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  1. Hi All, Steps to join India-Drive whatsApp group. 1.Please introduce yourself - Name: - Location: - Favorite past weekend getaway: - Longest drive : - Car you own : -Few pictures/words of your drive(Max 5 pictures): 2.Once you post the above information, share your name and mobile number on the link given below. link WhatsApp group rules 1. No promotions irrelative will be encouraged. 2. Travel and Cars/Bikes related forwards are appreciated. 3. Share your travel stories and pictures. 4. No religious/political discussions are allowed. 5. No personal attacks allowed. 6. Please mute the group if the message flow is excess. Android IOS
  2. Hi All, Please share your best mobile picture. Rules: Shot should be landscape Share some information like location/object name etc Add mobile name No category restriction, can be anything.
  3. Ranger

    Hyderabad to Sikkim

    Day 0 : Hyderabad 14th December Medical check list: Crocin - body pains and fever Metrogyl - motions Avomine - motion sickness Surbex- T multivitamin - resistance Band aids - safety Soframycin ointment - safety Wikoryl - sore throat and cold Diamox - Altitude sickness Vehicle check list Periodic Service and all liquids top up Wheel alignment and balancing, check tyres for punctures, check spare wheel Jumper cables (available at Ranijung) Towing ropes and hooks (available at Ranijung) Air pump Spare bulbs Torch Duct tape Knife/scissors Zip ties Basic tool kit Dash cam Car charger (two, front/rear) PUC (pollution) Camera check list : Don't forget to empty memory cards Tripod stand Action Camera Car mount Chargers and extra batteries Gimbal Personal check list Passport Passport size photos Original license Original RC Original Insurance AAdhar card
  4. I have never planned road trips in advance however planning to do the Ooty Drive this month end taking a few additional days off during the long weekend. I am planning the drive from Hyderabad to Ooty Route: Hyderabad--> Bengaluru --> Mysuru --> Ooty . I am thinking of starting early morning and reaching Mysuru by evening to halt for the night. Any suggestions on pit stops, hotels, sightseeing on way please..
  5. Hyderabad to Sikkim in December Check list Tires Brakes Head lamp bulbs Air pump Puncture kit Towing ropes Battery Snow chains Vehicle service Day 1 Hyderabad to Visakhapatnam Roads are good can be easily done in a single day. Start time : 4 AM Distance : 670 kilometers Drive time : 12 hours Road condition : 4-lane toll road Toll price : 660/- Food options: Breakfast stop : Hotel 7, Suryapet Lunch stop : Ram and Shyam, Ravulapalem Route: Hyderabad > Suryapet > Vijayawada > Rajahmundry > Visakhapatnam
  6. Western Ghats exploration drive meet - Report India is blessed to have the best of landscapes offering enthralling views & jaw dropping backdrops and We throttled down to explore our piece of paradise as we always do it. Start point - Gachibowli (ORR) End point - Pune (Hinjewadi) Start time - 05:30 a.m. Total Distance - ~1300 kms Objective - Western ghats exploration, Matheran, Lonavla and Lohagad. Participants: 1) Volks Wagen Polo (Red) 2) Volks Wagen Polo (Red) 3) Hyundai i20 (Black) 4) Swift Dzire (Pacific Blue) 5) Volks Wagen Ameo (Toffee Brown) 6) Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (Brick Red) 7) Maruti Suzuki SX4 (Azure Grey) 😎 Hyundai Creta (White) 9) Jeep Compass (Red) Route Taken: Hyderabad (Gachibowli) --> Zaheerabad --> Humnabad --> Solapur --> Indapur --> Hinjewadi (Pune) Places covered: 1) Lohagad fort 2) Pavna Lake 3) Lonavla, Khandala 4) Matheran Planning : Day 1 : Hyderabad to Pune drive details - Started at 5:30 AM in the morning ( due some delays) - Breakfast stop at around 7:30 AM at Hotel Mahindra Paradise https://goo.gl/maps/4ZU7cMJrdkG2 - Very few options on this section due to new roads - Road between Hyderabad to Humnabad is excellent. - Humnabad to Solapur is pathetic, some sections are too narrow. - Solapur to Pune is excellent, but recently new have installed speed bumps near villages. - We had a lunch break at some road side restaurant. - We reached Pune by 6PM. - According to admins, we are very quick compared to last drive. - During last drive they reached Pune at 7PM (started at 4AM) - I think roads improved! - We checked into Hotel Siesta which is excellent (Frankly, I did not expect such a luxurious rooms for the price) Day 2 : Pune to Lohagad fort - We started at 7/8 AM from Pune - Since our accommodation is in outskirts. - We reached highway within 10 minutes - We had breakfast stop Kamat. - Pune to Lohagad roads are scenic. - We reached Lohagad, explored the fort and had lunch break. - We drove to Lonavala, Tiger view point, We are literally above clouds in some sections. - We reached Pune by night Day 3 : Pune to Matheran -We repeated the same schedule of Day2, till breakfast. - We hit the famous Mumbai-Pune expressway - I can clearly see everyone is pushing their cars, it was pure fun for drivers. - Best experience of Mumbai-Pune expressway is during monsoon. - Once we divert from expressway, roads to Mahteran are pathetic. - It took us hours to complete 80 kilometres. - I loved Mathern, they don't even allow cycles. - Only transport option by walk or horse. - Hotels on the hill top are below average. - While driving back we reached pretty quick on the same route. - We reached to Pune to 9PM Day 4 : Pune to Hyderabad - Drive is was uneventful - It is similar to Day1 Apart from 1 Polo puncture, drive is fantastic throughout four days. Drive Hyderabad : Solapur : Pune : Lohagad fort : Lonavala : Pune : Matheran : Pune : Solapur : Hyderabad Road condition: Hyderabad to Solapur : Hyderabad to Humnabad is good and Humnabad to Solapur is bad Solapur to Pune : Very good, but i have seen some uneven sections, It is no where close to Hyderabad-Bangalore sections Pune to Lohagad: Road are narrow scenic and good Loahagad to Lonavala Roads are bad Lonavala to Pune Road are excellent Pune to Matheran It is a mix of good and pathetic roads
  7. Hello, I was planning to ride from Hyderabad to Ladakh in 2019. Is there any group of motorcyclists I can join who are planning the same? Or is anybody interested to have a travel companion? Thanks in advance.
  8. Hello friends, This is my first post in this group and i am very much excited to share my road trip details. Please excuse me about my English.. Route: Hyderabad to vizag via vijayawada in car. Vizag to araku in kirandal passenger train. Vizag to hyderabad via viajayawada in car. Day 1: Hyderabad to vizag in car. We are total 5 friends and planned for a road trip since 3 months. We have decided to share money (we call it advd (evadi money vadey) in telugu😁). So on day one we collected 2000 from each person. Here is our humble partner in crime. and the journey starts Group picture taken after crossing Rajahmundry! We finished our lunch at Ravulapalem at one of our friends home and moved on to vizag. Scenic beauty and excellent roads between Ravulapalem and Vizag. We have reached vizag by 7:30 and decided to spend some time at beach. We had dinner and local bandi and ate paratas for the night . Details: 1. total cost: 5000 including breakfast+diesel+dinner. 2. Room cost: 1600 for 24 hours. 3. Distance covered : around 800 Km ( I am the solo driver, I love driving, I avoid passenger seat ) Day 2: Vizag to Araku in kirandul passenger. Locals and hotel people suggested that best way to visit araku is experiencing kirandul passnger. It goes through 25+ tunnels to reach araku. Train starts exactly at 6:50AM from vizag and reaches araku at 11AM. Here are the some pics from train journey. After reaching Araku, we decided to visit borra caves. Aruku to Borra caves took us 20 to 30 minutes in a bus. Pictures of Borra caves We came back to Vizag in same kirandul passenger in after noon. We called it a day and took the rest for the night. Day 2 details: Total cost : around 2500 including all food expenses + train tickets + entry tickets at borra caves Room cost: 1600 for another 24 hours. Day3: Vizag to Hyderabad in a car Our return journey was more exciting as slight drizzle is there in through out the journey and most of the roads are empty. Here are some pics from return journey. We reached home by 9 at night. we drove lazily and stopped more times to enjoy weather. Day 3: total cost: 5000 including breakfast+diesel+dinner (as ususal my friends mother took care of our lunch at ravulapalem) Total expenditure : 15000 including some misc expenditure. We divided this between 5 of us... 3000 per head Note: 1. Please bare with bad image quality. next time we try with better cameras. 2. We travel to enjoy driving and roads and not to see destinations. so, normally we just decide and drive off randomly. 3. What ever the image size i am uploading it is enlarged in the post. 4. Please add us into your whats app group. we are very much interested in road trips in cars.
  9. Hyderabad to Coorg / Kodagu Exploration Drive - Pre-Monsoon drive meet up - July 07/10, 2018 Start point - Gachibowli (ORR) End point - Coorg Start time - 5:00 am Total Distance - ~800 kilometers (one way) Objective - Drive to thank the monsoon showers and explore self while being in raw nature away from Luxuries Participants: 1) Tata Tiago (Expresso Brown) 2) Volkswagen Polo (Red) 3) Maruthi Suzuki Baleno 4) Hyundai Creta (Star Dust) 5) Hyundai Creta (White) 6) Renault Duster (White) Route Taken: Hyderabad (Gachibowli ORR Entry Point) ---Bangalore --- Mysore --- Coorg Places covered: 1) Tribal Style Stay in Coorg 2) Irrupu waterfalls 3) Mandalpatti Peak Plan: Day 1 (July 07th, 2018): We start off from the meet up point (Gachibowli ORR Entry Point) towards Mysore Stop by for breakfast at Food Pyramid, Kothakota We stop by for lunch just before entering Bangalore at Amaravathi Gardenia, Devanahalli We reach Mysore to break down for the day Day 2 (July 08th, 2018): We start off from our Mysore accommodation towards our Resort in Coorg Have breakfast en-route and reach Evergreen County Resort, Virajpet, Coorg We will check in into our resort, explore the resort and places around, Camp Fire & Dinner and break down for the day Day 3 (July 09th, 2018): Coorg exploration drive, check out Irupu Waterfalls Drive back to Mysore by End of the Day and break down for the day Day 4 (July 10th, 2018): We start early to escape the Mysore - Bangalore traffic and proceed towards Hyderabad Things to carry: 1) Carry umbrella and rain coat (Must)2) Toiletries, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Mosquito repellent cream and Glucose / Electrol (personal medical kit)3) Camera kits and Telescopes if any star gazing enthusiasts or night photography enthusiasts4) Most importantly loads of energy and positive attitude I will let pictures speak more than words from here on, watch and enjoy! Evergreen County Team welcoming India - Drive Team: Exploring the Resort, It is a treat to eyes and nestled in to Nature! We have planned to explore Irupu falls after exploring the resort, we understood from the locals that there is a huge Tea Estate on our route to Irupu Falls, Couple of cars went ahead to check it out (Polo & Tiago) and we were the only one's to look at this beautiful View! We had to go back to the convoy with a bad news "Visitors are not allowed" We continued our drive towards Irupu Falls, One should not miss this falls in Monsoon! Reach the falls, close your eyes and surrender yourself to the Mother Nature!! ❤️ We have reached back to the resort by the time light faded and gone for the Nature walk around the Resort and had a wonderful time with India Drive Members introducing themselves at the Camp Fire session followed by delicious Dinner at the Resort Restaurant (Secret Spices, Rest O cafe)! After a Sumptuous Breakfast and an unforgettable Morning Coffee (Pictures Below) we checked out of the resort and headed towards our exploration drive towards Mandalpatti Peak (Heaven, I call this after exploring the place). We came across a Landslide en route Mandalpatti and we could not take our cars any further, for a moment it was a disappointment but that's when we got to know from the locals that we have to hire 4x4 vehicles to be able to reach Mandalpatti Peak. Without wasting any time, we parked our cars, hired those beasts and started enjoying some pure off roading fun and reached the Heaven!! We have spent considerable amount of time exploring the place with literally zero visibility and clicking pictures. We have reached the car parking location back by about 5 pm with a super Maggi break (Special Thanks to our Instant Chef Bhargav) and started our drive back too Mysore! Like all the other Drives, we had to end this Drive too wishing if we could have continued it for another Infinite number of days!! Aideu from Sridhar Tandra until next Drive Meet!!❤️❤️
  10. Kohir hills : Hyderabad weekend getaway Location : Kohir hills Distance : 90 kilometers from Gachibowli Kohir hills Highlights: Windmills Zero crowd Calm and peaceful Ideal place for nature lovers GPS location tag : Google maps Mr. Vamshi has guided us to this beautiful place. A well spent weekend which involved a cars photo shoot in a cloudy and fresh village environment. Monsoons and winters would be the best time to visit. Villagers are friendly. Would suggest to go along with group as the area is remote.
  11. Amit Mishra

    Hyderabad to Leh Ladakh Trip 2018

    Anyone interested for Leh & Ladakh road trip in Jun 2018 From Hyderabad...?
  12. As civilization got us out of the jungle, it’s funny – how we keep running back to the jungle floor often to experience the best in life. The package of adventure, thrill, safari and simplicity together have a very different taste. The balance between wildlife and green nature have unparallel beauty to offer for those who enjoy such life. Just when summer was reaching its height, I hit the hot iron to get the best out of it. Without a second thought, I knot Tadoba for one night and brought my untouched experience to an end – burst the balloon of Safari, adventure, thrill, wild life, everything you can imagine in the jungle to enjoy them for next twenty-four hours. Tadoba has main four gates for the safari experience. There are many guest house and resorts that will suit your taste and budget. However, it is recommended you do research online before selecting a location for stay. The government guest houses are also neat and decent. We picked Svasara Jungle resort at Korala Gate which is just a stone throw away from the resort. The road trip from Hyderabad to Korala ghat just 8 hours’ drive ( 450 KMs) . The National Highway 44 is not only smooth and brilliant, it has amazing scenic beauty. As you drive as early as the sunrise, you will get smitten by the scenic beauty for most of the stretch of the drive. I would recommend after Adilabad , take a turn through Maregaon ( SH 6 ) which is equally beautiful and have smooth road till you enter Maharastra. The track from MH border to Tadoba Korala Gata is unfortunately under construction and need your patience . It not only slows down your speed, it can literally eat up your fun and energy for one hour! However remember all comes his way he who waits! Just cross this hell and you are right at the gate of Svasara Resort. The resort is very decent and has close to 20 cottages. Best thing is all of them are same , so you don’t need to worry on look and feel. They do have a great social area for meeting all the residents of the resort. This brings a lot of dialogue and sharing of experience among the residents after or just before the safari. Both Ranjit and Nandita are the managers of the resort and they are extremely down to earth, customer focused ,interactive. They spend considerable time talking to everyone and build up a rapport. The place is neat, well maintained with modern facilities and antic show pieces. They arrange fresh face towels, lemon juice , tea and water every time they welcome you at the resort. The preparation for lunch, dinner, breakfast are also great!. They do load your jeep with plenty of munching and eating options along with bottles of water, juice, tea and coffee. Our First safari was at 3.00 PM. It was an experience to remember, document, repeat and share with all for sure. At the entry gate your ID card is checked for verification if the booking details match with the ID document. I didn’t go and present myself at the office. The driver from my resort took care of it. If you want you can wear forest dress which one ideally should do during these safaris and go ahead and explore the forest. The safari runs you through either buffer zone or core area. The first safari was at buffer zone but we still had an opportunity to see animals in this area. The heat in summer is so so high, it brings almost all the animals type to the pond or lake to drink water. We were lucky enough to spot whole bunch of bears scrubbing against the bark of the trees and howling loud enough to cold your blood. Had most close look of wild boar, fox, wild dogs, peacock, monkeys, squirrel, birds of different sizes and colors and of course bison and different variety of deer’s. However, the beauty lies when the action heroine walks in with her cubs and roars ! The thrill was – aww struckking! Only flash, camera and light glitter for the entire time she is around. The lady walks in, drinks water and goes away as if she sees no one around. We have Tiger Maya, Tiger Junabai and Hero Matkasur. The luck of each one of us was shining just before the sunset and the time we were to step out of the forest floor, we had this opportunity to see the mother and the cubs for 2 minutes or so. Rest of the evening went in swimming, having conversations with other residents of the resort and exploring the property and early dinner. The weather was just cool and translated to heavy rainfall later in the evening with thunder and strong winds. Though we were little disappointed wondering if we can see animals next day but who knows what is in store for you. Next day early morning we were ready for Sarafi at the core zone of Korla gate. It was dark and quite breezy from the last night heavy shower and lightning. At the entrance of the gate, your driver collects your ID card for authenticating entry in the core zone. The core area is almost 16 to 18 kms inside the forest from the entrance and has awesome view. The curvy roads with thick forest on both sides, the smell of soil and the waiting surprise of spotting a tiger or any animal is way too exciting for the travelers. Though 90% of the times its your luck to spot the tiger, the credibility lies on our guide too. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the same guide next morning and found tagged with someone who is jack of all trades but definitely master of nothing. He started giving too much details about the forest which was quite engaging but in leading his experience he took us way to too beautiful spots where no one was driving to spot a tiger. Result? We were the only fools to fool around the forest and see other timid animals all across and enjoyed the scenic beauty of the jungle and missed tiger and tigress atleast twice . We parked in lakes, we parked at the edge of a small upside hill, we parked in open farming like space but we failed to spot a tiger. However, whenever we were crossing some spots where other jeeps were parked for spotting a tiger, we spotted the thrill and excitement of the other visitors – because their guide was not our guide and they filmed, clicked, shot photographs of great Maya & Matkasur , every time they were seen and spotted. As the clock ticked each time, time was flying away for us to be back on road and return to Hyderabad. Though we knew we wanted to stay more and have another safari, another experience, another taste, another click, but still went ahead towards our car and started for Hyderabad midday…. Only two excitements were carrying with us – the on going discussion of the vision of the tigress, her cubs and of course the beauty of the road lies ahead of us again on NH 44 on our way back home. Some pictures from other sources. @friends and @resort
  13. Hyderabad to Mulshi ghat, Tamhini ghat & Pawna lake; Maharashtra - Monsoon drive meet up - August 24th - 27th 17' Start point - Gachibowli (ORR) End point - Pune (Western ghats) Start time - 4:00 a.m. Total Distance - ~580 kms (one way) Objective - A long drive to explore the uncharted territories of the Western ghats and thank the monsoon showers. Participants: 1) Maruthi Suzuki Alto 800 2) Volks Wagen Polo (Red) 3) Volks Wagen Polo (Red) 4) Maruthi Suzuki Baleno 5) Ford Figo Aspire 6) Ford Ecosport 7) Hyundai Creta (Red) 8) Hyundai Creta (White) 9) Renault Duster Route Taken: Hyderabad (Gachibowli) ---Kalaburgai (Gulbarga) --- Solapur --- Pune Places covered: 1) Mulshi 2) Tamhini 3) Pawna lake and dam 4) Tikona fort 5) Kundalika water rafting Plan: Day 1 (August 24th - 2017): 4:00 AM - We start from off from the meet-up point (Gachibowli) towards Pune. 8:00 AM - Stop by for breakfast at Kalaburgai. 1:00 PM - We stop by for lunch after crossing Solapur. 7:00 PM - We reach Pune to break down for the day. Day 2 (August 25th - 2017): Kundalika White water rafting, followed by Western Ghats exploration drive 5:30 AM - We start from off from the Pune accommodation towards Kundalika water rafting. 8:30 AM - Have breakfast en-route and reach water rafting point. 12:00 PM - We will complete the rafting, start exploring the Western Ghats till evening. 7:00 PM - We reach Pune to break down for the day. Day 3 (August 26th - 2017): Western Ghats exploration drive, followed by Tikona fort trek. Day 4 (August 27th - 2017): 4:00 AM: We start early to escape the Pune city traffic and proceed towards Hyderabad. Things to carry: Please do carry your own water bottles and snacks which could be sufficient for 4 days and 3 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. Water rafting booking link. http://kundalikarafting.org/?gclid=CjwKCAjwhqXbBRAREiwAucoo-7gE3xwJAaP-kSxrUcH83u63UQPC7DGR8lor0ook0t_RhhfrhxlklBoCJy0QAvD_BwE
  14. Hi All, This is my first travel story in India-Drive. I have been working in Bangalore from the past few years. Recently, I moved back to Hyderabad. My last drive is from Hyderabad to Himalayas with India-Drive team. It is my best and longest I have ever done in my Duster. Surylanka drive I have been to Suryalanka around 10 times, frankly speaking, I lost the count! Last month me and my friend decided to go on a quick weekend getaway. Plan is to start on Saturday morning and come back by Sunday evening. We all know that Suryalanka is overcrowded during weekends. So we constructed a strategy to beat the crowd. Route taken Hyderabad --> Vijaywada --> Suryalanka We took this route since we had accommodation(friend's place) at Vijayawada. Best route from Hyderabad to Suryalanka Hyderabad --> Nalgonda --> Miryalaguda --> Narasaraopet --> Suryalanka I would suggest people to visit Chirala beach along with Suryalanka, we missed out due to time constraint. We started on Saturday around 11AM. We took the famous the Hyderabad-Vijayawada section. This is one of the best section after Hyderabad-Bangalore.(my personal favorite) Maintained steady 110km/hr in my trusted Duster. We reached Suryapet by 2PM and stopped over for lunch at Hotel 7. Hotel 7 is one of the best in terms of Infrastructure/Food/Quality/Maintenance. Suryapet to Vijayawada took us around 2 hours +. Crossing Vijayawada is always pain. Multiple diversions and no proper signs leads to confusion. One of our friend stays in Vijayawada outskirts, we reached his place by 5PM. Decided to call the day off.
  15. Hyderabad to Tadoba route: Hyderabad to Tadoba forest route is a mix of 4-lane and 2-lane route. First leg of the journey is Hyderabad to Adilabad on NH7 via Nirmal. It is a beautiful 4-lane toll road one can easily maintain 100 km/hr for the first 300 Kilometers. Adilabad to Wani is mix of good and bad roads. Once you cross Wani you need to change the route depending on the gate you are planning to visit. Following are the list of Gates available. Entry Gates :: Tadoba Tiger Reserve Khutvanda Kolara (Second best option) Mohurli (Famous gate) Navegaon Pangdi Zahri (Kolsa) Note : Tuesday is a Holiday (subjected to change) Tadoba will be closed during monsoon i.e 1st July to 15th October (subjected to change) Best Route :Hyderabad to Mohurli gate Tadoba (Famous gate) Hyderabad --> Kamareddy --> Nirmal --> Adilabad -->Pandharkawada -->Karanji --> Wani --> Chandrapur --> Mohurli gate Best Route :Hyderabad to Kolara (Second option) Hyderabad --> Kamareddy --> Nirmal --> Adilabad -->Pandharkawada -->Karanji-->Wani--> Warora --> Chimur --> Kolara gate Note: Routes and Gates are always confusing around the forest arear. Even though you use Google maps make sure to recheck with locals
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  17. A quick video of our recent drive from Hyderabad to Himalayas. Watch in 1080P
  18. Wayanad - Truly a nature's paradise Why : Monsoon drive Where : Wayanad, Kerala Distance : ~2000 kilometres Ride : Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Fuel : Petrol Mileage : 15KMPL Stay: Thejas Resorts Route Taken: Hyderabad (Gachibowli) - Kurnool - Bangalore - Mysuru - Gundlupete - Wayanad. Road condition: The road conditions throughout the drive have been splendid and we enjoyed every bit of our drive on the ghat. Except for a few bad stretches in the interiors of the village when we explored new routes, rest of the main roads are excellent. The season being monsoon, added a lot of beauty to the scene. Places to visit in Wayanad: Edakkal Caves Karapuzha dam Phantom hill point Jain Temple Banasura dam Pookot Lake Lakkidi View point Minmooty waterfalls Wayanad wildlife Sanctuary Soochipara Waterfalls Kanthampara Waterfalls A lot of Tea states enroute and amazing roads. Day-00: Hyderabad - Kurnool - Bangalore (550 kms & 7.5 hours including a dinner break) Day-01: Bangalore - Mysuru - Gundlupete - Wayanad (Sultan Bathery) (6 hours of drive time - 275 kms) We reached our stay by 9:00 AM @Thejas resorts in Sultan Bathery. It is sited amidst one of the most beautiful locations of Wayanad between the forest offering best of the authentic Kerala ambience. We started our drive to the first site, that is the Edakkal Caves post breakfast. You need to walk around 2 kms up the hill on a paved path from the parking area. Trek up the Ambukutty hills to reach the foot of the cave which was quite strenuous but adventurous. The rain during our trek added more fun to the scene. The first sight of the cave. It is technically not a cave but a rock shelter caused by a piece of rock splitting away from the main body. Beautiful view of Wayanad from the top of the Ambukutty hills. We had to get down a lot of stairs on our way back from the cave. The view throughout our descent down the hill was just splendid as we walked through the cloud cover. Few stretches of this track were quite interesting. Don't forget to carry an Umberella or a raincoat when you take this place. There are quite a few view points on the edge to get some good clicks of the views that the place has offered us. Our next drive was towards the Karapuzha dam. We took the road which was quite a loner passing through interiors of numerous number of villages as we moved towards this dam. Note: Choose the main road if one has to worry about the road condition as this track doesn't offer you the best of the roads. We chose this track to enjoy the remote beauty through the fields. Karapuzha dam is one of the biggest earth dams India has got and totally for the purpose of irrigation. The path towards this dam offers some amazing views of nature This dam was built on the Karapuzha river a tributary of the Kabini river Some pleasant and beautiful pictures of the place. One of the best places to walk around the path and spend an evening amidst nature to relax Phantom rock is one of the rarely visited archaeological sites in Wayanad which is located 13 kms from Kalpetta. Phantom rock was our last visited spot of the day. We moved back to the resort for the night to enjoy some authentic Kerala delicacies for dinner.
  19. After lot many considerations, finally we decided to have a one day road trip to Bidar which was ~145 KM from Hyderabad towards Hyderabad - Mumbai highway. Places considered for weekend stay by road trip, - Vishakapatnam - Badrachalam - Maredumilli But since we where planning at the last moment, finding the accomodation with nominal cost was not happening. We started by 05:30 A.M. Route: Manikonda --> Khairatabad --> Kukatpally --> Patancheru --> Muthangi --> Sadashivpet --> Digwal (After this I was diverted to a patchy strip by google map) --> Bidar (Ring road). Since it was early morning, there was less traffic and so gone with the above route. But while returning, the route was: Bidar --> Digwal --> Sadashivpet --> Muthangi --> ORR --> Manikonda Reached home by 03:30 P.M. Some pictures below during the drive (this time took some pics of the drive and places we visited).
  20. Hyderabad - November 21st - 2015 All I've been waiting for a week since i had this new 'White-Fang' enter my family is to get it serviced and kick long. Haven't really taken it out on the highways, but I've been completely happy maneuvering it in the city and Now, is the time when i had this recipe ready... My new Hyundai Creta and the Western ghats calling to throw in a good measure on the nature's lap. Having decided to drive through the ghats around Pune, I freezed on to few places adding a flavor of off-roading in relative comfort as i am a total newbie as far as off-roading is concerned. Not knowing if you can call this off-roading or not, but yeah I have put up my experience on different terrains i had come across the drive. Itinerary: Day 1 : Hyderabad - Pune (Pimpiri Chinchwad) Day 2 : Pimpiri - Lonavla - Khandala - Lavasa - Pimpiri Day 3 : Pimpiri - Raigad Torna - Pimpiri Day 4 : Pune - Hyderabad
  21. Sunday morning weather turned out to be fantastic. We decided to go on a short drive for lunch. We picked Drive-inn dhaba in Jadcharla, food turned out to be bad. Drive was excellent. Nothing can beat Hyderabad-Bangalore highway in terms of road quality. Traffic has increased a lot between Hyderabad to Kurnool section. If you want to enjoy the drive on this road, early morning start is a must.
  22. Hello guys, I am Planning to drive from Hyderabad to Leh by road . Please guide me the best route available. Car that we are planning to take is Baleno Diesel. Can Baleno handle those roads without any issue? Can you guys help in listing the things to carry. I'm travelling with my two kids, age 3 yrs and 7 yrs Thank you.
  23. Hyderabad to Dindi reservoir Distance : 140 kilometres Road condition : One of the best road to drive. Super good. Purpose : Monsoon drive Route: Hyderabad --> Kadthal --> Kalvakurthi --> Dindi reservoir This drive meet-up turned out to be more exciting than expected. Plan was decided at 8 a.m. in the morning and we started from Gachibowli at 10 a.m. This was the quickest 'India-Drive' meet so far. Event flow: 8:00 AM : Plan to drive, destination unknown. 9:30 AM : Meetup 10:00 AM : We were on the ORR.
  24. Planning: It was October 2016 when we started planning for a long road trip. It was my wife's idea of visiting a cold place (if possible, snow fall) in winter, and subsequently we ended up talking about Manali (obvious choice of transport being, ROAD ). Idea was shot down by colleagues and friends, saying 2200KM drive one-side is no joke. Having experience of driving 17 hours a day couple of times, I knew that 3-day drive to Manali was pretty much possible. When started planning, things started to look easy - one of the key aspect of this journey was choice of stops. Upon deciding stops, stay, and places to visit, there was no stopping. In general, I would love to have best possible weather when I hit the road (my usual search query on Google being "where is it raining in India?"). In this case, we knew that fresh snowfall would happen at most 4-5 times in entire season, and we finalized dates trusting Accuweather data. Places planned to visit: Manali, Shimla, and Auli (tentative). THE reason to travel: To witness snowfall (Yes, we did!) Dates: 20/01/2017 to 01/02/2017 (Based on weather prediction three months before) Drive: Ford Ecosport 1.5TDCi Number of people: 3 (Driver: Only Me! ) Preparation: Being very particular about vehicle maintenance, I got everything checked (also, 2nd service was due around the same time) a week before our drive. One major problem we previously faced was light throw from headlights (OSRAMs) - I finally decided to replace with with Philips X-treme Vision Plus H4 (+130%), and they are amazing! Protective clothing: 2 layered snow-proof jacket, thermals, multi-position headband, two layers of gloves (much needed at sub-zero temperatures). Medicines: Few strips each for headache, cough/cold, fever, indigestion, and vomiting. Food: Figured out that there won't be many restaurants (especially in MP and UP). Hence, carried home-made protein bars, instant-noodle packs, juices, etc. Other things carried: Mini air compressor, 2 umbrellas, hiking pole, whistle, and 25L jerry can (and funnel). Route and Itinerary (NH44 all the way, from Telangana till Punjab) 20 Jan: Hyderabad to Sagar (MP) 21 Jan: Sagar (MP) to Greater Noida 22 Jan: Greater Noida to Manali 22 - 26 Jan: Places around Manali 27 Jan: Manali to Shimla 28 - 29 Jan: Shimla 30 Jan: Shimla to Agra 31 Jan: Agra to Nagpur 1 Feb: Nagpur to Hyderabad Day-1: (Hyderabad to Sagar - 884KM) State: Telangana It was a key decision that we had to make about 1st stop, and the choice was between Chhindwara and Sagar (considering good places to stay). We were all super-excited the night before; woke up at 4am, and hit road by 4.30am. Roads were flawless till Adilabad, and roads turned ugly (not even bad) the moment we crossed Telangana border - it was stark difference, and a badly shaped bridge welcomed us in Maharashtra. State: Maharashtra Road construction was happening on NH44 (for betterment, I'd guess), and it was not so pleasant (at the same time, not eventful) driving in MH. We crossed Nagpur 1.15pm and stopped for lunch as soon as we entered MP. State: Madhya Pradesh Tarmac turned super smooth the moment we entered MP - driving on SH 547 was pleasant experience (we passed some hills in between). No wonder MP has some of the cleanest cities in the country - one could judge the same by looking at their roads. We crossed Chhindwara around 4.30PM, and reached destination (Sagar) by 7.45PM. We could already feel the cold that night (not so much, though); had dinner and called it a day. It was a great day overall (not eventful). It was relatively long day for us in the car (~900KM), and we intentionally front-loaded much of distance on day-1.
  25. Day one(29/01/2017) Sunday, Morning 8:00 HYDERABAD-->>>RAJAHMUNDRY Distance: 429 KM Drive Time: 9 Hours including one long break and few resting breaks Mileage: 13.2 KMPL Vehicle: Honda City VX Manual Transmission (Golden Horse) Fuel: Petrol Speed: Cruised at 120 KMPH Route: HYDERABAD--> Suryapet--> Vijayawada-->(VIJAYAWADA BYPASS ROAD) Nuzivid--> Hanuman Junction--> NH16 (CHENNAI-KOLKATA HIGHWAY)--> Rajahmundry. Many of you might be familiar with the Vijayawada--> Rajahmundry normal route, but this is a newly constructed route which skips Vijayawada city traffic goes through many small village roads, narrow roads, small ghat roads or mini ghat roads. The road conditions are worst till Nuzivid and from there the road is two lane road and is good. There are no proper restaurants till Rajahmundry, one must be prepared to eat on the way side dhabas or else wait till Rajahmundry. Coming to the Hyderabad To Suryapet road, the road is awesome 4 laned road there are many restaurants on the way, driveking wrote a review about this road so I'm skipping the info of this way and will go on with my journey. I stopped at Ma palle ruchulu for breakfast. The restaurant is awesome and the prices are reasonable for the quality. Don't expect any luxuries in the restaurant, it's a simple yet best village themed restaurant. Best items to eat is pulla atulu in veg. I don't know about non-veg. Waited there for one hour and started to Rajahmundry. And reached Rajahmundry by 5:00 in the evening. Stayed at housing board colony, my grandparents place. Here are few pics if the restaurant and the way. Pictures of Restaurant, Vijayawada Bypass road and the worst part of the Vijayawada bypass road. Day Two (30/01/2017) Monday. No activity, Took rest. Day Three(31/01/2017) Tuesday, Morning 7:30 RAJAHMUNDRY-->MAREDUMILLI Distance: 86 KM Drive Time: 2 hour 45 mins with few photography breaks. Mileage: 13.2 KMPL Vehicle: Honda City VX Manual Transmission Fuel: Petrol Speed: 80-110 KMPH Route: Rajahmundry--> Gadaala--> Rajahmundry Airport--> Burugupudi--> Korukonda--> Gokavaram--> Venkata Puram--> Folkspeta--> Bhuoatipalem--> Rampachodavaram--> Ramannavalasa--> Maredumilli. Started at 7:30AM from Rajahmundry and reached Maredumilli at 10:30AM. The road conditions are excellent two laned road takes you through beautiful dense forest. After reaching Gokavaram mobile signal goes off only BSNL signals are available. After reaching Rampachodavaram beautiful dense and beautiful forest starts and the ghat road starts from there. One can easily maintain 80-100 on the road there'll be no traffic after crossing Rampachodavaram, that's the last place where we can find population and from there it's calm, beautiful, lush green, dense forest and agency area. There is a reservoir at Bhupathipalem name is Bhupathipalem reservoir that's a beautiful place which also offers boating. There are two resorts to stay at Maredumill 1) Birds nest resort 2) Vanavihari Eco Tourism The best place to stay for a family is Vanavihari Eco Tourism. There is a restaurant in the resort, veg and no veg are available on demand. Best time to stay and visit Maredumilli is October to November. And best place to stay is Hill top resort at Vanavihari Maredumilli. There are many other AC and non AC resorts to stay ranging from ₹1000 per night to ₹2000 per night for two people and ₹600 for an extra bed. There is Jungle star nature camp a site for camping. Places to visit at Maredumilli 1) Jalatarangini Waterfalls 2) Swarnadhara And Rampa Waterfalls 3) Karthikavanam And The Vali Sugriva Medicinal Plants Conservation Area 4) Madanikunj-Vihara Sthal. According to the receptionist at Vanavihari most of the waterfalls are dried up now. And Karthikavanam And The Vali Sugriva Medicinal Plants Conservation Area is empty, no one to guide and no one will be with you even to open the gate that's my personal experience but the place is must visit for nature lovers and Photographers. There is coffee plantation area where you can spot birds according to locals, but the place is deserted without a single person, better to go with groups and good offroading vehicles, preferably a Thar. Maredumilli is a place for true nature lovers, Photographers and for the people who want to forget and come out of cities and enjoy the nature. One can enjoy the silence of the forest and lush green beauty of the forest in any season. I visited Vanavihari took photographs and explored few lonely and beautiful places in my Honda City, felt that's not the right car and not the right place for 3 people took rest near the coffee plantation gate and left the place with a heavy heart. Places to Eat: Restaurant at Maredumilli. PS: don't eat at way side Restaurants at Maredumilli. And bamboo chicken is famous there. Haven't tasted as I'm a vegetarian. Here are few pictures.Vanavihari Maredumilli Ghat road through dense forest at Maredumilli Me with my grandfather Bhupathipalem reservoir. Day three(01/02/2017), Wednesday afternoon 2:30. RAJAHMUNDRY--> VISAKHAPATNAM Distance: 190.7 KM Drive Time: 3 hours 30 minutes hours without a break Mileage: 13.2 KMPL Vehicle: Honda City VX Manual Transmission Fuel: Petrol Speed: Cruised at 120 KMPH Route: Visakhapatnam--> Annavaram--> Visakhapatnam. The road conditions are excellent four lane road till Vishakapatanam. Started off to Visakhapatnam in the afternoon at 2:30 after watching the no use budget Reached Visakhapatnam by 6:00PM. Attended a marriage in the night at slept at 1:00AM Stayed at Green Park Hotel. Hotel is excellent. Price ₹7000 per night we got for ₹6000 office discount. PLACES TO EAT ON THE WAY TO VISAKHAPATNAM: One Food Court at Annavaram on the right side while going to Visakhapatnam. Day four (02/02/2017), Thursday Morning 11:00. Visited few places and temples. Places: Kailash Giri, Submarine Museum. Temples: Laxmi Narasayamma temple at Sujatha Nagar. Simhachalam. Very bad that I forgot my camera in the room couldn't take pictures that day. In the night we visited RK Beach. The night is unforgettable... Slept for few minutes on the marble platform and watched the sea. Clicked few pictures... And left the place. Day five (03/02/2017), Friday Early Morning 5:00. Visited Tenneti Park for sunrise photoshoot. Took pictures from the view point and enjoyed the scene. Here are few pictures of the sunrise and my Golden Horse. Started to Rajahmundry at 3:00 in the afternoon and reached by 6:00 in the evening. Day six(04/02/2017), Saturday Morning 7:00. Distance: 430KM Drive time: 9 hours including one long break and few short breaks Mileage: 13.2 KMPL Vehicle: Honda City VX Manual Transmission Fuel: Petrol Speed: Cruised at 110KMPH. Took another route from Rajahmundry not the regular Rajahmundry--> Vijayawada--> Suryapet--> Hyderabad route. This is a bypass route which skips Rajahmundry takes you through a new bridge over Godavari river and then connects to the Khammam-Aswaraopet road. Take left from lalacheruvu and it'll connect you to the bypass route. The road conditions are worst two laned road till Aswaraopet, once you enter Aswaraopet you should take a left and it'll connect you to Khammam road. The road from Aswaraopet is excellent two laned road, one can easily cruise at 100KMPH. Road is surrounded by lush greenery and farms. Many places to rest under trees. This road has many truck traffic as they enter this road to avoid toll gates. It took us 9 hours to reach Hyderabad because of the worst road till Aswaraopet. After Khammam it connects to sathupalli and then connects to Suryapet then regular highway starts. Enter this road only if you want to avoid toll plazas. On this route we reached home by 5:30. We stay at Kompally traffic starts from Uppal. PLACES TO EAT: Vijayawada to Hyderabad Many way side Restaurants till Suryapet. After Suryapet there are many good restaurants, few are On the left when coming to Hyderabad: 1) G Hotel Nice hotels with decent price and quality 2)Hotel Sai Prasad Pure Vegetarian Pure vegetarian restaurant, no neatness 3) Vivera. after Narketpally Veg and non veg no neatness Hyderabad to Vijayawada : On the right when going to Vijayawada: 1) Annapurna Pure Vegetarian Decent and simple veg restaurant 2) Village Aharam Organic restaurant 3) Ma Palle Ruchulu Super village themed restaurant with good food and decent price 4) 9 restaurant Haven't tried 5) 7 food court Good food, good ambience value for money. Lastly thanks a lot to the guys in the WhatsApp group who had helped me in the journey
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