Long drives are fun, but expensive, both for the money and the time you take out. So I trout maybe we should have a list of roads to avoid, so we don't waste our money and time, and write the reasons why to avoid. I would start with NH17 (Mumbai - Goa Highway), which goes all the way to Kerala. Why avoid: Although the route is potentially scenic, in most of the journey its a single lane highway with tremendous amount of traffic. You will often be tearing your hair while a slow moving truck blocks your route for 40kms and the other lane has constant traffic so you can't even overtake. Or have a spinning state bus hurtling on your own lane and dodges the very last minute. Goa Highway (NH17) also has a very high accident rate. (I recently tried driving Goa- Kochi on NH17, gave up out of frustration at Kannur. To much traffic, was often driving at 35-40kmph). Alternative to NH17: if driving to Goa from Mumbai, I take the NH4 (Mumbai - Pune - Bangalore) and take a right at Belgaum. Mumbai - Belgaum is beautiful four lanes, and Belgaum to Goa is a beautiful drive through the Ghats. You could also take a right from Kolhapur (much before belgaum). (I would love alternatives to NH17 to drive Mumbai - Kochi. - - - Updated - - - Avoid NH50 : Pune - Nashik Highway: Scenic in parts, narrow single lane in most parts and to much slow traffic. A frustration to drive. Unless you drive really really early in the morning to avoid traffic. Maybe 4 am and try reach before 8 am. Alternative to NH50: Not sure. Suggestions welcome. - - - Updated - - - Avoid (Unscenic) Coonoor - Mettupalayam - Salem - Bangalore NH 47 and NH 7: On the way back to Bangalore from Coonoor we took this road. The road quality is awesome, 4 lane. But The entire route is extremely un-scenic, constantly having to drive through Industrial corridors. You may as well sleep in a bus than drive your own car. Unless, of course, you want the thrill of high speed... Potential Alternative: Coonoor - Ooty - Masinagudi - Bandipur - Gundlupete - Mysore - Bangalore: Not driven this route, but it passes through some nice hills and forests, so should be nice. Any suggestions?