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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)

 

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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 ... xD

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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

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After 4 hours of journey, we finally reached our destination :DIMG_6125.JPG.f1d0a6d146060a60f3b06b856356a98b.JPG

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 :

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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).

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Even they arranged nice camp-fire after our dinner.

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Time for some sport in the jungle camp :-

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After our pleasant stay in the jungle camp, we headed towards srisailam. 

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After having darshan of the Great Mallikarjuna Swamy, we headed to Miryalaguda via Dindi ( its my wife's turn to drive me to home :P ).

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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.

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Excellent pictures and very well written.
I will follow your plan on some weekend.

Never expected Nallamalla forest to be this beautiful.

Your information is very helpful for the first timers. Thank you sharing the details. 

How is the overall road condition?
Any bad stretch in the whole circuit?

 Hyderabad -Miryalaguda - Nagarjuna Sagar - Macherla -  Nalla Malla Jungle Camp - Srisailam - Dindi - Miryalaguda -Hyderabad

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28 minutes ago, Ranger said:
How is the overall road condition?
Any bad stretch in the whole circuit?

 Hyderabad -Miryalaguda - Nagarjuna Sagar - Macherla -  Nalla Malla Jungle Camp - Srisailam - Dindi - Miryalaguda -Hyderabad

 


Road condition is good all the way. No bad stretch at all.

 

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Is it really Nallamalla Forest?

Great write-up and crisp pictures.
Driving Punto on those roads will be a drivers dream.

How much does the resort cost?
Is it including food?

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16 hours ago, driveking said:
Is it really Nallamalla Forest?

Great write-up and crisp pictures.
Driving Punto on those roads will be a drivers dream.

How much does the resort cost?
Is it including food?

 


Yes.. it is Nalla Malla forest.
Resort costed us Rs.4000/- including stay , food(welcome drink, lunch, evening snacks , dinner and next day breakfast) and jungle safari.
 

 

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14 hours ago, jay_chitti said:

Resort costed us Rs.4000/- including stay , food

 

Pricing looks economical.
Any animal spotting in Safari?

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Yes.. it is Nalla Malla forest.
Resort costed us Rs.4000/- including stay , food(welcome drink, lunch, evening snacks , dinner and next day breakfast) and jungle safari.
 
 

Everything under 5k? Seriously [emoji33]

Miles to go before I sleep

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3 hours ago, Ranger said:

 

Pricing looks economical.
Any animal spotting in Safari?

 

You can spot peacocks, deer and lots & lots of monkeys. Therez a pond in forest where all the animals comes for drinking water, jungle safari guys will take you there. There you might get a chance to spot bears or tigers.

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57 minutes ago, jay_chitti said:

There you might get a chance to spot bears or tigers.

 

Spotting tiger and bear is very tough in Nallamalla.
According the report from 2016

 

1 hour ago, jay_chitti said:

You can spot peacocks, deer and lots & lots of monkeys.

Nice
 

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The NSTR (Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve) is spread in 5,937 km out of which 3,737 km is in Andhra Pradesh. The Nallamala forest is spread in Kurnool, Prakasam, Mahbubnagar, Nalgonda districts. The core area of tiger is 2,444 km, the officials said. There are 2200 tigers in the country out of which 68 tigers are found in Nallamala forest.

 

It is almost like one in 100 kilometer radius.

We can spot many deer and monkeys on the highways itself.
Especially, If you drive early/late in Nallamalla you can spot many deer.

 

Few more questions :D, how much time does the Safari last.
Is the Safari limited to accommodation? Outsiders can book only Safari? 

 

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20 minutes ago, Ranger said:

 

Spotting tiger and bear is very tough in Nallamalla.
According the report from 2016

 

Nice
 

 

It is almost like one in 100 kilometer radius.

We can spot many deer and monkeys on the highways itself.
Especially, If you drive early/late in Nallamalla you can spot many deer.

 

Few more questions :D, how much time does the Safari last.
Is the Safari limited to accommodation? Outsiders can book only Safari? 

 

 

They will take safari to two different places and each last for around 2hrs. For outsiders, they will charge Rs.1000/- ( i don't know exactly).

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Awesome report.
Place is beautiful in monsoon.

Good to know that roads are good. Planning a short drive to Nagarjunasagar.


Thank you for sharing the information. :)

 

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Lovely report @jay_chitti . very well explained and Your Punto looks fab. How many members does he take for the safari at a time? I mean to ask, in a single vehicle..?

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18 hours ago, sagar said:

Lovely report @jay_chitti . very well explained and Your Punto looks fab. How many members does he take for the safari at a time? I mean to ask, in a single vehicle..?

 

Around 5 to 6 people at a time for one vehicle. They got two safari vehicles, so 10 to 12 people at a time.

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Amazing details.

Information is spot on.

Pictures are very natural.

 

Will plan a drive with my family.

 

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Guest Sriharsha

Hey what is the distance u covered in the route u chose?

They are asking me to take hyderabad, kurnool, nadhyala , pacherla route

Which one is better. Pls suggest

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      Reached Nandyala at around 11:30 and did a mistake by switching on Google maps. It took me through streets where even a cycle guy thinks twice to enter. The street is Sunkallamma street adjacent to market road. got stuck there for one hour. That time i was sure that some one would come and trash me and my car for entering that narrow street with such a long vehicle... as imagined people came near me but what happened is a very different thing... people there are very good and kind, they helped me cross the street with absolutely zero damage to my car. One local there even walked for almost a kilometer just to ensure that the road is clear so that my car could enter. even a police there did the same thing. Was pleased by the way they treated their guest. all these things were because of the TS number plate my car has. After all those things, crossed  Nandyala around 12:30PM and reached Bairlooty at 1:30PM.
       
      Had lunch there and started off to safari at 3:00PM, half and an hour earlier as there were no one that day.
      The safari is very good, takes us through dense forest. A  person with an axe accompanies us for safety. Unfortunately could not spot any wild animals as its difficult during this time, happened to spot a Sambar female in this first day and captured it in my camera. 
       
      The very adventures thing that has happened was a Gypsy break down. The Gypsy after going deep inside the forest broke down and we had wait for an hour for next Gypsy in the calm, peaceful, serene forest enjoying the chirping sounds of the birds, waiting for some wild animal to come so that i can capture. The driver, and few guys accompanying us were very attentive as they knew that there is always danger hidden behind a beauty. The place that we stopped was a thick forest where tigers, bears, cheetas come for evening snacks. The place is near a Y junction where there is an old British building and an old temple which is very very risky.
       
      Completed the safari by 6:00PM entered the room, had some tasty pakodas with hot tea enjoying the nature and then had dinner at 9:30 in the room itself as we were tired and slipped onto the bed.
       
      DAY2. 23 SEP 2017.
      Woke up at 7:30 AM from the comfy beds, got freshed up, had breakfast, bought some goodies from the local shop in the resort and went on for a second safari at 10:15 AM
       
      Forgot to tell you, there is an old Shiva temple inside the forest which is considered as a very risky place to go. The second day morning my father woke up early took the Gypsy and went inside the forest and temple. He spotted few wild bores, wild dogs, and wild pig on the way to temple. 
       
      Many wild animals including Bears and Wild dogs, which are considered as the most dangerous animals than tiger come to that place early in the morning and in the evening. One should be prepared for the worst thing before going to the temple. Many people asked me the reason forgoing there, instead of going to some other place, there is no answer for those type of questions.. after all its a wildlife enthusiast  and travelers thing.
       
      Coming to the second day safari, I was fortunate enough to spot few Neelghais this time. Spotted a group of Neelghais in the bushes and captured it in my camera. 
       
      After going deep inside the forest for few kilometers there was a ditch where our Gypsy wheels got stuck and back seat occupants had to get down. The drivers are well experienced and got the Gypsy out of the ditch after few minutes of off-roading. This is my first off-roading, that too deep inside a forest.. after going for few kilometers, the driver stopped the vehicle at a safe zone and then i took few pictures. Completed the safari at around 12:30 and then bought an archery ticket for 100 rs for 10 arrows, the archery is a thing filled with great fun and joy. Learnt archery from the local tribal workers there and managed to shoot the red wall on the target board. A great achievement for me
       
      Finished the fun filled archery paid extra amount ie, 200 for 20 arrows, had lunch at 1:30 PM and drove to YSR Smruthi Vanam at 2:15 PM. Reached the place in less than 45 mins, a very good road where one can easily maintain 60KMPH entire 30KM stretch.
       
      About YSR Smruthi Vanam,
      A place which is 30 kilometers away from Bairlooty( Nallamalla Jungle Camps) at Atmakur. A place build in memory of undivided Andhra Pradesh ex Chief Minister Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy. His plane was crashed 15 kilometers from YSR Smruthi Vanam at Pavuralagutta which is clearly visible from a view point tower constructed at that place. Its a picnic spot for many locals, a good place for children to play around and have fun, for elders its not so interesting. Visited that place paid my respects to the great person, my father went on to the view point and clicked some pictures, we read few facts about him engraved on a marble stone and left the place at 2:45 PM.
       
      Reached Bairlooty at 3:15 PM took rest for an hour, had snacks, Mirchi Bajji, Tea, and then again paid 100rs for archery at 5:30 PM. could not play much because of the low light and returned early to the guest house. There the light is very low, looks like 6:30PM but will still be 5:30PM
       
      Had some quality talk with the supervisor Mr. Rajendra Prasad. He is a very passionate person, passionate about wildlife, a nature lover, photographer, and flutist. 
       
      His passion towards these things are obvious from the way he talk, he is a Bpharm degree holder, had a lab of his own, stopped it and came to bairlooty from Kadapa just to serve the nature. His job at Bairlooty is amazing, outstanding, and he is still a contract employee. His wildlife photo collection is excellent. He has a Nikon D5 with which he captures the beautiful wildlife. He has got a very good knowledge over wild animals, plants, forests. He caught a very dangerous spider and sealed it in a box. Took the picture but its not clear. 
       
      At 8:30PM i tried for some star trails but could not get because of the clouds. Had dinner at 9:00PM and slipped onto the bed at 10:30PM.
       
       DAY 3. 24 SEP 2017
       
      Woke up at 7:00AM, had tea, paid 200 for 20 arrows, (yes, I am addicted towards that game)  had breakfast at 9:30,  Packed our bags, bought some more goodies from the store there which were made by the Girijans there, paid amount and left the place by 10:30 with a heavy heart
       
      Route Taken: BAIRLOOTY-ATMAKUR-KURNOOL-KADWAL-HYDERABAD.
      Reached Hyderabad at 7:15 as we stopped for some time at Gadwal and Food Pyramid.
      About Gadwal,
      A nice place famous for its sarees. Could not explore much.
      About Food Pyramid,
      A restaurant with worst food and service.
      No hygiene at all.
      Stopped at Gadwal and my mother took some sarees at the weavers. 
       The roads were good all the way, the road from Bairlooty to Atmakur is a beautiful two laned road surrounded by lush green farms.
       
       A special thanks to 
      @Ranger @DheerajReddy @jay_chitti @varunc @shruthi and all the WhatsApp group members for sharing the information rite from the beginning to the end of the trip. 
       
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