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Old 17th April 2017, 19:50   #46
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Default Re: Bangalore - Murudeshwar - Gokarna : Route Queries

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Now, here's the catch : It would be a night drive (11 PM to 9 AM types - end to end). The timing is not negotiable. I'll ensure that I'm well rested and all of that, but please suggest me the best route where I can get hygienic pit stops often (clean toilets, decent food).

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Assuming that you take the Chitradurga-Haveri option to reach, you have enough Cafe Coffee Day outlets on this route that (all) operate 24 Hours.

Bangalore and Tumkur have quite a few on both sides and I need not mention them as they come within the first hour of your start.

Then you have one after Sira (RHS), Before Davanagere Bypass (Attached to IOCL and on RHS), Then after Ranebennur (RHS).

For hygienic rest rooms and overall cleanliness, these are better than the rest.

If you are looking for good food, remember that ice you cross Chitradurga (11pm) most Hotels will shut down. So better bet would be to have dinner either at Kamat Upachar at Dabaspet or at Kamat Upachar at Sira which will still be open till almost 11:30pm due to Night Buses halting here for dinner.

Apart from this, there are a lot of Dhabas that are open beyond midnight but then I wouldn't recommend them when traveling with mostly ladies.

Since I am posting this from my Mobile,I am unable to paste exact Gmaps links to these places mentioned. Will do so later tonight or tomorrow.
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If you are looking for good food, remember that ice you cross Chitradurga (11pm) most Hotels will shut down. So better bet would be to have dinner either at Kamat Upachar at Dabaspet or at Kamat Upachar at Sira which will still be open till almost 11:30pm due to Night Buses halting here for dinner.
My main concern is clean restrooms. We shall start from home post dinner and would carry some snacks so we should be covered till early morning. Hunger pangs would kick in only post sunrise or so.

I just want to know if there are decent stops between Haveri and Murudeshwar because I'm sure that ladies would need a couple of them in the stretch.
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I did Bangalore-Murudeshwar-Gokarna-Bangalore last weekend. This is my first trip to this part of Karnataka. My vaahan was Zest XMS Petrol with 4 adults, 1 child and plenty of luggage. Route was Bangalore-Chitradurga-Haveri bypass-Sirsi-Kumta-Honnavar.

We had early lunchbreak at Kamat Upachar just after Chalageri Toll Booth.
Bangalore - Murudeshwar - Gokarna : Route Queries-zest_kamat_ranebennur_1.jpg


Since the plan was made in the last minute, I could not get rooms at Hotel Pandurang International at Kumta. Hence, I stayed at Hotel Sagar Residency, Honnavar (on Honnavar-Sagar road). Decent place to stay and has separate restaurants for Veggies and Non-vegetarians. Contact number: +91-83872-20244 (number given in google maps is for the restaurant not the hotel). It has open but huge parking space in front of the hotel.

Huge thanks to BHPians drhoneycake, NPV and Paragsachania for their posts in Bangalore - Goa : Route Queries thread (post #3724 (Bangalore - Goa : Route Queries) to 3726 (Bangalore - Goa : Route Queries)).

Road conditions remain the same as posted by drhoneycake in his post. Massive rumblers at many villages just after Haveri bypass for about 30kms. Some bad patches for a few kms before Sirsi town (while going from Bangalore). Otherwise very good roads on the whole. Started from Bangalore at 5.30am. Reached Kumta by 3.15pm.

Had tea & bio-break at Pandurang International.
Bangalore - Murudeshwar - Gokarna : Route Queries-zest_at_kumta_2a.jpg

Zest Revotron amazed me with its fuel effciency for the Bangalore-Kumta stretch: 503 kms at 20 kmpl.
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We reached Honnavar by 4.15pm. After freshening up at Hotel Sagar Residency we went to Murudeshwar temple which is about 30kms. Fantastic roads with fantastic views.

View from Murudeshwar Gopuram
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Temple timings at Murudeshwar
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After temple darshan and some time at the beach we started back to Honnavar. It was already past sunset and it rained very heavily. Visibility was also very poor. Since I've never driven in such conditions at such unfamiliar roads my family was a bit worried. Somehow, I was able to slowly follow a sanely driven truck back to Honnavar.

On Sunday morning, we covered Gokarna temple and Om beach. Once again, the roads from Honnavar to Gokarna (via Kumta) are fabulous and the views are a treat.
Various Poojas at Gokarna Temple
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Temple Timings at Gokarna
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In the evening, we visited Apsarakonda beach and Ganesha Temple at Idagunji. It rained heavily overnight.

Apsarakonda Beach - secluded beach from the crowd
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Monday morning return trip in the same route via Devimane Ghats was an out-of-world experience particularly after the shower previous night. Roads were very good and traffic is minimal except for the occasional NWKRTC bus or 2-wheeler. I wanted to but could not visit Yana this time. Maybe next time.

Our Zest in Devimane Ghat road
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MID after Complete trip: 1278 kms at 19 kmpl.
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I just want to know if there are decent stops between Haveri and Murudeshwar because I'm sure that ladies would need a couple of them in the stretch.
None on the highway sir. You'll have good stops in Sirsi (Panchavati on Yellapur road, Samrat and Madhuvana on Hubli/Haveri road). All great hotels and in Sirsi town.

Post Sirsi, nothing noteworthy till Kumta town(Pandurang International before Kumta town), then Honnavar (all on the highway itself) and finally Murudeshwar.

These are state highways so unless you enter the major towns you are not going to find decent pit stops on this route.
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