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Exploring the country side of Andhra Pradesh With a long weekend around the corner, and the festive mood already setting in at the workplace, it was time to brainstorm about how best the long weekend can be utilized. So it was decided that we will be heading to konaseema (Rajahmundry, Amalapuram, Kakinada) to celebrate the festival of sankranti. A teaser of what you can expect in this post Our Drive Hyundai Creta 1.6 CRDi Route Hyderabad - Vijayawada - Eluru - Rajahmundry (Ravulapalem, Muramalla) - Kakinada (Yanam, Coringa, Adharipeta) The Numbers Total Distance : 475 kms (Hyd to RJY) Drive Time : 6hrs including breakfast pitstop of 30mins Mileage : 16 kmpl Stay : Rajamundry - Jetty Grand (Decent stay) Kakinada - R L Grand (Decent stay) Itinerary Day 1 : Start to Rajahmundry at 5 am at avoid the festive traffic enroute Vijayawada. Day 2 : The festival day, visit kodi pandems (Cock Fights) at Ravulapalem, covering yanam and Coringa National park and night stay at Kakinada. Day 3 : Drive along Uppada beach road to visit Adharipeta near by Kakinada and drive back to Hyderabad. Bags packed and hit the sack a little early than usual, woke up at 4 am and we were on course by 5 am. As it was major festival in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh , the whole of Hyderabad was on the move towards Andhra, and the traffic was evident on NH9, leading to Vijayawada. The evident festive traffic at an 8-lane toll gate around 5 a.m. A short pit-stop after we exited the toll Journey continued and we reached Vijayawada by 8:30 a.m skipping the customary pit-stop at 7 restaurant at Suryapet just to cross the early hour major highway traffic. The Vijayawada Highway was a breeze, covering chunk of the distance without any traffic We stopped by for breakfast in the city of Vijayawada and reached this small hotel at the behest of our fellow 'India-drive' member, Kashyap They severed only Idlys at this place and I must say, they were very delicious (Nothing out of the ordinary, but they had a different taste altogether) Having had a sumptuous breakfast, we drove on! Crossing eluru, on the smooth tarmac, we had to be very careful about the vagrant mongrels (we killed one on the way ) and the scurrying traffic. The drive from Vijayawada via Eluru until the outskirts of Rajamundry was uneventful and we have covered the distance in no time. The greenery on either sides of the highway indicated that we were getting close "Konaseema". The lush green fields amidst the coconut trees. We deviated off the highway onto a small kacha road leading into the fields for the customary photoshoot After a short photo break, we moved ahead towards Rajamundry to explore a bit driving down until the banks of the Godavari river After a pleasant evening on the river banks, we moved to our hotel to close down for the day Day :02 - We woke up to this beautiful sunrise throwing its rays to clear the thick fog on the green fields Our first destination was to experience the traditional festive activity 'Kodi pandhem' which is one native celebration of the locals on the occasion of Sankranthi festival Entry pass to the arena Few glimpses of the play arena On the outside, the festival is being celebrated amidst of this beautiful farmlands Few glimpses of the beautiful country side in 'Konaseema' We drove down towards Yanam which is enroute Kakinada from Muramalla Our next destination was 'Coringa' wild life sanctuary which was beautiful for an evening pleasant walk on the wooden ridges between the forest. At the end of the forest walk, there is a boat ride facility into the back waters Having had a tiring day, we retired for the day to check-in at Kakinada. Day : 03 - We checked out of our hotel to experience a beach side drive between Kakinada <---> Uppada <---> Adharipeta A beautiful ancient bridge on the sea coast at Adharipeta Had an amazing time at this place during the early hours as we waited for the sun to rise Overall, It has been one heck of an amazing drive towards the country side to experience something new apart from our daily routine urban life.. End of our trip and we drove back to Hyderabad