When : Saturday, June 15th
Why : @Saran wanted to drive
Where : Anathagiri Hills, Vikarabad.
Start early in the morning by 5AM Explore the hills Have breakfast and drive back home by 10 AM
Drive was planned in the whatsApp group a day before.
Me, Dr.Sudhir, Ashwin and Sridhar agreed to join him.
Had a great time meeting the new and old members.
Anathagiri hills is beautiful now, starting early morning is the best way to explore the hills.
Saran : Change in my plan to go to Vikarabad tomorrow early morning 5 o clock to enjoy the early morning breeze.
If anyone is up for it, reply me.
Kumsi : How do u guys wake up at 5 on a weekend? Go for a nice night drive. Weather also seems great. Isn't it?
Me : Keep me into you tentative list.
If you are planning to drive back by 9/10 AM, I will try to join.
Breakfast at Haritha, would be ideal.
@Saran when are you planning to return?
Dr. Sudhir : My question too... Return plan? I would like to join at 5:00 am... Saturdays r working days for me... For that matter Sundays too... ?
Saran : Before Hyderabad traffic wakes up
Yep.. Before 9 return
Sridhar : I will also join the drive tomorrow morning if we return by 10
Will I get the 'roadtrippin' tattoo for my car tomorrow if you are coming??
Me : Yes
Sridhar : Is the plan on at 5am?
Saran: Will confirm in an hour.
Ashwin : I'm in.
Sridhar : 5am, Gachibowli ORR entrance is it
Sridhar : Will be at ORR entrance at 5 am
Me : Good morning
Will be there at ORR entrance by 5am.
Dr. Sudhir : Doesn't look like anyone slept ????
Saran: Am starting to ORR, Will be there in 15 mins
Ashwin : Me too. See you there guys.
That's how it all started, Thank you saran for taking the initiative.
Places explored in Ananthagiri hills:
Anthagiri hills view point, opposite to the temple Maps :https://goo.gl/maps/1nqWq5v4AP82 Anathagiri hills lake
Maps :https://goo.gl/maps/6GeP8TC8CZK2 Haritha resort (Breakfast)
Maps : https://goo.gl/maps/dJck8f1dZJB2
More information about best places to visit in Ananthagiri Hills:
"National Crime Record Bureau’s Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India-2014 report stated that poor visibility, animals coming on the roads and parking of vehicles on road shoulders killed hundreds of people in AP and Telangana in 2014-15.
We (my son and me) went to Kondaveedu Fort on Jan 13, 2019, in our Baleno. It is approximately 275 km from Hyderabad, and drive time is around 5-1/2 hrs.
Hyderabad -> Narketpalli -> Narsaraopet -> Phirangapuram -> Kondaveedu Fort
Kondaveedu Fort is situated in a beautiful spread of Kondaveedu mountain ranges, located 1700 feet above the sea level and at a distance of 26 kms from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. The fort being located on a hill top, the view from this place is awe inspiring. And driving through the newly-laid continuous hairpin bend (almost 20) ghat road is exhilarating to say the least. It is a shame that this beautiful place, once flourished as the capital of Reddy kings, could not fast become a tourist hotspot. It is only in recent years, tourists from across the state are thronging the place and enjoying the scenic beauty of the area.
We started from Hyderabad at 5:30 am and reached the fort by 10:30 am. We drove to the top of the hill, spent some time, took some photographs, enjoyed beautiful view of natural scenery and returned back. Unfortunately, we could not get into the fort as renovation work was still going on. Later, we went to Mangalagiri and Kanuka Durga temples and returned back to Hyderabad same day by 7:15 pm. Total trip distance was 635 km.
Since Kondaveedu Fort can be reached easily via road and has excellent roads, I would recommend going here for a picnic and returning on the same day. However, if you want to crash, put up in any hotel in Guntur. Although the roads have been maintained, there are not many options for food and drinks around the fort. However, presently renovation work is going on and no tourists are allowed to go to the top of the hill. We were fortunate enough to be allowed.
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.
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
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:
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