Recent Trip on Sep2020, I joined as a 12th men to this trip, 2 cars Polo and XUV 300 with 6 ppl, Road conditions was worst when we took detour towards Nandi hills, better to continue till the Bangalore Airport rd and the connecting road to Hassan, you wont regret only u have to drove 100kms etc compare to Annathapur-Challakere-Chikmaglur.
Note: Book you Homestays before starting from Hyderabad.
This thing costed us a stress and time, as i already mentioned i was a 12th man for this trip😃
It was my first road trip in Covid-19 time. My last trip was in Feb-2020 to Kolhapur and since then I was restless for 7 months in Covid. Normally I used to travel during my birthday in July first week and I was planning for a travel despite Covid-19. But the virus did not like the idea and infected me in the end of June and I was almost sick for a month.
In the middle of pandemic and all the chaos some heart warming pictures.
List of places to visit around Hyderabad which are 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:
7. Ranganayaka sagar reservoir:
8. Pocharam wildlife and reservoir:
9. Bidar Fort:
Top restaurants on Hyderabad to Vijayawada highway which has decent parking and washrooms:
7 Food Court Raju Gari Thota Village Aharam Hotel Vivera N-Grill Palle Ruchulu Border restaurant Subbaiyya Gari hotel
Tip: Suryapet has plenty of options. Usually it is an ideal stopover.
Total Distance Travelled: 160kms up & down.
Time Taken: 7.5 hrs.
Road Condition: Excellent.
Vehicle: Ford Freestyle Titanium 1.5 TDCi.
Route: Gannavaram – Prakasam Barrage – Gollapudi – Lanco Circle – Kondapalli village – Lanco Circle – VGA – HYD NH – Kondapalli forest ghat – Kondapalli fort – HYD – VGA NH – Mulapadu village – Mulapadu Butterfly Park.
It was the 28th day of August. More than 6 months locked in our homes. Yes, the lockdown has been lifted. But the virus is till there.
Three visits to my hometown, Rajahmahendravaram / Dowaleswaram and Ramachandrapuram but the itch to explore a place and drive to a beautiful forest where I and my Ford always love spending time was still there.
I was at Vijayawada, the city my father is currently working as a DGM at AAI. Never been to any nearby place but always heard about the place Kondapalli. Though visiting my all-time favorite Maredumilli forest, Pamuleru Vagu the 3rd time was my initial plan, couldn’t convince my parents since we were planning to Hyderabad very soon. So, What next? Just a quick check on the route from VGA-Kondapalli opening Google Maps and checking the best viewpoint using Google Earth.
The next day, it was 29th of August.
Gannavaram – Kondapalli village – Kondapalli fort via Kondapalli forest.
We had a delicious lunch at home in Gannavaram, checked my newly fitted Hella Comet 500 and a gentle press on the push start button depressing the clutch, my Ford 1.5 TDCi roared to life.
It took us 2hrs to reach Kondapalli village which is 45kms away from my house at Gannavaram. It was 3.07PM and we quickly stopped at Kondapalli toys store to gift a nice Kondapalli toy to our family doc and did a quick shopping for our newly renovated house at Hyderabad.
While my parents were busy shopping at the store, I had a quick look inside the store, wondered at the beauty of our native Telugu artisans work and then it was time for me to have a look at the Gmaps for further planning.
A short drive to the other side of the hill, we in no time entered Kondapalli Forest ghat. What a feeling! Driving on the ghats after almost a year. Maredumilli being the last.
It’s a 6.9km drive through the forest ghat road and it took us almost 20mins to reach to the Fort after a good drive on the extremely narrow and scenic ghat road. The road condition was excellent. Doordarshan TV towers situated at the top of the hill is a major advantage and the only reason for the best road condition.
We spent a good 1.5hrs time at Kondapalli forest. While my parents were busy exploring the fort,
I was double busy exploring the forest and clicking some beautiful pictures of my mile muncher Ford
and enjoying the views
sipping a chilled sprite in the hot afternoon.
It was 5.15 in the evening, it’s getting dark and we were already getting late to catch-up for our last leg of journey, drive through the Mulapadu forest road in the return leg to home. We hopped into our car after sipping hot tea and at a small shop near the fort feeling sad looking at the beauty being littered by some people.
Kondapalli fort - Mulapadu forest – Gannavaram via Mulapadu forest road.
(ONE NEEDS TO TAKE THE MULAPADU-GADDAMANUGU ROAD TO VISIT BUTTERFLY PARK AND FOREST WHICH IS NOT SHOWN IN GOOGLE MAPS)
We started at 5.45 Pm at Kondapalli fort, a good downhill drive covering the entire 6.9kms but this time in 30mins avoiding all the idiotic bikers ricing on rice bikes and Activas, we reached the VGA-HYD NH with a small scratch on the rear right door caused by an old man speeding in his Dzire without even honking on a curve. “Be gentle on my curves” must be followed everywhere!
We reached Mulapadu village and the time was already 6.15PM,
seeing no chance of driving through the Mulapadu forest road to Gannavaram which was the original plan since it was already dark and the road was full of truck traffic, I settled for a few pictures near the Mulapadu Butterfly Park arch
and Mulapadu forest entry, bought some beautiful plants in the nearby nursery, bid goodbye to the beautiful place looking at the forest road entry
planning in my mind to execute the incomplete final leg of journey all alone, we drove back to Gannavaram. I know the story is incomplete unfortunately. But hopefully I’ll be back really soon with a part 2. Until then,
Drive Safe, Stay Safe.
Last weekend me and Saran decided to explore a new place called Gottamgutta.
We started searching online for routes and other information.
Even after spending an hour, I couldn't find anything related to routes and places to visit.
We decided to start early in the morning and explore this place.
Distance : Hyderabad to Gottamgutta : 120 kilometers
There are two routes to reach this place. One is a regular route through the village called Chandrampalli (dam).
Other route is through few small villages and a forest.
We obviously took the forest route.
Hyderabad > Sangareddy > Zaheerabad > Govindapur > Mogudampalli > Chincholi wild life scantuary > Gottam Gutta
Red marked path is not present in Google maps.
Places to visit
1. Chincholi Wild life scantuary
2. Gottamgutta (trek)
3. Chandrampalli dam