Hampi was decided as a stopover in our road trip from Pune to Bangalore. Why Hampi - well, though not exactly on the route towards Bangalore, a google search on Hampi, kind of made me curious as to why this town is a world Heritage site and also we thought it would be a good break since we were locked in our houses for 8 months due to Corona pandemic.
However, we were not sure whether to proceed with this destination especially in the midst of this pandemic and also we were not able to find any decent hotels/homestays on our dates until the last day. On the afternoon of Dec 1, we kind of got a room in a homestay which looked decent and kind of budget friendly (2 nights for around 4k ), which ultimately turned out to be decent.
Morning of Dec 2 - 530 am - We left from Pune and instead of the Pune Kolhapur Hubli Route, we took the Pandharpur Route which was a shorter route. I had not researched on this route and decided to take this route at the last moment and hoped Google Map doesn't lead us to something unusual. Roads till NH65 were topsy turvy and kind of restricted our car speed to 30-40kmph. After hitting the NH65, it was almost a smooth ride. As a thumbs rule, we keep our car speed between 70- 80kmph and don't go above it. Driving a car on the highway for such a long journey requires more patience and focus than the city traffic if the safety aspect is considered since anyone or anything can jump into say Hi :) on our IN national highways. I had used this speed strategy during my road trip from Delhi to Mumbai via Jaisalmer and trust me it will help you and the car.