Mumbai to Hampi

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I plan to travel from Mumbai to Hampi on 26/10. I am looking for advise on the following
1. The travel time to reach. Google says 11hours. But google can be grossly wrong.
2. Whether I should make a run for it without night halt
3. If night halt is required then where should I plan that for - Belgaum or Hubli
4. Condition of the road from Hubli onwards to Hampi

Anything else i should know. I'll be driving a Ford Ecosport Titanium Deisel. I'll be alone with my wife and I'm 56 year old.

Thanks in anticipation of your help
#2 Sep 8th, 2014, 18:38
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1. I haven't driven from Mumbai to Hampi but I've been on Hampi-Solapur route as well as hampi-hubli so will share what I know.
2. I'd recommend a night halt as truck traffic can be quite high in these parts.
3. I'd suggest check the condition of Karad-Bijapur route or Pune-Solapur route and stay at Bijapur for the night. It's not a great city but there're two advantages - one the drive on 1st day when leaving mumbai traffic will not be terribly long, leaving you just about 2 hours to cover the two major monuments of Bijapur - Gol Gumbaz and Ibrahim Rauza and second the road from Bijapur to Hampi is good, though two lane. If you dont want to visit Bijapur then just pick a convenient midpoint on the direct route - could be kolhapur and stay there just as a night halt.
4. Condition is good, variable really as far as width is concerned, dusty but manageable in a good car (I was in a swift, ecosport is miles ahead).
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I looked the route up on Google maps. It seems a bit long winded. And State Highways can slow you down considerably with the tractor and ST bus traffic, not to mention broken up roads. Not that I'm saying that this road will be like that but 3 decades back this zone was my beat when I worked for Asian Paints and the roads were not what one would call the pride of the state. But I'll take your word for it.
When did you last travel this route?
Also considering NH 4 is one of the best tarmacs this country has, does it make sense to leave it so early in the journey
Having said that the opportunity to throw in the Gol Gumbaz and Ibrahim Rauza sounds mouth watering, to say the least. But on the downside time is on short supply too. So 4 days travelling and 3 day in Hampi, Badami is what I'm looking at.
Would like more ideas from you. Thank you so much for the information.


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I think on the direct route, Belgaum would be the best bet for a night halt. I estimate it to be a 7 - 8 hour drive from Mumbai to Belgaum.
The Pune Solapur road is reputed to be extremely accident prone around Mohol. Is that true?


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1. I was in the area December 2013 (about 8 months back). My impression is that the road improved considerably (between solapur and bijapur) the moment we entered Karnataka.
2. Would you be able to share the drive? If not, doing both Hampi and Badami (and am assuming Pattadakal and possibly Mahakuta as well?) could get tiring.
3. Please turn off the tapatalk signature as it's not permitted on the forum.

ETA: I was on a train Pune-Solapur so cannot comment on that leg.
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Oops ok. The signature is off now.
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Here's a thread from another forum that might be of help to you: http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...mpi-route.html
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Sound like Badami is out then. I am going to be the only driver all the way through roughly 1700 km home to home. I have no experience of the Solapur hwy and am a little apprehensive about that drive. I've driven NH 4 upto Sankashwar e route to Goa and that drive until S'war was just way way too easy. If the Hubli Hampi road is good I'd like to stick to that. Unless of course I hear a fair amount of reassurance regarding the Pune Soalpur and Solapur Hampi stretches
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Thanks for the link, but as I see it, all posts are from Sept '11. The way this country is changing that is prehistoric. I have that problem with team bhp, people just don't seem to write travelogues on that forum anymore. All post are so dated.


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