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  1. 7 points
    Pakhal Lake: Pakhal Lake is a man-made lake in the Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary in Warangal. The place gets more interesting as this amazing plateau region is surrounded by a mesmerizing range of low hills. The wildlife park’s natural scenic beauty and its breathtaking landscape are extremely captivating. A visit to this promising spot would never disappoint you. Initially, this was the only place I wanted to visit to capture its surrounding scenic beauty with my newly bought Canon M50 camera. To my utter shock and surprise, the ticket cost for photography was 500 and for videography 2000, but one can shoot and record using mobile phones. So I dropped the plan of carrying my camera. We enjoyed a 10-minute speed boat ride, experienced mesmerizing evening at the lake, took some snaps and refreshed our thirsty throats with soft drinks at Haritha canteen. As you walk into the sanctuary, trees act as a curtain-raiser for the beautiful lake: This man-made lake is enveloped by the scenic forested hills: The lake offers breathtaking picturesque site: It attracts many nature enthusiasts: Boating and speed boating services available: We took a speed boat ride: Though the blue waters of the lake does not have lush green surroundings to compliment, the charming ambiance around the lake provided picturesque settings to explore, even in summers. Evening boating experience was icing on the cake and provided much needed rejuvenation to a long trip. On that note, we bid adieu to the place. My mobile phone came out one last to capture the sunset, indicating it's time to go home.
  2. 4 points
    Hi All, I am looking for a family get away options around Hyderabad. Already covered Alankrita and Leonia. Any other decent options under 100 kilometers radius. We are a family of around 10 members with kids.
  3. 4 points
    So far this is the best post on Warangal. Appreciate your road trip enthusiasm. Such articles inspire the couch potato like me. Even on the mid day, Pictures came out very well. Keep posting and drive safe. Add me to the list. Would love to join.
  4. 4 points
    Thank you @Ranger Thank you @akhil_redd
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    Very informative thank you for sharing. This will guide be a guide to Warangal for road trip enthusiasts. I always wanted to visit Pakhal lake. Waiting for monsoon to complete this circuit. https://www.india-drive.com/index.php?/topic/351-waterfalls-in-telangana/
  6. 4 points
    Laknavaram Lake: This lake is around 70 km from Warangal and 30 km from Ramappa temple. It is one of the must-visit places among many tourists. The lake was formed by closing down three narrow valleys, and it is surrounded by thick deciduous forest. An added attraction to this mystic beauty is the suspension bridge, which connects many small islands. Watching huge spread of serene water from this suspension bridge is the main reason why tourists prefer to visit it in rainy and winter seasons. Keeping in view the growing number of the tourists, the Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation (TSTDC) constructed a new suspension bridge. The length of the new bridge is 210 metres and the width is 1.5 metres. The carrying capacity of the bridge is 1,000 people. It was constructed with the rust-proof galvanized sheets. The new bridge connects the main land near parking area to an island. The existing bridge (old one) is with length of 160 metres. Initially, I did not include this place to the list, but wanted to check what kind of perspective and viewpoint it will bring in summer. The lake was dried up for the most part; but the good thing is, vehicles are allowed to drive down to the lake shore, which otherwise is not possible in peak season. So that's another experience in itself. After reaching here, we had our lunch in Haritha restaurant. Only veg meals were served. One can also book accommodation in Haritha lake view resorts or cottages in islands for overnight stay, also camping facility too available. We've spent almost an hour exploring the place by walking on the suspension bride, driving to the shore and enjoying in the lake. Then continued our journey towards the last place of the tour, Pakhal lake. No shade for parked vehicles: Information can be procured from reception: Way to Haritha lake view resort (restaurant can be seen on the left): Old suspension bridge: Old bridge connecting to the new one can be seen in the background: New suspension bridge: From the other side: End or rather start of the new bridge, where limited parking place available: Beautiful view of the new bridge: And here is the old one: Intersection of two bridges; dry lake will be full in monsoon and winter (pic taken while coming back from lake shore): Very less water, no wonder very little crowd: Look farther for small islands which are used for camping: No one believed when I told I've taken my car to Laknavaram lake shore (yeah! not possible unless it is summer): My Baleno almost stuck in the mud:
  7. 3 points
    Intro Rant: Summers are always tricky. Most people don't prefer to venture out on a trip in summer, for obvious reasons. So, when I bounced an idea off a trip to Warangal this summer, everyone went nuts. They even ridiculed that I'm not in my senses. But I did not want to drop the idea just because someone feels it to be stupid. I needed a break from my monotonous work life, so I was adamant. I know my wife also wouldn't agree; even if she does, she doesn't come considering the weather, but I have to do the customary - inform. My son's response, quick as a wink, was "Let's do it". Wonderful kid. It took some collective effort by me and my son to get the go-ahead from the home minister. Phew! Plan and Preparation: Being a Kakatiya University graduate myself, I regret not exploring enough of Warangal (capital of Kakatiya Dynasty) for long, which is known for its rich history and heritage. Though it is well within 150 km distance from my hometown and also from Hyderabad, I did not specifically travel to see some of its historical places. So, it's that time again - One-day trip! There was this understanding with my wife and me that any impromptu trip needs to be done and dusted same day. If it's feasible and possible then she and our daughter would also join. Otherwise, my only soul companion is my son on any given day. He can only match and endure my crazy schedule. But being peak summer, my wife was skeptical and worried about excessively hot weather. Only after explaining and reassuring about all necessary precautions taken, we were given the nod. I feel there is nothing like "perfect" time to travel. There is only convenient time. The more the amount of convenience the better. That's it. Peak season travel can bring expensive price tags, overcrowded tours, accommodation, parking and food problems etc. So sometimes off-season travelling could bring in some benefits. One such benefit is leisurely exploring the place in its entirety without hassle. In the end, it proved to be a wise decision as we could spend some quality time exploring the places (especially Laknavaram which is crowded during peak season). Once the date (April 15th) was decided, it was only up to us on how many places we can cover in a day. We finalized 6 places. I've gone through Google maps for route and order of visit. The Route: Hyderabad -> Bhuvanagiri -> Yadadri -> Kazipet -> Warangal. This is the only route everyone takes from Hyderabad, but little did we know what was in store for us. The four-lane road is under construction from Yadadri (Yadagirigutta) to Warangal, and it is a 99-km section of National Highway–163 in Telangana. Lots of patches, diversions and traffic was allowed only on one side. It was a nightmare to drive with heavy oncoming truck traffic especially at night. It took nearly 4 hours to cover 145 odd KMs for return journey, excluding dinner time. The Journey: Below was the order of places we wanted to visit: Bhadrakali Temple Warangal Fort Thousand-Pillar Temple Ramappa Temple Laknavaram Lake Pakhal Lake Trip Details: Total distance covered: 539 KM Total duration of the trip: 17 hours Road Conditions: NH163 - Yadadri to Warangal: Quite a few diversions, patchy roads, potholes, and heavy truck traffic (at night). Other connecting roads are good to okay. If travelling to Pakhal lake from Laknavaram then do not blindly follow Google maps. It'll take you through some thandas. We drove almost 6 KM through a thanda and got lost. Just take left at Mallampalli and follow NH365 until Narsampet (Ambedkar statue), and then take left and follow Pakhal road till the lake. Food Options: Limited food options everywhere we visited except Warangal. At Laknavaram, food options available like lunch, but depends on the crowd. Better to carry home-made food to other places. Parking Facility: Limited or no proper parking facilities at all places I visited. It'll be chaos at Laknavaram in peak season unless there is an alternative.
  8. 3 points
    Very good write up sir. Information is spot on. They have parking facility but it cannot hold more than 100 cars. Place is getting overcrowded on long weekends. Don't even plan to visit during festivals. In a way, I can say that you visited Laknavaram on the best time possible. Very less crowd from your pictures.
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  10. 3 points
    Well put together and beautifull pictures, hope you guys had fun. Pakhal seems to be interesting in addition to other places.
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  12. 3 points
    Ramappa Temple: The Ramalingeswara temple, which is popularly known as the Ramappa temple, is one such amazing pieces of art that stands as a testimony of the royal Kakatiyas. The temple got its name Ramappa because of its chief sculptor Ramappa. It's probably the only temple in the country to be known by the name of its sculptor. The beautiful Ramappa Temple depicts the grandeur of those times through its exquisite architecture. Though some structures of the temple have been ruined due to natural calamities and lack of maintenance, majority of the structure remains intact. It now comes under Jayashankar Bhupalpally district (one of five districts Warangal was divided into by Telangana government). Ramappa temple is approximately 64 km from Thousand pillars temple, and by 12 noon we reached here. There is no dedicated parking place and no shade whatsoever. We went a few meters ahead and found an open place and parked our car under a tree. The sun was blazing down and we could feel the heat. We wore full face mask so that nose and ears are covered, and took out the umbrella to protect ourselves from direct sunlight. Need to walk quite a distance to reach the temple. Literally and truly, one cannot stop admiring the temple's architectural brilliance and the panoramic view of true scenic beauty, both inside and outside. Another striking feature of this temple is that it is built with bricks that are so light that they can easily float on water. I've read that these floating bricks were used to make it earthquake proof. We savored leisurely the architectural splendor for almost an hour. Cameras are allowed inside the temple and we did capture some snaps. After coming out, we hydrated ourselves with 'Nimbu paani', bought a chilled water bottle and started our journey towards Laknavaram lake. Lush green path dotted with trees to reach the temple: The main structure is called Rudrasheswara temple, named after King Rudra Deva: Temple shows historical richness and architectural excellence: Massive pillars leading way to Garbagriha and Maha Mandapa: Ceiling of Maha Mandapa: Maha Mandapa is supported by four enormous pillars carved with elaborate detailing: Intricately sculpted pillars: Jaw-dropping carvings: Depictions of dancing figurines: View from Sabha Mandapa or outer porch: Temple has three entrances, one of which leads to roofless Nandi mandapam: Nandi Mandapam: Majestic view from Nandi mandapam: Backside view: Architectural brilliance everywhere: A mini tower: Sub shrine adjacent to main structure: Ruined sculptures, both outside and inside: Once a royal garden, now reduced to a lawn with a path paved by trees:
  13. 3 points
    Thousand Pillars Temple: The Thousand Pillar Temple is a historic temple located in Hanamakonda. It was constructed in the 1163 AD by King Rudra Deva. Thousand Pillar Temple is one of the finest specimens of Chalukyan style of architecture and sculpture. The temple has three shrines, which are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. This amazing temple is supported by the pillars that are richly carved. It has a star-shaped architecture, which stands as a testimony to the expertise of the wonderful craftsmen of the glorious period. As in the case of any Shiva temple, there is a huge Nandi situated at the entrance of the Shiva shrine. The colossal structure of Nandi is carved out of a single piece of black basalt stone. It is said that there were 1000 pillars in the structures, but no pillar obstructs a person in any point of the temple to see the God in the other temple manifests the quality of workmanship that existed during those days, when technology was not even born. Restoration work is still on the Kalyana mandapam, so visitors were not allowed inside. Photography was not allowed inside the main temple.
  14. 2 points
    Hi, Want to know about road conditions from Hyderabad to Shirdi. Which route should I take? Please guide, Thank you.
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  16. 2 points
    We did Hyderabad to Coorg in one single leg around 7 years back, started early around 4 am and reached Coorg by evening before dark. Followed below route: Hyderabad -> Anantour -> Doddaballapura (this bypass BLR and connects you to the Mysoor Higway) -> NICE Ring Road -> Mysuru -> Coorg Till Doddaballapura it was a non stop drive after that we took many break for lunch and evening tea. We covered most places in Coorg, Golden Temple (a bit far), Elephant Camp (again a short drive away). Video Part-I (Towards Coorg): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56QANWp-9X4 Video Part-II (Towards Coorg): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlahW739MqM Coorg to Elephant Camp Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEjRPObAMfo
  17. 2 points
    I created a poll on the India-Drive Facebook group. Once the details are ready, I will share the consolidated report over here.
  18. 2 points
    Thanks to each and every one replied to me. I felt very happy to see so many folks trying to help and this is really great. Many Thanks to All for your wonderful suggestions. I am planning in May. Hope I can share my experience and road conditions once I complete my trip. @BORNDRIVER Hope, u had a nice trip and darshan.
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  20. 2 points
    I do this trip at least once in a year and taken up most of the available routes in all these years. Now from past few years I am taking up following route: Hyderabad -> Zaheerabad -> Solapur (Take Bypass) -> Mohol->Tembhurni (from here take right turn towards Karmala) -> Karmala -> Ahmednagar -> Ghodeygaon -> Shani Singnapur -> Shirdi We start from Hyderabad (KPHB) around 4 AM and reach Shirdi by evening 6 PM. We stop at Shani Signapur for darshan while going and it takes around 1 hr in total, other than that almost 1.5 hours break for breakfast and lunch. Road Conditions: Hyderabad to Solapur: Out of ~290 KM's last 90 KM's towards Solapur is not in good shape Solapur Bypass to Tembhurni: Excellent 4/6 lane road Tembhurni to Karmala: Good roads Karmala to Ahmed Nagar: Good roads as advised even in previous thread, please start as early as you can. Another Important Point: If you reach Shirdi by 6 PM then check-in to a Hotel, fresh-up and then go for Darshan around 08:30pm/9pm, trust me you don't need any special passes for darshan during this time, we do this all the times and come out of the temple within 30 mins after Darshan. Most buses reaches there early morning and that when it becomes crowded and takes hours to get darshan. Hope this helps, update this thread once you are back from your trip.
  21. 2 points
    In some papers it written till 20th. May be they have extended.
  22. 2 points
    Bhadrakali Temple: It is one of the oldest temples that is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. Located atop a hill, between the city of Warangal and Hanamkonda, by the side of Bhadrakali Lake, it is an ancient temple which was originally built during the Chalukyan reign in 625 AD. Kakatiya kings later have adopted the temple and considered Goddess Bhadrakali as their "Kula Devatha". We started off our journey by 5:15 am from Habsiguda and reached Bhadrakali temple around 7:30 am. The temple is big, spacious and neat. Before worshippers could arrive in large numbers (as it was Sri Rama Navami), we completed our darshan and spent some time bird watching at the lake. The temple opens at 5:30 am and early morning is the perfect time to do bird photography and shoot magnificent sunrise over the lake. Though we couldn't capture sunrise moments, watching the lake was a spectacle in itself. Entrance: Grandeur entry to this view: On the banks of Bhadrakali lake is this famous Bhadrakali temple: Natural rock formations are said to carry immense spiritual powers: Due to some kind of a procession on the fort road, we could only go up to the entrance and returned back without seeing the famous Warangal fort. Southern entrance on Ford road:
  23. 2 points
    Let the pictures do the rest of the talking. All the pictures are taken from mobile. Once I get time, will post the pictures from the DSLR. We met around 5AM at our regular meetup spot (Gachibowli ORR entrance) We had a quick tea at TSPA ORR exit and started out journey towards Vikarabad, Roads to Vikarabad are not in great shape, many potholes/patch work is going on. We reached the trails around 7AM in the morning. The White knight Impressed by Duster AWD performance and Aray skills 😀 Black mamba Pralay capturing images from high ground Twin brothers GD about cars/travel/India-Drive, Picture taken by a kid, very well composed. Grand i10 had no issues following the trail Last picture for the day, We stopped over at Vikarabad main junction for breakfast. Food is quality is good. On the return drive, we stopped over at a tea point (Chai chaska) near Hyderabad. Reached Hyderabad by 1200.
  24. 2 points
    Are you planning to visit the North Goa or the South Goa. Can suggest accordingly .. The usual better route currently is as below, Hyderabad --> Zaheerabad -> Humnabad -> Kalaburagi -> Jevargi -> Vijaypura -> Bagalkot -> Belgaum -> Chorla -> Panjim
  25. 2 points
    Hi Friends, I recently completed round trip from Hyderabad to Goa in my 1 year old Maruti Suzuki Ignis Zeta Petrol AMT. It’s a family trip with 4 people on-board and we took below route as per the suggestions from other members in this forum, Hyderabad --> Zaheerabad -> Humnabad -> Kalaburagi -> Jevargi -> Vijaypura -> Bagalkot -> Belgaum -> Chorla -> Panjim While going, we took the overnight stay at Bagalkot and while returning, we took the overnight stay at Vijaypura. December 20th We have started early by 5 AM from Secunderabad and stopped for breakfast at Kalaburagi and lunch at Vijaypura. Road Condition : The NH65 till Humnabad is very good in condition and Humnabad to Kalaburgai is a state highway with two lane road without divider. This state highway have few construction patches and overall good in shape. We have to be very alert while crossing the villages as people and animals cross the roads without looking at the vehicles coming in and there are many unmarked speed breakers. Breakfast : Hotel Amanthrana https://www.google.com/maps/place/Hotel+Amanthrana/@17.3333727,76.8363592,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x2e959ce4da344063!8m2!3d17.3333727!4d76.8363592 Lunch : Hotel Hallimane https://www.google.com/maps/place/Hotel+Hallimane/@16.8272963,75.7311888,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x5ca3e20a380db870?ved=2ahUKEwjF3Of3yc7fAhWDb30KHYHsCFcQ_BIwDnoECAYQCA The food was great at both Amanthrana and Hallimane. Hallimane offers traditional Karnataka thali served in banana leaf. We have explored Gol Gumbaz and Shivagiri Temple in Vijaypura. Night Stay : Clarks Inn Bagalkot https://www.google.com/maps/place/Clarks+Inn+Bagalkot/@16.1779984,75.7020045,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xbb2e5dde63fe2073?ved=2ahUKEwjeg4CXys7fAhWGe30KHfujCWAQ_BIwCnoECAYQCA December 21st We have started by 6 AM from Bagalkot and reached Belgaum by breakfast time. We had breakfast at Ajantha Cafe, Belgaum and started towards Chorla Ghat. We have reached Panjim KTC Bus Stand by lunch time. Road Condition : Bagalkot to Belgaum road is quite okay with few bad patches. Enroute Belgaum, we have took a shortcut route suggested by Google to avoid some congestion on state highway and landed in some pretty bad village roads. So, please stick to national and state highways in any situation and avoid Google shortcuts. There are few bad patches on Chorla Ghat too which will reduce the speeds. Once you enter Goa border, please be careful with the one ways, road closures and no entry boards. Google routed us in a “No Entry” road just before entering Panjim and Goa traffic police caught us. It’s not a mistake from Google side as these diversions are new and temporary due to the season Breakfast : Ajantha Cafe, Belgaum https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ajanta+Cafe/@15.8594073,74.5118962,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xa629e35caae7f89c!8m2!3d15.8594073!4d74.5118962 December 26th We have started by 7:30 AM from Panjim and stopped at Vijaypura for overnight stay. We stopped for breakfast at Delta Echohuts food court in Chorla ghat and lunch at Athithi Family Restaurant, below Hotel Annapurneshwari, Bagalkot. Breakfast : Delta Echohuts, Chorla Ghat https://www.google.com/maps/place/Delta+Ecohuts/@15.682283,74.18825,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xf9a4ac3fe5596af3!8m2!3d15.682283!4d74.18825 Lunch : Athithi Family Restaurant, Bagalkot Couldn't find the exact location. It's on Belgaum to Bagalkot highway, 50 kms before Bagalkot. Night Stay : KSTDC Hotel Mayura Adilshahi, Vijaypur https://www.google.com/maps/place/Hotel+Mayura+Adilshahi,+Vijayapur/@16.8291994,75.7206112,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x572c1c87ed64f6b1!8m2!3d16.8291994!4d75.7206112 Dinner : Bangalore Restaurant, Vijaypur https://www.google.com/maps/place/Bangalore+Restaurant/@16.8286258,75.7171853,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x9187bc7e7c620a7c!8m2!3d16.8286258!4d75.7171853 The food was good at Delta Echohuts, but most of the items will get over by 9:30 AM. So, please be early to this place, If you are planning for a breakfast stop here. The food at Athithi Family Restaurant is good and cheap with both veg and non-veg options. The food at Bangalore Restaurant in Vijaypura is very tasty with many Karnataka specific varieties. December 27th We have started by 8 AM after having breakfast at Bangalore Restaurant and reached Grand Pariwar Dhaba, Zaheerabad by lunchtime. Lunch : Grand Pariwar Dhaba,Zaheerabad https://www.google.com/maps/place/Grand+Pariwar+Dhaba/@17.7007324,77.5229651,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xee271ff7807d6af!8m2!3d17.7007324!4d77.5229651 Please let me know, If anyone have questions. Thanks
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