Worst roads in India: next trip with friends or not?

Stilchi MarakFeb 24 . 7 min read


There are some worst roads in India, not very surprising to me, which is a risky thrill altogether despite treating unlucky travelers with cruelty. Both risks and fun are 50-50. All the emotions, whether to fear, cry, laugh or live, are mixed. However, whoever is in the driver's seat ought to be a very skilled driver. If you dare to try out the adventure of the dangerous road in India, here are some of them: 

Kolli Hills Road

Kolli Hills is one of the most dangerous ghat roads in south India, comprising around 70 hairpin bends and are entirely continuous. To be more specific, Kolli hills is situated in Namakkal, Tamil Nadu. You can choose to go past the kolli hills road via car, motorbikes or trek it. Koli hills take you to the immensely beautiful Agaya Gangai waterfalls.

Apart from the hairpins alone, the road condition is extremely poor and filled with patches, making it one of the worst roads in India. The road from namakkal is around 47 km long, from Kalappanaickenpatti in Namakkal to kolli hills. One can not complete their adventure on dangerous ghat roads in South India if they are faint-hearted. And about the kolli ghat, it is certainly not an easy game considering the existence of kolli hills hairpin bend.


Rohtang Pass

If you asked me what's the worst roads in India, the first name to appear in my mind should most probably be the Rohtang pass. Its nickname initiates the fear- ground of corpses - infamous as a road of dead bodies. The road is within the Pir Panjal range and is 3,979 meters in height. 

People still risk themselves with the route to live through the greatness of the Himalayas. Moreover, you can enter the Leh Manali highway much ahead of the Rohtang pass. 

Leh-Manali Highway

The beauty certainly covers up for the dangerous road of Leh-Manali Highway, but you still cannot move on from the reality that it is one of the worst roads in India to see several fatal incidents.

There's nothing like Leh and Manali highway- both in terms of beauty and the dangerous roadway. In the entire length of 478 km highway, you have to worry whether or not the drivers are making it today and, secondly, enjoying the serenity of the landscape.

3-level zigzag road, Sikkim

When it comes to the Himalayan worst roads in India, Sikkim stands first with the 3-level zigzag road, which stops at the height of 11,200 feet above. Here, the last stoppage is the Thambi View Point. As the road is approaching its farewell, you'll see that nature is getting more and more beautiful. With 100 hairpin bends, the zigzag road is supposedly much dizzy to cover a long 30 km stretch of the ghat road. 

Zoji La Pass

Zoji La Pass is a sweet name to hear unless you experience the truth. The road is a part of NH1, very narrow, muddy if it rains, and needs nerves to look upon from 11,575 feet above sea level. You can book a seat in your vehicle to view the mesmerizing beauty of the Himalayas throughout, but the same thing comes with negotiation with courage. 

Kishtwar Road 

Kishtwar road lies in Jammu and connects the road via NH26. In the entire length of Kishtwar road, it is mostly edgy. To add regarding the conditions of Kishtwar, what makes it one of the worst roads in India is the sandy roads much scattered with pebbles and stones. The most unfortunate part about Kishtwar is that passengers aren't secured enough- no railings, anything- just edgy points. 

Srisailam Ghat Road

Srisailam ghat road is a pathway to ancient temples, holy pilgrimages, waterfalls, greenery, and rivers. The place and environment are such that one would thrive to go there again and again. However, Srisailam Ghat Road has seen much improvement in the current structure. How freaky the road used to be isn't any longer the same. But to ensure additional safety protocols, the government has set Srisailam Ghat Road Timings between 6 am and 9 pm. 

Dhimbam Hills

Bannari to Dhimbam, infamous as one of the worst roads in India, has seen rapid improvement in road development. The stretch is 14 km long and part of the Sathyamangalam-Mysore National Highway. 

Earlier, when dhimbam ghat was less safe, steepness used to be the prime culprit for every other road incident. As of now, the roads leading to dhimbam hills are made better by using concrete, although the presence of 27 hairpin bends is still there. 


More well-known as the Queen of Hill stations, Ooty has a narrow road leading to itself. Being narrow is quite relevant, but the number of 36 Ooty hairpin bends brings in the real dizziness during the trip. Ooty is a small hill station of Tamil Nadu, one of the most dangerous ghat roads in south India. A trip to Ooty is well connected with commercialization, making the overall experience a much more comfortable one than the rest. 

Kodaikanal Hairpin Bends

Yet another one to come under dangerous ghat roads in south India is Kodaikanal of Tamil Nadu's Dindigul district. At around 7000 feet above, Kodai stands on top and is surrounded by greens, mountains, and waterfalls. Many ways lead to Kodaikanal, with Palani road being the most tiring one. If you are up with the Palani - Kodai road, you'll at least find 21 Kodaikanal Hairpin Bends on the way. 

National Highway 22

The fact that IRT deadliest roads, a history channel series featured the national highway 22 in one of its episodes, proves its deadlines. Throughout the road, passengers can see a scary landscape of tunnels and bluffs, wondering if a slight disaster occurs to end their lives. 

Agumbe Ghat

There are several ghats in Karnataka, each popular for being extremely pretty. Agumbe ghat is the most dangerous ghat roads in south India in Karnataka while being equally unrealistically beautiful. The curves are as such that it'll make you breathless for a sec. But with each enduring day, a soothing sunset awaits. 


Foreigners have a thing called 'road trips' amongst themselves, which is a nice short break from all hustle and bustle. Meantime in India, the concept is relatively upcoming and soon predicted to grow more, specifically among the youngsters. And rather than hitching a car, motorbikes are usually preferred. So, tell me, are you down on taking trips of the worst roads in India or letting it pass? 

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