Originally Posted by MumbaiRoadie
Hi, I am planning a car journey in my 2010 Alto ..with my pet and another friend from mumbai to palakkad. Was considering the route you have taken but because i am the primary driver. I have broken the trip into two and a half days. Day one, the plan is to drive from Mumbai to Hubbali (karnataka) stay overnight in hubbali. day two will be to drive from hubbali to bangalore with overnight on the outskirts of bangalore. Day 3, plan to start really early from Bangalore and reach palakkad by early evening. Wanted to understand if there's a better route to take? Also if the suggested route is in good condition. Please advise.
I was a frequent traveler in this route earlier. Last trip was in May 2015. 5000 Kms Road Trip: Daman - Haveri, Chitradurga, Mysore, Kerala
This route is excellent as suggested by manojodungat.
NH17 (now NH66 is shorter but takes more time, more traffic and narrow 2 lane roads in many stretches.)
If you are starting from Mumbai early morning, then no need to stay overnight in Hubli. Going inside Hubli town for stay is a diversion and the distance from Mumbai is too short for a break.
If you are comfortable driving full day time (Early morning till before dark), then you can easily reach Chitradurga and stay there. There are some hotels good for an overnight stay on the highway (in the service lane below the fly over). Again starting early morning from Chitradurga, say, 6:00 AM, one can comfortably reach Palakkad in daylight itself.
So you need only one overnight stay and two days of day time travel.
There could be slight difficulty in Khambatki ghat due to traffic and road conditions. (Don't know whether the tunnel is now operational in Pune Satara section. Tunnel is operational in Satara - Pune section and there fore no issue while returning). Infact road condition was not good in entire Pune - Satara stretch at that time.
Also make sure that you pass Pune before the office traffic starts.
After Satara it is a wonderful road.
Beware of speed breakers (they are constructed in a crude manner and appear without any warning sign) when it is near Hubli. When ever there is a warning with colour change and blinking reflectors, there won't be any speed breaker and then within a few hundred meters, one will appear without any warning sign.
(Most of these speed breakers some how vanished during my last trip in 2015)
Hubli bye-pass is a 30 or 40 km long two lane section without any divider.
After that it is an excellent road again.
Bye-pass Coimbatore through L&T road. After L&T road, there is diversion of 1 km to reach Palakkad highway. From there we can reach Walayar in no time (travelled this route from Chennai 2 months ago). After Walayar again it is a an excellent 4 lane road. Need to watch for signals, there are several crossings and these signals are equipped with radar they say.