It was 19th of April, 2013 and I had to go to Mangalore for a family function. I started looking for options to travel such as Bus, Train or by air. Bus was very expensive as it was holiday season and Train as usual long queues. Air was very expensive.
So finally, I decided to go by my car – TATA Nano, which is a 2012 model. At first I was not very confident about the journey on Nano since, its a car made for city drive and not for long drives. Few things were on my mind,
- Ghat section between Sakleshpur and Subramanya stretching for about 40Kms
- Bad roads (Although there were very few bad road sections)
- Going with my family which included my small baby
But I trusted upon my Tata Nano and we started the journey from my residence in Bangalore at 4.30AM, 19th April. The fuel tank being full we started from K.R.Puram->Hebbal->Yeswantpur->Nelamangala to join the NH-75 which will take us to Mangalore via Hassan->Sakleshpur->Subramanya->Bantwal->Mangalore.
We reached Hassan by 8.30AM, where we stopped at the Kamath Upachar Udaipur which is about 10-15Kms before Hassan. We had completed 225Kms in about 4 hours. The road between Bangalore-Hassan is a well laid 4-lane highway with two toll gates.
After Hassan, the road to Sakleshpur is also a good one but little curvy, so had to drive a little carefully and slowly. As we approached Saklespur the roads went more and more bumpy and this continued till we completely crossed the entire ghat section till Gundya junction. The Nano sailed very smoothly throughout without any signs of fatigue, I was driving at a almost constant speed of 75-80Kmph.
We had touched the end of the Shiradi Ghat by around 11.30AM and then it was good roads again till Mangalore. Stopped for a small break for about 10 minutes, just to check the tyre blow, engine temperatures etc and found everything normal so continued our journey to Mangalore.
We had reached Mangalore at about 1PM. So here is the summary of the journey
- Total Distance = 379Kms
- Total petrol used worth Rs.950/ 13 litres(Full tank on Tata Nano)
- Total duration = 9 hours including 45 minutes of stop for breakfast and tea
- Total mileage roughly = 28.5Kmpl
Well the return journey was not so interesting as it was during the forward journey. although here is the summary
- Total Distance = 379Kms
- Total petrol used worth Rs.900/12 litres
- Total duration = 10 hours including 45 minutes of break
- Total mileage roughly = 27Kmpl
- Whitefield – Nelamangala (Mix of good and bad road with one Toll gate)
- Nelamangala – Channarayapatna (Very good 3 lane road with 2 toll gate)
- Channarayapatna – Hassan (Very good road but under construction here and there)
- Hassan – Sakleshpur (Single lane good road but curvy roads)
- Sakleshpur – Gundya(End of Ghat) (Moderate and bumpy roads)
- Gundya – B.C.Road ( Good road, single lane and very curvy, need to drive very carefully)
- B.C.Road – Mangalore ( 4 lane very good road with one toll gate)
Overall it was a very big hurdle for me and for my Nano but overall the journey was very comfortable for me and my family of 2.
Total costs for 2 was just Rs.500 per person per trip, so overall cost was Rs.1000 per person for entire journey which was much more economical than buses.