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Exploring Yanam Part 1 Origin: Ramachandrapuram, East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh. Destination: Yanam, Puducherry. Route Taken: Ramachandrapuram - Tallapolam - Draksharamam - Kuyyeru - Yanam Start Time:5:10AM Distance: 27KMS Time Taken: 1hr Car: Honda City VX i-VTEC Mileage: 13.2KMPL Road Condition: Mix of good, average, bad and worst. Scenic Views: Single lane roads with beautiful scenes at either side of the roads. The roads are surrounded by lush green farms on either side. Trip Report Yanam, the place that I first visited in 2013, when I was 17. And this time again I wanted to visit the place only to know it better and love it more... Started early in the morning at 5:10 and reached the area in 1hr. The only thing I thought I could do in the place is to take the initial sunrise photo touching the waters. That's a beautiful sight and I never missed that. But surprisingly this time I got more than what I expected. I got to know about the area more and explore the area and the backwaters. This time, unfortunately, I could take my favourite shot, the sun touching the waters because of clouds. But got a chance to explore the area a bit. It was 7:00 AM, the sun just started rising pushing the clouds aside. And there I saw a person in a white shirt and white pant, assumed him to be a local and approached him to inquire more about the place. To my surprise, he turned out to be the government boat operator. Upon asking him, he arranged a boat ride into the waters and at 7:15 I was on the boat moving gently on the backwaters. The boat driver Ramakrishna, is a very nice guy. I finished taking photos and started talking with him. he spoke many things, from the political situation in Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh, their lives, the local MLA and not to forget, the insider information about the place. Yanam, a very beautiful place, mostly unexplored and left undeveloped. "Yanam chala manchi ooru Saru, Kani Chala mandi teliyaka raru. Tourists perigite maku income perugutundi" said the boat driver. Yanam indeed is a really beautiful place, there are many places to explore from Yanam. The first one, Bhairavapalem Mangrove Forests (Where we can find many rare migratory birds. It takes 2 hours to come and 2 hours stay on this island. Total of 6 hours. Price for 10 is 6000 INR) Koringa Mangrove Forests And many small unexplored islands (We can find many migratory birds) I think the area should be developed, but that development shouldn't destroy the natural beauty and serenity of the place. The local activities early in the morning, sunrise, birds chirping and the fishing activities are really beautiful and the development should not destroy these... Part 2 coming soon... I'll be writing about the places that in have visited in part 2. Places to stay: The Regency Hotel (best for families as per trip advisor) Sarva Inn Puducherry Government Guest House Few Pictures
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