Hyderabad to Srisailam Guide
Hyderabad - Kadthal - Kalvakurthi (bypass) - Dindi - Munnanur - Mallapur - Sundhipenta - Srisailam
Road condition :
Hyderabad to Dindi, road condition is excellent. Super smooth road and has tolls.
Toll road : Hyderabad to Dindi
Dinidi to Srisailam, road condition is good, roads are narrow, difficult to overtake and many blind curves but the views are fantastic.
Ghat road : Dindi to Srisailam
I am planning to drive from Mumbai to Srisailam with family. I would be the only driver and so will need night breaks in between. I am confused about the route to take post Solapur. Google map shows 2 routes one via Gulbarga and other via Zaheerabad. Which one is better and a 4 track road with dividers? One friend suggested instead it drive till hubali then to Bellary and then reach Srisailam as the road is good and the total distance might increase only by 150 kms. Please guide. Thanks
Right from childhood, I always had this inner desire to stay alone for a certain period of time, do my chores, live my life all by myself, without my mother helping me nor my dad telling me what to do. I wanted to lead an independent life. This was because I never left home for any part of my life. So I took up this oath for myself that I would travel solo for at least 1 week of the 52 weeks in a year.
This year,2017, was no different. It was 4 day trip within the Telugu states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
Hyderabad- Srisailam-Nalla malla forest- Nalla malla jungle camps- Gandikota- Hyderabad
The numbers :
Car : Hyundai elite i20
Mileage : 16.5kmpl (tank full to tank full)
Total trip : 935kms
It was not a pre- planned trip. Just as when things at home were at peace, a little effort to persuade mom paid off, a quick search in the India-drive paved the way for this trip.
A Teaser !
Drive day is the only day I would wake up so early in the morning (read 4 am) without even alarm setting off.
Started at 5 am, and the plan was to reach Srisailam Dam before crowd sets in and explore the route from Srisailam temple to Nalla Malla Jungle resorts
Gachibowli ORR - Dindi Reservoir- Srisailam
Smooth roads and early morning fog made the drive refreshing!
Reached Dam by 8:30am, crowd was sparse
Clicking ample pictures, chugged along at a leisurely pace
Moving along reached the top of Srisailam. I wanted to savour the moment, found a calm place over looking the dam. Spent a moment in tranquility and drove on.
I am a self proclaimed atheist, so skipped visiting the temple and drove down the hill towards Dornala.
With smooth tarmac and winding Ghats, the roads up until Dornala Junction were smooth as silk
The drive got rugged and bumpy after taking a right at Dormala Junction, leading towards Bairutly on the Vijayawada- atmakur Highway.The road passes through thick and dense Nalla Malla Forest.It is a single lane, potholed road with heavy truck traffic, often veering off the road to allow truck to pass by.
As irritating as it can get, and as bumpy as it could be, the silence in the forest and green cover has more than made up for the effort put in driving through this route.
Stopped by a thick canopy of heavily grown bamboo trees/plants on either side of the road, turned off the engine, windows rolled down and a breath of fresh air brushes your hair.
Blisss!! Savour the moment!The canopy was so dense, even sunlight couldn’t peek through, hence no photographs!
Reached Nalla Malla Jungle Camps by 2:30pm. The manager was kind enough to arrange for some home made meals for my lunch.
The resort had 4 double occupancy cottages and 3 tent like looking rooms and one dormitory.
This was my allocated cottage!
The rest of the day was spent in leisure, talking to the staff about the safari the next day and their lively hood in such dense forest.
It was quite a while since I had such peaceful sleep. Owing to such calm, non-polluted area and beautifully maintained rooms sound sleep was inevitable.
Since it was holiday and festival of Diwali, the resort had no guests. I was the only moron I guess who wanted to elude the city pollution.
So I had the whole day to myself and I was up and ready by 6am for the safari.
A quick breakfast and off we went
The safari vehicle
The crew consisted of a driver (working as a driver for forest officers for the past 6 years) and local ‘gudem’ guy, Saidulu, who entered the safari vehicle with an axe. Safety I would think!
It was a 8km circuit through the jungle I was told and would take about 2 hours for the safari
When I asked the driver, what would be the odds of finding the Big Cat, he replied recklessly “very very very slim”
Just then, he slammed the brakes of the shoddy safari vehicle and spoke to Saidulu
He got down with the axe and did this ..
Meanwhile,continuing my chat with the driver and looking around to spot the tiger, he asked me to get down the vehicle and walk with him. Apparently he found something odd at a distance.
“Its a female” the driver reckoned!
How? I spurted out!
Looking at the edge of those pug marks, the rounded edges denote female. Male would have claws which would have dug deep into the mud, he explained!
We decided to leave the vehicle behind and start walking.
In excitement left my Camera in the vehicle (Facepalm Moment!)
As we walked along, we found more pug marks and we were sure to find a few a small distance ahead.
We walked for almost an hour, in search of the Wild cat but to no avail.
We came across one of the bunkers/ rest areas for men who patrol the forests. There is one such bunker for every 40sqkm and they have 8 men guarding the area round the clock from poachers!
Sadly though there have been reported cases of deaths caused by Tiger attacks on these men.
This is the path taken by people who visit the Holy shrine of Srisailam during Maha Shiva ratri.This path transverses through the thick jungle, amassing a distance of 80kms.
Enroute they have 3 pitstops, each at a temple which provides free food.They would cover the distance in about 11hrs flat.
We were already Walking along the thick forests for almost 3hrs now and I was almost drained.
Spotted a few deers here and there
We sat down at a small pond under the shade of a tree.
I asked Saidulu more about his life and what do they do to survive.
He very simple replied “ government free rice isthadi, avi udakapedithe ganji osthadi, ullipaya & mirapakaya ikkada pandistham, aviti tho tinestham.dabbulu sampadinchali ani em undadu saaru ikkada”
(Translation: Govt gives free supplies of rice, we cook and extract porridge. We grow onions and chilli, we eat rice along with it. We don’t think about earning money)
He was very vivid in whatever he told us, what problem they often encounter, how his childhood was.
After a while he was kind enough to invite me to his ‘Gudem’
It was an hour walk through the forest again. My eyes never stopped trying to spot a tiger though.
There were about 35 people living in the ‘gudem’. They seemed content with what all they had, the kids were smiling and the ladies had their own avagatxion of either raising kids or singing their daily chores away.
Lunch, was their staple food. A bowl of rice porridge, onion and chilli as accompaniment!
(Left my camera in the vehicle & phone battery drained out. Hence no pictures)- Sorryyy
After spending time with the local ppl , we started our long walk back to the resort. While we were walking back i was fortunate enough to spot a few cubs playing at a distance.
No means to capture, it was just see and enjoy.
After a long day, dozed off early as I had made plans to visit Gandikota the next day.
Plan was to reach Gandikota as soon as possible and relax during sunset time at the view point.
After breakfast, spoke to the manager there and bit adieu to the staff.
Bairutly- Atmakur-Jammalamadugu- Gandikota
It was a 3.5hrs drive with roads varying from single late to beautiful 4 lanes.
Reached Gandikota by 2pm.
Explored the surrounding area of Kottalapalli, famour for windmills
The service road leading to the Windmills
It was too hot and humid, and I drove back to the resort to rest till evening.
Made it to the view point by sunset time, and it was heavily crowded.
Had an early dinner and dozed off. The beds and rooms were ill maintained at Haritha resort. I could barely sleep.
Woke up early, had little breakfast at the resort and started my drive back to Hyderabad by 8 am
All the rounds were either 2lane or 4 lanes opening upto beautiful lush green fields on either side of the roads.
Stopped by Owk Resevoir, which was full owing to bountyful rains they received this year
Had lunch at food pyramid at Kothakota.
Reached hyderabad by 1:30pm
The car was battered to the maximum extent with dust and mud and it was cleaning time in the evening.
It got all the pampering it deserved
All in readiness for the next drive!!!
Until then, Drive safe!!!
P.S : After I forgot to carry my camera during the safari, I have decided to make this " All Mobile camera pictures only" trip. Sorry for the shady images if any
We wish to enjoy the monsoon rains and want to disconnect from this city busy life and pressures. Want to explore some forest & greenery places and some time for devotional places as well. We decided to visit "NallaMalla Jungle Camp - Pacherla" and booked accommodation through its website (http://nallamalaijunglecamps.com)
Car : Fiat Punto 90HP
Places Visited : Nalla Malla Jungle Camp, Srisailam
Route Taken : Miryalaguda - Nagarjuna Sagar - Macherla - Nalla Malla Jungle Camp - Srisailam - Dindi - Miryalaguda
Distance : 700kms (Round Trip - approx)
We booked our accommodation and started from Miryalaguda on Aug 25th - 5AM.
Reached Nagarjuna Sagar dam by 6am, took some pics on the dam and enjoyed the cool climate.
From Nagarjuna Sagar, we reached Macherla and visited "chennakesava swamy temple" and headed to "Forest Camps" via "giddalur".
The road condition was really good and it went through some forest areas which provides pleasant driving feel.
We took the road towards "Nandyal" from "Giddalur" and travelled for about 35kms to reach "Forest Camp".
This 35kms road is driver's paradise with full of mountains and ghat sections. It was raining heavily when we visited and added more beauty to the place.
The real fun of driving starts here with this road and its curves ...
This 35kms road condition was pretty awesome with no pot holes and full of tress on both sides.
Here are small videos of road condition
After 4 hours of journey, we finally reached our destination
The accommodation provided was pretty clean with all facilities. They welcomed us with hot tea (welcome drink) as the climate is damm cool.
Some pictures of the jungle camp :
Few pics from Jungle Safari :
There you can spot the old railway bridge which was destroyed long ago (that bridge even flashed in few movies).
Even they arranged nice camp-fire after our dinner.
Time for some sport in the jungle camp :-
After our pleasant stay in the jungle camp, we headed towards srisailam.
After having darshan of the Great Mallikarjuna Swamy, we headed to Miryalaguda via Dindi ( its my wife's turn to drive me to home ).
Overall, it was really good experience for us and enjoyed our trip alot. Even its economical too when considering stay packages at Nalla Malla Jungle Camp.
Gandikota meetup on January 26 and 27th