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Old 3rd October 2022, 13:27   #5746
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We just returned from Goa.

Onward journey was through Dandeli (Overnight Stop) - Jagalbet - Castle Rock - Anmod - Mollem - Panaji - Calangute.
The road from Jagalbet turnoff until Asu is in awesome condition and also wide. After Asu its a bit narrow and is deteriorating at quiet a few places.

The return was via Mollem - Anmod - Ramnagar - Dharwad. Decided to skip Castlerock due to narrow stretches and this road is good and very bad in stretches. The bad stretches are marked in yellow color on Google maps. They can pose quiet a challenge to low slung cars and saw a few BMWs and Mercs going really slow and trying the "crab" approach. For SUVs its quiet easily manageable though. It was very easy to cross with my Seltos.
The road condition is great after the second tool booth and is bad only near the railway crossing near Dharwad.

Overall it was a breeze to drive in my Seltos and reached my destination (Mysore) in 10 hours. We took two 1 hour breaks, one near Chabbi (Hubli) and another one at Nagamangala and all inclusive it was 12 hours door to door.
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Hey, come on! Doable in any sedan including my 330i. I live in Bengaluru you see.

But seriously, it seems manageable with care unless being chased by a ST bus. A strong suggestion is to make sure tyres are inflated to max load pressures tp avoid bottoming. Too many times this simple fact is ignored by casual highway users.
But wouldn’t max load tyre pressure lead to overheating & tyre burst danger on highways? I always thought that heated tyres expand especially on long drives 🤔
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But wouldn’t max load tyre pressure lead to overheating & tyre burst danger on highways? I always thought that heated tyres expand especially on long drives 🤔
Should, created a misunderstanding. I meant max or near max recommended load pressure from the manufacturer.
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Going to Panaji next month. And with the inputs above, decided to brave the Anmod Mollem route (and silently curse the politicians of the Karnataka side).
Sanjuin, kindly update road conditions on your return. Hopefully all the potholes would be repaired and fresh new smooth layer of tarmac laid (what am I smoking?)
Just did a BLR to Goa trip last week. The drive to Goa was via Devanagare > Hubli > Yelapur > Karwar > Cavellosim

Stretch all the way to Hubli is mostly 6-lane and in very good condition. We did a night stay at Hubli and then decided to take the Yelapur > Karwar option. This stretch is a single carriageway highway and ok for the most part, except for a few stretches [cumulative ~20km] which is quite worn off and potholed. However, more than those rough stretches, whats more worrisome are a few fairly big potholes which appear on otherwise relatively good stretches and not very apparant. Likewise, one particular section, where the entire road cross-section just dips by a few inches - causing a massive shudder, specially as that stretch is one you would easily be doing 100+ kmph.

Return journey was more harrowing, as Google maps showed the option to be taken as Cavellosim > Karwar > Yelapur > Mungdod > Bankapur. Little did we realize that the entire stretch of Yelapur to Bankapur [you join the 6-lane NH48 at this point] would turn out to be extremely narrow for a State Highway. Its maybe 1 foot or so wider on each side of a standard sized sedan. As a result, every time 2 vehicles need to cross each other, one has to literally get off the road to let the other pass. In hindsight, though Google suggests this option as shorter and faster, my 2-cents would be to travel all the way to Hubli [take the new bypass to cross the in-city traffic] and then get onto NH48. Though longer, you would easily save 30 to 45 mins in my view, if you mostly drive around 110-120 kmph.

All in all, for folks exploring the drive to Goa option, I would say that you plan for the drive to be approx 10 to 11 hrs to be on the realistic side [with maybe 1 longish stop of 45 mins and 2 tea breaks of 15 mins each]. I mostly set the cruise at 119 kmph [hate the 120 kmph buzzer] wherever road conditions permit [and all of NH48 will]. With speeds in this range for large stretches of NH48 and possibly 100 to 110 kmph on the Hubli > Yelapur > Karwar stretches, 10 hrs is very doable.
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Should, created a misunderstanding. I meant max or near max recommended load pressure from the manufacturer.
Thanks. I was worried that I was doing it wrong all these years😬
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Hi All,

I am planning trip to Goa sometime next week and thinking of taking the below

Due to hotel unavailability, we cancelled our plan for jog falls and goa. We decided to start from Bangalore and halt at Chitradurga. From there travel to Karwar via Davanagere - Mundgod - Yellapur - Ankola - Karwar as shown by Google Maps.

Started from Bangalore at 6:30 AM on 2nd Oct. Took a breakfast stop somewhere midway on Bangalore - Nelamangala toll road. The restaurant was Sri Krishna. Decent food but washrooms were not good. We couldn't rejoin the toll road due to lack of entry road and had to continue on service road. This however was a blessing since toll road ahead had a jam stretching for 5 to 6 kms. We easily saved 30 min using service road and then getting on to Tumkur toll road. Till Tumkur it sometime feels like we are driving on outer ring road but after that it was very smooth. We halted twice for 15 min eating home made snacks and walking a bit. Reached our destination, Hotel Mayura Durga in Chitradurga at 12:45 PM. The hotel turned out to be a bad choice. Decent food. Room was very poorly maintained and will not use it again. Staff is very helpful and polite.

We started next day at 6:30 AM and drove till Davanagere to breakfast at Apoorva Resorts. Benne Dosa was good. In general the hotel seemed good so have booked return stay here cancelling Mayura Durga. Started after breakfast at 8:30 AM. NH48 is mostly awesome to drive on. We took the diversion after Bankapura toll towards Yellapur (State Highway 6). The roads are mostly narrow and in ok ok condition with some very bad patches. Till Yellapur drove mostly at 40 kmph or less. Took two 10 min breaks for stretching legs. After Yellapur till Karwar the journey was pretty smooth with little bit of rain on the way. We reached Karwar by 2:30 PM.

For return will most likely try the Hubli route as suggested by SanjuInGgn.
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Just returned from Goa (2nd Oct)

ONnward: Started at 5:00am from Kanakpura road. Breakfast stop at Apoorva Resorts Davangere at 8:00am (270km from start/3 hrs). Watch out for potholes/ broken stretch on Tumkur bypass a few of them are tyre shredders!. And Benne Dose's are fresh and yummy at Apporva��

Started post breakfast at 8:30am and smooth sailing past Hubbali/ Dharwad. Average speed drops post Hubbali due to single carriages also saw a HORRIFIC XUV 700 crash. Car was completely obliterated just prior to Hubli bypass. Took left at Dharwad towards Ramnagar/ Tina Ghat. 20km post Ramnagar to Anmod is a mess but passable. Reached Mollem Goa checkpost at 1:30pm and Our resort in South Goa- Marriott at Benaulim at 2:30pm for lunch.

Return: Started at South Goa at 11:30 am and took the same route back. Mollem- Anmod- Ramnagar. Went into Dharwad city for a proper North Karnataka Rotti oota at Basappa Khanavali at 3pm. Stated again by 3:45 pm and non stop to home with a quick CCD coffee break in between. Was home at 10pm completing a nice quick break.

Car used was our trusted 2016 Ertiga ZDI with 1.15L on the odo. We had 5 adults with luggage for 3 days onboard with 3rd row also in use. Car performed flawlessly with zero problems. I tried to maintain 95-100 kmph consistently and the car averaged about 18 kmpl.

Thanks for reading.
Cheers!

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