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Old 22nd September 2010, 17:45   #1
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Default Monsoon Road Trip : Bangalore - Kumta

You Wish!!
That was the look on my wife’s face when I expressed my idea of a week long road trip from Bangalore to my native Kumta. (For those of you who don’t know: It’s a sleepy costal town in North Karnataka – near to Karwar/Gokarna)

My justification for the drive: Since Ganesh Chaturti was near by and besides all the buses to/near my native were already been booked (no trains/flights) !….(how convenient .)

What followed after that was a lot of “wife cajoling and convincing” and also had to get approval from my mum and dad.
Icing on the cake was that this was the very first time I was driving long-distance in a brand new car (well, not brand new exactly, but relatively new – 5 months old FIGO).Add to that it was the end of monsoon and the roads (ghats in particular) are perceived to be perilous during rainy season.
Oh. I forgot, Night time driving was a strict no-no. So had to plan for a day drive.

FINALLY, everything fell into place and it was decided we take 1 full week leave (she works too) from our respective offices.
Dates decided was from September 6th (Monday) to September 12th (Sunday) – September 11th (Saturday) being Ganesh festival.
But wait, something was not right. It was too easy (convincing the spouse, parents, unavailability of bus tickets everything) .Nothing comes to me so easily, you see. Every time I plan something, there is bound to be some unforeseen trouble.(maybe it’s me or maybe it’s generic).

My leaves have to be postponed for a week. Clients are coming this week” - my wife said a few days later.
Ha ! There it was, “the unforeseen trouble” that I was taking about.
We quickly re-planned and it was agreed that we would take leave from the next week.i.e. from September 10th to September 17th (this way we would not miss Ganesh festival).

Plan was to leave Bangalore at 5:30 (an we did) and reach Sagar by (2:00 PM).Have lunch at wife’s grandparents house in Sagar and leave for kumta by 4.(We reached kumta around 7- 7:30 PM with a lot of stops for stretching and snaps)

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Start : Bangalore,Karnataka,India
End : Kumta,North Karnataka, India
Total distance : 450 KM approx
Ride : Ford Figo TDCi
Milage : 20 KMPL - 90 % highway with full AC (Yes you read it right..yohoo !) - Avarage 80 KMS speed
Camera : Nikon coolpix L21
Road condition : Fairly good. Few very bad patch of roads after Shimoga

Absolute beautiful scenic drive right from Tumkur to Kumta
( Monsoon season)
Beautiful western ghat twisty-turn roads with mist,cold and abundance greenery.

Here’s the route map:
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A collage:
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And few snaps:
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Yet to come :
1.More snaps
2.A mini-trip to GOKARNA and OM beach with snaps
3.FIGO experience
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Old 22nd September 2010, 19:00   #2
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Very nice start, My native is Kumta too. Since my parents visited us we are visiting that side in october. Post more pictures.

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Old 22nd September 2010, 19:08   #3
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Nice start to the TL with good narration. Really looking forward to more pics.
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Old 22nd September 2010, 19:11   #4
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The road looks absolutely inviting and tarmac seems very good.
How good are the stay options in Sagar? Are there any decent hotels?

This is for those whose grandparents do not stay in Sagar!

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Old 22nd September 2010, 21:22   #5
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The road looks absolutely inviting and tarmac seems very good.
How good are the stay options in Sagar? Are there any decent hotels?

This is for those whose grandparents do not stay in Sagar!

Varadhashri Lodge.
Pretty decent.

This is on the entrance of Sagar town. On the right side of the Highway.
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Old 23rd September 2010, 05:32   #6
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Good write up and nice pictures as well. I could see only green everywhere. Post more pictures if you have.
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It’s like this. We are around 11 cousins (all guys) and all are big time foodies.
We’r so crazy, that sometimes we just drive in the night from Bangalore to Kamat (next to that Janapada-loka) for the sole purpose of having a hearty meal.
(I in particular, live for food which in turn is also the biggest reason for my borderline-obesity. Adding to the pain I’m just 5’4 tall. That translates to - even if I drink water I get fat)

Given that we started at 5:30 AM, there was no time to have breakfast.
How could one give a miss “Kamat Upchar” when one is on Tumkur road, is beyond my comprehension.
(I had convinced wife that it would be too much trouble for her to prepare breakfast so early. Little did she know that I was already picturing myself eating at Kamat’s)

Kamat Upchar it was! Had the standard south Indian staple : Idli-vada and “by-two-kaapi” and enjoyed it thoroughly.(Wife had taken some fruits mainly apples ,but who the hell has an apple so early in the morning ?)

“How many times you have to stop?” – asked my wife. She sure looked frustrated.
No, I did not stop frequently to stretch or answer nature’s call.
You see, Inspired by all those beautiful travelogues in TBHP, I was stopping at every chance I get to take snaps.I was hell bent on having a travelogue thread of my own.

“At this rate we’ll reach by tomorrow” – Wife said. I gave a condescending smile and we drove.

Some more snaps for you:
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Which stretches are these? Tumkur-Shimoga or beyond Shimoga?
The road looks good.
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Which stretches are these? Tumkur-Shimoga or beyond Shimoga?
The road looks good.
It's Tumkur-Shimoga road. Very well maintained.
Roads start to go bad after Sagar, especially in ghats.Huge potholes.
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The road looks absolutely inviting and tarmac seems very good.
How good are the stay options in Sagar? Are there any decent hotels?

This is for those whose grandparents do not stay in Sagar!
Are you planning a trip too ? Let me know and i'll try my best to help you out.
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very nicely written, keep posting.
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Looks like it is raining travelogues this monsoon. Lovely pictures and narration nimbleguru. The ghats are 'the' place to be this monsoon.
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Lovely pictures nimbleguru !!! These pics makes me rewind to 2006 when i had last driven on this stretch. Had driven from BLR - Hassan-Gokarna-Hassan-BLR.

The roads were quite ok if not in excellent condition then. If you have pictures of roads in the Shimoga-Sagar-Jog-Honavar sector pls post them.
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Lovely pictures nimbleguru !!! These pics makes me rewind to 2006 when i had last driven on this stretch. Had driven from BLR - Hassan-Gokarna-Hassan-BLR.

The roads were quite ok if not in excellent condition then. If you have pictures of roads in the Shimoga-Sagar-Jog-Honavar sector pls post them.
Patience my friend...Patience!
I have still so many snaps to go.
I dont want to give away everything in one go
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@nimbleguru, Nice one post more pics. waiting for more to come... have traveled on this route many times, but hardly stopped for snaps :(

I have done this stretch as many times as I probably know every turn/hump to watch out for! For me Bangalore-Honavar is no brainer but on car every time I go home! Hardly i think of going by bus especially since 4-5 years where roads are far better compared to 8 years back. yes it has been 8 years I have been using this road at least twice a year
In recent times, humps are less, but earlier days it was horrible.

To be precise, Jog to Upponi (Jog to Honnavar is ~50kms, Upponi to Honavar is 20kms) stretch. Be very careful those who plan to travel in next couple of weeks/months on this stretch because of the bad road condition. Though it is not like cannot be driven, but bad compared to what it was last year.

As rightly said, starting early in the morning and stop at Kamat Upchar for breakfast is a really good idea. And note you'll not get any good place to eat once crossing Tumkur till Shimoga.

Sorry for hijikaing the travelogue, but thought could be some useful info for those traveling on this route.
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