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Old 9th February 2012, 19:42   #3946
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Timing looks reasonable. I am sure you can reach sringeri much early like 11ish if you indeed start at 4am. I typically start at 4 am too
Its been a while since i came via that route though. I prefer shiradi now.
I don't see any reason to worry about bad roads. Enjoy

For breakfast why don't you stop in hasan? Starting at 4 means you might get hungry by 7:30

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Old 9th February 2012, 21:31   #3947
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Can suggest two veg hotels in Hassan...Hotel Moti Mahal opposite the KSRTC bus stand and Harsha Palace opposite to AVK college. Both of them are not swanky by any stretch of imagination...but, you will get dosa /idly which would be ideal for breakfast and personally I love the rave ( sooji) dosa at Moti.

Also, on the Hasanamba temple road there are 2 original Iyengar bakeries , but I think it would not be open very early.
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Can suggest two veg hotels in Hassan...Hotel Moti Mahal opposite the KSRTC bus stand and Harsha Palace opposite to AVK college. Both of them are not swanky by any stretch of imagination...but, you will get dosa /idly which would be ideal for breakfast and personally I love the rave ( sooji) dosa at Moti.

Also, on the Hasanamba temple road there are 2 original Iyengar bakeries , but I think it would not be open very early.
Moti hotel and Harsha Mahal are nowhere near what they used to be. I was a fan of the Moti Hotel dosas, but the quality has fallen down drastically. Not recommended at all. Better go to Suvarna Sagar or Sri Krishna Sagar on BM Road.

Are you talking about the two bakeries which are next to each other?
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What speeds did you do to reach Kunigal via Magadi in one hour from Jayanagar :O ? What car ?
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@rajshenoy , @mazda4life , @addyhemige
Thanks for the replies, I shall break at hassan afterall (will be hungry )

do you guys / anyone have updates on :
1) road conditions - potholes in chickmaglur-sringeri leg & sringeri-dharmasthala leg
2) early morning start from sringeri - will there be heavy fog ?
3) shirdi ghats road surface on the return leg, is it fine now ?

Appreciate the help.
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@rajshenoy , @mazda4life , @addyhemige
Thanks for the replies, I shall break at hassan afterall (will be hungry )

do you guys / anyone have updates on :
1) road conditions - potholes in chickmaglur-sringeri leg & sringeri-dharmasthala leg
2) early morning start from sringeri - will there be heavy fog ?
3) shirdi ghats road surface on the return leg, is it fine now ?

Appreciate the help.
I havent taken that route since long time, so i dont have any latest updates. but typically this is what you can expect

hasan-belur - awesome
belur-chickmaglur - good - narrow rough road, occasional potholes, but you can keep a steady speed
chickmaglur-aldur-balehonnur-jayapur- ok road - again narrow road, i remember sudden potholes below tree shades, but being a dry season, you might be able to spot bad roads
From jayapur, dont go towards koppa, ask someone to point to sringeri route. may be around 20-25 kms, but it was a good surface with very low traffic.

Fog typically builds up after sun-rise isnt it ?,So I think you should be prepared for fog post 6-6:30. but its very random and unpredictable, so if you are lucky you might not get much fog/it might clear up faster.

There wont be any fog once you get down the western ghats near karkala.

Shiradi(unless you plan to visit Shirdi too) road may not be greatest.. but it is the fastest and shortest way to reach back to Bangalore. Also it should be at its best(compared to last monsoons) currently
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Moti hotel and Harsha Mahal are nowhere near what they used to be. I was a fan of the Moti Hotel dosas, but the quality has fallen down drastically. Not recommended at all. Better go to Suvarna Sagar or Sri Krishna Sagar on BM Road.

Are you talking about the two bakeries which are next to each other?
I am sad to hear the update over the degrading quality in Moti...used to be one of our favourite haunts. Yes, I was referring to the 2 bakeries next to each other and one was supposed to be the original bakery of the Bylhalli fame.
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Hi, I need to go Mangalore-Bangalore via Manipal due to some work.

Any idea about the Manipal-Agumbe-Thirthahalli-Shimoga road conditions? Thanks in advance.
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Moti hotel and Harsha Mahal are nowhere near what they used to be. I was a fan of the Moti Hotel dosas, but the quality has fallen down drastically.
Particularly Rava Masala Dosa, which is what I had liked there. That too way way back, never tried in recent past.
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What speeds did you do to reach Kunigal via Magadi in one hour from Jayanagar :O ? What car ?
I am assuming this q is directed at me. Started at exactly 6AM. Nice road K'Pura entry and Magadi road exit. No traffic at all anywhere since it was early morning. Since this time I took the A* AT I maintained speeds of about 80Km/Hr once out of Nice road. Reached the intersection of Magadi road and NH48 and stopped for tea. Looked at the watch and it said 7AM.
Top speed on Nice probably 110 KM/Hr for short bursts ( I dont think A* is safe above 90 with stock tyres).
Top speed rest of the way until NH48 100 KM/Hr.
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Hi, I need to go Mangalore-Bangalore via Manipal due to some work.

Any idea about the Manipal-Agumbe-Thirthahalli-Shimoga road conditions? Thanks in advance.
I read that the Agumbe Ghat road is not that great but nevethless doable.

See post 223 - last post - on this thread
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...ml#post2678966 (Information on Coorg route)

Agumbe - Tirthahalli is again not bad. Tirthahalli - Shimoga is good.
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Hi, I need to go Mangalore-Bangalore via Manipal due to some work.

Any idea about the Manipal-Agumbe-Thirthahalli-Shimoga road conditions? Thanks in advance.
Manipal - Agumbe has the steepest section of the climb and in many areas it is concrete road, especially near Agumbe. Watch out for heavy traffic towards evenings, this might lead to delays near tight hairpins. Agumbe sunset point (2km before Agumbe) is a major candidate for jams in the evenings.

Agumbe-Thirthahalli is patchy and bumpy in stretches near Agumbe, but shouldn't be too much of a problem. Even a low slung Honda Civic will also manage fine

Thirthahalli - Shimoga has fantastic roads and this stretch is a delight to drive on.

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Hi, I need to go Mangalore-Bangalore via Manipal due to some work.

Any idea about the Manipal-Agumbe-Thirthahalli-Shimoga road conditions? Thanks in advance.
Any reason to take this longer route? I did Bangalore-Manipal just yesterday in 7h:15m, including 45 minutes for breakfast & lunch breaks. I took Shiradi and Dharmastala route.

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I am assuming this q is directed at me. Started at exactly 6AM. Nice road K'Pura entry and Magadi road exit. No traffic at all anywhere since it was early morning. Since this time I took the A* AT I maintained speeds of about 80Km/Hr once out of Nice road. Reached the intersection of Magadi road and NH48 and stopped for tea. Looked at the watch and it said 7AM.
Yesterday I did HRBR layout to Mayura in 1h:20m, could have saved another 5 minutes if not for the traffic Jam caused by a trucker near ORR turn-off. Normally I take 1.5 hours, but yesterday there were some fast cars on the road and I just kept pace with them.
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Any reason to take this longer route? I did Bangalore-Manipal just yesterday in 7h:15m, including 45 minutes for breakfast & lunch breaks. I took Shiradi and Dharmastala route.
Samurai, after I drove through Gundya-Shiradi in 2007, I have perpetually been curious about that stretch! How is it now?

What of talks of concretising Shiradi ghat, and of 4-laning it? Has any of that really taken off?
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Samurai, after I drove through Gundya-Shiradi in 2007, I have perpetually been curious about that stretch! How is it now?
Between Jan to June, it is the best route to take. It is in great shape now.

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What of talks of concretising Shiradi ghat, and of 4-laning it? Has any of that really taken off?
Not really... the 4-laning has been from Bangalore to Bellur cross. Rest is still slowly happening.
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