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Old 18th November 2009, 18:33   #46
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Am sure no one will object to:

Kundapura-Bhatkal
Rivers, Beaches, Mountain landscapes, Lush countryside
I Object. Only because of the current condition of NH17 in that stretch. Especially Bhatkal.

Else Maravanthe is a landmark area!
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I Object. Only because of the current condition of NH17 in that stretch. Especially Bhatkal.

Else Maravanthe is a landmark area!
Surprisingly, the road is not so bad! (just came on it yesterday morning). A few bad patches here and there, but mostly still a pleasure to drive, take your eyes off the road and look at the scenery around you. I found even the traffic bearable. BTW, all the iron ore trucks seem to be going to Karwar Port nowadays, not Mangalore, hence a lot of relief.
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I'd like to add three lesser known, shorter distance but sublime drives :

1. Charoti Naka -Dahanu - Bordi - approx. 40 kms ( off NH8 north of Bombay)

2. Lonavla - Amby Valley - approx. 27 kms ( off Pune Expressway)

3. Bazpur- Kaladhungi -Haldwani - approx. 60 kms ( alternate route to Nainital from Moradabad)

These are all two laned no shoulder roads.

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hvk, ramkya,

Your opinions on the above roads please?

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hvk, ramkya,

Your opinions on the above roads please?

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Nice road, Charoti - Dahanu - Bordi, however, it gets crowded in Dahanu.

Lonavala - Amby Valley is beautiful, especially since the road is very well maintained. The climb up INS Shivaji is great!

Two of mine:
Temghar - Lavasa
Beautiful in the monsoon, with small waterfalls all over. Nice, wide and smooth road with a lot of character. Easy to do and catch 4w drifts here, very little traffic. Need to watch out for corners that come up suddenly and can catch you off if you are not careful!

Bankot - Harnai:
After Bankot village, the road touches the beaches, lined with casuarina groves in many places.
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Old 18th November 2009, 21:58   #50
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Yes, it is a lovely road. River after river tumbling down from the Western Ghats to the sea, fisher folk rowing in the still waters. Green paddy fields all over. The Western Ghats looming in the horizon to the east. Maravanthe Beach and its sea-lagoon combo, not to forget its yellow sands. Palms lining the road at Tarasi and beyond. Some lovely sunset points, especially the one on the slope overlooking the sea near Bhatkal. Sunrise over the mountains and river from any of the bridges on the road. What a road!
HVK, that explanation from you ignited the desire in me to visit the stretch again, you should try the creative writing , have you tried penning down your Travelo-biography. if you have plans, reserve me a copy, ofcourse i would buy it.

That stretch has several bridges between Kundapur and Trasi, all are just like a painting of river bed, water flow, row of coconut trees, a house with mangalore tiles, some boats in the river, visible sun rise/sun set etc, etc

Marvanthe beach is worth to be a wonder of the world, salt water of the sea and fresh (sweet) water from the river seperated by a road some 60 meters wide.

the slope you mentioned is immediately after Byndoor (on way to bhatkal), but prior to shirur.

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Old 18th November 2009, 23:17   #51
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hvk, ramkya,

Your opinions on the above roads please?

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@ issigonis: I haven't done the first two routes, not sure about the 3rd one either. I am sure others like HVK, 4wdrifter have done these drives.

@ Ranjitp1: The Munnar-Kodai route had bisons and I've heard of people being hit by them, we ran into a heard but escaped unscatched. Some of the sectons just summits into voids without any railings, that's one mean road. If the TN and Kerala Govts. has an ounce of tourist brain left, they would make it an iconic drive; the entire world will go mad about it. The way in UK they market drives is awesome; it's beyond belief what they make out of piddly little hill roads !!!!!!

I feel so angry, we are unable to show case to the world some of our challenging roads. They scared the **** out of me about this Honister Pass at Keswick as a killer; turned out to be an anti-climax; our Ambys, Fiats, Nanos and even RE Autos would climb it !!!!!

@ Star Vegabond and HVK: I agree, this stretch is surely one of the best. Have stayed in Marvanthe; the beach, the area around and the drive is real classy.

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I've not done any of these drives, just Mumbai-Bangalore several times. So now i've got a target to aim at

I'll be doing a major part of the Mumbai-Panaji stretch in a month from now, going from Mumbai to Tarkarli - 540 odd kms.
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well there are many drives to be done .but the drives which i would do again any time
1 manali -leh
2. leh -khardungla- hunder-diskit
3. bazpur -kaladungi- nanital
4 rishikesh-dehradun-mussourie
5.ukhimath-chamoli
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I'd like to add three lesser known, shorter distance but sublime drives :

1. Charoti Naka -Dahanu - Bordi - approx. 40 kms ( off NH8 north of Bombay)

2. Lonavla - Amby Valley - approx. 27 kms ( off Pune Expressway)

3. Bazpur- Kaladhungi -Haldwani - approx. 60 kms ( alternate route to Nainital from Moradabad)

These are all two laned no shoulder roads.

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Route 1 Dahanu-Bordi is a nice drive, you can take the coastal road by turning off NH8 from Manor itself and go from Palghar on the coast. I will describe the route as "lovely beaches", "quiet fishing villages" and "serene beach getaways". I would extend the drive further to Daman (there is a road which goes beyond Bordi to Daman).

Route 2 Amby Valley - good roads, but has lots of unruly day-tripper traffic, which does not take away the charm of the drive. "winding roads" "wafting mists" "great Sahyadri views"

Route 3 Bazpur- Kaladhungi -Haldwani I have been on the Kashipur-Ramnagar-Kaladungi-Haldwani route only, but the entire region is beautiful.
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The new marine drive of puri also is a very scenic road.
puri - Chandrabhaga Beach - konark Temple

Very beautiful and scenic beach drive.
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Old 19th November 2009, 09:01   #56
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Whew, we have now quite a collection of drives, need to recompile the list.

Let me add one more (I did it yesterday):

Thodupuzha-Idukki-Thekkady
Beautiful landscapes, serene dam waters, elephants on the road, outstanding roads
+1 to that. I have fond memories of doing the route from Thodupuzha to Idukki with a broken clutch cable in my Caliber in the dark. Elephants on the road/crossing the road is common in this route, especially after evening.
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PS: Kumar Saab, if you are travelling to this part of the country, pl. put up a post. I am sure there will be a lot of BHpians eager to meet you.
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Old 24th January 2010, 10:52   #57
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Certainly not me. This is one of my childhood favourite
Maravanthe beach is the icing on the cake.
Maravanthe beach drive is my Favourite too !
And any person from any where in India would put this on his/her top 5 list, if they happen to visit this place


My Addition to this list. I am sure HVK sir would recognize that as well
--> Yallapur to Karwar (L&T Constructed 2 Laner)
Highlights : High speed sections, brilliant tarmac (craters in between) , Jungles, Isolation, feeling of heading straight to the sea, Red soil, The scene of the Trucks (i love this) and the many paintings on them... Just love this to the core.
I remember Thirtankar's Drivoblog on this highway.

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I agree with Rupender on the Ukhimath stretch, remembered my Uttranchal drive years back.

From Guptkashi, Chopta, Ukhimath, Mandal, Gopeshwar to Chamoli - 125 kms took 6 hours, one of the lonliest stretches and most beautiful conifer country. Goes through scary thick and lonely forests hardly saw 4-5 villages, breath-taking beauty, the road is rough in many stretches, had a landslide stretch too.

Slighly OT, but useful for those who would do that stretch: I should thank Ford Fusion which sure footedly skimmed through these stretches, I doubt if my heavy 2WD scorp could have pulled through those sections so effortlessly. If ever there's a case study in marketing failure for "positioning" and lousy back-up, Ford Fusion would take the cake.

Likewise, Karnaprayag, Tharali, Gwaldham, Baidyanath temple, to Kasauni, 100 kms, 4 hours is one of the best, the cliff hanging road from karnaprayag to Gwaldham following the river is narrow, beautiful and hair raising.

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@ issigonis: I haven't done the first two routes, not sure about the 3rd one either. I am sure others like HVK, 4wdrifter have done these drives.
Great going ramkya bhai, I am sure you must have conquered all those delightful drives in your scorpio 2.6 right?

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The latest issue of Jet Airways inflight magazine (Jet Wings, Sep 2008) has rated India's 10 Best Drives. Those listed (along with their comments) are:
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Have had the pleasure of driving myself on 4, 9 and 12 (all in my trusted Indica). Have been driven by someone else on 5, 6 and 10. Nos 1 and 2 will be done next year in the scorpio LX 4x4 facelift (if it comes by then) or in a friends Duster (85 top model)
keep driving brothas!

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Great going ramkya bhai, I am sure you must have conquered all those delightful drives in your scorpio 2.6 right?
Hai,

Have done most of the interesting sections there are. North east is in the bucket list, somehow not been able to do that drive.

It's impossible for me to do what HVK does, he's a benchmark difficult to come up to He's quiet a gutsy guy with an elephant's memory and a bulls stamina for long drives.

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