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.
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The weather in Hyderabad added charm in atmosphere. We decided to explore Gottam gutta which was there in my Bucket list and pending for long time.
Planning done, day decided (Friday as being less crowed).
My companion in travel:
Car Baleno Zeta CVT – reliable partner. Smartphone Poco f1 – all the photos were taken with it. And most importantly Home minister and leader of opposition (son). They rule the house and without them trip is impossible.
Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of travelling
Things to carry:
Own food and water to avoid contact with outsider. Sun cream, sunglasses & Hats. Umbrella (due to rainy season). Trekking shoes (useful for trekking).
No problem for elders and kids. Care to be taken while trekking at Chincholi wildlife sanctuary. People with difficulty in breathing should avoid it.
Roads are good till Zaheerabad. After that it is mixed of good and bad road but manageable by car and bikes.
Best time to visit:
The monsoon is the best season to visit the place with family and tourists will not regret having chosen the destination. If you hate crowed and wants to enjoy peacefully then plan trip on weekdays.
Introduction to Gottam gutta:
People looking for adventure and Nature lovers can relax at the picturesque Gottam Gutta located on the Telangana-Karnataka border. Surrounded by forests and eddies of the Chandrampally dam on the Bhima River in Karnataka.
The government of Karnataka built the project in the village of Chandrampally in Chincholi Taluka of the district of Gulbarga.
Gottam Gutta Route Map:
To reach gottam gutta there are two routes.
One is a regular route through the village where the dam is also present; the name of the dam is Chandrampalli dam.
Another route is through few small villages and a forest.
Hyderabad > Sangareddy > Zaheerabad > Govindapur > Mogudampalli > Chincholi wildlife sanctuary > Gottam Gutta
We took first route to reach dam and second route for return journey.
Best places to visit in this area:
Chandrampalli dam. Chincholi Wildlife Sanctuary. Ethipotala falls.
1. Details about Chandrampalli dam:
Chandrampalli Dam is built across the Bhima River. The dam is located in Chandrampalli village of Chincholi taluq under the Gulbarga district of Karnataka. As one of the main dams in the district, dam is responsible for the irrigation of several villages in Chincholi taluka.
Built on: River Bhima
Type: Earthen Dam with Left Bank spillway
Length: 926.54 meters
Height: 28.65 meters above the foundation
Full Reservoir Level (FRL): 493.16 feet
Maximum Water Level (MWL): 496.21 meters
Number of gates: 6
Purpose: the Irrigation project
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2. Details about Chincholi Wildlife Sanctuary:
Chincholi Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a sanctuary in 2011 and extends over 134.88 Sq.kms. It is the first dry land Wildlife Sanctuary in South India. This is the only area in the Hyderabad Karnataka Region with rich floristic diversity. The forest hosts rich biodiversity. Apart from medicinal herbs and trees, species like Red Sanders and Sandalwood are found abundantly.
Safe haven for Wolf and Hyena: Wolves and Hyenas are the primary attractions of Chincholi Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread over five blocks: Chincholi Wildlife Sanctuary consists of five blocks- Chincholi Forest, Sangapura Forest, Bhonsapur Forest, Magdumpur Forest and Shadipur forest. Rich Flora: Chincholi Wildlife Sanctuary is home to dry and moist deciduous trees in its core zone and teak, acacia plantations in the outer area. Medicinal herbs, sandalwood and red sanders trees are also found in Chincholi Wildlife Sanctuary. Local Tribes: Chincholi is also home to Lambani Tandas, a protected tribal community that lives in the forests in harmony with nature.
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3. Details about Ethipotala falls:
Ethipothala Falls (Zadi Malkapur Falls) is a 20 feet & 40 Feet seasonal waterfall cascade, situated at Telangana-Karnatak Border 20 KM from Zaheerabad.
This is a Seasonal waterfall starts from Kohir Mandal, Kohir in local slang means "red diamond". The "Pati Matti" once mixed with water turns into very strong material fit for construction of multistoried buildings.
Over this journey you can experience the lush green fields on red soil.
Let's wander where the wifi is weak
Hey GPS, let’s take the scenic route today
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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 - Ranganayaka 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 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 Ranganayaka Sagar:
Roads are excellent till reservoir. Distance is around 115 km.
Time spent at Ranganayaka 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 Ranganayaka Sagar:
Note: Best time to explore is early morning or late evening to witnesses sunrise and sunset.
Food availability at Ranganayaka Sagar:
Carry own food and water, you will find nothing around it.
Some of the important facts about Ranganayaka 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 stretch of 274 kilometers to make farming efficient. Provides irrigation