Originally Posted by prasad14
The bridge across Tungabhadra that was connecting Mantralaya and Raichur has been washed away in the floods that came two years ago. Even the makeshift bridge got washed away due to recent rains. So, Mantralaya is connected to Raichur only by the railway bridge. Are you referring to this bridge or something different?
That must be it as I never ventured on the Mantralaya-Raichur road so didnt face any issue
Originally Posted by RoadTiger
mobike008 - the best route is the one posted by Milecruncher i.e.
Hyderabad - Jadcherla - MahbubNagar - Raichur - Sindhanur - Gangawati - Kampili - Kamalapur - Hampi Bazaar / Hospet.
1. Mahbubnagar - Raichur : This is a very patchy route. Some sections are decent, some others with terrible potholes and they come unexpectedly. Driving at 70+ is hazardous as both me and my friend found out - with bent steel rims in our respective cars - thanks to crashing into potholes. You need to be careful on this one.
2. Gangawati - Kampli - Hampi : Has non-tarred sections and quite bumpy - not very advisable at night as traffic on this route is sparse. Again, speeds of 70+ are difficult.
Hampi is quite an awesome place - transports you back into the medieval era.
Attractions : the usual tourist circuit - take a guide from KTDC office close to the Virupaksha temple for the entire day. You should cover all the key places. In addition, I recommend
a) Sunset point - there is also a Ram temple there - this place is close to the KSTDC hotel - you can ask locals for the exact directions - it has awesome views of the setting sun
b) Anjaneya Hill - Its Hanuman's birthplace on the other side of the river
Even if you are not very religious, the place is worth visiting - its a steep climb that takes about 40 mins - but the views are very very neat - you can see the entire region around. Easiest way is take a boat to cross and an auto to reach the foothill
c) Drive around in the hills around Hampi - the rock formations are worth it
The place to eat is Mango Tree restaurant - close to Virupaksha temple - but need to follow a different route to reach. Lovely views and the best food in Hampi. Btw, as a foodie, dont have high expectations at most places in Hampi ... the food in general is nothing to rave about. There are lots of firangi khana places near Virupaksha temple. As you might realize, Hampi seems more popular with foreign tourists than Indian !
I am using some of your wordings as in the quoted post to save some typing
I drove to Hampi in my White Angel ( i10 Kappa) on Sep 2nd and returned on Sep 5th evening. We took the following route both ways Hyderabad - Jadcherla - MahbubNagar - Raichur - Sindhanur - Gangawati - Kampili - Kamalapur - Hampi Bazaar / Hospet. 1. Hyderabad-Jadcherla
Except for 1-2kms post the RGIA airport where they are widening the road. It was a breeze till Jadcherla and took the left below the flyover to crossover to right side towards Mahboobnagar. We found another route while coming back which was much better. while coming back from Raichur, when you reach the police station. Dont take the right turn towards Jadcherla ( We took the left from the police station towards Raichur while going). Instead, the traffic copy asked us to take the straight road which leads directly onto the NH-7 expressway. Road was smooth and beautiful. 2. Jadcherala-Mahbubnagar :
This road is narrow and patchy and not too bad. Except at a couple of places, due to heavy rains i suppose, there was huge potholes and water logging which we were a bit afraid to cross in the i10. This stretch was only about 100 meters or so. otherwise, it was decent
3. Mahbubnagar - Raichur :
This is a patchy route. Some sections are decent, some others with terrible potholes and they come unexpectedly. Apart from potholes there are numerous speedbreakers once you crossover into KA.
Most of them are those 4-5 rumbler type of breakers which was ok to go over at even 100kmph but, some are treacherously huge and we flew over some of them as all of them are unmarked. As we progressed towards Hampi, these speedbreakers increased alarmingly.
Just before Raichur, there is another bad stretch of 2kms when you pass underneath the railway bridge.
Apart from these sudden interruptions, the road was quite nice and the scenary is beautiful as you pass through several small villages et.all
2. Gangawati - Kampli - Hampi :
This route till Hampi as against your advice was a dream run. Lovely stretch of road with beautiful rock formations on both sides and not a single speedbreaker.
However, about 10-15kms before Hospet town the road is nightmarish as there is lot of construction and road widening happening.
We started from home at 6:45am and reached Hotel Malligi in Hospet at 1:30pm. 395kms in 6:45mins
We started from Hotel Malligi at 11:30am and covered only 30kms in first hour due to traffic and photo stop at Tungabadhra Dam and reached home at 7pm. Had reached RGIA bypass at 5:45pm and went over to parklane to pick up dinner from Reshmi's before reaching home at 7:00pm
Overall, door-to-door, it can be done in maximum 7 hours. P.S:
Btw, we had a horrible experience at Mango Tree and feel its overrated as their thali was totally lacklustre in taste as not a single item can be even rated as average. And, due to monsoons, that place was full of mosquitoes which made our experience even more miserable.
We couldnt eat the Thali so left is almost uneaten and ordered for an Egg Fried Rice which very few hotels can go wrong. And, they served with heavy doses of garlic. Even that we couldnt go halfway through. Compartively, grub at Malligi was excellent.