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Hyderabad to Suryalanka beach, road trip

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Hi All,


This is my first travel story in India-Drive.
I have been working in Bangalore from the past few years.
Recently, I moved back to Hyderabad.
My last drive is from Hyderabad to Himalayas with India-Drive team.
It is my best and longest I have ever done in my Duster.

 

Surylanka drive

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I have been to Suryalanka around 10 times, frankly speaking, I lost the count!
Last month me and my friend decided to go on a quick weekend getaway.
Plan is to start on Saturday morning and come back by Sunday evening. 

 

We all know that Suryalanka is overcrowded during weekends. 
So we constructed a strategy to beat the crowd. 

 

Route taken
Hyderabad --> Vijaywada --> Suryalanka

We took this route since we had accommodation(friend's place) at Vijayawada.

Best route from Hyderabad to Suryalanka
Hyderabad --> Nalgonda --> Miryalaguda --> Narasaraopet --> Suryalanka
I would suggest people to visit Chirala beach along with Suryalanka, we missed out due to time constraint. 


We started on Saturday around 11AM.
We took the famous the Hyderabad-Vijayawada section.
This is one of the best section after Hyderabad-Bangalore.(my personal favorite)


Maintained steady 110km/hr in my trusted Duster.
We reached Suryapet by 2PM and stopped over for lunch at Hotel 7.
Hotel 7 is one of the best in terms of Infrastructure/Food/Quality/Maintenance.

 

Suryapet to Vijayawada took us around 2 hours +.

Crossing Vijayawada is always pain. Multiple diversions and no proper signs leads to confusion.

One of our friend stays in Vijayawada outskirts, we reached his place by 5PM.
Decided to call the day off. 

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Day-2

We woke up at 4AM, with high difficulty we dragged our self into the parking lot. 

Roads are almost empty, we floored the pedal and reached the beach before sunrise.
Overall road condition is good, there are few bad patches but for Duster these are cake walk.

 

We reached Suryalanka beach by 5:30AM.
Yes our plan worked up, crowd is very less. 

While we are enjoying the cool breeze, sun started to rise. That is me at the front row enjoying the one of the best sun rise view.  

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After blowing 3k on fuel, 1k on tolls and 1k on food=total trip cost 5k
This is the view we got, Yes it is worth every single penny!

DSC_0160-01.jpeg Now the wringer arises? How do we show the gratitude(Sun)?

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After multiple attempts, I'm able to achieve it. Please don't blame my G-factor 😅

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One last picture of the Sunrise!
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As the crowd started to build up, we decided to explore the places around.

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We took this trail, which is visible from the small bridge.

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We drove few kilometers inside, due lack of company and recovery vehicle...Sadly my duster is not AWD.

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We decided to turn back!

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We hit the road and found one more trail, Slat deposits!

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With proper 4x4(low range box) this place is going to be fun.

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Last picture of the day, signing off 

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Small, Crisp and fun to read. 
Those Sun rise pictures are too good. 

Adding few pictures of Chirala beach taken from my mobile. 

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Beautiful photos and crisp write-up. Any accommodation options apart from haritha resort in Suryalanka? It is always sold out these days even a month before.

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31 minutes ago, chaitanyap said:

Beautiful photos and crisp write-up.


Thank you Chaitanya.

 

31 minutes ago, chaitanyap said:

Any accommodation options apart from haritha resort in Suryalanka?

 

I have seen a small resort just before Suryalanka beach, but it doesn't look any good.

I would suggest you to stay at Chirala beach, SeaBreeze resort.

In my opinion AP Toursim resort surroundings have became very commercial
Book well in advance, weekends are mostly booked. 
 

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Wonderful little write up @karthik Sunrise pictures are too good, as mentioned one would forget all those things about expenses, tolls, traffic hustle bustle etc when you get indulged in peace with nature! 

 

20 hours ago, karthik said:

Chirala beach, SeaBreeze resort

This resort is no less than APTDC in Suryalanka, equally rather more than equally gets booked for a month in advance atleast! Need to make bookings as early as 2 months for this stay these days!

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Really nice write up. Short & crisp. Photos are great! 😊

One doubt: Can I drive my grand i10 on that trail?

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On 5/18/2018 at 12:57 PM, Sridhar Tandra said:

This resort is no less than APTDC in Suryalanka, equally rather more than equally gets booked for a month in advance atleast! Need to make bookings as early as 2 months for this stay these days!

 

Is it possible to book online? Whats the site?

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On 5/18/2018 at 12:57 PM, Sridhar Tandra said:

Wonderful little write up @karthik Sunrise pictures are too good

 

Thank you sridhar.
 

On 5/18/2018 at 12:57 PM, Sridhar Tandra said:

This resort is no less than APTDC in Suryalanka, equally rather more than equally gets booked for a month in advance atleast! Need to make bookings as early as 2 months for this stay these days!

 

Yeah SeaBreeze is much better that AP tourism.

Pricing is close to 5k. I felt it is bit overpriced.
Resort is good but lack of competition helped them in increasing the price.

 

 

On 5/19/2018 at 7:43 PM, Pralay said:

One doubt: Can I drive my grand i10 on that trail?

 

Grand i10 can do it.
Trail is flat. Almost any car can do it.

 

On 5/19/2018 at 7:47 PM, Pralay said:

Is it possible to book online? Whats the site?

 

Check the below website.
You can call them and check about the payment.
http://www.seabreeze-beachresorts.com/

 

During our booking they provided us a bank account, we transferred the money to their account. 

 

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Pictures are too good.
Loved the planning on how to beat the crowd.

I think govt. should give permissions to more resorts at different locations.
They should spread the crowd. 

Problem with Suryalanka is only one approach road.

Place became very commercial. 
Even Hamsaladeevi is in same state. It is getting crowded.

Source: article
Gollapalem Island. I am very interested in exploring this place.
Anyone has explored this place?

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Wonderful write-up accompanied by some beautiful pictures @karthik. Suryalanka is one of the best beaches to drive your car on the beach sand. Infact, I have done this a decade ago in my Chevrolet Beat.

But, make sure you don't grab the crowd's attention :D. Better to do it early during the sunrise on a weekday.

Hamsaladeevi is an other good beach where you can drive you car on to the shore.

 

Do check this link below for more information on that.

 

 

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37 minutes ago, driveking said:

Gollapalem Island. I am very interested in exploring this place.

 

Place looks beautiful, thank you for sharing.

I will try to visit this place during winter. 

Looks like this place is called as Chinna Gollapalem.
Place is located close to Bhimavaram.

 

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1 hour ago, Krish said:

Wonderful writeup

 

Thank you.

 

1 hour ago, Krish said:

really useful for me as I'm planning from Vijayawada this week. 

 

Please try to visit Hamasaladeevi beach. 

Also try to go only on weekday.
Early morning is the best time to visit. 

 

If you need any more details, comment here. 

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On ‎5‎/‎21‎/‎2018 at 11:34 AM, Ranger said:


Looks like this place is called as Chinna Gollapalem.

 

 

Looks like a place to explore more.. Let's do this @Ranger

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