Recently I travelled to Bangalore (my home) from Kolkata by driving my car with my family, after one year stay at Kolkata. My car was Chevrolett (SAIL UVA). We were 3 members with my wife and daughter. Car was fully loaded with luggage. But there was not much problem during the journey. I started my journey on 06 Jun 14 early Morning by 0630 Hrs from Uttarpara and followed the route NH-5 and AH 45. Up to Kharagpur road condition was good and it was an one way except few diversion where only single road used for both. After crossing Kharagpur, the road condition was not good enough, as it was under construction for ONE WAY and lot of diversions on the way up to 250 Km near Balasore. To cover 250 KM it took almost 8 hours. After that another 350 KM took almost 6 hours as the road was very good condition and it was very smooth and comfortable driving. Finally reached at Behrampur and passed the night with full rest and sound sleep in one of AC hotels. During this journey, we crossed 9 Toll Booths. ( Covered total 617 KM)
Next day I started at around 1000 Hrs by following route NH-5 & AH 45 reached around 1430 Hrs at Vishakapatnam and had a good lunch at a good restaurant and finally reached Rajamundry around 1930 Hrs and passed the night in one of AC hotels. During this journey we crossed 8 Toll Booths. ( covered 469 KM)
On the 3rd day, I started driving on around 0800 Hrs followed route NH-5/AH-45, while crossing Hanumant Junction followed NH 214 as the route was diverted due to Mr Naidu's oath taking ceremony at Vijayawada. NH-214 A was not much good. It was single road for both journey. Finally around 1630 Hrs reached at Ongole and had lunch there and started for Nellore followed NH-5 / AH-45 route reached Nellore around 1930 Hrs passed the night in one of AC hotels. (covered 489 KM) During this journey we crossed 6 Toll Booths. It was a bad experience as we did not receive much cooperation from the Andhra Police on the way. Whenever asked for route directions, Local Language was much problem while driving NH 214 through different villages. Finally, on the last journey, I started driving around 0900 Hrs after having a good Breakfast at Nellore followed NH-5/AH 45, then diverted route to Tirupathi followed SH 61/NH 205/NH-4 (Tirupathi- Bangalore route) had costly lunch at KAMATH Upachar at Narsapura and reached my final destination, my home at 1700 hrs. During this journey we covered 390 KM and faced 3 toll booths. Overall driving experience was nice and enjoyable. Total Toll booths we crossed were 26 additional and 3 to 4 could be added between Hanumath Junction to Ongole (NH-5/AH-45) as I travelled NH 214 which was Toll free road. Average Toll fee was Rs.65/- Of course, I was lucky enough for not paying Toll fee as exempted for Defense people. Cost of petrol was round Rs 8300/-. It was a wonderful experience indeed.