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Old 6th October 2014, 16:42   #31
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Ashwin & Gajadonga,

Thank you for your information, now that I have a hotel confirmation and can take my pet along please help me with road conditions on NH 13 between Bellary-Shimoga.
How was the road condition between Gooty and Bellary? Last time I went on that route it has 4 feet craters. Just because a route is NH doesn't guarantees anything . I also used to be under similar impressions and I once paid very very dearly for it.
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I returned from my trip to Manipal Monday night at 11:45PM, My drive has been a mix of both great experiences and nightmares.

MileCruncher I totally agree with you in regards to a NH not guaranteeing the condition, the route i took to reach Manipal was Hyderbad-Kurnool-Gooty-Bellary-Challakere-Shimoga-Thirthahalli-Agumbe-Manipal

I took an overnight break at Bellary but honestly the rest taken vanished in no time, the road between Gooty and Bellary was fine for few kms ONLY and the "4 feet craters" do exists AND in a huge number . There were times I was worried my Cruze wouldn't hold up to the beating.

Next morning we took off to Chitradurga, everything was so pleasant and serene, fresh breeze, good broad roads and nice hilly background. But It was like a dream which ended with a screeching halt, once we took the right turn towards Chitradurga, it was like the road never existed in that region . We had a quick bite at Aishwarya Fort and then continued to drive towards Shimoga which was comparatively a better drive.

The road from Shimoga to Manipal via Thirthahalli was good, the drive through the forest and the Ghats was amazing and felt nostalgic, however the roads were too narrow to keep maintaining a constant speed.

My total drive time from Hyderabad to Manipal,14Hours 30 minutes.

Now came the dilemma for the return journey, we did a lot of googling, speaking to the bus travels guys and we received mixed feedback about two choices we had, one taking the bus route(Manipal-Ankola-Hubli-Raichur-Hyderabad) and the other via Mangalore and Bangalore. The later was approximately 1000kms.So finally after deliberation and wanting to avoid surprises we decided to dare the distance of the via Bangalore route, here we were aware that only 10% of the entire distance was going to be bad.

We started Monday morning at 7:30 towards Mangalore and the drive was excellent. We stopped for breakfast and continued our drive to wards the Shirdi Ghats and then to Saklespur, as expected the road started becoming worse miles before the uphill started, there were patches which I don't think are suitable for motor cross too.

And yet again apart from the roads the scenic beauty was enjoyable, it was absolutely green, several river streams and miniature water falls along the road, I for a moment thought of taking a days break at Saklespur. A few kms after we crossed Saklespur the road was like Amul butter, all the way till home in Gachibowli.

We took around 8 breaks during the return drive, The 1000 kms drive ended at 11:45PM, the drive time was 16hrs 15mins.

Overall it was fun and fear experienced together, Thanks to my wife who was an excellent navigator and kept me company through out the return drive.

Now I am on the recovery mode.

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Now I am on the recovery mode.
Thats why I had suggested you Hyd-Raichur-Hospet-Chitradurga-Shimoga-Ahumbe-Manipal. The only bad section here being Hospet-Shimoga. But I think its still manageable.
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Thats why I had suggested you Hyd-Raichur-Hospet-Chitradurga-Shimoga-Ahumbe-Manipal. The only bad section here being Hospet-Shimoga. But I think its still manageable.

Is the stretch between Hospet to Shimoga via Chitradurga still bad? Shame on KA government!

When we went in September 2009, the first 30 kms between Hospet to Chitradurga was very bad. Rest was fine. And then the last 10 kms to Shimoga was equally bad, which took 30 minutes! I thought by now things would have improved.

What perplexes me is that most state highways in KR are butter smooth. But a few of them are simply horrible. Apart from what I've listed, the NH9 to Pune near Homnabad has remained pathetic for the past 8 years. And there was a nightmarish route from Sankeshwar to Bijapur via Gokak and Mahalingpur, which we'd taken on our return from Goa.
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Is the stretch between Hospet to Shimoga via Chitradurga still bad? Shame on KA government!

When we went in September 2009, the first 30 kms between Hospet to Chitradurga was very bad. Rest was fine. And then the last 10 kms to Shimoga was equally bad, which took 30 minutes! I thought by now things would have improved.

What perplexes me is that most state highways in KR are butter smooth. But a few of them are simply horrible. Apart from what I've listed, the NH9 to Pune near Homnabad has remained pathetic for the past 8 years. And there was a nightmarish route from Sankeshwar to Bijapur via Gokak and Mahalingpur, which we'd taken on our return from Goa.
Ampere. . The Hospet Chitradurga route was bad in June as well and that is why I took Shimoga - Harihar - Hospet road. That was a great road all the way to Shimoga. The best route I think as of date from Hyderabad and Manipal is Raichur-Gangavathi-Hospet-Harihar-Shimoga-Manipal. Barring the crazy love for speed-breakers that KA highways it's all good.

A little off topic. . I found speed breakers on NH13 which was a toll road on my way to Goa last week. Thankfully I was in an Innova and it took about 5 to 6 of them at about 80kmph. Had I taken my Figo! I don't know.
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