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Road Trip Hyderabad to Ananthagiri hills, Gangapur,Akkalkot, Pandharpur, Solapur, Tuljapur and Naldurg fort

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This is a Family trip to holy places in Maharashtra and Karnataka.

 

Route taken

We have taken the Hyderabad-->Vikarabad road and reached Ananthagiri hills.

 

Ananthagiri hills, Vikarabad:

There is a view point at Ananthagiri hills. To reach their take the road opposite to Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple.


Maps :

https://goo.gl/maps/JLedSZQSgpS2

 

View point is very good. No crowd as it was weekday. Their is ample parking space available. People are littering this place.

You can enjoy cool breeze, see the nearby mountain and a far away lake from here.

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Spent around 1 hour here and continued our journey.

 

Gangapur, Karanataka:

We have taken Tandur--Sedam road. Road is good but their are lot of speed breakers.

 

Sedam to Kalaburagi road is very good. Take ring road in Kalaburagi and left exit after High court complex and enter Kalaburagi - Afzalpur road. It is state highway 22. Ganagapur is 35 Kilometers away from here.

We reached Gangapur and taken Darshan of Lord Dattatreya.


Maps

https://goo.gl/maps/nSmqQa1LjuR2 

 

Shreekshetra Ganagapur, One of the most famous Dattatreya Peethas, is associated with Shri Narasimha Saraswati Swami, an incarnation of Lord Dattatreya. It stands on the bank of the river Bhima.

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We left for a visit to Sangam- Audambar (Fig / Kalpavriksha) Tree on the banks of River Bhima. This place is around 5KM from the main temple. It is said that Narasimha Saraswati's presence is felt at this place in Nirguna Rupa and so, many people sit there and read the Guru Chirtra.

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Akkalkot, Maharashtra:

 

We continued our journey and reached Akkalkot via Afzalpur. The road is pretty bad shape after Afzalpur. Road widening is going on in entire stretch.

 

Maps


https://goo.gl/maps/vmK89LVPQ8m 

We reached Akkalkot and visited Swami Samarth ( Vatavruksh)Temple.

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Pandharpur, Maharashtra:

 

Post Darshan we took Akkalkot-- Solapur road.

Solapur to Pandharpur road is very good. It is Pune highway. At Mohol we need to take diversion to reach Pandharpur. It is 75kms away from Solapur.

 

Visited Vitthal Mandir and Iskcon Krishna temples.

 

The Pandharpur temple was built in the middle of the thirteenth century by King Visnuvardhana of the Hoysala dynasty.

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Solapur, Maharashtra:

Next day morning started our journey towards Solapur.

Visited Shri Siddheshwar Temple in Solapur. This temple is in middle of lake and we can see a bhuikot fort beside the temple.

 

Google maps
 https://goo.gl/maps/qnf3WzsrMFn 

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Tuljapur, Maharashtra:

Visited Tulja bhavani temple in Tuljapur which is 46kms from Solapur.This temple is dedicated to the goddess Bhavani. It is considered as one of the 51 Shakti pithas.

 

Google maps 

https://goo.gl/maps/giW6iXHUMvw 

 

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Naldurg fort, Maharashtra:

We continued our journey and reached Naldurg fort which is 35kms from Tuljapur on Pune-Hyderabad highway.

 

The Naldurg fort is the biggest land fort in Maharashtra. It has 3 km long fortification wall and 114 bastions. ‘PaniMahal’ is the most attractive monument on this fort. It gives amazing view from inside of this ‘PaniMahal’, when water from ‘Bori’ river flows down from the top of this ‘PaniMahal’. This view can be enjoyed more at the end of the monsoons. Presently the water was little less.

 

Google maps link

https://goo.gl/maps/XJjbogMnW3A2 

 

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We started our journey back to hyderabad via Omerga, Humanbad and Zaheerabad route. Due to road work there were lot of diversions.Better to avoid this route in night.

 

The total distance covered in 2 days is 900kms.

 

Note: Fuel price in Maharashtra is slightly higher compared to Telangana and Karnataka.

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Excellent review @abhinay1189

 

9 hours ago, abhinay1189 said:

You can enjoy cool breeze, see the nearby mountain and a far away lake from here.


Lovely capture, Ananthagiri hills is amazing during monsoon, your timing is perfect.
 

9 hours ago, abhinay1189 said:

Naldurg fort, Maharashtra:

Wow, Never knew that fort is so huge.
Is that a lake inside the fort?


How would you rate the place? Is it worth a visit?
I think post monsoon is the best time to  explore the fort.

We need to climb any steps to get into fort? 

Any timings for fort?

Nice place, thank you sharing, next time I would definitely plan a stop over at Naldurg fort.
Thank you for sharing the information, It will be very helpful for our members.

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Hi Gowtham, The fort has a river inside. It is worth a visit. I would rate the place 4 out of 5. Plan your trip post Monsoon.You need to climb around 50 steps that will lead you to the entrance. From entrance need to walk a bit to reach the burj which is the highest point, their are multiple viewpoints and Dam cum waterfalls. Entrance fees is 20 rupees per person and timings are from 8 am to 5 pm. You will get nice photo clicks. Take enough water and snacks as there are no stalls inside.
 

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That was a crazy road trip. You must have enjoyed family time.
Your write up is very frank and to the point. I love it :D


How many days did it take cover all the places?
I'm planning something similar with my parents, I'm almost postponing it from past 1 year.

Now the places you covered look very interesting.
Need to show this log to parents.

How is the road construction between Solapur to Hyderabad?
I know that there are contentious switch backs, but Is the road smooth or still it has potholes and speed bumps.

 

11 minutes ago, abhinay1189 said:

It is worth a visit. I would rate the place 4 out of 5.

Great set of information.
If I am not wrong, I have seen this fort many times from the highway, It is near to Solapur.
I regularly drive on this road, will click some pictures next time, I thought it is just a wall. :ph34r:

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Thanks Karthik, It was only 2 days trip. It was a bit tiresome but overall it was good. Hyderabad to Solapur road is smooth in some places and their are continuous diversions. Better to stick to safe speed as their is lot of confusion if it 2 way traffic or 1 way traffic in some places. Speed bumps and potholes at multiple places.

Outer wall of the fort looks majestic and huge.

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19 minutes ago, abhinay1189 said:

It was only 2 days trip. It was a bit tiresome but overall it was good.

Two days is going to be tough with my parents.
I will extend the plan to three days.

 

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44 minutes ago, abhinay1189 said:

Plan your trip post Monsoon.

Yeah will plan for sure.
 

31 minutes ago, karthik said:

I thought it is just a wall. 

Don't judge the book by its cover. :P

Even I neglected this place. :photo:

 

But now we got the correct information, we should drive down. I imagined it to be a barren land, inside the fort. 
After seeing @abhinay1189 pictures, it looks worth a visit. 

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4 minutes ago, karthik said:
Two days is going to be tough with my parents.
I will extend the plan to three days.

 


Yeah karthik,extend it too 3 days.

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Guest Satish Wakodikar

Nicely explained,but definitely duration was Short.One question about road between d gangapur and akkalkot,In 2012 I took same road ,but due to very bad shape of road it took around 2.30hr.So now I am hesitate to journey that road.

What is the condition of road ,how much you take between D Gangapur to Akkalkot?

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32 minutes ago, Guest Satish Wakodikar said:

road between d gangapur and akkalkot

 

Hi Satish, The route is good. Only near Akkalkot the in the village region the road is bad, narrow and patchy with lot of people on the road due to market region.

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      The roads were bad, full of potholes and very bad curves. This gave me a new experience to drive on those village roads full of potholes and truck traffic from the opposite direction with high beam. Made me explore Yanam and the nearby mangroves and getting to know the place beyond beach and of course the beautiful Jesus statue, reminded my father of his childhood and the hotel where he used to sometimes eat and now we having  our breakfast which is still running with the same quality at Drakshramam. This also proved how beautiful my car is gliding  over those big potholes with very loud and uncomfortable sounds in the cabin and  zero underbody hits. making this another memorable road trip. 
       
      Vijayawada to Hyderabad
       

      I’ve done multiple trips between Hyderabad-Vijayawada on our Honda City as well as Ford Freestyle as my father is posted there. But this will be remembered.
       
      This unexpected drive for few minutes under the railway bridge tested my knowledge on flood water driving, knowledge can be acquired by learning but not experience. And this kind of experience is very rare. This tests our skill, It’s a do or die situation. Drive well and come out of the pool or get stuck ruining your car permanently. 
       
      The experience was all together a very different one. This kept me in a situation where It was all on me. No one to help me, guide me or drive the car. This proved the capabilities of ford Freestyle and my driving skills. The punchy low end torque never worried me or gave a feel of stalling. It never lost the grunt. I successfully came out of it which doubled my confidence in driving and my love towards the car.
       
       
      Accidents & Incidents 
       
      It was 24th of April, 8:45 in the morning. I was driving towards Suchitra Junction to meet my father’s colleague and take my internship certificate which I forgot in her cabin the previous day. I tuned into 98.3 radio mirchi my favourite radio station and was just 5 minutes away from my home when the unexpected saddest thing happened.  

       

       

       
      A construction truck which was coming from the opposite direction taking a 90 degree banged into my car’s rear third quater leaving a really bad damage. It was a hit and run case. Many villagers ran behind him but he fled away leaving me in utter grief. The impact was huge but the damage was small considering the impact.
       
      Did anyone remember this? “the impact was small, but the damage was really huge” “A thought to upgrade to a safer vehicle struck my father’s mind” and this proved to be the right choice, the safer vehicle. 
       
      It was 31st of July, 3:30 in the evening, I was driving  from Tellapur towards Kompally on ORR. An incident which taught me the meaning of hydro planning, made me realise the power of water and yet again made me fall in love with my car.   
      It was raining, the road was good obviously because it’s the ORR a Hyderabadi drivers favourite, the road was empty and there’s a water pool that can be seen on the left most lane.
       
      A child in me touched triple digit speeds (100kmph) from 80kmph wanted to spill the water and went straight onto the waterlogged pool only to loose control over my car. The vehicle immediately lost traction, drifted towards the right, steering was out of my control for few seconds, I tried very hard to steer the car to the left keeping it in the lane and I succeeded.
       
      All thanks to the traction control that my car has. This taught me how much dangerous water can be and the force of water. Never after this incident I touched triple digit speeds during rains. 
       

       
      To sum it up, Freestyle is a car that definitely puts a smile the drivers face. Particularly the TDCi. It’s rightly called a pocket rocket. 

      Freestyle is not about luxury, its rugged, rough, not so comfortable when compared to the competition, the interiors are hard, the plastics are not placed well but as said before its lal about ruggedness and practicality. Once you are behind the wheel of a Ford you’ll forever be the fan of Ford.
       

       
      Srikrishna Bhavaraju
      A true Ford Lover


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