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Old 21st August 2017, 13:50   #1
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Hi all,
I am planning trip to Shirdi (Chennai-Mantralayam-Shirdi) with family during Pooja holidays in September'17 and i will be the only driver all the way.

The route we have in mind is:

Chennai-Mantralayam
Start from home on 26th Sep around 3am - Tiruvallur - Tiruttani - Renigunta - Kadapa - Nandyal - Mantralayam (reach around 2pm) - 567 kms

Mantralayam-Shirdi
Start from Mantralayam on 27th Sep around 5am - Raichur - Solapur - Ahmednagar - Shirdi (reach around 7pm) - 648 kms

I would request fellow team members who have travelled in this route to share their valuable suggestions in terms of best highway roads, Good/Bad stretch in this route, Pit-stops, Fuel station, Food joints, Vehicle details to carry etc.

Note: I am not familiar with Hindi/Telegu language and only know English & Tamil. Will i be able to manage during the entire journey?

Please share your ideas which will be of great help during the travel.
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Chennai-Mantralayam
Start from home on 26th Sep around 3am - Tiruvallur - Tiruttani - Renigunta - Kadapa - Nandyal - Mantralayam (reach around 2pm) - 567 kms
I don't see the need to go till Nandyal.

I personally did Madras-Renigunta-Rajampeta-Kadapa-Tadipatri-Gooty-Yemmiganur-Mantralayam.

Madras-Kadapa took 6 hours. Can take 1/2-1 hr less given your start timings.

Kadapa-Tadipatri-Gooty took 3.5 hrs-ish. This is 2-laned, is a bit lonely and next to nil facilities between Kadapa and Gooty.

Gooty-Mantralayam another 2 hrs or so.

Based on current feedback, I'd suggest either of the 2 routes:

a. Madras-Chittoor-Palamaner-Madanapalle-Kadiri-Anantapur-NH7-Veldurthi-Kodumur-Yemmiganur-Mantralayam.

b. Madras-Tiruttani-Kadapa-Tadipatri-Gooty-NH7-Veldurthi-Kodumur-Yemmiganur-Mantralayam.

Marked/Unmarked speedbreakers will be omnipresent in AP. Expect them

The roundabout, but higher speed road suggestion would be Madras-Chittoor-Kolar-Vijayapura-Devanahalli-Veldurthi-Kodumur-Yemmiganur-Mantralayam.

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Mantralayam-Shirdi
Start from Mantralayam on 27th Sep around 5am - Raichur - Solapur - Ahmednagar - Shirdi (reach around 7pm) - 648 kms
What I'd suggest is reach Kurnool on the same day you are visiting Mantralayam. And do Kurnool-Hyderabad ORR-Parigi-Sedam-Gulbarga-Aland-Akkalkot-Solapur-Tembhurni-Karmala-Nagar-Shirdi.

There also exists Bhutpur-Mahbubnagar-Gandeed that joins the Hyderabad-Gulbarga route at Kodangal. But I am not sure of current conditions.

Another alternate is Mantralayam-Adoni-Alur-Guntakal-Bellary-Hospet-Bijapur-Solapur. And from Solapur follow the Tembhurni route as above. Here Alur-Bellary direct route is a strict no-go, its one of the disastrous roads I even drove on and hence I suggested Alur-Guntakal. Quality of NH63 is a huge question mark. When I last drove, Guntakal-Bellary-Toranagallu was a terrible and took a long time to cover. Toranagallu-Hospet was manageable.

As much as possible I'd minimize the miles on day 2. Either side has some average or bad roads. Average speeds WILL be lower, I'd budget time at an average of 40 km/h (some sections even less, especially on the latter).

If you have a day 0, I'd suggest doing about 300 km that evening.
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Thanks Narayan, great explanation on the query. This will help me plan for the best route suggested by you. Let me complete the trip and share the experience.
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I have an alternate plan of doing Chennai-Shirdi (via) Bangalore-Tumkur-Hubbali-Kolhapur-Satara-Ahmednagar-Shirdi all the way through NH covering a distance of 1370kms.

By taking this route, i have planned to start from Chennai around 3am and reach Hubli around 6pm and halt for the night.

Can someone recommend a decent place closer to the highway to stay for the night. I don’t intend to stay in the town and get struck in city traffic. Next day, I will be starting from Hubli and reach Shirdi the same day.

Appreciate if someone shares the following details as this is my first trip up north and need your inputs to make this trip successful.

- All Toll fares between Bangalore Nice Road to Satara, MH
- Good and Bad stretch in this route
- Food joints
- Decent accommodation in Hubli for a family of 5.
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That is the prime route to Shirdi, the complicated route is because you wanted to visit Mantralayam. Please go through this, this and this. Topics including bypassing Pune have been discussed in detail in the above links.
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I have dropped the Mantralayam plan as I will later club it with Puttaparthi trip. I was in fact worried about the rains in AP and present road conditions.

Thanks for sharing additional pointers which will be of great help planning travel.

Appreciate your help.
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^Also, look at the Bangalore-Shirdi thread - here

At Hubli, I think Clark's Inn is a good option, there are other recommendations as well, see the Bangalore-Pune-Mumbai route and eateries thread that @narayans80 has mentioned in his post above.
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^Also, look at the Bangalore-Shirdi thread - here

At Hubli, I think Clark's Inn is a good option, there are other recommendations as well, see the Bangalore-Pune-Mumbai route and eateries thread that @narayans80 has mentioned in his post above.

Thanks NPV, I googled and found that Clark's Inn is located a bit interior from the highway but will check it out.
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Thanks NPV, I googled and found that Clark's Inn is located a bit interior from the highway but will check it out.
For your start time you can easily target Belgaum (90 km from Hubli). Sankam Residency is more easily accessible from NH4 than any hotel in Hubli.

Last time I stayed in Hubli I circled around an hour to find the place we booked
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For your start time you can easily target Belgaum (90 km from Hubli). Sankam Residency is more easily accessible from NH4 than any hotel in Hubli.

Last time I stayed in Hubli I circled around an hour to find the place we booked
Sankam Residency seems to be a nice choice close to the highway. Thanks for sharing
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