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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
This trip happened during Novemeber 1st week 2018 and November first being our 9th Marriage Anniversary - we wanted to celebrate it in Mysore hence drived down to Mysore and to Ooty . Started 10:00P:M from Hyderabad and highway was little busy with all RTC and Private Buses towards Bangalore and different parts of Rayalaseema.....we stopped at Kurnool Toll Tax and then started again but started being on a working day after tiring office work has shown the tiredness and me being only driver for the entire trip took good breaks ...we stopped between Kurnool and Anantapur near some petrol bunk and after Anantapur in the early morning to take some power naps ....Reached Bangalore Outskirts by 7:30 .. The Morning Mystic view of Nandi Hills and surroundings was awesome and Bangalore Highway is very very super road except few speed breakers else so much fun to drive straight road. -- We Stopped at Hotel Nandi Upachar : https://goo.gl/maps/LwP1NeFtZoG2 Hotel was very very Decent and Has Nice Rest Rooms and ample parking place - had quick refresh and Nice break Fast and there was Some Minister Visiting the Hotel and traffic was halted ...we had to further wait for 30 more minutes and started at 9:30 A:M and it took us some time to cross Bangalore and Hit Mysore Highway - as usual Bangalore traffic took a toll on us and Mysore highway was little busy. We Stopped at Kamath for quick Lunch and then Started for Mysore . I have a friend who works in Travel agency in Bangalore , he generally takes care of hotel bookings or cab bookings if needed whenever we are around he has booked a room for us in Mysore at Hotel Vyshak Residency - Hotel was good and has Hot water Supply all the day - This )hot water) is one of the must for the Hotels around that place in Winters -- Next Day Early Morning we went for Chamundi Temple - Chamundeshwari Devi -One of the ShaktiPeeta ,We had good Darshan and had some prasadam at their kitchen. While returning, at the Parking Lot My mother overheard some one saying Ooty from Here is 160 kms - She immediatley said to me its 160 kms which means like Hyderabad - Nizamabad [Nizamabad being my Native] She asked me ,Shall we go to Ooty too. Who can deny an drive down to Ooty and I said immediately OK and haven't said anything about Road -,she was not aware of Ghat road and being traveled on Butter smooth Roads from Hyderabad till Mysore she expected it to be same straight roads....but later she was scared to the max after Gudalur when it was pitch dark and raining and Ghat Road Started We had a quick visit to Shri Ganapathi Sachidanda Ashram and started for Ooty at 2:30 P:M - if any one has this in bucket list when they visit Mysore and wants decent stay they can ask for room in Ashram campus and it is pretty less compared to outside while returning to Hyderabad we have to stay in Mysore as it was night when we returned to Mysore from Ooty and we asked an room for accommodation as it falls left while entering Mysore and they gave us a Big room was charged 500 Rs - all facilities were provided indeed Took little while to cross Mysore , later we had took some time to find an ATM to get cash and has to look for ATMs in NanjanGud , the Route taken was Via : NanjanGud - > Gundlupete ->Bandipur -> Gudalur -> Ooty ---- Took Right turn after GundluPete and went 11+ kms to visit Gopalaswamy Betta ....But now cars are not allowed to be driven till the temple and one must Take Karnataka Tourism Buses ...and those will be plied till 4:000 P:M By the time we went there its was 4:00 and we dont has an Option and it started getting dark and we started back , returned to Gundlupete and reached Bandipur Same friend of mine booked a Room for us in 3 Star Hotel - Hotel Preethi Classic http://www.hotelpreethiclassic.com which was closer to city center and had quick tour of Tea Factory , Botanical gardens did shopping at Tibet Market - Finding Good food in Ooty is little tough and we had our breakFast at A2B and its pretty decent and good . Return Journey was Simple - Stopping here and there for few clicks and my car being Wagon R and people cautioned about clutch issues generally occur in that route and asked me to take some breaks and give some time for car and then start ...slowly reached Gudalur and it took sweet 4 hrs including photo breaks and tea breaks , Reached Mysore by 8:00 P:M ,me being no mood to drive wanted a break and i thought of starting next day early morning , and went to Ganapathi Sachithananda Aashram - They allotted a room , we went to near by restaurant and had dinner - Next Day Morning after a good nap and fresh-up started at 5:30 A:M to Bangaore- Hyderabad , Had Break fast at A2B Food Court after Mysore on Bangalore Highway [Excellent and Neat rest Rooms] Crossed Bangalore in midst of heavy traffic and being Monday it was very very tedious to cross Bangalore - Had stop after Bangalore at Shell Bunk and topped up the fuel ,they have checked the car and i took their engine oil and they did the oil change in quick time and started for Hyderabad . Bangalore Highway is one of the best roads i have driven and being day time we can find less traffic on Roads and one can certainly get bored too ...went into Anantapur town in search of a good mess for Lunch but traffic made to change our plans and we stopped at Dhaba some where in between Anantapur and Kurnool highway . After having Some Rotis started for Hyderabad which was Straight Road with speed breakers here and there \ \
sagar posted a topic in Drive Meetup'Drive to the Nilgiris to rejoice the pre-monsoon showers' (01-06-2016) After a splendid night camping & star gazing drive meet last month at Koilsagar, 'India-Drive' now invites you to camp between the Tea plantations on the hill top for those who believe in self exploration while allowing in-depth discovery of the destination. Let us drive in a union spirit to rejoice the pre-monsoon showers and continue this year on a cheerful note. So come out, join the convoy with 'India-Drive' and hunt down to our own piece of paradise. When: June 1st - June 4th 2017 Where: Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu Start point - Gachibowli (ORR) End point - Kotagiri Start time - 4:00 a.m. Total Distance - ~900 kms (one way) Objective - A short drive to enjoy the sudden drop in temperature and thank the pre-monsoon showers. Places to be covered: 1) Bandipur forest reserve 2) Ooty, Doddabetta (4th highest peak in South India) 3) Kotagiri 4) Coonoor Early morning drive into the Bandipur forest reserve Beautiful Avalanche Lake, Ooty Overlooking the picturesque sight of Ooty at Doddabetta peak. Beautiful country side of the Kotagiri tea plantations. Destination description: Bandipur National Park is a forested reserve in the southern Indian state of Karnataka which is known for its small population of tigers. This was once a private hunting ground of the Maharajas of Mysore, the park also harbors Indian elephants, spotted deer, gaurs (bison), antelopes and numerous other native species. Doddabetta is the highest mountain in the Nilgiri hills at 8,650 feet. There is a reserved forest area around the peak which is 9 kms from Ooty, on the Ooty-Kotagiri Road in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu. It is a popular tourist attraction with road access to the summit. It is the fourth highest peak in South India. Coonoor is located at an altitude of 6,070 ft above sea level and is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiri hills after Ooty. It is an ideal base for a number of trekking expeditions leading into the Nilgiris. Kotagiri is situated at an elevation of around 5,883 ft above sea level. It is supposed to have the best climate in Tamil Nadu. Route: Hyderabad (Gachibowli) --- Kurnool --- Bangalore --- Bandipur --- Ooty --- Kotagiri & Coonoor Meet-up point : Gachibowli ORR entrance Map location : https://goo.gl/maps/X5onups3Dxj POC : 9849021091 / 9989745688 Plan: Day 1 (June 01 - 2017): 4:00 AM - We start from off from the meet-up point towards Mysore. 8:00 AM - Stop by for breakfast at Kurnool. 1:00 PM - We stop by for lunch before we enter the Bangalore city. 6:00 PM - We reach Mysore to break down for the day. (We shall try to cover Nandi hills en-route as per the members interest) Day 2 (June 02 - 2017): 7:00 AM: We start from Mysore post breakfast towards Bandipur. 9:00 AM: Start exploring Bandipur National park and Do a forest safari. 1:00 PM: We stop by for Lunch while exploring the country side of Ooty. 4:00 PM: We reach our destination (Camp site on the hill top between the Tea plantations in Kotagiri). We settle down for the day and explore the Nilgiris at Kotagiri and close down for the night besides some fun at the Bonfire. Day 3 (June 03 - 2017): 9:00 AM: We explore the whole day around the Nilgiris i.e, Ooty, Conoor and Kotagiri (Off beat loacations) 8:00 PM: We close down early at the night for an early start the next day towards Hyderabad. Day 4 (June 04 - 2017): 4:00 AM: We start early to escape the Bangalore city traffic and proceed towards Hyderabad. Things to carry: Please do carry your own water bottles and snacks which could be sufficient for 3 days and 4 nights. Trekking shoes, track pants, T-shirts, winter wear and a rain coat. Toiletries, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Mosquito repellent cream and Glucose / Electrol (personal medical kit) Camera kits and Telescopes if any star gazing enthusiasts or night photography enthusiasts. Most importantly loads of energy and positive attitude. Cost per head: 3,500 INR (Accommodation for one night at Mysore, 2 nights at Ooty) We go dutch on the expenses at Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and misc. ***Note: Number of slots available are 16. Disclaimer: Accepting to participate in this Drive, is an agreement that you have joined us voluntarily and you accept that organisers do not hold any responsibility for loss or damage of property (vehicle etc.). Also, you are responsible for your own safety and any act of negligence that endangers the safety of fellow passengers, guests or others. Terms and Conditions: 1) Only cars are allowed. 2) No age/sex restrictions on joining the drive until the driver is licensed. 3) Your car must have all the necessary gear. (Spare tyre etc.). 4) You need to follow the designated convoy position and keep safe distance from the adjacent cars. 5) No compromise on safety at any time seat belts are a must!, always use indicators for lane change. 6) Kindly avoid 'free-play' and 'show-off' during the trip - follow the Marshal's instructions at all times. 7) Carry enough water / refreshments / drinks for self and passengers. 8) Driving members can bring up to 3 guests. We encourage families. 9) You are required to confirm compliance to the conditions for this trip before we can register your RSVP. 10) Acceptance of your RSVP is only notional, and the organizers reserve the right to select the final list of attendees. 11) The organizers do not hold any responsibility for loss or damage of property (vehicle, gear etc.). If you are a long-drive enthusiast and visiting new places give you a high, YES, this group is just the one for you! Come join us and share your experience. Let's Dream.. Drive.. Discover!