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Last weekend me and Saran decided to explore a new place called Gottamgutta.
We started searching online for routes and other information.

Even after spending an hour, I couldn't find anything related to routes and places to visit.

We decided to start early in the morning and explore this place.

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Distance :  Hyderabad to Gottamgutta : 120 kilometers
Route :
There are two routes to reach this place. One is a regular route through the village called Chandrampalli (dam).
Other route is through few small villages and a forest.

We obviously took the forest route.

Hyderabad > Sangareddy > Zaheerabad > Govindapur >  Mogudampalli > Chincholi wild life scantuary > Gottam Gutta

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Red marked path is not present in Google maps. 

 

Places to visit
1. Chincholi Wild life scantuary
2. Gottamgutta (trek)

3. Chandrampalli dam

 

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We started at 4 AM,
We took the ORR from Gachibowli to Mumbai highway exit.

We reached Mumbai exit super quickly, though the road was a little bumpy and traffic was very low. 

First 15/20 kilometers from the ORR exit to Zaheerabad is a 4-lane old highway.
After that, it is a newly laid Pune highway (4 lane), road quality is excellent with less traffic. Hence, we made quick progress to reach Zaheerabad.

 

They have installed 1 toll between Hyderabad and Zaheerabad, priced around 80/-
Fast tag is enabled at this toll.

 

Full moon view from the cockpit 

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We stopped over at a truck lay by for quick pictures. The led lights at junctions are impressive. 

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Our next stop was at a road side Dhaba in Zaheerabad. We had a quick tea, stocked some water bottles and started our journey into the interiors of the villages. 

Once we diverted the from main road, views were fantastic through out the drive

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As soon as we entered the Karnataka border, there were tourism boards.
We were impressed for sure, they have built roads in such a remote area to promote tourism.

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We need to enter the Chincholi wild sanctuary to visit Gottamgutta. No permits are required and it is open to  all.

All hatchbacks and sedans can do without any issue. Since it is a mud track, careful driving is required. 

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Few animals like fox, deer and peacocks are present in this scantuary.
We could listen to the fox howl, but had a tough time to spot it. We gave up.
We spotted few peacocks which is a common site around Zaheerabad.  

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Looking at those old set of wheels, We realized how much the new generation vehicles have changed. 

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Once we reached the Chincholi Sanctuary dead end, we need to park our car (near a small temple) and climb up the hill to the get the views. 

Trekking path is narrow and trek level is easy. 

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We trekked up around 200 meters and the entire area was filled with fog. 

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Total trek path is around 1 kilometer and the views were fantastic. 

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It looked like an Amazon forest from the study books. Pretty very calm and remote. 

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As the sun started to rise, the visibility got down even further due to fog. DSLR had focus issues in fog and low light, we managed to capture few pictures in our mobiles. 

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We did not go to the top of the foot hill and decided to head back due to time constraint. 

In our return journey we explored a few trails near the sanctuary. 

 

Formula that I learnt, go an extra kilometer and it is never crowded!

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We drove around 2 kilometers into the tails.

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And the sun started to rise 

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Ignore the quality, captured on my mobile :)

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Stay close to the Nature. What would you prefer, a luxury hotel or to camp in the middle of a farm like this?

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We watched the beautiful sunrise. 

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and we drove back to Hyderabad

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We reached Hyderabad by 9:30 AM

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~The end~

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Gottam Gutta is beautiful place.
Must visit.
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@Saran and @Ranger beautiful pictures.
Keep on finding more places for people like us.

Fantastic work.

You guys have explored many unknown places and made it easy for us. 

 

Any timings or entry fee for the sanctuary? 

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Great pictures @Ranger @Saran. Another place explored and it is just beautiful. You guys should have hiked up an extra mile more :D Anyways, will plan to visit this place again sometime.

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15 hours ago, veeran said:

such a quick and wonderful trip....cheers

 

13 hours ago, chaitanyap said:

awesome writeup and beautiful pictures! Kudos to your adventurous spirit guys!

 

2 hours ago, shiva said:

Fantastic work.

 

Thank you 
 

2 hours ago, shiva said:

Any timings or entry fee for the sanctuary? 

 

No timings, would suggest you to avoid the place during the night time. Early morning is the best time to visit.
No entry fee.



 

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My native place is Sangareddy.

I heard about this place multiple times but couldn't find proper information. 


I will visit this place in January. 

 

Gottamgutta it safe for families?

Do they have any food options near the place?

 

 

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[mention=488]Saran[/mention] and [mention=1]Ranger[/mention] beautiful pictures.
Keep on finding more places for people like us.

Fantastic work.
You guys have explored many unknown places and made it easy for us. 
 
Any timings or entry fee for the sanctuary? 
Great pictures [mention=1]Ranger[/mention] [mention=488]Saran[/mention]. Another place explored and it is just beautiful. You guys should have hiked up an extra mile more  Anyways, will plan to visit this place again sometime.
awesome writeup and beautiful pictures! Kudos to your adventurous spirit guys!
such a quick and wonderful trip....cheers
Thanks guys
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8 hours ago, sagar said:

You guys should have hiked up an extra mile more :D Anyways, will plan to visit this place again sometime.


Yeah, we should have went down further but the fog is the spoil sport.

We had issues while capturing images.

It will be fun going in a group.

We concentrated more on exploring the places around due to time constraint. 


We need to carry some food/water, If we are planning to trek.

Next time, we will go prepared in a group. 

 

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Thanks@Sridhar

 

On 12/5/2017 at 9:49 AM, karthik said:
Gottamgutta it safe for families?
Do they have any food options near the place?
 

 

Place is very remote. So, good if there is 4 to 5 guys if you are planning a trip with family. We haven't seen any food venue there as we went in the early morning. But, there is a gated park. Seen a building inside. Might have a canteen type. However, not sure about it.

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8 hours ago, Sridhar Tandra said:

Overall fantastic new place explored for a quick getaway from Hyderabad..

 

Thank you @Sridhar Tandra

If you are planning to drive down, let me know.
Would love to join.

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I tried exploring gottamgutta and ettipoda a couple of years ago along with a friend who works in zaheerabad. It's is kind of remote place. We visited the place in september. These are pictures from my trip. Guess we have clicked some pictures in the same locations @Ranger :D

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6 hours ago, vamsikrishna said:

I tried exploring gottamgutta and ettipoda a couple of years ago along with a friend who works in zaheerabad. It's is kind of remote place. We visited the place in september.


Nice pictures, looks like a same place.

I have been to ethipothala around 2014, we drove through some remote villages.

 

Did you trek down from the temple for the view? Is there any other route?

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I guess that’s the only route. We took a little stroll along the foot path beside the temple, clicked some pics and returned. There were some celebrations going on when we went. So, there were many people along that narrow road. Din feel really safe either. So we decided to return. 

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      During a long journey towards Vijayapura so many windmills across the road welcomed us. We took the advantage of the car's off-roading skills and went closer to the windmills through a field.
       
       
      From the lessons learnt in the morning we ensured to shift from NH50 to NH52 by taking a left turn near Vijayapura.
      Nearly about an hour after crossing Vijayapura we were amazed to drive on Uttar Karnataka’s longest bridge built on the river Krishna situated in Kolhar.
       
       
       
       
        
      Since we got our lunch packed from home, we took a 15min break near Bagalkot. We resumed our journey at 1pm and reached Belgaum by 3:30pm where we refuelled our car (2nd full tank).
      As we wanted to drive the Chorla Ghat before Sunset we continued without further breaks. Ghat roads initially were smooth but turned out to be patchy nearing Goa. The sky dusked as we entered Goa and travelled through the dark, narrow and silent lanes of Poriem, Bicholem and Paliem. Travelling through the busy roads of Calangute we reached our destination, Candolim, by 7:30pm.
      Glimpse of Ghat road
       
       
       
       
       
      We stayed in recently constructed property in a peaceful locality of Pintos Vaddo street in Candolim.
      Property details: Sonika’s Leisure. A decent hotel with in-house bar & restaurant, swimming pool and AC rooms with attached balcony and excellent Wifi connectivity. Rooms were very neat with sparkling clean bathrooms. Great hospitality and yummy food.
       
       


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