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  1. Hampi, Aihole, Pattadakal and Badami tour was indeed a three years dream ultimately became true in the first week of Jan, 2019. I took the same route as our ID group travelled in December, 2018. Hyderabad-Kurnool-Bellari-Hampi. Return I came from Badami-Lingsugur-Raichur-Desugur-Mahaboobnagar-Jadcharla-Hyderabad. I may not be able to put up all the story at one go. I will try to post it day wise. Team Me and My Wife, My Mother's sister and uncle, Their Daughter and two 11 & 9 year old kids. (5+2) Vehicle- Uncle's own Xylo Day One-05-01-2019 With a little delay than we planed we started from Vanasthalipuram just before 6.00 AM with a cofee break at M Food Court before Jedcharla and reached Kurnool by 9.15 AM. We had Buffet Breakfast at Hotel Suraj Grand @ Rs.120/- Per head and the breakfast was very good. We started just before 10.00 AM from Kurnool and reached Mayura Bhuvaneswari KSTDC Hotel at Kamalapura by 2.30 PM. My wife became sick by the time we reached the destination with three vomitings between Kodumur and Kamalapura. I was told its an infection in intestine and simple medication was told by our family doctor over phone. Every one was in anxiety and after medicationction she slept in the room forcing me to continue with visiting places. I was in a real dilemma not ready to leave her alone in that condition and other side My uncle, aunty, sister with two kids who came from Australia and depending on me for the tour. At one stage I thought of asking my uncle to go ahead by engaging a guide but my wife insisted me to go. As the distance of Vijaya Vittala Temple is close to the Hotel, We left hotel by 4.10 PM. We reached Tallari Gatta Gate by 4.25 and took a snap and proceeded to Battery car point. Due to paucity of time I could not stop over by Gajjela Mandapa. We saw all the ruins and places on drive in battery car. By 4.50 we reached the Vijaya Vittala Temple and after taking entry tickets, we engaged a guide out side the temple for Rs. 350/- Full team minus my wife 😥 Full temple Left side view through Wide angle lens Sun set time Right side of the Temple. By the time we saw the Vittala temple complex, it was 6 Pm and the time for closure of temple. When we came out we were told that the last battery car will depart from the temple at 6.30 PM so we did not went to Shiva Temple adjacent to Vittala Temple. We came out and wanted to see King's balance. Before that few clicks of Siva temple and Vittala Market. My wife also called me and informed me that she is feeling better. Vishnu Temple on the way to King's Balance King's Balance Few other structures near by We returned in the last battery car and reached the Hotel by 7.15 PM. We had dinner at the same hotel and went to bed early. Food is good at the hotel but the service is very slow. Room service is not available. End of day One
  2. Hi All, This is my first travel story in India-Drive. I have been working in Bangalore from the past few years. Recently, I moved back to Hyderabad. My last drive is from Hyderabad to Himalayas with India-Drive team. It is my best and longest I have ever done in my Duster. Surylanka drive I have been to Suryalanka around 10 times, frankly speaking, I lost the count! Last month me and my friend decided to go on a quick weekend getaway. Plan is to start on Saturday morning and come back by Sunday evening. We all know that Suryalanka is overcrowded during weekends. So we constructed a strategy to beat the crowd. Route taken Hyderabad --> Vijaywada --> Suryalanka We took this route since we had accommodation(friend's place) at Vijayawada. Best route from Hyderabad to Suryalanka Hyderabad --> Nalgonda --> Miryalaguda --> Narasaraopet --> Suryalanka I would suggest people to visit Chirala beach along with Suryalanka, we missed out due to time constraint. We started on Saturday around 11AM. We took the famous the Hyderabad-Vijayawada section. This is one of the best section after Hyderabad-Bangalore.(my personal favorite) Maintained steady 110km/hr in my trusted Duster. We reached Suryapet by 2PM and stopped over for lunch at Hotel 7. Hotel 7 is one of the best in terms of Infrastructure/Food/Quality/Maintenance. Suryapet to Vijayawada took us around 2 hours +. Crossing Vijayawada is always pain. Multiple diversions and no proper signs leads to confusion. One of our friend stays in Vijayawada outskirts, we reached his place by 5PM. Decided to call the day off.
  3. Hello, I am looking to go to Suryalanka and Chirala this Monday and I've booked my accommodation at Harita beach resort for two days. Can you guys please help me out in planning my drive? I would appreciate any advice on this. Thanks!
  4. We (my son and me) went to Kondaveedu Fort on Jan 13, 2019, in our Baleno. It is approximately 275 km from Hyderabad, and drive time is around 5-1/2 hrs. Route: Hyderabad -> Narketpalli -> Narsaraopet -> Phirangapuram -> Kondaveedu Fort Short Note: Kondaveedu Fort is situated in a beautiful spread of Kondaveedu mountain ranges, located 1700 feet above the sea level and at a distance of 26 kms from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. The fort being located on a hill top, the view from this place is awe inspiring. And driving through the newly-laid continuous hairpin bend (almost 20) ghat road is exhilarating to say the least. It is a shame that this beautiful place, once flourished as the capital of Reddy kings, could not fast become a tourist hotspot. It is only in recent years, tourists from across the state are thronging the place and enjoying the scenic beauty of the area. We started from Hyderabad at 5:30 am and reached the fort by 10:30 am. We drove to the top of the hill, spent some time, took some photographs, enjoyed beautiful view of natural scenery and returned back. Unfortunately, we could not get into the fort as renovation work was still going on. Later, we went to Mangalagiri and Kanuka Durga temples and returned back to Hyderabad same day by 7:15 pm. Total trip distance was 635 km. Since Kondaveedu Fort can be reached easily via road and has excellent roads, I would recommend going here for a picnic and returning on the same day. However, if you want to crash, put up in any hotel in Guntur. Although the roads have been maintained, there are not many options for food and drinks around the fort. However, presently renovation work is going on and no tourists are allowed to go to the top of the hill. We were fortunate enough to be allowed.
  5. Hyderabad to Hamsaladeevi Beach - A hidden Paradise After a long wait for the December trip, we kick started our vacation to the most beautiful Hamsaladeevi beach located in the Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh. Usually many of them skip this place due to lack of accommodation, but you will find a decent stay in Vijayawada which is around 80 kms approximately from Hamsaladeevi. It is definitely worth travelling so far to see the beauty of this Sagara Sangamam, where river Krishna meets the Bay of Bengal. We started at an early hour from Hyderabad and reached Vijayawada by 10 AM and checked into the OYO hotel. There are no food joints available at Hamsaladeevi beach so we packed the lunch from the hotel and headed out. Vijayawada to Hamsaladeevi drive took us 3 hours with some breaks. Hamsaladeevi village is 24 kms away from Avanigadda and we reached Hamsaladeevi by 3 PM. After a long drive from Hyderabad, there was an adrenaline rush gushing out to see this most beautiful place and couldn't wait to snap the sandy beach and the 'river-beach' meeting point. This point is 2 km away from the beach (From Hamsaladeevi village, beach is 4 kms) and we drove our car on the beach side shore to the port to see the confluence. Distance : 376 km Ride: Honda City Fuel : Petrol Mileage : 15 kmpl Hotel : OYO rooms (2000/- per night) Best Route 2016 Hyderabad --> Suryapet --> Vijayawada -->Pedapulipaka --> Madduru --> Thotlavalluru --> Nimmagadda --> Avanigadda --> Nagayalanka --> Chodavaram --> Hamsaladeevi Beach Note: Don't take any diversions from the mentioned route else you might end up between bad conditioned roads and longer distances as you pass
  6. *All pictures will be posted at the end of the topic* Total Odo was 2600kms. We did it in 3 full days. The initial thought was to go Goa. But I heard that, Munnar temperature is dropping to sub zero and we can experience frost and fog. So I convinced my brother for Munnar road trip. I thought of taking my Mitsubishi Lancer (1999 model, Stock condition). but dont want to take risk in ghat section. My brother owns Hyundai Eon newly bought. Hardly we are 2 and can go without missing any space comfort. Planned to go by 10th of Jan in the early morning 3 Am. But due to my hectic second shift timings, I couldn't had enough sleep. 10th Jan 2019, Thursday Woke up at 7am and took Orr at ghatkesar entry and halted Shamshabad by 9am. Had good breakfast started by 9.30. I have taken the pilot charge and slowly accelerated to 100kmph. we feel the small car Eon is stable at 100kmph for cruising and braking. didnt gave halt anywhere. by 12:30 we skipped kurnool and halted for lunch at Ananthapur by 14:30. The temperature outside is around 30* . felt bit irritating in driving. slowly crossed penukonda and took halt for petrol pump. There I spotted KIA's new sedan. photos will be attached at end. departed from that place and seen KIA's plant for the first time. Its a very large. Realised that our average speed is coming down. then we planned to skip Bangalore city. Google maps didn't shown proper route. but I followed the suggested route by one of our members. ( He is Mr. ***) We have taken branch lane at devanahalli town and heading towards Hoskote. Its a single lane and bad road. full of traffic with loaded trucks. didnt check the time but we reached Hoskote. (Hoskote is on Bangalore- Tirupati highway * Old Madras highway formally). Then next hurdle we have to cross Hosur. Even this is a very busy road. can see lot of cabs and loaded truck. We reached Hosur by 19:00 approx. Thats where we took back our NH7/ 44. Thats full of 6 lane and full of hectic moving traffic. all people are rushing minimum speed of 80kmph. Their all driving shows full of recklessness. all junctions are equipped with blue LED lights blinking in weird way. its very disturbing. We crossed krishnagiri and felt happy after that. All chennai pax diverted completely. Slowly we reached dharmapuri by 20:30. Had Excellent dinner at Arya's bhavan. Proceeded towards Salem. Basically Salem is a very main junction. It holds roads coming from chennai side, bangalore side, coimbatore/ kochi side and kanniyakumar/ Madurai side. All the national highway through salem is like gliding on the city with one single fly over. Awesome roads those are. The advantage of taking NH7/44 is, we no need to divert anywhere. all the road join this highway and divides their own. Now, I feel bit drowsy and heading to Dundigul. Any how I managed 80kmph and used all my energy to reach dindugal. There we have to take right towards Theni/ Munnar. 11th Jan 2019, Friday Almost 00:30 we took right turn towards Theni/ Munnar. we can use same road for Kodaikanal also. I handover steering to my brother and took power-nap. Its a double road without divider. Every junction, there are strong barricades arranged in zigzag way. Somewhere before theni. A police checkpost arrived. police asked us the details and check our luggage, car and car docs. they allowed to pass from there. Later crossing then, ghat started with a strong hairpinbend. The road has fresh tarmac and having cat eyes. Lots of hairpin bends and the elevation taking us drastically up. I feel temperature is coming down for every 2-3 hairpin bends. approx 40-50 curves and easy 20 hairpin bends we crossed, (Watch for fallen stones on the road) and reached kerala border checkpost. through out ghat we got 4G internet (FYI). thats where we had great ride seriously. And from then around 80kms , its a bad road. some places with no road. We can clearly seen the roads are washed out due to land slides. The temperature is really chilling outside. finally we reached Devikulam. At this place I have seen clear sky with infinity stars shining. This will be the best place for night photography. by this time its our own risk. we cannot spot any human presence. those are very remote places during night. by 05:00 we reached munnar. and my brother booked a nice room at pallivasal. its on munnar kochi ghat. Had sleep till 10am and woke up. just took drive aback to munnar and had a very good breakfast at sangeetha restaurant(Pure veg). took drive to Top station. we can spot a big lake with dam and tea plantations while going. the climate was not so good to enjoy and photography. may be I reached in wrong time. Try some farm fresh carrots at stalls. be prepare for parking. as thats a narrow stretch, so can take parking a bit outside. I collected the information about the cold place where the temperatures goes subzero. We are completely tired and driven back to room and had sound sleep very early. 12th Jan 2019, Saturday Woke up in the morning 5 and vacated our room by 5:50. took drive to munnar first and had tea in a bakery. Thats too chilling climate outside. I can approximate 6-7* C. We were actually returning to Hyderabad by covering few places. I took the drive and heading towards Udumalpet. while going out from munnar, I saw people gathered beside a small lake. There I found water is emitting vapor. After getting down from the car, literally my fingers were freezing. I have taken my jacket and camera with me. Spotted frost on grass and photographed few moments.between beautiful sun rise moments started. So I decided to move on from that place. The road again going up from the actual plane. There we crossed so many tea plantations. these are actaully beautifull than top station plantations. the road is bit mixed with bad patches. overall you fell, this what munnar is. U can see a mile stone mentioning about sea level. thats 5500 meters. I missed to take that click. after going some distance, the road slowly takes to you to down. Later you will enter into annamalai wild life reserve. the road is bit narrow. u will follow a valley through out in the right side. be very careful on that road with upcoming traffic. By 9:00, we reached a forest checkpost. Hardly its 15 kms to Udumalpet. then we have to take to left towards Coimbatore. with the help of google maps we skipped coimbatore. reached mettupallyam by 12:00. Had good lunch at Kallar Railway gate. My brother taken the steering for nilagiri ghats. this is bit tough than munnar ghat in traffic and ghat elevation. I didnt planned any ste visits in ooty except chocalates shopping. we continued to masinagudi, thats actually 70kms to get down. there is another route, which can takes u down in just 35kms. unfortunately traffic police not allowing any vehicles. probably its a one way. we crossed mudumalai and bandipur. later halted at nunjangud for sacks. took mysore outer ring road towards bangalaore. he still we can skip bangalore city while coming from mysore side. we can take left at Maddur, towards Kunigal. the road is 2 lane without divider and occational speed brakers. thats awesome road u can drive. After reaching Kunigal, u can find an awesome Mangalore bangalore highway with 4 lane with divider. U can take that road till Nelamangala. after reaching nelamangala, u can take road to dodballapur and then to chikballapur. these two road are with bad patches and will all single road. There we have taken our NH7/ 44 towrds Hyderabad. My brother driven all the way to hyderabad with 3 power naps. 13th Jan 2019, sunday We reached Hyderabad by morning 9:30 safely. All the photos can be accessed through below link.
  7. Shekar

    Hyderabad to Nagarjuna Sagar

    Hi Friends, This is the first travel after joining the group and happened on the suggestion of the group in Whatsapp. I saved a lot of leaves for traveling to the USA this October/November. But due to some reasons, that tour did not materialised and some 13 leaves were left to be utilised in December. First I had availed 3 days leaves from 12th Dec. First day I had attended a marriage engagement at Hyderabad and two more days plus Saturday & Sunday were with me. I wanted to go out only for 2 days and as per the suggestions of the group decided to visit Sagar on 13th & 14th. I made a booking in Tourism Hotel Vijay Vihar at Vijayapuri in the morning before starting. Me and my wife started at 10.10 Hrs from Hyderabad and reached Sagar by 13.00 Hrs with a stop at OOR exit on Sagar road to meet a family friend for 15 Min. and had a late breakfast at a way side hotel. (another 30 Min). Had buffet lunch in tourism hotel and out in car by 14.00 Hrs. My friend in Sagar project arranged for a visit to the dam and inside dam (inspection galleries). Generally visitors are not permitted to go on to earth dam and main dam for security reasons. Mean time local person called me asked us to reach the dam by 15.00 hrs as the staff have gone for lunch. Then we made a round in the hill colony where I had stayed for couple of years in the childhood. With great difficulty I could able to find out the quarters where we had stayed. All the Sagar quarters are now seems to be occupied by locals unauthorised including some top politicians. Quarter where I stayed in childhood We made a round up to the road bridge on Krishna river in front of the dam and came back to Earth Dam. Took permission from special police and entered on to it by 15.00 Hrs. We were asked not stop the car in between and not to click any photos. So we obeyed. Views of either side over the road bridge. When we reached main dam, the security staff received my car number and opened the gate and allowed us over the dam. After speaking to Irrigation AE, we stopped at first tower (Lift). Then we were guided in to the lift and taken to first inspection gallery at 140 Feet Down from top. There is an exit towards spillways side and a ramp which will lead us to first spill way on left bank. We did not carried the camera, but we took some snaps with mobiles. Three more inspection galleries are available below the one we visited. Lift for the same was having some problem and we did not go down further. These galleries are used to check the health of the dam. at every 10 Mtrs tel tale vents area available and the water leakage from these will indicate the internal leakages and the health of the dam. These galleries also used for repairing any leakages (How I do not know). We were told that every day morning staff will inspect all the four galleries each is of a length of a 1000 mtrs. After spending some time inside, we came on to the dam. due to heavy clouds and fog, we could not see the water in dam properly. With great difficulty we could able click some photos. After thanking the irrigation official we went to Ethipothala falls. We were not expecting any water in the falls but there were some. On the way back to hotel we had clicked sunset over the Sagar Dam. We could not get it exactly over the gates area. We came back to hotel before it was too dark and spent the time sitting in the balcony with Sagar backwater view. (Though the water is not visible due to fog) End of day One.
  8. Ranger

    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
  9. kishorerao

    Hyderabad to Ooty drive

    Guys can someone please suggest the route and pit-stops to ooty from Hyderabad and best place to stay in ooty I'm planning to go on 16th December 2018
  10. I have never planned road trips in advance however planning to do the Ooty Drive this month end taking a few additional days off during the long weekend. I am planning the drive from Hyderabad to Ooty Route: Hyderabad--> Bengaluru --> Mysuru --> Ooty . I am thinking of starting early morning and reaching Mysuru by evening to halt for the night. Any suggestions on pit stops, hotels, sightseeing on way please..
  11. 25th Oct 2016, 7 O’clock in the evening: Suddenly got a lucrative offer from GoIbibo on selected hotels while surfing internet. Confirmed with my soul mate for a trip during Diwali holiday; and by 7.30 PM we were done with hotel & bus booking to travel to one of the most favourite destination of our country ...GOA!! Night driving is not my cup of tea. So this time had to let go of our white knight. We had very short time for this trip (29th Oct to 1st Nov), so driving during the daytime will be too hectic for such a short trip. 28th Oct: We completed our respective work early to be with our friends when as they were taking delivery of their first car.!! We rushed to home for packing around 6 O’clock in the evening. We just had 40 minutes to pack and catch the bus to Goa. First time since morning we had time to breath....Goa here we come!! 29th Oct: Our overnight journey to Goa was uneventful and we reached Panjim, capital of Goa by 9 in the morning.. We rented an activa from Amigos Tours & Travels, near Panjim bus stop & reached hotel around which was near Candolim beach but away from the crowd of the Candolim. 10.30 AM Our stay: Mouth watering food joints just a km away from the hotel were pulling us for breakfast. So after a lovely breakfast at “Teama”, we headed towards the famous Baga beach. Baga beach was clean, our slow leisurely romantic walk along with sea shore turned even more exciting when we spotted a starfish, a jellyfish and few shells. They were washed ashore by the waves. Baga Beach, North Goa: Our next destination was Anjuna beach. Shiva valley & Curlies are the two hot spots to chill. We decided to try Shiva Valley. Our obvious choice was the 1st floor of the shack which gave us a magnificent view of Anjuna beach.For lunch we ordered Red snapper butter garlic fry which comes with fries & fresh salad & of course Kings Beer which is obvious in Goa!! The food was great, so as the ambiance. Perfect place if you are in Goa. Now it was time to spend a relaxing afternoon on the beach, with the setting sun at the horizon it created a magical effect. We couldn’t keep track of the time.. Proving to be a responsible citizen of India I did not ride back after the booze, my dear wifey took over. On our way back we walked into a German bakery this time for a cup of coffee. Ordered butter croissant, sandwich & hot coffee. It was really awesome to have good cup of coffee and nice bites at the evening. We call it for a day after having dinner nearby. 30th Oct: We had breakfast near the hotel while heading to Arambol. On the way towards Arambol:- Half way down the road Police stopped us, dint find any reason still asked us to give Rs 100(As a diwali hapta) & promised us that nobody will catch us in the next 3 days! He provided us a challan with validity!! [emoji3]. I did not oppose quietly paid and left. Hassle with the police was the last thing I wanted in a trip.. Anyway we reached Arambol & check “laughing Buddha” shack to find out that, sun-bed charge is extra @ 500 Rs/day!! We searched for another place as we were in no mood to pay extra for the bed as it comes for free if you have lunch in any shack. So, we landed at “21 Coconuts”. They don’t charge extra for bed as long as you have lunch at this place. Hence we decided to chill in this place. Ordered some delicious sea-foods like calamari, mackerel along with beer & drinks! We loved the place so much that ended up spending almost entire day by chilling & watching the lively beach!! View from 21 coconuts:- Calamri, beer, drinks.. Pomfret:- It was around 3 PM, while we decided to head towards Chapora fort to watch lovely sunset. As it was crowdy, we trek down to a relatively quiet place. It was so beautiful:- We came back to hotel after a lovely day!! 31st Oct: We woke up early and headed towards South Goa, Palolem beach, which is around 80 KM through the NH 66. Towards Palolem: We started around 7 O’clock & checked in Palolem around 10 O’clock. The famous place “Dropadi” was yet to start their day. It was bright sunny & relatively hot day, so the walk along the beach was not at all soothing hence we were badly looking for a place to sit & enjoy. We had a few drinks at “Ciarans”. @ Ciarans This place was not at all pocket friendly, so we only had a beer & mocktail before moving to “Ro-Coco Pelton” which offers free sun-bed. But weather was bit hot so we chose to sit inside after spending some time in water. “Ro-Coco Pelton” is a nice cozy place which has nice varieties of food & drinks menu, managed by local youths. Though service is bit slow, but who cares. People go there to relax, slower the service means more time to chill !!. View from Ro-Coco Pelton Colourful Goa: Around 1 O’clock we checked into “Dropadi” to have lunch. It was a crowded place as it’s very near to the entrance of Palolem beach; unlike “Ro-Coco Pelton”, “Ciarans” & other shacks for which you need to take a walk. Anyway, this time we had seafood chop suey, chicken chop suey and beer. Seafood chop suey & Kings Beer: Food was costly compared to north goa.. It was really nice to have some great food with Goan beer Kings and enjoying the sandy stretch of palolem beach!! But still I would say “Dropadi” is overhyped place & very expensive. So this is not a must visit place, for us atleast!! We relaxed there before we began our journey back, so the picturesque sight of the Goan sunset at the famous Palolem beach has to wait till our next visit. Our journey back was driving through impossibly green countryside. It was a pleasure being the photographer. Magnificent Road: Just a little before sunset we reached our hotel. We preferred a quiet beach next to the hotel, to enjoy the serene of twilight & before the darkness took over. There was no one out there. Soft rhythmic sound of the waves, last rays of the setting sun adorning the horizon and the twinkling diamonds were decorating the dull sky over us. Nothing can be better than this at the end of the day especially after a long drive. We lay down on the soft sand to watch the star gazed sky over us. It was so peaceful, quiet, serene…. We could see the Candolim beach a km away busy with night life entertainment. So people don’t come to this area. If you are in mood to enjoy serene beach then come to this place. After spending a blissful hour there, that night we had Goan special King fish curry & rice paired with Kings Beer for dinner at a shack near candolim beach while enjoying the evening breeze of Arabian Sea. Last Day, 1st Oct: Woke up early to enjoy the uninterrupted stretch of golden sand beaches. Clean water, fresh air, chirping sounds of birds..what a nice ambience it was. Early morning walk along with seashore of Goa is one of the unforgettable moments of my life. Today we had a plan to visit a church and Aguada fort before we took our bus from Panjim . However the weather was warm and we changed our plan. We went back to 21 coconuts at Arambol to take the last bite of Goan delicacy. Sea-foods, beers & mock tails we had them all.[emoji3] That's me:- 21 Coconuts:- Around 4 O’clock we headed back towards Kadamaba Bus stop. After few formalities to return the activa, it was time to bid farewell to Goa. But when you leave Goa you leave with a lust to get back here again.. and surely we will come back soon!! “Unplanned trip is the best kind of trip”. We did not plan our trip but that added to our pleasure the blissful surprises hanging around the beach, cruising through the state on two wheels .. delightful food..chilled beer and The mighty Arabian sea!! About the places we visited: 1. Sea pearl hotel, candoilm: It’s basically a home stay not a hotel. Owner Dominic & Lettie both are good people as a host. Main advantage of this place is location. It’s less than a km away from the overcrowded candolim beach road. Though you will get all the food joints, some necessary items , shopping places, tattoo counter & what not!! Apart from the strategic location, next attraction should be the serene beach next to the hotel. This beach is a km away from the main candolim beach and entire crowd goes to the main candolim beach, so you get a calm & quiet beach though very connected to the market. The owner maintains a good garden surrounding the property which looks really nice. Downside we found is they don’t even provide bed tea, forget about foods. Only option is the menu card of nearby food joint they kept at room. If you call them the food joint fellow will come for delivery. Another disadvantage is , as the approach road is very small, you can’t keep your own car(if you drive down to Goa) at hotel area rather you have to keep near market (Designated Parking area is there & had seen many private car parked at night which came from other states). 2. Anjuna Beach & Shiva valley: The water of Anjuna Beach was not good when we visited. You can do some watersports at this beach like Baga. Rate was 700/- for parasailing. You need to take a small walk around some garments & accessories shops to reach Shiva valley shack. This place is one of the most happening shacks of North Goa. If you sit on the 1st floor, you can have nice sea foods & drinks overlooking Anjuna beach. Foods were bit pricey but the place is really wonderful. You have another option “Curlies” which is next to “Shiva valley”. Both the place offers you sun-bed. 3. 21 Coconuts, Arambol beach: Awesome place if you love sea foods. The staffs were friendly. We had Mackerel, Pomfret, red snapper, calalmari & what not! All tastes good. They serve all the sea foods with fries & salad or Rice. just let them know your choice. Though salad was good but the French Fries was so so. Good thing is, once the French Fries was not good, we asked them to replace it, they politely told sorry & replaced the same immediately. Do ask them that which fish is the fresh one. They will guide you, if you are not sure about the preparation in which it tastes best just let them take over. This is a shack, so don’t expect a fine dine or something. All things are pretty basic, you have to deal with it, simple. They don’t charge extra for the bed, as long as you are having foods/drinks with them. 4. German Bakery, Candolim: it’s a very nice & cozy place on the ford aguada road before novotel if you are coming from arambol. Very homely atmosphere, so we relaxed there as if we were at home. Coffee & croissant also tastes good. Few tips: 1. Hire a two wheeler than a car in Goa, you can park easily. Just head to Kadamaba bus stand after you get down at Panjim which is very nearby & walking distance. We got the active @ Rs 250/Day as we reached just before diwali, which may be changed according to the season 2. Always double check the vehicle before you commit. If you don’t find it comfortable, shift to another one. Still don’t like it? You have other vendors also., trust me. 3. Always ask for all the documents (RC, insurance, pollution etc.) Also ask for the helmet, if possible ask helmet for pillion as well. Mostly you will not get helmet for the pillion, but just give a try. Though we dint get it 4. Baga beach offers you more options for sports activity though you can do the same at anjuna as well at cheaper rate. We enquired about parasailing which they quoted at Rs 800 in baga found in anjuna @ Rs 700(without negotiation) 5. Google maps worked brilliantly for us. Hope you will also not face any kind of problem. 6. Dont try to cover South Goa in a single day if you are staying at North Goa. It will be too hectic. Rather I would suggest staying at south goa for a day to watch sunset & next day sunrise then come back to north or panjim accordingly. 7. Dont Ever Drink & Drive!! Cheers!! Pralay All rights reserved for the content & images of the post.
  12. 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
  13. shammy

    Favourite travel picture.

    Share your favourite travel pictures. Please add the location details of the picture you post. Location : Hamsaladeevi beach, 350 kilometers from Hyderabad
  14. Western Ghats exploration drive meet - Report India is blessed to have the best of landscapes offering enthralling views & jaw dropping backdrops and We throttled down to explore our piece of paradise as we always do it. Start point - Gachibowli (ORR) End point - Pune (Hinjewadi) Start time - 05:30 a.m. Total Distance - ~1300 kms Objective - Western ghats exploration, Matheran, Lonavla and Lohagad. Participants: 1) Volks Wagen Polo (Red) 2) Volks Wagen Polo (Red) 3) Hyundai i20 (Black) 4) Swift Dzire (Pacific Blue) 5) Volks Wagen Ameo (Toffee Brown) 6) Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (Brick Red) 7) Maruti Suzuki SX4 (Azure Grey) 😎 Hyundai Creta (White) 9) Jeep Compass (Red) Route Taken: Hyderabad (Gachibowli) --> Zaheerabad --> Humnabad --> Solapur --> Indapur --> Hinjewadi (Pune) Places covered: 1) Lohagad fort 2) Pavna Lake 3) Lonavla, Khandala 4) Matheran Planning : Day 1 : Hyderabad to Pune drive details - Started at 5:30 AM in the morning ( due some delays) - Breakfast stop at around 7:30 AM at Hotel Mahindra Paradise https://goo.gl/maps/4ZU7cMJrdkG2 - Very few options on this section due to new roads - Road between Hyderabad to Humnabad is excellent. - Humnabad to Solapur is pathetic, some sections are too narrow. - Solapur to Pune is excellent, but recently new have installed speed bumps near villages. - We had a lunch break at some road side restaurant. - We reached Pune by 6PM. - According to admins, we are very quick compared to last drive. - During last drive they reached Pune at 7PM (started at 4AM) - I think roads improved! - We checked into Hotel Siesta which is excellent (Frankly, I did not expect such a luxurious rooms for the price) Day 2 : Pune to Lohagad fort - We started at 7/8 AM from Pune - Since our accommodation is in outskirts. - We reached highway within 10 minutes - We had breakfast stop Kamat. - Pune to Lohagad roads are scenic. - We reached Lohagad, explored the fort and had lunch break. - We drove to Lonavala, Tiger view point, We are literally above clouds in some sections. - We reached Pune by night Day 3 : Pune to Matheran -We repeated the same schedule of Day2, till breakfast. - We hit the famous Mumbai-Pune expressway - I can clearly see everyone is pushing their cars, it was pure fun for drivers. - Best experience of Mumbai-Pune expressway is during monsoon. - Once we divert from expressway, roads to Mahteran are pathetic. - It took us hours to complete 80 kilometres. - I loved Mathern, they don't even allow cycles. - Only transport option by walk or horse. - Hotels on the hill top are below average. - While driving back we reached pretty quick on the same route. - We reached to Pune to 9PM Day 4 : Pune to Hyderabad - Drive is was uneventful - It is similar to Day1 Apart from 1 Polo puncture, drive is fantastic throughout four days. Drive Hyderabad : Solapur : Pune : Lohagad fort : Lonavala : Pune : Matheran : Pune : Solapur : Hyderabad Road condition: Hyderabad to Solapur : Hyderabad to Humnabad is good and Humnabad to Solapur is bad Solapur to Pune : Very good, but i have seen some uneven sections, It is no where close to Hyderabad-Bangalore sections Pune to Lohagad: Road are narrow scenic and good Loahagad to Lonavala Roads are bad Lonavala to Pune Road are excellent Pune to Matheran It is a mix of good and pathetic roads
  15. I'm planning to travel on 11 Feb from hyd to ranchi can any one help to find me Gud road conditions with directions Regards Rajesh
  16. Hi Folks, I am planning a trip from Hyderabad to Varanasi on 9th Nov 2018 at 02:00PM via Nagpur, satna, chitrakoot, Prayagraj to Varanasi. Please suggest me inbetween stops , stay and food option availablity. Please also let me know if I should carry any items specifically. Thanks.
  17. Hey guys this is second post in the forum. 3 months ownership report of my Golden Horse (PETROL). This is a pre owned car bought in 2014. My father bought it from his close friend as he was moving to Singapore. We clocked 24000 KM in 2 years and 3000 KM in 3 months. So this is based on my personal observations during these three months. I've done one long trip Hyderabad to Nellore 454 KM and geeting prepared for another trip to Vishakhapatanam by the end of this month. Coming to the point, The car never got an opportunity to hit a highway as the previous owner is mostly travelling out of country, it's in scratchless condition. This is the first long drive on my car. Nothing bad to say about this car, I cruised at 110 KMPH and felt nothing unsafe and could easily touch 140KMPH and the mileage is 15KMPL . At 140KMPH I was bit tensed and heard a lot of engine noise, Steering was slightly out of control, not at all smooth, The engine noise was that loud that I checked the gear I thought it was in low gear. Overall comfort is good no road noise even after 2 years[emoji3]. Coming to the features I liked the cruise control and sunroof a lot. cruise control was blessing for me during my trip and the Air Conditioner the touch system is the worst thing, every time I change the gear my fingers touch the panel and the modes change. Don't know why they've given that instead of something useful like the HUD, or sensing lights or wipers. The interior quality is nice and also the exterior quality. Leg room is excellent front and rear same with the boot I always keep my seat back still there is place in the rear for a medium sized person to sit comfortably for hours. No modifications done interior and exterior. likes: Looks Cruise Control Sunroof Crome Grill[emoji173] Alloys Tail lamps Space Seat Positioning and comfort Smoothness No Noise. Dislikes: Not many dislikes except the air conditioning panel. Sadly Honda City facelift is also getting the same one. This is my personal opinion and observation in 3 months compared to my Swift Dzire ZXI. Here are few pictures.
  18. binayprasad

    Hyderabad to Raipur

    Can anyone help me with Hyderabad to Raipur highway condition?
  19. Hyderabad to Ooty, Coonoor & Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu - Pre monsoon drive meet up - June 01 - 04 17' Start point - Gachibowli (ORR) End point - Ooty (Accommodation) Start time - 04:15 a.m. Total Distance - ~1900 kms Objective - A drive meet to Ooty, Coonoor and Bandipur to rejoice the pre-monsoon showers. Participants: 1) Maruthi Suzuki Baleno 2) Volks Wagen Polo (Red) 3) Volks Wagen Polo (Red) 4) Ford Ecosport 5) Hyundai Creta (Red) 6) Hyundai Creta (White) Route Taken: Hyderabad (Gachibowli) --> Kurnool --> Bangalore --> Mysuru --> Bandipur --> Mudumalai --> Ooty Road Condition: Hyderabad to Bangalore: 4-lane and road condition is excellent, Kurnool bridge is finally completed. Bangalore to Mysuru routes: Route 1: Bangalore --> Visveshpura --> Herur --> Yadiru --> Nagamangala --> Srirangapatna --> Mysuru Bangalore to Yadiru route : 4-lane and excellent road. Yadiru to Srirangapatna route : single lane road, road condition is good but many speed bumps en-route. Route 2: Bangalore --> Channapatna --> Mandya --> Mysuru 4-lane road but heavy traffic. Mysuru to Bandhipur route: Mysuru --> Najanagudu --> Begur --> Gundlupete --> Bandhipur Bandhipur to Ooty route: Route 1: Bandhipur --> Theppakapadu --> Masinagundi --> 36 haripins --> Ooty Non-commercial route, only for cars and small vehicles are allowed. Route 2: Bandhipur --> Gudalur --> Ooty Commercial route with truck traffic. Places covered: 1) Bandipur forest safari 2) Coonoor - Highfield Tea factory 3) Avalanche & Emerald 4) Doddabetta peak 5) Kotagiri 6) Ooty - The Tea factory and Tea museum
  20. driveking

    Hyderabad to Bogatha waterfalls

    Hyderabad to Bogatha waterfalls Distance : 260 Kilometers Drive time : 6 hours (including breaks) Route: Hyderabad --> Jangaon --> Warangal --> Mulugu --> Peddagolla gudem --> Bogatha waterfalls Hyderabad to Warangal road is a mix of both 4-lane and 2-lane. Road condition is above average. Warangal to Bogatha waterfalls : Average road, 2-lane. But the drive is enjoyable as you go through forest. Bogatha waterfalls is a beautiful place. Water is very clean and fresh. Waterfalls is located in the middle of the forest. How to reach Bogatha Waterfalls? You need to walk down at least 2 kilometers to visit this place. The walk itself is fun as you go through the forest. It is not accessible via road. (less crowd ) Other places to cover en-route? You can cover Warangal and Laknavaram Lake which is en-route. Any stay options at Bogatha waterfalls? None, nearest stay is at Warangal or Laknavaram (Telangana tourism) Food(Restuarents) options at Bogatha Waterfalls? No proper hotels. I would suggest to carry your food. It will be fun having a small picnic. You can pack the food from Warangal. PC: Girish
  21. SagarSS

    Hyderabad to Laknavaram

    Hyderabad to Laknavaram Hello All, This is my first post, so please bear with me, if there are any mistakes. Distance : 210 Kms Drive time : 5 Hours (Including Breaks) Vehicle Used : Tata Winger Office Cab () Starting Point: Uppal End Point: Haritha Resorts Laknavaram Island Accommodation: Rs 2500/- for Couple with 2 Kids (but still you can manage if extra person) Telangana tourism Laknavaram Lake view resort. Link to book Accomadation: http://www.harithahotel.com/Laknavaram-Lake/ Route Taken: Uppal--->Bibinagar---->Bhongir---->Yadadri--->Jangoan--->Ghanpur--->Kazipet--->Hanmakonda--->Arepally--->Mulugu--->Laknavaram We have planned this tour almost a month back..(or else I would have joined for Breakfast ride to Rachakonda) Actually, we decided to go in 2 cars ( my Vitara Brezza & my brother's Honda Amaze). But last minute change of plans due to Honda engine radiator problem. We decided to cancel the trip, but we made a decent deal with our office cabbie. Started at 11 AM in the morning after having breakfast. Refueled the cab at Uppal HP Service Station until it choked (This pump is operated by Prisons Dept) I am a nature lover, so I have told my mom to prepare food so that we can have it under a nice shady tree on the Highway. It started off to be a foggy day and we encountered all varieties of climate like rainy, summer heat and winter cold etc The road till Yadagirigutta is awesome and the ride was good but after crossing Yadagirigutta, the road turns out to be single lane due to expansion work in progress. Road condition was average. Crossed Hanmakonda by 1:30 pm and our tummies were banging for food (normally when we do long journeys we tend to crave for food) Let the pictures talk the rest. Greenery along the highway. A glimpse of Bhongiri fort from the highway. Closer shot. Our family Cotton plantation en-route. Accommodation is beautiful, given a chance I can stay here for months. Lunch time. We had lunch surrounded by nature. The feeling that you will not experience in the corporate hotels. Breath taking view from the room, Surrounded by hillocks and water, for a second you get a feel of ooty/Kodai. We did boating and some water games. Good to see that safety jackets are mandatory. Fun games near less shallow areas. The famous Laknavaram bridge. My dad I always say that the times in my life when I've been happiest are the times when I've seen the sunset --- View on the next morning. We explored the lake. Island in the lake. Dense forest and newly laid roads. Surrounded by trees. Temple time. Thank you.
  22. Srikrishna

    Hyderbad to Tirupati road trip

    Dear All, Apologies for the late reply. I finally completed the trip and it was a great experience. I visited the below locations in span of 6 days and drove 2400 kms. Nallamala Jungle camp Horsley hills Chennakesava temple Sompalam Kadiri Narsimha swamy temple Talakona waterfalls Tirupathi Srikalahasti Day-1 Hyderabad to Nallamala Jungle Camp My planned route is Banglore highway i.e Hyderabad ---> Jadcharla--->Kurnool-->Nandyal--->Nallamala Jungle Camp Pacherla Excellent road conditions. I started my journey at 6:30 am from Hydearabad and reachd Nallama Jungle camp by 10:45 am , with a break in Kurnool for breakfast. For 4000 Rs ( you will get cottage, breakfast,Lunch & Dinner at Nallamala Pacherla) , beware of Monkeys. Safari tour was adventurous but hardly we spot any wild life. Day -2&3 Nallamall Jungle camp to Horsley Hills Planned route Nallamala Jungle Camp --->Rayachoti---> Horsley Hills (1-day break) Roads are very good until Rayachoti. From there to Horsley hills it was pathetic , they are laying new roads and the present condition was worst. Please avoid this road by all means. Horsley hills is a pretty good place to chill down and relax. The weather is pleasant always. Here we had spend two days exploring Horsley hills and neary by places. Chennakesava Temple at Sompalayam is a ancient forgotten temple with unbelievable architecture one should go and watch. We also visite Kadiri Narsimha swamy temple on the way. Day 4 Halt at Tirupati (enroute Talakona Waterfalls) Planned route Horsley Hills--> Talakona waterfalls --> Tirupati Roads are pretty good with speed bumps at some places . Day 5 Tirupati darshan Return Journey Day 6 Tirupati NAM expressway Tirupati--->Srikalahasti-->Nellore-->Kavali-->Ongole-->Nalgonda-->Hyderabad. While coming we took Nellore Kavali NAM express towards Hyderabad. The road condition is Ok with so many toll gates and some huge repairs in between. Somehow I feel and suggest to take Kurnool route to Tirupathi which is really good. Attaching few photos from my tour , please have a look.
  23. Road accidents: My analysis on the Mercedes road accident in Hyderabad. Car in question : Mercedes AMG G63 When: On may 10th this tragic took place. What could have went wrong on that day? 1. Rain Yes it rained moderately on the day of accident, less traction and poor visibility. 2. Metro Pillars It is absolutely L & T metro design fault. How on earth are they using pillar as a divider without any protection. 100's of cabs and private vehicles ply on those roads at high speeds, during night time. Most of the cabs lack the basic facilities like ABS and Airbags. I can safely say a direct hit (Pillar) at 70~100 km/hr may kill all the occupants. 3. Night drive I would suggest one to avoid late night drives without proper rest, My assumption is that the driver dozed off at the wheel. 3AM is a very critical time. 4. Over speeding Driver was over speeding, no doubts. But I hate to see the media quoting 210 K/hr, seriously? I know it is an AMG version of G series but take a look at the road before judging. On that curve no SUV can do more that 70km/hr. So my assumption of speed is around 120 ~140 k/hr, that is the maximum. During hi-speed accidents, dials may not be stable as they change due to impact. Driving at 120 km/hr at 40 km/hr zone is a crime, but driving at 150km/hr at 120km/hr zone may happen with many of us. So stop judging with those ORR runs. Show me a single well powered car which has not crossed 120 km/hr on ORR. Few more pictures of the car, after it moved from the crash site Some people said, buckling up may have saved his life but, take a look at the cabin and judge yourself. Steering is touching the roof. No car is immortal with seat belts and airbags in such cases. Always belt up and stay in limits. Over speed kills. RIP both driver and passenger. I am happy that the car ended up at pillar else some innocent would have lost his life. Lessons: No car is safe at insane speeds. One of my colleague did not buy with airbags. Reason: I drive in city only. This proves him wrong! Avoid late night drives as much as possible when you are tired.
  24. Hello , I'm planning a trip from Hyderabad to Leh Ladakh on road in Swift Dezire. I'm planning to go in May,2018. Tell me the best route available on road and a road my car can handle. And travelling in may is good idea?(Being a student that is the only time I get to travel) How long drive should we drive maximum (in hours and distance wise)? Things to carry? And tell me the road which worth travelling (something else to watch). Guide me through a plan where we can have the best days in our life ! Thankyou.
  25. Hyderabad to Shiridi has 3 routes. Route :1: Best route Hyderabad --> Chevella --> Parigi --> Sedam --> Kalaburgai (Gulbarga) --> Solapur --> Ahmednagar --> Shiridi Route :2 : Avoid, until 4-lane is completed. Hyderabad -->Zaheerabad -->Solapur --> Ahmednagar --> Shiridi Route :3 : Avoid, not worth it. Hyderabad --> Nanded --> Aurangabad --> Shiridi Plan: 1. Start early in the morning. 2. Break fast stop at Gulbarga (Kalaburgai). You can stop at Lumbini's Grand Hotel (Breakfast + clean washrooms). 3. Lunch stop, you can find dhabas as soon as you cross Solapur Route 1: Road condition Hyderabad to Kalaburgai (Gulbarga): Single lane and road condition is good. Kalaburgai (Gulbarga) to Solapur : Some patch work is going on, must be completed by now. Nothing alarming. Solapur to Shiridi : Road condition is average, but not an issue with your duster, it will fly.
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