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Hyderabad to Bhavani Island and Suryalanka beach (Bapatla) Andhra Pradesh

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Distance:360 kilometers

Ride:Chevrolet Beat

Mileage:20 kmpl

Drive time:6 hours

Food joint En-route:Hotel 7 (Suryapet)

Hotel - Bhavani Island:~2000/- INR

Hotel - SuryaLanka:~2000/- INR

 

Regular Route: Hyderabad ---> Suryapet ---> Vijayawada ---> Guntur (take left from the highway before Guntur) ---> Bapatla ---> Suryalanka

 

Hyderabad to Suryalanka Beach best route (2017): Hyderabad --> Narketpally --> Mirayalaguda --> Piduguralla ---> Sattenepalle --> Guntur --> Ponnuru -->Suryalanka beach

 

Hyderabad to Piduguralla : 4-lane toll road

Piduguralla to Guntur : 2-lane average road

Guntur to Suryalanka beach : 2-lane, road condition is good.(new roads)

 

On this route you can completely avoid Vijayawada route, which is a mess now.

 We were planning for the weekend getaway from Hyderabad and were so stuck to a thought of making it a beach visit. Having surfed online for the closest beaches around Hyderabad, we came to know about Suryalanka which is at a distance of over 350 kilometers from our start point.

 

Carrying no second thought, we had started our drive from Hyderabad on Friday around 5:00 a.m. We took a break at the hotel '7' on the Suryapet highway for breakfast and headed towards Vijayawada.

 

We took the longest route via Vijayawada (40 kms extra) instead of going via Nalgonda as the road condition between Hyderabad ---> Vijayawada ---> Guntur is excellent and one can cruise above 100 km/hr without any stress. Road till Guntur is an elevated four way track with absolutely no bumps or bad tarmac. We reached Vijayawada around 9:00 a.m and checked into AP tourism hotel on the Bhavani Island.

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Bhavani Island is a river island spread over an area of 133 acres that offers a wonderful escape surrounded by mountains and a dam. We were provided with a dedicated parking space for our vehicle with security and were guided towards the boat, which took us to the island. The 15 minute boat ride to the island was free of cost as we had booked the room.

 

We got accommodated into a tree house which costed us around 2000/- INR per night. Rested for a while and headed out to explore the island which was calm, serene and isolated from the city noise.

 

This Island has an AP Tourism restaurant with room service which served us good food.

 

First view of the dam from the boating dockimage_1273.jpgBoat that took us to the Island.image_1277.jpgView of the Island from the boatimage_1276.jpgPrakasam Barrage stretches 1223.5 m across the Krishna River connecting Krishna and Guntur districts.image_1275.jpgDock at the Islandimage_1278.jpgSeating capacity of the boat is around 20 peopleimage_1279.jpgPeople on the Island waiting for the boatimage_1274.jpg

AP Tourism Cottages

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A walk into the garden towards the tree house.

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We booked these 2 tree houses (A/C) which offered an excellent viewimage_1283.jpg

 

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Sunday morning after breakfast we checked out of the hotel and headed towards the Suryalanka beach which is around 100 kilometers from Vijayawada.

 

Road between Vijayawada and Guntur is a 6-lane elevated track and absolutely flawless. We covered the distance in 30 minutes and took a left from Guntur towards Bapatla. Sigle lane road condition from Guntur to Bapatla is average with village traffic. As Bapatla is the only town close to the Suryalanka beach, we carried all the required things at Bapatla and headed towards Suryalanka which is around 10 kilometers from Bapatla.

 

We checked into the AP tourism resort which rests on the beach bank offering a splendid beach view. The hotel needs to be booked in advance as it runs on demand during the weekends. You can also find decent hotels in Bapatla, if you fail to book a stay at Suryalanka beach resort.

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View of the beach

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The beach became clean as we drove down to other side on the beach

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Sand is to tight on this beach. we drove along the beach without any problems

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Beach Drive

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We sat on the boat chatting for hours

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AP Tourism Hotel, which offers a beach view from the room

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Missed the sunset as the sky is cloudy

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Next day morning we drove on the lake beds

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Return Drive form Suryalanka to Hyderabad took us 6 hours

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Beautiful Hyderabad Outer ring road.

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One of the best roads in INDIA

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Not less than a race course and runs so flawless.

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Deep curves with excellent banking angle.

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Last pic of the day

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Have been to suryalanka this weekend. It was a nice trip with family. Best Part is having fish curry, fry which was made by the localites (Have seen fisherman getting fresh fish, so we have asked to cook them for us).

Regards,

Santosh

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Have been to suryalanka this weekend. It was a nice trip with family. Best Part is having fish curry, fry which was made by the localites (Have seen fisherman getting fresh fish, so we have asked to cook them for us). Regards, Santosh

Did you stay in any hotel or just a day visit?

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Gowtham, Its a two day visit. We have started in the morning from ibrahimpatnam (hyderabad) reached vijayawada, worshipped kanakadurga temple and moved to suryalanka from vijayawada. We have stayed for that night in bapatla in a lodge (as rooms were not available @ suryalanka).

 

Next day morning we have been to suryalanka beach and started off to hyd during evening time and reached home by 10 pm. Best part we dint feel tired because of the awesome roads.

 

Route: Hyd--> suryapet-->kodad-->vijaywada--> china kaakani-->kaza--> Join ponnoor road by taking left from the highway. Regards, 

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Gowtham, Its a two day visit. We have started in the morning from ibrahimpatnam (hyderabad) reached vijayawada, visited the kanakadurga temple and moved to suryalanka from vijayawada. We have stayed for that night in bapatla in a lodge (Rooms are not available @ suryalanka and they are also very expensive for 1 night). Next day morning we have been to suryalanka beach and started off to hyd during evening time. Regards, Santosh

okay :cool: Room availability is tough in Suryalanka. Specially during weekends most of the rooms are booked in advance. We can find decent lodges in Bapatla. How is the road condition between Vijayawada and Suryalanka?

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Vijayawada to Suryalanka Beach routes

 

1) Prakasam barrage->mangalgiri--> Chennai Highway --> Ponnur --> Bapatla --> Suryalanka

2) Vijayawada Benz circle --> Chennai Highway --> Ponnur --> Bapatla --> Suryalanka (This one is better than via mangalgiri).

 

Needless to say about the Highway which is six way with 1 toll before we leave the highway and join Ponnur road. Road to Bapatla via Ponnur is decent with 2 lane.

 

We came across many villages. Total Toll from Hyderabad to Suryalanka is 400RS INR approximately which will be 800RS INR in two way.

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santosh said:
Vijayawada to Suryalanka Beach routes

1) Prakasam barrage->mangalgiri--> Chennai Highway --> Ponnur --> Bapatla --> Suryalanka

2) Vijayawada Benz circle --> Chennai Highway --> Ponnur --> Bapatla --> Suryalanka (This one is better than via mangalgiri). Needless to say about the Highway which is six way with 1 toll before we leave the highway and join Ponnur road.

Road to Bapatla via Ponnur is decent with 2 lane. We came across many villages.

Total Toll from Hyderabad to Suryalanka is 400RS INR approximately which will be 800RS INR in two way.

 

Hi Santosh,

I am new to this forum.Your information is helpful.

I am planning to do Hyderabad to Suryalanka Beach during Dussehra Weekend.

 

Will book AP Tourism resort in advance.

Are they allowing cars on the beach now.I got to know that on Sunday they will block the beach entrance for the private vehicles.

Will try to share the pictures after the trip.:)

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Karthik,

We have been to Suryalanka on Saturday morning and cars were allowed on to the beach. Infact I've captured pics on the seashore :P.

 

How ever we all know that it will be more crowded on Sundays, So there is a possibility for blocking private vehicles.

 

One Ground rule which I'd like to say is make it to the beach as early as possible. On saturday morning we have been to beach directly at 6 am and no one collected any fee for entrance and when we done the same at 11 am there is a guy who is collecting 30 rs for entrance into the beach. This guy could possibly block you from entering into the beach on sundays if it is crowded heavily.

 

So I can say if you make it early, no one will block you for anything, Given that morning time is the best time also. So plan accordingly.

Happy Journey.

 

Regards,

Santosh Reddy

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Hi Santosh,

I am new to this forum.Your information is helpful.

I am planning to do Hyderabad to Suryalanka Beach during Dussehra Weekend.

Will book AP Tourism resort in advance.

Are they allowing cars on the beach now.I got to know that on Sunday they will block the beach entrance for the private vehicles.

Will try to share the pictures after the trip.:)

Hi Karthik,

Welcome on board.

On Sunday they wont allow the cars on to the beach.(may be you can try early in the morning as santosh suggested).

Rest other days it is fine.

[uSER=37]santosh[/uSER]

How many kilometers did you drive on the beach?

We drove around 1 kilometer on the beach as it is our first time.

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Gowtham,

When i have been there for the first time in 2012 we covered like 2 km max...this time its just 1 km.

Karthik,

Just so you know, even i'm new bud to this forum, but i've started liking this forum :) :).

Came to know about this forum when i've been exploring my next drive to goa during dasara week.

I've been reading Go Goa Gone blog which is really cool and informative, since then I'm regularly following this page.

Regards,

Santosh

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Gowtham,

When i have been there for the first time in 2012 we covered like 2 km max...this time its just 1 km.

Karthik,

Just so you know, even i'm new bud to this forum, but i've started liking this forum :) :).

Came to know about this forum when i've been exploring my next drive to goa during dasara week.

I've been reading Go Goa Gone blog which is really cool and informative, since then I'm regularly following this page.

Regards,

Santosh

Santosh,

I came across many blogs but none of them have this much information for Hyderabad travelers.

Hyderabad has got very few weekend getaway places.But the Information here is spot spot on.

Once i get time i will try to share my travel stories.:)

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Karthik,

Hyd has got really few weekend getaways when compared to other cities like bangalore or chennai (lived in this cities so i know), but then lets try our best to help hyd travelers.

Not many places to cover in a weekend, but we do have lots of places if we can extend our weekend.

Please keep posted. I'm planning to go goa during dasara weekend, will keep posted on that too.

Santosh.

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Hi, Gowtham,

Inspired by your post, I drove down to Surya Lanka, on return I stayed at Bhavani Island for one day. It was an excellent trip.

Thank you.

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Hi, Gowtham,

Inspired by your post, I drove down to Surya Lanka, on return I stayed at Bhavani Island for one day. It was an excellent trip.

Thank you.

Great :)

Heard they have started water sports near Bhavani Island, any idea about it?

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Great :)

Heard they have started water sports near Bhavani Island, any idea about it?

yes, almost all kind of water sports. It was good entertainment for my kid.

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[uSER=15]gowtham[/uSER] Very good post and pics. Those tree houses look amazing. Any idea how much they charge ?

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[uSER=15]gowtham[/uSER] Nice to see a travelogue which has some good amount of info required drafted with some beautiful snaps

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