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  1. Ranger

    Hyderabad to Chaya Someshwara Temple - day trip

    Thank you for sharing the information.
  2. Ranger

    Hyderabad to Shirdi road condition 2019

    Very helpful information, Thank you for the latest update on Hyderabad to Shiridi road condition.
  3. I read that most of the ghat sections are open. So, September should not be an issue.
  4. Beautiful pictures. Perfect weather with a perfect drive. Thank you for sharing the details. Will very helpful for the other members.
  5. Ranger

    Drive to Akka Mahadevi caves

    Haha, I must say that we are lucky. Thank you for the information. On weekends, Yes. Weekdays should be fine. Gates are still open?
  6. Ranger

    Drive to Akka Mahadevi caves

    Thank you. Interesting information, never heard about it. I had discussion with few of the boat drivers. According to them there is a two trek facility along the Nallamalla forest regions. It can be done officially, If we take permissions from the forest department. Few people have done it recently.
  7. Ranger

    Drive to Akka Mahadevi caves

    Weather was good through the drive. People at my house will kick me out. I am on back to back drive mode, from the past three weekends. Looks like they will open dam gates today. Pictures are from D3200 (Nikon, old one) and Google Pixel (mobile)
  8. Most of the roads are blocked around Goa. i would suggest you to postpone the plan. This is the information shared in one of the groups. Not sure about credibility. We tried these roads today 1)Goa-chorla ghat-gulbarga-hyd (closed) 2)Goa-amboli ghat-sholapur-hyd (closed) 3)Goa-margao-hubli-hyd (closed) 4)Goa-karwar-hubli-hyd (closed) After taking information at checkpost at last Goa-karwar-honnavar- siddapur-sirsi-hubli(now reaching)
  9. Ranger

    Drive to Akka Mahadevi caves

    Had to convince seven lazy folks to visit this place. Took me an hour to convince them 😛 Weather played important role, If the temperatures are high/Sun is out. It would be a disaster. Coracles belong to fisherman. Those are used for fishing. They use them to commute around the small villages. Yes, It is working. Previously, it was stopped due to some repair work. Than you guys.
  10. Flow wont be very high this time of the year. Usually you find good amount of water when the dam is released. I would suggest you to consider Kuntala/Bogahta waterfalls.
  11. Ranger

    Drive to Akka Mahadevi caves

    Roads are excellent through out the drive. Mandatory stopover at the ghat section entrance. Two old work horses First leg of the journey from Hyderabad till ghat entrance is a drivers paradise Single lane road with perfect banking angles Start early in the morning to enjoy the road Ghat section is narrow, overtaking a heavy vehicle is a tough task Forest department has created few designated stopovers in the forest. Good move. There are around 6 stopovers in the forest. First view of the reservoir Soaked up in rain Still a long way to go.. Way to boating point View of the dam from the boat Private boat with less capacity Fisherman village, This is located deep in the forest. They don't have basic facilities. Very peaceful place. Beautiful views en-route We spotted around three fisherman villages. These people are disconnected with our world. Akka Mahadevi caves entrance, 500 meter walk form boat. Naturally formed entrance, this place is active from 13th century A lady is meditating at this place from the past 16 years. She never left the place. Boat operators carry food. The end
  12. Ranger

    Drive to Akka Mahadevi caves

    Last weekend, We went a on a small drive from Hyderabad to Srisailam. Since, we have multiple logs on Srisailam drive. I don't want to share more information on it. I will concentrate more on Akka Mahadevi Caves (few people call it Akkamadevi devi Caves) There are two ways to visit Akka Mahadevi caves from Srisailam: AP Tourism boating Private boating Akka Mahadevi caves boating start point: Both the boats agencies start from same location : Pathala Ganga To reach Pathala Ganga, you need to either take rope-way or steps. If you have a bike you can ride down via steep path. Cars cant go down. Need to park them at rope way entrance. (designated parking is available) Location details Distance and time taken to visit Akka Mahadevi caves:(Applicable for both Private and Government operators) Boat ride takes around 90 minutes (one way) Distance is around 16 kilometers (one way) Boat speed is around 14 km/hr Total time for entire ride (including caves visit) : 4~5 hours Safety: Both government and private agencies provide life jackets. You may catch up cross winds at few locations but nothing to worry about them. Ride is smooth through out. AP Tourism boating: AP Tourism boating is managed by government. It is a big boat with 50 member capacity. Boat starts between 9AM~10AM from Pathala Ganga. (only one slot) You need to reach the point by 9AM and book the tickets for boating. Once you book the tickets, you need to wait till the boat is full (50 members) . Boat usually starts between 10AM~11AM. Price: 350/- (per head) Private Tourism boating: These are managed by private operators under government control. They have around ~15 member capacity boats which are small. Boats are basic as shown in the above image. These boats don't have any fixed timings, they are available from 6 AM, according to locals. (I feel that is the best time to visit) These guys close their operations before 2 PM. Food and Water Carry food and water, they are available just before boating point. Near the caves they charge x3, sometimes they may not be available. About Akka Mahadevi Caves: Once we get-down from the boat, we need to walk around 500 meters, path is neatly laid. No washrooms are available at the caves, plan accordingly. Caves are very small, don't expect them similar to Belum/Borra caves. But the stone formation outside the caves are amazing. Boat guys act as a guide, they will tell about the history of the place. Foot wear are not allowed into caves. Once you enter into caves:(approximate numbers) Walk : 100 meters Crawl: 50 meters Walk side ways : 20 meters Once you reach dead end you will find a Shiva lingam. Only one person can enter at a time (for Crawl/walk side way) Drawbacks Bats, it will stink inside the caves. Some people may feel suffocated inside the caves, due to narrow passages. Fine dust inside the caves, not a place for people with dust allergy Overall, I would say it is a must visit for nature lovers. Not an ideal place for Instagram crowd. Important note: Visit only during monsoon(Cloudy) and winter(December, low temperatures). Avoid this place, when the sun is out. Summer is completely ruled out. If you are taking AP tourism boat, try to occupy the last row. It has best view.
  13. Ranger

    Adventurous Sunday with the Endeavour

    Track is managed by Ravindra. Fantastic pictures. Looks like you guys had great fun.
  14. Thank you for the update. Beautiful pictures.
  15. Ranger

    Hyderabad to Nagpur Road Trip

    Do share the latest road condition status and your food stopover location details.