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  1. Vikarabad,Ananthagiri Hills I drive to Anathagiri Hills at least 5 times a year, every time I visit, I discover something new. List of places discovered: 1.Forest trail, which can be accessed via temple. (safe to visit with families) 2.Multiple View points. 3.Lake. 4.Telangana tourism for food and washrooms. 5.Kotepally reservoir. (Ananthagiri Hills to kotepally distance is around 20 kilometers) 6.Kayaking by Telangana tourism at Kotepally reservoir, you can book a slot online. 7.Waterfalls at Kotepally. (water will be visible only during monsoon, currently it is active.) Google maps, location details : (Click on the name for maps) 1. Ananthagiri Hills temple 2. Ananthagiri Hills view point 3. Ananthagiri Hills lake (Drive further till you find a left turn) 4. Kotepally reservoir (Kotepally reservoir has two route, one will lead to dam, other will lead to Kayaking) Map Ananthagiri Hills is magic during monsoon. Lush green Hills are soothing to the eyes. Google maps: Covered all the view points : URL Road condition: Road is 2-lane all the way from Hyderabad to Ananthagiri Hills.(except for few bits at the beginning) Roads improved a lot, compared to previous years. Smooth roads with curves are fun to drive. Distance : ~100 kilometers Hotels: Telangana Tourism(Breakfast, lunch and Dinner) and Hills&valley (lunch)
  2. Hi All, Steps to join India-Drive whatsApp group. 1.Please introduce yourself - Name: - Location: - Favorite past weekend getaway: - Longest drive : - Car you own : -Few pictures/words of your drive(Max 5 pictures): 2.Once you post the above information, share your name and mobile number on the link given below. link WhatsApp group rules 1. No promotions irrelative will be encouraged. 2. Travel and Cars/Bikes related forwards are appreciated. 3. Share your travel stories and pictures. 4. No religious/political discussions are allowed. 5. No personal attacks allowed. 6. Please mute the group if the message flow is excess. Android IOS
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    Hyderabad ORR

    8-lane ring road, 160 kilometers, express way, no entry for bikes and autos, no signals and it is modern and sophisticated. Connectivity It connects all the major highways which helps in reducing the traffic. Vikarabad Highway International Airport Bangalore Highway Srisailam Highway Nagarjunasagar Highway Vijayawada Highway Warangal Highway Nagpur Highway Mumbai/Pune Highway ORR exits 1. Gandipet 2. Edulanagulapally --- Gachibowli --- Nanakramguda 3. Patancheru 4. Sultanpur 5. Saregudem ---Gowdavalli (temporary) 6. Medchal 7. Shamirpet 8. Keesara 9. Ghatkesar 10. Taramatipet 11. Pedda Amberpet 12. Bongulur 13 Raviryal 14. Tukkuguda 15. Pedda Golkonda 16.Shamshabad 17. Rajendranagar 18. TSPA (APPA) 19. Narsingi picture source wiki/google.
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    Hyderabad ORR

    Clicked on December 10th. It is operational from December 11th. But I agree with your point. Specially busy exits like Shamshabad has just two/three operational lanes.
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    Share your best mobile picture

    Nice Yeah, It is very photogenic. Even Red Swift/Polo are excellent.
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    Hyderabad-Jogg Falls-Murudeshwar-Gokarna-Hyderabd

    Avoid Raichur road, It is under construction. Only option is via Hyderabad --> Kurnool --> Alur --> Ballari --> Davanagere --> Jogfalls Going via Bangalore, it is too long. Not worth it. Usually, I would have suggested Hampi. But in December hotels are expensive in Hampi. If you don't mind the budget, Hampi is ideal stopover. We stayed in Clarsk Inn, last week. Hotel is good. Let me us know, what all places you are planning to explore. So that we can suggest options, which can fit 5 days plan.
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    Hyderabad to Sikkim

    Day 1 : Hyderabad to Vishakapatnam (Vizag) Start time : 6AM End time : 7PM Kilometers : 620 Route taken from Hyderabad to Vishakapatnam? Hyderabad --> Suryapet --> Vijayawada --> Rajahmundry --> Vishakapatnam (vizag) Entire route is 4-lane, Hyderabad to Vijayawada is bliss, road condition is excellent. We made nice progress. Vijayawada to Vishakapatnam is average, even though it is 4-lane, Heavy traffic and potholes made the progress slow(village traffic) Hyderabad to Vijayawada toll costed us around 700/- Hotel Details Hotel Name : Keys Select Vishakapatnam Hotel Price : 2200/- Hotel Rating : 5/5
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    Hyderabad to Sikkim

    Day 0 : Hyderabad 14th December Medical check list: Crocin - body pains and fever Metrogyl - motions Avomine - motion sickness Surbex- T multivitamin - resistance Band aids - safety Soframycin ointment - safety Wikoryl - sore throat and cold Diamox - Altitude sickness Vehicle check list Periodic Service and all liquids top up Wheel alignment and balancing, check tyres for punctures, check spare wheel Jumper cables (available at Ranijung) Towing ropes and hooks (available at Ranijung) Air pump Spare bulbs Torch Duct tape Knife/scissors Zip ties Basic tool kit Dash cam Car charger (two, front/rear) PUC (pollution) Camera check list : Don't forget to empty memory cards Tripod stand Action Camera Car mount Chargers and extra batteries Gimbal Personal check list Passport Passport size photos Original license Original RC Original Insurance AAdhar card
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    Join the WhatsApp Hyderabad group

    Welcome on board Rajashekar Reddy, Will add you to the WhatsApp group. You can also join our FB group. (India-Drive Hyderabad)
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    Hyderbad to Tirupati Best route?

    Even I felt the same. But both roads are fine. There is no drastic difference between the two, Given a choice, I would pick NAM expressway over Kurnool route.
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    Hyderabad to Hampi road trip questions?

    Roads leading to Hampi are in bad shape. (both Via kurnool and Raichur) Hotels are expensive in December (Hampi peak season). Take the following route: Hyderabad --> Kurnool --> Alur --> Bellari --> Hampi Don't take Raichur road. It is under construction. We stayed in Clarks inn Hampi, It is decent.
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    Share your best mobile picture

    Enroute to Hampi : Pixel
  13. It was a wonderful trip. Had a great time. Would like to thank each and every member of the team for your contribution in making this drive memorable and fun. Coracle ride was a great experience. People on the first Coracle - I guess that was the highest ever noise in the history of Hampi. (Cave)🙏 Tripathi has been a great inspiration. Sticking on to the speed limits (80 kmph) and making steady progress. He reached most of the regroup points with in ~5 minutes of timeline. Compass team - Coordination was very helpful.(Roger, over and out) Ameo team - You guys are an inspiration for the couples. Innova team - You guys were super fun. Zero language barrier. 😀 Ertiga team - Thank you for taking the lead and coordinating with guide. EcoSport team 104 memories 🙏 FB album
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    Hyderabad drive Meetups

    Purpose : Quick meetups, Any India-Drive member with more than 50 posts can conduct quick meetup. It can be a quick breakfast, lunch, dinner meet. Explore a new place.
  15. Welcome on board Adarsh. Thank you for posting the details. Very few people post after they are done with the trip. You information is definitely helpful for other members.
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    Hyderabad ORR

    Hyderabad ORR is getting FASTag. Spotted this board yesterday. Source
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    Hyderabad to Ooty drive

    Hyderabad to Ooty road trip plan: Day1 : Hyderabad to Mysuru Day2 : Mysuru to Bandhipur Safari Day2 : After Safari visit Ooty Day3 : Ooty local exploration Day4 : Ooty local exploration Day5 : Drive to Mysuru Day5 : Visit Mysuru palace Day 6: Mysuru to Hyderabad Best places to visit in Ooty' Upper Bhavani Lake Emerald Lake Avalanche Lake Botanical Gardens Doddabetta Peak Cairn Hill Bandipur forest safari Kotagiri Coonoor Check this link for more details: https://www.india-drive.com/index.php?/topic/251-hyderabad-to-ooty-road-trip-report/
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    Hyderabad to Ooty drive

    Welcome on board Kishor. Hyderabad to Ooty can be done in a single day. You need to stop very early in the morning. How many days you are planning? Ideal plan : Start early morning at 5AM from Hyderabad Reach Mysuru by evening Take accommodation in Mysuru Start early in the morning from Mysuru and visit Bandhipur Safari, early morning at 5AM start is must since it is over crowded in December. You may miss safari Mysuru to Ooty has two routes, take 36 hair pin route, it is shorter and adventurous to drive Regarding places to visit in Ooty tell us your number of days.
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    Nagarjuna Sagar Drive

    Very nicely composed report. Swift in red looks fantastic. How is the stay? How much does it cost per night?
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    Hyderabad - Patancheru - Zaheerabad - Humanabad - Basavakalyan - Omerga - Naldurg - Tuljapur - Osmanabad - Boom - Ahmednagar - Shiridi
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    Hyderabad - Sikkim - Hyderabad

    Excellent ride. I have read halfway, yet to complete full log. This will be a guide to our Sikkim/Bhutan drive. I will contact you on permits related information. Please add more pictures. Those are eye feast Also you can add multiple posts, try to limit to 5-10 pictures per post. This way you can organise them easily and you can post them slowly. Very informative post. Adding the post to Home page, Thank you for sharing.
  22. Hyderabad to Sikkim in December Check list Tires Brakes Head lamp bulbs Air pump Puncture kit Towing ropes Battery Snow chains Vehicle service Day 1 Hyderabad to Visakhapatnam Roads are good can be easily done in a single day. Start time : 4 AM Distance : 670 kilometers Drive time : 12 hours Road condition : 4-lane toll road Toll price : 660/- Food options: Breakfast stop : Hotel 7, Suryapet Lunch stop : Ram and Shyam, Ravulapalem Route: Hyderabad > Suryapet > Vijayawada > Rajahmundry > Visakhapatnam
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    Hyderabad to Sikkim road trip planning

    Will note this point. Bhutan is still optional. Any must visit places in Bhutan? How many days required to cover Bhutan?We are planning for 3/4 days. Will discuss with you on this, during Hampi meetup. This is my concern during December, peak winter. We don't have access to 4WD.
  24. Monsoon season, it is time to hit the road more often. Recently, we did Hyderabad to hampi road trip. There are many route suggestion but after experimenting different routes. This is the best route we did so far. Route: Hyderabad -->Mahbubnagar--> Raichur-->Sindhanur --> Gangavati --> Hampi Hyderabad to Mahbubnagar : 4-lane road with toll road. Road condition is excellent. Mahbubnagar to Gangavati : 2-lane road with unexpected speed bumps. Road condition is above average, nothing alarming. Gangavati to Hampi: 2-lane road condition is poor with potholes and narrow roads. We found the above route better than Gooty and shorter. Gooty to Hampi is in bad shape and is longer by around 80 kilometers. Details and pictures from our previous trip to Hampi. https://www.india-drive.com/forum/ma...ampi-karnataka
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    Hyderabad to Hampi Route updates

    We will be starting on Friday. Please update the road condition once you are done. It will be helpful for us. Thank you.