Jump to content
India-Drive
  • Welcome!

    Welcome to India-Drive, Road trips and travel group. Please register to join us.

RajG

Hyderabad to Chikamagalur road trip

Route!  

13 members have voted

  1. 1. Hyderabad to Chikmagalur best route?

    • Hyderabad > Kurnool > Ananthapur > Doddaballapura > Hassan > Chikmagalur
    • Hyderabad > Kurnool > Ananthapur > Challakere ÔĽŅ> Hiriyur > ChikmagalurÔĽŅÔĽŅ


Recommended Posts

After staying abroad for five years.
I decided to come back to India for good.

Reason for the drive?

You will find out soon..¬†ūüôÉ

DSC_0375-01.jpeg

 

Top three places to visit in Chikmagalur:

1. Mullayangiri

2. Baba Budangiri

3. Jehri waterfalls

 

Route 1:

Best route from Hyderabad to Chikmagalur
Hyderabad --> Kurnool --> Ananthapur --> Doddaballapura --> Visveswarapura--> Hassan --> Chikmagalur

¬†ÔĽŅ

Hyderabad to Doddaballapura : Excellent 4-lane toll road

Doddaballapura to Visveswarapura : Single road, road condition is average, but helps in avoiding Bangalore traffic.
You can skip Banaglore traffic using this bypass.

Visveswarapura to Hassan : Excellent 4-lane toll road

Hassan to Chikmagalur : Single road, road condition is excellent.

 

It took us around 13 hour to cover this route, while coming back from Chikmagalur to Hyderabad.ÔĽŅ¬†

 

Route 2:

Worst route from Hyderabad to Chikmagalur

Hyderabad --> Kurnool --> Ananthapur --> Challakere¬†ÔĽŅ--> Hiriyur --> ChikmagalurÔĽŅÔĽŅ

 

We took this route, while going from Hyderabad to Chikmagalur, just to check the status.

  • It is a bad decision.¬†
  • Roads are very bad once you divert from Ananthapur.
  • There are some mud tracks.
  • Too many diversions.
  • No proper dhabas.
  • No proper fuel options.
  • Avoid this route at any cost.

 

 

 

Hyderabad to Chikmagalur four days road trip plan and hotel details:

Day 1:
Hyderabad to Chikmagalur town

Accommodation in Chikmagalur town

On day 1, it is better to take accommodation in the Chikmagalur town.

Reason? Accommodations are cheap and good in the town.
By the time you reach Chikmagalur it will be evening, it is better to stay in town.
Most of the sight seeing spots are under 40~50 kilometres from the Chikmagalur town. 

 

Accommodation :

  • Name :¬†Hotel Blue Perl Chikmagalur
  • Price : 2.5k per day (3 pax)
  • Hotel Rating : 5/5
  • New construction
  • Car parking is avilable
  • Rooms are modern and neat
  • Gobibo url

 

Day 2: 

Chikmagalur town to Mulyangiri

  • Mulyangiri is a must visit place in Chikmagalur, it is the highest peak in Karnataka.
  • It is around 20 kilometres from town.¬†
  • Roads are little tricky but, it is accessible by all cars.
  • Dedicated car parking available
  • 200 steps from the parking, need to some energy to climb.
  • Carry water and don't litter.
  • There is temple at the hill top, with beautiful view.
  • Weather can be spoil sport, some time visibility is almost zero and some times it is clear.
  • Luckily we experienced both

 

Accommodation :

  • Name¬†: Kuteer home stay
  • Price : 14k per day (6¬†pax)
  • Food : 4k per day (6 pax)¬† (Includes: Bonfire,Lunch, Evening snacks,¬†Dinner and breakfast)
  • Hotel Rating : 4.5/5
  • Food : Only vegetarian, but the quality is good, would rate 5/5
  • Location is tough to reach, low GC cars will have tough time.¬†
  • But they have jeep facility (for less¬† experienced drivers better to take jeep and park the car at the parking)
  • Resort is very isolated better to visit only in group.
  • View from the resort is best.
  • They have two villas, each villa can accommodate around 10 members.¬†
  • Staff is very supportive.¬†
  • Carry all the stuff along with¬†you, there are no shops/hotels around the resort.¬†
  • You can carry your own liquor but it is tricky if you get caught at the forest check-post.
  • Forest check-post is present at the entrance of the hill section, they check the cars randomly.
  • For booking you can call the resort owner.
  • You need to do the full/advance payment while booking.
  • Issues? Too many insects, but it is expected when we say in the nature.¬†

 

Day 3

  • Jahari waterfalls, it is around 2 kilomters from the home stay.
  • You can visit this place in home stay jeep.
  • 4x4 territory, don't attempt in your own car.
  • Since we stay very close to waterfalls, we reached the place early.
  • It is completely empty, not even a single person is present.
  • Baba Budangiri is a must visit place.¬†
  • Once you enter Baba Budangiri road drive till the end point, i.e Manikyadhara waterfalls.
  • There are multiple view points.¬†

 

Accommodation :
Same as above

 

Day 4 :

Drive from Chikmagalur to Hyderabad.

  • It took us around 13 hours.
  • We started around 9AM and we reached home around 10PM.
  • We also tried the famous Kothakota chicken, food is strictly average.

 

 

Total trip cost (6 members)

  • Accommodation : 5k(day 1)¬†+ 14k(day 2) + 14k(day 3) = 33k
  • Fuel : 11kmpl (1600 kilometres) = 10k
  • Food : 3k(day 1) + 4k (day 2)+ 4k (day 3) + 4k (day 4) =¬†19k

 

Picture credits: @Ranger

  • Like 3
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Day1: Hyderabad to Chikmagalur

 

We started at 5AM in the morning. Fuel re-fill on Hyderabad-Bangalore highway.

DSC_0039-02.jpeg

Nothing can beat the smoothness of Hyderabad-Bangalore highway!

If you dis-agree, please tell me which route it is..I will plan my next drive to that place!

DSC_0047-01.jpeg

Never ending tolls

DSC_0007-01.jpeg

Breakfast stop at Food Pyramid. 
Food quality is good. Neat washrooms and kids play area. 

DSC_0040-02.jpeg

We took a diversion at Ananthapur and found these windmills

DSC_0017-01.jpeg

From Anathapur to Chikmagalur it is a single lane road.

DSC_0015-01.jpeg

Some stretches are too good

DSC_0058-01.jpeg

and some are very bad

DSC_0027-01.jpeg

Clouds started playing hide and seek, weather was cool throughout the day. 

DSC_0031-01.jpeg

We reached the outskirts of Chikmagalur around 6PM.
We took a quick break at this beautiful sunset view point.

DSC_0063-01.jpeg

Soon the light started to fade out..we headed towards the town.

DSC_0061-01.jpeg

Our accommodation at Hotel Blue Perl is excellent, it is newly constructed hotel and rooms are very clean.

DSC_0072-01.jpeg

 

On day 1, overall mileage is around 12 KMPL.

Distance travelled around 700 kilometres. 

  • Like 4
  • Thanks 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Day 2:
Chikmagalur town > Mulyangiri > Kuteer home stay

 

We decided to reach Kuteer home stay by afternoon and relax for the day.
The main reason for driving down to Chikmagalur is to relax.

 

En-route to Mulyangiri, it is around 20 kilometres from Chikmagalur town.

Your vehicle can be checked at the forest check-post. 

One cannot carry liquor beyond that checkpost, unless you have a resort booking in the forest. 

DSC_0077-01.jpeg

Hair pins and view points!

DSC_0078-02.jpeg

Roads started getting bad as we approach Muliyangiri peak, Old Honda city had tough time, but he managed to progress slowly. 

DSC_0085-02.jpeg

After parking at the peak entrance, we need to climb around 200 steps. 

DSC_0176-03.jpeg

It is worth the climb, has a beautiful view from the hill top. 

DSC_0151-01.jpeg

View from the hill top temple.

DSC_0170-03.jpeg

Some more pictures taken at different view points

DSC_0112-02.jpeg

Greenery everywhere, I couldn't find a single patch which is dry. 

DSC_0149-02.jpeg

After spending around two hours.
We started driving towards the home stay. 

No mobile signals, please load offline maps in advance. 

DSC_0187-01.jpeg

ūüėć

DSC_0241-01.jpeg

It started drizzling, perfect!

DSC_0246-02.jpeg

View started getting better and better as we approach the resort. 

DSC_0229-02.jpeg

Our stay is present some where in those hills

DSC_0221-01.jpeg

Quick snap at a view point. 

DSC_0245-01.jpeg

Approach road to resort is very bad. 
Resort guys have a jeep.
If you are not confident park you car and go in a jeep.

But we decided to drive.

Mud tack is too bad, we had a several heart in mouth moments, after driving around 2 kilometres we finally reached the resort. 

Dream home?

DSC_0264-01.jpeg

This home-stay is worth every single penny!

DSC_0265-01.jpeg

Camp fire

DSC_0280-01.jpeg

Vehicle parking

DSC_0261-01.jpeg

Very neatly maintained interiors 

DSC_0269-01.jpeg

They charged us around 4k for full day food, it tasted awesome (only vegetarian) 

DSC_0282-01.jpeg

Reason for the drive?
Best view point, best accommodation and best Coca-cola¬†ūüėĄ

DSC_0292-02.jpeg

Awesome  weather and the mountains view from the home-stay make you feel refreshing.

Ambience is too good.

DSC_0289-01.jpeg

  • Like 7
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Day: 3
Explore waterfalls near the resort.
Waterfalls name : Jhari waterfalls.

Waterfall usually opens at 9AM.
Since we stayed inside the forest.
We took the resort jeep and went till waterfalls, around 8 AM.

Don't attempt in your own vehicles, curves are too steep. 

No single person is present at the waterfalls, apart from us!

 

They charged us 500/- for ride to waterfalls

DSC_0310-01.jpeg

200 meter walk from the road..

DSC_0320-01.jpeg

 

DSC_0328-01.jpeg

After spending some time at the waterfalls, we returned back to the home stay.
Had breakfast and started to Babu Budangiri.

DSC_0392-01.jpeg

Clouds! We took some off-road trails.

DSC_0346-01.jpeg

Once the visibility is clear, we drove further.

DSC_0344-01.jpeg

Zero crowd,  we stayed here for an hour and enjoyed the view.

DSC_0375-01.jpeg

Photo time

DSC_0384-01.jpeg

Breath taking view

DSC_0381-01.jpeg

Some more pictures at the different view points.

DSC_0397-01.jpeg

 

DSC_0414-01.jpeg

 

DSC_0388-02.jpeg

 

Day 4:
We drove back from Kuteer to Hyderabad.

DSC_0339-01.jpeg
We started at 9AM and reached home around 10PM.

DSC_0426-02.jpeg

 

Thank you

  • Like 6
  • Thanks 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 6/18/2018 at 2:58 PM, RajG said:

Price : 14k per day (6¬†pax)ÔĽŅ

Is the price same (14k) irrespective of number of people? or does that change based on how many people we are in a group?

 

On 6/18/2018 at 2:58 PM, RajG said:

best Coca-cola

Best Coke eh? I see something else, an Old Monk waiting :P

  • Like 3
  • Haha 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Sridhar Tandra said:

Is the price same (14k) irrespective of number of people? or does that change based on how many people we are in a group?

The price is based on per head count.

 

Excellent pictures and fantastic write-up.

Had a great monsoon vacation.¬†ūüėé

  • Like 5
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you for penning down the information so quickly!

 

1 hour ago, Sridhar Tandra said:

Is the price same (14k) irrespective of number of peopleÔĽŅ?


No, it is based on number of people.
But there wont be a huge difference, i think 14k is the base price.

 

Food is 4k for six members, includes breakfast, lunch, evening snacks and dinner. 

 

View from the resort is excellent. 
Hope some day we will make it to this place for a meetup. 

  • Like 4
  • Thanks 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Sridhar Tandra said:

Best Coke eh? I see something else, an Old Monk waiting

 

In the middle of forest, indulged in nature,

Sitting over a drink with friends and forgetting the worries in life.

It is working.,Old is Gold.¬†I'm talking about Coca-ColaūüėĀ

Hope posting a Coca-Cola pictures is not against the rules.¬†ūüėč

 

1 hour ago, uday said:

fantastic write-up.

 

14 minutes ago, Ranger said:

Thank you for penning down the information so quickly!

 

Thank you guys, this is my first post. 

Excited to write and share it. 

 

Let me attach the bill per day.

 

IMG-20180613-WA0005-01.jpeg

  • Like 3
  • Thanks 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Weather is¬†ūüėć

I heard heavy rains?

Did you guys face any challenges?

How are the local roads?

  • Like 3
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Excellent post @RajG. Awesome pictures. Looks like you guys were lucky to have escaped the heavy rainfall during the trip :D You guys should have visited the Bhadra wildlife sanctuary too :)

  • Like 2
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
17 hours ago, Ranger said:

make it to this place for a meetup

Already Excited then :):)

 

17 hours ago, RajG said:

I'm talking about Coca-ColaūüėĀ

be sure of what you say :P you might get only a Coke next time.

 

17 hours ago, Ranger said:

i think 14k is the base price

Thanks @Ranger

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1
  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
16 hours ago, sagar said:

Bhadra wildlife sanctuary too 

 

It is just a four days trip.
It is more like a relaxation trip. 

We finalised the destination based on resort, If this resort was not available, we would have landed in Goa.¬†ūüėĀ

 

17 hours ago, shiva said:

I heard heavy rains?

Did you guys face any challenges?

How are the local roads?

 

No heavy rains during our visit.

Local roads are good, no issues, cars like Honda city are roaming around without any hurdles.  

 

15 hours ago, Sridhar Tandra said:

Already Excited then

 

I will join again, In love with the ambience of this resort. If only we have access to monk.¬†ūüėú

 

 

 

  • Like 2
  • Haha 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 6/21/2018 at 10:10 AM, RajG said:

No heavy rains during our visit.

Local roads are good, no issues, cars like Honda city are roaming around without any hurdles.  

 

Thank you for the update.

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow, I missed this log.

Fantastic information and pictures are marvellous.

Justice for a monsoon getaway.

 

I love the resort. 

If I am not wrong this resort is located enroute to waterfalls right? 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
10 hours ago, Musafir said:

What is the best route now in 2019?

 

Via Bangalore is good to go. Don't take the shorter route. It is very bad.

 

10 hours ago, Musafir said:

What are must visit places for 5 days trip?

 

Four days is good enough.
On day1, Stay in the Chikmagalur town.
On day2 and 3, Stay in the guest houses, these are located in hills.

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On ‚Äé8‚Äé/‚Äé1‚Äé/‚Äé2019 at 11:21 PM, Musafir said:

What are must visit places

 Places to be Covered:

1. Mullayanagari

2. Gaalikere

3. Bababudangiri (Datta Peeta)

4. Manikyadhaara and Kadambi Falls

5. Attigundi

6. Kemmangundi

7. Hebbe Falls and Kalahatti Falls

8. Rose Garden

9. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

10. Ayyanakere Lake

 

you can also check out the link below for a detailed log

 

 

 

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Your content will need to be approved by a moderator

Guest
You are commenting as a guest. If you have an account, please sign in.
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Similar Content

    • By rkamal
      This Dussehra holidays we planned a long road trip to Coimbatore in our EcoSport.
       
      Thanks to India-Drive members, especially @sagar @Ranger for suggesting trip route and staying food options along the route. 
       
      Day -1:
       
      We started around 4 AM from Miyapur, Hyderabad. Drive till Anantapur is quite familiar to me, as i have driven this route many times.
       
      Drive was excellent with good pleasant weather, around 9:30 AM We reached Anantapur for breakfast at Club RuRu.
       
      Food was good as well as the service and atmosphere. After some nice breakfast we started towards Bangalore, as we approach the outskirts of the city traffic made us slow down, and also the fear of over-speeding and getting fined made me cautious, kept at 60-80 speeds reached Devanahalli around 12:30 PM.
       
      Our EcoSport flyaudio gave us this route which bypassed the traffic areas of the city (silkboard, electronic city) and took us to the sarjapura main road and joined on the NH just after the electronic city. The route we took to bypass the city is quite scenic and some places were narrow roads. and in some parts very rough roads (2-4 KM) with construction work is ongoing. I am attaching the route map for reference.
       
      Around 2:30 we reached Hosur outskirts, despite being a Sunday afternoon the road is filled with heavy vehicles occupying all the lanes and made us slow down, managed to reach a good restaurant which serves good tamil meals by 3:00 PM.
       
      The food was good and hot. after staying so long out of Tamilnadu we always look forward to eating in Tamilnadu hotels, glad we could make it for lunch.
       
      After lunch started the journey towards Salem, Roads were quite good and smooth but not as wide as Hyderabad-bangalore highway. Not a pleasant experience as the vehicles seems to be in hurry and not giving space occupying all lanes, had to be very patient to outmatch the city buses.
       
      Kept a average speed of 60-80 KM reached Salem, thought have a break at Salem, but due to some politicians visit (i am guessing its CM visiting his native Town) the roads were filled with cops asking us not to stop and keep left. At some places the cops were confusing us with their directions, over all a confused environment, but good thing is they reroute the heavy vehicles like lorries and trucks to some other route, so we had a clear road ahead of us.
       
      The only catch is we couldn't stop for the tea break. And it started drizzling once we past Salem, it's almost 7 PM, and those rerouted trucks joined us back while we are nearing Coimbatore making our last leg of journey more interesting  At Komarapalayam we stopped for some hot Badam Milk and much needed break.
       
      After that it was nice to drive to the coimbatore city with with lit wide roads, reached around 9:15 PM to Sungam cross roads, Coimbatore. After parked the vehicle and went inside the house all of us were feeling that still we are moving. From morning 4 to night 9 this makes my longest distance driven in a day. (960 KM says speedometer)
       
       We visited the famous GeDee Car museum, Coimbatore. the beauty of the museum is we can see so many vintage cars at one place which are maintained so good.
       
       Checkout few pics:

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

    • By SK01
      It was February  2018, me and my father visited  Malik Tata Bowenpally to enquire about Tata Tiago and Tata Tigor in our handsome shiny golden brown Honda City after a good leather upholstery polishing at Stunnerz. We we’re impressed by the car, the build quality and interiors, we felt it’ll be a good upgrade to my WagonR CNG which was showing its age after 3 years 65000 kms. We asked for a test drive and they couldn’t arrange. We were irritated by the sales team response and reluctance to sell their product. We stepped out. 
       
      Fast it forward to August, my father who was driving my WagonR slightly brushed to the electricity pole in a  narrow lane. The impact was small, but the damage was really huge. A thought to upgrade to a safer vehicle struck my father’s mind. 
       
      Fast forward to November, we put our Wagon R on sale at OLX and sold it in 5 days for 3,25,000. Got to know the meaning of resale value. Booked Ford Freestyle after just one test drive. We were taken away by the car, it’s build quality, ruggedness, and not to forgot the punchy TDCi engine. Ford has  always been my  favourite brand, I always wanted to own it, drive it. And this time I got the opportunity, we wanted to book the car the very next day but being a Sunday it was delayed. 
       
      Monday, after attending a club meet at my college, at around 3:00 PM I booked my car at Mody Ford Begumpet. It was Ford Freestyle ambient 1.5 TDCi oxford white which was booked and later upgraded to top of the line model Titanium 1.5 TDCi charcoal black. 
       
      Dealership Experience: 
      The delivery was done as promised in 5 days. Initially the dealership experience was really good. they treated us well, the car was delivered as promised and everything was good until I noticed what they have done. The dealership has given me 4 months old vehicle, which was lying in the stock yard without informing me and without giving any old stock discounts. 
       
      Found it by decoding the VIN number. The old stock/first batch vehicle came with fixed rear headrests and the newer one which I was supposed to get according to Ford as I booked in November came with adjustable rear headrests. Multiple mails and calls to the dealership proved to be waste. After a week of follow up, a good member of the Ford Freestyle WhatsApp group forwarded me the mail IDs of Ford India top management. A mail to Mr. Anurag Mehrotra MD Ford India sorted out the issues and the dealer was ordered to replace the entire rear seat with the new ones.  
       

       
      Experience with Ford India:
      I must say, the experience so far with Ford has been really good. Right from solving my issues with the dealer to addressing each and every minor issues in the vehicle for which Ford is known for.
       
      To be honest, Ford is not a reliable brand like the Maruti Suzuki, Honda or Toyota. It is known for those small yet really irritating glitches. But the way the company addresses the issues is what matters. And I must say, Ford outshines every other manufacturer in this department. We as a valued customer have the freedom to even talk to the bosses of Ford India and get the issue solved. Be it the General Manager of a dealership or Managing Director of the company. The mangers and general mangers (service) are always available on phone for our queries. 
       
      Life With Ford
       

       
      It’s been 10 months since I bought the car and I’ve been to many road trips, explored many places, and done some really crazy things with it. So far So good.
       
      Stability, Steering Feel and Feedback, Braking, Ride Comfort, and Performance:
      The next month after buying the car we did a road trip to Vijayawada. Couldn’t go beyond 100 kmph as the vehicle isn’t supposed to go beyond 100 kmph before 2000 km checkup. while returning I touched 170 kmph effortlessly after 2000 km checkup at Laxmi Ford Vijayawada. No where I felt loosing the control of the car. After driving WagonR for 65000 kms this felt like a really big upgrade in terms of drivability and stability. 
       
      The response from the steering was spot on. Though the brakes did not inspire confidence at last minute braking for the first 5000 kms of ownership because of over sensitive ABS now they are perfect. Crisp and spot on braking performance. Or dont know if I’m
      used to it.
       
      Ford Freestyle is built to tackle bad roads and those beautiful untouched, unexplored roads. This said, the ride quality will definitely be on the stiffer side making all those shocks on the bad roads creep in. We can feel the thud sound when the car goes over speed breaker, potholes even in very low speeds. The suspension is on the stiffer side making the car super stable during high speeds and super rough on the bad roads. Space is strictly adequate in the front row and strictly average at the rear and the boot. The driving position is commendable. We sit higher than many of the hatchbacks making us see the road clearly. The car sitting at a height of 190mm from the ground makes driving on worst roads a breeze. No worries of under body hits. 
       
      The performance from the engine on offer is something else. It effortlessly touches 80 kmph in the second gear itself and 0-100 kmph in under 10 seconds making it one of the fastest car in India. This car even outshines VW Polo in terms of performance. This is the most economical, fun to drive car in India giving good fuel efficiency numbers.  Even Ford EcoSport doesn’t offer the low end torque and that jump this car offers. Reason being same engine for a lighter car. 
       
      Capabilities:
      Ford calls the Freestyle a Compact Utility Vehivle and in my opinion its justified. It is not just a raised hatch/hatch with cladding or hatchback in SUV cloths as claimed by few online forums. Having used this for almost a year, clocking 20,000 kms, going for some unexplored areas, I can confidently say that this means some serious business, built for a purpose, a very practice vehicle. If not for serious off-roading, this is made for serious travelling and to glide on those beautiful untouched roads... 
        Safety:
      Ford is known for this. It’s always ahead of the other cars in the segment when it comes to giving safety features if not fancy features.
      2 airbags ABS with EBD Reverse parking sensors Driver and passenger seat belt alarm is standard across all the varient in all the models of Ford Central Locking  Speed sensing door locks  Child safety locks  Making it the most value for money varient. 
       
      The top of the line varient Titanium comes with added features like 
      TCS HLA ESP  
      And the even premium varient the Titanium Plus comes with added features like
      6 airbags SYNC3 system With all the above features. 
       
      Road Trips:

      I’ve done many road trips in this 10 months. Multiple trips to Hyderabad-Vijayawada but there are few trips that standout, that tested my skills, that took me to places I’ve never thought I would. 
       
      The first one being 
       
      Hyderabad to Maredumilli

       
      This remains my favourite trip of all. This tested my skills on the ghat during heavy rains and low visibility, took me to a beautiful place called Pamulery Vagu inside the forest.

      It was fun driving this car in those ghats. Steering feel and feedback was really good and was spot on. This trip will be forever remembered. The engine sound coupled with cool breeze and nature sounds made this a really wonderful and memorable trip with my Ford Freestyle.

       
      Hyderabad to Yanam via Ramachandrapuram 
       
      This place is really beautiful. I’ve been to Yanam in 2012 in our Swift Dzire. I was siting beside my father and was observing him cruising in that beautiful cool, rainy weather. I was 16 back then. Learning driving from my father in our colony roads. I was amazed by the way it cruised, clicked many pictures  in my father’s Galaxy S3. I couldn’t know more about the place. All I knew was the beach and the beautiful Jesus statue. Nothing beyond that.
       
      This is 2019 and I was on the wheel with my father sitting beside me and my Sony A6000 DSLR in the rear seat to click the beautiful places. It was 4:30 in the morning, I fired the loud TDCi engine waking up others in my house at Ramachandrapuram. We hit the roads and it was all nostalgic.
       
       
      The roads were bad, full of potholes and very bad curves. This gave me a new experience to drive on those village roads full of potholes and truck traffic from the opposite direction with high beam. Made me explore Yanam and the nearby mangroves and getting to know the place beyond beach and of course the beautiful Jesus statue, reminded my father of his childhood and the hotel where he used to sometimes eat and now we having  our breakfast which is still running with the same quality at Drakshramam. This also proved how beautiful my car is gliding  over those big potholes with very loud and uncomfortable sounds in the cabin and  zero underbody hits. making this another memorable road trip. 
       
      Vijayawada to Hyderabad
       

      I’ve done multiple trips between Hyderabad-Vijayawada on our Honda City as well as Ford Freestyle as my father is posted there. But this will be remembered.
       
      This unexpected drive for few minutes under the railway bridge tested my knowledge on flood water driving, knowledge can be acquired by learning but not experience. And this kind of experience is very rare. This tests our skill, It’s a do or die situation. Drive well and come out of the pool or get stuck ruining your car permanently. 
       
      The experience was all together a very different one. This kept me in a situation where It was all on me. No one to help me, guide me or drive the car. This proved the capabilities of ford Freestyle and my driving skills. The punchy low end torque never worried me or gave a feel of stalling. It never lost the grunt. I successfully came out of it which doubled my confidence in driving and my love towards the car.
       
       
      Accidents & Incidents 
       
      It was 24th of April, 8:45 in the morning. I was driving towards Suchitra Junction to meet my father’s colleague and take my internship certificate which I forgot in her cabin the previous day. I tuned into 98.3 radio mirchi my favourite radio station and was just 5 minutes away from my home when the unexpected saddest thing happened.  

       

       

       
      A construction truck which was coming from the opposite direction taking a 90 degree banged into my car’s rear third quater leaving a really bad damage. It was a hit and run case. Many villagers ran behind him but he fled away leaving me in utter grief. The impact was huge but the damage was small considering the impact.
       
      Did anyone remember this?¬†‚Äúthe impact was small, but the damage was really huge‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúA thought to upgrade to a safer vehicle struck my father‚Äôs mind‚Ä̬†and this proved to be the right choice, the safer vehicle.¬†
       
      It was 31st of July, 3:30 in the evening, I was driving  from Tellapur towards Kompally on ORR. An incident which taught me the meaning of hydro planning, made me realise the power of water and yet again made me fall in love with my car.   
      It was raining, the road was good obviously because it’s the ORR a Hyderabadi drivers favourite, the road was empty and there’s a water pool that can be seen on the left most lane.
       
      A child in me touched triple digit speeds (100kmph) from 80kmph wanted to spill the water and went straight onto the waterlogged pool only to loose control over my car. The vehicle immediately lost traction, drifted towards the right, steering was out of my control for few seconds, I tried very hard to steer the car to the left keeping it in the lane and I succeeded.
       
      All thanks to the traction control that my car has. This taught me how much dangerous water can be and the force of water. Never after this incident I touched triple digit speeds during rains. 
       

       
      To sum it up, Freestyle is a car that definitely puts a smile the drivers face. Particularly the TDCi. It’s rightly called a pocket rocket. 

      Freestyle is not about luxury, its rugged, rough, not so comfortable when compared to the competition, the interiors are hard, the plastics are not placed well but as said before its lal about ruggedness and practicality. Once you are behind the wheel of a Ford you’ll forever be the fan of Ford.
       

       
      Srikrishna Bhavaraju
      A true Ford Lover


    • By Ranger
      Current status:

      Hyderabad to Tuni : Good
      Tuni to Chilka : under construction
      Chilka to Kolkata : Good
       
      Information shared by @ARAY
       
      ***NH 16 - Route update***
      Folks planning for a road trip via NH16 to WB next weekend for Durga Puja, please be aware of the latest road conditions. Post Tuni till South Chilka is getting a major road expansion for last 8+ months as we all know.
       
      Diversions and all are manageable, however with the recent torrential downpour in the region the soft soil has washed off exposing the cemented Culverts and small bridges that are constructed at the first phase of any NH build or expansion.
       
      Due to the absence of proper markings and boards this is more risky. Absence of soft soil or temporary soil in general will further make the cemented bridges even more harder to climb and slush and soft mud can make the situation tricky.
       
      People driving low slung sedans and hatchbacks please be careful, there is a high probability of underbelly hits while making the ascend to and decent from the bridges. People with FWD SUV be careful of lateral torque steer in the slush making the car go sideways and out of control.
       
      A close friend of mine while driving to Assam has severely damaged the front left lower arm, track rod for steering and partially the ball joints of Honda city. He took that ascent at roughly 32kmph as per his GPX data.
      Use caution drive slow post Tuni and have a very safe trip everyone !
       
       
  • Our picks

×