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vinz

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About vinz

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  • Birthday 11/02/1981

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    Strategy & Program Mgmt Professional | MBA from ISB

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    Hyderabad

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    Driving, Writing, Reading

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  1. vinz

    Hyderabad to Tirupati road trip guide

    NAM to an extent is a good 4 lane highway which meets the Kolkata - Chennai (NH16) expressway near Medarametla. I will not call it an Express Highway as there are lots of villages enroute till you hit the NH16 and it will not be easy to maintain good speeds. I did this route in Oct 2017 and back then I had reached in less than 8 hours (I did some spirited driving as I had a timeline to honor). I suggest you start early (5/5:30AM) so that you enjoy your early morning drive. Breakfast at Hotel Vivera and then aim for lunch at Tangutur - Hotel N5 Food Plaza. You should take a diversion from Naidupeta towards Tirupati. There are many gas stations so it won't be a worry. The one I stopped to refuel was at a large IOCL fuel station before Tangutur.
  2. vinz

    Hyderabad to Sikkim road trip

    Nice pics.. the word 'reunion' with college friends itself guarantees a great trip 😎 Definitely waiting to both see and hear more about the trip
  3. vinz

    Kurnool to Mantralayam Road Condition

    Thanks @Ranger Sure, will try and create a video travelogue this time.
  4. vinz

    Kurnool to Mantralayam Road Condition

    Thanks @Ranger @sagar: Thanks much for the suggestions. I will take the route via Kodumur and Yemigannur and post an update. @Sridhar Tandra: Thanks a ton.. I will be covering Alampur on my way to Kurnool apart from that did not have any other plans to drive to places around Kurnool so your suggestion around Birla Mandir really helps
  5. Hi! I am planning for a Kurnool and Mantralayam trip next weekend so any inputs on the below would really help: a. Route to take between Kurnool and Mantralayam and the road condition b. Places to visit in Kurnool since I will be staying there for 2 days Thanks in advance.
  6. vinz

    Hyderabad to Tirupati road trip guide

    Definitely take the NAM expressway. At that hour of the day don't risk by traveling through Nandyal. There is a Indian Oil COCO fuel station before Ongole (once you join the Kolkata - Chennai highway), you can fill up there. And considering the time of your travel, avoid the diversion at Gudur and take the one at Naidupeta. I agree, plan your dinner stop properly. The ones mentioned are the only 2 good places to stop.
  7. vinz

    Drive to Yedupayala Bhavani Temple

    Nice pics and narration @Sridhar Tandra..
  8. vinz

    Hyderabad to Pune Road condition

    Perfectly laid out map. Though Humnabad to Kalaburagi ring road is around 60 odd kms only, any idea on the condition and safety of the route?
  9. vinz

    Hyderabad to Pune Road condition

    Thanks @Uday ( kvuk ) for the detailed write up.
  10. vinz

    Hyderabad to Pune Road condition

    Nice, can you please let us know more details about your trip - which car, travel timings etc. Thanks!
  11. vinz

    Hyderabad to Tirupati road trip guide

    No specific reason, had the whole day just to drive so thought I can at least report on this road and moreover it was going to take me the same amount of time. Also, I had travelled through this route multiple times during 2011 - 14 so wanted to see the changes first hand :-)
  12. vinz

    Hyderabad to Tirupati road trip guide

    It has to be NAM. But the traffic on NAM was bad. Almost from Narketpally to Ongole it was always busy and that's a big negative for the route. Ongole to Gudur was a breeze.
  13. vinz

    Hyderabad to Tirupati road trip guide

    Thanks all for the inputs. Tried out the Kadapa - Kurnool route in the return journey. Started at 10:30 AM from the Tirupati Airport and reached Gachibowli around 6:30 PM. Road condition update: Tirupati to Koduru (45 kms): Average road with few bad stretches and some unmarked speed breakers. (drive will be good as it goes through a forest range) Koduru to Rajampet (38 kms): Bad roads with lots of potholes and many unmarked speed breakers. Rajampet to Kadapa (55 kms): Mix of average and bad roads. Nothing alarming though. Kadapa to Nandyal (130 kms): Beautiful 4 track toll road till you approach Nandyal and that's where the worst part begins. Nandyal to Kurnool (75 kms): Pathetic would be an understatement. There is almost a 60 km stretch just before Nandyal and after the town (till Panyam) where a proper road is missing. Its a mess and quite bad. But again gave me an opportunity to appreciate my Hexa more :-) Beast just muscled itself through. It gets a little better around Panyam - Orvakal Kurnool to Hyderabad (210 kms): Very good (will not report on this as its been very well covered in this forum). Overall a journey of 550 odd kms took me close to 8 hours. Will try and post a full travelogue in the next couple of days.
  14. vinz

    Hyderabad to Tirupati road trip guide

    Sure will do so in the return journey. Didn't click any during the onward journey, reaching Tirupati before 3 PM was high on my agenda. Sent from my ONEPLUS A5000 using India-Drive mobile app
  15. vinz

    Hyderabad to Tirupati road trip guide

    Reached at 2:30 PM. Started at 6:40 AM from Gachibowli, took NAM and then Gudur - Tirupati route. First 30 odd kms on Gudur - Tirupati was bad but loved putting my Hexa through it and it did perform very well. Post that the road was a breeze.
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