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National Highway 17 (India)(old numbering)

Indian National Highway 17

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 206 in Honnavar
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 in Kochi.
To: Edapally, Kochi, Kerala
States: Maharashtra: 482 km (300 mi)
Goa: 139 km (86 mi)
Karnataka: 280 km (170 mi)
Kerala: 368 km (229 mi)
Panvel - Ratnagiri - Sindhudurg - Panaji - Udupi - Mangalore - Uppala - Kasaragod - Nileshwar - Kannur - Kozhikode - Ponnani - Kochi
Highway system
NH 16 NH 17A

National Highway 17, commonly referred to as NH 17, 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 (South of Mumbai city) to Kochi in Kerala, passing through the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, and Kerala. It is the 7th longest highway in India with a length of 1,296 km (805 mi). It has been now renumbered as NH-66.

The highway is going on a major overhaul in Karnataka, where the state government has accepted the NHAI's request of international standard, 60-metre-wide national highway with grade separators.[1] The complete stretch from the Goa border (near Karwar) to the Kerala border (near Talapady) is being widened to four lanes, with space to accommodate future expansion to six lanes.[2] There was protests for a narrower stretch from the people who will lose lands, but the Karnataka government has not heeded to the public protests.

But, road widening in other states such as Kerala and Goa has not started and Kerala has requested for a narrower 45 metre stretch in the state. Initially Kerala demanded for a 30-metre-wide highway, but NHAI threatened to stop work in the state and concentrate on the other states. Finally, National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has pulled out from widening of this highway in Kerala, because of state government's lethargic attitude.[3] Widening of this highway into a 60-meter wide, 4-lane, international standard highway is in progress in Karnataka and Maharashtra.

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India has proposed a Greenfield (i.e., new and parallel) access controlled Expressway Corridor connecting port cities of Mangalore-Karwar-Panaji as part of Indian National Expressway Network.[4] This expressway will be parallel to NH-17 and will be located majorly in Coastal Karnataka. Expressway is expected to be a 6/8 lane access-controlled 3D Right of Way designed Expressway.


  • Route 1
  • Road condition 2
  • Connectivity 3
  • Major cities and places on the highway 4
    • Maharashtra state 4.1
    • Goa state 4.2
    • Karnataka state 4.3
    • Kerala state 4.4
  • Lifestyle along NH 17 5
  • Major tourist attractions 6
  • Languages spoken through NH 17 7
  • Parallel Access Controlled Expressway 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


It starts at Panvel, at the junction of National Highway 4 (NH 4), and ends at Edappally in Kochi, at the junction of National Highway 47 (NH 47) in Kochi. NH-17 mainly traverses through the west coast of India, sometimes touching shores of Arabian sea. The NH17 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, Pen, Mahad, Khed, Chiplun, Sangameshwar, Hatkhamba (Ratnagiri), Rajapur, Kankavli, Kudal, Sawantwadi, Panaji, Margao, Karwar, Kumta, Honnavar, Bhatkal, Kundapura, Udupi, Surathkal, Mangalore, Uppala, Kasaragod, Taliparambu, Kannur, Thalassery, Vadakara, Kozhikode, Kottakkal, Ponnani, Kodungallur, North Paravur and Edappally in Kochi

Road condition

The NHAI has got approval to upgrade complete stretch of highway from start to end to 4-lane highway, which will be 60 metres and grade separated. Out of four states through which highway goes through Karnataka and Maharashtra have got approval from centre for the 60 metre wide highway. Kerala and Goa have requested for narrower width of 45 metres and there is protest against the highway widening in these states.[5][6] NHAI feels the Kerala state government was lethargic in acquiring land. The four-laning of NH-17(Mumbai- Edapalli) has been completed till Thalapadi in Karnataka-Kerala border and only its stretch in Kerala is pending. NHAI does not have any immediate plan to widen this highway in Kerala and closed its Kozhikode office, though NH-17 has one of the highest vehicle density compared to sections of the highway in other states.

Tunnels will be constructed in the stretches where the road goes through forest or ghat section. As forest department does not allow land acquisition for road widening purposes, tunnels which can accommodate 4-lane expressways are proposed, in such stretches of the road in NH-17.[7] One of the such proposal is Maharashtra government's proposal of 1.4 kilometre tunnel at the Karnala bird sanctuary.

Currently, the road is comparatively narrow and without dividers for most part. Lack of dividers has led to increased incidence of head-on collisions between vehicles. At some places, signboards indicating left or right turns, speed-breakers, etc. are either damaged or missing. In addition to its narrow span, there are no guard railings along the sides of the highway. The sides of the road are at times at a lower level compared to the road.[8] Due to heavy human settlement around the highway and narrow span, the average speed on this highway is far lesser than compared to what can be attained on comparatively better highways such as NH3, NH4 or NH8. One can find carcasses of animals on the road, indicating the risk on inattentive animals coming in your way. Two-wheeler vehicles must take a special note of this. The road surface is uneven at certain stretches not just in rainy seasons, but even at other times.

At certain places in Karnataka, the surface is so badly damaged that the iron rods underneath are exposed. Presently, the work on widening this highway has been undertaken at certain stretches. Due to narrow span and lack of dividers, there are no separate lanes for oncoming traffic, driving and passing(over-taking). As a result, overtaking or passing is quite rampant. At times, motorists attempt over-taking even on curves where the oncoming traffic cannot be seen. Other motorists are advised to be on the look-out for such oncoming vehicles.

On 19 March 2013 a bus carrying over 50 persons fell off a bridge close to a river in Khed area of Ratnagiri district . 37 people lost their lives in the incident.

The highway in the state of Karnataka is being upgraded to 60-metre-wide grade separated highway, in which vehicles can travel at speed of 100 km per hour. It is a major overhaul, in which certain bridges are being constructed as 6-lane bridges for smooth movement of traffic. The widening work is going on in the complete stretch from the Goa border to the Kerala border. The stretch between Suratkal (NITK) to Kankanady cross (Mahavir Circle) has been already converted to four lane.[9] The four lane between Surathkal and Coondaapur is under progress.[10]


Prior to building of National Highway 17 (NH 17) in the 1960s 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.

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 and places on the highway

Maharashtra state

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

Goa state

NH-17 in Goa
Pernem Mapusa Panjim
Margao Cuncolim Canacona

Karnataka state

Uttara Kannada District
Karwar Ankola Kumta
Honnavar Murudeshwar Bhatkal

Dakshina Kannada (Udupi and Mangalore District)

NH-17 in Karnataka
Baindur Bijjur Maravanthe Kundapur
Saligrama Brahmavar Udupi Kapu
Mulki Suratkal Mangalore Ullal

Kerala state

Uppala Kasaragod Kanhangad Nileshwaram Pilicode
Payyannur Taliparamba Kalliasseri Pappinisseri Valapattanam
Chirakkal Kannur Edakkad Thalassery New Mahe Mahé, India
Mahe Chorode Nut Street Vatakara Payyoli
Thikkodi Nandi Quilandy Kozhikode Ramanattukara Jn
Thenjipalam Kottakkal Jn Valanchery Jn Kuttipuram Jn. Ponnani
Guruvayur Chavakkad Vadanapilly Thriprayar valapad
Kodungallur North Paravur Varapuzha Cheranelloor Edapalli Jn. in Kochi

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 NH17 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

Languages spoken through NH 17

Parallel Access Controlled Expressway

This highway is expected lose importance in Coastal Karnataka as Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India has proposed a Greenfield (i.e., new and parallel) access controlled Expressway Corridor connecting port cities of Mangalore-Karwar-Panaji.[4][12] This highway-expressway combination can be compared to the Mumbai-Pune Highway-Expressway combination. Two-wheeler, three-wheeler and local traffic will use the 4-lane highway (without access control and designed for slower traffic), where as truck, bus and four-wheeler will zoom at the maximum speed on the access-controlled 3D Right of Way designed 6/8-lane expressway. (3D right of way concept means adding the space (height) element to the usual length and breadth dimensions involved in road construction).

See also


  1. ^ "Plan to widen National Highway 17 opposed". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2010-03-19. 
  2. ^ Kamila, Raviprasad (2011-05-24). "20-km road widening completed between Kundapur and Surathkal". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 
  3. ^
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  6. ^ "Widening of state's killer highway awaits Centre's nod since 2009 - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Travelers forsake risky Goa road". Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  9. ^ "BC Road- Suratkal four laning to be completed by June". Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  10. ^ "Restrict four lane widening to 45 metres". Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  11. ^ "Mumbai to Savantwadi Guide to NH-17 Goa highway". Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  12. ^ "New approach mooted for infrastructure projects". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2012-02-03. 

External links

  • NH 17 Map
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