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By car from Bangalore to Goa?

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By car from Bangalore to Goa?

In previous visits to India, I greatly enjoyed the car trips (with a driver, of course) from some cities to another. I now plan to visit Bangalore and then Goa in January 2011.

I know I easily can fly that route. My question: Would it be interesting to go by car (with a driver) from Bangalore to Goa? Would it be too long a trip? Uninteresting? Too hard?

Thanks for your help.

Chuck

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1. Re: By car from Bangalore to Goa?

Hi,

It would be enjoyable tour from Banglore to Goa (In total it is around 580 kms.), you will stay in many places like Hassan via mysore, hospet, badami lots of amazing historical places,

Yes it is advisable,

Dawanti :)

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2. Re: By car from Bangalore to Goa?

hello i have been all shout india by car yes you can drive from bangalore to goa but you can also stay in hampi ,hospet, badami

and dawanti mysore is about 200 km far from bangalore not on the way to goa

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3. Re: By car from Bangalore to Goa?

My Dear RamIndia tour,

Would like to inform you that Mysore is not 200 kms. it is 140 kms. and driving time is 3.5 hours, Mysore is one of the best touristic destination in India and that was an Idea to visit Mysore on the way when this gentleman go to Hassan, Hospet/Hampi Badami Goa. By the way I like to inform you that I have been in this business for 15 years and have done these sector at least 15 times by myself as inspection tours and escorting with the Group / FIT. I also run atravel agency in Delhi by the name of Travel Force.

this is just for your informations :)

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4. Re: By car from Bangalore to Goa?

Thank you for your excellent suggestions. They prompt a couple of further questions:

1) How many hours is the drive from Bangalore to Goa?

2) If I did the drive in 2 days, where should I spend the night? Mysore?

Thank you again for your help.

Chuck

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5. Re: By car from Bangalore to Goa?

Can you respond to me regarding drivers from Bangalore to Goa via Mysore? I am planning a trip in Jan 11. Dominic london

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6. Re: By car from Bangalore to Goa?

ChuckNYC

Have you considered doing the trip by train? I did it recently and it's a beautiful journey...through the Western Ghats and Dudhshagar waterfalls. It takes approx 17 hours this way. Just a thought!

Wolf

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7. Re: By car from Bangalore to Goa?

Hi Chuck,

There are 4 road routes between Bangalore and Goa:

1. Bangalore - Hubli - Karwar - Goa (at Pollem).

This is the quickest and best route, entering Goa through the south. A good portion of the road is National Highway, enabling you to maintain a decent clip. If you leave Bangalore before 6 a.m you should be able to enter Goa at Pollem check post in about 9.5 hours, allowing for a couple of quick breaks. I drive this route about 4 times a year and find it the best. (I've infact covered the distance between Bangalore and Palolem in South Goa in eight hours. However, I know the road very well and do it non-stop). There really is nothing of interest on this route.

2. Bangalore - Hassan - Sakleshpur - Mangalore - Honnavar - Kumta - Karwar - Goa (at Pollem)

Probably the most scenic, but also the longest and with the worst roads! If you're driving over two days this would be the route to take with an overnight at Mangalore. If you decide this route, there is a fair bit to see.

3. Bangalore - Tumkur - Arsikere - Shimoga - Honnavar - Kumta- Karwar - Goa (at Pollem)

State highways for most of the way, so the roads can be hit and miss. Your average speeds would be lower than the first route so you will take more time to reach Goa. Budget for 11.5 hours and leave before 6 a.m.

Jog falls after Shimoga is a short, interesting detour.

The above routes enter Goa through the south at the Pollem check post. Panjim is another 2 hours from the Pollem check post.

4. Bangalore - Hubli/Dhaward - Kittur - Beedi- Khanapura - Londa - Goa (at Mollem)

This is the shortest route, entering central Goa through the Mollem check post.

However, this may not be the quickest as the road condition between Kittur and Beedi can vary from passable at best to unmotorable at worst, depending on when the last repairs were carried out. This is a small stretch but can ruin your car - like it did mine in December last year. On previous occasions, I've found this stretch passable and was able to reach Panjim in 8 hours from Bangalore. You should budget for a 9.5 hour journey to Panjim provided the Kittur - Beedi stretch is ok. Panjim is about 1.5 hours from Mollem check post.

Cheers!

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8. Re: By car from Bangalore to Goa?

excellent info tenrupees, in route 1, is it possible to leave NH4 at Bankapur and connect to Yellapur, then on to karwar and south Goa

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9. Re: By car from Bangalore to Goa?

excellent info tenrupees, in route 1, is it possible to leave NH4 at Bankapur and connect to Yellapur, then on to karwar and south Goa

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10. Re: By car from Bangalore to Goa?

Hi PKalra,

Yes, you can reach Yellapur through Bankapur and Mungod. However, I'm not in a position to comment on the condition of this road, I have never been. It should be noted that the Bankapur -Yellapur road is not a State Highway let alone NH.

I can vouch for the highway though. NH4 is in excellent condition right up to to Hubli and the road further from Hubli to Karwar through Yellapur is in decent condition. I suspect that the time taken to cover the extra distance by sticking to the highway will be less than the time taken through the shorter, albeit, untested interior roads - just my opinion.