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Driving from Bangalore to Kolkata – over 2000km in 3 days

Yes, we did it. The crazy couple topped their madness yet again and made this seemingly impossible one-way trip. Let me begin with a strong disclaimer. This is a travelogue where I share the story of our journey with you. In no way should this be treated as a guidance or inspiration. It’s an epic adventure that I’ll neither recommend nor repeat. We completed this long journey of 2000km in less than 3 days.

This was not a joyride, but a necessary journey we had to undertake to reach home safely.

Part 1: The Journey Begins


Driving from Bangalore to Kolkata in 3 days. Part 1 of the epic Road Trip in India


The long saga of “to be or not to be”

Chayan and I usually visit home 3-4 times a year, and our parents visit us once a year. This year, none of that happened. With the pandemic situation public transport seemed to be risky especially since we were going home to our parents who are senior citizens. With Durga Puja ahead, and the number of flights cut short, there was quite a rush already. However when we suggested the plan of driving home , it didn’t go down well with our parents.

Since it was pandemic we couldn’t really have a joyride stopping at short intervals and undertaking a journey of 5-6 days. If you search for Bangalore to Kolkata road trip, these are the kind of plans you will see. After much deliberation we decided to have two layovers.

On the other side, the story of convincing parents was another unsavory series of episodes. I being the obedient one was ready to go by air as suggested by parents but this guy was relentless. Finally in the 1-month long debate between son and dad, the youth of India won and this post came into being!

Read: A first-timer’s travel guide to Kolkata

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Finalizing the route

We wanted to take only two stops and halt at hotels which guarantee complete safety and hygiene. We were looking for well-known brands in domestic travel  like Sterling, Mariott, Taj etc. I looked up the map and read only a couple of blogs that were available for the journey we were going to undertake. The route I first decided was Bangalore to Vijayawada to Puri to Kolkata. This would make the first day comfortable, but the second day’s drive would be hectic. We both agreed that it’s not a good idea to keep the longer journey for the second day.

Chayan was fixated on the idea of staying at Vizag (aka Vishakhapatnam) on the first day, based on a blog he read on Team- BHP. But Vizag is 1000 km from Bangalore. As per Google maps you’ll take 19 hours to drive down to Vizag. People don’t even stay awake till that time, and here we’ll be driving. But Chayan insisted that we’ll cover the distance in much lesser time than estimated by the Google God.

We looked for hotels in places in between Vijayawada and Vizag, like Rajahmundry and Kakinada. There weren’t any 4-star or 5-star properties there.  At normal times this would not matter. I enjoy staying in local properties and homestays. But these are abnormal times. We had to ensure that the hotels were well sanitized and we could sleep peacefully after the long hard drive.

So after a lot of discussion the route was finally decided just the day before our journey.

Leave Bangalore at 1 am on Saturday –> Reach Vizag (1026 km)–> Drive to Puri on Sunday (402 km) –> Reach Kolkata on Monday

We booked Four by Sheraton of Mariott Group at Vishakhapatnam and Sterling Beach resort at Puri. The first lap was a dreaded one and I couldn’t sleep worrying about our journey. On a hindsight below would have been a better plan as I could find at-least one highly rated property in Gopalpur (Odisha)

Bangalore –> Vijayawada(664 km) –> Gopalpur (618 km )–> Kolkata (612 km)

Before the trip begins

So here’s the quick checklist that we went through before the road trip. You can check my road trip checklist for any normal road trip but this is just the extra things we needed to take care of for this “abnormal” trip.

  • Check and fill the fuel
  • Check the tyre-pressure
  • Filled 10 bottles of water
  • Emptied all our perishable food items as we’d not be back to Bangalore for months now
  • Packed loads of biscuits and dry fruits for food on the go. We wouldn’t stop for lunch unless we got a good hygienic hotel , so we prepared ourselves for that.
  • Downloaded multiple playlists on Amazon Prime Music app – Classic Rock, Long drive Bollywood, Bengali Rock, Top lists in Bengali, Hindi and English. Basically we had everything to keep us awake on the road for the next 18 hours. Yes we assumed that we’d reach in 16 hours, but it actually took us 18 hours to reach Vizag.

We took a shower , had tea and set off for the journey at 1am.

The Journey begins… and so does the dance of Murphy’s law

“Things will go wrong in any given situation, if you give them a chance” – says Murphy. We didn’t give it a chance we’d say, but didn’t we? We decided to leave for a long journey at 1 am at night. It was not even five minutes since we started that the clouds burst into heavy rain. Well that’s the Bangalore standards for heavy rain, so not much. But it was enough to slow us down at night.

By the time the rains stopped we had left Bangalore and entered into a damaged road through an unknown area. This was on our way to Tirupati. Without any streetlight we were trying to follow a car ahead of us which we hoped was better acquainted with the area than we were. When the car went it’s own way we were left to the mercy of faulty signboards, Google maps and the scary Kings of the road – the trucks.

Roadtrip Bangalore to Kolkata via Vizag
Taking photographs was nowhere in my priority list at night. But managed to capture some scenes just before dawn

It’s not so difficult in the rough patches at night, as it is on the highway when the car is cruising smoothly through the trucks. It is then that we switched on the classic rock just to keep ourselves awake and alert. By 6 am I found myself praying relentlessly for the sun to wake up. At 7 we made our first stop at the gas station.

I went to try my luck at the toilet, and I kid you not this was the cleanest, most well-maintained facility I had seen. It’s better than any of the toilets in airports and most of the shopping malls. What a pleasant surprise it was. We quickly gulped some hot coffee at the CCD stall, sent a quick update to our parents and un-paused our journey.

I know how difficult it is for women to find proper toilets on the road, especially during these pandemic times. So I have bookmarked the location on Google maps, in case you take this route. 


Roadtrip Bangalore to Kolkata

It rained so many times during our journey from Bangalore to Vizag, I lost count

Everyone including me are in awe of Chayan’s driving skills after his new accomplishment in this trip. He is the most skilled driver I know and the extent to which he goes for his passion inspires me. But the limited role of yours truly sitting beside him as the navigator, bumper-identifier, playlist rotator is highly underrated, I’m telling you. Try keeping your eyes wide open for 18 hours when you are not even driving.

It wasn’t easy even after the break. I woke up at 8 am for office on Friday morning. Barring the 1 hour sleep that I barely managed before we started off, it’s been over 30 hours without sleep. Now we were on the highway, cruising through the morning. The caffeine in our system exhausted soon. Well, my system. Chayan had categorically refused to have tea or coffee, for the fear of another kind of “pressure”.

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Road from Bangalore to Vizag, on the wway to vijayawada


A great deal of horrible thoughts clouded my mind like never before. Did we take the right decision? Did I leave my laptop charger home? What would happen then? How can I work for office from Tuesday?  Should we return to Bangalore? We haven’t covered half the distance yet. We should have booked our hotel in Vijayawada. This is bad decision. A moment’s dizziness is all it takes for an accident. Will we be able to make it to Vizag safe? Keep reading to know the answers!

Part2: Reaching Vishakhapatnam – Half the battle won!

It’s 10 am and we are on our way to Vizag (aka Vishakhapatnam). We had planned to pause for breakfast somewhere but we gave it up. One thing that helped us on the trip is our ability to stay hours without a meal when we are on the road. On most of our trips we have a good breakfast and don’t stop for lunch at all. May not be a good thing to do, but when on the road it helps.

Especially given the COVID-scares, we didn’t want to stop just anywhere. I had packed enough supply of biscuits and dry fruits which we had on the go. We decided to have lunch in the next big city, Vijayawada.



Vijayawada – The City of Victory

Vijayawada is a historic city in Andhra Pradesh. Like all big cities of the past it grew on the backs of a river, the river Krishna. The grand entry to Vijayawada happens with the famous bridge across the Krishna river. In other times we’d break here to marvel at the scenery and take photographs. But not today.. not today. For today we had “miles to go before we sleep”. Ah, don’t remind me of sleep again, that thing doesn’t exist – I told my mind.

Driving from Bangalore to Kolkata via vizag
Indrakeeladri Hills of the Eastern Ghats surround Vijayawada

We have to reach Vizag preferably before sunset. We usually make it a point not to drive to somewhere completely new during the night. Because most roads don’t have street lights and it’s hard to spot the speed-breakers bla, bla. Well, we started this journey at 1am, so this rule was broken already when we entered into the desolate village on our way to Tirupati. Still, we hoped that if we don’t stop unless absolutely required we will beat Google and cover the distance in fewer hours.

My first impression of Vijayawada was not great. The traffic congestion was way more than I expected. The market area was full of people and most of them were not wearing masks. I’m sure my impression will change if I actually spend a day or two in this city to explore. But for someone on the way to Vizag, it was frustrating to be stuck in the traffic. We planned to have lunch here, but didn’t find a good place to park. So we left Vijayawada without lunch.

A surprise for lunch

We kept driving while looking out for good restaurant on the highway. That was difficult to come by. Finally after 75km we stopped at the Garuda Food Court. What a surprise it was!

This food court on NH 16 is run by the AP Tourism department. It’s a huge area with a park, a restaurant  and souvenir stalls. There are shower rooms as well in the toilet facilities. Every visitor is temperature-checked before they enter the premises. The staff wears masks and maintain all the post-COVID safety protocol.

We ordered the food that you can’t go wrong with –  egg fried rice and kadhai chicken. Both were awesome. Happy and fresh after lunch, we took our first selfie of the trip.

Going gets tough..

But happy that we were with the food, we realized we spent nearly an hour here. We couldn’t stop anywhere else if we had to reach our hotel by 7pm. The road was good. Rajahmundry surprised both of us. It’s a small town on the banks of the river Godavari. Quick trivia – Rajahmundry is considered to be one of the oldest cities of India and the birthplace of the language Telegu. It is the cultural center of Andhra Pradesh but not a famous tourist destination.

The Kovvur-Rajahmundry bridge, also known as the Godavari bridge is the third longest road-cum-rail bridge in India. The water was muddy because of the monsoon but I loved the earthly beauty of the place. Fishermen boats were stranded at the shores. Of course, there was “no time to stand and stare” as I indeed had “miles to go before I sleep”.

Ah sleep, we’re going to see you soon. 

I felt bad that we couldn’t stop to admire the rugged beauty. Chayan on the other hand was sad he couldn’t stop to buy the fresh Hilsa Fish they were selling on the roadside. When I go by this place again in better times, I’d surely spend more time to take a break and admire the rugged beauty of this place.

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Panoramic view of the Godavari Bridge, CC. Wikimedia

Good thing we didn’t stop as another crisis was waiting for us. Remember Murphy’s law that I talked about? Here came the showers as the Rain God has sent His regards. I’d been watching the clouds following us since Rajahmudry but didn’t expect it to burst into such a heavy downpour. This wasn’t the weakling Bangalore rains, this is the coastal rainfall of October.

This is the first time I felt even the Bahubali driver got afraid. We stopped the car at one corner like most others did. But in less than five minutes we started off again. We decided not to wait out the rain as there wasn’t signs for it to stop. So slowly yet steadily we made our way through the perils. In the next two hours, we encountered another couple of such heavy showers on the way.

We reach Vizag

Finally our adventure of the day was coming to an end to our great relief. We’ve reached Vizag but the ETA to the hotel still shows more than 1  hour. We were wondering why, but we got our answer in the traffic congestion we faced. This is when Chayan panics and keep asking if we are on the right track. Google maps sometimes take you through such bizarre routes and narrow roads, especially in the last mile. But this time we reached without any goof-ups. 

Finally! We reached.  Here we were in Four Point by Sheraton. We made it.

Special mention of the Bengali receptionist we met who hailed from Chandannagar. If you know a Bengali, you’d know how excited we are to talk with strangers in our native tongue. Talking about Durga Puja just before Durga Puja is just “sone pe suhaga”.

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More than half our journey is over. After this 18-hour marathon, the next two 400km laps appeared like leisurely drives. But wait..were they? Next day, we started off at 9 am as planed but reached Puri at 8:30 pm!! Why did it take so long? Tag along with me in the Part 3 of the post for that. “Kahaani abhi baaki hai”.. 

Part 3: The Final Lap!

This is the last part of the story of our unforgettable road trip from Bangalore to Kolkata in just 2.5 days. We reached our hotel in Vizag – safe and sound. After battling the sleepless night, heavy rainfall, and uncertain road conditions in our 18-hour marathon drive. We had a good night’s sleep in our five-star luxury hotel after a pleasant dinner buffet. Next morning, we completed our breakfast and started early. It’s just 400 km to our next stop, Puri. Cakewalk after what we have already accomplished. We decided to head to the Ramakrishna beach that’s only 5 minutes from the Sheraton hotel. We’ve enough time, we thought.

Bespectacled by the beauty of Vizag

Ramakrishna beach is serene, clean, and beautiful. But what stayed with me is how well-planned the port city of Vizag is. Just opposite the beach is the Kali temple, a small replica of the Dakshineshwar Kali Temple in West Bengal. Near that is the Ramakrishna Mission Ashram. You might know about Swami Vivekananda, who founded Ramakrishna Mission, a philanthropic organization dedicated to his teacher Sri Ramakrishna. This institute is a part of the Ramakrishna Mission which has its headquarters in West Bengal. The beach gets its name from this ashram itself.

The Ramakrishna Beach road is the most beautiful seaside promenade I’ve seen in India. I liked it even more than the famous promenade in the French Colony of Pondicherry. As you walk or slow-drive (like we did) on the promenade, you’ll see the golden beach, the submarine museum, the Victory at the Sea monument, the Vishakhapatnam Lighthouse, and the Lumbini park. On the other side, there are sculptures of famous personalities to greet you. I loved the tribute to the legends of Carnatic Music among the sculptures. 

You’ll also find the Matsyadarshini (the city aquarium), the Visakha Museum, the aircraft museum, and the Indira Gandhi Zoological park on the other side. But what you can’t miss is the imposing mountain if you look straight ahead. And at the top of the mountain is the Kailasa park, unmissable with the bold glowing letters and the spherical monument. We were bound to take a U-turn and park the car ahead of the Zoological park to admire the beauty.

The scenes somewhat reminded me of the Barcelona coastline. There the color of the water was vanilla blue, here it was the ocean-green hues. But the beach and water here looked cleaner than Barceloneta. Just when I thought about it my eyes fell on the pile of plastic bottles on the rocks nearby. Sad, really sad.

This certainly makes to my list of favorite places to visit in South India.

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Cruising through the highway to Odisha

Switching between Bollywood and Bengali rock music we cruised through the highway. Chayan is already making his plans for a Vizag trip now. It was way more beautiful than we imagined. Now from the relatively wealthy, sparsely populated peninsular India, we are moving to the east. The geography changes and so does the demography. Odisha and West Bengal are two of the most densely populated states in India. The increasing population density is clear as we move east by the sheer number of houses we see on both sides of the highway.

The sheer number of diversions on the national highway in Odisha made us comment that they should rather have warning signs for “no conversion ahead” than otherwise. We were planning to have lunch but didn’t find a good restaurant on the way. Before we could find one, it was 1:30 pm already and we were driving through remote villages.

We had enough supplies of biscuits with us to keep us going without lunch. We are in the Chilika Lake region now. Puri isn’t far away from going by the map.

And the Great Google Goof-up

The scenes that unfolded on both sides of the road now were unparalleled. Lush green farms and resplendent water bodies. Despite knowing that we’d get late we stepped out of the car to click some pictures. We didn’t realize how far we have come till we hit the dead end. Yes, the great Google goof-up comes into force. Look at the navigation map below. It clearly shows that you can drive through the water here, which means there must be a bridge.

But there was none. Instead, you’d have to wait for the ferry to transport your car to the other side. We reached there at 3:30 and the last ferry left at 3 pm. The next ferry was at 5:30 pm.


Credits: Google Maps

We were left bewildered at what to do next. Should we wait for the ferry? Will it be safe? Will it be too crowded? Or should we go back and find an alternate route. I went to the maps and searched for a route without a ferry. Google kept showing this route still as the shortest route. Strange! Usually, when there is no motorway available the navigation shows a dotted line.

I checked the map manually and found one spot from where we can go around the Chilika lake and reach our destination. So we drove back towards a place called Ganjam on the map. This is where just before the lake starts. We had to trace our wheels back to Ganjam which took nearly 2 hours through the narrow village roads. After that, we would have to drive through the highway on the hills. 

Note: the route to avoid ferries is now updated on Google Maps

Was it the right decision to not wait for the ferry? Maybe not. We had already wasted a lot of time by then. It would certainly take us a lot less time to reach the hotel had we taken the ferry route. But what if the ferry was late? Or didn’t come at all? Maybe we decided right. The view of the Chilika lake from the highway was gorgeous but we didn’t stop to take pictures. It was already too late. So what we thought would be a cake-walk turned out to be another arduous journey full of uncertainties.

Key takeaway from the goof-up: Chilika Lake, the largest brackish water lake in India is really really large. It’s beautiful and it’s BIG

Finding our way to the Sterling Puri Resort

This route wasn’t easy. On the map, it showed an ETA of 8:30 pm or later. We had planned to reach the resort by 5:30 pm earlier. But as you see, Murphy’s law is in full swing. The worst part was when we took the road off the highway as Google said. The night now was dark and full of potholes. Well, not potholes but the road was in extremely poor condition.

We breathed a sigh of relief when we got to the national highway once again for the last 20 minutes of our journey. Sterling Puri was off the highway through a mud road of 300 meters. There was no hoarding nor any lighting. We had to call up and clarify with the hotel if we are on the right track while we were just 3 minutes away from our destination.

The hospitality at Sterling Puri resort is worth mentioning. The staff personally spoke to the guests to make sure we were comfortable. Sterling has a contactless check-in policy by which they ask us to send our documents via Whatsapp one day before check-in. Did you notice we never actually stopped for lunch since the time we left our hotel at 9 a.m? So we quickly freshened up and headed straight to the restaurant. We ordered chicken pakora, fried rice, and Prawn Malai curry.

Coming to the property. It’s beautiful but it is not really a “beach resort”. That’s because entry to the beach is strictly prohibited. Not only in the night but even in the day. When I enquired about it in the evening, the staff said that we could go there in the morning. However, the next morning the receptionist said that the beach is permanently closed for tourists due to snakes!!

Gate to the private beach closed permanently

Anyway, it’s still awesome to wake up to the view of the sea and go for a morning walk in the gardens. Unlike Mariott, they don’t have a breakfast buffet here. But we had a complimentary breakfast where we enjoyed one of the best Dosas ever.

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Puri to Kolkata and the tryst with Jagannath

We started at the resort at 9:30 am. The Puri main beach is just 5 minutes away. The long stretch of golden sands is not unknown to me. This was the only holiday destination I remember from my childhood. We came here for a holiday twice when I was a child and stayed in one of the homestays. It was decades ago. Gosh, I’m getting old..

The Puri beach was already throbbing with life in the morning. With camels ferrying tourists on the beach, vendors selling breakfast and sweets, families basking in the sun and bathing in the waters. But we didn’t stop to stand and stare. We had promises to keep – promises to visit the Jagannath Temple and bring the famous Puri Goja. Goja is a sweet delicacy originating in Puri.

There were a lot of difficulties to reach the temple by car as the roads were narrow and congested. The Jagannath temple is closed due to COVID but you can still see it from outside the gates. The car needs to be parked in the government parking zone 2 km away from the temple. From there we took a rickshaw to the temple, bought Goja, and came back.

The Puri district is also a center of ancient art forms. Wooden dolls and stone-work representing themes of Jagannath temple and Konark sun temple, applique work, mirror-work, Pattachitra artwork, etc. We did some souvenir-shopping at the shop and took off for the last lap of our journey.

Read about the Incredible Indigenous Art forms in India.

This is the picture of the day, actually the trip! What say? Saw this lovely family on our way

The road to Kolkata was smooth ahead. Yes, it was indeed smooth – no more obstacles. White Kaash flowers dancing in the vast green fields beneath the Autumnal Sky. We have been accompanied by stretched Kaash throughout this road trip even in Andhra Pradesh. The closer you approach West Bengal, the green becomes brighter and the Kaash shrubs denser.

And thus we glided our way to our home sweet home way sooner than anyone expected. At 6 pm I was at home dislodging luggage at our house. Yes, our trip ended on a happy note.

That’s the end of our journey and that I split into three parts. If you liked the series please don’t forget to share it. What is your most memorable adventure? Tell me in the comments section.


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Sinjana Ghosh

Sinjana Ghosh is a full-time business professional with a penchant for writing and travel planning. Backpack & Explore is a journal of her travel stories and tips she collected from her experience. She is the author of the travel book “Postcards from India” which is available on Amazon, Flipkart and Notionpress.com

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  1. Pratikshya Mishra October 19, 2020

    Oh my god. This is crazily exciting.. I can feel the adventure..

    1. Sinjana Ghosh October 19, 2020

      Thanks Pratikshya!

  2. Sonia Chatterjee October 20, 2020

    Your trip reminded of the time when my husband and I drove down from Mysore to Goa for straight 15hours. What a fun ride it was! Loved your post.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh October 20, 2020

      Thanks Sonia. Bangalore to Goa was a breeze.. but this Vizag trip was one hell of a marathon

  3. Sitharaam Jayakumar October 20, 2020

    Wow! What a bold decision in the first place! I wouldn’t dare to try anything like this in the first place. It is really awesome that you tried a continuous 18 hour journey as the first leg! A very interesting read.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh October 20, 2020

      Thanks Sir. It wasn’t a great decision though, good thing is we weren’t doing it for adventure and were cautious all the way.

  4. Swarnali Nath October 20, 2020

    Wow what a lovely adventure you two had Sinjana! The road trip seems fascinating one. Enjoyed the video too.

  5. Radhika Acharya October 20, 2020

    Seriously!! Like seriously!! What an epic journey! I’m happy to know rhe ending rightaway actually. But the actual journey must have been quite an arduous one. While for us the readers, it is kind of exciting and glamorous!
    You’ve written it in a casual telling-a-story narrative which goes well with thr reader.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh October 20, 2020

      Thanks a lot Radhika ji. Coming from a fabulous writer like you this is a great compliment.

  6. Preeti Talwar October 20, 2020

    What determination hats off

    1. Sinjana Ghosh October 20, 2020

      All credit to my husband.. I had no option once we were out on the road 😀

  7. Lavanya October 20, 2020

    My husband and I have done plenty of 500km trips by car but 2k sounds just crazy!

    1. Sinjana Ghosh October 21, 2020

      Thanks Lavanya..Yes, 2k was a stretch indeed.

  8. Shail Thosani October 20, 2020

    We also love road trips. Even though we had the option of flight my husband and I often do road trips and as crazy as it may sound we did a road trip from Mumbai to Leh and we faced the same opposition from our parents too citing us complete crazy idiots but it was a trip to remember just as you had your memories on this one.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh October 21, 2020

      Wow! That must have been a fantastic journey!

  9. Atulmaharaj October 20, 2020

    Wow! That’s amazing, the longest I’ve done is Bangalore Delhi via Jaipur. But this one seems much interesting as I haven’t explored eastern India much yet, Next time Sinjanaji, let me know in advance when you’re doing it. I’ll join in vijayavada, will pay for fuel and stay and can drive too!

    1. Sinjana Ghosh October 21, 2020

      Thanks Atul ji. I’ll surely let you know next time

  10. Rakhi Parsai October 20, 2020

    Wow this must have been one fun trip for you guys with such a lonnggggg route to cover. We had done Pune to Bangalore last year and that was the longest for me and I was like no more such long trips

  11. Jayanthi October 20, 2020

    2000 kms in 3 days? Amazing…. I can’t imagine doing 500 kms in a day… 🙂

    1. Sinjana Ghosh October 21, 2020

      haha.. We have done 600+ km in a day before, but this was different.

  12. Nils October 20, 2020

    I love your writing style. This seems like a crazy adventure indeed! Bravo to you and Chayan. How we came to Kolkata from Bombay is also a crazy story though we ditched our driving plan because of all reasons listed by you. Its indeed a cliffhanger. Waiting for part 2!

    1. Sinjana Ghosh October 21, 2020

      Thanks you so much!

  13. Cindy Dsilva October 20, 2020

    Wow I would agree to go on this trip only if there are several stops. Or I would have to sleep for two days before I start enjoying in the destination. Hats off to you!!!

    1. Sinjana Ghosh October 21, 2020

      Yes, several stops would make it a lovely trip. We plan to do that when we return, after staying in Kolkata for a few months.

  14. Tina Basu October 21, 2020

    wow, this is one hell of a road trip. The mere thought is only getting me excited. If I was doing this trip, i would take a few more stops and have a lazier trip i guess.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh October 21, 2020

      True. We avoided the stops because of the pandemic times. Wanted as fewer contact with people as possible.

  15. Sushmita October 21, 2020

    Very nice! This sounds super exciting! I have always wanted to do a long road trip – never happened, really!

  16. Neha Sharma October 21, 2020

    This was truly an epic trip. Just thinking about taking such a long road trip amidst a pandemic giving me chills. Kudos to you guys for doing this trip with just 2 stops and 1 perfect driver. Not at all easy!

  17. Puspanjalee Das Dutta October 21, 2020

    Whoa! I didn’t see the cliffhanger coming! Where is the second part?

  18. Aseem October 21, 2020

    Wow! I have always been a fan of road trips and I must say this sounds so awesome .

  19. Parul Malhotra October 22, 2020

    Nothing for me is more adventurous than a road trip.

  20. Bree October 23, 2020

    What an epic journey! looking forward to part 2 xx

  21. Krista October 24, 2020

    Wow that is a long drive in 3 days! It looks like an epic road trip though.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh October 24, 2020

      Thanks a lot Krista

  22. Alison October 24, 2020

    This truly is epic. I’m so looking forward to the next post!

  23. Pradeep October 25, 2020

    Hi Sinjana,
    I am coming to your blog after a long time.
    The title of this series caught my attention. Looking forward to reading the next two parts.
    I think you should have taken longer breaks. Taking more breaks might be risky, during the pandemic.
    But spending a longer duration for rest at a place would have been okay.
    Because taxing the body to keep awake for such a long duration is not only dangerous but damages one’s body system as well.
    Anyway, you have done it.
    Adventure is an understatement.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh October 25, 2020

      Thanks Pradeepji. Actually managing leaves was difficult for Chayan since he joined a new job 2months back. I could have managed as I’m in my present job for 4 years now.

  24. Sharyn November 14, 2020

    What an epic drive. I’m glad you got there in the end.

  25. Nessica November 14, 2020

    My god! This sounds so exciting! Loved the post.

  26. Jishu November 22, 2020

    How did you plan your return trip? Did you break at Gopalpur and Vijayawada on your way back unless you are still enjoying hometown? I am planning to drive down to Kolkata in the middle of December, so looking for recommendations.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh November 22, 2020

      While returning I plan to travel from Kolkata to Vizag on day 1, then to hyderabad or Vijayawada on day 2. I haven’t returned yet so cant tell you what’s best. In fact, I’d like to stay one more night in Vizag for sightseeing if the situation improves at that time.

  27. Ankita Biswas November 27, 2020

    This is quite an adventure. We were planning to visit Kolkata for Winter vacation and came across your article. The timeline you followed is quite ambitious and difficult to keep up. But I will probably follow a similar outline thanks to all the details you mentioned.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh November 28, 2020

      Thanks Ankita! Yes, doing it 3 days is exhausting – but exceptional times like these call for unusual plans.

  28. Saibal Mukhopadhaya November 29, 2020

    Myself and Nina just did the same trip on October 19 this year. Second time after 2016. it was adventurous but not really fun this time with NH-16 dug up at places and the harrowing experience of pothold-ridden Rajahmundry roads..we did it in 2 days while going but decided to have an extra halt while returning.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh December 2, 2020

      It’s so awesome to know about you two. Yes, the sheer number of diversions in the road made us comment that they should have warning signs for “no diversion ahead”..

  29. S.K.Basu July 29, 2021

    I am planning for a trip from Bangalore to Kolkata, but not a hectic one like you have taken. I will mix it going to Kolkata and tourism also. I am planning for 7 days trip almost through your route stopping at every point and seeing the tourist spots.

    I have few questions
    – Which vehicle you drove?
    – did you also driven or only your husband.
    – the Chilka ferry was supposed to take vehicles also? Is it something like the photo you gave a plain and simple boat (nouka)?
    – was this route to Chilka ferry point deserted road or traffic was there?

    If you please answer my question I can plan better.


    S. K. Basu

    1. Sinjana Ghosh July 29, 2021

      Thanks a lot for your comment.
      7-day trip is a great idea. You can spend an extra night in Vizag and Puri to explore more and give yourself some rest. You can also use the route Bangalore -> Vijayawada -> Gopalpur -> Kolkata.
      Here are my answers to your qs:
      – We drove Ford Figo Aspire (sports edition- which just means broader tyres and better suspension)
      – Only my husband drove. But it’s good and advisable to have another partner for driving
      – Yes, the ferry transports vehicles too. And no, these boats are obviously not the ones that do so. The ferry was yet to arrive and it’s normally a big vessel that is machine-driven.
      – once you enter the village it’s a narrow muddy road with few tourists. But there were many pedestrians and villagers. Drive slowly and you’re good.

  30. ANUKRATI DOSI October 23, 2021

    Honestly, I can never go on such a long road trip. I am not a road person, you see. But, your trip was quite adventurous and fun. You are one brave person in my eyes.

  31. Krista October 23, 2021

    That is such a long drive you took in only 3 days! It sounds like you had quite the epic adventure – thanks for sharing!

  32. Caroline @ PackTheSuitcases October 24, 2021

    Well done both of you! This sounds intense. I get stressed driving for 30 minutes! Haha.

  33. Avijit Guha May 24, 2022

    Very well explained.It has cleared many doubts.
    I had experience of traveling by road a lot when I was in Thailand.
    I converted most of the Thailand by road.At present I am in Andhra Pradesh & planning to follow your route for Kolkata in near future.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh May 26, 2022

      Thank you so much for your comment. Feel free to reach out for any questions/ queries.

  34. Rajarshi Mitra December 25, 2022

    Well written!! I could tell from the from the line that the author is a pro!!!
    You are gifted Sinjana!! Keep writing

    1. Sinjana Ghosh December 26, 2022

      Thank you so much for your generous feedback. Keep coming back.

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