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    #One Baleno#6 Souls#One destination#tones of memories#Bucket list tick#Gandikota Belum caves Trip planning started 6 months before and it kept on changing. Finally accommodation booked and trip scheduled on 24.Jan.2020. Thanks to Ksk (Sathish) and Dishari for continuous guidance on route and stay. Car: Baleno ZETA CVT Members: 4 Adults and 2 kids Places visited: Gandikota & Belum caves. One can visit places like Owk reservoir, Yaganti temple, Orvakal rock garden based on time availability. Route taken: Hyd-Kurnool-Nandyal-Gandikota-Belum caves-Banaganapali-Betamcherla-Kurnool-Hyd Road conditions: - Hyd-Kurnool-Nandyal: Roads are good - Nandyal-Gandikota: Roads are good. 50 km before Gandikota roads are average to bad and passes through villages. - Gandikota-Belum caves-Banaganapali-Betamcherla-Kurnool : Roads are average and passes through villages. Once you touch NH40 then roads are good. - Kurnool-Hyd: Roads are good. - Route map provided for ref. Distance traveled: ~ 800 KM Toll charges (Fastag): Rs. 650 Petrol expanse: Rs. 3700 Difficulties: Trip was awesome, except Aarav (my son) fall sick on day of trip with viral fever. But throughout trip he supported us with his smile. The complete success of trip goes to him. At Gandikota you need to wear good shoes to walk on rocks along with comfortable cloths. Avoid it during summer & heavy rains. People with breathing and BP related issues should avoid Belum caves. Stay option at Gandikota: Option 1: Non AC tents Cost is Rs. 1000 per person with food on twin sharing basis. The only problem is during rainy season this will not be good. Also for common washroom, you need to travel 500 m. Option 2: AC tents Very costly around Rs. 3000 per person with food on twin sharing basis. Sometime even they charge Rs 3500. Tents without food charges will be Rs. 3000 on twin sharing basis. Need online booking via freakout. Washroom is attached to tent. Opion 3: AC rooms at Hariths resorts We found this good and reasonable. Per room cost is Rs 1600 from Mon-Wed and on Thur-Sun it will be Rs. 2000 (taxes extra). Rooms are good and 500 m away from site. Rooms being limited we need to book online via AP tourism website. Food options at Gandikota Only food option is Haritha resort (if you have not booked tents). We found food is average and can be manageable. We have carried electric cooker and prepared food by our self. Food options at Belum caves There is a small hotel available near to booking window. They serve cold drink, water and snacks. We found food is average and can be manageable. You can enjoy this trips in 2 days. I advise you to make it on weekdays as there will be less rush. For us it took 3 days as we are travelling with kids and we don’t want to drive in night and early mornings. Disclaimer: Not all of the photos are taken by me. Few are from my friends mobile. Photographic device: Poco f1 Oneplus 7T Canon 1300D Xiomi note 6 pro Beauty of place you can derived from photos.
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    I want to drive alone from Kolkata to Hyderabad in Maruti Swift Dzire. I am 71 years old. I need to know whereabouts of the tire leakage repairing shops along the road from Kolkata to Hyderabad. I drove to Bhubaneswar and the front right tire punctured. I had to drive around 10 kilometers near Baleswar to repair it. Can anybody help? What essential things that I should carry?
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    Wow pictures came out very beautiful. Perfect family getaway around Hyderabad. After Feb it will be difficult to visit the place as temperatures rise. Right time to visit. Useful information.
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    Fantastic report very helpful information. Thank you for sharing. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Hi, We are planning to go via motorcycle from Auroville/Pondicherry to Hyderabad in a couple of weeks. Is the Nalgonda route a 4-lane highway? We would like to stop for the night at some place midway. Any suggestions? Thanks, Bindu
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    Absolutely - real fun to drive DCT with the minor precautions/ driving style changes.
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    This is the best route. Most of the roads leading to Hampi are bad.
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    Welcome onboard @Rajaravib. There are usually 2 routes to reach Hampi from Hyderabad. Route 1: Gachibowli --> Mahbubhnagar --> Raichur --> Sindhanur --> Gangavati --> Hampi (370 kms) Gachibowli - Mahbubnagar --------------> Excellent road Mahbubnagar - Raichur - Sindhanur ---------------> Road construction work in progress, Mix of Good and bad roads, Too many speed bumps. Sindhanur - Gangavathi - Hampi ---------------------> Excellent 2 lane road, few bad patches. Route 2: Gachibowli --> Mahbubnagar --> Kurnool --> Kodumur --> Ballari --> Hampi (420 kms) Gachibowli - Mahbubnagar - Kurnool ---------------> Excellent road condition (Bangalore highway) Kurnool - Kodumur - Ballari ---------------> Good roads with a few bad roads (patches). 80 % of Good roads. Ballari - Hampi ----------------> Mix of Good and Bad roads. Roads after crossing the Ballari town are bad. Both the routes have almost the same drive time and so we chose the route which was longer having the same drive time. Route Taken: Hyderabad (Gachibowli) --> Mahbubnagar --> Kurnool --> Kodumur --> Ballari --> Hampi You can refer to the link below for more information on Hampi.
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    Thanks @BORNDRIVER . Yes, Omerga - Naldurg stretch is much better as compared 2019. Before Naldurg, you will get some double road without barricade but thats fine, condition of the road is much better. I did Lingampally to naldurg in 4hrs in Wagon R Have a safe trip !!
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    Very nice post Paresh.This route is very famous due to Shirdi travel....The WagonR mileage is awesome..... [emoji108][emoji108][emoji108] I am also starting to Nashik tomorrow early morning...and I will go via Tuljapur-Osmanabad-Beed. I hope the stretch between Omerga till Naldurg must have been improved since my last travel in March-2019. Sent from my SM-M305F using Tapatalk
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    Thanks @sagar. Hope you meant Somanathpura and not Shravanabelagola - which is definitely good/ important but from pure architecture, excellent carving/ craftmanship perspectives, Somanathpura, Belur are leaps ahead. I highly recommend a visit, in case you haven't yet. Thanks @Ranger. Inspired by your and others' logs here which actually inspired me. Kudos to you/others for this excellent site.👍 Seltos - just fantastic, in one word! I used 'Eco' while cruising and its just fun to put in 'sports' mode for zipping past and many cars were just awestruck behind with the pickup, even with full load. We were extremely happy. On the heating - none and you don't have to worry - just ensure you drive in 'normal' (not 'Eco') mode in city and put in 'neutral' while waiting for long/ traffic junctions. @shiva Great to know another Seltosian' here! Congratulations. Ride quality is extremely good but ensure you maintain type pressure @ 32-33 with nitrogen preferably for a smooth ride Dealers are notorious to leave the type pressure as high as 40-50 at times and the ride would be extremely bumpy. Infact the petrol bunk air/nitrogen inflators are not properly calibrated as I found huge variance but what is in TPMS is accurate. On DCT reliability - I don't think we should worry too much as this is NOT any new tech per se; other vendors including Octavia, Ford, VW etc. have similar and even Hyundai/Kia have been making these for long. Only, we should be aware of the technology and right driving manners which I don't think is an issue for the driving agility/ comfort it provides! No complaints from me.
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    Day 5: Dubare and Shravanabelagola With a heavy heart, it was time to leave Madikeri/ Coorg and go for another exciting fun event – to experience the wisest of animals – elephants – up close! I heard a lot about Dubare Elephant camp from various inputs but did not find any info booking tickets. During one of my last searches, I landed on Jungle Lodges and Resorts (http://www.junglelodges.com/activities/dubare-elephant-camp/) which is a Govt of Karnataka undertaking. They provided guided interaction in Dubare elephant camp. Called up their BLR office and booked online for family @ Rs. 885 pp including breakfast and guided elephant interaction. Booking is extremely seamless; I got an email confirmation almost immediately and within ½ hour an executive from the camp calls up to confirm and asked us to report @ 830AM at the camp. They have a dedicated boat/ pick-up point so you don’t have to wait in the long queues (which we saw later from the other side when the crowd really swelled) We reached the stated point by 8:15AM itself (did I say we were eager? 😊) … … and soon another family also joined. The pickup boat came in no time and we crossed River Kaveri in just 5mins (just too short for our liking, but nevertheless elephants shouldn’t be kept waiting!) and we reached the camp. After brief entry formalities we were escorted to the breakfast area and good breakfast was ready. Once finished we had a naturalist guide accompanying us to reach the elephant bathing area; on the way he showed us variety of wild trees including teak, rose wood, wild neem etc. One oldest elephant (age 65 years) has just arrived and it was being prepared for the bath. We were encouraged to participate in the bathing process – it was quite a fun to see such a huge animal excellently domesticated – we were extremely happy to pour water, scrub it and bathe it well and take pics all along. We could hold its tusks and the trunk and it happily splashed water on us and blessed us thereafter. Soon one by one other elephants joined and at one time there were 4 elephants in the pond with a younger 3 ½ years cub too joining the fun. The guide introduced each elephant by name(!!), its age and other trivia. It was fun to watch how the ‘mahuts’ instruct the elephants to sit, lie down and turn sides etc. The oldest elephant after the bath … Another one splashing water, after the bath … We later moved to the area where the ‘lateral induction camps/ domestication camps’ where the new elephants brought from the forest (the guide told us how difficult it would be to move them here from forest areas) are domesticated which would take on average 2 years! There were 2 elephants undergoing domestication – of course we were not invited to participate in the training 😊 Later we moved to the area where the elephants were fed their morning breakfast and we could also feed them some gains rolled with dry grass (each packet costs Rs. 20) and you can directly feed in the elephant mouth! Also the youngest (cute 2 year old) … We were told we can book one of those beautiful cottages for the night stay and other activities like safari, nature walking, bird watching etc. would be included in the stay package. More details can be sought from their website. We bid good-bye to the elephants and drove straight to Shravanabelagola. Followed GMaps and went thru some good and not-so-good roads but drive is smooth. You will find n-number of villages and each starts with a speed bump so the average speed is killed and has taken some 2 ½ hrs for approx 120km drive! There are more than 600 short steps of which about 100 are medium steep. Would take about 2-3 hrs for climbing up/down and darshan, depending on how much time you want to spend there. One has to remove footwear while climbing up the hill and there are lots of vendors selling socks daring the steps would be 'terribly hot' - but somehow we were not convinced and could happily walk bare foot, even during mid-day! You should not miss the spectacular views of the town and surroundings while climbing up the hill. Saw one other temple, on a different hillock, but we didn't check due to paucity of time. You will not get any refreshments/ snacks on the hill top so its important to carry water etc. from below if one needs to take short pause while climbing up. There are small hotels/ restaurants/ mess etc. offering Veg/Jain food in the town but nothing too great to write home about! After darshan we left for Bangalore and reached by evening. Day 6: Bangalore Local and Shopping I decided to park my car at the hotel and used Namma Metro/ Uber to go around places like ISKCON temple, Lalbagh. Basavana Gudi, Vishweshwaraya Museum and shopping. Didn’t get stuck in traffic and need not look for parking! Day 7: Lepakshi and return to Hyderabad We started early from hotel @ 7:15 AM and had breakfast at Nandi Upchar and drove straight to Lepakshi, reached by about 9:30 AM. Had darshan of Lord Sri Veerabhadra Swamy … … and saw the hanging pillar, exquisitely sculpted pillars, ceiling paintings, Naga Lingam, unfinished Kalyana Mandapam, Sita’s footprint, Nandi statue (on the way to temple) etc. It is definitely a worth while visit to appreciate the architectural skills of our older generations... Reached home by 5 PM in the evening with lots of memories of the trip 😊 Thanks for reading, the rather long post. Do let me know if you need any further details, will be happy to help! regards Maruthi
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    Thanks for your comments Ranger and Sagar.. Wagon R 2019 CNG mileage is around 30KMs on highway. One full cylinder can cover 240KM easily.
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    I have always maintained balance in my PayTm account which I felt has been more easier
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    Hyderabad - Mysuru - Coorg - Murudeshwara - Goa(Palolem) - Hyderabad Total Distance Covered: 2097 KMS Vehicle: Nissan Micra Fuel: Petrol Mileage: 23+ kmpl with 60% of A/C all the time(2 Adults and 1 kid). No. of Days: 7 Days From Dec 22nd to 28th 2019. Total Tolls: 1030/- [Through Fastag 960+ cash 70] Route expedition Via Google Maps ** SINGLE HAND DRIVING Day 1: Route: Hyderabad(NH 44) - Bangalore- Mysuru. Total distance covered on day 1 : 729 KMS Total Time: 14 hours 27 min with 5 breaks. Christmas holidays.... planned the trip and very well executed with the support of my spouse and kid. Started at 3:30 Am on 22nd Dec from Hyderabad via NH 44.. It's a pleasure to drive through this route and it's my first-time visit to Bangalore. After entering into the Bangalore got confused with one of the exit at entered into the CV Raman road and got stuck in the traffic around 1 hour. Literally experienced the Bangalore traffic that too on SUNDAY My only suggestion to newbie visiting Bangalore or traveling through Bangalore, please take some time to explore the map deeply or ask anyone to go in the right direction. Road condition from Bangalore to Mysuru(Via NH 275) is Good with a good number of Speed bumps. So have an eye on these speed breakers. Reached Mysuru at 5:00 PM and checked into the hotel [Reliable service apartments], booked via booking.com After refreshing, visited Brindavan Gardens(KSR) and had dinner at Hotel Chirag Food court Dabha while returning back to Hotel. It was a long day by driving 729kms, but not challenging. Its a simple and straight road. Reliable service Apartments: Brindavan Gardens: Tiffin: Roadside hotel, As I had already crossed Kurnool in early hours. Lunch: Vattika vegetarian restaurant after crossing Bangalore on the way to Mysuru. Day 2: Mysuru Palace - Coorg Total distance covered on Day 2: 112 km Stay: OYO Home Luxe 23010 Opulent Stay(HomeStay) Checked out from hotel@9:30 AM, visited Mysuru Palace and started towards Coorg @12:45 PM via NH 275. Road condition is good but not great, From Kushalnagar took SH 91 towards Dubare Elephant camp-Excellent location - easily one can spend around 2 to 3+ hours in the Kaveri river. Due to the Holiday season, the queue for the Elephant camp was very huge, so avoided it and had fun with the family in the river itself and also done the Still water river rafting in it. In between, Mysuru roads were the cleanest and wide roads. Still water River rafting - 200/person. Time: 30 to 45 min Once we are done with the Elephant camp, started towards our stay at 6 pm which is in Coffee estate. As it was dark, it was very difficult for us to find the homestay as there are no street lights and its a ghat road. Oyo 23010 opulent stay(Berry trails Homestay) \\\\ Suggestion- Make sure to reach your homestay/Hotel before 6 PM in Coorg especially if you have booked in coffee estates. . ** I have avoided to stay Madikeri, as I want a pleasant place to stay on so choose HOMESTAY and it was an awesome stay for 2 days in between coffee estate and jungle. Day 3: Coorg sightseeing Total distance: 83 km Started at 10 AM from Homestay towards Madikeri, it's a ghat road and full of scenic views. It was a challenging road Visited Raja Seat, Abbey falls and fort as well...while returning we took the NH 275 as my kid was little worried by seeing the ghat roads which we have traveled in the morning and took the long way via Kushalnagar. Had lunch at Fish curry Rice Hotel and it was 3 pm. We still had time to roam, so again visited the Elephant camp and spent 2hrs and then checked into the homestay by 7 pm. Day 4 : Coorg – Mangalore – Murudeshwara – Goa(Palolem Beach) Total distance: 446 km Planned to start at 5 AM but due to the darkness started at 7 AM from Homestay. Madikeri was full of due.. the visibility was very low.. slowly crossed Madikeri and started towards Mangalore road and in between the scenes of the mountains were awful while getting down through ghat road. Stopped at Abhi falls – It's a small waterfall point but the scene opposite to the waterfalls was great, spent around 30min by viewing at mountains with some clicks. Pics Moved towards Mangalore road.. Its a 2 lane road but the road condition was too good until we reach near to Mangalore. Halted for tiffin @ Hotel New kamadhenu at Kodankeri place. I rate it 4/5. ** Before entering into the Mangalore we have crossed 2 toll plazas on NH 73. Time was running out due to the highway traffic on NH 66, decided not to halt until murudeshwar temple. Did the same and reached murudheshwar temple by 3 pm. Temple location, shiva Idol .. beach all were awesome… As there was no time for us to stay, we shortened our stay and moved towards Goa at 4 pm. From murudeshwar the road condition is Average, due to the heavy vehicle traffic avg speed was between 50 to 60 on NH 66 and most of the road is under construction. Finally entered Goa after 3 hours drive from murudeshwar, our tiredness got vanished by seeing the see view's . Not a single toll we encountered on NH 66 after crossing Mangalore until Palolem. Checked into the hotel @7:11 PM at Palolem. Hotel Name: Bay leaf resorts. We got refreshed in 15 min and moved towards beach. My kid and wife were very excited by seeing the environment over there. We roamed around Palolem beach for a while and had some roadside snacks. Dinner @ Baba's Little Italy restaurant. Reached room by 1:15 AM after having a nice relaxing time on the beach shack. Day 5: Palolem Siteseeing. Our day started a little earlier, by 6 AM we were on the beach and had some fun playing around. @9am booked a boat for 2000 rs, visited Monkey island, butterfly beach, honeymoon beach and also saw a lot of Dolphins As it was Amavasya, the water level on the Honeymoon beach was very high and boats were unable to drop us over there. **My suggestion to one is to have a pocket full of cash if you are in goa. In Goa, most of the ATMs either won't be working or no Cash boards. I had to wait in queue for an hour as there was only one ATM which was working. In the evening, we had visited the Omellete center which is located exactly at the main entrance of the Palolem beach. He has a wide variety of egg dishes and its fantastic. Must visit the place. (Added the stall Pic) After a beautiful sunset, we moved on to one of the beach shack and had a great dinner. We spent the time until midnight on the beach shore and moved to the room. Day 6: Palolem – Hubli - Raichur Total Distance: 483 KMS Total Time: 10 hrs 43 min We decided to start our day a little earlier and moved on to the beach.. We experienced the beautiful sunrise and played around. Started @10 AM from Palolem... As we all know petrol is cheaper compared to that of other places in India. Filled the petrol to Full Tank and checked the Air pressure as well, as it would be a long drive. As I was in south Goa and few locals also suggested me take the route of Raichur rather than going through choral ghats from north GOA. But, I can say it was a smooth drive until I have reached KADANKOPPA but after that its a Hell of the drive. The road is under construction a lot of diversions and road is not at all good. Reached Raichur by 9:50 PM, decided to halt there for a night and did the same. As I was not in a condition to drive more as it was 4 more hours for Hyderabad but due to the road condition decided not to drive more. **Please do avoid this Hubli-Raichur road. Day 7: Raichur – Hyderabad Total Distance: 207 KMS Total Time: 4 hrs 6 min Started at 5 AM from Raichur and road condition is very bad until you reach NH 44. Reached Home by 10:05 AM. Completed the Road-trip with full satisfaction and with lots of memories. Thank you to all the members in the INDIA-DRIVE forum for your valuable tips/suggestions which helped me to get this trip successful
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    Hi I am planning to go to Hyderabad from Kohlapur by my car in mid Feb this year, has any body done this road trip recently as I am told that the roads are not in good condition ...Can anyone guide me on this ..
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    Great reading the log. Just today, I took the delivery of White GTX+ diesel automatic. Waiting for a highway drive. How is the ride quality?
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    Just an offline meet-up. We started back. We have a meet-up planned in February. We will update the details.
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    Hi All, I have completed the Hyderabad to Goa track yesterday. Let me split the roads into different sections to give clear information. Best route to Goa? It always varies from year to year. Best route: Hyderabad > Zaheerabad > Humnabad > Gulbarga > Vijayapura > Bagalkot > Belgaum > Dodamarg > Goa Hyderabad to Humnabad: Excellent 4-lane road Humnabad to Gulbarga : Smooth 2-lane road, you can take Gulbarga outer ring road to skip the traffic Gulbarga to Belgaum : Smooth 2-lane road, some of it has a toll Belgaum to Goa: Roads are not so great blame the recent rains, few patches are pathetic. Tip: Humnabad to Belgaum road looks same all the way, Food: Zaheerabad Gulbarga Belgaum People using Google maps, split your route into different sections Section 1: Hyderabad to Gulbarga, it should be via Zaheerabad Section 2: Gulbarge to Belgaum Section 3: Belgaum to Goa, make sure you put exact location in Goa (example : Anjuna beach) Drive time Total drive time including breaks is 14~15 hours, Don't get fooled by google times. Lots of village traffic followed by ghat section, will eat away your time. Worst route is via Raichur, completely avoid it. Few clicks from the drive.
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    Thanks a lot for updating us on the current road status to Goa. May I know which car were you driving?
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    Hyderabad international airport (RGIA) offers you convenient parking facilities. It has around 3000 car parking facilities at different zones. Car parking pricing at Hyderabad airport RGIA(personal cars): Rs.50.00 for first half-an-hour Rs.80 for half an hour to one hour Rs.100.00 for one hour to two hours Rs.40.00 for each subsequent hour or part thereof Rs.300.00 for 24 hours Hyderabad international airport parking fee for two days? For first day it is 300/- and from the second day maximum charge is 200/- (or based on number of hours) So the price for two full days is 500/- Hyderabad international airport parking fee for three days? Price: 700/- Hyderabad international airport parking fee for four days? Price : 900/- Hyderabad international airport parking fee for five days? Price : 1100/- Where is the long term parking area in Hyderabad airport? There is a separate parking space for the long term parking beside Go-Karting. But you can park it any place you want. No one cares at the exit, you just need to pay the amount based on your check-in time. Personally, i would suggest to park in the busy area for better security (close to McDonalds) Less parking fee for the people who came for Go-Karting? You will be charged 40/- for four hours, many people are not aware of this discount. Is it safe to park long term at Hyderabad airport? Last year there are few allegations about the theft of nifty parts like wiper blades, side view mirrors etc No major issues reported so far.
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    Thanks @SK01. This is much needed information. Will add this to my checklist.
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    Nice information b@r@n. Few tips from my side. 1. Make sure there is water flow in Dandeli, without water rafting it is waste of time. 2. I heard Dudhsagar falls is closed, please do some research before venturing. I would suggest the following plan. Day-1/2/3 Hyderabad to Chikmagalur If you hate speed bumps, best route is via Bangalore. It can be done in a single day without any issue. Stay in Chikmagalur town and explore the places around, accommodations are cheap during weekdays. If you are planning on a long weekend, prebook your stay. Refer the following link for places to visit. Day - 4 Chikmagalur to Gokarna Via Jog falls Start early in the morning, roads are single lane and will consume lot of time Pre-book accommodation at Gokarna, accommodations at Gokarna are tricky. Limited options. Day - 5 Gokarna to Colva (South Goa) Stay in south Goa Visit Butterfly Island Local boats will take you to this place with minimal charges Enjoy the calm and peaceful beaches of South Goa You can get some beach view resorts at reasonable pricing Day - 6/7 Explore the beaches around South/North Goa Check this link out for places to visit in Goa Day -8/9 Start back from Goa to Hyderabad Start early in the morning Best route from Hyderabad to Goa link
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    Bhargav testing his Audi 4 wheel drive system.