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Old 5th December 2018, 02:35   #7966
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This was long overdue. I recently did a Mumbai--Belgaum--Bangalore--Udupi--Ankola--Hubli--Pune--Mumbai solo trip ( 2754 kms ) in my VW Polo and here are some updates on Bangalore--Kukke--Dharmasthala--Udupi sector that I drove on 19th November 2018. Before I proceed, I wish to tell you that I had a pleasure meeting Distinguished-BHPian @paragsachania nearby his workplace at Hosur road, Bangalore. We both finally met nearly after 4 years of planning to catch up someday in either Mumbai/Pune/Belgaum or Bangalore. We had an awesome meet over the breakfast, thank you Parag sir for that. On his guidance, I fuelled up at the nearby BP COCO and hit the NICE road towards Nelamangala.

1. NICE Road, Bangalore :- Absolutely awesome stretch
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2. Bangalore ( Nelamangala ) -- Hassan :-
Nice smooth 4 lane straight road devoid of traffic. I am used to driving amidst high traffic levels on the highways in Maharashtra, so the empty roads in Karnataka was a different experience although boring here and there. The traffic on NH75 was extremely low, almost nil. However there are a good number of nice restaurants on this mere 180 km stretch that easily outnumber those on the entire Bangalore--Belgaum stretch of NH4 ( 500 kms ). But with such low levels of traffic, how do all of them make any business ?? !!

Some pics
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I am an avid busfan, so a pic with our dear KSRTC Airavat Club class Volvo B9R multiaxle
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3. Hassan -- Sakleshpur -- 2 lane patchy road but not that bad.


4. Sakleshpur -- Shiradi ghat -- Gundya --> Initial stretch is a bit patchy but once you hit the concrete stretch, its very beautifully done up.
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5. Gundya to Kukke Subrahmanya --
Nice smooth 2 lane forest road.


6. Kukke to Dharmasthala ( it turns dark since here and the further distance covered at night ) -- Mostly 2 lane smooth forest road with intermittent potholes. There was a very rough stretch nearing NH75 from Kukke, but didn't bother me much.

7. Dharmasthala -- Ujire -- Good 2 lane smooth road

8. Ujire -- Bajegoli -- Karkala -- Udupi --> Average road interspersed with really bad stretches with huge horrendous potholes. Overall an average road and warrants extreme caution at night.

I took a total of 6 hours stop in between inclusive of lunch, tea, photo session at scenic spots, darshan at Kukke and Dharmasthala temples and dinner. Started at 9:00 a.m from Hosur road, Bangalore and reached Parkala, Udupi at 11:45pm, a very long day at that ! I drove very sedately too.

Overall, a delightful drive
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Anybody knows if Madikeri - Sullya route is all fine for cars?
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Anybody knows if Madikeri - Sullya route is all fine for cars?
Yes it is perfectly fine for cars. I had been on that route a month back when I was in India for vacation. No issues on that stretch.

Just that they are not letting heavy vehicles, apart from that for cars and mini buses it is just fine.
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Need to travel to Kundapura in a couple of days. Will be starting early from Bangalore. Which route is preferable?

Bangalore - Shiradi - Mangalore - Kundapura or
Bangalore - Agumbe - Kundapura?
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Bangalore - Shiradi - Mangalore - Kundapura or
Bangalore - Agumbe - Kundapura?
Shiradi is still the fastest and best route for you. Agumbe will be much slower. With the early morning start, Shiradi should be a breeze.
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