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  1. 1. Best places to visit in Ooty

    • Upper Bhavani Lake
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    • Emerald Lake
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    • Avalanche Lake
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    • Botanical Gardens
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    • Doddabetta Peak
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    • Cairn Hill
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    • Bandipur forest safari
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    • Kotagiri
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    • Coonoor
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  2. 2. Hyderabad to Ooty route

    • Route for cars : Hyderabad -- Ananthapur -- Bangalore -- Mysuru -- Bandhipur -- Masinagudi -- 36 hairpins -- ooty
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    • Route for heavy vehicles : Hyderabad -- Ananthapur -- Bangalore -- Mysuru -- Bandhipur --Gudluru -- ooty
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  3. 3. Hyderabad to Ooty food options

    • M Food court, Balanagar
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    • Food Pyramid, Kothakota
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    • Hyderabad chef, Ananthapur
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    • Nandi Upachar, Devenahalli
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    • NH7 Refuel, Bangalore outskirts
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    • Bangalore to Mysuru : Milestone 67, KFC, CCD, Indradhanush restaurant ( group of hotels)
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    • Mysuru to Ooty : Pugmark hotel
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  4. 4. Hotels in Ooty

    • Sinclairs Retreat Ooty
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    • The point
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    • Accord highland
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Hyderabad to Ooty, Coonoor & Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu - Pre monsoon drive meet up - June 01 - 04 17'

 

Start point - Gachibowli (ORR)

End point - Ooty (Accommodation)

Start time - 04:15 a.m.

Total Distance - ~1900 kms

Objective - A drive meet to Ooty, Coonoor and Bandipur to rejoice the pre-monsoon showers.

 

Participants:

 

1) Maruthi Suzuki Baleno

2) Volks Wagen Polo (Red)

3)  Volks Wagen Polo (Red)

4) Ford Ecosport

5) Hyundai Creta (Red)

6) Hyundai Creta (White)

 

Route Taken:

Hyderabad (Gachibowli) --> Kurnool --> Bangalore --> Mysuru --> Bandipur --> Mudumalai --> Ooty

 

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Road Condition:

 

Hyderabad to Bangalore: 
4-lane and road condition is excellent, Kurnool bridge is finally completed. 
 

Bangalore to Mysuru routes:
Route 1:
Bangalore --> Visveshpura --> Herur --> Yadiru --> Nagamangala --> Srirangapatna --> Mysuru

Bangalore to Yadiru route  : 4-lane and excellent road.
Yadiru  to Srirangapatna route : single lane road, road condition is good but many speed bumps en-route. 

 

Route 2:

Bangalore --> Channapatna --> Mandya --> Mysuru

4-lane road but heavy traffic.

 

Mysuru to Bandhipur route:

Mysuru --> Najanagudu --> Begur --> Gundlupete --> Bandhipur

 

Bandhipur to Ooty route:

Route 1:
Bandhipur --> Theppakapadu --> Masinagundi --> 36 haripins --> Ooty

Non-commercial route, only for cars and small vehicles are allowed.

Route 2:

Bandhipur --> Gudalur -->  Ooty
Commercial route with truck traffic.

 

Places covered:

 

1) Bandipur forest safari

2) Coonoor - Highfield Tea factory

3) Avalanche & Emerald

4) Doddabetta peak

5) Kotagiri

6) Ooty - The Tea factory and Tea museum

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Day - 1 : Hyderabad to Mysuru

 

All the members attending the drive have assembled at the start point by 4:00 a.m. and the drive kicked-off by 4:15 a.m. after a brief introductory session about the rules and the convoy positions during the drive.

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Following the respective convoy positions, we raced on to the ORR towards Kurnool to take our stop for breakfast.

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The usual way of how we regroup at every Toll exit until all the cars line-up to continue the drive further.

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We had stopped by the Hotel Suraj Grand for breakfast. The food at this place was pretty good with decent ambience.

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After a sumptuous meal, our drive commenced towards the next stop at Bangalore.

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Running under the defined speed limit, we never missed to fall out of this convoy. Being a part of this group for my first long drive, this factor has amazed me to a certain extent.

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We had reached Bangalore to stop by for Lunch around 1:00 p.m. The ambience and food at this place was decent.

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Having taken quite a long break at lunch, we started our drive towards Mysuru around 3:00 p.m.

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We have reached Mysuru around 7:30 p.m. to halt for the night. The Dawn hotel in Mysuru was pretty good for a night stay with an exclusive restaurant attached which served us dinner for the night.

Day 1 has turned out to be an eventful fun drive where I happened to meet some amazing travel enthusiasts and true petrol heads.  

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Day - 2 : Mysuru - Bandipur - Mudumalai - Ooty - Coonoor

 

Our drive was scheduled to start by 5:30 a.m. towards Ooty with a stop at Bandipur for the forest safari.

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We had stopped by a deserted road en-route for a short photo session post breakfast.

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Everyone of us got involved in bagging some memories through clicks and poses for a while.

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And then, our drive towards Bandipur continues...

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Day - 2 : Continued..

 

The Bandipur forest reserve welcomed us  as we moved up the ghat.

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The drive through the forest over such neatly laid tracks has been an absolute bliss.

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Every bit of the drive through this section has been more than worthy while we had experienced the spotting of wildlife in frequent intervals throughout

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We have spotted a huge herd of deer en-route not just once but many a times throughout this track.

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Burning the rubber onto the smooth tarmac while clicking some scenic views until we finished the drive has been out-rightly eventful and a memory worth recollecting.

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One of those many herds we spotted.

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One from a herd of wild boars..

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The open forest road opens up to stock up for the monsoon coming ahead.

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One of the many peacocks we spotted.

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The winding forest road opened up to offer us a newer view of the ghat we were going to take.

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A super scenic view of the ghat we were heading at..

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Our timely delays at the breakfast point and stops for the photo sessions caused delay in being available for the safari on time and so we decided to do the forest safari on our way back from Ooty in the next 2 days from then. (Note: Timings for the morning safari is available only between 6:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. And price is 300 INR/head)

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We have taken a short break amidst the forest road to stretch ourselves and breathe in some fresh air.

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Splendid view of the ghat as we got closer.

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We had taken the 36 hairpin ghat to reach Ooty which was super scenic offering the views at its best

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We have reached Ooty before 12:00 p.m. and moved towards our stay which was engulfed amidst the tea plantations away from the town in an offbeat site.

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The route to reach our stay has been quite an off road track which has added more adventurous fun to the drive and Yes, the Polo has managed to do this track

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Beautiful vistas of the tea plantations from our stay

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After we got settled at our stay, we then moved towards exploring Coonoor which is about 25 kms from our stay. Monsoon hitting this place quite early this year added more beauty to our eyes.

We stopped by 'The Grange' hotel for lunch on our way to Coonoor. This is one place in Ooty which offered good food along with ample parking space which was observed to be quite rare in a place like Ooty.

 

Proceeding further, we have explored Coonoor and halted at the 'Highfields Tea Factory' which is 50 years old. We have had the opportunity know how the history of the Tea Factory and its process. We had also tasted the samples of all the variety of Tea they grow followed by some shopping :D

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While we have explored whole of this Tea estate

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A group pic of the whole crew before the day ended

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Getting back to Zero after our dinner, we had some great fun over the bonfire and some interactive games under the stars. This session was then followed by some night photography and star gazing. 

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A sight at the night sky was so splendid and we had no option but to get lost in the tranquillity of nature.

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Cool breeze, Night sky, Innumerable stars and the best people around.. Explains it all!

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Day - 3 : Ooty - Avalanche - Emerald - Doddabetta peak - Ooty

 

The next morning, After our breakfast at 'The Grange' hotel, we have started to pace up towards the Avalanche.

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The drive towards Avalanche was one of the best I've been to as it had offered some best roads having best of the scenic views throughout with Tea plantations and step farming all around.

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Road to Avalanche as we got closer deteriorated but the drive was still fun as the road led us into a forest.

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The entry at the Avalanche got closed by the time we reached as the slots were full for that day and this is the best view of the lake we could capture midway. 

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We then moved towards the Avalanche dam and the Emerald dam which still remained closed due to the construction and piping work at the Dam.

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We decided to Explore the place and drive down to Doddabetta.

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Every bit of this drive has offered some best sceneries.

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No wonder Ooty is called 'The Queen of hill stations'.

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We had stopped by one of the best view points on our way to admire and cherish the beauty nature was offering us.

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All of us got involved in clicking some pictures at this stop

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A small village engulfed between the beautiful Tea estates.

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We started to move towards Doddabetta peak which is known as the highest peak in the Southern part of India.

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Drive towards Doddabetta peak was awesome as we have experienced different types of climatic conditions right from sunny to rainy.

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This place turned out to be a true commercial spot which seemed very crowded at the top of the hill. As the fog got cleared, this is one beautiful vista of the Nilgiris form the hill top. 

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Last picture of the day at the top of the peak, we had set back to our stay early by 9:00 p.m. as we have got a hectic drive lined up for the next morning.

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We have started off by 4 in the morning from Ooty towards Bandipur for the safari.

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As we got on to the ghat, the sky has offered us a magnificent view of the sunrise. No morning can get better than this sight to me.

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We got stopped at the check point on the ghat, before we entered into the wild forest zone as was closed and we had to wait at the gate until we got a signal about the road being cleared. It got opened at 6:00 a.m.

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We have reached the Bandipur Forest safari gate by 7:00 a.m. and booked our safari slots for 7:30 a.m. The price per head for the forest safari in the bus was 300 INR.

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Standing tall on the head, the wild vulture was overlooking at the forest ground.

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We have also spotted a lot of these grey faced Langoors.

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A furry mongoose, I wonder if it was wandering in search of snakes.

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The female Sambar deers always look confused to me. They are undoubtedly huge when compared to the normal deers.

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Mother and the fawn.

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And a lot more of these deers.

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A group of peahens.

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A herd of 'Great Indian Elephants' taking a break at the lake amidst the forest.

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It was 9:00 a.m. by the time our forest safari got done and we then, started our drive back to Hyderabad taking breaks at regular intervals for food.

We have reached home by 11:00 p.m.

Over all, It wouldn't have been a lively trip without a great company!

I would like to thank @sagar for being so generous in offering me a ride and also my co-passengers @Kashyap @Sug @charan89 for putting up with me throughout the drive :P. Each and every member's actions & help will definitely have a profound effect on me for sure and I have got a lot to learn from everyone of you. Though we have parted ways in the end, our paths have aligned, memories are woven and crossed each other's minds. This is just the beginning and I am sure that I am in for one Hell'uva time with you all in more of such trips. Thanks to the admins for organising such a wonderful road trip and I am looking forward for more. May the 'Driving spirit' be with you all. Cheers!

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Lovely report with some amazing and brilliant pictures Omkar. Thanks a lot for sharing. It really took us quite some time to recover from the exhaustion & trauma and get back to our senses. I would like to thank each and everyone of you for making this a road trip to remember. Every bit of the drive starting from the highways into the forests and cruising on to the ghats and falling in love with nature has been really worth. More importantly, support from everyone of you, your enthusiasm and energy really did matter to us when a few things turned out aback at us. Thanks a lot for puling up your socks and keeping oneself so charged to explore more during the lows of this drive. Overall, it has been a commendable team work and we would like to thank each and everyone of you for being so active throughout and making this drive worth a memory in India-drive's sac. Cheers!

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@Omik, Amazing pictures and the report is very perfect.

What a meet it turned out to be.
Best way to spend a long weekend. A long drive along with road trip enthusiasts (India-Drive members).

 

We would like to thank all our members who were a part of this drive. 

Every member became more like an extended family in playing their parts, which also increased the fun quotient.

 

Ooty being very commercial, has landed us in facing few blocks.
It is amazing to see how our members kept up their spirits.


We feel very greatful to have you all as a part of the 'India-Drive' family.

Thank you.

 

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Neat,crisp and informative report. Brilliant images, and the pictures of the milky way galaxy stood out. Outstanding work omkar, here is to many more such trips to come!

Here are my additions to this travelogue
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Amaizing one guys. Pictures were breathing just the way they were in reality.
One heck of a ride it was. Cheers to all the drive buddies. A loud one for the organisers :D :D

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Amazing report @Omik.

 

Great captures @Omik , @Ranger & @Ravi . I could still feel those moments from these photos.

 

As @sagar mentioned it's the enthusiasm & energy of all the members which fueled this trip.

 

Kudos to Organizers for presenting us with such beautiful memories. Keep it up guys !

 

Happy Motoring & drive safe. :D

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Excellent write, even I had done a recent drive to Ooty from Hyderabad from June 12 to June 16 to avoid the crowd :)

On a side note can I ask who owns the polo TS07FN***
Can the owner pm pls :)
 

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On 7/12/2017 at 3:46 PM, suhas said:

Excellent write, even I had done a recent drive to Ooty from Hyderabad from June 12 to June 16 to avoid the crowd :)

On a side note can I ask who owns the polo TS07FN1223
Can the owner pm pls :)

sent from Mobile
 

Hi Suhas! That's my Polo there. Please check your inbox for my message.Thanks :D

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hi guys.. is this right time to visit Bandipur & Ooty..?  Thinking of a road trip this coming 30th, 31st & Jan 1st.
 

Ooty will be overcrowded during the new year you may want to avoid unless you have booking done already.

Try Kethi Valley should be relatively better n you would get Doddabetta peak views from there...


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On 28/12/2017 at 9:43 AM, sbhamidi said:


Ooty will be overcrowded during the new year you may want to avoid unless you have booking done already.
 

 

Spot on response @sbhamidi... Ooty and places around Ooty are definitely not worth a visit during any holiday seasons. I am eagerly waiting for your year end trip report :)

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Avoid Ooty during weekends/long weekends.
Place is completely spoiled by commercial tourists.

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      Hill Fort of Bhuvanagiri: 
      If you have ever have traveled to Warangal by road or by train you would not miss this small fort on top of the hill. I remember watching the hill for the first time as a kid, from a train window, on my way to Hyderabad. Since then i was always fascinated by this small fort and it was my long lasting desire to trek to the top of it.  
       
      The fort is constructed in the 10th century A.D by Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya VI. That makes this fort atleast 1000 years old. In contrast Golconda fort is 400 years old. And Since it is built by Tribhuvanamalla , the fort is called Tribhuvanagiri , Which latter became Bhuvanagiri and with the Persian and Urdu influence of the local kings became Bhongir. The fort was built on a small egg shaped hill, and there were small steps cut into the rock to climb up to the fort. 
       
      Drive To The Fort:
      I started at 8:30 A.M on Sunday morning , and started towards Mr.Daddy's home in Manikonda, Hyderabad. I picked him up and on the way we stopped at Organic hotel to have breakfast. After having quick breakfast we took the ORR to reach Warangal Highway.
      (Organic Hotel , where we had or break Fast) 
       
      As there was no hurry , we mostly drove in the middle lane at 80KMPH max speed, The ORR charged us 140/- to get down at Warangal high way, And soon after that we had to pay another toll on the highway, We took a to and fro pass for 140/- and went on our way. The toll has dedicated lanes for fastag , and if you still don't have one Get one ASAP. 
       
      As soon as you cross the toll gate and proceed further , you see something like this (Image is taken from Wiki) 
      With the help of google maps we reached the entry point of the fort. There are two gates to get into , one for regular tourists and another for rock climbing school in the premises. There is ample space to park 8-10 cars. We parked our car , proceeded to the shop next to the ticket counter bought ourselves a water bottle & moved to ticket counter to buy our tickets. Ticket cost for Adults is rs: 10/- per head.

       
      The Rock has steps cut into it , which looks fairly a recent addition to the 1000 year old Hill Fort. We started our climb from this point. 
       
      The weather forecast for Bhongir on that day was partially cloudy and with intermittent rains. But Sun god has different plans for us. It was hot and the rock reflected the heat. After a brief walk , we ended up at the first gateway to the fort. There was some shade and i sat there for a couple of minutes. 
      (The first gateway , where you will find some shade.) 
       
      After the first rest stop , there is enough tree cover and it was a little cloudy , we reached the second Gateway in some time. 

       
      The distance between the second and third Gateway is not much , but there is a increase in elevation. We soon reached the third gateway , and the the view looked like this after crossing the third gateway. 

       
      From here there is no tree cover , and to my bad luck there is no cloud cover either.  From here ,  if you walked towards right from the path , you would find some ruins. This signifies that you have reached level 1. From here the path goes on to the top of the hill. We kept on walking and discussing on how ingeniously the architect of the fort has constructed multiple Dams to conserve rain water. 

      (Level 1 ruins towards the left of the picture and Check Dams to conserve towards the right of the Picture) 
       
      From here the walk way is very steep , one has to be careful. And this can be slippery during rains. 

      (Steep Walk way , with stairs cut into the rock, Rails installed in the modern era for support, Another Check Dam towards right and Mr.Daddy gauging on how far we have to go)
       
      After this i was completely exhausted , and stopped at every 5-10 minutes on the pretext of taking pictures 😛 ,  Approximately after an hour we started , we reached the top of the fort. 
      (Celebratory pic of climbing the hill, My smile will tell you how happy i was on the top, the cannon at the back might be a late addition to the fort , as they were developed only in 15th century) 
       
      There are three structures at the top of the Hill , one ruined old fort , and two other government buildings , with Cellular tower on top of one. The other building was build on top adjacent to an old well. (The Pic of the fort). 
       
      The views from the top of the hill are simply amazing. Google maps told us that we were 1000 meters above MSL. Below are a few pics of the views from the fort. 

       (You can spot Bhongir Railway station , from where i first saw this magnificent Hill Fort. Also , at the bottom right , notice how Dams were constructed to save water.)
       

      (Another pond , and the fort wall at a distance)
       
      We explored the whole place for an hour , found a small entrance and a staircase, just out of curiosity i went in and started climbing the stairs , and Mr.Daddy followed me. 
      The stairs took us to the top of the fort. There is no higher point in Bhongir Than this.  

      (The fort view from behind)

       

      (Me after conquering the fort, instead of a sword i posed with an Umbrella, modern day weapon to fight the soldiers of the nature) 
      By 2 o clock we were hungry and decided to descend, as soon as we thought of of it , we could see dark clouds manifest out of no where and weather became cloudy and pleasant.  I wonder where these clouds were when i was climbing up the hill.   

       
      We climbed down, and there were 6 other cars parked in the parking. We went to the shop next to ticket counter had another bottle of water. Went to a nearby restaurant in Bhongir and had our lunch. After and uneventful lunch , we started back to Hyderabad , and it started raining just as we were ready to leave Bhongir. 
      Tips for Trek to the Top : 
      Carry your own water one bottle per person. Carry an umbrella , Sun or Rain it will help you a lot.  Avoid Summers , It was tiring to climb in October Sun. Imagine April Sun beating down on you.   
      Suggest to go in groups, Half of the time i was engrossed in deep conversations with Mr.Daddy , and didn't feel the tiredness. 
      Wear shoes and avoid Slippers and Flip flops at all costs

      PS: For those who are wondering , why i call him Daddy , You can find the explanation in my previous write up






    • By rkamal
      This Dussehra holidays we planned a long road trip to Coimbatore in our EcoSport.
       
      Thanks to India-Drive members, especially @sagar @Ranger for suggesting trip route and staying food options along the route. 
       
      Day -1:
       
      We started around 4 AM from Miyapur, Hyderabad. Drive till Anantapur is quite familiar to me, as i have driven this route many times.
       
      Drive was excellent with good pleasant weather, around 9:30 AM We reached Anantapur for breakfast at Club RuRu.
       
      Food was good as well as the service and atmosphere. After some nice breakfast we started towards Bangalore, as we approach the outskirts of the city traffic made us slow down, and also the fear of over-speeding and getting fined made me cautious, kept at 60-80 speeds reached Devanahalli around 12:30 PM.
       
      Our EcoSport flyaudio gave us this route which bypassed the traffic areas of the city (silkboard, electronic city) and took us to the sarjapura main road and joined on the NH just after the electronic city. The route we took to bypass the city is quite scenic and some places were narrow roads. and in some parts very rough roads (2-4 KM) with construction work is ongoing. I am attaching the route map for reference.
       
      Around 2:30 we reached Hosur outskirts, despite being a Sunday afternoon the road is filled with heavy vehicles occupying all the lanes and made us slow down, managed to reach a good restaurant which serves good tamil meals by 3:00 PM.
       
      The food was good and hot. after staying so long out of Tamilnadu we always look forward to eating in Tamilnadu hotels, glad we could make it for lunch.
       
      After lunch started the journey towards Salem, Roads were quite good and smooth but not as wide as Hyderabad-bangalore highway. Not a pleasant experience as the vehicles seems to be in hurry and not giving space occupying all lanes, had to be very patient to outmatch the city buses.
       
      Kept a average speed of 60-80 KM reached Salem, thought have a break at Salem, but due to some politicians visit (i am guessing its CM visiting his native Town) the roads were filled with cops asking us not to stop and keep left. At some places the cops were confusing us with their directions, over all a confused environment, but good thing is they reroute the heavy vehicles like lorries and trucks to some other route, so we had a clear road ahead of us.
       
      The only catch is we couldn't stop for the tea break. And it started drizzling once we past Salem, it's almost 7 PM, and those rerouted trucks joined us back while we are nearing Coimbatore making our last leg of journey more interesting  At Komarapalayam we stopped for some hot Badam Milk and much needed break.
       
      After that it was nice to drive to the coimbatore city with with lit wide roads, reached around 9:15 PM to Sungam cross roads, Coimbatore. After parked the vehicle and went inside the house all of us were feeling that still we are moving. From morning 4 to night 9 this makes my longest distance driven in a day. (960 KM says speedometer)
       
       We visited the famous GeDee Car museum, Coimbatore. the beauty of the museum is we can see so many vintage cars at one place which are maintained so good.
       
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