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Old 22nd March 2021, 19:28   #571
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Do you guys recommend this route in general rather than the Mysore Road (NH275)?
Unless its a 3/4am start, I avoid NH275 and stick to the route via Nagamangala - Pandavapura. Roads are good and traffic is sparse, this route would definitely be my recommended route for anyone who stays around North/West/East BLR.
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I am soon going to travel to Mysore. Do you guys recommend this route in general rather than the Mysore Road (NH275)? I do not mind driving longer distance but I would want to avoid bad roads and under construction roads as much as possible. Thanks in advance!
To me, the route via Hassan Bellur cross has been the de-facto option since more than 5 years. I do not recollect taking the regular Bangalore-Mysore road the last time. But then, I stay in North Bangalore and reaching Hassan highway (Nelamangala turn off) takes 40-60 minutes depending on the time of the day I am driving.

Also, since I haven't driven on the regular Bangalore Mandya Mysore road, I cannot comment or compare on that (prefer to comment only if I have drievn recently ). But in general, the Hassan Bellur Cross option is a fantastic option for Mysore.

Earlier I had recommended those staying in South Bangalore to take the NICE exit at Magadi and then reach Hassan Highway at Gudemaranahalli (before Kunigal)via Magadi but I drove last Saturday on Bangalore-Magadi road and the condition of this route has deteriorated with occasional rough patches and potholes.
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Old 22nd March 2021, 20:16   #573
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I am soon going to travel to Mysore. Do you guys recommend this route in general rather than the Mysore Road (NH275)? I do not mind driving longer distance but I would want to avoid bad roads and under construction roads as much as possible. Thanks in advance!
I am another who has switched to the Hassan-Nagamangala route to get to Mysore. I find I drive slower, reach faster, and it's a lot easier on the nerves.
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It was covered in a Vlog few months ago by a famous food critic.
Thanks for sharing this. This looks amazing. I am really tempted to drive there just for this lunch :-)

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Unless its a 3/4am start, I avoid NH275 and stick to the route via Nagamangala - Pandavapura. Roads are good and traffic is sparse, this route would definitely be my recommended route for anyone who stays around North/West/East BLR.
Thanks. I am usually a 6AM starter (I know it is late, but I am a bit lazy in the mornings). So I will avoid the Mysore road and try this Bellur Cross road next.

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To me, the route via Hassan Bellur cross has been the de-facto option since more than 5 years. I do not recollect taking the regular Bangalore-Mysore road the last time. But then, I stay in North Bangalore and reaching Hassan highway (Nelamangala turn off) takes 40-60 minutes depending on the time of the day I am driving.
Thanks. I stay in South Bangalore, but even then, at around 6AM, reaching Nelamangala turn off is quite fast. I enjoy driving on NICE road that time of the day. Once I hit NICE road, reaching Nelamangala is not hard at all. I will surely try this road next time.

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Earlier I had recommended those staying in South Bangalore to take the NICE exit at Magadi and then reach Hassan Highway at Gudemaranahalli (before Kunigal)via Magadi but I drove last Saturday on Bangalore-Magadi road and the condition of this route has deteriorated with occasional rough patches and potholes.
We used this road recently in one of the WindowsDownMotoring drives to go toward Chikamaglur. That was in October 2020 and this road was quite nice that time. It was quite scenic too, and we enjoyed the early morning misty views while driving on this. But even that time, I did not think it saved us any time. We eventually reached Dhruvathare where we had a coffee break. But I felt that going via Nelamangala would have been faster to reach the same spot. So while it was scenic, it was not necessarily faster.

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I am another who has switched to the Hassan-Nagamangala route to get to Mysore. I find I drive slower, reach faster, and it's a lot easier on the nerves.
OK, great, thanks.

Thanks again to all of you for your inputs.
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Thanks. I am usually a 6AM starter (I know it is late, but I am a bit lazy in the mornings). So I will avoid the Mysore road and try this Bellur Cross road next.


Thanks. I stay in South Bangalore, but even then, at around 6AM, reaching Nelamangala turn off is quite fast. I enjoy driving on NICE road that time of the day. Once I hit NICE road, reaching Nelamangala is not hard at all. I will surely try this road next time.
Once the Magadi-Huliyurga-Nagamangala is fully done, this would be the best option to bypass Mysore road. Of course only simple eateries and no major places. But its a driver's delight.

The entire section of SH85 is getting relaid. Once done it would be brilliant to drive. And yes it will be a driver's delight.
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Devanahalli - Doddaballapura:

On day before, we casually drove the following circuit of Yelahanka - Doddaballapura - Devanahalli - Chikkaballapura - Dandiganahalli - Manchenahalli - Tondebavi - Doddaballapura - Yelahanka.

For those wanting to know how good or bad is the Devanahalli - Doddaballapura road is holding up, let me tell you that it is not bad at all, despite of the incomplete 4 lane work on this stretch. The surface is good with very small sections that are rough but it is totally pothole free. There are quite a few sections where 4 lane is done (long back) while rest of the sections remain undone.

Also, once the road is expanded, it is unlikely that it will connect to the present Devanahalli junction on Hyderabad highway.

This might be due to the fact that the small tank bund soon after Devanahalli towards Doddaballapur may not be wide enough for 4 lane and hence the actual 4 lane work is happening at a fork after a curve before reaching this junction merge with Hyderabad highway a little ahead, may be on the road to Nandi hills too.

You can notice in the image the 4 lane right at the fork (circled) that I too noticed thinking it is the usual road to go till I saw vehicles actually taking the regular road on the right at this fork.

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Overall, Devanahalli Doddaballapura in its present state is very much doable without any issues, day or night as the road condition itself is good.

On the other hand, the stretch from Chikkaballapura to Manchenahalli which is part of NH69 connecting Gauribidanur - Chikkaballapura is not in good shape. The work in progress sections are really bad with gravels all over and sharp and tall edges to get back onto the main (old) surface. It also has quite a few potholes on regular occasions. I believe this expansion will take quite some time to complete.
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Devanahalli - Doddaballapura:

For those wanting to know how good or bad is the Devanahalli - Doddaballapura road is holding up, let me tell you that it is not bad at all, despite of the incomplete 4 lane work on this stretch. The surface is good with very small sections that are rough but it is totally pothole free. There are quite a few sections where 4 lane is done (long back) while rest of the sections remain undone.
Agree. I have ridden and driven on this stretch a few times in the last 6 months and I have always enjoyed it as the stretch is quite scenic and is 4 lane for about 40-50% of the way. Truck traffic can be quite heavy at certain times of the day, but it's not as big of a problem as it is on the Dabaspete - DB Pura stretch I feel. Even though BLR is a concrete jungle, the 2 lane highways around it are quite scenic and enjoyable to drive.

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Also, once the road is expanded, it is unlikely that it will connect to the present Devanahalli junction on Hyderabad highway.

This might be due to the fact that the small tank bund soon after Devanahalli towards Doddaballapur may not be wide enough for 4 lane and hence the actual 4 lane work is happening at a fork after a curve before reaching this junction merge with Hyderabad highway a little ahead, may be on the road to Nandi hills too.
The fork that you have mentioned is the starting point of the Devanahalli bypass being done as part of Satellite Town Ring Road (Doddaballapura too has bypass work going on, the north of Bashettihalli). It will join the HYD highway just before the Nandi road junction. I hadn't noticed that they had started asphalting it already on the western end. Good to know
I recently passed through the town to get to the road on the east side of BIAL. At that time, I saw the levelling work going on on the eastern end of the bypass.

Below is the path taken by the bypass:
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People who are planning to explore this stretch toll free, better do it before the end of the year

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