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  1. This is a Family trip to holy places in Maharashtra and Karnataka. Route taken We have taken the Hyderabad-->Vikarabad road and reached Ananthagiri hills. Ananthagiri hills, Vikarabad: There is a view point at Ananthagiri hills. To reach their take the road opposite to Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple. Maps : https://goo.gl/maps/JLedSZQSgpS2 View point is very good. No crowd as it was weekday. Their is ample parking space available. People are littering this place. You can enjoy cool breeze, see the nearby mountain and a far away lake from here. Spent around 1 hour here and continued our journey. Gangapur, Karanataka: We have taken Tandur--Sedam road. Road is good but their are lot of speed breakers. Sedam to Kalaburagi road is very good. Take ring road in Kalaburagi and left exit after High court complex and enter Kalaburagi - Afzalpur road. It is state highway 22. Ganagapur is 35 Kilometers away from here. We reached Gangapur and taken Darshan of Lord Dattatreya. Maps https://goo.gl/maps/nSmqQa1LjuR2 Shreekshetra Ganagapur, One of the most famous Dattatreya Peethas, is associated with Shri Narasimha Saraswati Swami, an incarnation of Lord Dattatreya. It stands on the bank of the river Bhima. We left for a visit to Sangam- Audambar (Fig / Kalpavriksha) Tree on the banks of River Bhima. This place is around 5KM from the main temple. It is said that Narasimha Saraswati's presence is felt at this place in Nirguna Rupa and so, many people sit there and read the Guru Chirtra. Akkalkot, Maharashtra: We continued our journey and reached Akkalkot via Afzalpur. The road is pretty bad shape after Afzalpur. Road widening is going on in entire stretch. Maps https://goo.gl/maps/vmK89LVPQ8m We reached Akkalkot and visited Swami Samarth ( Vatavruksh)Temple. Pandharpur, Maharashtra: Post Darshan we took Akkalkot-- Solapur road. Solapur to Pandharpur road is very good. It is Pune highway. At Mohol we need to take diversion to reach Pandharpur. It is 75kms away from Solapur. Visited Vitthal Mandir and Iskcon Krishna temples. The Pandharpur temple was built in the middle of the thirteenth century by King Visnuvardhana of the Hoysala dynasty. Solapur, Maharashtra: Next day morning started our journey towards Solapur. Visited Shri Siddheshwar Temple in Solapur. This temple is in middle of lake and we can see a bhuikot fort beside the temple. Google maps https://goo.gl/maps/qnf3WzsrMFn Tuljapur, Maharashtra: Visited Tulja bhavani temple in Tuljapur which is 46kms from Solapur.This temple is dedicated to the goddess Bhavani. It is considered as one of the 51 Shakti pithas. Google maps https://goo.gl/maps/giW6iXHUMvw Naldurg fort, Maharashtra: We continued our journey and reached Naldurg fort which is 35kms from Tuljapur on Pune-Hyderabad highway. The Naldurg fort is the biggest land fort in Maharashtra. It has 3 km long fortification wall and 114 bastions. ‘PaniMahal’ is the most attractive monument on this fort. It gives amazing view from inside of this ‘PaniMahal’, when water from ‘Bori’ river flows down from the top of this ‘PaniMahal’. This view can be enjoyed more at the end of the monsoons. Presently the water was little less. Google maps link https://goo.gl/maps/XJjbogMnW3A2 We started our journey back to hyderabad via Omerga, Humanbad and Zaheerabad route. Due to road work there were lot of diversions.Better to avoid this route in night. The total distance covered in 2 days is 900kms. Note: Fuel price in Maharashtra is slightly higher compared to Telangana and Karnataka.
  2. Vikarabad Trip Distance: 200 Ride: Renault Kwid Mileage: 18 Drive Time: 5 hrs (Up & Down) Regular Route: Hyderabad -> Moinabad -> Chevella -> Vikarabad This is my first post in ID and a bit old trip as well (Done in Nov 2017), also saw many of the posts on this route but still wanted to contribute from my end as well 😜 so that I can remember the first post what I posted here. It was our 7th Marriage anniversary and we thought of going for a drive as this also happened to be our 1st anniversary after we bought our new car. We wanted to be back by 8pm as we had already reserved movie tickets for a second show. We were searching for a place which is a mix of devotion + spiritual and some picnic kind of thing and finally decided on Vikarabad. Planned to visit the famous Ananthagiri Padmanabha Swamy temple and then the Kotipally Reservoir. We started at around 9 am from home after completing our Pooja. The roads were good partially as there was repair works going on. At some places you can see tress from either side would ensure there is no sunlight falling on the road. After the expansion of highways its been difficult to see such kind of roads. It was all greenery on either side of the roads. The weather was also very good a bit cloudy to our liking. By the time we reached Vikarabad it was around 11:30 am and there was already heavy rush at the temple. So we decided to visit the temple during return and headed straight to Kotipally reservoir. The route to Kotipally reservoir was not great. For the last stretch, we have to travel for around 3 kms on a dirt road (pic enclosed) and then we would be entering small forest kind of thing and passing it finally the massive lake shows up slowly as we are coming out of bushes we would be able to see the reservoir in its full glory and seeing a reservoir of that scale will definitely lifts up the spirits. We searched for couple of spots and finally halted at the below spot where our car stands tall amidst the background of vast lake. The Kayaking is also available at this place. We missed it ☹ as children were not allowed to take part in it and we didn’t wanted to do it without our son. We came back to our parking spot and my son started playing in the water and he didn’t wanted to come out of it even after playing for almost 3 hours. We had our lunch which we bought from our home at the banks of the lake itself sitting at the back of our car. At around 4pm we started back and halted at the Shiva temple on the side of a hill to offer praying's, then clicked some pics and headed towards main temple. We reached Sri Padmanabha Swamy temple, parked our car and went for darshan. On weekends it is over crowded and hence would suggest people to visit it on weekdays to feel the spirituality and calmness of the surroundings. It took an hour to complete our Darshan and took few snaps of the big idols of Lord Hanuman and Lord Garuda and did some shopping for my kid and then headed towards home. Started back at around 5pm and reached home by 7:45 pm. Had our dinner quickly then headed for the movie and retired to bed at 12:45 am. One of the memorable outings we had in years. We couldn't venture into forest and explore it due to time constraints. Will plan it this year 😊 All pics taken from my mobile.. pardon for the clarity.
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