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Last weekend, We went a on a small drive from Hyderabad to Srisailam. Since, we have multiple logs on Srisailam drive. I don't want to share more information on it. I will concentrate more on Akka Mahadevi Caves (few people call it Akkamadevi devi Caves) There are two ways to visit Akka Mahadevi caves from Srisailam: AP Tourism boating Private boating Akka Mahadevi caves boating start point: Both the boats agencies start from same location : Pathala Ganga To reach Pathala Ganga, you need to either take rope-way or steps. If you have a bike you can ride down via steep path. Cars cant go down. Need to park them at rope way entrance. (designated parking is available) Location details Distance and time taken to visit Akka Mahadevi caves:(Applicable for both Private and Government operators) Boat ride takes around 90 minutes (one way) Distance is around 16 kilometers (one way) Boat speed is around 14 km/hr Total time for entire ride (including caves visit) : 4~5 hours Safety: Both government and private agencies provide life jackets. You may catch up cross winds at few locations but nothing to worry about them. Ride is smooth through out. AP Tourism boating: AP Tourism boating is managed by government. It is a big boat with 50 member capacity. Boat starts between 9AM~10AM from Pathala Ganga. (only one slot) You need to reach the point by 9AM and book the tickets for boating. Once you book the tickets, you need to wait till the boat is full (50 members) . Boat usually starts between 10AM~11AM. Price: 350/- (per head) Private Tourism boating: These are managed by private operators under government control. They have around ~15 member capacity boats which are small. Boats are basic as shown in the above image. These boats don't have any fixed timings, they are available from 6 AM, according to locals. (I feel that is the best time to visit) These guys close their operations before 2 PM. Food and Water Carry food and water, they are available just before boating point. Near the caves they charge x3, sometimes they may not be available. About Akka Mahadevi Caves: Once we get-down from the boat, we need to walk around 500 meters, path is neatly laid. No washrooms are available at the caves, plan accordingly. Caves are very small, don't expect them similar to Belum/Borra caves. But the stone formation outside the caves are amazing. Boat guys act as a guide, they will tell about the history of the place. Foot wear are not allowed into caves. Once you enter into caves:(approximate numbers) Walk : 100 meters Crawl: 50 meters Walk side ways : 20 meters Once you reach dead end you will find a Shiva lingam. Only one person can enter at a time (for Crawl/walk side way) Drawbacks Bats, it will stink inside the caves. Some people may feel suffocated inside the caves, due to narrow passages. Fine dust inside the caves, not a place for people with dust allergy Overall, I would say it is a must visit for nature lovers. Not an ideal place for Instagram crowd. Important note: Visit only during monsoon(Cloudy) and winter(December, low temperatures). Avoid this place, when the sun is out. Summer is completely ruled out. If you are taking AP tourism boat, try to occupy the last row. It has best view.
shammy posted a topic in Drive Meetup'Year end day drive' - Hyderabad to Nagarjunasagar drive meet - Report After a wonderful start of drive meetups this year, we're here again to celebrate our drive of the year 2016 together. When: December 10th 2016 Where: Nagarjunasagar Distance: ~180 kms Start point : Gachibowli ORR End point : Nagarjunakonda Island Hyderabad to Nagarjunasagar Route Hyderabad --> Yacharam --> Mallepalli --> Nagarjuna sagar dam --> Nagarjunasagar In layman terms it is straight road(Hyderabadi: Highway pakkad ke seedha jaavo ). Once you hit the highway no diversions required. Cover pic: Participants: 1) Hyundai i20 Elite 2) Ford Figo Aspire 3) Renault Duster 4) Hyundai Creta 5) Honda Civic (Black) 6) Honda Civic (Red) 7) Skoda Octavia