National Highway 17 (India)


National Highway 17 (India)

Indian National Highway 17
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National Highway 17
Route information
Length: 1,269 km (789 mi)
Major junctions
From: Panvel, Maharashtra
 

NH 4 in Panvel
NH 204 in Pali
NH 4A in Panaji
NH 17A in Cortalim
NH 17B in Verna
NH 63 in Ankola
NH 13 in Mangalore
NH 48 in Mangalore
NH 212 in Kozhikode
NH 213 in Ramanattukara

NH 47C in Cheranelloor, Ernakulam in Kochi,
NH 47 Edapally near Kochi
To: Edapally, Kerala
Location
States: Maharashtra: 482 km (300 mi)
Goa: 139 km (86 mi)
Karnataka: 280 km (170 mi)
Kerala: 368 km (229 mi)
Primary
destinations:
Panvel - Panaji - Udupi - Mangalore - Kannur - Kozhikode - Ponnani - Kochi
Highway system

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NH 16 NH 17A

National Highway 17, commonly referred to as NH 17, now renamed as NH 66[1], is a busy National Highway in India that runs roughly north-south along the western coast of India, parallel to western ghats. It connects Panvel, near Mumbai to Kochi, passing through the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, and Kerala. It is the 7th longest highway in India with 1,296 km (805 mi).

Contents

Route

It starts at Panvel, at junction of NH 4, and ends at Edappally,at junction of NH 47 near Kochi. NH 17 mainly traverses through the west coast of India, sometimes touching shores of Arabian sea. The NH 17 touches the Arabian sea at Maravanthe in Karnataka and Thalassery in Kerala. It passes through the Indian states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Kerala.

The National Highway 17 connects cities and towns of different states as follows Panvel, Mahad, Khed, Chiplun, Hatkhamba (Ratnagiri), Rajapur, Panaji, Margao, Karwar, Kumta, Bhatkal, Kundapura, Udupi, Surathkal, Mangalore, Kasaragod, Kannur, Thalassery, Vadakara, Kozhikkode, Kottakkal, Ponnani, Kodungallur, North Paravur and Edappally in Kochi.

Connectivity

Prior to building of National Highway 17 ( NH-17 ) in 1960's and 1970s, Ships and steamers running between Mumbai and Mangalore calling at different ports were only means of transport along the west coast of India adjoining the Arabian sea. These ship services was abandoned later. The NH 17 connects the interior parts of coastal regions with rest of the country. The NH 17 connects the major sea ports of West India, Mumbai, JNPT at Nhava Sheva, Mormugao (MPT), New Mangalore (NMPT), International Container Transshipment Terminal, Kochi, Ratnagiri Port , Jindal jaigad port.

Hence this national highway 17 allows for movement of goods by trucks ( lorries ) from hinterland to major sea ports of India.The trade and commerce in the region has increased due to expansion of markets for agricultural and sea food produced in the region connected by this highway. The formation of NH-17 has led to development of tourism in the region connected by this highway. Goa state is classic example of this development. Many industries have been set up along National Highway 17 taking advantage of connectivity and proximity to sea ports on Arabian sea. The highway was the only source of connection between areas in the coastal districts, until the Konkan Railway was opened in 1998, between Mumbai and Mangalore.

Major Cities / Places on the Way

Maharashtra State

Panvel Mahad Lote Navdi Rajapur
Pen Poladpr Chiplun Nivli Kharepatan
Vadkhal Kashedi Kamathe Hathkhamba Tarale
Kasu Bharana Naka Savarda Pali Nandgaon
Nagothana Khed Aravli Ratnagiri Kankavli
Kolad Asgani Tural Lanja Kudal
Indapur Asurde Dhamani Vanked Vengurla
Mangaon Parshuram Sangameshwar Oni Sawantwadi

Goa state

NH-17 in Goa
Pernem Mapusa Panjim
Margao Cuncolim Canacona

Karnataka state

North Kanara District

Karwar Ankola Kumta
Honnavar Murudeshwara Bhatkal

South Kanara (Udupi and Mangalore District)

NH-17 in Karnataka
Baindur Bijjur Maravanthe Kundapura
Saligrama Brahmavara Udupi Kapu
Mulki Suratkal Mangalore Ullal

Kerala State

Kurchipalla Manjeshwar Uppala Kumbala Kasaragod
Kanhangad Nileshwaram Pilicode Karivellur Payyannur
Pariyaram Taliparamba Kalliasseri Pappinisseri Valapattanam
Chirakkal Kannur Chovva Edakkad Muzhappilangad
Thalassery New Mahe Mahé, India Mahe Azhiyoor Kannookkara
Onchiyam Chorod Nut Street Vatakara Payyoli
Thikkodi Quilandy Nandi Kozikode Ramanattukara
Thenjipalam Valanchery Kottakkal or Chenguvatti Kuttipuram Jn. Ponnani
Guruvayur Chavakkad Chettuva Vadanapilly Thriprayar Perinjanam
North Paravur Jn. Varapuzha Cheranelloor Edapalli in Kochi Kodungallur

Lifestyle along NH 17

The NH 17 passes through hills, forests, rivers, rivulets, and streams, generally flowing westwards towards Arabian sea. Most of region has typical scene like coconut trees dotted all along with paddy fields and arecanut gardens. The road is uneven, bumps, curves, steep rises and narrow paths in between hillocks are found all over this highway. As this region experiences heavy rainfall, potholes are present occasionally.

Even though language spoken varies along the highway, food of the people along the NH 17 has some common ingredients like Coconut, Chilli, Pepper, Coconut oil, Fish etc. The region has higher literacy rate as compared to other regions of India. The building of National Highway 17 has led to rapid development of towns and cities along the highway.

Major Tourist Attractions around NH17

Languages spoken through NH 17

New Number

As part of the rationalization of highway numbering, this highway is assigned with the number NH 66. The segment of NH-47 from Kochi to Kanyakumari is merged with this highway, making it end at the southernmost point of India.

NH 17 at Maravanthe, Karnataka

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