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Old 13th January 2021, 22:37   #136
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Quick update. Since I did not get any opinions on my 'ambitious' plan (being a single driver), I have decided to extend the trip by another day. So here's the plan now - Day 0: Bangalore to Vijaywada; Day 1: Vijaywada to Vishakhapatnam (couldn't find anything decent after that for miles); Day 2: Vishakhapatnam to Bhubaneshwar/Puri (just in case); Day 3 - BBSR/Puri to Haldia.

Let me know if this looks comfortably feasible. TIA!
This is completely feasible. Day 0 should be a breeze. Day 1 is again less number of kilometers so no worries. Start early on day 1 and day 2 to avoid morning jams of Vijayawada and Vizag. The roads in Odisha are in quite bad shape (Oct update) due to ongoing constructions. To add to the woes are wrong side driving and cattle on the road. Just be careful. Bon voyage!
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Old 21st January 2021, 02:05   #137
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Quick update. Since I did not get any opinions on my 'ambitious' plan (being a single driver), I have decided to extend the trip by another day. So here's the plan now - Day 0: Bangalore to Vijaywada; Day 1: Vijaywada to Vishakhapatnam (couldn't find anything decent after that for miles); Day 2: Vishakhapatnam to Bhubaneshwar/Puri (just in case); Day 3 - BBSR/Puri to Haldia.

Let me know if this looks comfortably feasible. TIA!
Pritam, your original plan is perfectly feasible. You can go a bit aggressive as well and cover it with just one stop.

You can drive from Bangalore to Vishakapatnam on Day1. On Day 2 you can easily drive from Vishakapatnam to Haldia. I did that route in 2014(Bangalore to Kolkata). From what I understand, since then, the section between Bangalore and Chittor is fully widened so you would not have to drive through the narrow patches some time after crossing Kolar.
Also you are going till Haldia only which is relatively southern compared to Kolkata.

All this is assuming that your 2.5 year old is nothing like my 3 year old and lets you drive peacefully without getting too cranky in the car!

Wish you a Happy and safe journey.
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Planning to drive to Kolkata from Bengaluru in the first week of February. Is it possible to do it in 2 days with early starts.
Yes. Do note that it won't be a relaxed drive though. You will have to maintain decent speeds but it is certainly do-able and many tbhpians including myself have done it.
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We are planning another trip to Kolkata early summers (mostly in April). However, wanted to know if there's a way to bypass Vizag?

Google shows a route, leaving NH16 just after crossing Anakapalle. Below is the screenshot:

Bangalore - Kolkata : Route Queries-bypassing-vizag.png

Please let me know if someone has taken this route or is aware of the road conditions on this alternate stretch.
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Old 23rd March 2021, 10:42   #140
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Hello,

I am planning to do Blr-Kol on the 2nd of April! I have heard that the road conditions from Naidupeta to Vizag are pretty bad.

So I was checking my options! Did you happen to take this route? If yes, how was it?

If not, did you take the normal route via Vizag? How long did it take

Requesting the other Bhpians to chime in, if they have done the Blr-Ccu route recently

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We are planning another trip to Kolkata early summers (mostly in April). However, wanted to know if there's a way to bypass Vizag?

Google shows a route, leaving NH16 just after crossing Anakapalle. Below is the screenshot:

Attachment 2125825

Please let me know if someone has taken this route or is aware of the road conditions on this alternate stretch.
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Old 28th March 2021, 00:54   #141
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Hello,

I am planning to do Blr-Kol on the 2nd of April! I have heard that the road conditions from Naidupeta to Vizag are pretty bad.

So I was checking my options! Did you happen to take this route? If yes, how was it?

If not, did you take the normal route via Vizag? How long did it take

Requesting the other Bhpians to chime in, if they have done the Blr-Ccu route recently

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I am driving solo to Kolkata from Bangalore on 2nd April as well. I will be halting at Vijaywada on Friday night and Brahmapur on Saturday night. The recommended route (which another BHPian did a couple of months back) is via Hyderabad-Vijawada-Bhubaneswar-Kolkata. Let me know if you would be interested in driving together.
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I am driving solo to Kolkata from Bangalore on 2nd April as well. I will be halting at Vijaywada on Friday night and Brahmapur on Saturday night. The recommended route (which another BHPian did a couple of months back) is via Hyderabad-Vijawada-Bhubaneswar-Kolkata. Let me know if you would be interested in driving together.
Sent you a DM! Please check.

Even I'm planning to start on 2nd April. We all can team up.
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We are planning another trip to Kolkata early summers (mostly in April). However, wanted to know if there's a way to bypass Vizag?

Google shows a route, leaving NH16 just after crossing Anakapalle. Below is the screenshot:

Attachment 2125825

Please let me know if someone has taken this route or is aware of the road conditions on this alternate stretch.
I travelled from Bangalore to Kolkata on 26th March. Suggest you not to take this detour to bypass Vizag. This is a new road under construction and while 50% of the road is excellent, the remaining 50% looks like war zone with multiple foot deep craters. With most of the trucks taking this detours, it takes a toll on the car as well as the driver to navigate through this stretch. Its better to stick to NH-16.
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Since I was a single driver and had a two and a half year old as one of the passengers, my route was this:

Day 0 - Bangalore to Vijaywada (14 hrs drive incl breaks and in-city traffic)
Day 1 - Vijaywada to Vizag (10 hrs drive all incl)
Day 2 - Vizag to Bhubaneshwar (12 hrs drive all incl)
Day 3 - Bhubaneshwar to Haldia (10 hrs drive all incl)

Did not get much bad roads, roads were pretty decent for most of the journey. Once you get out of Vizag and head towards Orissa, the new 6 lane highway is a treat (I like to call it the butterway).

All the best! Drive safe!
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