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"See" the "Sea" at Chirala from Hyderabad

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If you read and think I am exaggerating, fabrication is just another style of Pinaki.... I go on my knees to say, I am little mad for beaches and this beach just unveiled the beauty of AP coastal line when I visited Chirala for the first time. I do carry the good memories and excitement in me b'coz it was planned overnight ( in less than 12 hours ) and did bring a name on my list that I can definitely visit more than once . 

 

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There are two ways to reach this spot.

You can either start early - take Nagarjuna Sagar Road, enjoy the sunrise , stop at Ethipothala waterfalls, click some pictures go towards Chilakaluripet and go towards Chirala.  This route is not excellent or best road to drive and enjoy end to end though the first two spots are great to start your day and lose sometimes on way to Chirala :P 

 

 

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Early Morning picture towards Nagarjuna Sagar

 

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Sunrise Picture.

 

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Ethipothala waterfalls inside the property of Haaritha. 

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Take ORR - Exit gate 11 - Take Nalgonda

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Second route and recommended.

Take ORR - Exit gate 11 - Take Nalgonda Road - Miriyalguda - Piduguralla - Narasaraopet - Chirala. Total Distance - 336 kms.  The road is pretty good and have scenic beauty. You can definately mainatain a speed of 100 -120.  There are three toll gates on the way. 

It takes 6 hours . We did start at 3.30 in the morning , had a break at Piduguralla and reached Chirala by 10.15 am. 

 

Stay

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Chirala has very limited options. I have tried my luck at two different spots. 

a) Sea Breeze Resort - Definitely a good place. Most of the travelers prefer staying here . Rooms on weekends go off soon and can be a problem if you go without booking. The resort has different varieties of rooms. Do not fall for room types. Request for information on the room location inside the resort, ventilation and facing of the room. Sea facing are only available with Deluxe room and cottages. Rest of the sea facing room are actually garden facing. 

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Swimming Pool

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b) Lotus Buddha - The management is cooperative however the property is not well maintained . I was almost in depression of spending two nights at this resort. It is just in the middle of village with fishermen and local crowd. The smell and the not so maintained locality dampen the spirit and feeling for the place. 

 

 

Food

 

You can definitely order your food at the resorts. The quality, quantity and the service support is very decent and well maintained. 

They do serve dinner on the beach at night. They charge you INR 500 for the effort. The experience is great if you go during full moon night. You see the sunset followed by the full Moon in the sky , high tide and the breeze. 

the variety of food is also quite grand at Sea breeze. You have options from fish to chicken to Biriyani .  Atleast they serve you what you see on the menucard. 

 

A lot of people told me, they do order food from outside. Local villagers are great cook and serve you hot chicken and local dishes. 

 

Beach

The beach is just opposite to the sea breeze property. My first trip was in September. The silver sand and the non sticky quality brings softness to your feet and happiness as you walk down the clean beaches. The water was so clear , it was literary blue.  The beach is stretched over almost 7 kms and also have awesome tree lines across the road. Incase you feel you want a shade while you want to be on beach - simply go and take a seat under the shade and sip coconut water in the morning or in the afternoon and leisurely drink your fav one in the evening. 

Collect broken or new designed shell, shoot around with crabs , or just lie down on the silver sand. 

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Check in - Check Out - Your check in time is 9 AM and check out is 9 PM. Breakfast is complimentary and includes Dosa, Idli, Kheer, Vada, Poori,  Omlette, Juice , Tea, Coffee. 

 

There is no local spots to drive around. Though you can visit the local saree mill for some handwork sarees or can even drive down to Narasaoraopet for Kotappakonda Temple . The Temple is on the top of a hill and has amaziong scenic beauty. The drive up to 5kms is really amazing and can be a good disconnect for sometimes. 

 

Give Chirala a try! After all, small things bring more happiness  so why you let this one go?

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Crisp Writeup @Pinaki.  Was planning this Sea Breeze Resort last year in december. Its the best private property on this coastline owned by a doctor couple. But had to cancel the booking for unforeseen reasons. Chirala and suryalanka are the few beach options which we have close to hyderabad.

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Beautiful pictures!
Never been to this resort.
Most of the times it is full during weekends. 

Good writeup. 
We will plan a India-Drive meetup during winter. 

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10 hours ago, RedCruiser said:

Crisp Writeup @Pinaki.  Was planning this Sea Breeze Resort last year in december. Its the best private property on this coastline owned by a doctor couple. But had to cancel the booking for unforeseen reasons. Chirala and suryalanka are the few beach options which we have close to hyderabad.

True @RedCruiser. Last weekend, I was in Chirala again. The weather was great and infact it was very breezy.  In Sep, I did visit Suryalanka on my way back home. It was not maintained at all. The beach on the left from Haaritha resort is for public and the beach was changed to garbage spot by many of us!  Hope they maintain the place. 

 

The  Doc couple I must say is doing their best to maintain the property and the reputation. Not everything can be perfect but still I give them 100 for their attempt and service considering the place is remote and have less options for stay .

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23 minutes ago, Ranger said:

Beautiful pictures!
Never been to this resort.
Most of the times it is full during weekends. 

Good writeup. 
We will plan a India-Drive meetup during winter. 

@Ranger you made my day! If I don't have any commitment, I promise to be  on this drive at any cost. Only thing is - we need to get the booking done asap for a good crowd visiting the resort. I guess two months in advance should help. 

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1 hour ago, Pinaki said:

True @RedCruiser. Last weekend, I was in Chirala again. The weather was great and infact it was very breezy.  In Sep, I did visit Suryalanka on my way back home. It was not maintained at all. The beach on the left from Haaritha resort is for public and the beach was changed to garbage spot by many of us!  Hope they maintain the place. 

 

The  Doc couple I must say is doing their best to maintain the property and the reputation. Not everything can be perfect but still I give them 100 for their attempt and service considering the place is remote and have less options for stay .

Agreed! I always prefer to stay in Sea Breeze whenever I plan to visit Chirala Beach. Just FYI, there are few places which can be covered when you go until Chirala that I remember on top of my mind as of now which we have covered last time

 

1) Machilipatnam Beach

2) Kolleru Lake

3) Ponnur Anjaneya Temple

4) Suryalanka Beach

5) Kotappa Konda Shivalayam Temple

6) Mopidevi Sri Subramanyeswara Swamy Temple

 

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Just now, Sridhar Tandra said:

Agreed! I always prefer to stay in Sea Breeze whenever I plan to visit Chirala Beach. Just FYI, there are few places which can be covered when you go until Chirala that I remember on top of my mind as of now which we have covered last time

 

1) Machilipatnam Beach

2) Kolleru Lake

3) Ponnur Anjaneya Temple

4) Suryalanka Beach

5) Kotappa Konda Shivalayam Temple

6) Mopidevi Sri Subramanyeswara Swamy Temple

 

@Sridhar Tandra Kotappa Konda was really great! If I had no height issue, I would have trekk from new Temple at the top to the old temple at the top most. The place has some kind of mystery and adventure hidden around the hills of the old temple at the top! I wish if we have accommodation available. A night stay would not be a problem.

 

I am keen with Kolleru Lake and Machilipatnam Beach. Do they have options for stay? 

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Just now, Pinaki said:

@Sridhar Tandra Kotappa Konda was really great! If I had no height issue, I would have trekk from new Temple at the top to the old temple at the top most. The place has some kind of mystery and adventure hidden around the hills of the old temple at the top! I wish if we have accommodation available. A night stay would not be a problem.

 

I am keen with Kolleru Lake and Machilipatnam Beach. Do they have options for stay? 

True that! No, there are no stay options at Kolleru or Machilipatnam Beach, May be Machilipatnam town has few places to stay! Never explored stay at Machilipatnam though as my Sister stays in Guntur. We always have a pit stop in Guntur and lay the web around it wherever we want to travel

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Hi @Pinaki,

 

First time I am getting to listen to some frank opinion on this resort. I have heard a lot good and only positives about this place which I felt was quite disappointing after my experience in there. Pretty ill maintained. Any other resorts apart from sea breeze in and around the place?

 

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Today I got a chance to visit Chirala Beach.

Drive on the coast line is fantastic.

Many isolated spots to explore.

Place is not overcrowded like suryalanka.

 

You can drive around and find many less crowded beaches.

 

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@Rangerwow you were in Chirala. Fantastic. This looks amazing. Where did you put up? Did you find any interesting spot that you want to share with us?

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3 hours ago, Pinaki said:

Where did you put up? Did you find any interesting spot that you want to share with us?

 

I stayed in Vijayawada on some work.
I just went there for two hours. 
There is a two kilometer coast line from Chirala beach to few resorts.
Did you guys do that route?
And there is so much plastic on this beach. :(

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@Rangeryes we did that route. The plastics are all over now. Last Sep and Oct, it was all clean.  The three resorts on this route are

  • Sea Breeze
  • Palm Hotel 
  • Lotus Buddha. 
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4 hours ago, Pinaki said:

The three resorts on this route are


Any information on best of the above three resorts?

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15 hours ago, Pinaki said:

@Rangeryes we did that route. The plastics are all over now. Last Sep and Oct, it was all clean.  The three resorts on this route are

  • Sea Breeze
  • Palm Hotel 
  • Lotus Buddha. 

 

I have heard Sea breeze ranks the best amognst the all the 3 good resorts available in Chirala and I hope the management realizes to keep up their standards in maintanance and provision for good amenities.

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2 hours ago, sagar said:

 

I have heard Sea breeze ranks the best amognst the all the 3 good resorts available in Chirala and I hope the management realizes to keep up their standards in maintanance and provision for good amenities.

You are right! Considering there is almost nothing around, the place is very decent. I did give a try with Lotus Buddha... I would not go back though the staff and management were pretty decent and good. 

Sea Breeze is trying its best to cope with the footfall of visitors and the littering committed by the same tourist group. I don't blame the management alone however yes there are scopes for improvement for sure.

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2 hours ago, sagar said:

Wonderful log @Pinaki, I have been off the forum for a while and look what I have missed out on. Great going buddy. :D

@sagarLooks like finally someone is back.. are we expecting overnight camp now?

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13 hours ago, Ranger said:


Any information on best of the above three resorts?

@RangerSea Breeze. I would recommend give a try in Sep/Oct once the season starts and the weather gets cooler. 

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34 minutes ago, Pinaki said:

@sagarLooks like finally someone is back.. are we expecting overnight camp now?

Oh Hell Yeah! Finally, Summer arrived and @sagar too is back!! Let's do the Koilsagar BBQ guys!! :cooler:

 

We have had reckky also done by @Sud @Ranger at Koilsagar couple of weeks back!!

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      5th Day. 
      We wanted to visit Jolly bouy island . This island comes under Mahatma Gandhi National Park controlled by Forest department . There are multiple islands that comes under this region and also controlled by the forest department. To travel to the permitted island , we would need to have permission from the forest department and you cannot carry any plastics. Your bags are checked and permits are stamped. You can get your permits by travel agents . Jolly Bouy speciality is - the island remains closed for 6 months and remains open for 6 months -October to  March every year. The break of six months is to increase the richness of marine life in the sea. The season when Jolly bouy remains closed, Red Skin island remains open. 
       
      You are not suppose to carry any plastic bottles. You can rent two water bottles for a security deposit of INR 200 for each bottle you rent and fill it up with sealed water bottles . After security check you board the boat and journey through the clear water for close to 40 minutes. The jetty is close to 40 minutes drive from the resort . It is close to wandaroor beach almost 29 kms away from Port Blair. 
      The journey can be fascinating since you get to hear and see a lot about Andaman during Tsunami and its impact and effect and other islands around. 
       
      Jollu Bouy island is really beautiful like any other untouched island. You dont get to eat or drink anything at this island. The three hours trip includes swimming, snorkelling and glass bottom boating! The charges are usually INR 200, INR 500 & INR 1000. The crystial clear water and marine life is so so rich in this island, one really needs to see it to believe it! The school of fish of different color and sizes, the huge size of oysters , variety shades of star fish and corals are breathe taking and of course quite an experience. 

       

       

       

       

       

      Incase you want to do any other  trip , you can definately go to Ross Island, Twin Island, Ross and Smith Island,  Batarang Island Trip and have Mud Volcano experience. Though we do have multiple choices to go and explore in Andaman, it is still an island with certain restrictions like lots of island across the globe. 
      Keep these in mind - 
      Night life is zero after six PM. 
      No Drink options unless your hotel keeps bottles .  
      Meals are kind of tiring to eat and have very limited options across the island. So dont be particular or choosy. Keep an open mind. 
      Water Sports -discuss and judge your sense before paying and jumping in the water. you should go for snorkeling and scuba diving early morning. 
      Union is strong for cabs and bikes. Prefer to take two Wheeler  for your trip in every island. 
      Book your ferry before you reach Andaman  . Opt for online or Agency support to book them.
      Population is good enough to speak in Hindi and English. 
      Pick a hotel next to the beach or else your trip will lost the purpose and have no value of return
      Try visiting during Full moon day or just after full moon day. You will experience high tides and water just next to the beach resort. Or else you get to see only dead corals. 
      Try Chidiyatapu for a drive, learn about culture, business, life style of the locals. 
       
       
      This was the last view of Andaman from the flight! 

       

       

       
       
       
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