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  1. Shekar

    Hyderabad to Bogatha waterfalls

    I do not recommend Laknavaram visit as there will not be any water now. I did not stary but the cottages of Haritha are no good. Instead Ramappa has new cottages and lake will have water 365 days. Another best option is staying at Tadvai Huts of Forest Department. They are very close to Bogatha and good. Check this link.. http://www.ecotourism.bhupalpally.com/tadvai_huts.html This is just on the road to Bogatha. You go early to the Bogatha before Hyderabad crowd starts and come back to Tadvai for Lunch. Pl note when flow is more, they will not allow any one in to the water. In such case you can not spend much time there. Even at Warangal visit 1000 Pillar temple and Bhadrakali Temple. Fort can be avoided if time is constraint.
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    55th Birthday Drive -Hyderabad to Mahabaleshwar

    Day-1 continued.. Surprisingly we both not felt tired even after 12 Hrs and with less sleep on previous night. So thought of covering few points in Panchagani before sunset. We had consulted hotel manager and started for Parsi Point by 5 PM. When we reached the point there was very less crowd and only two cars were available in the parking opposite to the point. (Parking fee Rs.20). When we reached the view point, it was a Wow view with clouds passing through the valley and there was good light. By the time I could set my camera to capture it, I could capture the clouds on one mountain. But they were captured in our Dil. It is only to feel. We did not had lunch on the way and were little hungry. We ate Vada Pav and a baby corn at the eatery at that point. We had booked the room for the first day only thinking we will search other better options at Mahabaleshwar for day two and three if needed. We had noticed couple of hotels near Parsi point with valley view. We had checked both but both do not have a balcony hence we decided to search for room on next day and explore more of Panchgani. We started for Table top. On the way local tax guys took Rs. 100 for various reasons and handed over three tickets which includes parking at Table top. When we reached Table top just before sunset very few people were there. All the shops and eateries were deserted and half of them were closed. When we reached the top, all the horse carts were parked and horses were not in sight. may be we are late and in season. Winds were blowing hard and it was difficult to hold the camera steadily. After spending half an hour, we started back from table top and started roaming on roads. After walking on Table top we started feeling tired. While roaming we had seen the direction board for Sydney point. It was almost dark but went to the point. Light drizzling started and we did not spent any time there. Started back to the hotel. On the way my wife picked up a cake for me in the market. Usually my daughter will order a cake from US to be delivered. We informed here not to do so as I will not be available at home. When we came back to hotel and freshened up, we felt sleepy. It started raining as we reached the hotel and continued most of the night. We ordered a Chicken snack with Biryani to be served in the room. Snack was good but not the Biryani. First we thought of cutting the cake at 12 Mid night as we do every time but decided to sleep early. We informed our kids not to disturb at mid night and went to bed. End of Day -1
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    55th Birthday Drive -Hyderabad to Mahabaleshwar

    It is about 75 to 80 Kms. I had not recorded exactly. Same time this complete stretch is not bad, there are diversions and mostly road damages are in the villages and towns where fly over/underpass construction is on.
  4. In the same trip, day one we had spent at Srisailam and Day -two, we had visited Kollapur - Madhava Swamy temple originally built by Srikrishna Devaraya now re-located at Kollapur due to Srisailam Dam, Surabhi Palace (Private property) and also visited Somasila and Jetprol before visiting Sri Rangapur in the last. Now TS Tourism cottages are available at Somasila and Jetprole (two at each place).
  5. I had visited this temple during my 50th Birthday drive 5 years back. This temple is owned and managed by the family of Wanaparthy Maharaja. (Not under the Endowment department). There is a painting museum with in the temple complex which has collection of Wanaparthy Maharaja family with rare golden paintings. That is open only with recommendation. Museum is in two levels and one floor is dedicated to Temple art and Gods other one is general paintings. Second one is covered under CCTV hence no photos. Some photos from museum
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  7. What is the Road condition to Mahabaleshawar now and suggest good stay options at Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar. I am planning to drive along with my wife in Huly First week.
  8. Shekar

    Hyderabad to Kodaikanal road trip

    Very nice and informative log and Awesome captures. Loved it.
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    Road trip to Mahur and EkVeera Shakthi Peeth Temple

    NIce to see a log on Mahur. Me and some of my Railway friends were planing to visit this place since past 5 years but could not make it. After reading your log now I will plan a road trip during monsoon. Thanks for sharing. Loved to see the greenery.
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    Hyderabad to Tirupati road trip guide

    Hmm it is on Left when we are going from Hyderabad.
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    @BORNDRIVER very detailed information and it is a practical guide to travellers to Puttaparthy.
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    Hyderabad Mysore Ooty (TS11 to TN 43 via KA09)

    Great Drive @travel.rtc. Seems you have visited only one place in Mysore. Sri Rangapatnam which is nearby is also worth seeing. We stayed at Karnataka Tourism Hotel Mayura Sri Rangapatnam which is on the banks of river Kaveri. A lovely place to stay. Beautiful Photos of Highways and Ooty Landscapes. Keep Driving.
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    Hyderabad to Tirupati road trip guide

    This is after Mutyala guda and before Bridge on Krishna. Keep an eye on Right once the India cements compound wall starts.
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    Hyderabad to Tirupati road trip guide

    Agasthyeswara Swamy Temple, Vadapalle Mekala Banda Rd, Wazirabad, Telangana 508355 081063 88689 https://maps.google.com/?cid=8977868020648052638
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    Hyderabad to Tirupati road trip guide

    If you are asking for an exit from NH 16 to Tirupati, it is after Nellore at Naidu peta
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    A solo road trip to Hampi!

    Excellent log. I never did a Solo till now and may not do also. Photos are crisp and live. Hope you have more photos to share. I could find your love for your travelmate your car in the photos. Keep traveling.
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    Hyderabad to Tirupati road trip guide

    Wadapally being at the confluence or sangam of the two rivers have continued to attract tourists. They come to view the unique ‘L’ shape formed by the rivers which join at this point and continue to flow together. The Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple, the famous temple in Wadapally stands at the mouth of this confluence. There is a legend which goes to explain the origin of the temple. Vyasa Bhagwan , the great sage, prayed to Lord Vishnu to appear in Wadapally. Vishnu pleased with his penance appeared before him in the form of Narasimha having just killed Hiranyakashyapa and still fuming in rage from the effects of the battle. Vyasa requests him to stay in Wadapally in the form of Narasimha to which Vishnu obliged. Therefore the Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple bears the ferocious form of Vishnu as Narasimha who blesses devotees and alleviates their problems. To establish the truth behind the legend, the temple authorities have adopted a unique method. They have placed two lamps next to the idol of the Narasimha Swamy Temple. One of the lamps is seen to flicker to indicate the heavy breathing of the fuming and enraged god while the other lamp remains steady. The other famous temple located in Wadapally is the Sri Meenakshi Agasteswara Swamy temple. This was built under the Kakatiya rulers in the 12th century. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has a huge Shiva lingam within its premises which is around 6000 years old. It is said that this lingam was installed by the great sage Agastya. A unique feature of the temple which attracts a large number of tourists is the presence of a large crevice above the Shiva lingam. This crevice is always filled with water no matter how much of it is removed, the water level remains unchanged. The source of this continuous supply of water remains unexplained since the Shiva Lingam is placed almost 120 feet above water level. It is logic defying events such as these that strengthens faith in the minds and hearts of devotees.
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    Hyderabad to Tirupati road trip guide

    While going to Tirupathi via NAM express way, one can visit Wadapalli Just before entering in to AP before crossing Krishna River. It is confluence of Musi and Krishna. There are two ancient temples, Meenakshi Agasteswara and Laxmi Narsimha Swami. Both are worth a visit and it will not take more than an hour including detour of very small distance from main road. Diversion is opposite to India Cements (Earlier Raasi Cements). I did this drive including visiting Wadapalli and Srikalhasti and reached Tirupathi in 13 Hrs including all breaks.
  19. This is about June 2016 travel to Tadoba Tiger reserve from Hyderabad. In Jan-2016 I had traveled Chopta and Munsiyari in Uttarakand with another three new travelers met first time at Delhi. One of them Mr. Pandey is from Nagpur and he asked me to come down to Nagpur for visiting Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve and booked safari a couple of months before for 12th June 2016 . Till then I had no experience of any forest safary and I was excited to see many wild animals. Mean time our travel friends planned for Ladakh tour in the last week of June, 2016 (25-06-2016). It was one of the dream destination and I know it will be difficult and expensive if I go alone and said OK and booked flight/train to Delhi and back. Then started thinking it will be hectic for two tours in two weeks. But Pandey who is also coming for Ladakh trip did not agree and made me to visit Tadoba. Day 1 On 11th June we started at 5.00 Hrs in my car from Hyderabad. My wife and son were with me. We are two drivers and had a back seat to sleep if needed. We reached Nirmal by 8.00 Hrs entered town leaving NH44 and had breakfast at Hotel Mayuri. Breakfast was good but when we had lunch next year, it was very bad. We joined NH44 through old NH7 road. Reached Nagpur by 13.00 Hrs and Pandey's home by 13.30. Roads up to Adilabad were excellent. Four lane work and Underpass works at Hingenghat (about 30 Kms) not completed and have to change lanes and pass through the villages. Road at places in this section also not good. After that till Nagpur roads are good. One more travelmate Mr. Jagtap from Betul (MP) who is mine safety officer in Western Coal Fields (WCF) and a native of Nagpur was supposed to join us with his family in his car. But due to some fire accident in a coal mine he could not join us. Our plan was to reach WCF guest house at Murpar which is about 15 Kms away from Navegaon Gate of Tadoba Reserve and stay overnight and reach the gate early in the morning. We started from Nagpur at about 17.00 Hrs and reached Murpar by 19.45 Hrs. While entering Chandrapur district at Umred check-post, local police stopped our car for checking and found one whiskey bottle in our luggage which was kept by Pandey. The police told me that alcohol is banned in chandrapur district and we can not carry. I said I am from Hyderabad and I do not the local rules and never imagined that a particular district will have a ban. He looked at Pandey in the car and asked he is from Maharashtra and how come he do not know. I said he does not know about it and i brought it my self. Some how he took away the bottle and allowed us to proceed further. So those who are travelling to Tadoba please do not carry alcohol. By the time we reached Chimur which is a little bigger town close to Navegaon Gate, it started drizzling and when we took right turn at Khadsangi for Murpar, heavy downpour started and visibility was hardly 20 mtrs in head lights. Left turn at Khadsangi will lead to Navegaon gate. Mr. Jagtap booked the guest house at WCF mine area, Murpar. We found one Telugu cook in the guest house and when we told him about Umred check post incident, he said we are too lucky to be let off, otherwise they arrest and harras for carrying alcohol. When we asked about dinner he said other than non veg, he will prepare any thing. Non Veg has to be brought from Chimur some 12 Kms away and it is not possible at that time and that too in heavy rain. We ordered roti, dal and sabji with omlets. Mean time me and pandey went to Khadsangi in the rain and enquired about safari vehicles. we were told that there is no need to book in advance and Gypsy cars will be available at the gate as per the serial and as many as permitted for the day/session. We had dinner and had good sleep. Day 2 We got up early and reached Navegaon gate before 5.30 Hrs. We found only one car before us at the gate. We went to gate office and booked a safari car and engaged a Guide. Safari car is for Rs. 600 and Guide Rs.350 (That's what I remember). Sky is clear and we found water of previous night's rain on the roads pot holes. We entered the forest by 5.45. Our guide said it is always advantage of more sightings if your car is first and it proved correct. Myself with wife and kids of Pandey The first site before entering the core area Second sighting a glimpse of bear Then a Jackal There were lot of birds and I could not shoot them as I do not have a proper lens. The same bear came out of the forest and crossed our path. We were told that Tiger will come here but after waiting enough time he did not turned up. There are many deers and Neelgai Obviously not happy with our presence Canter from Moharli gate Now many jeeps arrived and waiting at a water hole for the arrival of the Big Cat. But it did not show up and the our morning session ended. Little disappointed and our guide was telling us that people make more than six safaris and go back without seeing a Tiger. We had a booking for afternoon safari also. With a little hope we returned to our guest house. On the way back from morning safari Padey with our Driver and Guide. Will continue with after noon Safari..
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    In search of Big Cat, Hyderabad to Tadoba drive

    We had returned to guest house around 10 and had our breakfast. Ordered food for lunch and went to bed to have some rest. Post lunch we packed our bags and reached Navegaon gate by 15.00 Hrs for afternoon safari. Timings are 15.00 Hrs to 18.00 Hrs. It was very hot now and the morning wetness on the ground disappeared. It was New Jeep and New Guide. We enquired about morning vehicle and guide and we were told that their serial will come on next day only. It was so hot that we could not see any animals on roads like we saw in the morning. We roamed and roamed in various directions. Our guide got a call from other guides about sighting of Tiger and by the time we rushed there it disappeared in to forest. Found some more birds at a water hole. \ Then these After shooting this cute one, we got information that a Tiger (I forgot the name of it) is sighted at a specific water hole. We rushed there and found a canter and a half a dozen jeeps are lined up in front of the water hole waiting for the Tiger to come. After waiting for some time at about 17.00 Hrs we gaot another message that the Tiger reached another water hole It was the same where we waited in the morning. By the time we reached there it was too crowded. More than 20 jeeps are there with big big cameras zooming out and clicking the BIg Cat. With great difficulty we squeezed in (Jeep) (None is allowed to get down from the jeeps. Not only here but during entire safari time. And at last we could see a Tiger taking rest in the pond after a belly fool of hunt. Around 17.30 all the vehicles came from other gates including Mohrali left the place as they have to travel more than 30 minutes to reach their gates. We had an advantage of short distance to Navegaon gate and we stayed up to 18.00 Hrs and left the place. I do not have proper Zoom Lens and the snaps of the Big Cat are not so good after more cropping. Here are few... This is the last one away from core area said bye bye to us. We started at about 18.15 from Navegaon gate and started for nagpur as I have to drop Pandey and his kids. Otherwise we can directly come to Hyderabad. We reached around 20.00 Hrs to Nagpur it rained again reducing our speed to 30 Kmph while reaching Nagpur. We stayed overnight at Nagpur and started after breakfast at 9.00 from Nagpur and reached Hyderabad by 16.00 Hrs. Summary 1. Navegaon Gate is the most nearer to the core area and one can reach the core area quickly and there will be more chances of animal sighting. 2. Private resorts like Tigers heaven Resort and Jharana Jungle Lodge are available when we visited in June 2016. Some more might have been added now. We did not stayed in any one of them hence no feed back. 3. Unlike other gates, very limited vehicles are permitted from Navegaon gate. What I remembered is 10 in the morning and 10 in the Afternoon. 4. Advance booking (Online) is best option. Direct entry (Booking at Gate) is possible only if permitted quota is not booked online which most unlikely. 5. Private cars also permitted on condition that a forest guide is available in our car. I do not think it is wise as visibility to rear seat occupants is not good and one seat in the front is occupied by guide. It will be difficult to take photographs. None will be allowed to get down from car, 6. We can directly reach Hinganghat on NH44 from Navegaon and the distance to Hyderabad will be about 530 Kms. Other option is via Chandrapur but quickest is Via Hinganghat. I am not aware of road condition between Navegaon to Hinganghat. 7. Road between Nagpur to Navegaon gate is mostly two lane and very good up to Umred (Chandrapur dist border) and good beyond that. Total about 100 Kms. I would love to share any further information known to me. Hope I did not write too much.
  21. I checked up yesterday about Safari Storm, on 2019 models only 25K discount is offered across all variants. on 2018 models insurance at 14990 and exchange bonus of 20K is being offered. Malik Cars offered 70 K discount on 2018 models and on 2019 model 25 K only.
  22. Sure @sagar by weekend. Today I am going to Tirupathi for Darshanam and on return I will post the details.