Originally Posted by bhpbreather
1. Fastest route (besides the usual) BLR HUBLI KOLAHPUR PUNE MUMBAI. Please feel free to correct if I am wrong.
Remains the fastest as opposed to "any other" alternative routes.
2. I am fine with night driving (if it saves a lot of time)
I have mostly done night drives only. It saves a lot of time for you between Kolhapur and Pune. Apart from that, I would always advice you to stay cautious between Chitradurga and Davanagere for sudden appearance of speedbreakers. Refer a few pages back for their locations.
The only other best time to start from Bangalore is 4-00am so that you will cover maximum distance by 10am.
Do note that after Davanagere Bypass till Dharwad Bypass exit (near highcourt) 24hrs Fuel stations are less and not reliable. The best best is to refuel once you enter MH (there are plenty on either sides that remain open) or if the range is low, fill up at the BP COCO stations near Dharwad opp to the Highcourt.
4. I'm using a Fabia 1.4tdi. 55 litre tank. (any advice where to fuel up in order to save KA high price ) How much fuel to leave with et. all considering I get 19 kmpl +
I am sure you can easily pull beyond Maharashtra and fill up there. Since you will drive north, Konduskar shall come on your right as you enter Kolhapur but as mentioned above, there are plenty of fuel stations as soon as you enter Maharashtra.
5. I usually do not stop much and I wish to make it to Mumbai at the earliest. I have maintained avg speeds of about 95kmph + on the BLR HUBLI section or more. SAFELY.
You can do this in 12-13 hours with the speeds mentioned above and nominal breaks for eating and refueling.
6. How to and where to save time at toll booths/railway/check posts if any (long toll booth ques )
No Railway overbridges now since both the ROBs at Renebennuer and Haveri are functional since months.
Additionally, please have enough loose change specially in MH which will help you avoid filling a boxful of eclairs and Biscuits in form of return change. Since you will drive in the night, all the 4 toll booths in MH shall usually be manageable in under 3-4 minutes.
7. Ill be using a GPS, MMI picked it up recently just for the statistics part! So if any one has a log of where the most recent nasty speed breakers are any information would be useful.
Check a few pages back and refer to the locations. Additionally, I am being told that there are certain unmarked ones which have come up between Belgaum and Nippani.
Location of Speedbreakers: BANGALORE-PUNE section-
: All of these after Chitradurga
The exact location of those killer speedbreakers on NH4 (AH47).
All that you need to do is remember your ODO/Trip meter while you pass the below reference points in both directions and slow down a kilometer before you approach them (Speedbreakers).
Reference point - The tall lamp post after Chitradurga bypass where Bangalore bound traffic can enter the city on your left hand side.
1st Speedbreaker - 24 Kms
2nd Speedbreaker - 24.2 Kms
3rd Speedbreaker - 31 kms
4th Speedbreaker - 48 Kms
5th Speedbreaker - 76 Kms
6th Speedbreaker - 109 Kms Pune-Bangalore:
All of these between Davanagere and Chitradurga
Reference Point - The very first non-functional (new) toll booth you pass after Davanagere
1st Speedbreaker - 05 Kms
2nd Speedbreaker - 08 Kms
3rd Speedbreaker - 12 Kms
There are a couple of marked ones (a little thicker than rumble strips between Dharwad and Belgaum that one can safely pass at good speeds.
The new one which was laid at Shiggaon had been removed now and there are none in this area. Note
-Due to the 6 laning work in Progress after Tumkur there has been some addition to the above list but at least they wont surprise you since they will appear along with a Deviation sign to warn you in advance. Fuel Stations for those driving Night:
Maharashtra has plenty of them, specially before and after Khedshivpur – Bharat Petroleum.
After this there are quite a few nearing Kolhapur and Konduskar after Kolhapur.
In Karnataka, the options to refuel in the night are less and hence the suggested places are 2 BP bunks facing each other when you are nearing Dharwad Bypass (if driving from Mumbai side).
Between Dharwad and Chitradurga (or should I say Tumkur), there is very less possibility of finding a 24 hours fuel station. You have many between Tumkur all the way till Nelemangala.
New 24/7 Fuel station on Haveri Bypass( as on Jan 30th):
Location: Haveri Bypass
Outlet name : Veerabhadreshwar Petroleum Services
Fuel Type: Petrol and Diesel
Facilities: Clean rest rooms, Windshield cleaning, RO System equipped Drinking water.
Payment mode: Cash and All Credit and Debit cards.
Good Bits: Very courteous friendly Owner/Attenders.Bill/receipt handed over from the dispenser along with the Vehicle Registration printed on it.
In case the Fuel station looks closed, one can reach them on 08375 - 234323 so that someone inside will come out and help.