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Dear Friends, 

 

I am planning a road trip to Goa (Candolim) with my one year old child. I would greatly appreciate some specific feedback on the most ideal route to take. 

 

Other than what Google is showing as regular routes, I was contemplating Hyderabad - Solapur - Kolhapur - Nipani - Goa.

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3 hours ago, Dhruv said:

Dear Friends, 

 

I am planning a road trip to Goa with my one year old child. I would greatly appreciate some specific feedback on the most ideal route to take. 

 


Hi Dhruv,

Hyderabad to Goa latest road condition update.
 
Splitting the roads into different sections to give clear information. 

Best route to Goa? It always varies from year to year.
 
Best route:
Hyderabad > Zaheerabad > Humnabad > Gulbarga >  Vijayapura > Bagalkot > Belgaum > Dodamarg > Goa

Hyderabad to Humnabad: Excellent 4-lane road 

Humnabad to Gulbarga : Smooth 2-lane road, you can take Gulbarga outer ring road to skip the traffic

Gulbarga to Belgaum : Smooth 2-lane road, some of it has a toll

Belgaum to Goa: Roads are not so great blame the recent rains, few patches are pathetic. 
 

Food:
Zaheerabad
Gulbarga
Belgaum
 
People using Google maps, split your route into different sections

Section 1: 
Hyderabad to Gulbarga, it should be via Zaheerabad

Section 2:
Gulbarga to Belgaum, single lane road but it is pothole free

Section 3:
Belgaum to Goa, make sure you put exact location in Goa (example : Anjuna beach) 
 
Drive time
Total drive time including breaks is 14~15 hours..
Don't get fooled by google times. 

Lots of village traffic followed by ghat section, will kill your average speed.
 

Worst route is via Raichur, completely avoid it.  


Do share your feedback and experience on your trip after you finish up.. 

 

Safe Drives!

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Hyderabad to Goa route is very messy. 
Best route changes every year. 


Monsoon will make things even worst. 

Be cautious on how you use Google maps.
If you miss a single a single turn you will end up in completely new route.

 

Main question, North Goa or South Goa?

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HI Dhruv,

I will just add my experience over the nice details already shared by Sagar in the above post. Solapur-Nipani route condition has been very inconsistent, and you can avoid that for sure (disclaimer: I last drove on this route 2-years ago; Solapur-Kolhapur-Nipani-Belagavi). However, if you want to enter Goa (especially North Goa) via Gandhinglaj - Amboli Ghat, then you might think of Solapur-NIpani -Amboli ghat, after assessing the current road conditions. I have not driven on Amboli ghat, but have read good reviews

 

I went to Goa in Feb 2020, so I agree with suggestion from Sagar.

Best route is via Zaheerabad>>Humnabad>>Gulbarga>>Vijayapura>>Bagalkote>>Belagavi (Belagum);   Belagavi has been the Port of entry to Goa for me always, irrespective of my destination being North or South Goa. Route options from Belagavi are: 1) Chorla-Sanquelim (preferred for North Goa or Panjim); 2) Anmod-Mollem (preferred for South Goa); 3) Dodamarg (for North Goa again). I have mostly taken Chorla.

 

Few additional suggestions about Gulbarga-Belagavi section

As mentioned by Sagar, take the ring road of Gulbarga, to by-pass the city, and move on to take Gulbarga-Jevargi road (NH-50); google mostly advises to take Highway 150E. However, my recommendation would be to take Jevargi road. Before reaching Jevargi, take the by-pass road and stay on Jevargi-Vijayapura road (NH-50). There will be 2 toll booths on Jevargi-Vijayapura road; so, we can be sure that this patch will be good most of the time. You will get decent options to take a break, till Humnabad, and then just before Gulbarga, and on Jevargi-Vijayapura route.

 

 

Since I planned to take a break at Vijayapura, I entered the city and had lunch at very famous Qaswa Hills restaurant (just 2 Km inside from the Ring Road). Or, else, you can take ring-road just before entering the city and take NH-52 (Vijayapura-Bagalkote road via Kohlar bridge on Krishna River). This section was also very good, with 1-2 very small under-construction patches. The Bagalkot-Belagaum road (2-lane) was not as smooth as it used to be, but had no potholes, at least.

 

Other Route to Goa: 

Few years back, Raichur-Bagalkote-Belagavi route was very common; mostly because Hyderabad-Pune Highway was under construction. Since, Mahbubnagar-Raichur section was very bad (i think still in bad shape), I took (3 years ago) Beechupalli-Gadwal-Raichur-Bagalkote (via Lingsugur)-Belagavi, and it was good

 

Anyways, Raichur route is not so popular, unless you want to cover the Heritage Sites (Hampi or Badami) on the way to Goa

 

Enjoy your Trip. Let us know if you need more information

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi Sagar, Gowtham and Kshitiz, 

 

I cannot thank you enough for your guidance. It's much appreciated. I will take your inputs into account while planning the trip. It's still a few weeks away. 

 

Kshitiz - I am very familiar with the route from Kolhapur / Nipani to Goa (Panjim). I used to ply this route several times a year when I used to live in Pune and know it like the back of my hand. The only section I am unsure of is from Solapur to Kolhapur or Nipani. The other two sections (Hyd - Solapur; Nipani - Panjim via Amboli & Sawantwadi) are a breeze. The Amboli Ghat is a pretty sight but can give a head spin to the best of people as it's a steep drive down the hill. And ideally, you don't need to enter from Belgaum if you're traveling to North Goa. 

 

Since I am traveling with my kiddo, I just want to stick to a route that has more options to stay / take a break, and therefore I was keen on exploring the route via Kolhapur/ Nipani. 

 

Will keep the thread posted with details of the trip. Meanwhile, any input on Solapur to Kolhapur section will be greatly appreciated. 

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22 hours ago, Kshitiz said:

Enjoy your Trip. Let us know if you need more information

 

Wow that is most detailed report ever. Great information (truly passionate)
 

34 minutes ago, Dhruv said:

herefore I was keen on exploring the route via Kolhapur/ Nipani. 

 

I think it is better to avoid Solapur road.
Hyderabad to Goa can be done in a single day.
Start early in the morning and plan well.

You can avoid accommodation. 

 

Take the route suggest by Sagar, we have done this route in December drive was very stress free. 

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HI Dhruv

9 hours ago, Dhruv said:

Hi Sagar, Gowtham and Kshitiz, 

 

I cannot thank you enough for your guidance. It's much appreciated. I will take your inputs into account while planning the trip. It's still a few weeks away. 

 

Kshitiz - I am very familiar with the route from Kolhapur / Nipani to Goa (Panjim). I used to ply this route several times a year when I used to live in Pune and know it like the back of my hand. The only section I am unsure of is from Solapur to Kolhapur or Nipani. The other two sections (Hyd - Solapur; Nipani - Panjim via Amboli & Sawantwadi) are a breeze. The Amboli that is a pretty sight but can give a head spin to the best of people as it's a steep drive down the hill. And ideally, you don't need to enter from Belgaum if you're traveling to North Goa. 

 

Since I am traveling with my kiddo, I just want to stick to a route that has more options to stay / take a break, and therefore I was keen on exploring the route via Kolhapur/ Nipani. 

 

Will keep the thread posted with details of the trip. Meanwhile, any input on Solapur to Kolhapur section will be greatly appreciated. 

HI Dhruv, Based on your experience, I will also take Amboli ghat section for my next Goa trip. Thanks for sharing. Regarding, Solapur to Kohlapur, 25% part will be Pune-Bengaluru highway (from Karad) so no problems; however, I am doubtful about Solapur-Karad part; also if you go via Sangili-Miraj. So take your decision wisely. Happy Driving. Do share your experience of whichever route you take.

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On 9/19/2020 at 7:04 PM, sagar said:


Hi Dhruv,

Hyderabad to Goa latest road condition update.
 
Splitting the roads into different sections to give clear information. 

Best route to Goa? It always varies from year to year.
 
Best route:
Hyderabad > Zaheerabad > Humnabad > Gulbarga >  Vijayapura > Bagalkot > Belgaum > Dodamarg > Goa

Hyderabad to Humnabad: Excellent 4-lane road 

Humnabad to Gulbarga : Smooth 2-lane road, you can take Gulbarga outer ring road to skip the traffic

Gulbarga to Belgaum : Smooth 2-lane road, some of it has a toll

Belgaum to Goa: Roads are not so great blame the recent rains, few patches are pathetic. 
 

Food:
Zaheerabad
Gulbarga
Belgaum
 
People using Google maps, split your route into different sections

Section 1: 
Hyderabad to Gulbarga, it should be via Zaheerabad

Section 2:
Gulbarga to Belgaum, single lane road but it is pothole free

Section 3:
Belgaum to Goa, make sure you put exact location in Goa (example : Anjuna beach) 
 
Drive time
Total drive time including breaks is 14~15 hours..
Don't get fooled by google times. 

Lots of village traffic followed by ghat section, will kill your average speed.
 

Worst route is via Raichur, completely avoid it.  


Do share your feedback and experience on your trip after you finish up.. 

 

Safe Drives!

Hi Sagar, can you please throw some light on this route in case you are aware of 

Dargaroad - ORR – Chevella – Manneguda – Pargi – Sedam – Kalaburagi Ring Road – Jevargi – Vijayapura – Sarawad – Mudhol – Sankeshwar – Ajara – Amboli ghat – Banda – Pernem – Arambol beach

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On 10/5/2020 at 2:57 AM, Subho75 said:

Dargaroad - ORR – Chevella – Manneguda – Pargi – Sedam – Kalaburagi Ring Road – Jevargi – Vijayapura – Sarawad – Mudhol – Sankeshwar – Ajara – Amboli ghat – Banda – Pernem – Arambol beach

 

This old route. Avoid it.
New route is via Zaheerabad. 

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On 9/20/2020 at 11:55 PM, Dhruv said:

Since I am traveling with my kiddo, I just want to stick to a route that has more options to stay / take a break, and therefore I was keen on exploring the route via Kolhapur/ Nipani. 

 

Will keep the thread posted with details of the trip.

Hey Dhruv,

 

How did your trip go? What is the route you finally took? We are planning to travel next month with our 1 year old as well, so want to be prepared before we hit the road. Do share your insights 😃

 

Regards,

Sasikanth

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14 minutes ago, Sasikanth said:

Hey Dhruv,

 

How did your trip go? What is the route you finally took? We are planning to travel next month with our 1 year old as well, so want to be prepared before we hit the road. Do share your insights 😃

 

Regards,

Sasikanth


 

   On 9/19/2020 at 3:24 PM,  Dhruv said: 

Dear Friends, 

 

I am planning a road trip to Goa with my one year old child. I would greatly appreciate some specific feedback on the most ideal route to take. 

 


Hi @Sasikanth

Best route:
Hyderabad > Zaheerabad > Humnabad > Gulbarga > Vijayapura > Bagalkot > Belgaum > Dodamarg > Goa

Hyderabad to Humnabad: Excellent 4-lane road 

Humnabad to Gulbarga : Smooth 2-lane road, you can take Gulbarga outer ring road to skip the traffic

Gulbarga to Belgaum : Smooth 2-lane road, some of it has a toll

Belgaum to Goa: Roads are not so great blame the recentrains, few patches are pathetic. 
 

Food:
Zaheerabad
Gulbarga
Belgaum
 
People using Google maps, split your route into different sections

Section 1: 
Hyderabad to Gulbarga, it should be via Zaheerabad

Section 2:
Gulbarga to Belgaum, single lane road but it is pothole free

Section 3:
Belgaum to Goa, make sure you put exact location in Goa (example : Anjuna beach) 
 
Drive time
Total drive time including breaks is 14~15 hours..

 

Be sure to start off early atleast by 4 AM from Hyderabad so as to reach Goa by sunset

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Be sure to start off early atleast by 4 AM from Hyderabad so as to reach Goa by sunset

 

Thanks Sagar for the quick reply. We plan to start at around 3:00 AM to ensure that we reach before sunset. We want to be extra careful given that we are travelling with a 1 year old. I've already mapped the route based on your earlier post. 

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       I have booked  VRL travels Sleeper coach Bus to reach Goa the Next day where I could enjoy the journey and being a road enthusiast I preferred sitting in Cabin and Enjoy instead of the sleeper Berth - somehow i felt the sleeper berth cramp and bumpy 
      Bus was scheduled at 19:00 hrs Departure and boarding was at Lakdikapul , where a mini bus took all of us to Aaramgarh , Reached Aaramgarh by 19:00 , but had to wait about half-an hour for the Bus to arrive   .
                      Bus was almost Full and it is due to they have adjusted passengers who booked AC  Seater bus into here   - Where as I have paid 1700+ for sleeper Bus and people who booked 800Rs Ticket were fortunate enough to get into sleeper Bus
      - Picked up a passenger in between , near Shamshabad and slowly Bus picked up and reached a Dhaba Near Jadcherla  for Dinner Break - I had food packed from home and as per fellow passengers food was pathetic and hotel was just OK.
      -- Bu Stared from Jadcherla and took Mahabubnagar road  and below route was taken
        MahabubNagar - Raichur - Madgal - BagalKot- Belgaum - ChorlaGhat - Goa
      -- Below was the Road condition
      Hyderabad - MahabubNagar : Road was Good
      MahabubNagar - Raichur : Road works were on then and little diversions too
      Raichur - Madgal - Bagalkot : Its double road and we have to get down whenever an bigger vehicle or 4 wheeler came from opposite end  and Needless to say while in Karnataka Expect many speed breakers too ..
      Bagalkot - Belgaum : Road was good .. Reached early in the Morning - Hence it was easy to cross Belgaum
       
      Belgaum to Start of the Ghat Road - it was double road and being early morning there was some truck traffic and also travel buses reaching Belgaum , Many people were doing walking /jogging by the side of the road and seen some people doing Yoga too  
      Needs to be careful while driving at the stretch
      --- Once reaching the start of the Ghat Bus has stopped at decent Hotel for Bio Break and it was around 6:00 A:M in the Morning.
      It took around 3 hours to reach Goa [Private Buses Parking Yard] as road was through Ghats  , Some rural villages and little delay at check posts - Being Morning time encountered little traffic reaching Goa ]
       
       Stayed a Hotel Govia Homes Near Candolim Beach - Hotel was home stay kind and had good swimming pool - Able to tour only Candolim and Baga Beaches and a guided tour with mini bus provided 
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       All beaches that i have toured were well maintained maximum care is taken to avoid plastic - even though boozing is not allowed at sea shore near by Beaches but i could see few people doing that 
       
       
      Goa is Pretty costly and Bargain is the funda works here - never hesitate to bargain if you are shopping in the shops road by and Near beaches too
      Food is pathetic and costly especially people from Telangana and Andhra would find food not so good , me being vegetarian has less options to chose and my friends who took non veg said its pathetic and not for spice lovers ..I have seen few people from TS and AP getting Induction stoves and cooking as they found food very very waste in taste .
       
      -- I think there is very much to explore in Goa Beyond Beaches and Booze , something that always pulls back to the place may be its weather , people  or its picturesque locations and Beautiful Beaches   - that might be the reason people  always wants to make it despite of the hard roads and other reasons like cost and stay options - There is always something more left to explore in Goa as per the conversations with people and foreigners who were visiting for nth time who are always finding a new place and Goa wears  different colors accordingly to the different seasons
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       



















































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