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Hyderabad to Ooty, Coonoor & Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu - Pre monsoon drive meet up - June 01 - 04 17'
Start point - Gachibowli (ORR)
End point - Ooty (Accommodation)
Start time - 04:15 a.m.
Total Distance - ~1900 kms
Objective - A drive meet to Ooty, Coonoor and Bandipur to rejoice the pre-monsoon showers.
1) Maruthi Suzuki Baleno
2) Volks Wagen Polo (Red)
3) Volks Wagen Polo (Red)
4) Ford Ecosport
5) Hyundai Creta (Red)
6) Hyundai Creta (White)
Hyderabad (Gachibowli) --> Kurnool --> Bangalore --> Mysuru --> Bandipur --> Mudumalai --> Ooty
Hyderabad to Bangalore:
4-lane and road condition is excellent, Kurnool bridge is finally completed.
Bangalore to Mysuru routes:
Bangalore --> Visveshpura --> Herur --> Yadiru --> Nagamangala --> Srirangapatna --> Mysuru
Bangalore to Yadiru route : 4-lane and excellent road.
Yadiru to Srirangapatna route : single lane road, road condition is good but many speed bumps en-route.
Bangalore --> Channapatna --> Mandya --> Mysuru
4-lane road but heavy traffic.
Mysuru to Bandhipur route:
Mysuru --> Najanagudu --> Begur --> Gundlupete --> Bandhipur
Bandhipur to Ooty route:
Bandhipur --> Theppakapadu --> Masinagundi --> 36 haripins --> Ooty
Non-commercial route, only for cars and small vehicles are allowed.
Bandhipur --> Gudalur --> Ooty
Commercial route with truck traffic.
1) Bandipur forest safari
2) Coonoor - Highfield Tea factory
3) Avalanche & Emerald
4) Doddabetta peak
6) Ooty - The Tea factory and Tea museum
Hyderabad to Maredumilli plan
Frustrated with Hyderabad traffic and bad roads due to rains, I have decided to get out of the city and explore the farm lands of Godavari district and the forest range of Maredumilli.
Idea is to go on a quick getaway.
All the accommodations at Maredumilli are full.
This did not dampen my spirits.
Its not about the destination, It is the drive that matters to me.
Did some quick research and booked accommodation at the nearest town which is Rajahmundry.
Hyderabad to Maredumilli route plan(best route):
Hyderabad to Maredumilli has two routes
Route 1 : Hyderabad --> Suryapet --> Vijayawada --> Tanuku --> Rajahmundry --> Maredumilli
Route 2 : Hyderabad --> Suryapet --> Khammam --> Kothagudem --> Bhadrachalam --> Chintur --> Maredumilli
Route 1: It is the best route to take. Completely 4-lane till Rajahmundry
Route 2 : Avoid it unless you are planning to cover Bhadrachalam
Day 1 : Hyderabad to Rajahmundry Day 2 : Rajahmundry to Maredumilli Day 3 : Exploring villages around Rajahmundry Day 4 : Rajahmundry to Hyderabad
Places to visit in Maredumilli and Rampachodavaram (link)
Excellent post @Surya78, your post helped us a lot.
Best places to visit in Maredumilli
1. Bhupathipalem reservoir : gmaps
2. Rampa Water Falls : Gmaps
3. VanaVihari Eco tourism : Gmaps
4. Bamboo Chicken is available near VanaVihari resort : Gmaps
5. View point, there is no name to this place, you will find it en-route to Amruthadhara : Gmaps
6. Amruthadhara waterfalls : Gmaps
Best resorts in maredumilli
Vanavihari Eco Tourism Center Aranya Eco Resorts Jungle Star Nature Camp Site Birds Nest Resorts
There are few private/small resorts at exotic locations. Need to do some research on those places.
Book the resort in advance during holidays/weekends.
I regularly commute on Hyderabad to Vijawayada highway, almost once in a month from the past 10 years.
Hyderabad to Vijayawada distance :275 kilometers
It is a single lane road, not enough to fit 3 vehicles at a time. It used take me 7 hours to travel from Hyderabad to Vijayawada. Blind curves. Highest accident ever occurred in the country. One of the busiest, mostly filled with trucks. Worst road condition, filled with unlimited potholes. Driving at night is a suicide.(zero visibility with those high beams) Some overtakes used to take me at least 15 minutes, Imagine 10 trucks trailing each other with no space between them, on a single lane! No proper hotels and washroom Worst fuel quality But I used to enjoy the drive, it is challenging and fun.
Year :2017(after a decade)
Now it has a 4-lane road, truck lay by lanes, emergency lanes and bridges across villages. It is taking me 4 hours from Hyderabad to Vijayawada. I am saving 3 hours. Many good hotels available, no issues with washrooms. Toll road, with road assistance and standby ambulance for safety. Continues patrol across the highway, last year a huge industrial truck was stuck on highway while taking u-turn. Patrol guys arrived within 15 minutes and took the situation under control.
Hotels between Hyderabad to Vijayawada
1. Village Aharam : Malkapur
First decent hotel on the highway
2. Highway 9 Restaurant : Nalgonda
Good for break fast
3. Hotel Vivera : Nalgonda
Recomended, If you are planning to diver towards Nalgonda.
4. Maa palle ruchulu : before suryapet
Village style hotel, don't expect luxury.
5. Hotel 7 : suryapet
Best in quality, very good washrooms. Recommended for families.
6. Numerous hotel in Suryapet.
You get all types verities over here.
7. G-hotel : Suryapet
8.Once you cross Suryapet, you won't find any proper hotels, though you can find many road side dhabas.
Please correct If i miss anything.
You can find then in every 20 kilometers radius.
It is a complete toll road, elevated 4-lane, on an average you pay around 1 rupee per kilometre, so it should be under 250/-
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