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Apologies for the late reply. I finally completed the trip and it was a great experience.
I visited the below locations in span of 6 days and drove 2400 kms.
Nallamala Jungle camp Horsley hills Chennakesava temple Sompalam Kadiri Narsimha swamy temple Talakona waterfalls Tirupathi Srikalahasti
Hyderabad to Nallamala Jungle Camp
My planned route is Banglore highway i.e
Hyderabad ---> Jadcharla--->Kurnool-->Nandyal--->Nallamala Jungle Camp Pacherla
Excellent road conditions. I started my journey at 6:30 am from Hydearabad and reachd Nallama Jungle camp by 10:45 am , with a break in Kurnool for breakfast.
For 4000 Rs ( you will get cottage, breakfast,Lunch & Dinner at Nallamala Pacherla) , beware of Monkeys. Safari tour was adventurous but hardly we spot any wild life.
Nallamall Jungle camp to Horsley Hills
Planned route Nallamala Jungle Camp --->Rayachoti---> Horsley Hills (1-day break)
Roads are very good until Rayachoti. From there to Horsley hills it was pathetic , they are laying new roads and the present condition was worst. Please avoid this road by all means.
Horsley hills is a pretty good place to chill down and relax. The weather is pleasant always.
Here we had spend two days exploring Horsley hills and neary by places.
Chennakesava Temple at Sompalayam is a ancient forgotten temple with unbelievable architecture one should go and watch.
We also visite Kadiri Narsimha swamy temple on the way.
Halt at Tirupati (enroute Talakona Waterfalls)
Planned route Horsley Hills--> Talakona waterfalls --> Tirupati
Roads are pretty good with speed bumps at some places .
Tirupati NAM expressway Tirupati--->Srikalahasti-->Nellore-->Kavali-->Ongole-->Nalgonda-->Hyderabad.
While coming we took Nellore Kavali NAM express towards Hyderabad. The road condition is Ok with so many toll gates and some huge repairs in between. Somehow I feel and suggest to take Kurnool route to Tirupathi which is really good.
Attaching few photos from my tour , please have a look.
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.
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)
Hyderabad (Gachibowli) --> Kurnool --> Bangalore --> Mysuru --> Bandipur --> Mudumalai --> Ooty
Hyderabad to Bangalore:
4-lane and road condition is excellent, Kurnool bridge is finally completed.
Bangalore to Mysuru routes:
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.
Bangalore --> Channapatna --> Mandya --> Mysuru
4-lane road but heavy traffic.
Mysuru to Bandhipur route:
Mysuru --> Najanagudu --> Begur --> Gundlupete --> Bandhipur
Bandhipur to Ooty route:
Bandhipur --> Theppakapadu --> Masinagundi --> 36 haripins --> Ooty
Non-commercial route, only for cars and small vehicles are allowed.
Bandhipur --> Gudalur --> Ooty
Commercial route with truck traffic.
1) Bandipur forest safari
2) Coonoor - Highfield Tea factory
3) Avalanche & Emerald
4) Doddabetta peak
6) Ooty - The Tea factory and Tea museum
I regularly commute on Hyderabad to Vijawayada highway, almost once in a month from the past 10 years.
Hyderabad to Vijayawada distance :275 kilometers
It is a single lane road, not enough to fit 3 vehicles at a time. It used take me 7 hours to travel from Hyderabad to Vijayawada. Blind curves. Highest accident ever occurred in the country. One of the busiest, mostly filled with trucks. Worst road condition, filled with unlimited potholes. Driving at night is a suicide.(zero visibility with those high beams) Some overtakes used to take me at least 15 minutes, Imagine 10 trucks trailing each other with no space between them, on a single lane! No proper hotels and washroom Worst fuel quality But I used to enjoy the drive, it is challenging and fun.
Year :2017(after a decade)
Now it has a 4-lane road, truck lay by lanes, emergency lanes and bridges across villages. It is taking me 4 hours from Hyderabad to Vijayawada. I am saving 3 hours. Many good hotels available, no issues with washrooms. Toll road, with road assistance and standby ambulance for safety. Continues patrol across the highway, last year a huge industrial truck was stuck on highway while taking u-turn. Patrol guys arrived within 15 minutes and took the situation under control.
Hotels between Hyderabad to Vijayawada
1. Village Aharam : Malkapur
First decent hotel on the highway
2. Highway 9 Restaurant : Nalgonda
Good for break fast
3. Hotel Vivera : Nalgonda
Recomended, If you are planning to diver towards Nalgonda.
4. Maa palle ruchulu : before suryapet
Village style hotel, don't expect luxury.
5. Hotel 7 : suryapet
Best in quality, very good washrooms. Recommended for families.
6. Numerous hotel in Suryapet.
You get all types verities over here.
7. G-hotel : Suryapet
8.Once you cross Suryapet, you won't find any proper hotels, though you can find many road side dhabas.
Please correct If i miss anything.
You can find then in every 20 kilometers radius.
It is a complete toll road, elevated 4-lane, on an average you pay around 1 rupee per kilometre, so it should be under 250/-
Planning to go to Bengaluru in a while from now. Any recommendations on the route or places to stop, precautions etc.
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