Sharing a post by Radhika Kundur: History of Gandikota from Wiki Gandikota is a village and historical fort on the right bank of the Penna river, 15 km from Jammalamadugu in Kadapa district, Andhra Pradesh, India. The fort was the center of power for various dynasties, such as the Kalyani Chalukyas, Pemmasani Kamma Nayakas, and the Golconda Sultanate. Gandikota was the capital of Pemmasani Kamma Nayakas for more than 300 years. Pemmasani Ramalinga Nayaka constructed the huge fort at Gandikota with 101 towers replacing the previous sand fort constructed by Kaka Raja, Vassals of Kalyani Chalukya rulers. Best route from Hyderabad to Gandikota Hyderabad ->Kurnool ->Nadyal -> Gandikota If you take above route you can cover following places as well: Belum Caves Ahobilam
Below place is yet to open for public, please check before visiting has great adventure activities:
A MUCH needed break from the monotony. With the wildest bunch of friends 3 days 2 nights. Stayed at this amazingly comfortable tourism place which is not open yet. A place which will surprise you soon.( we could go because it was friend’s/family ) On offer are Rappelling , quads on a quad trail inside the property , kayaks , guided treks through the paths unknown (they open up to breath taking views ) , guided tour to the fort and its little secrets.also coming soon is a ropeway cable car scene. One of the partners is the only Indian who has scaled Mt Everest solo. His team is just simply amazing. They were very encouraging, experienced and kind. 6.3hrs /382 km with 1 hr lunch break and 2 tea breaks. 11 of us ages ranging from 7 to 82. Team Skoda with a Creta cretin thrown into the melee (we like our Skodas ) Lunch going to Gandikota was at Hill park at Jadcherla (we could not make it to Pyramid near Kurnool on time ) and while coming The Pyramid food park at Kothakota. During our stay the accommodation provided us with hot piping meals on time - ragi Sangati , uggani and the likes. Simple yet hearty. We thankfully got home before Nandyal and the area got flooded yesterday. (But we absolutely would not have minded being stranded where we stayed )
We were literally frustrated due to lockdown and were looking for a short drive in the month of June. Then we got information about safe location - Ranganaya Sagar reservoir. I checked with my Baleno group BOCH ( Baleno Owners Club Hyderabad) and found one more couple for ride. We started from Hyderabad at 7 am and reached there by 10 am. Being 100 km away from Hyderabad you will find less crowd on weekends. But if you really want to enjoy plan travel on weekdays.
Road condition from Hyderabad to Ranganaya Sagar:
Roads are excellent till reservoir. Distance is around 115 km.
Time spent at Ranganaya Sagar:
It is good location for relaxation and photography. We spend around 4 hours there, had our lunch and return back by 7PM in evening.
Best time to visit Ranganaya Sagar:
Note: Best time to explore is early morning or late evening to witnesses sunrise and sunset.
Food availability at Ranganaya Sagar:
Carry own food and water, you will find nothing around it.
Some of the important facts about Ranganaya sagar reservoir:
It is part of multi-stage lift Irrigation of Kaleshwaram Plan is to make Godavari river live through out the year over a streach of 274 kilometers to make farming efficient. Provides irrigation
Sharing electric car driving experience from the past five months.
Tesla model X, Long range
Real world range :
400 Kilometers (We usually charge before last 100 kilometers distance to empty)
Different types of charging stations:
Tesla super chargers Home chargers Destination chargers Office commute chargers Government chargers
1. Tesla super chargers:
10% to 90% charge is usually completed under 40 minutes.
Tesla recently introduced V3 charging stations with 200 KWH capacity.
Charging is free for cars like Model S and X
Cars like Model 3 an Y has nominal fee.
Inside city limits, some stations are available near malls, so plug-in and by the time you done your grocery shopping.
Car is ready with 90% charge.
Highways, Super chargers are very helpful on highways.
They are located near restaurants/malls/food outlets/supermarkets.
99% times one wont realise that it is a charging break.
By the time we fresh-up, eat food and take loo break car is ready.
2. Home Chargers:
Usually they take around 9 hours to charge, key word "Over nigh charging"
Full charge @ Home costs around 700/- (roughly comes around 1.5~2 rupee per kilometer)
Most of the old infra(housing) apartments sill lack charging facilities, some users completely depend on SuperChargers around their home.
No such issues for people living in independent housing facilities.
3. Destination Chargers:
Destination chargers are redefining road trips in Tesla, few hotels started implementing over nigh charging stations.
They are very helpful and reduce the overall charging time and range anxiety.
4. Office commute chargers :
These are located at office premises, they usually have ~ 2 hours limit. They are free of cost.
They are slow but they add around 80 kilometers range, these are built to cover your office commute.
5. Government chargers:
Government chargers are rapidly increasing in states like California. There is huge investment pumping into the charging infra.
These are generic, can be used by any car.
Traditional cars perform better on highways compared to city limits.
EVs don't loose much range inside limits, in-fact they are more efficient inside city limits.
Ev's loose range rapidly when driven at high speeds, above 120 kmph.
Under 120 kmph be it city limits or highways, range stays flat.
There is on competition here, electric cars wins hands down.
Cars like model X and S can shame some likes of Ferrari/Lambo etc
They are super quick 0-100
They win most of the signal drags
They are unreliable quick
0-100(S) : 2.5 seconds
Long drive planner:
Tesla inbuilt road trip planner is fantastic.
900 kilometers trip plan : 15 minutes(Planned for road trip)+ 45 minutes (Lunch break) + 35 minutes (Tea break/Shopping)
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After unlock 4.0 we started exploring options for travel, which should be short one and safe.
Got info about Kondapochamma reservoir and decided to explore it.
List of places to visit around Hyderabad which are strictly under 100 kilometers
Miss road trips/traveling during COVID times? Here are the list of weekend getaways around Hyderabad which can be done without any outside contact. Pack your breakfast/lunch/water plan to start early in the morning from Hyderabad visit and place come back by afternoon.
1. Kondapochamma sagar reservoir:
2. GottamGutta Forest Hike:
3. Singur Dam:
4. Vikarabad Forest:
5. Bhongir Fort:
6. Rachakonda Fort:
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
**Route update NH65/ NH16/ NH14** Distance -1672 kms Total time 26 hrs Standstill time : 1 hr 17 min ( includes breaks + refueling ) Source : Hyderabad Destination: Asansol Vehicle - Duster AWD. Start : Friday 9pm . Sept 2020 End - Saturday 11pm Sept 2020 Toll charges - 1600 ( Paytm fastag discounts ) Diesel - 119 litres Average diesel rate at all states ~ 80 Road conditions - (9pm - 1am ) Hyderabad to Vijaywada - nh65 , first 60 kms can get irritating if you drive during daylight and traffic. Post that tarmac is smooth and you can make up time. ( 1am -6 am) Vijaywada - Vizag - Post Tuni till southern Chilka - lots of diversions but they are in a better shape from what I had seen during the last Hyderabad - East Bhutan trip. 33kms before entering Vizag we took the Bypass , it was scenic and scarcely busy although we crossed it at 5:30am . ( 6am -2pm ) Vizag - Chilka - Bhubaneswar : Super scenic + great road. Chilka - Bhubaneswar : Major diversions but manageable with mild traffic from adjoining towns. ( 2pm - 6pm ) Bhubaneswar - Kharagpur : great road ,no issues but tarmac has major undulations , cars with lower GC will bottom out, saw a swift dzire break it's left fog lap. Just be careful. But majorly scenic. ( 6pm -11pm ) Kharagpur - Bishnupur - Raniganj -Asansol : Smooth tarmac, lots of towns / villages enroute, we did it at night, that saved a lot of time. Keep an eye for weak bridges. A brigde we used often for past few years was shattered by an overwhelmed river. Passes and URLs - Orissa - https://covid19.odisha.gov.in/ ( 1 pass ) AP - http://spandana1.ap.gov.in/Registration/onlineRegistration.aspx ( 2 passes, entry and exit ) WB- 8017845555 ( send a ping via whatsapp, then respond accordingly) We were not stopped at any state border for checking passes in the 26 hours of driving. Note: please research about the days of lockdown in AP/OD/WB, authorities are very strict. Picture - A mandatory selfie with Kashfool. aka - Saccharum Spontaneum Those who are planning to drive excercise caution and safety. Have a happy and a safe trip.
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We [2 brothers, only 1 knows driving] are planning for a road trip from Hyderabad to Kolkata in the coming weekends. Hyundai i20 Sports.
This would our first long road trip crossing 2 complete states. We are a bit concerned about the road conditions, how safe & secure the entire stretch of road is, any points of concern, or to be noted?
We plan to go in 4-hour drive <> 1-hour rest and halt at nights at safe & secure places. Considering COVID19, we plan to rest in the vehicle.
We would be packing light food & snacks & water for the entire trip.
Requesting this humble community to advice on
1. Where would we reach with our 4:1 hour drive plan
2. Any safe & secure place to halt the night around that location
3. Any additional points of advice/caution