Recent Trip on Sep2020, I joined as a 12th men to this trip, 2 cars Polo and XUV 300 with 6 ppl, Road conditions was worst when we took detour towards Nandi hills, better to continue till the Bangalore Airport rd and the connecting road to Hassan, you wont regret only u have to drove 100kms etc compare to Annathapur-Challakere-Chikmaglur.
Note: Book you Homestays before starting from Hyderabad.
This thing costed us a stress and time, as i already mentioned i was a 12th man for this trip😃
It was my first road trip in Covid-19 time. My last trip was in Feb-2020 to Kolhapur and since then I was restless for 7 months in Covid. Normally I used to travel during my birthday in July first week and I was planning for a travel despite Covid-19. But the virus did not like the idea and infected me in the end of June and I was almost sick for a month.
In the middle of pandemic and all the chaos some heart warming pictures.
I am planning to travel with family from Goa to Agra by Car.
Please advise the best possible route as I hear that roads via MP are not safe and road conditions are bad.
Travelled from Bangalore to Goa - the roads were excellent !
Possible travel routes which I could figure out were :
1) Goa - Mumbai - Udaipur - Agra
2) Goa - Pune - Vadodra - jaipur - Agra
if anyone has travelled recently - please share your experience and advice.
Hyderabad - Mysuru - Coorg - Murudeshwara - Goa(Palolem) - Hyderabad
Total Distance Covered: 2097 KMS
Vehicle: Nissan Micra
Mileage: 23+ kmpl with 60% of A/C all the time(2 Adults and 1 kid).
No. of Days: 7 Days
From Dec 22nd to 28th 2019.
Total Tolls: 1030/- [Through Fastag 960+ cash 70]
Route expedition Via Google Maps
** SINGLE HAND DRIVING
Route: Hyderabad(NH 44) - Bangalore- Mysuru.
Total distance covered on day 1 : 729 KMS
Total Time: 14 hours 27 min with 5 breaks.
Christmas holidays.... planned the trip and very well executed with the support of my spouse and kid.
Started at 3:30 Am on 22nd Dec from Hyderabad via NH 44.. It's a pleasure to drive through this route and it's my first-time visit to Bangalore. After entering into the Bangalore got confused with one of the exit at entered into the CV Raman road and got stuck in the traffic around 1 hour. Literally experienced the Bangalore traffic that too on SUNDAY
My only suggestion to newbie visiting Bangalore or traveling through Bangalore, please take some time to explore the map deeply or ask anyone to go in the right direction.
Road condition from Bangalore to Mysuru(Via NH 275) is Good with a good number of Speed bumps. So have an eye on these speed breakers.
Reached Mysuru at 5:00 PM and checked into the hotel [Reliable service apartments], booked via booking.com
After refreshing, visited Brindavan Gardens(KSR) and had dinner at Hotel Chirag Food court Dabha while returning back to Hotel.
It was a long day by driving 729kms, but not challenging. Its a simple and straight road.
Reliable service Apartments:
Tiffin: Roadside hotel, As I had already crossed Kurnool in early hours.
Lunch: Vattika vegetarian restaurant after crossing Bangalore on the way to Mysuru.
Mysuru Palace - Coorg
Total distance covered on Day 2: 112 km
Stay: OYO Home Luxe 23010 Opulent Stay(HomeStay)
Checked out from hotel@9:30 AM, visited Mysuru Palace and started towards Coorg @12:45 PM via NH 275. Road condition is good but not great, From Kushalnagar took SH 91 towards Dubare Elephant camp-Excellent location - easily one can spend around 2 to 3+ hours in the Kaveri river. Due to the Holiday season, the queue for the Elephant camp was very huge, so avoided it and had fun with the family in the river itself and also done the Still water river rafting in it.
In between, Mysuru roads were the cleanest and wide roads.
Still water River rafting - 200/person.
Time: 30 to 45 min
Once we are done with the Elephant camp, started towards our stay at 6 pm which is in Coffee estate. As it was dark, it was very difficult for us to find the homestay as there are no street lights and its a ghat road.
Oyo 23010 opulent stay(Berry trails Homestay)
Suggestion- Make sure to reach your homestay/Hotel before 6 PM in Coorg especially if you have booked in coffee estates. .
** I have avoided to stay Madikeri, as I want a pleasant place to stay on so choose HOMESTAY and it was an awesome stay for 2 days in between coffee estate and jungle.
Total distance: 83 km
Started at 10 AM from Homestay towards Madikeri, it's a ghat road and full of scenic views. It was a challenging road
Visited Raja Seat, Abbey falls and fort as well...while returning we took the NH 275 as my kid was little worried by seeing the ghat roads which we have traveled in the morning and took the long way via Kushalnagar. Had lunch at Fish curry Rice Hotel and it was 3 pm. We still had time to roam, so again visited the Elephant camp and spent 2hrs and then checked into the homestay by 7 pm.
Day 4 :
Coorg – Mangalore – Murudeshwara – Goa(Palolem Beach)
Total distance: 446 km
Planned to start at 5 AM but due to the darkness started at 7 AM from Homestay.
Madikeri was full of due.. the visibility was very low.. slowly crossed Madikeri and started towards Mangalore road and in between the scenes of the mountains were awful while getting down through ghat road.
Stopped at Abhi falls – It's a small waterfall point but the scene opposite to the waterfalls was great, spent around 30min by viewing at mountains with some clicks.
Moved towards Mangalore road.. Its a 2 lane road but the road condition was too good until we reach near to Mangalore.
Halted for tiffin @ Hotel New kamadhenu at Kodankeri place. I rate it 4/5.
** Before entering into the Mangalore we have crossed 2 toll plazas on NH 73.
Time was running out due to the highway traffic on NH 66, decided not to halt until murudeshwar temple. Did the same and reached murudheshwar temple by 3 pm.
Temple location, shiva Idol .. beach all were awesome… As there was no time for us to stay, we shortened our stay and moved towards Goa at 4 pm. From murudeshwar the road condition is Average, due to the heavy vehicle traffic avg speed was between 50 to 60 on NH 66 and most of the road is under construction.
Finally entered Goa after 3 hours drive from murudeshwar, our tiredness got vanished by seeing the see view's
Not a single toll we encountered on NH 66 after crossing Mangalore until Palolem.
Checked into the hotel @7:11 PM at Palolem.
Hotel Name: Bay leaf resorts.
We got refreshed in 15 min and moved towards beach. My kid and wife were very excited by seeing the environment over there. We roamed around Palolem beach for a while and had some roadside snacks.
Dinner @ Baba's Little Italy restaurant.
Reached room by 1:15 AM after having a nice relaxing time on the beach shack.
Our day started a little earlier, by 6 AM we were on the beach and had some fun playing around.
@9am booked a boat for 2000 rs, visited Monkey island, butterfly beach, honeymoon beach and also saw a lot of Dolphins
As it was Amavasya, the water level on the Honeymoon beach was very high and boats were unable to drop us over there.
**My suggestion to one is to have a pocket full of cash if you are in goa.
In Goa, most of the ATMs either won't be working or no Cash boards. I had to wait in queue for an hour as there was only one ATM which was working.
In the evening, we had visited the Omellete center which is located exactly at the main entrance of the Palolem beach. He has a wide variety of egg dishes and its fantastic. Must visit the place. (Added the stall Pic)
After a beautiful sunset, we moved on to one of the beach shack and had a great dinner. We spent the time until midnight on the beach shore and moved to the room.
Palolem – Hubli - Raichur
Total Distance: 483 KMS
Total Time: 10 hrs 43 min
We decided to start our day a little earlier and moved on to the beach.. We experienced the beautiful sunrise and played around.
Started @10 AM from Palolem... As we all know petrol is cheaper compared to that of other places in India. Filled the petrol to Full Tank and checked the Air pressure as well, as it would be a long drive.
As I was in south Goa and few locals also suggested me take the route of Raichur rather than going through choral ghats from north GOA.
But, I can say it was a smooth drive until I have reached KADANKOPPA but after that its a Hell of the drive. The road is under construction a lot of diversions and road is not at all good.
Reached Raichur by 9:50 PM, decided to halt there for a night and did the same. As I was not in a condition to drive more as it was 4 more hours for Hyderabad but due to the road condition decided not to drive more.
**Please do avoid this Hubli-Raichur road.
Raichur – Hyderabad
Total Distance: 207 KMS
Total Time: 4 hrs 6 min
Started at 5 AM from Raichur and road condition is very bad until you reach NH 44.
Reached Home by 10:05 AM.
Completed the Road-trip with full satisfaction and with lots of memories.
Thank you to all the members in the INDIA-DRIVE forum for your valuable tips/suggestions which helped me to get this trip successful
I have completed the Hyderabad to Goa track yesterday.
Let me split the roads into different sections to give clear information.
Best route to Goa? It always varies from year to year.
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.
Humnabad to Belgaum road looks same all the way,
People using Google maps, split your route into different sections
Hyderabad to Gulbarga, it should be via Zaheerabad
Gulbarge to Belgaum
Belgaum to Goa, make sure you put exact location in Goa (example : Anjuna beach)
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 eat away your time.
Worst route is via Raichur, completely avoid it.
Few clicks from the drive.
*** Even Though this Travel is done back in march , by Sleeper Bus and Flight - I think its eligible to get into this Section as I would post pictures of Road and Few Places of interest. ***
Well The Most Asked Question either in ID whatsApp or Facebook - Which Route is Best from Hyderabad to Goa and Back.
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This was done in March and my friend had to attend an Meeting in Goa - He booked ticket for me But I have missed out the flight from Hyderabad became blessing in disguise .
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
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