kms from Udupi.

PS : Nothing like a night out at Gokarna; a cozy shack, a good bon-fire and a unexploited beach!
Hi - thank you!!! So are you suggesting, we stay at Gokarna for a night?

how are road conditions from Udupi to Gokarna? How long do you think this stretch will take? Why I am asking is since small baby on board, need to consider a lot of things.
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Hi - thank you!!! So are you suggesting, we stay at Gokarna for a night?

how are road conditions from Udupi to Gokarna? How long do you think this stretch will take? Why I am asking is since small baby on board, need to consider a lot of things.
Yep, a night halt at Gokarna will be something you'll remember for a long long time. Just that with the baby in picture and the christmas weekend, you might have to do your booking well in advance. Will find out good accommodations and let you know.

Udupi - Gokarna, NH17 is bad right now. So, can't say how it's going to be in Dec - should be better as repairs would hopefully be done after monsoons. Plus, there are a couple of express trains and a passenger train so that option is there too. The station is Gokarna rd.

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Hi - Just to reconfirm- route being suggested is -

Bengaluru - NH4 till Tumkur - NH 206 Arasikere- NH 234 - Belur - Charmadi - Moodabidri - Mulki - Udupi?
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agenda is simple, all my childhood friends wanted to have a get together and I chose Kundapur from T-BHP. I thought we can drive from Kundapur to Gokarna in a day and come back as we dont want to check-in and checkout from too many places.

After reading few more logs here, found Murudeshwar temple and Jog falls near by (i may be wrong). Thought we can cover these as well.

But the main idea is to hand out at one place, near beach and talk talk talk!!!!

I am dependent on whatever route is best suggested here!!!!
I would suggest you to stay at Murdeshwar since you would be planning to visit Gokarna and Jog. Murdeshwar is midway between Kundapur and Gokarna. Jog is around 100 kms from Murdeshwar. There is a resort called Naveen Beach Resort in Murdeshwar, but have no idea how good it is.

AFAIK, Kundapur does not have beach side accommodation, your only beach side options are in Murdeshwar, Turtle Bay (Maravanthe) and in Gokarna. I have no idea about beach side resorts in Honnavar (between Murdeshwar and Gokarna)

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Hi - Just to reconfirm- route being suggested is -

Bengaluru - NH4 till Tumkur - NH 206 Arasikere- NH 234 - Belur - Charmadi - Moodabidri - Mulki - Udupi?
Take this route. It is much more easier, better and shorter than the above.

Bangalore-NH4 till Nelamangala-Turn left on NH48-Kunigal-Hassan-Shiradi ghats-Mangalore-Join NH17-Udupi-Kundapur

The road is bad in the Shiradi ghats though.

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Hi - Just to reconfirm- route being suggested is -

Bengaluru - NH4 till Tumkur - NH 206 Arasikere- NH 234 - Belur - Charmadi - Moodabidri - Mulki - Udupi?
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Bangalore-NH4 till Nelamangala-Turn left on NH48-Kunigal-Hassan-Shiradi ghats-Mangalore-Join NH17-Udupi-Kundapur
The road suggested by Addy is the best (among the worst) but I suggest you post a query a week before your intended travel and find out the best at that time.

The way the B'lore - M'lore roads are, they can go from the best to worst in a matter of days and the worst can become slightly better.

The reason I say this is, the Kudremukh and Chikmagalur routes are very scenic so you'll enjoy them more. If they are in a good condition by Dec-end, you might as well take them.
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I would suggest you to stay at Murdeshwar since you would be planning to visit Gokarna and Jog. Murdeshwar is midway between Kundapur and Gokarna. Jog is around 100 kms from Murdeshwar. There is a resort called Naveen Beach Resort in Murdeshwar, but have no idea how good it is.

AFAIK, Kundapur does not have beach side accommodation, your only beach side options are in Murdeshwar, Turtle Bay (Maravanthe) and in Gokarna. I have no idea about beach side resorts in Honnavar (between Murdeshwar and Gokarna)



Take this route. It is much more easier, better and shorter than the above.

Bangalore-NH4 till Nelamangala-Turn left on NH48-Kunigal-Hassan-Shiradi ghats-Mangalore-Join NH17-Udupi-Kundapur

The road is bad in the Shiradi ghats though.
Thanks again for the quick update, how bad are Shiradi Ghats? In this route how long it will take from B'lore to Murudeshwar?
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Thanks again for the quick update, how bad are Shiradi Ghats? In this route how long it will take from B'lore to Murudeshwar?
The 30kms Shiradi ghats stretch will take about 1.5-2hrs depending on when you travel. Don't even think of passing thru' it after sunset.

The whole stretch is a dust-bath and if you're car has a low GC, it's gonna bottom out regularly.

B'lore - Manipal took me 7 hrs (~80-90 km/hr); so B'lore - Murudeshwar should take 8 hrs at max.
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Srikanth, you can stay in "Paradise Isle" which is on Malpe beach, this is few kms from udupi town...

I would suggest you to stick to NH48 i,e kunigal - Hassana - Sakleshpura - Shiradi ghat - uppinagdi- BC road -Mangalore - Surathkal - Mulky -Kaupu - Udupi

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Hi Team,

I was trying to understand the best route from Chennai to Kundapur. Read many pages in this log and got confused as I not well versed with Karnataka roads -

can someone with patience answer me the best route to take from Bangalore to Kundapur?

What will be the timeline? I am visiting between Dec 24-27. I read in the blog about TurtleBay resort and called them, they are all booked!!! My bad!!!!

Trying to search other places, but I am sure someone here knows other good places?

Please help so that i can do the bookings quickly!!!!

Please note I m driving this time with my baby who will be 10 months old.

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Please note I m driving this time with my baby who will be 10 months old.
Some unsolicited advice -

If you have time on your side, I'd strongly recommend a stopover somewhere in the middle between Bangalore & Kundapur. 10 month old babies generally get cranky after darkness.

But if you want to do the Bangalore Kundapur stretch at one go, leave early. If it gets dark, you can reduce the baby's crankiness to some extent by switching on the cabin lights.

Feed/change diapers when the car is moving. If the baby is being breastfed, buy two (or four) towels and cover the side windows to give mom & chotu some privacy. Do not stop the car unless it is absolutely necessary - because too many stops will add up 1 or 2 hours to the driving time.
Also, buy some new toys that the baby has not seen before. Take it out during the trip - that will stop the crying for some time.

Anyway, during long trips like this one, babies do "sleep like a baby" most of the time

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thanks alot for the advice Smartcat!!!! looks like we need to drop north karnataka for a while. one thanks to the advice from members, roads are not so great, two - i called every possible resort which i felt was good and all & i mean all are booked.

Paradise isle have doubled the rates for dec and jan - damn!!! i dont think its worth paying them twise just because of christmas and new year.

I am booking at Kabini so that our overall travel will less and baby will not get tired.

thanks again for all the members to help me out asap decide the place.
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Folks,
Need an urgent advice. I'm no stranger to Shiradi ghat but this time it is a different situation. The last time I travelled over Shiradi ghat was in June when the patch work was almost done.

I'll be leaving to Mangalore in this coming weekend with my wife and she is carrying( 7 mths). Is it ok to go via Shiradi in a Safari or do you think it is too much of a hassle. She prefers travelling in a car rather than any other mode of transport for compelling reasons.

Could anyone share the present condition of the road via B'lore -Hassan

Belur--Gendehally---Mudigere---Charmadi---Dharmasthala--Joining back again to NH48.

Based on some previous posts, I understand that Belur--Gendehally- Mudigere is a better option then via Cheekanhally. Is it still the case? How is the road further down from Kottigehaara- Charmaadi --Dharmasthala.

I assume it is only the Shiradi road which is a mess and the road either side of Shiradi is good and that is the reason i want to join NH48 rather than proceeding from Charmadi--Ujire--BC road route.

Any inputs are much appreciated.
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