Bangalore - Vijayawada - Vizag - Bhubaneswar : Route Queries
I have plans to visit Bhubaneswar via this route Bangalore-Vijayawada-Vizag-Bhubaneswar and back. Need some information on hotels/road conditions enroute.
Pre - conditions : - Will be only doing day time driving. And am a single driver and with family (wifey & a year old kid)
Best Route to NH5:
Bangalore-Tirupati-Srikalahasti-NH5 @ Nayudupeta-Nellore-Ongole-Guntur-V'wada-Vizag-BBSR.NH5 is in very good condition at the moment.Negotiating V'wada traffic might take some time,otherwise no problems.An early morning start from Blore around 330-4am will mean that you would reach NH5 by 9am.
From Nayudupeta to Vijayawada is around 4-5hours of drive,which means you would reach Vijayawada by 2-3pm.
V'wada to Vizag would take you around 6-7hours.
Ideally you could drive till Rajahmundry around 3-4hours hours from V'wada and break for the day,
Anand Regency (www.hotelanandregency.com), Hotel River Bay(www.hotelriverbay.co.in) are some of the better hotels in Rajahmundry.
At V'wada Quality Inn DV Manor is a good place,so is Hotel Ilapuram.The Gateway is also a very good place,the other luxury hotel being Fortune Murali Park.All are on MG Road,just a few meters off the NH5.
BLR-VJA is easily possible in a day with an early morning departure from BLR.Just be careful of stray cattle on NH5 near Ongole/Nellore.This stretch is notorious for cattle-hits.
VJA to B'pur is going to be a very long drive considering that road stretches near AOB(Andhra Orissa Border)traditionally break up during monsoons,however I do not have current conditions,others might have more inputs.
R'mundry to Behrampur can easily be done,Vizag to BBSR can also easily be done,R'mundry-BBSR can also be done with a bit of aggressive driving.
If you can stretch till Vizag on day 1,day 2 should be relatively easy for you.
Bangalore - tirupati max 5 hours
Tirupati to viziawada max 8 hours via naidupet.
Viziawada - vizag max 7 hours.
Vizag - ichhapur ( AP border ) max 5 hours.
Ichhapur -- berhampur depends upon the border traffic jams
If you can start at 5 AM you can easily reach either Eluru/rajamundry by 8 -9 PM. both the places you can get decent accommodation. this way one has to drive less on second day when you will be encountering some bad roads in orissa
From eluru/rajamundry it is possible to reach Bhubaneswar by night
Eleru - bhubaneswar is 720 Km
Rajamundry to bhubaneswar is 620 km
You have to bypass Vizag from Anakapalle ( it is two lane road ) but in good condition .
otherwise you can go through the city on NH5 which 4 laned. not much of jams
Thanks ranjitp1 & rkg, that was very informative.
I really appreciate your responses.
Have few more queries.
Have few more queries. I have never done a long trip before in India so need as much information as possible. Plan to do BLR to Berhampur and later to Bbsr.
Tirupati - viziawada the best timings were 5 hours with a break for fuel
On NH5 it is little difficult to find rest rooms with AC etc on the road ( at petrol stations) it is just a plain jane 4 lane highway. But you will find enough signs mentioning distance to next major station. It passes through Ongole, chilakaluripet town ( major one) rest all are bypassed.
Between Bangy- tirupati you have reasonably good places for rest and food.
Palamaner has APTDC pavitra restaraunt ( before Palamaner from bangy side )
next is bangaru palyam - you have reliance bunk with restaurant has AC and rest rooms are clean and good.
next is you can pass through Chittoor town one good restaurant is there on the main road (forgot the name).
Before kalahasti APTDC restaurant is there with rest rooms on the highway
If you start by 5 AM you can easily reach rajamundry by 7/8 PM. night driving ( upto 9-10 Pm only) on NH5 is not a problem at all.
this will make your drive next day easier as NH5 is not in great condition in AP orissa border
If you have go only up to berhampur you can rest at Viziawada itself. no need to strain
Leave BLR at 4-5am,carry breakfast or breakfast at Pavitra like RKG mentioned and you would be in VJA for a late lunch or Trunch.
You dont enter the town at Guntur,Guntur to VJA would take you only around 1 hour.
Eluru Hotel Manya Guest Line.
Vizag:there are lots of them.Dasapalla is good for a stopover.
Day 1: Blore-Vijayawada.Leave BLR 5am,you would be in VJA by 6pm latest.
Day 2:VJA-Behrampur.Leave after breakfast and you would be in B'pur by late evening.AOB is historically bad road region!
All the best and have a safe drive.Feel free to pm in incase you have any more queries.
Thanks again rkg & ranjitp1,
your detailed responses will be very useful for me to plan.
Thats a pretty long distance you are travelling and that too with a baby. Are you sure about that?
Do not tell me that you did not get train tickets and are hence driving all the way to the native place. :)
@ranjitp1: This is very nice information, mate! Thanks a lot! Looks like NH5 didn't change much from Dasara 2008 (took that route on a Volvo B7R with a sprained ankle).
We're planning a Hyderabad - Tirupati/Tirumala - Tenali - Bhimavaram - Tenali/Vijayawada - Hyderabad round-trip between Dec. 16 and 20. Obviously I'll hit the NH5 between Nayudupeta and Tadepalligudem.
The information in this thread is encouraging for that stretch, but the last few posts in [url=http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-travel-queries/48544-hyderabad-tirumala-road-condition.html]this[/thread] kind of worry me a little, especially regarding the stretch between Ongole and Chilakaluripeta.
Given that we'll be 4 people with moderate-to-heavy luggage in a Civic (read: belly scrapes galore) I'm a bit worried.
Is that stretch between Tirupati - Nayudupeta - Vijayawada - Tadepalligudem - Bhimavaram as good as, say, the current NH7 stretch between Hyderabad and Bengaluru?
NH5 from Nayudupet to Vijaywada is fabulous. I did 250 kms in 3 hours a fortnight ago on this road. I would rate it betetr than NH7 (Hyd-Blr) since all towns are bypassed, roads are great, there are ample truck lay byes, and so on.
hi guys, I too am driving to Calcutta from Bangalore in December and need food stop info on the route. i did this route earlier in 2006-7, and the A1 Plazas were working then. We did Bangalore to Vijaywada in one day (4.30 am to 6 pm) at moderate speeds (we have a Bolero). The next day we did Vijaywada to Gopalpur on Sea, and the third day to Cal from Gopalpur.
This time round we want to do fewer stops and drive steadily...am thinking of doing Eluru or Rajamundhry in 14/15 hours. Would need to stop for a decent lunch around Nellore or so... any ideas?
The next day, we need to do Rajamundhry to Bhubneswar. What should be the foodstops on the way? The third day won't be a problem because Orissa/bengal have a lot of food places. It is south Andhra that is absolutely devoid of any highway eateries. I found North Andhra much better in that respect.
Samsan, we've been traveling with our kid for a long time and they are much more adaptable than adults. Nothing's more boring than going by train. Please try this and keep it flexible. Have a Plan B, carry Colic Aid (if the kid has stomachache), Ondem (if the kid is nauseous). And always feed the kid when the car's stationary. Give him/her time to digest before driving again.
HTH. And hoping for some info from the others.
Now all that remains is to find out the situation between Vijayawada and Hyderabad. I've heard that construction is going on full-pelt and there are tons of diversions on this road now.
And then of course the smaller stretch between Vijayawada and Bhimavaram.
Thanks once again!
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