Completed the trip yesterday 1.30PM
Total KM Traveled - 930.
Total Diesel Used - 2500
Mileage - 19.6KM/Ltr (AC ON full time)
Max speed - 110 onward and 140 inward (at few stretches in toll roads). Otherwise 60-90KM
Route : - Onward
PESIT-Nayandahalli ring road - Tumkur Road - Nelamangala - Mangalore Toll Road - Hassan bypass - Sakleshpura - Shiradi Ghat- Dharmasthala - Belthangady - BC Road - Pumpwell - Manjeshwar - Kasaragod. 440KM (5.15 AM - 10.30AM in Dharmasthala - 4PM in Kasaragod) Way back
Kasaragod - Pumpwell (Mangalore) - BC Road - Uppinangadi - Shiradi Ghat - Sakleshpur - Hassan Bypass - Nelamangala Toll road - Nayandahalli - PESIT (403KM)
(5.45 AM - 1.30PM in Bangalore - Almost 2 hrs of break (Mangalore -20min waiting for a friend- BC Road for 30 min breakfast - Sakleshpur 30 min - Hassan bypass 20 min- kunigal 20min for snacks)
Other places visited (nearby Kasaragod):
Bekal Fort & Nearby beach.
(Was not interested in traveling more places as we wanted to relax from busy schedule)
Road condition :- Nayandahalli to Hirisave (before hassan where you take left for going to Shravanabelagola) is almost 4 lanes with median. Once you pass that, you see lots of road widening and you have to travel thru one way (due to diversion).
Hassan bypass - Loose gravel, patchy roads due to work in progress. Two more toll roads are getting ready.
Sakleshpura - Shiradi Ghat : Roads looks great. But, it is bumpy. The roads are wider and you will never feel that you are riding thru ghat section like ooty. As carfreak
rightly pointed out, you need to watch out for that gas tankers and other big vehicles.
After the ghat and before Nelyadi we took a right towards Dharmasthala. As Mukesh
said, the roads are less crowded and feel good to drive (Narrow roads). I thoroughly enjoyed driving that stretch.
Since my MIL knew someone in Dharmasthala (unfortunately, he was not available), some one gave us a chit for special darshan (otherwise it is 200 per person). We had to wait till 12.15 for the Darshan as they close in between. We quickly went to Annapoorna (Food area) and had the prasadam (lunch) during that break. So, we saved time instead of waiting in queue. We had the darshan in less than 20 Minutes.
Once we came out of Dharmasthala, i had two minds. Which way to chose whether it is Uppinangadi-BC road or Belthangadi-BC Road. Asked few guys in shops, bus stop, securities about Belthangadi-BC Road condition and all said "Super roads". Yes - Indeed it is nice roads. But the problem is narrow roads and you cant give side to other big vehicles easily. The sides are almost 1-2 foot down from road. So, was cautious thru out. Few KM were saved. But, i am sure i took more time to reach BC Road thru Belthangady. Lots of buses ply on this route. I think Mukesh's Hawk can go at a better speed as it got better ground clearance.
BC Road to Pumpwell again were good roads. Half of the road with median(dividers).
Pumpwell - Kasaragod : Roads are good but the vehicles on this route go like insane. I do not know why they drive like mad in Kerala (I am a Keralite though
Clicked very less photos. I will upload once i reach home
I must thank you all for giving the inputs needed. Thanks to everyone contributed to this thread Mukesh, Carfreak, Indian, Navnit and Manjoo.
Used Sygic maps with multiple way-points. Took a print out of google maps too but not used. Even sygic was not necessary with detailed instruction given by you guys