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Hello India-Drive members,

 

This is a travelogue of my recent trip to Nagarjuna Sagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve and my third travelogue in this Forum. Wanted to make it the best out of three so took some time.

 

Before starting the story, i would like to thank my dear friends from the WhatsApp group who made this trip a memorable one with their tips and advice.

 

Distance: 408KM

Drive Time: 8HRS including 1 breakfast break for a hour.

Mileage: 13KMPL

Vehicle: Honda City VX  Manual

Fuel: Petrol

Speed: Cruised at 100KMPH and 140KMPH

Route Taken: HYDERABAD-KURNOOL-NANDYALA-ATMAKUR-BAIRLOOTY 

 

DAY 1. 22 SEP 2017

Started at Kompally at 6:00 AM and reached M food court Mahbobnagar at 7:30 AM.

The road is a good 4 lane road but going above 100KMPH is a tough thing after entering AP border. There are many white lines near the intersection which irritates at high speed. 

Had breakfast at M food court and started at 8:30 AM.

About M food court,

A restaurant with bad food and bad service. Not at all VFM.

There is another restaurant called hill park before M food court but missed it due to the speed i was in.

Started at 8:30 AM. after having breakfast and a small quarrel with the hotel staff there and reached Kurnool around 10:00 - 10:30AM. 

 

Got confused after reaching Kurnool and asked in the group. Thanks to @DheerajReddy  @jay_chitti  for suggesting me a route.

Took RAYALASEEMA express way to reach Nandyala. After entering Kurnool we will get a signal from which we should go straight and then left to enter RAYALASEEMA express way. Going left from the starting signal will directly take us to Atmakur which is the best and quick route.  

 

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:D

 

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:x)  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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Great pictures and excellent information.
Rooms looks fantastic, definitely a must visit place before monsoon ends. 

I have few questions related to your drive.

How is the overall road condition?
How much does the resort cost?

Any idea about how many jeeps they can provide(at a time), If we do group booking?
 


 

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Great pictures and excellent information.
Rooms looks fantastic, definitely a must visit place before monsoon ends. 

I have few questions related to your drive.

How is the overall road condition?
How much does the resort cost?
Any idea about how many jeeps they can provide(at a time), If we do group booking?
 

 

Thank you
Yeah, the rooms are great with rose wood furniture. A private person would charge around 7-8k for that room alone, leave about safari and food.
Must visit before monsoon to enjoy the nature and at March, April for wildlife.

* Overall road condition is excellent. Anyway you know about Hyderabad to Kurnool road and the speed limitations on that road.
Kurnool to Atmakur direct road is also good though it's a two lane road.

* ₹4K for cottage for two per day, ₹5k for tent for two per day.
₹1k for extra bed. Including one safari, food.

* They have two Gypsys, 6+1 driver + 1 person accompanying us with a weapon is the capacity.
They also have a Mahindra Bolero Camper but they didn't use it. They might take if the population is large.


7995417994 he's Mr. Rajendra Prasad supervisor and a very nice person. You can contact him. Below are the tent pictures for your reference.
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I remembered the Monkey temple in "The Jungle Book" movie by looking at the temple pictures and your description..!! <3 Wonderful information, planning to go here in December unless our Admins plan something to disrupt my December plans ;) 

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I remembered the Monkey temple in "The Jungle Book" movie by looking at the temple pictures and your description..!!

Haha..

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Excellent write-up mate.
Fantastic pictures!!

What is the maximum capacity of resort?
Are they full during weekends?

Thank You buddy
There are 4 cottages and 6 tents, 2+1 per each tent/cottage
The maximum accommodation is 3*10=30.
Yes, during weekends it's full. It's very irritating when other people roam here and there and disturb the beautiful butterflies doing their work, and when their voice dominates the chirping sounds of the birds which we can't hear here.
Week days is the best time. On Friday we were alone, no insecure feeling. All the persons there are good.
During Oct, Nov, Dec the demand is very high, even foreigners visit.
Better book on week days a month before.


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Beautifully narrated with the best of pictures @Krish. Your information about the cottages and routes would help our fellow road trippers. This could probably be one of the best road trips for all the Hyderabadi's looking for a place in the closest proximity. Cheers for more to come buddy. :)

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Beautifully narrated with the best of pictures [mention=342]Krish[/mention]. Your information about the cottages and routes would help our fellow road trippers. This could probably be one of the best road trips for all the Hyderabadi's looking for a place in the closest proximity. Cheers for more to come buddy. 

Thank you bro
Yes, this place is the best place from Hyderabad for a two or three day weekend..


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      He looked at Pandey in the car and asked he is from Maharashtra and how come he do not know. I said he does not know about it and i brought it my self. Some how he took away the bottle and allowed us to proceed further.  
       
      So those who are travelling to Tadoba please do not carry alcohol. 
       
      By the time we reached Chimur which is a little bigger town close to Navegaon Gate, it started drizzling and when we took right turn at Khadsangi for Murpar, heavy downpour started and visibility was hardly 20 mtrs in head lights. Left turn at Khadsangi will lead to Navegaon gate. Mr. Jagtap booked the guest house at WCF mine area, Murpar. We found one Telugu cook in the guest house and when we told him about Umred check post incident, he said we are too lucky to be let off, otherwise they arrest and harras for carrying alcohol. When we asked about dinner he said other than non veg, he will prepare any thing. Non Veg has to be brought from Chimur some 12 Kms away and it is not possible at that time and that too in heavy rain. We ordered roti, dal and sabji with omlets. 
       
      Mean time me and pandey went to Khadsangi in the rain and enquired about safari vehicles. we were told that there is no need to book in advance and Gypsy cars will be available at the gate as per the serial and as many as permitted for the day/session. We had dinner and had good sleep. 
       
      Day 2 
       
      We got up early and reached Navegaon gate before 5.30 Hrs. We found only one car before us at the gate. We went to gate office and booked a safari car and engaged a Guide. Safari car is for Rs. 600 and Guide Rs.350 (That's what I remember). Sky is clear and we found water of previous night's rain on the roads pot holes. We entered the forest by 5.45. Our guide said it is always advantage of more sightings if your car is first and it proved correct. 
       
      Myself with wife and kids of Pandey

       
      The first site before entering the core area

       

       
      Second sighting a glimpse of bear  

       

       

        Then a Jackal 

      There were lot of birds and I could not shoot them as I do not have a proper lens. 

       

      The same bear came out of the forest and crossed our path. 

      We were told that Tiger will come here but after waiting enough time he did not turned up. 

       

      There are many deers and Neelgai

       

      Obviously not happy with our presence

       

      Canter from Moharli gate 

      Now many jeeps arrived and waiting at a water hole for the arrival of the Big Cat. 
       
      But it did not show up and the our morning session ended. Little disappointed and our guide was telling us that people make more than six safaris and go back without seeing a Tiger. We had a booking for afternoon safari also. With a little hope we returned to our guest house. 

       

      On the way back from morning safari

       

      Padey with our Driver and Guide. 
       
      Will continue with after noon Safari.. 
    • By Ranger
      Hyderabad to Sikkim road trip :
      Four  BTech friends,
      Proper reunion after a decade.
       
      Crossed two borders, (Nepal and Bhutan)
      Drove around 5.5k kilometres.

      Hanging around with old friends and saying "Remember when..."(15 days of memories)

      Trusted steed

       
      Menu
      Day 1 : Hyderabad to Vishakapatnam
      Day 2 : Vishakapatnam to Puri
      Day 3: Puri to Kharagpur
      Day 4:Kharagpur to Malda
    • By Shekar
      Hampi, Aihole, Pattadakal and Badami tour was indeed a three years dream ultimately became true in the first week of Jan, 2019. 
       
      I took the same route as our ID group travelled in December, 2018. Hyderabad-Kurnool-Bellari-Hampi. 
      Return I came from Badami-Lingsugur-Raichur-Desugur-Mahaboobnagar-Jadcharla-Hyderabad. 
       
      I may not be able to put up all the story at one go. I will try to post it day wise.
       
      Team
      Me and My Wife, My Mother's sister and uncle, Their Daughter and two 11 & 9 year old kids. (5+2)
       
      Vehicle- Uncle's own Xylo
       
      Day One-05-01-2019
      With a little delay than we planed we started from Vanasthalipuram just before 6.00 AM with a cofee break at M Food Court before Jedcharla and reached Kurnool by 9.15 AM. 
      We had Buffet Breakfast at Hotel Suraj Grand @ Rs.120/- Per head and the breakfast was very good. 
       
      We started just before 10.00 AM from Kurnool and reached  Mayura Bhuvaneswari KSTDC Hotel at Kamalapura by 2.30 PM. 
       
      My wife became sick by the time we reached the destination with three vomitings between Kodumur and Kamalapura. I was told its an infection in intestine and simple medication was told by our family doctor over phone. Every one was in anxiety and after medicationction she slept in the room forcing me to continue with visiting places. I was in a real dilemma not ready to leave her alone in that condition and other side My uncle, aunty, sister with two kids who came from Australia and depending on me for the tour. At one stage I thought of asking my uncle to go ahead by engaging a guide but my wife insisted me to go. As the distance of Vijaya Vittala Temple is close to the Hotel, We left hotel by 4.10 PM. 

      We reached Tallari Gatta Gate by 4.25 and took a snap and proceeded to Battery car point.  

      Due to paucity of time I could not stop over by Gajjela Mandapa. We saw all the ruins and places on drive in battery car. 
       
      By 4.50 we reached the Vijaya Vittala Temple and after taking entry tickets, we engaged a guide out side the temple for Rs. 350/- 

       

      Full team minus my wife 😥

       

       

      Full temple Left side view through Wide angle lens

       

      Sun set time Right side of the Temple. 
       
      By the time we saw the Vittala temple complex, it was 6 Pm and the time for closure of temple. When we came out we were told that the last battery car will depart from the temple at 6.30 PM so we did not went to Shiva Temple adjacent to Vittala Temple.  
       
      We came out and wanted to see King's balance. Before that few clicks of Siva temple and Vittala Market.
      My wife also called me and informed me that she is feeling better. 

       

       

      Vishnu Temple on the way to King's Balance

      King's Balance
      Few other structures near by 

       

      We returned in the last battery car and reached the Hotel by 7.15 PM. 
       
      We had dinner at the same hotel and went to bed early. Food is good at the hotel but the service is very slow. Room service is not available. 
       
      End of day One 

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