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  1. ** Pre covid Note: I already posted same content in my personal blog at that time, Now posting in Trifod, might be useful for someone. Summary: Hyderabad -> Mysore -> Coorg -> Srirangapatna -> Lepakshi -> Hyderabad As usual, I am not mentioning much about roads & routes, Since it is straightforward, Just I followed the maps. KMS: 1900 Car: Polo Diesel Members: 2 Adults Budget: Fuel + Toll : 10,000 Stay : 15,000 Food: 4000 Extra: 3000 Total: 32,000 Stay Details: Full Plan: Let's start with the planning I won't go anywhere in summer, not a fan of summer vacation, Because I strongly believe it is waste of time and money [in South], So we decided to for a road trip in June end. Searched for a lot of places, Finally decided to go for Coorg. June 23rd Hyderabad -> Bangalore We packed our bags and went to the office, Since we both are working it is not easy to get long leaves, So after finishing some work in the office we finished our lunch and hit the road around 1 PM We don't want our journey to be hectic, So we took a good amount of breaks. On day 1 we traveled 580 KM to reach Bangalore outskirt. Around 11.30 PM we reached the hotel, We are done with day 1. June 24th Bangalore -> Mysore We woke up a little early and started to Mysore. We did not take any breaks since it is just a 180 KM journey, By 11 AM we reached Mysore and check into the hotel. 1 PM We went to the Chamundi Hills and took some pics. 4 PM Went to visit Mysore palace [Day light visit] 7.30 PM Again went to the palace to witness the light show. Beautiful.. Don't miss it. June 25th Mysore -> Coorg We had breakfast in Mysore and started towards Palm Valley Resort, Coorg. This route is very scenic and beautiful. We took many breaks in the 90KM journey to take the pics, and it is worth it. 3 PM We reached the resort, there we opted for buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner, So no need to think about food. We went out to visit the surrounding areas. In-resort itself we took some photos. After spending some beautiful time in nature, we went to the resort after sunset. Had the dinner and done with Day 3. June 26th Coorg -> Coorg 11 AM Visited Madikeri Fort. 1 PM Visited Raja's seat and surrounding areas. Toy Train. 4 PM Went to Abbey waterfalls, Since it is monsoon, Waterfall is full force and beautiful. Yeah tired, enough for the day. Went to the resort to check in. Heritage Resort, Coorg. The best I can say. No need to visit any place in Coorg, after staying in this resort. It has that much beauty. We are done with Day 4, Just all my energy restored after seeing the beauty of the resort. Went to bed after having dinner in the resort. June 27th Coorg -> Srirangapatna-> Lepakshi 7AM I know staying in this resort is a best moment, So we don't want to waste any time, We tried to explore the resort as much as possible. We are done with the resort, we check out it with a lot of memories. 11 AM Visited few places in Madikeri and moved for River rafting. 12 PM We reached river rafting and there we met a family from Hyderabad, So we combinedly hired a boat for rafting. 2 PM Visited Golden temple We are done with the Coorg job, Now decided to go for Srirangapatna. 5.30 PM Reached srirangapatna, Visited all Tippu's places, We hired a guide to show all place Since we are near to closing time. He showed the important places before they closed. We paid 300 for him. 7 PM After sunset we started towards Lepakshi, It is a really hectic journey, W reached the Harita hotel at midnight at 2 AM, We are done with Day 5. June 27th Lepakshi -> Hyderabad 11 AM Harita is just an average hotel, But we don't have any other options to stay there. So Morning we woke up a little late, After fresh up and having breakfast in Harita we went to visit Temple. It is totally empty, Hardly 5-6 tourists. 2 PM We are done with Lepakshi, we had lunch in the same town and started to Hyderabad. 11.30 PM Reached home safely, and we are done with the trip and Day 6. We visited very limited places in Coorg, which are near to my interest and taste. Of course, remaining places I will visit another time. That is all.
  2. Places Travelled Hyderabad - Tirupati - Kanchipuram - Madurai - Rameshwaram - Dhanushkodi - Palani - Guruvayur - Coimbature - Bangalore - Lepakshi - Hyderabad No. of people 5 in Vitara Brezza Day 1: Hyderabad to Tirupati Day 2:Dharshan at Tirupati Day 3:Tirupati to kanchipuram Day 4:kanchipuram to madurai Day 5:Madurai to Rameshwaram and dhanushkodi Day 6: Dhanushkodi to gurvayur via palani Day 7: Gurvyaur to coimbatore Day 8: Coimbatore to hyderabad via bangalore and lepakshi First trip of 2021 has became the best trip till now. Travelled around 3500kms. Planned to visit all the places of southern part but rain has ruined all our plans. Heavy rains in Tamilnadu. Best Moment: Visiting my dream place "Dhanushkodi", The Last Road Of India. Everyone must visit, but not while raining. Goosebumps moment when we reach the destination. The sound of waves at one side, eyes full of happiness at another side, this is what everyone needs. Road Conditions: Overall the road conditions was awesome with minimum potholes. A small suggestion: when you travel through some village, it is better to ask localities about the route than blindly believing on Google Maps. If Stuck in traffic by believing on GMaps. Expenses: Diesel: 18000/- Food and beverages: 10000/- Room: 15000/- Toll Tax: 2100/- The best food we ate was Dindigul Thalappakatti biryani. Funny Incident: Bangalore has fined us for not wearing masks inside the car. we are not aware that we should wear mask in car while travelling with windows rolled up. We were by 250rs each. The fun is police where stopping only outside state cars, they aren't stopping Karnataka registered vehicles. We found few people travelling in KA registered vehicle, they are not wearing any masks. when we ask police to stop them, Cops answer Thum jhakey roko na ghadi ko". This is kind of discrimination which every traveler hates.
  3. Summary: Hyderabad -> Chikmagalur -> Mysore -> Lepakshi -> Gandikota -> Ahobilam -> Hyderabad Please forgive for not mentioning much about roads, I can say all roads are easily doable in this trip. KMS: 2326.8 Cars: Ecosport Kwid AMT Members: 8 Adults and 1 Kid Budget: [Ecosport + Kwid] Fuel + Toll : 24,000 Hotel + Home Stay : 8,000 Before trip Grocery Shopping: 5,000 Extra: 4000 Total : 41,000 Exactly what we spent from our pocket. Let's start with the planning It is December 2nd, everyone in my family vexed with lock down effect, So we decided to go for outing. But still Covid-19 is not completely disappeared. So we initially thought to go near by places for 2-3 days, because 8 months old daughter also with me. But no one interested for short trip, they are asking for at least one week trip. But at the same time we are not ready to eat out and staying in hotels. So we bought camping tents from decathlon and bought a small HP cylinder for cooking. [We minimized hotel stay and completely avoided hotel food] In my family, I am the only one who used camping tents, So I teached my family members to pitch the tents. So now we are ready with accommodation and food arrangements. We decided to start on Dec 18th, After one week My friend and his family also wants to join with us. Since they had their own cars, I don't have any problem. December 18th, 2020 Hyderabad -> Doddaballapur We started from Hyderabad around 10AM, Since we had a infant it is not possible to start early. We prepared the lunch at home, So we halted on highway side to had home prepared lunch. Around 5pm we reached Anantapur Iskon, we had darshan and took few photographs. My initial plan was to reach Halibedu by 19th 9AM. It is total 800 KM journey, So we decided to camp near Doddaballapur, So we pitched our tents in a local temple, Which had tap water and clean surroundings. We prepared the food at temple and had it. December 19th, 2020 Doddaballapur -> Halibedu -> Belur -> Chikmagalur We woke up early and done with nature things, and started from Doddaballapur to Halibedu. 10AM We booked the KSTDC room in Halibedu for ladies fresh up. So after fresh up we went for temple darshan. We completed entire thing by 2PM, After that we prepared our lunch. After some rest we moved towards Belur temple. 3PM we reached to Belur and had Darshan. 9PM After that we moved to Chikmagalur town and stayed in I-Palace hotel, decent one, We booked 3 rooms with kitchen but they refused to cook inside due to Covid. But I requested them Since I had a daughter I can't eat outside, So silently they allowed us to cook inside. From here onwards My friend's family also joined with us. December 20th, 2020 Chikmagalur -> Forest 7AM We prepared our breakfast and had it early and moved to Hirekolale Lake, we spent there for some good amount of time and took the pics of family and individual. My family: 2PM It's lunch time, We had a beautiful lunch in middle of nature. of course we left no traces of trash. 4PM We went to Mullayangiri, On the way to it my brother car's silencer hit by a stone, due to that clamps got broken and it is touching the road, Just we are away from 200 meters from main road, But no signs of mechanic, So we stopped all our cars helped to fit it. Meanwhile my daughter enjoyed a lot while repairing the car silencer. Reached to Mullayangiri, everyone enjoyed on their own. So no hurry, Since after this we don't have any plan. 8PM Reached home stay and prepared dinner and had it with favorite barbeque along with vodka. December 21st, 2020 Forest Due to Covid situations, we are not roaming much, So just we covered famous places. second day of Chikmagalur, we started towards baba budangiri. I am not explaining much about the place. We prepared the lunch near lake and had it, We returned to home stay after sunset. We packed everything, next day morning we are leaving the forest, My friend family going to mangulur and we are going to Mysore. Few pics from home stay. December 22nd, 2020 Chikmagalur -> Mysore -> Bangalore After a good bye, we started our journey towards Mysore. We skipped the breakfast and decided to cook some where after crossing town. 1 PM We prepared the food and started to Mysore after some rest. Reached palace around 3.30 PM After palace visit, started to Bangalore to stay in friend apartment. Reached Bangalore by 9PM. Took the complete rest. No cooking.. No Camping... December 23rd, 2020 Bangalore -> Lepakshi -> Gandikota We started our day after my office call, So we crossed city by 11AM, we had the breakfast in bangalore apartment and packed food for lunch. Just before Lepakshi we stopped for lunch. [with some office work 🤣] Visited the Temple. By 5PM we finished Lepakshi and started towards Gandikota. This time we took the rural roads and faced lot of issues, We reached the spot by 11PM and pitched our tents for sleep. December 24th, 2020 Gandikota -> Belum Caves -> Yaganti Wow, we woke up early to witness the beauty of Gandikota and we captured some beautiful pics. Near fort back side we stopped near a temple for bath and food preparation. We used our dress changing tent as shower room. 2 PM Done with Gandikota and moved towards Belum caves. 5 PM Reached Yaganti, Very peaceful location. We reached this place via Banaganapalli. 8 PM We pitched our tents near to Ahobilam and prepared food, Just once re-capped our trip, and believe me no one is tired and everyone wants to go another trip soon. December 25th, 2020 Ahobilam -> Hyderabad We know one day is not enough to cover the Ahobilam, but this is our 8th day, So as per my mom sentiments we should reach the home on 8th day, otherwise we need to wait for 10th day. So we woke up early, and started visiting temples one by one. we covered 5-6 temples. 6 PM Final episode of our trip, with lot of memories we started our journey towards Hyderabad. This trip will be remembered forever, Because this is my daughter's first trip in her life. So we reached Hyderabad by 11.30 PM. Travelled total 2327 KM in 8 days. Plan: ODO: Happy Ending
  4. Day 0 I had a hectic amount of route planning done for this trip. Bugged many a member in various fora/ FB for the optimal route to reach Mysore without getting stuck in the BLR traffic or the horrific car chases on the BLR-MYS NH275! I had below two options finalized, thanks to @Ranger and other enthusiasts’ inputs: Option1: Hyd-BLR on NH44, take NH75 at Hebbal get onto Tumkur road, take either NH48/NICE road to get to NH275 BLR-MYS with a 722 Km run ideally taking 12h 27m of drive time (per google maps) Option2: Hyd-BLR on NH44, turn right at Devanahalli to Doddaballapura, then to Neelamangala, join NH75 to Nelligere, then take 150A to Pandavapura and Mysore with a 747Km run ideally taking 12h 50m of drive time (per google maps)! I chose to give option2 a try which seems a slight stretch (distance/time) and will be a good experience to share upon return! Finally, with a fair amount of spirited driving, total distance actually covered is 742 Km with 11 ½ hrs of drive time – beats both the above estimates! ? Enjoy the drive as much as the destination Day1: Hyderabad to Mysuru Started at 4.15am from KPHB Colony. Found traffic even at that hour to our surprise – could be the airport crowd or others hitting the highway like us ahead of the holidays! ORR and BLR highway were super smooth, as usual. We had a tough time to keep under 100kmph on the ORR which is a real irritant so to say! It was great to watch the sun rise over the horizon signalling a bright day ahead! After a supposedly quick but ended up really long coffee break (thanks to the guy who killed some good 30 mins which seemed eternity to prepare coffee – looks like he needed some real good tea/coffee himself ?) and few random stops for quick photo shoots, nature appreciation and biting on some home brought/ bakery bought breakfast we continued non-stop till my ‘Badass’ longed for a ‘parents visit’ which I couldn’t help but oblige! Having paid for over speeding (@ ~ 100Kmph) during one of my last drives to BLR (☹), I was super cautious to drive between 80-100 Kmph after Chikballapur. Reached Nandi Upachar @ Devanahalli at 12:07pm for lunch break! After a good ~ 1hr lunch break and another tank-full we started to explore the new route and hit the road to Doddaballapura. This route is extremely good except for very few patches. It is either a 2 lane with divider at few places or without but in excellent condition and you can easily maintain 60-80 Kmph depending on the traffic conditions. We crossed Doddaballapura and then proceeded to Neelamangala on a beautiful and winding road with green fields and few good lakes/ponds in between. This route has hardly any traffic and we can maintain good speeds throughout. After Neelamangala, took NH75 (toll road) towards Nelligare. Was extremely surprised to see really looong queues at this toll plaza for the single ‘cash only’ lane while we, with the FastTag zipped past! I don’t know what else our govt needs to do to make our crowds invest in a simple thing like FastTag to save their and everybody else’s time & money! NH75 is super smooth dotted with many Udupi classy food joints, excellent roads with less traffic and no tension of speed guns and beautiful landscapes with coconut trees on both sides of the road providing great relief to the long drive! At Nelligere, we diverted to Pandavapura which again invited us with super smooth roads (except for very few bad patches – all amounting not more than 5Kms) with very scenic surroundings. I bet the whole long drive stress vanishes if we slowly drive along this stretch savouring the nature around us. Of course we should also keep an eye on few villages we cross along and their usual traffic which was not bothering at all! We were surprised how they could maintain so many lakes/ponds so neat and clean and we found boating facilities too at quite a few of them even in remote/ interior parts of the state when, despite major efforts and publicity, all most all of our lakes - in Hyderabad especially, are littered with garbage and plagued with water hyacinth – sad state of affairs here ☹ We could savour these perfect views enroute Pandavapura. Seeing us, we saw two other cars stopping by to saviour nature and click their favourite pics! We reached Mysore and checked in Hotel Dasprakash Paradise around 5PM ... … with a total drive time of 11 ½ hours and elapsed time of around 12.45 hrs from the start covering some 742 Kms. Returned some 12.6 Kmpl mileage with a fully loaded car carrying 5 members and some spirited driving! Quite happy with my choice of this route and I highly recommend it over the usual NH275 except during night drives as am not sure about the sparse traffic and winding roads and anyways one cannot enjoy the nature beauty at night. We quickly freshened up and visited Brindavan gardens for about 3 hrs. Few pics @ Brindavan gardens: We bid good-night to the moon, which surprisingly looked closer and brighter than we find in Hyderabad, returned to the hotel for dinner and called it a “good day” indeed ? (to be cont'd)
  5. We got our new car in Aug 2018, decided to go for a long drive during dasara holidays. So we planned for a 3 day trip to Anantapur, lepakshi and madhavaraya temple gorantla. Day:1 Distance : 366 KM Travel time : 6 hours approx Started on Sunday afternoon around 1:30 PM, we took the NH44 towards jadcherla, karnool. Reached around 7:30 to Anantapur with tea break and dinner break nearby Anantapur (Hotel Mayura) . We stayed at Hotel Serena as we saw some good reviews about the place, and its close proximity to NH. Hotel was good as we expected. Day: 2 Distance: 255 KM We began our journey to Lepakshi temple around 8 am after had a delicious breakfast filled with yummy idlis and hot wadas at Ramaiah Idly Centre, which seems to be famous food joint known especially for Idlis in Anantapur. Reached Veerabhadra Temple, Lepakshi around 10 PM. Temple is maintained so clean and neatly, found parking place near by the entrance. Around 2 hours we spent in the temple admiring the marvellous sculptures of Vijayanagara architecture. Being the holidays season temple had good amount of visitors, though we had a pleasant darshan. Temple has a small garden and washroom facilities. This is a must visit temple if you like visiting historical places filled with beautiful sculptures and grand architecture. Few pictures take using my mobile. hope you like them.
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