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Intro Rant: Summers are always tricky. Most people don't prefer to venture out on a trip in summer, for obvious reasons. So, when I bounced an idea off a trip to Warangal this summer, everyone went nuts. They even ridiculed that I'm not in my senses. But I did not want to drop the idea just because someone feels it to be stupid. I needed a break from my monotonous work life, so I was adamant. I know my wife also wouldn't agree; even if she does, she doesn't come considering the weather, but I have to do the customary - inform. My son's response, quick as a wink, was "Let's do it". Wonderful kid. It took some collective effort by me and my son to get the go-ahead from the home minister. Phew! Plan and Preparation: Being a Kakatiya University graduate myself, I regret not exploring enough of Warangal (capital of Kakatiya Dynasty) for long, which is known for its rich history and heritage. Though it is well within 150 km distance from my hometown and also from Hyderabad, I did not specifically travel to see some of its historical places. So, it's that time again - One-day trip! There was this understanding with my wife and me that any impromptu trip needs to be done and dusted same day. If it's feasible and possible then she and our daughter would also join. Otherwise, my only soul companion is my son on any given day. He can only match and endure my crazy schedule. But being peak summer, my wife was skeptical and worried about excessively hot weather. Only after explaining and reassuring about all necessary precautions taken, we were given the nod. I feel there is nothing like "perfect" time to travel. There is only convenient time. The more the amount of convenience the better. That's it. Peak season travel can bring expensive price tags, overcrowded tours, accommodation, parking and food problems etc. So sometimes off-season travelling could bring in some benefits. One such benefit is leisurely exploring the place in its entirety without hassle. In the end, it proved to be a wise decision as we could spend some quality time exploring the places (especially Laknavaram which is crowded during peak season). Once the date (April 15th) was decided, it was only up to us on how many places we can cover in a day. We finalized 6 places. I've gone through Google maps for route and order of visit. The Route: Hyderabad -> Bhuvanagiri -> Yadadri -> Kazipet -> Warangal. This is the only route everyone takes from Hyderabad, but little did we know what was in store for us. The four-lane road is under construction from Yadadri (Yadagirigutta) to Warangal, and it is a 99-km section of National Highway–163 in Telangana. Lots of patches, diversions and traffic was allowed only on one side. It was a nightmare to drive with heavy oncoming truck traffic especially at night. It took nearly 4 hours to cover 145 odd KMs for return journey, excluding dinner time. The Journey: Below was the order of places we wanted to visit: Bhadrakali Temple Warangal Fort Thousand-Pillar Temple Ramappa Temple Laknavaram Lake Pakhal Lake Trip Details: Total distance covered: 539 KM Total duration of the trip: 17 hours Road Conditions: NH163 - Yadadri to Warangal: Quite a few diversions, patchy roads, potholes, and heavy truck traffic (at night). Other connecting roads are good to okay. If travelling to Pakhal lake from Laknavaram then do not blindly follow Google maps. It'll take you through some thandas. We drove almost 6 KM through a thanda and got lost. Just take left at Mallampalli and follow NH365 until Narsampet (Ambedkar statue), and then take left and follow Pakhal road till the lake. Food Options: Limited food options everywhere we visited except Warangal. At Laknavaram, food options available like lunch, but depends on the crowd. Better to carry home-made food to other places. Parking Facility: Limited or no proper parking facilities at all places I visited. It'll be chaos at Laknavaram in peak season unless there is an alternative.
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.
We did a trip to Warangal and Laknavaram lake during the end of 2017(Dec 30th and 31st). I just want to share the overall experience in the forum. This is my first post so please forgive me for any mistakes. This was not a planned trip (We usually do not plan any trips ). We were a total of 9 ppl(7 adults and two kids). We started off with a car(dZire) and a bike(Bullet). We started on a saturday at around 11AM from Hyderabad. We took the ORR from Medchal, got down at the Ghatkesar exit, had Lunch at Vivera on the way. Food was good and Spicy. They had some play area as well for kids. Continued post Lunch to Warangal, Stayed in a hotel named Gayathri Grand near to Railway Station. The Hotel was very good but a bit on the expensive side. We went to Bhadrakali Temple in the evening through the busy and narrow streets of Warangal. As we have not planned any places to visit, we had very bad time in figuring out the places to visit and using google maps to find our way to the destinations. The temple had very less number of people and we had our Darshan freely. After that, we retired back to our hotel rooms. Had dinner in the restaurant and dozed off in the cozy rooms. Got ready by 8AM the next morning, had breakfast and went to 1000 Pillar temple. We used google maps for the way to the temple but somehow google was directing us into a small lane behind the temple. Somehow we figured out the actual route and went inside. The temple was a bit busy being it a sunday. We could not actually visit the 1000 pillar mandapa because of some renovation work being carried out. After visiting the thousand pillar temple, we started off to Laknavarm lake. Here again, if we search for Laknavaram in google maps, it is taking us to a different place. We had to use Laknavaram lake and follow the maps. The route was very good and we cruised off on both the vehicles. There were no much food joints available on the way. Before we reach Mulugu village, google was directing us to a right lane. We took the lane and somehow suspected that it might not be the actual route. Spoke to few locals and got to know about the actual route which is near to Mulugu village. Once we neared the destination, there was a heavy rush and we were not allowed to go inside with our car and were asked to park in a nearby place. This was because of some traffic jam, the officials told. After waiting for about half an hour, we were allowed to start again. There was about 2,5KM of distance to be covered and that was a bit tricky drive because of the heavy traffic and we had to get off the road at regular intervals. The roads were also risky being them on the edge of a hill. Once we reached the destination, there was no proper parking available and people were parking wherever they find some empty area. It was a task for us to park our vehicle so that it will not block anybody else's path. It was already around 1PM in the afternoon. We went near the lake bridge and it was full of tourists. There is a lot of waiting time and we decided to go for a Jungle Safari in the meantime. They charged us Rs.50 per head and took us to the other end of the lake in typical forest kind of a road. The road was full of stoned and potholes. We enjoyed the safari ride. The driver dropped us at the location and went back. We were free to roam until he comes back with another batch. We started exploring the place. Basically the place had a Gate and locks mechanism for the lake. Any excess water in the lake will be allowed a free passage from the gates to the other side. They cleverly built few steps on the other side of the water flow to create a miniature waterfalls effect. It was a nice place and we enjoyed there until the driver came back after about 2 hrs. The views were very good on both sides of the lake. We had to return to hyderabad before midnight for the new years day celebrations and had very less time left now. So we decided to skip visiting the bridge and started back. Returned to our home in hyderabad exactly in the midnight (12:00 Am 31st Dec, 2017) No Pictures available for this trip. We are planning to cover the same place again this weekend and will try to take few pics this time.
Hello Guys, My name is Sai Kumar, this is my first ever travelogue about my first road trip. Coming to the prologue of my road trip, I completed my Bachelors Degree in December, so jobless and free most of the time, after 10 months, we bought a Maruti Suzuki Ciaz SHVS RS on Dassara of 2016. I was very excited about my new car . As far a car description goes my Ciaz was a Limited Edition so it had few bits and pieces extra compared to the regular Ciaz and it has a black interior & I personally I give 9/10 for comfort of the car So coming back to my Road Trip, First Solo trip and a long distance to cover…I was excited to an extent where I wasn't believing myself and how my mum & dad allowed me for this Started of from my home(Vizag) at 6:15 am with good music and without even knowing I was about to reach Rajahmundry by 9 am, Then came trouble, My Car's GPS wronged me (& Government Sign Boards too) and it took me onto State Highway. I have to say I was quite disappointed with my car's Navigation system…from an 4 Lane National Highway it took me onto a Single Road State Highway The Route was Kovvur-Devarapalli-Nallajerla-Bhimadole, I couldn't even enjoy the very good music by Mr. AR Rahman, the road was that BAD . Thank god after that 60 odd kilometers, I got onto the National Highway at Gundugolanu (which is right before entering Eluru) . By 12 PM I Reached Vijayawada, from there I had to go to Edlapadu (which comes after Guntur, a Half hour drive from Vijayawada..Excellent Road 6 & 8 Lane) to pick up my Uncle (this trip ain't solo no more from here :-/ ) from Edlapadu, we started off at 3:30 PM , going through Kondaveedu Mountains (which looked Fabulous) reached Piduguralla around 5 PM Piguralla to Narketpalli is a State Highway, Well Maintained at some parts and very bad at few, I mostly recommend this route during day light and not at night as most of this way doesn't even has a street light or radium markings. Narketpalli To Hyderabad is National Highway, Reached Hyderabad By 8 PM. Total Kilometers from My Home to Dilsukhnagar, Hyderabad clocked around 710 KM Fully Tanked up Ciaz in Vizag, Without Refuelling Reached Hyderabad with 8 Litres of Diesel to Spare Mileage was 21.5 KM per Litre Some Do's & Don'ts of the Route & for you(My Experience) Do take regular driving breaks Don't skip your meals - Breakfast Spot at Tuni's Udipi Hotel or A very Good Restaurant which I don’t know the name of before or after Annavaram (if your coming from Vizag check to your left for this nice place). Lunch At Wherever you feel like in Vijayawada (There is a McDonalds in Vijayawada if your into Burgers for Lunch) Do Check & go through google maps of your route. Don't Trust your Car's GPS blindly . Do Buy Guavas at the toll before entering Vijayawada, They're Cheap & Good. Google Maps Screenshot of My Route - ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- After 2 Days ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hyderabad To Laknavaram Lake Laknavaram is a very good weekend getaway which is just over 200 KM from Hyderabad. Laknavaram is famous for its Lake & the suspension bridge over it, it has a resort & nice play area in between the lake. You can cover Ramappa Temple & Ramappa Lake which is very near Laknavaram (34 KM) & if you more willing drive & got more hours you can proceed to Bagotha Waterfalls which is 72 KM from Laknavaram. Route Details My start point being Dilsukhnagar(Hyderabad) it took around 5 hour 30 min (Total Distance being ) to reach Laknavaram with 30 Min breakfast break at Warangal & a 30 Min visit to Ramappa Temple. The road is very well maintained National Highway uptil 100-115 KM of the journey, you can even hit 150 kmph at few spots but after that 100-115 KM it becomes into a 2 lane kinda bad than a state highway road (they are making this road a 4 lane, work in progress) as of on my date of journey i.e., 18th December 2016 & from Warangal, the Warangal-Laknavaram Road is a big 2 lane road, 100 kmph can be maintained. I recommend going an hour or two before sunset as sunset view is just too awesome. Recommended season is after rainy & not in summer or before summer as water would be less or no water at all. Places to Eat There Is KFC in Kazipet & a Dosa place in Warangal called Naivedhy. KFC Review - As usual overpriced chicken with usual KFC like ambiance. Naivedhy Review - Wide variety of dosas with decent pricing which taste very good ! Ambiance - There is no ambiance, eat on the road ^opposite Reliance Digital Nearest Attractions 1000 Pillar Temple In Warangal ^Source - Google Warangal Fort in Warangal ^Source - Google Ramappa Temple In Palampet *Varsham movie was shot here. ^1000 Pillar Temple ^Ramappa Temple ^Warangal Fort