08 October 2008


Observations from my 3000km road trip:

1. Karnataka has some of the best that nature has to offer. It also has the worst roads. Golden Quadrilateral project has not been initiated in many places. I fail to understand as to why even the stop gap arrangements made for the roads are in such bad shape.

2. NH-17 (Bombay to Mangalore), was a dream to drive on till we reached Karnataka. What puzzles me is that when the highway reaches a town/village it is pathetic. However, once you cross the town/village, it is free of potholes.


Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 9:42 AM


  1. Blogger ramd posted at Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 7:59:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    ks, we visited edakkal in wayanad district, kerala. in kerala i found really good roads, and even on the best of roads, no speed breakers...

    on the way back, i realized how poor ka roads are... man, on top of that they have speed breakers on even 'konjam-sumaar' roads... man, don't know why they feel speed breakers bring in safety to driving - that's like curing the symptom not the disease....
  2. Blogger Rams posted at Sunday, October 12, 2008 at 8:53:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    Do you need to pay lifetime tax for taking a bike to other states for extended drives like this ? How about a weekend trip to BLR and back - does that require payment of LT also ? Thx.
  3. Blogger K.Shyam posted at Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 10:20:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    Ramku: Kerala indeed has some of the best roads, but not the NH-47. That holds the record for the maximum number of accidents. Try the state highways. They are really good !

    Rams: No. I did not pay any kind of tax. Just make sure your papers are in order. Secondly, with all the gear (jacket, helmet, gloves, bags), cops will not even stop you.

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