Jump to content
India-Drive
  • Welcome!

    Welcome to India-Drive, Road trips and travel group. Please register to join us.

Pinaki

Hyderabad to Bali - This blue is not Monday Blues

Recommended Posts

I guess 2017 has been one of the most significant years for me! I vowed to travel every month and look for places I have never been before and ended up driving, flying more than once to a place unexplored earlier. It was very fascinating for me to see Bali for past few months  and finally in August after been refused by all my friends to fly this year, I booked a seat for myself and fly all the way to Indonesia in Diwali. When there is no one, plan one for yourself! 

 

The trip was small and sweet but glamorous enough for creating awesome memories and experiences to share with everyone. I am ready to fly again…. Not because I am crazy but because I found the province worth visiting again!

 

My flight was from Hyderabad to Kuala Lumpur – 4 Hours with a layover of 2 hours at LCC Airport and three hours flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bali, Indonesia. The much controversy of whether we need transit visa at Malaysia…was finally resolved. If your connecting airline is leaving from the same airport, you just need to go through security twice and no visa is required. Incase your airports are different in Malaysia… you better have transit visa applied. Otherwise you need to pay a good amount of money for airport transfer and Transit Visa in Malaysia.  My flight from LCC KLAI2 was decent enough. The airport has plenty of stores to scan and do window shopping, taste Malaysian cuisines and use free net, Wi-Fi and make calls, chat up with people etc.  If you flight is in the morning between Malaysia and Bali… I bet you will love the blue and green ocean with island floating like lotus leaves and petals from the sky high above on the ocean below.

IMG_1207_HEIC.jpg.1438a84788afe1ddb9b83b2b569c1b78.jpg

 

IMG_1253_HEIC.jpg.0ecd0153893823bf3bcfa40d6a4c96cf.jpg

Immigration is the easiest part of travelling to Bali. All you need return ticket to the resident country, place you will stay in Bali and that’s it! No visa… required. You get stamped and you are in Bali. The airport is cute and nice! The immigration queue is big but it moves like wind…. Quick and fast.  The Green channel has snipper dog going through your bag till you get it scanned and exit the airport. We had cab booked for the day. The transfer to airport was very easy.  The airport is at Denpasar. From Denpasar we headed to Kuta. It took just 25 minutes for us!

 

Pictures on our way to Grand Inna

IMG_1262_HEIC.jpg.395efca66002265e60fdaccc77c70dc0.jpg

Bali believes in rich Hindu Culture. 

IMG_1606_HEIC.jpg.dbf75784cd92720329eb37e1518c6416.jpg

Kuta is the place to be!

The place is known for parties, shopping, sea beach, night life, food and cafes. My residence was at Grand Inna Kuta. I recommend everyone, try this hotel out. On the left you have the biggest shopping mall facing the sea and on the right and back, lanes with café, pubs and restaurants. The local stores increase the charm of the place. Happy hours and free Wi Fi everywhere make the place easy to walk and learn more about the location. The hotel has its own happening private beach! Grab a seat next to the beach restaurant and enjoy the breeze, jump in one of the pools to kill the heat or swim and drink or just walk to the beach, sit and sip a drink under palm trees. Plenty of footfalls from Australia, France and Germany! It goes without saying, everyone walk and sit in the beach around sun rise and sunset with families and special ones to enjoy the breeze and the scenic beauty.

 

The color of the sea is deep blue and super clean! The waves are huge and froth are so white on the white sand… you will love to dip your legs in the sand at night and wash the feet in the water.  The food at the Hotel was also quite good. We have tried quite a few cafes and restaurants locally. It’s worth eating and drinking at happy hours. The hotel also serve free complimentary breakfast which is a good spread next to the pool. 

IMG_1275_HEIC.jpg.e4d38628b43ce0a21d847bf1db26314d.jpg

 

IMG_1319_HEIC.jpg.97066ea19892512217754788e8d096af.jpg

 

IMG_1432_HEIC.jpg.2340180d1f67a961e7043b766b8e9022.jpg

 

IMG_1322_HEIC.jpg.56a6de46aaad1d91871c1fde0453f7c3.jpg

 

IMG_1304_HEIC.jpg.5c95accecf7bae2e357e6fdebe5bab0a.jpg

 

The room at the hotel was sea facing as well. There are two wings with four levels. One wing connects you to the garden and a big pool with Indonesian feelings. The other wing connects you to the garden beach and pool with modern look and feel. Both have its own charm. All you need is to select a room of your choice and preference. The attitude of every attendant at the hotel makes you feel humbled. The smile and the way they communicate, address and delight you every other way is quite impressive.

 

For phone connection, you can take a sim card which has a lot of options. I used 3G connectivity for outside Wi-Fi zone and WhatsApp. The network was pretty strong across all over Bali expect for few remote places. Just after the lunch, we headed towards a city trip by a cab.  You can go for Blue bird taxi radio cab or you can book a cab on few hour basis. My target was to drive over Mandara Toll Bridge. It is five years old now. It connects you to all the island and area of Bali. For four wheelers, the cost of one side is 12,000 IDR and connects you to three important destinations – Jimbaran, Nusa Dua and Sanur.

IMG_1340_HEIC.jpg.356c5af2504372ac35041aff3bce08c9.jpg

 

IMG_1343_HEIC.jpg.a69a6389504856370f0d5121630d8bad.jpg

 

IMG_1340_HEIC.jpg.356c5af2504372ac35041aff3bce08c9.jpg

 

IMG_1343_HEIC.jpg.a69a6389504856370f0d5121630d8bad.jpg

 

IMG_1350_HEIC.jpg.07460dfca36b44f6ddc8c554764364fd.jpg

 

Day 1

The first night was at Jimbaran. 

It is a place filled with beach restaurants. The night with start filled sky, beautiful sea and songs around, you feel good enough to sit and leisurely have your dinner looking at the sea. The beach is clean and also have waves high enough! The sunset is beautiful. Sea food is super cheap and very tasty! Local people come and sing awesome songs for you at your table. You can turn back and see the local dance performance as well. After dinner, we returned back to the hotel. In the mist of light and darkness, it was very beautiful and relaxing to sit in the beach and hear the waves till you feel you are ready to sleep.

IMG_1357_HEIC.jpg.8a90b2a6f9c37463eb93307c536481f6.jpg

 

IMG_1361_HEIC.jpg.074a70e5c3491158d67cf2d2a6fb353e.jpg

 

IMG_1381_HEIC.jpg.09819ca9f47b54b368db85afdb11fd74.jpg

 

IMG_1372_HEIC.jpg.ef8a3385d867acb4089c315d487bf5f5.jpg

 

IMG_1419_HEIC.jpg.49e1e5265eedfe2e41a59d90a58af49f.jpg

 

Day 2

 

The next day sunrise was so beautiful from the room, it automatically recharge your legs to step out of your cozy bed and walk to the beach! After the heavy breakfast, we headed for a walk around the shore! It’s pristine and beautiful! The place has so much to explore and so much to view the sea from different spots and restaurants and clean rock beds. Around 11 AM, we had our cab picked up to Banur for water sports! Nusa Dua and Jimbaran are two places known for water sports. The island do have many other places too but we selected Nusa Dua side. Mind you, you will have many agents conducting different water sports. We did snorkeling for one hour- it was an awesome experience, sea walk, Turtle Island to see the ways government is protecting the sea life and other creatures.  Turtle Island has a small sanctuary. You can see turtles ages between few months to 400 years. They also have owl, parrots, macaw, and snakes. The sail was in glass bottom boat! The exploration was beautiful.

After water sports, we returned back to our Kuta beach and spend watching the sunset.

IMG_1492_HEIC.jpg.855c1676ecf01e5e822f0d0fde5f4e3d.jpg

 

IMG_1497_HEIC.jpg.36c05bd352a2d545f53dd523e21eae92.jpg

 

IMG_1510_HEIC.jpg.bf9db9e07d5a09e0418b0b9edaff01c9.jpg

 

IMG_1481_HEIC.jpg.495de3fe391a35e6897d08fc81b21c74.jpg

 

The night was to explore more of Kuta and visit number one pub –Sky garden. It ranks 88th in the world ranking and worth going if you are planning for great music, fireworks, laser show and world DJs... The crowd is quite good and decent! Try your lucky early for unlimited drink and buffet which can save your money in eating and drinking. 3000 people at one place with great screen and music, has its own charm. The street remains crowded till early morning! So there is no fear of walking back to the hotel or looking for a cab to another location.

IMG_1527_HEIC.jpg.5ebebf627e92fdc27d03022a1719473c.jpg

 

IMG_1539_HEIC.jpg.d1249ab3829e3e8906866ecc61ef0f5b.jpg

 

IMG_1589_HEIC.jpg.d3e357a186f3d85c528b2350b978ce35.jpg

 

IMG_1595_HEIC.jpg.f94446caf42a8dd6e0de26513c14da46.jpg

 

Day 3

Today was the day for us to check out of Kuta and move to Nusa Dua.  Unlike Kuta, Nusa Dua has serene beach with all boutique hotels and resorts and spa. This place is primarily for people looking for water sports, tranquility, and peace. The beach has rich corals and water life. Every resort has its own shore and water sports arranged.  One our way to Nusa Dua... we did visit one of the high end boutique resort for coffee and spa.

IMG_1639_HEIC.jpg.4c3fa70837e0306df883c918dab5410d.jpg

The walking area is high above the edge of the sea. The scenic beauty is breathe taking. The spa, infinity pool and Jacuzzi are all under the open sky facing the breath taking sea and hills. The glass boundary makes you feel to just close your eyes and enjoy relaxing for hours. The tranquility of the place is so so high, I bet you won’t feel like stepping out immediately.IMG_1657_HEIC.jpg.25d4080da00e0a1f99f9242bf2f3fe3b.jpg

 

IMG_1683_HEIC.jpg.6841553f7fde6f481473f7944ac2980a.jpg

 

IMG_1692_HEIC.jpg.8c36f2ca13ba817989e31c05cc4433e8.jpg

 

IMG_1709_HEIC.jpg.c9038ae0e78dc85e925d0edfc6209d6a.jpg

 

IMG_1767_HEIC.jpg.b3f410b3d1e792b3473c777853abd4a6.jpg

 

IMG_1734_HEIC.jpg.f11cbb68995a69f7e8e65e8acc63d260.jpg

 

Our Hotel was great enough to provide us free complimentary snacks and high tea every day during our stay. We also had few other complimentary services like spa and breakfast. At late afternoon, we decided to visit Uluwatu! Its 21 kms from Nusa Dua. Uluwatu has coffee plantation on both sides, amazing view from the Uluwatu temple on the sea. The place is big and have many visitors from across the globe to enjoy the sunset and local dance inside the temple next to the sea after the sunset.  The ocean beauty is unparalleled coupled with the sunset. I have never seen, so many people at one place and still there is silence, peace, serenity across the place.

IMG_1847_HEIC.jpg.5253e35f637a918c7c0e5664d341efc6.jpg

 

IMG_1853_HEIC.jpg.61fb2ec622dfd2483297bd556b6af73f.jpg

 

IMG_1871_HEIC.jpg.e85d39f35e4ac08a2438fd2ac2893bd6.jpg

 

IMG_1882_HEIC.jpg.52098a2b98a637949888c23996bec1b8.jpg

 

IMG_1886_HEIC.jpg.750495f9ee53cf7b48b8ffbae781da5c.jpg

The local dance is very enriching. They play the story of Ramayana in two episodes. The first episodes bring the essence of Indonesian culture. The second episode is just hilarious! The performers, the artists go all across the open studio and pull up audience in different funny activities and performance. The beauty is when they address different countries and audience cheers up together for each country.

IMG_1901_HEIC.jpg.020257d5f231d364ed243ea2ddfaf873.jpg

 

IMG_1901_HEIC.jpg.020257d5f231d364ed243ea2ddfaf873.jpg

 

IMG_1987_HEIC.jpg.3b85ff8a1eb82a228fbe8bab8a0c4ed7.jpg

 

IMG_1970_HEIC.jpg.fd9a643a60960c4ea272a7c8a4b1bdae.jpg

 

IMG_1959_HEIC.jpg.41dcf217131562fba848af80a5fff041.jpg

The day was over and it was our turn to visit coffee plantation. I have never been to a coffee plantation before. Though it was dark, it was an experience to walk down the alley in the plantation and taste over 15 varieties of coffee free of cost! The taste of every coffee is so unique and nice, if I had all the store and money, I would have buy all of them. It was not a bad expense. I bought few varieties of coffee worth tasting and drinking everyday.

IMG_2012_HEIC.jpg.91b94234680ef28b3c62ac7beac99805.jpg

 

IMG_2009_HEIC.jpg.5a4a0817b6ee8e6bacd37cfb22b6437d.jpg

 

One of the observations worth mentioning – Balinese follow traffic rules and queue. Just before the monsoon, Government has been very proactive in building up the roads and repair the pending work. Traffic is so smooth even in small lanes on hill region, everyone is patient, follow lanes and queue. I didn’t hear honking or experience potholes! We headed towards Jimbaran for some shopping and it was fantastic to experience the local handmade or manufactured items.

 

Day 4

Today was the day to visit –Nusa Lembongan .One of the most popular islands of Bali. Incase you want to visit coral reef and jump from the edge on natural bathtubs in the sea, you can go to Nusa Penida as well. Nusa Lembongan swift boats leave by 9.30 AM. Every day. You need to buy tickets or book before through an agent for your trip. You will be allocated with a time line to return and check out from the island. The arrangements are awesome for passengers. You hold two tickets with you. Upon your check in, you will be given a band to wear all day.

 

The band colors are different for different people or group. People going for water sports like scuba diving will have band color different from people going on exploring the land of Nusa Lembongan. They collect your footwear before you board the boat. Over the blue sea and high waves as go towards the coral island, your eyes do have the cucumber effect by the beauty! Nusa Lembongan has a lot of places to explore.  Yellow bridge, devil’s tears, dream beach, under house, panoramic view, mango groove boating, kayaking. The day is so engaging and super-fast, you won’t realize its 4 PM and you would love to hold back yourself on the island. The beauty of the coral, sea, waves, oceanic color is so so like a dream …. It brings back a lot of peace and happiness in you.

IMG_2215_HEIC.jpg.524e97664dc0fd4833c07b2bbf885cbc.jpg

 

IMG_2278_HEIC.jpg.da7166e35933ea1e60561cad1d29924f.jpg

 

IMG_2280_HEIC.jpg.2657f965e375f9ddc87c5c8438291f62.jpg

 

IMG_2291_HEIC.jpg.2c5f9bc96730b03eb95a2c792744b9f2.jpg The panoramic view is from the top of the mountain which looks like Spain! The blue green Coral Sea – stretched across the white sand with red tiled casa and trees around

IMG_2504_HEIC.jpg.3211bcc7de669b8e48122dd226c59f01.jpg

 

IMG_2508_HEIC.jpg.72959fca1217f01cf7662c8c178972fa.jpg

The Devil tears spot have massive water blows and waves that can sweep people out in seconds. However nothing stop mankind to sit on the rock beds and shoot the water blow and giant waves and roar of waves every second. It’s like a tub on a swing moving right to left over a pendulum. 

IMG_2300_HEIC.jpg.a06d0d205622c8117b9004378e590321.jpg

 

IMG_2353_HEIC.jpg.558665e5e87bb11a454b53abd6d632c3.jpg

You can befriend quite a few travelers or fellow passengers on this trip either during complimentary breakfast or over lunch or transfer to island. It’s like everyone is in consensus with - how beautiful Bali is –whether you are an Australian, French, German, Malaysian or another Indian.IMG_2576_HEIC.jpg.a0242cf2ca106317ea006ec304ae0afb.jpg

 

IMG_2582_HEIC.jpg.19c36f1e26f53564ab34980bd8411746.jpg

Indonesian people are very friendly and open. They would often greet you on roads and in hotels and shopping outlets. They would often try to impress you with singing a Hindi song or speaking some festivals of India. It’s very common for men to come and flirt with a girl in a very healthy way. Please don’t take offence. They have no bad intention. It’s just a way to appreciate you are beautiful, my lady. Always smile back to someone talking to you or asking you a simple question. Balinese are very close to their roots and religion. They offer food to souls and spirits every day. They often can ask you –Are you Hindu? Don’t get offended. You can simply smile and say yes or just in a friendly way say no. They don’t take the conversation any further even if you say “Yes”.

IMG_2605_HEIC.jpg.32de8c4a3ec09868da577dd757b5c2e6.jpg

 

IMG_2612_HEIC.jpg.fd2df4add39ab05619dc0f75d21fe939.jpg

 

IMG_2643_HEIC.jpg.b8a426c63922b683fb39397c374d5f3c.jpg

 

59f3410b97868_IMG_1839.HEIC(1).jpg.a73232324f3b2ac79d27f75bd6ae4802.jpg

 

IMG_2139_HEIC.jpg.b74508d9fdff8c4f25e87f430a6a1331.jpg

 

IMG_2145_HEIC.jpg.eee4d11d2f77f9f311a00221bc964dda.jpg

 

IMG_2115_HEIC.jpg.c3c5a13b7e446bed53ee585c07ca8844.jpg

 

59f341450e055_IMG_2040.HEIC(1).jpg.ba13e2b739c4dcc15e660bc20a759117.jpg

 

IMG_2135_HEIC.jpg.461673b1a0baa70fb0761d388cd17680.jpg

 

IMG_2374_HEIC.jpg.c0ee5c3f22850049af81f318c3d45c54.jpg

I did enjoy the Balinese cuisines. Nusa Goreng rice or noodles is now one of my favorites. They also serve you chicken with peanut butter sauce. Try them out. 

The best season for visiting Bali is June to October. The season after October is very humid and have heavy rainfalls. After April, the location takes time to bring back the beauty till end of May. August and September are two pick seasons with beautiful weather and season around.

IMG_2185_HEIC.jpg.4b9fa9705e45ee54fe723d2c828c7c24.jpg

 

IMG_1289_HEIC.jpg.57eb48a826866a8f7adb23834093e59d.jpg

 

IMG_1288_HEIC.jpg.38f7c37893e64b919e783bc229a69916.jpg

 

 

Incase you love mountains, you can visit Ubud! It is not only beautiful, its breath taking. The slow life, followed with scenibeauty of rice

terrace farming and facing of the hotels and villas to waterfalls and sea can take your breath away.  If you want to experience volcanic activity, you can go to Batur. They come and pick you up at 1 in the morning and you can walk on the slope till 4.30 in the morning for the beautiful sunrise by 6 AM. You can see the fumes and feel the heat over the hill which brings a kind of a different experience of seeing the volcanic readiness in the hill.

IMG_1427.HEIC.jpg

 

IMG_2280.HEIC.jpg

  • Like 8

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Beautiful story.
Enjoyed reading it.
Pictures of beach are too good.

So the typical question flashes in my mind:

  • How much does the whole trip cost you?
  • How many days are good enough to explore Bali?
  • Is it advisable to take self drive vehicles in Bali?
  • Climatic conditions are similar to India?
  • Average prices of accommodations?
  • How much does the beach view resorts cost? 

 

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Nice write up buddy. Much visit place for a vacation. 

True and it’s amazing for couples and group of friends too !
  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Beautiful story.
Enjoyed reading it.
Pictures of beach are too good.

So the typical question flashes in my mind:
  • How much does the whole trip cost you?
  • How many days are good enough to explore Bali?
  • Is it advisable to take self drive vehicles in Bali?
  • Climatic conditions are similar to India?
  • Average prices of accommodations?
  • How much does the beach view resorts cost? 
 

Yes yes yes, pinaki answer these. I shall plan my trip accordingly
  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
23 hours ago, Ranger said:

So the typical question flashes in my mind:

 

 

How much does the beach view resorts cost? 

 

If I take the major expenses here you go

Flight Tickets - 27000 INR. Two ways, Airasia. HYD- KLM -KLM -Denpasar, Bali. I heard Etihad also throws cheap flight tickets. I doubt. Those are offers like from Airasia. Travel without luggage. 

 

Hotel - Plenty of options are there in Bali. I would say, if you go to a good site, you will see almost all the hotels are awesome and rating ranges between 6.5 to 9. Some are expensive ranging between 21, 000 or above and some are as cheap as INR 2000 per night. I selected a hotel costing me INR 4500 per night. 

However it was on sharing between me and my friend. So split the money to half. INR 4500 for four nights - INR 18, 000. So its INR 9000 each. 

Water sports, Island trip,  cab hire - INR 15000 to INR 18000

 

If you are looking for big resorts, up class and chic -nothing will come less than INR 12,000 or so. If you are lucky you might pay INR 9000 sometimes. Otherwise... good hotel with private beach will cost you close to INR 4000 and above. 

 

There are entry fee for few shows and activities and toll tax - This might cost you another INR 3000

Food - Unless and Until, you dont want to step out and eat only at your resort - Yes please spend all your money on food and drinks and do nothing. :P  :P:P

 

The place has so many restaurants, cafes , small outlets - You will never run out of options . Explore the restaurants and try out dishes. Since a lot of Europeans and Australians visit Bali, you will find plenty of dishes from these continents and also have a huge influence of Indian culture as well. Food might cost you around INR 2500 in an upclass restaurants but the same tasty mean is available somewhere between INR 800 to INR 1200 per person at other places. Sometimes you can have three meals a day at these places costing INR 1000 per day. I am not kidding and they are all good and safe. 

 

 

Climatic conditions are similar to India?

 

Weather in Bali is awesome during August to October. Post October its monsoon and the beaches become dirty and very humid. The weather is seriously bright, clean and cool between June to October. Try yourself.. You wont regret! This is the peak season as well, so the cost might go high... stilll if it rains and you are locked down inside, do you think it worth flying this distance? 

 

Is it advisable to take self drive vehicles in Bali?

 

I didn't explore the option of driving in Bali. However what it looks like, you can hire a cab, with driver and fuel for 12 hours and pay just a little over INR 2100. He would take you to all the places you want.  Toyota and Infinity are two big giants you can see all over Bali! Whether you want a SUV or you want a small car, you will always get Toyota for sure . Every time I hired a cab for myself I got Toyota Avanza. Roads are pretty good and nice. I would suggest relax yourself and take a driver if you are on a short trip! Incase your plan for the trip is over five days or so you might hire a car for self drive. A lot of days you will not be with your car since you will be away from Bali on a trip to island and water sports. 

 

How many days are good enough to explore Bali?

 

4 days in Bali was really short and hectic! A lot of times you will think you have really missed some hot spots like Ubud, Batur, Nusa Penida and few beaches in the east or down south itself though they were that close to you. My plan is to Hit Bali in August 2018 once again but my base will be in Kuta. Probably a day in that Uluwatu! Rest of the time I will be covering all the places I didnt go. 

 

How much does the whole trip cost you?

 

Overall I would say, I didnt cross INR 60, 000. Incase even if I did, this was my first trip so I know next time I will save much more.. because Bali offers you to save and give back money you have invested through its nature, beauty and luxury! 

Must try for all friends and couples. 

  • Like 4
  • Thanks 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Lovely travel story @Pinaki.. Beautiful man. The way you have written it was amazing. very much enjoyable. Could drop a short note on all the places to visit in Bali for a trip to do ? :)

 

  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Excellent write up[mention=490]pinaki[/mention]. Made me relive memories from my trip to this beautiful place

Varun , You made my day that time itself when we two were chatting and I was in front of sky garden and Bitang house! U hv been a fantastic guide
  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

2 hours ago, Sridhar Tandra said:

@Pinaki I will also try my best to join with my family! count me in if you can allow families traveling along with you, I promise my daughter will not let you sit or stand :P:P

 

@Sridhar Tandra .. Haha.. I am sure they will become families by the time the plan hits off the shore :D

  • Like 1
  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
[mention=490]Pinaki[/mention] I will also try my best to join with my family! count me in if you can allow families traveling along with you, I promise my daughter will not let you sit or stand

Ya ha ha! I’m absolutely fine with that
  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Your content will need to be approved by a moderator

Guest
You are commenting as a guest. If you have an account, please sign in.
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Similar Content

    • By RoyallyAditya
      Need route information from Hyderabad to Kanyakumari.
      Planning to  include Arunachalam, Pondicherry, Rameshwarm,Madhurai. etc
       
      Please share your inputs and route plans. 
    • By Musafir
      We recently had a trip from Hyderabad to Bidar. Me with my wife and two other friends started at morning 6  o'clock and returned to Hyderabad by 6:45 pm. 
       
      Trip Details:
      Date: 29 June 2019
      Places Visited: Bidar Fort, Rangeen Mahal, Guru Nanak Jhira Sahib
      Route: Madhapur - Chanda Nagar - Zaheerabad - Bidar Fort
      Distance Covered: 266.4 km
       
      There was plan to visit Bidar along with Gulberga but we canceled Gulberga as we wanted to have a one day trip without hassle. Its just start of monsoon so weather was cool and while returning it rained little. So overall it was a nice trip. Attaching few pictures taken.
       
      Inner Ring Road, Bidar

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Bidar Fort and Rangeen Mahal

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Gurudwara Nanak Jhira
      Bahamani Tombs

      Hazrath Multani Baba Dargah

      Breakfast: At Hyderabad Delight Restaurant. They have all south indian items like idli, dosa, puri. Food was tasty and good. Irani tea was awesome. Car parking is available. 
       
      Lunch: At Royal Anmol Deluxe Family Restaurant. We had Dum Biryani and Chicken Drumstick. Good ambiance and food quantity but taste was average. There is a small car parking but you have to park on road side if you are travelling on weekends.
       
      For info about upcoming trips follow us.
      instagram: musafir_ds
       
      Hope you have liked our topic.
      Thanks
      Musafir
    • By Musafir
      We recently had a trip from Hyderabad to Bidar. Me with my wife and two other friends start at morning 6  o'clock and returned to Hyderabad at 6:45 pm. 
       
      Trip Details:
      Date: 29 June 2019
      Places Visited: Bidar Fort, Rangeen Mahal, Guru Nanak Jhira Sahib
      Route: Madhapur - Chanda Nagar - Zaheerabad - Bidar Fort
      Distance Covered: 266.4 km
       
      There was plan to visit Bidar along with Gulberga but we canceled Gulberga as we wanted to have a one day trip without hassle. Its just start of monsoon so weather was cool and while returning it rained little. So overall it was a nice trip. Attaching few pictures taken.
       
      Inner Ring Road, Bidar:



       
      Bidar Fort:









       
      Breakfast: At Hyderabad Delight Restaurant. They have all south indian items like idli, dosa, puri. Food was tasty and good. Irani tea was awesome. Car parking is available. 
      Lunch: At Royal Anmol Deluxe Family Restaurant. We had Dum Biryani and Chicken Drumstick. Good ambiance and food quantity but taste was average. There is a small car parking but you have to park on road side if you are travelling on weekends.
       
      We will be adding some more pictures here. Stay tuned.
      For info about upcoming trips follow us.
      instagram: musafir_ds
       
      Hope you have liked our topic.
      Thanks
      Musafir

    • By LoneRanger
      Precursor to the trip(Skip if you want to know Only about the trip) :
       
      All five of us went on to a trip nearly 10 years ago. And in all these 10 years , all of us together haven't met even once. We were working at various places - Hyderabad , Chennai , Pune , New Delhi & Bengaluru. As years passed by, 4 of us moved to Hyderabad due to various commitments. Only one was left out in Chennai. 
       
      At the end of Jan 2018 , Mr.Chennai , gave me a call ans started discussing about his boring and torturous boring IT life. He suddenly pops up the idea of a weekend trip from Hyderabad, only guys trip without wives. Over the next couple of days , we made whatapp group and discussed various options and finalised Belum Caves and Gandikota. We planned to go at the March 2018. As weeks passed by , each one had to drop off due to some or other reason. At the start of March , only Mr.Chennai and me were onboard ( My wife had to go to her parents place).
       
      But Mr.Chennai , was very adamant, he used to share the photographs of 10 year old trip on the whatsapp group. People became nostalgic , First to say yes was Mr.Microsoft , Then Mr.NRI and a day before the trip we have a confirmation from Mr.Daddy.
       
      Day 1 of the Trip : 
       
      Plan was , Mr.Chennai would reach my house by 6 and we would have an early breakfast and leave by 7 from my house. But Indian railways have another plans. Mr.Chennai arrived at my house at 7:45. After freshening up we started at 9:00 A.M to pick up Mr.Microsoft and Mr.Nri. And last pick up of the day was Mr.Daddy , from ORR Gachibowli.(We wanted to give more time for him to spend with his daughter). By the time we picked up Mr.Daddy , it was 10:00 AM and we started cruising on ORR , towards Kurnool. 
       
      My car has Fastag, and i zipped past the traffic on ORR and the Highway. At 12:00 P.M we stopped at Food Pyramid to have brunch. We had heavy lunch and then off to our first destination Belum Caves. 
       
      The road till Kurnool was NH and was good , After Kurnool we has to take Rayalaseema Expressway(Toll Road) , this was beyond good. It is better than national highway.

      (Rayalaseema Expressway - Road work going on the Left lane)
       
      By 3:00 P.M we were at Owk reservoir, MR.Chennai was mesmerized by scenic beauty and wanted to stop for few photographs. And indeed the place was super scenic. Its just that it was mid afternoon in Rayalaseema. The cool breeze flowing from the reservoir was a bit of relief from the hot Sun.

      (From L-R : Mr.Chennai, Mr.Daddy, Mr.NRI & Mr. Microsoft, Im Mr.Driver & designated photographer for the trip)

      (Panoramic view of the Owk Reservoir)
       
      The owk reservoir has APTDC center , with restaurant , and has boating and other activities. But we wanted to head to Belum Caves before they close it down. We next stopped directly at Belum Caves. The caves close at 5:30 P.M , and you have to exit the caves before that. We Reached Belum caves at 4:00 P.M. There is an entry fee and parking fee. We were charged somewhere around R.s 285/- for the 5 of us. 
       
      This is the first time im entering a cave system , and i was amazed. The caves were neatly maintained, and properly ventilated with the help of electric fans. They were well lit too. I'll tel the pictures do the talking from here. And if you are planning a trip to Belum caves , be ready to carry a huge water bottle , as it is humid as hell, and also wear stretchable clothes , You have to bend and crawl through some spaces. 

      (Map of the caves )

      (Entrance to the caves)
      The entrance has a flight of stairs , at the start of which the security checks for your tickets. Once you show his the tickets , you have to walk down nearly 40-50 steps. Any body can do it, both old and young. Once you get down the stairs you will see this plaque.


      (This is where the Plaque is posted. After this its all dark)

      (Notice the pipe behind, circulating fresh air)

      (L-R - Mr.Daddy & Mr.Driver-Me, you must be wondering why i was wearing goggles in a pitch dark cave, i have sight , those are powered , and i forgot my normal glasses, and yes i put this picture only to point that out  )


       
      Soon it was 5:20 and we were off to the entry/exit. And while we were ready to leave , suddenly there was a small power cut and everything went dark. It was pitch dark , and even with cell phone torch we couldn't figure out the exit. Luckily for us it was just intermittent power loss. And the power cut lasted for a maximum of 45 seconds to 1 minute. 
       
      After coming out of Belum caves , we went to the Budha statue near by to click some sunset pics.

      (Mr.Chennai Tried to be creative)

      (Budha Statue at Belum Caves)

      (Last Pic of the sun set into the clouds)
       
       On our way we stopped at a small place called Kolimigundla to have some tea. There is a APTDC restaurant at Belum caves , it closes at 5:30 P.M along with caves. 
       
      Next day we planned to visit Gandikota , and wanted to stay as close as possible. We couldn't get a reservation from APTDC Gandikota. And place nearest to Gandikota was Jammalamadugu. But we could find any hotels online to book. However during the trip we found that there are a lot of lodges and small hotels available at jammalamadugu. You can directly go and take a room for rent , without pre-booking. We could only reserve a room at Prodattur. Our reservation was at Sri Devi palace. Imagine the shock of our life when we found out that Sri Devi Palace is actually Sri Devi Palace Function Hall , and there was a wedding happening when we went there.


      (Surely made our trip memorable  )

      (Full scale wedding with Guests outside)
      Surprised and Shocked we called the contact provided on booking.com. The owner was friendly , apologized and said he would rent out the rooms on normal days, when there is no wedding and arranged us a place(lodge) within in Proddatur. There is nothing special about the lodge , the washrooms have leaky faucets. But since all of us are guys , and we wanted to enjoy the trip , we were ok with good beds and AC , for having a good night's sleep, Which it had. But if you are going with family , there are many new lodges with similar price range. You can go , check the rooms and then make a reservation. Same is the case in Jammalamadugu. You will find most of the lodges in Bus-stand road in proddatur. 
      After checking in , and unloading our luggage in our respective rooms, we went out to have dinner at the Andhra Spice Restaurant. It was good for family , but there is no parking available, the security made some adjustments and arranged some space at the entrance. We has a sumptuous dinner, had the restaurant special - "Chicken Navya" , did some shopping for toiletries and went back to hotel to rest for the day.

      (Chicken Navya - Boneless Chicken curry , made in butter with roasted cashew's and stuffed in an omelette and sprinkled with grated cheese , roasted cashews & coriander)
       
      Day 2 - Gandikota , Orvakal Rock Garden , Alampur.
       
      Next day woke up at 5:00 A.M got ready and woke up everybody else. Everyone was ready within an hour. Advantage of not having women in the trip. Our idea is to reach Gandikota before sunrise. If you are planning a trip to Gandikota , plan to reach gandikota before sunrise. Reached Gandikota at 7:00 A.M , it was already sunrise , but God it was beautiful. The canyon, the rocks they were in explicable. I would have stayed there for eternity , enjoying the beauty. 

      (First shot of the Canyon , when we reached there by 7:20 A.M)


      (Sunrise reflection on Penna River)
      (Mandatory Group Pic)

      (Mr.Microsoft, Mr.Daddy & Mr.NRI were happy looking at the scenery and dint want to explore any more)

      (Mr.Chennai on the other hand doesn't want to leave any nook or corner. 

       
      We stayed for more than an hour and we are way away from shade. It was getting Sunny and hot , hence we decided to explore the Gandikota fort. There is nothing left at the place. Only places remaining are Ranganatha Aalayam , Gandikoda Granary , and kathula Koneru. The places in pristine condition are Juma Masjid. Heard from locals that it has been redone in recent times by archaeology department, and they will soon improve the other remaining places too. 

      (Juma Masjid)

      (Inside the Masjid)
       
      Came out of fort , there are multiple roadside eateries , all of us are hungry and just stormed into one of the eatery where we all will fit. The eatery is an extension to the home and is managed by father - daughter duo. We had dosas for breakfast , and had coffee right after. The eatery owner told us that there are tents available for rent , and other adventure actives are available to do during evening time. (Campfire, Canoeing, Boating etc , also sleeping bags are also available for rent). 
       
      After breakfast i observed a road split off and going in the direction of the near by mountain and windmills, looked more like a service road. I inquired if tourists can drive up there , and to my surprise , they said yes. Drove to the top of the hill , and view of Gandikota fort from there is pretty awesome. we decided to take some pics before leaving.

      (The view of the fort is towards the left of the pic , with penna reservoir in the background, not quite visible)
       
      We left the place at 9:30 at started towards our next destination Orvakal Rock Garden. The Rock garden is opposite to the Kurnool Airport Gate , we reached the place by 12:30. 
      Google maps took us through a route with is not great  till we reached the Rayalaseema express way, but it was very scenic. Too bad we didnt take any pictures while driving , and just enjoyed the views. 
       
      It was 12:30 , by the time we reached Orvakal Rock Garden. There was a APTDC resort. And entry Fee to enter the rock garden. As it was 12:30 we decided to have lunch before heading into the resort, but each one of us went and bought an ice cream or Kulfi , ( Feels like child , when wife or parents are not around). Went ahead to Orvakal Rock Garden. 
      It was not big, but the rocks have been sculptured by air flow over thousands or millions of years. But since it was 12:30 in the after noon , it felt very big. 

      Entrance to the Rock Garden , stairs are neatly cut , and anyone can reach it without any difficulty

      Once you climb up the stairs , you will be greeted with this statue , and then similar statues of multiple animals






      It was so hot that we settled under the iota of shade available in the entire rock garden. 
       
      Notice Mr.Chennai missing from the picture , he again went to explore every nook and corner of the Rock Garden. We waited till he came back and started off to our next destination Alampur. 
       
      Alampur is one of the 18 shakthipeetas , it is the place where Krishna meets Tungabhadra , and is the place for deity Jogulamba. It is said that when Sati immolated herself , Lord Shiva carried her body across the universe. Vishnu not able to see Shiva's sorrow , cut the body of Sati with his Sudarshana Chakra. Those body parts fell back on earth. And it is said that alampur is where Sati's Upper Jaw/teeth fell. 
       
      The road to Alampur was well paved , and Telangana tourism has provided drinking water and other amenities to pilgrims. Mr.Daddy who was here some years back was surprised to see the roads and amenities provided. 



       
      The temple has Medieval architecture , and even if you are not a religious person , but interested in history , you should visit this place. There is a Museum for History buffs. 
       
      We left Alampur at 3:00 P.M and reached Food Pyramid at 4:30 P.M , had some tea , snacks , and started back to Hyderabad. 
       
      We reached Hyderabad at 7:30 P.M , went to DLF to have chai. And after chai , everyone went their own separate ways . May be all 5 us will together be on a trip in 2019 next. 
       
      Signing Off 
      Mr.Driver
       
      P.S : This is my first post , please provide feedback , on Pics , mistakes , Spelling , writing style , any thing which you felt is out of place.
       
       


  • Our picks

×