By Sridhar Tandra
Hyderabad to Coorg / Kodagu Exploration Drive - Pre-Monsoon drive meet up - July 07/10, 2018
Start point - Gachibowli (ORR)
End point - Coorg
Start time - 5:00 am
Total Distance - ~800 kilometers (one way)
Objective - Drive to thank the monsoon showers and explore self while being in raw nature away from Luxuries
1) Tata Tiago (Expresso Brown)
2) Volkswagen Polo (Red)
3) Maruthi Suzuki Baleno
4) Hyundai Creta (Star Dust)
5) Hyundai Creta (White)
6) Renault Duster (White)
Hyderabad (Gachibowli ORR Entry Point) ---Bangalore --- Mysore --- Coorg
1) Tribal Style Stay in Coorg
2) Irrupu waterfalls
3) Mandalpatti Peak
Day 1 (July 07th, 2018):
We start off from the meet up point (Gachibowli ORR Entry Point) towards Mysore
Stop by for breakfast at Food Pyramid, Kothakota
We stop by for lunch just before entering Bangalore at Amaravathi Gardenia, Devanahalli
We reach Mysore to break down for the day
Day 2 (July 08th, 2018):
We start off from our Mysore accommodation towards our Resort in Coorg
Have breakfast en-route and reach Evergreen County Resort, Virajpet, Coorg
We will check in into our resort, explore the resort and places around, Camp Fire & Dinner and break down for the day
Day 3 (July 09th, 2018):
Coorg exploration drive, check out Irupu Waterfalls
Drive back to Mysore by End of the Day and break down for the day
Day 4 (July 10th, 2018):
We start early to escape the Mysore - Bangalore traffic and proceed towards Hyderabad
Things to carry:
1) Carry umbrella and rain coat (Must)
2) Toiletries, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Mosquito repellent cream and Glucose / Electrol (personal medical kit)
3) Camera kits and Telescopes if any star gazing enthusiasts or night photography enthusiasts
4) Most importantly loads of energy and positive attitude
I will let pictures speak more than words from here on, watch and enjoy!
Evergreen County Team welcoming India - Drive Team:
Exploring the Resort, It is a treat to eyes and nestled in to Nature!
We have planned to explore Irupu falls after exploring the resort, we understood from the locals that there is a huge Tea Estate on our route to Irupu Falls, Couple of cars went ahead to check it out (Polo & Tiago) and we were the only one's to look at this beautiful View! We had to go back to the convoy with a bad news "Visitors are not allowed"
We continued our drive towards Irupu Falls, One should not miss this falls in Monsoon! Reach the falls, close your eyes and surrender yourself to the Mother Nature!! ❤️
We have reached back to the resort by the time light faded and gone for the Nature walk around the Resort and had a wonderful time with India Drive Members introducing themselves at the Camp Fire session followed by delicious Dinner at the Resort Restaurant (Secret Spices, Rest O cafe)!
After a Sumptuous Breakfast and an unforgettable Morning Coffee (Pictures Below) we checked out of the resort and headed towards our exploration drive towards Mandalpatti Peak (Heaven, I call this after exploring the place). We came across a Landslide en route Mandalpatti and we could not take our cars any further, for a moment it was a disappointment but that's when we got to know from the locals that we have to hire 4x4 vehicles to be able to reach Mandalpatti Peak. Without wasting any time, we parked our cars, hired those beasts and started enjoying some pure off roading fun and reached the Heaven!! We have spent considerable amount of time exploring the place with literally zero visibility and clicking pictures. We have reached the car parking location back by about 5 pm with a super Maggi break (Special Thanks to our Instant Chef Bhargav) and started our drive back too Mysore!
Like all the other Drives, we had to end this Drive too wishing if we could have continued it for another Infinite number of days!!
Aideu from Sridhar Tandra until next Drive Meet!!❤️❤️
Hyderabad to Koilsagar photolog
Hyderabad to Koilsagar best route?
Hyderabad to Koilsagar has multiple route options.
140 kilometers from Gachibowli
Hyderabad --> Jadhcharla --> Bhuthpur --> Devarkadra --> Koilsagar
Section between Bhuthput to Devarkadra will take you via village roads(narrow).
Drive cautiously. Many blind curves and bad roads.
Hyderabad to Bhutpur : Fantastic 4-lane
Bhutpur to Devarkandra : Village roads, few bad patches nothing alraming.
Devarkandra to Koilsagr : Roads are good!
Food options at Koilsagar?
You wont even find a single food stall near the lake.
You can get some food from near by villages, but it is better to carry your own food/water.
Best option is to pack your food and drive down.
You can buy food at Hotel 97/Food plaza on NH44 highway before Bhutpur.
Offroad trail at koilsagar? Can small cars handle?
In order to enjoy the real beauty of Koilsagar, you need to drive down to the other side of the lake.
Trail is easy to drive, any car do it without any problem.
But during monsoon, it may get slippery, walk through the trail and judge the track before venturing.
Koilsagar trail entrance?
Trail entry is present just before the village.
Google maps :GPS
Once you reach the above given destination, you will find two water tanks on your right side.
There are two trails adjacent to the water tanks.
Take the trail which is beside the second water tank(road is much better)
Satellite view of the Koilsagar trail(not avialable in google maps )
Best time to visit Koilsagar?
Koilsagar can be visited through out the year.
Avoid the trail, during the peak monsoon, most of the place is submerged in water.
Sunset/Sunrise is the best time to visit in a day.
Hello fellow enthusiasts,
Recently I was on a road trip to Goa and enjoyed a lot. The hunger of being on road never ends, so with some long discussion with my better half and parents, we came on a decision to take a Road Trip to Bhutan. The plan is set, dates are fixed and I have started working on the itineraries. The chosen month is April, as very less time is left, I am turning to you guys to suggest me the required preparations for the trip. We would be four travellers, the vehicle would be Hyundai Xcent SX 2016 model with less than 10K on it. As it is my parent's car and is mostly driven by the driver, I'd be getting everything serviced. The trip would start from Jabalpur (M.P) to Thimphu (Bhutan) to Jabalpur (M.P). An approximate total of 3500Km, plus 300km miscellaneous. I have some questions and would really appreciate if get the answers from the experienced people of this forum.
1. Best route?
2. How many halts?
3. How many days in Bhutan (West)?
4. Luggage Carrier, would it be an issue for a sedan?
5. Luggage Career Vs Roof Box, which is better?
6. IceBox, is it required?
That's it for now, sure would have many more questions later.
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