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A trip to Warangal and Laknavaram

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We did a trip to Warangal and Laknavaram lake during the end of 2017(Dec 30th and 31st). I just want to share the overall experience in the forum. This is my first post so please forgive me for any mistakes.

 

This was not a planned trip (We usually do not plan any trips :D). We were a total of 9 ppl(7 adults and two kids). We started off with a car(dZire) and a bike(Bullet). We started on a saturday at around 11AM from Hyderabad. We took the ORR from Medchal, got down at the Ghatkesar exit, had Lunch at Vivera on the way. Food was good and Spicy. They had some play area as well for kids. Continued post Lunch to Warangal, Stayed in a hotel named Gayathri Grand near to Railway Station. The Hotel was very good but a bit on the expensive side. We went to Bhadrakali Temple in the evening through the busy and narrow streets of Warangal. As we have not planned any places to visit, we had very bad time in figuring out the places to visit and using google maps to find our way to the destinations. 

The temple had very less number of people and we had our Darshan freely. After that, we retired back to our hotel rooms. Had dinner in the restaurant and dozed off in the cozy rooms.

 

Got ready by 8AM the next morning, had breakfast and went to 1000 Pillar temple. We used google maps for the way to the temple but somehow google was directing us into a small lane behind the temple. Somehow we figured out the actual route and went inside. The temple was a bit busy being it a sunday. We could not actually visit the 1000 pillar mandapa because of some renovation work being carried out.

 

After visiting the thousand pillar temple, we started off to Laknavarm lake. Here again, if we search for Laknavaram in google maps, it is taking us to a different place. We had to use Laknavaram lake and follow the maps. The route was very good and we cruised off on both the vehicles. There were no much food joints available on the way. Before we reach Mulugu village, google was directing us to a right lane. We took the lane and somehow suspected that it might not be the actual route. Spoke to few locals and got to know about the actual route which is near to Mulugu village. Once we neared the destination, there was a heavy rush and we were not allowed to go inside with our car and were asked to park in a nearby place. This was because of some traffic jam, the officials told. After waiting for about half an hour, we were allowed to start again. There was about 2,5KM of distance to be covered and that was a bit tricky drive because of the heavy traffic and we had to get off the road at regular intervals. The roads were also risky being them on the edge of a hill. Once we reached the destination, there was no proper parking available and people were parking wherever they find some empty area. It was a task for us to park our vehicle so that it will not block anybody else's path. It was already around 1PM in the afternoon. We went near the lake bridge and it was full of tourists. There is a lot of waiting time and we decided to go for a Jungle Safari in the meantime. They charged us Rs.50 per head and took us to the other end of the lake in typical forest kind of a road. The road was full of stoned and potholes. We enjoyed the safari ride. The driver dropped us at the location and went back. We were free to roam until he comes back with another batch. We started exploring the place. Basically the place had a Gate and locks mechanism for the lake. Any excess water in the lake will be allowed a free passage from the gates to the other side. They cleverly built few steps on the other side of the water flow to create a miniature waterfalls effect. It was a nice place and we enjoyed there until the driver came back after about 2 hrs. The views were very good on both sides of the lake.

 

We had to return to hyderabad before midnight for the new years day celebrations and had very less time left now. So we decided to skip visiting the bridge and started back. Returned to our home in hyderabad exactly in the midnight (12:00 Am 31st Dec, 2017) :photo:

 

No Pictures available for this trip. We are planning to cover the same place again this weekend and will try to take few pics this time.

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Best time to visit Laknavaram lake is morning and in weekends try to visit before 11AM.

Otherwise it will be fully crowded.

There are many places to visit near by -

Ramappa temple and Lake. Boating

Sammakka Temple inside deep forest

Bogatha water falls - may not have water in the summer

Tadai jungle resorts. Cehck it out any stay is available.

Pandavulu gutta 

Phakal lake - it is little far from this pace. But doable

 

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Thanks Sahil.

we are planning for a two day trip.
Planning to start on Saturday morning and need to be back by Sunday evening.
Can u guide me on which place to visit first which can be avoided etc.
 it will be very helpful.

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Hi @Jagan24, I like your spirit the way you do the trip :) I run on the same line regarding my target. Destination or a Place is never my target. Just hit the road and enjoy the drive :cooler:

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Nice write up.
Place is almost dry during summer.
It is better to avoid it.

You can plan it during monsoon, also you can cover Bogatha waterfalls.
Bogatha waterfalls is excellent in monsoon.
Again this place is dry during monsoon.

Would suggest you to cover both the places during monsoon. 
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Finally found few pics taken during this trip.. sharing them now..

1000 Pillar Temple

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Laknavaram 

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On 3/22/2018 at 9:06 PM, Jagan24 said:

Thanks Sahil.

we are planning for a two day trip.
Planning to start on Saturday morning and need to be back by Sunday evening.
Can u guide me on which place to visit first which can be avoided etc.
 it will be very helpful.

There is more content shared for these places in this page. Refer to it. If you still have questions, I can help you

 

 

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Nice write up Jagan.

Need one suggestion for Laknavaram overnight stay. Is it safe for a family to stay? I mean have you seen any family staying back during 🌃 time at Haritha resort...

I was planning to stay in Warangal/HNK rather than near lake.

On 3/22/2018 at 2:17 PM, Jagan24 said:

There is a lot of waiting time and we decided to go for a Jungle Safari in the meantime. They charged us Rs.50 per head and took us to the other end of the lake in typical forest kind of a road. The road was full of stoned and potholes. We enjoyed the safari ride. The driver dropped us at the location and went back. We were free to roam until he comes back with another batch. 

This safari is from Toursim board or from private firm?

 

Thank you.

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Few Pictures that I could quickly upload from my mobile, most of them are in my desktop back home and I could not wait to upload these until I upload them!! Temple pics and Laknavaram Lake pics are from two separate trips to Warangal and Laknavaram!

 

We have stayed at the Laknavaram Lake Resort when we have been there in August 2016. Forest Safari and Island Cottages were not in effect back then! Will do this trip once again, out of the below pics, I love the pic where my little angel is trying to drive a Ford!! ;) 

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On 5/24/2018 at 5:01 PM, MTF said:

Nice write up Jagan.

Need one suggestion for Laknavaram overnight stay. Is it safe for a family to stay? I mean have you seen any family staying back during 🌃 time at Haritha resort...

I was planning to stay in Warangal/HNK rather than near lake.

This safari is from Toursim board or from private firm?

 

Thank you.

I did not stay overnight but I think it is safe for families as I have seen posts from few people who stayed there overnight. I do not know if the Safari is managed by Govt or Pvt firms.. 

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On 6/1/2018 at 3:39 PM, Jagan24 said:

I think it is safe for families as I have seen posts from few people who stayed there overnight

I did stay with my family there overnight for my birthday in August 2016! It is safe, I had a nice time with zero mobile network :D Peaceful birthday with no phone calls until I got out of resort :P:P I am assuming that Safari is run by Govt themselves since APTDC / Haritha is not private and it is the only stay option there! Might just be part of expanding tourism here at this place!

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