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  1. Around 12 PM, we started our way back home and stopped by a beautiful Eucalyptus farm enroute We had spent about 30 mins in the farm clicking pictures and having fun We had set the wheels rolling to get back home. We had reached home by 2 PM to have lunch. Over all, It was a perfect day to enjoy an early morning drive and a hike to enjoy some scenic views close by Hyderabad.
  2. We reached the dead end of the road to spot a small Shiva temple From behind the temple, there is a short path for a hike which will lead you to the first view of the reservoir Our first view of the Chandrampally reservoir It is advised to be in your shoes during the hike here. It’s an easy level trek 20 mins hike and we reached the banks of the reservoir. The reservoir seemed very scenic and neat with not much of litter around A deep dive into the forest, we have spotted a family camping on the edge The place was very peaceful and serene. Bird lovers will love this place as well. We had spent a good amount of time enjoying the calmness of the place At around 10 AM we finished our breakfast enjoying the view and Carried back our trash Our trek was set back to reach our parking.
  3. Distance: 120 kms. Road condition: Excellent (upto Zaheerabad) You divert from the highway towards Chincholi forest reserve near the Mahindra factory exit. The road is a single lane road and through the farms. We started from Miyapur around 7 AM in 3 cars. Packed all the food and water. Note: Be sure to carry your shoes as there would be a short trek to reach the banks of the lake. I will let the pictures do the talking. The road towards the Chincholi forest after getting down the NH 65 The weather was good as the sun shone gently on us that morning The entry gate of the Chincholi forest was very welcoming Though it was a mud track beyond the gate, the drive was smooth and fun. The track will is pretty narrow to just fit in 1 car at a time Our first pit stop was a small temple enroute amidst the Chincholi forest
  4. The beaches infact were absolutely beautiful. Watching both sunrise and sunset on a deserted beach was a feast to eyes.. Arambol beach has a lot of shacks which are worthy to have a chilled out time. I have experienced almost all of them in 3 days at Arambol. ?
  5. I make sure that I atleast do one good trip to Goa every year and you can imagine how well I love this place whenever I am in need of a break from my busy life... I’ve been to Goa last weekend between 12th to 16th October - 2018 and apart from the regular places which I always visit, I’ve decided to explore the northern most part of Goa this time. 1) Mandrem 2) Arambol 3) Ashvem Stay: Mandrem Village Resort ( On the shore) Don’t mind me for the picture quality, all are clicked on my mobile ?
  6. Thanks a lot @Saran. The whole trip costed approximately around 15K per head which includes everything.
  7. Amazing pictures@arifismyname. This post drives me back to my memories as u go ...on my day 1 [emoji41] Road leading to greenery [emoji41]walk scenes Jain Temple Vattakanal falls On way to dolphin nose ... trust me its really a small amazing trek !! At the echo point Chruch point Sent from my iPhone using India-Drive
  8. Thanks so much @Ranger. Thejas resort is basically a non-profit organisation where in the profits serve a charity home which is one thing I loved about. The food is very economical and delicious too. The resort is actually priced around 4500 INR per night for a premium room which includes breakfast buffet in compliment. The resort staff right from the reception desk, chef, room service and staff in the restaurant have been very helpful, friendly and polite. Thank you @hsudhir, We couldn't spot any other apart from elephants and deers. Frankly, Bandipur safari is much better than Muthanga safari in terms of spotting wildlings.
  9. Day -03 (Soochipara waterfalls, Kanthanpara waterfalls, Kalpetta) The next day, we had checked out of the resort and started towards the Soochipara waterfalls. Beautiful monsoon views enroute Soochipara Our drive for this trip has fared quite good during a few off-road tracks to my surprise Splendid view of the village next to Soochipara We reached Soochipara falls by 10:00 AM and it started to rain heavily. It is a 2KM hike from the parking point till the foot of the waterfalls. Don't forget to carry your rain wear or umbrellas. After an hour's hike in the rain, we get to click the first site of the Soochipara waterfalls We drove to the next point i.e. the Kanthanpara falls. Both Kanthanpara and Minmooty falls remained closed due to heavy rain and monsoon as it turned out to be risky. Walking track enroute Kanthanpara falls Water flow towards the falls After we got done with winding the beauty of Wayanad into our memory bank, we started back to our base and reached Hyderabad by 11PM. Before I close down, I would like to share a few pics of the beautiful resort we stayed at and some authentic Kerala delicacies we savoured. View of the resort from the entrance Overlooking at the beautiful view our verandah was offering us We savoured some authentic Kerala dishes such as 'Pathri' and 'Puttu' -Thank you.
  10. Day -02 (Wayanad wildlife safari, Banasura dam, Pookot lake, Lakkidi) We started our day with the Wayanad wild life sanctuary. The safari starts at 8 AM in the morning. The number of entries for the safari is limited to 10 Jeeps per session. Make sure you are available at the ticket counter by 6 AM to queue up. Number of members per jeep for the safari is 7 members which costs around 220/head. Few pictures of the tracks as we traced our path into the Wayanad forest reserve. The forest seemed quite a denser one when compared to the Bandipur and Mudumalai forest reserves. Pardon me for the image qualities as they were clicked from my mobile during the hiccups of an off-road drive. We spotted a group of elephants and deers during the safari. The Safari drive lasted for an hour. Our next destination was towards the Banasura dam. The Banasura Sagar Dam is located around 20 km from Kalpetta which is the largest earthen dam in India and the second largest in Asia. Banasura Sagar Dam impounds the Karamanathodu tributary of the Kabini River This project is to support the Kakkayam Hydro-electric power project in order to satisfy the demand for irrigation and drinking water in a region known to have water shortages in seasonal dry periods. The dam's reservoir has a set of islands that were formed when the reservoir submerged the surrounding areas. The islands with the Banasura hills in the background provide a spectacular view. The dam is made up of massive stacks of stones and boulders. We drove down through a numerous number of tea estates which offered a spectacular view on our way towards the next destination i.e. Pookode lake Enroute Pookode lake Pookode lake is a natural freshwater lake in Wayanad nestling amid evergreen forests and mountain slopes. Boating is one good thing you can enjoy here. The place is quite crowded towards the commercial end. We then drove down towards one of Wayanad's best view point. i.e. Lakkidi View point Lakkidi is a true rainforest along some deciduous forests in the ghat section of Wayanad which happens to rain continuously between May to December. It is called as the Cheerapunji of Kerala A bird's eye view from the Lakkidi view point which is located 700m ASL. Closest town to Lakkidi is Vythiri.
  11. Wayanad - Truly a nature's paradise Why : Monsoon drive Where : Wayanad, Kerala Distance : ~2000 kilometres Ride : Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Fuel : Petrol Mileage : 15KMPL Stay: Thejas Resorts Route Taken: Hyderabad (Gachibowli) - Kurnool - Bangalore - Mysuru - Gundlupete - Wayanad. Road condition: The road conditions throughout the drive have been splendid and we enjoyed every bit of our drive on the ghat. Except for a few bad stretches in the interiors of the village when we explored new routes, rest of the main roads are excellent. The season being monsoon, added a lot of beauty to the scene. Places to visit in Wayanad: Edakkal Caves Karapuzha dam Phantom hill point Jain Temple Banasura dam Pookot Lake Lakkidi View point Minmooty waterfalls Wayanad wildlife Sanctuary Soochipara Waterfalls Kanthampara Waterfalls A lot of Tea states enroute and amazing roads. Day-00: Hyderabad - Kurnool - Bangalore (550 kms & 7.5 hours including a dinner break) Day-01: Bangalore - Mysuru - Gundlupete - Wayanad (Sultan Bathery) (6 hours of drive time - 275 kms) We reached our stay by 9:00 AM @Thejas resorts in Sultan Bathery. It is sited amidst one of the most beautiful locations of Wayanad between the forest offering best of the authentic Kerala ambience. We started our drive to the first site, that is the Edakkal Caves post breakfast. You need to walk around 2 kms up the hill on a paved path from the parking area. Trek up the Ambukutty hills to reach the foot of the cave which was quite strenuous but adventurous. The rain during our trek added more fun to the scene. The first sight of the cave. It is technically not a cave but a rock shelter caused by a piece of rock splitting away from the main body. Beautiful view of Wayanad from the top of the Ambukutty hills. We had to get down a lot of stairs on our way back from the cave. The view throughout our descent down the hill was just splendid as we walked through the cloud cover. Few stretches of this track were quite interesting. Don't forget to carry an Umberella or a raincoat when you take this place. There are quite a few view points on the edge to get some good clicks of the views that the place has offered us. Our next drive was towards the Karapuzha dam. We took the road which was quite a loner passing through interiors of numerous number of villages as we moved towards this dam. Note: Choose the main road if one has to worry about the road condition as this track doesn't offer you the best of the roads. We chose this track to enjoy the remote beauty through the fields. Karapuzha dam is one of the biggest earth dams India has got and totally for the purpose of irrigation. The path towards this dam offers some amazing views of nature This dam was built on the Karapuzha river a tributary of the Kabini river Some pleasant and beautiful pictures of the place. One of the best places to walk around the path and spend an evening amidst nature to relax Phantom rock is one of the rarely visited archaeological sites in Wayanad which is located 13 kms from Kalpetta. Phantom rock was our last visited spot of the day. We moved back to the resort for the night to enjoy some authentic Kerala delicacies for dinner.
  12. Amazing report with beautifully crafted pics and a fantastic video guys. Great work. Have not heard of this koilsagar before. Thanks a lot for sharing such useful information about this place. Sent from my iPhone using India-Drive
  13. Sunset !!! #amaturephotography
  14. Just admiring the capture[emoji3]
  15. @Ravi This makes me feel l need a holiday right away[emoji85] perfect write up with amazing pics[emoji4]
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