'Hyderabad to Rachakonda' - Republic day breakfast drive meetup report - January 26th 2017   Start point - Gachibowli (ORR)
End point - Rachakonda fort
Start time - 6:30 a.m.
Total Distance - ~120 kms
Objective : A small gathering to meet all the new folks of the club for breakfast at 'Village Aharam - An organic restaurant' followed by an exploration drive towards Rachakonda fort on this wonderful occasion of the 68th Republic day.   Destination description:

'Village Aharam' is an organic restaurant which is located in a peaceful environment in Koyalguda which is around 90 kms from Gachibowli on the Vijayawada highway with a village ambiance. It is rural respite for the urban tired. 
'Rachakonda fort' was constructed in 14th century by 'Recherla Singama Nayak' who ruled the region of Rachakonda after the Kakatiya dynasty.
The architecture Rachakonda Fort is of medieval Hindu fort architecture made of large stones which are of irregular size and indefinite shape.   At the entrance, the gates are made of stone pillars and horizontal beams. 
The structure of Rachakonda Fort was strategically developed as a defensive bastion with strong fortifications. Presently, the fort is in a ruined state.   Due to its proximity to Hyderabad, Rachakonda Fort has now become an excellent weekend spot for the Hyderabadis. There is no Entry fee as it is not yet developed on a commercial end.    Rachakonda fort Tips: No food, water are available near the fort, carry your own water and food. Vehicle parking is available at foot hills of the fort. Fort doesn't have proper entrance, once you park your vehicle you need to find the path on your own, which itself is fun. Less crowded. Trek is very easy, no gear required. Not advisable to visit after sunset. Early morning is the best time to visit.     Hyderabad to Rachakonda fort Route:
Hyderabad --> Ramoji film city --> Malakapur --> Koyaragudem --> Rachakonda fort.   Road condition :
Hyderabad to Koyaragudem : 4-lane excellent road with no tolls. Koyaragudem to Rachakonda fort : 2-lane track with beautiful views cutting through hills.
  Participants:   1) Mahindra KUV 100 - Girish
2) Hyundai i20 Elite - Ravi Teja
3) Hyundai i20 Elite - Jagadish
4) Volkswagen Polo Highline - Vamshi
5) Hyundai i20 Active - Shiv Sigh
6) Honda Amaze - Srinivas
7) Ford Fiesta - Kashyap
8) Hyundai Verna - Madhavi
9) Renault Duster - Vinith reddy
10) Hyundai Creta - Sruthi
11) Hyundai Creta - Sagar
12) Mahindra XUV 500 - Rahul
13) Honda Civic - Saran
14) Honda Civic - Gowtham varma
15) Skoda Octavia - Gautam Kumsi