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  1. Best Route from Hyderabad to Munnar : 1050 kms Hyderabad --> Kurnool --> Ananthapur --> Bangalore --> Salem -> Avinashi --> Udumalaipettai -> Munnar Route Condition from Hyderabad to Ooty : Hyderabad to Bangalore - 4 lane toll road, excellent Bangalore to Mysuru - 4 lane, high traffic highway Mysuru to Ooty - 2 lane scenic ghat road Best Time to Visit Munnar: January to December (throughout the year) April to June (Heavy tourist crowd) Best Restaurants in Munnar: Alibaba and 41 dishes Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/RjSmoM3yvS4nmHto6 Roachas Restaurent Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/owiXcQtq5uwAnmvN8 Hotel Guru bhavan Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/9NgHfJ1RDC2Yq71p7 Best resorts in Munnar (Luxury): Blanket Hotel and Spa Tall Trees Chandy's Wind Frangrant Nature Munnar NeelaKurunji Luxury Plantation Resort Best resorts in Ooty (Nature view) : Elixir Hills Suites Resort and Spa Amber Dale Hotel and Spa The Leaf The Fog Munnar Panoramic Gateway Budget resorts in Munnar : Regalia Munnar Lake forest Munnar The Siena Village Munnar Tea Hills Resort Trivers resort Day - 1 Start time : 5 : 00 AM Breakfast stop : 7 :00 AM to 7 :30 AM Location : Food Pyramid, Kothakota (Spacious parking, Good Food, Decent Washrooms, Kids Play area) Google pin : https://g.page/Food-Pyramid-Highway-Restaurant?share Fuel Stop : Reliance fuel, Anantapur Google pin :https://goo.gl/maps/rtL9J69vGRFPKkJy6 Lunch stop : 2 : 00 PM Location : Apoorva Multi Cuisine Restaurant Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/hZuW5ubr1XKwW4sy6 Coffee break : 5 : 30 PM Location : Shree Thulasi Delicious Google pin : https://g.page/sree-thulasi-delicious-veg-treat?share Final stop in Salem : 7 : 00 PM Best hotels in Mysuru: Radisson Salem Cenney's Gateway Grant Estancia Day - 2 Start from the hotel after breakfast Start time : 8 : 00 AM Coffee break : 10 : 00 AM Location : Hotel Shri Sai Krishna, Avinashi Google pin : https://g.page/hotel-shri-sai-krishnaa?share Lunch stop : 12 :00 PM Location : Kick Grass restaurant, Udumulapettai Google pin : https://g.page/kickgrass?share Reach Munnar and Check into Hotel by 3 : 00 PM Places to visit : Tea Museum and Estate Attukal Waterfalls Day - 3 Places to visit : Top Station View Point Echo Point Mattupetty Dam Kundala Lake Day - 4 Places to visit : Idukki dam boating Cheeyapara Water falls Eravaikulam National Park Anaimudi Peak Thuoovanam Falls Day - 5 Places to visit in Munnar: Thoovanam Waterfalls Start back to Bangalore After Breakfast Start time : 8 : 00 AM Lunch stop : 12 : 30 PM Location : Junior Kuppanna, Perundurai Highway Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/vHr44wCmnLmfWQ5X7 Coffee break : 4 : 00 PM Location : Shree Thulasi Delicious Google pin : https://g.page/sree-thulasi-delicious-veg-treat?share Reach Hosur by : 6 : 00 PM Best places to stay in Hosur: TGI Grand Fortuna, Hosur ASR Parklane Claresta Hotels Day - 6 Start back to Hyderabad After Breakfast Start time : 6: 00 AM To avoid Bangalore traffic. Breakfast stop : 7 : 30 AM Location : Swathi Gardenia Restaurant Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/8je3wcshTbUNBUULA Coffee break : 11 : 30 AM Location : Chowrastaa Cafe & Restaurant Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/JigQyStf3SQfnLiC6 Lunch stop : 2 : 00 PM Location : Matsya Amazon Kitchens Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/F8E1JCcX5s5kVZ626 Coffee break : 5 : 00 PM Location : Hotel 97, Jadcherla Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/sbWhso9t5mfgcftGA Reach Hyderabad before 7 :00 PM
  2. It was the 15th day of January. While almost everyone was happy, celebrating the festival Sankranti, I was disappointed hearing the news on the ban of tourists to the Gudisa hills. It was one of the most awaited trips of the year. The very first one I’d be doing with my friends on my Ford. Alas… destiny has its plans… good or bad, we need to accept and move on… But how did the plans my destiny had for me turned out? Good or bad? For the busy bees, here is a quick digest. BRIEF Vehicle: Ford Freestyle Titanium 1.5 TDCi. Fuel Type: Diesel. Fuel Consumed: 90lts. Kilometers Travelled: 1160kms. ROUTE DETAILS Route Taken: HYD-TATR (HVK RouteO) HYD – Adilabad – Khelapur – Karanji (left towards Wani from under a flyover) – Wani – Warora – Chimur. Distance: 465 Road Condition: Excellent roads till Karanji. From Karenji to Wani the roads are average. From Wani to Warora the condition is beyond worst and a nightmare for low slung sedans, hatchbacks. Route Taken: TATR-HYD (HVK RouteO) Chimur – Warora – Jam (left from Jam Jn towards Karenji) – Adilabad – HYD. Distance: 580 Road Condition: Again, the worst Chimur to Warora stretch. We have taken a long route (115kms extra) to avoid the time consuming and tiring Warora - Wani route and took Warora – Jam - Adilabad which turned out to be the best decision. Butter smooth Nagpur highway and super stable Ford ensured I always maintain 120kmph+ speed. IN SHORT Route 1 – HYD – Adilabad – Khelapur – Karenji (left towards Wani from under a flyover) – Wani – Warora – Chimur. The shortest route but the roads slowly turn worst. Route 2 – HYD – Adilabad – Khelapur – Karenji (straight towards Jam) – Jam (right towards Warora from Jam Jn) – Warora – Chimur. 100kms longer but not as bad as route 1, Worth taking. Karenji to Wani is average. Wani to Warora is filthy dirty and worst. Warora – Chimur is bad. Route 2 - Can skip the Wani – Warora stretch. STAY DETAILS Resort: Beyond Stay Mahua Tola. (Beyond Stay Mahua Tola, Tadoba 086469 07777 https://maps.app.goo.gl/kLuk6dpaMN5R43iG8) Price: 7500 / day Inc 3 beds + unlimited food for a suite room. Review: This is my second time staying at Mahua Tola Resort and it again turned out to be an excellent stay option. 5-star rating for the food, quality, and service. Mr Shukla, the manager, again turned out to be an awesome guy as usual. Recommended many and will continue to recommend. Must prefer option if staying with family. SAFARI DETAILS Safari 1 (Day 2): Kolara Core Afternoon Safari. Price: 6500 for a Gypsy (6 per Gypsy allowed) + 250 for 600mm Telephoto lens. Safari 2 (Day 3): Madhnapur Buffer Morning Safari. Price: 4500 for a Gypsy (6 per Gypsy allowed) + 250 for 600mm Telephoto lens. Safari 3 (Day 3): Phalasgaon Buffer Night Safari. Price: 5500 for a Gypsy (6 per Gypsy allowed) + 250 for 600mm Telephoto lens. Special mention to the safari guide Amit and driver Anil for their superb spotting skills, knowledge of the forest and route. 6 Gypsys went in for the night safari and ours was the lucky 1 to spot a Leopard too close after a month almost. Special thanks to Amit and Anil. Strongly recommend having them as a guide and driver if you plan for a night safari. Contact details will be shared on request. PLACES EXPLORED 1. Photo walk with Mr Shukla to the lake beside the resort where pugmarks are often seen. 2. Gondmaholi kayaking with Mr Shukla to spot some beautiful birds. DETAILED TRAVELOGUE The previous day, the 22nd of Feb, I Topped up my fuel tank with 40 lts Diesel and Nitrogen topped up. Had my dinner, packed bags and it was my time to sleep. It was the morning of 23rd, 5:15 AM. The excitement was real! The D Day has arrived and we were all set to start in just an hour!! This very thought has made the really short 1 hour very long. I took bath, freshened up, for the final time checked all my camera gear, cleaned my sunglasses and I was all set for the amazing drive. Dumped all the luggage in the boot, cleaned the car, it was time for some quick snaps to boast in my Instagram, WA and Snapchat. Obviously, who wouldn’t!? 23 Feb, 2021 Hyderabad - Karenji Just a gentle press on the push start button depressing the clutch, the diesel beauty vibrated all over the place and started with the typical melodious diesel clatter. “Melodious!? Really!?” May ask the petrol heads. Only a true diesel guy knows the feeling I’d say. It took few minutes for the cold started engine to settle down and within just 15 mins I was below the ORR Medchal entry. Yeah, ORR is close to my home. It was 6:35 AM by the time I was on the proper highway on a good pace cruising the way. The traffic was not much and the roads were excellent. It was opposite to what my experience was during the 2017 Tadoba trip. It was a bad day, certainly a really bad day. Just 2 days before the trip I caught a cold followed by fever. Never worried if it was COVID, but was certainly worried if I would be able to make it for the trip and drive to Tadoba. The day has arrived and my worst fears came true. I started driving with really bad health. The time was 8:45 AM just a few kilometres ahead of Adilabad, I was having fever, bad night sleep, medicines that induce sleep the previous day mixed with some crazy thoughts of having a Tesla Autopilot in these situations. A tinge of dizziness took over me and I near-missed crashing a truck while overtaking it from the rightmost lane at high triple-digit speeds. My ORVM almost brushed past the truck. That was one scary moment in my driving experience. Finally, it was time for me to take a halt, have breakfast, home-cooked curd rice to avoid any further pain in my already soar throat, I halted just after crossing Adilabad toll plaza and the time was 9:30 AM. The day was sunny and sultry, I switched off my AC to sweat a bit and come to my senses, washed my face, had my breakfast and took a tablet that provided much-required relief to me. Clicking pictures are mandatory and is induced in our “Roadtrippers Culture”, after a good bit of photo session, I resumed my journey towards Khelapur (MH) at 10:00 AM. I always believe in taking short breaks every 300KMS-400KMS of continuous driving unless it’s an emergency. This although increases the drive time to a good 1hr, it’ll certainly help us maintain the balance of our mood and help us concentrate on the road without having sleepy eyes. It also gives much-needed rest to the car’s tires. I don’t believe in following the often-said norm “Non-Stop 800KMS drive”. I’m not an ambulance driver on emergency duty neither I’m planning to grab a place in the records book. Call me a newbie or an oldie, I don’t care as far as I’m following good practice. The time was 11:30 PM, I filled my diesel tank with 13lts fuel at Khelapur HP Fuel Station (MH). Did I say I suffer from “range phobia”? From Khelapur to Karenji is around 30mins drive. We reached Karenji at noon and now we have started the main stretch and tedious journey to the most awaited destination bidding goodbye to the butter smooth highways. Karenji – Wani Karenji to Wani takes 45mins and the drive is through some of the bad roads often traversed by the worst drivers. One such driver was the MHRTC bus driver who came close to me and we would’ve ended up head-on if I had not taken the rocky path on the shoulder of the road. These are the advantages of having a crossover, SUV or a CUV! No other car except these high raised cars can take such abusive roads with such ease avoiding some nasty crashes. This road takes us through coal factories, deviations, and some narrow bridges. This might sound interesting for some, but trust me, this is one horrible and energy-draining path. What lies further ahead is just the worst. After a bad drive, we arrived at a Wani junction which confused us during our 2017 trip. Having learnt a lesson from the horrible past, we took the left from the circle. Wani – Warora And this is the stretch. The worst part of the journey, energy-draining, body paining stretch. And in cars like the Ford Freestyle where the suspension is as stiff as a rock, more beatings were inevitable. The drive is for 1 hour takes us through the worst of the worst roads which are always under construction. The pathetic state of this road since 2017 describes the sad state of life of the native villagers. It's better not to speak much about these roads and carry to the further parts of the journey. Warora – Chimur The time was 1:45 PM. After a tiring 1hr 45mins drive we arrived at what is officially called “Vana Kshetr”. The roads were beautiful and it was obvious for a quick photo shoot. The roads covered with forests on either side give a beautiful look to the road. But the happiness was short-lived! There was mass deforestation on either side of the roads. This described the pathetic state we were in where we are “clinging for development & modernization”. What added to the misery was a bad Warora to Chimur stretch. Not as bad as the previous one though. Finally, the time was 2:30 PM and we have successfully crossed Chimur. Chimur – Tadoba / Beyond Stay Mahua Tola A 30mins drive to the resort through a mix of bad and good yet typical forest terrain and we have reached the resort. Those doing this trip be aware not to travel on low slung sedans and hatchbacks. The time was 3:01 PM. Ahh!! What a feeling! We finally, after traversing through the worst of roads, arrived at the place after a long wait of 3 years! Can’t describe the feeling and there are no words that do justice to it. We got down from our car, and Mr Shukla was standing with his fellows offering chilled juice and wet wipes. Sadly, I could never drink the chilled juice considering my sour throat. The time was 3:15 PM and we were extremely hungry having travelled from Hyderabad through some extremely bad roads. We straight away washed our hands and went to the outdoor dining area… What a sight it was!! The beautiful open garden without any boundaries that merge with the forest… we were immediately relaxed with the sight. “Nature is the best cure” and the saying never goes wrong. The server requested just 5 mins to serve the delicious lunch prepared exclusively to match our spicy taste buds and we finished it quickly gulping piping hot rotis and curry only to escape to our rooms jump on the cosy beds for a deep evening sleep… It was 5:00 PM. We were in deep sleep; the phone rang and it was Mr Shukla to inform us the evening tea and snacks were ready. He was quick enough to sense the laziness in my sleepy voice and quickly asked if we want it to be served inside our room. I said no, and we left to the open dining space. We quickly had our snacks and set to the evening photo walk with Mr Shukla hoping to see some owls and birds. We walked far inside the forest and reached the lake. We searched for some birds and owls but couldn’t find any. I peeped into my 600mm Sony G Master lens to see the treetops but was left in despair. “The wildlife is unpredictable. You don’t know what the very next second would transpire into.” The coming 2 days and 3 safaris are proof. We spent a good 1 hour inside the forest and were back to the resort and escaped into our cosy rooms. I spent another 1 hour in setting up my camera battery, SD card and cleaning my lens for the next day safari. It was 7:30 PM, we had some delicious dinner, had some talking with Mr Shukla and after a very hectic tiring day behind the wheel of my Ford, we called it a day. 24 Feb, 2021 The Kingfisher and its Cath! The previous day was a hectic one and we were fast asleep in the cool and calm mornings inside the woods. The AC was off, windows opened wide to welcome the cool forest air to fill the room. It was 5:30 AM, after a night of very deep sleep, we woke up to the fresh cool breeze, the chirpy birds and their melodious songs! We called up Mr Shukla and requested our breakfast to the room. The tea was served hot and the biscuits crispy. And the breakfast? That’s one tasty, mouthwatering parathas! It was 8:18 AM we went to the terrace attached to our room and enjoyed the warm morning views. The birds chirping, leaves rumbling and the trees and bushes till my sight has reached made me feel like a home away from home! The forests are somewhere I feel belonged to, I feel happy and I feel like a home away from home. After finishing breakfast, we went to the dining area to enjoy the view of the lotus lake inside the resort patiently waiting for a beautiful photo. “Wildlife is unpredictable. It rewards the patient eyes, sturdy hands and stoical postures.” After a good 30 mins struggle with the heavy 600mm G Master lens in hard postures, the wildlife rewarded with one of the best and the first photo of the trip. The Kingfisher with its catch. One of the best feelings for a wildlife photographer is when they find the most rewarding picture after a lot of struggles. Kolara Core Safari The time passed quickly. It was noon and time for lunch. We quickly had our lunch and hopped into our Ford with Mr Shukla. The drive was to Kolara core zone afternoon safari. It was a 20 mins drive from our resort and we were at the gate by 1:30 PM waiting for Mr Shukla to finish off the entry formalities. By 1:50 PM we were in our Gyspsys waiting for the gates to open and enter the sprawling forests. The Sandgrouse was the first bird to welcome us into the Kolara forest and patiently posed for a click. Followed by many beautiful animals and birds. How many beauties we may find in the forest, the eyes of a wildlife photographer will always desperately search for the big cat. I was no exception. We drove all around the forest. Multiple rounds around Maya Tala - Tigress Maya, The Queen of Tadoba’s habitat yet, we couldn’t even get a glimpse of her. The one golden rule in the wildlife is, “Avoid target safaris. Enter the forest not to see the Tiger but to witness the wild in its natural habitat. Be patient and enjoy nature and wildlife. It’ll reward the purest souls who find solace in the forest” And I never failed to follow this golden rule. However desperate I was spotting the big cat, I never avoided nor failed to appreciate the sheer beauty of the forest and wildlife. As said, it has rewarded me than all the other entrants in my entire trip. After multiple rounds inside the core zone and some beautiful moments at the Tadoba lake clicking some beautiful pictures, mother nature had her plans to reward me. The time was somewhere around 3:00 PM. We again reached the Tigress Maya abode. Langur calls and the deer were running, The Gypsys lined up and people standing alert while the photographers busy with those heavy lenses in their hands. There were shutter sounds all around and the guide signalling to calm down. The environment changes drastically all in a glimpse when the big cat arrives! It was real and there she was, sitting under cosy bamboo bushes with sheer magnificence. What a sight it was!! Finally, wildlife has rewarded me with the best pics of Maya. We spent good 30 mins at the place and left with not so heavy but happy hearts. There are few new rules in the core zone by the MH Forest Dept. 1. No Gypsy is allowed to stand at a place for more than 5 mins and 15 mins in case of tiger spotting. 2. No Gypsy is allowed to take a U-Turn. It must follow the designated path, turn all-around and arrive at the desired location. No matter what. 3. Every Gypsy is tracked by a GPS device. Though the tracking made sense to me considering the poaching risk, the other 2 rules did not. That just spoils the entire experience and excitement. Anyway, I have no power of reverting them. After a few more hours inside the forest, the time was 5:45 PM and it was the time for us to exit the forest. By 6:00 PM, we were outside the core zone gate talking with fellow photographers about our experience and checking out each other’s captures. It feels so good to be in a like-minded group of people sharing the same level of interest as we do. We were in the resort by the dawn, freshened up, had some tasty dinner and called it a day. 25 Feb 2021 Madnapur Buffer Safari The wind was cool and the windows wide open welcoming the cool breeze. I was fast asleep wrapping myself in the cosy blankets. The time was 3:30 in the morning and I woke up to the wake-up calls of the housekeeping. “sir, aapka aaj morning safari hain sir” said the voice behind the room. The man patiently waited there for my response and left quietly. The time was 4:30 AM, I was quick enough to have the last 10 mins of sleep and get ready to catch up for the morning safari and to see what the forest has to show this day. It was 4:45 AM, after a quick chatting with the ever-energetic Shukla, we hopped into our beloved Ford Freestyle, started the engine and we were all set to enter the Madhnapur Buffer Forest. I often come across people who say they were “disappointed with their trip because they did not see a Tiger!” Few say their money got wasted on a “useless trip”! and few say the other way. But I say mother nature has everything in its lap to show us. Mother knows their children. She only rewards the “purest souls” and not the “commercial souls”. For those who go to a wildlife sanctuary only to spot a tiger, better watch the Discovery channel! When I say mother nature has everything in its lap to show us, I mean it. This day I was lucky unlike the others en route. I have seen not 1 or 2 but 3 rare sighting animals on my way to the buffer safari gate. Fox and Wild Dogs they were. Quick enough to pass through the way and escape into the forest. The time was 5:30 AM. I was at the buffer gate. Mr Shukla, as usual, had completed all the formalities and we were inside the forest by 6:00 AM. There was no GPS tracking this time and the joy in the driver’s face was evident. We took an offroad path. The path not taken by the other Gypsys. The path that was not a path. We made multiple rounds to multiple locations and water bodies in the forest. We couldn’t spot even a single animal. Not even a bird! The co Gypsy occupants already started calling it a dry day, a wasteful safari and with other demeaning names. I was least bothered and had my tasty breakfast amid forest overlooking a beautiful water body just beside a forest check post having some quality discussions with the police staff. The time flew fast and it was already 9:00 AM. The cool and breezy wind has turned into the harsh sunlight. I removed my jacket, cap. I made myself light and comfortable. We were just aimlessly roaming inside the forest maintaining a slow pace wondering at the god’s creation. The time was 9:25 AM and a Gypsy was reversing fast. Then guide of that Gypsy has signalled to the driver of my Gypsy and I understood what it was! I quickly stood, switched on my Sony camera, removed the lens cap and held the heavy 600mm G Master lens in my hand and there she was! 10 months old female subadult of Tigress Junabhai, the first Tiger I have ever seen during my 2017 Tadoba trip in the same location. This is the early separated one. The youngest of the second litter of Junabhai. She was frightened, possibly seeing a bigger animal. She was running fast crossing the path and hit a tree trunk! She gave a frightened look, a growl, sniffed the trunk for any possible danger and disappeared into the woods… The brief encounter of just 8 mins was memorable. It was close, really close. It has given me some beautiful shots, my parents some memorable moments and Mr Shukla some memorable videos. As I always say, “Forest will reward the purest souls who find solace in the forest” Out of all the 6 Gypsys that has entered the forest, It was only ours and the other Gypsy to have found the tiger. It was 10:00 in the morning and we were out of the forest as the previous day, with happy hearts. After a quick shopping buying some hats, shirts and some souvenirs at the nearby store, we were at the resort, checking the photos and updating WhatsApp status! Gondmaholi Lake Kayaking We had a delicious lunch at the dining hall and it was already 2:30 PM. I slept for a few hours and by 4:00 PM after having some delicious pakodis and hot tea, I was all set to “explore the unexplored” on my Ford Freestyle. Mr Shukla, well aware of liking had planned a Kayaking and birding trip to the Gondmaholi lake. It was 4:30 in the evening. After a good soft roading session on my Ford, we were at the lake bed. We entered the Kayak quickly wearing the life jackets and carefully holding the camera. The Gondmaholi lake, a beautiful lake situated amid the Phalsgaon buffer zone, home to a variety of beautiful birds which is not known to many. The Govt. of Maharashtra and the Forest Department had started Kayaking at the lake to boost local tourism and to provide a livelihood to the otherwise uneducated and unemployed youth. We did a full round inside the lake on our Kayak followed by the local youth on a lifeboat. 4 per Kayak are allowed and each Kayak must have a guide which takes the count to 5. It was a nice 1-hour trip with the sun setting, our Kayak slowly rowing and some beautiful birds in the water with the golden hours as a backdrop! Some of the best moments they were… I had spotted Pond Heron, Gray Heron, Egret, Northern Pintails, Spot-Billed Ducks, Red Crested Pochards and The Oriental Darter – Snake Bird with the beautiful sun setting backdrop. Such beautiful scenes never I’ve seen in my life. Phalasgaon Buffer Night Safari The time was 5:30 PM and we quickly hopped into our Ford and left for the final safari of our trip, the Phalasgaon Night Safari! It’s a 10 mins drive from the lake and at 5:45 PM we were at the Phalasgaon safari gate. Destiny had its plans for the last safari. Mr Shukla who was there with us for all the safaris had to leave to the resort on some urgent work skipping the much-awaited night safari. Now it was me, my camera and my parents in the Gypsy. The sundown, dark pitching in and the gates open taking us to the deep forest. The night was cold and I had no protective gear. It was just a thin half hands wildlife T-shirt and camouflaged shorts covering my body. The trees were tall and thick and it was a dark gloomy forest which all of sudden wore a very deep and frightening look. The total opposite of what it was just a few hours back! The driver, Mr Anil and guide Mr Amit need a special mention. You ask me the reason? I ask you to read till the end. The driver upon our guide’s request quickly took us to a water body where Tiger is often seen. On our way, we’ve seen a Nilghai drinking water. I asked my driver to stop. And I begin clicking photos. The driver said let’s move but I ordered him to stop! We spent a good 10 mins shooting a Nilghai! The driver was looking at me like a madman staring at a Nilghai. But only a photographer can understand the real reason that I was accustoming myself with the condition and understanding well to strike the perfect balance between aperture, ISO and shutter speed to get a perfect shot for the night is dark, wildlife is unpredictable and I have to be ever ready. After spending a good 1 hour at the lake, I asked my driver to move. I had a very bad headache because of the strobe lights used by the guide. I turned off my camera and dozed off in the super bouncy Gypsy. It was 9:15 PM already. Just 45 mins for us to get out. We were roaming in the forest like a madman and I was sleeping with a bad headache. The guide woke me up. “utho sir, udhar kuch dikhayi diya” said the guide Amit. I was hopeless of any spotting yet, optimistic at the same time. I woke up, switched on the camera and checked all the controls. The driver Anil took the Gypsy a bit inside the forest deviating from the path. The night was dark and scary. The wind blowing sharp and cool and the leaves rumbling making noises… the strobe light on and the headlights off! I peeped into my camera and the 600mm G Master zoomed to just half its limit and there it was sleeping! The beauty that I’ve never seen. The beautiful beast that many of us have only read and heard of but have never seen. The rarest of the animals, the Leopard!!! What a sight! What a sight! A close 13mins encounter left us with lifelong memories and tales to tell to people and friends… the sighting blew my mind and my headache vanished too! The animal woke up and jumped only to disappear into the pathless woods… It was 9:50 PM, we were outside the forest before 10 mins excitedly talking to the forest guards. I hope now you got the reason why I said the driver, Mr Anil and guide Mr Amit need a special mention. At 10:00 PM sharp, we have left to the resort in our Ford in the empty forest roads… Beyond Stay Mahua Tola We had our dinner, spoke to Mr Shukla telling him how much he missed the sighting, we showed him some pics, sent a few to Mr Amit and Anil, updated the same as my WhatsApp status and called it a day. 26 July 2021 Beyond Stay Mahua Tola The last day of our trip… This very thought has given me a sudden saddening vibe. The much-awaited trip came to an end! As the saying goes, all good things have an end, this good vacation too had to end. The only thing that mattered was the way it has ended. In a good way or not so good way. And this very thing, I leave it to the readers to judge… This day, we planned we will wake up late, enjoy the noon and start late. The time was 9:15 AM. We woke up to the worker's voices. Freshened up, we went to the dining area and had our breakfast. We left for Kolara gate at 10:30 AM and spent 30 mins buying some more souvenirs for our family and friends. It was 11:40 AM we returned to the resort to pack our bags. We finished our lunch early, went to our rooms and took a quick nap. The time was 3:30 PM and we started our drive back to Hyderabad bidding goodbye to Mr Shukla the team and the Forest. Coming back to the first question, How did the plans my destiny had for me turn out? Good or bad? Leaving this answer to my readers to guess, I’m putting an end to this beautiful journey. Goodbye until the next wildlife road trip on my XUV500 AWD. Few More Photos From The Trip A group of Spotted Deers at Kolara Core Zone Red-Wattled Lapwing at Kolara Core Zone A Female Sambar Deer and Doe at Kolara Core Zone Red-Vented Bulbul at Kolara Core Zone - Breakfast Views. Red-Vented Bulbul at Kolara Core Zone - Breakfast Views. Side Lit Picture of a Spotted Deer and Doe at Kolara Core Zone Side Lit Picture of Spotted Deer at Kolara Core Zone - Tadoba Lake A Male Sambar Deer at Kolara Core Zone Spotted Deer at Kolara Core Zone Side View of a Male Sambar Deer at Kolara Core Zone - Tadoba Lake Honey Buzzard at Kolara Core Zone A Male Sambar Deer at Kolara Core Zone - Maya Tala (Tigress Maya's Zone)
  3. Hi guys, Mid of April month, I am Planning to have a Shirdi trip from Lingampally(Hyderabad), Route : Lingampally - Naldurg - Tuljapur - Terkhed - Jamkhed - Ahmednagar - Shirdi return with same route. Would like to know the current road condition of the above route. Thanks, Rajagopal
  4. Hyderabad to Srisailam Guide Distance : 220 kilometers Route : Hyderabad - Kadthal - Kalvakurthi (bypass) - Dindi - Munnanur - Mallapur - Sundhipenta - Srisailam Road condition : Hyderabad to Dindi, road condition is excellent. Super smooth road and has tolls. Toll road : Hyderabad to Dindi Dinidi to Srisailam, road condition is good, roads are narrow, difficult to overtake and many blind curves but the views are fantastic. Ghat road : Dindi to Srisailam
  5. I am planning a trip to GOA from HYD by car next weekend. So anyone can suggest me the best route for that? I am planning to leave around 2:00 AM from Hyderabad to Goa which way i have to take?
  6. The covid19 pandemic is not over. We request travelers to follow SMS ‘Sanitizer Mask Social distancing’ 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). Difficulty level: No problem for elders and kids. Care to be taken while trekking at Chincholi wildlife sanctuary. People with difficulty in breathing should avoid it. Road condition: 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. Quick Facts 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 Travel. Because money returns. Time doesn’t. I travel so my life isn’t disrupted by routine 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. Main highlights: 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. Look at life through the windshield, not the rear view mirror Go find yourself Take memories, leave footprints We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us 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 This guide is meant for beginner travellers who could use a little help with structuring their short trip. I aim to create travel Vlogs and guides to inspire others. And equip with useful + valuable insights for your next adventure. Most importantly to make genuine connections and new friends. Let’s explore the world together. follow me on Instagram :@nomadic_mit.
  7. Road trip : Mumbai to Hyderabad. Old Route: Mumbai --> Pune --> Solapur --> Akkalkot --> Kalaburgai --> Sedam --> Parigi --> Chevella --> Gachibowli (Hyderabad) 2021 Route update: Mumbai --> Pune --> Solapur --> Zaheeraba --> Gachibowli (Hyderabad) It is completely 4-lane road. Do road work we used to divert via Parigi. Now you can stick to national highway. Friends - here's a brief synopsis of the Mumbai to Hyderabad drive on 29th April. Needless to say, @Ranger directions and suggestions were spot-on! ? Left Mumbai (Powai) at 5am - this was 30 minutes delayed from plan. By 5:45am, covered the 40km stretch to the start of the e-way. Khalapur @ 6am and Talegaon @ 7 am (123 kms from home). Bad traffic on the e-way with lots of heavy vehicles. It was a crawl in the ghats even without a single truck breakdown. exited the e-way at 7:20am. 8:15am & 172 kms - Pune city exit and start of NH 65. Drive through the Pune city section and through 235 kms of NH 65 can be trying because of cross traffic. Lots of nurseries & eateries in this section till Solapur. At 188 kms, Suruchi Restaurant and many mini restaurants dot the area At 200 kms, Vithal Kamat. For the record, we did not eat at either of these restaurants Refuelling of the Yeti done at BPCL bunk @ 358 kms (10:45am) The only point of confusion was when I reached a fork where the signage indicated the left fork going towards Solapur. Enquired with a local and was told that I should be taking the right fork as that was the Solapur bye-pass The road from Solapur to Akkalkot was a single road with no divider for the majority part. A section of it was getting tarred and there was 1 KM that was particularly nasty. Hit the Moroom Akalkot road @ 445 kms at 12:20pm At 1:30pm and 524 kms away from home, entered Kalaburgai/Gulbarga - the land of toor dal. Pulled into Hotel Lumbini Grand (1:45pm and 532 kms) for lunch. Fantastic recommendation, Ranger!! Good food and neat washrooms. Post lunch at 2:45pm, hit SH10 - 2 divider-less lanes. 4pm and 670 kms fromMumbai, entered the state of Telangana. Road changes character and the smooth Karnataka roads transform into rough patches! We pass by Chevella at 5:10pm (690 kms) Finally, 747 kms later and at 6:35pm, we pull into our destination at Srinagar Colony. Overall, a fantastic drive exposing one to newer facts of the Indian landscape. This trip was all the more brilliant thanks to Ranger razor sharp advice and suggestions . Shall update with toll details and a complete log in a few days. Return journey is yet undecided - it could be either Hyderabad-Bangalore-Mumbai or directly back to Hyderabad. Keep you all posted. Till the, ciao!
  8. Hyderabad to Sikkim road trip : Four BTech friends, Proper reunion after a decade. Crossed two borders, (Nepal and Bhutan) Drove around 5.5k kilometres. Hanging around with old friends and saying "Remember when..."(15 days of memories) Trusted steed Menu Day 1 : Hyderabad to Vishakapatnam Day 2 : Vishakapatnam to Puri Day 3: Puri to Kharagpur Day 4:Kharagpur to Malda
  9. Best Route from Hyderabad to Wayanad : 880 kms Hyderabad --> Kurnool --> Ananthapur --> Bangalore --> Maddur -> Mysuru --> Gundlupete -> Wayanad Route Condition from Hyderabad to Wayanad: Hyderabad to Bangalore - 4 lane toll road, excellent Bangalore to Mysuru - 4 lane, high traffic highway Mysuru to Wayanad - 2 lane road, decent road Best time to Visit Wayanad : July to February Best Restaurants in Wayanad: 1980's A Nostalgic Restaurant Google Pin: https://goo.gl/maps/rSb2XFNKifC4p2Vz7 WHITE HOUSE RESTAURANT Google pin: https://goo.gl/maps/ftZmNww2M7hXkB217 JUBILEE RESTAURANT, SULTAN BATHERY Google Pin : https://goo.gl/maps/1JsYHJvYAjfGpdRX6 WMO Qatar Bakery & Restaurant Google Pin: https://g.page/qatarbakery?share WILTON HOTEL & RESTAURANT Google pin: https://g.page/wiltonwayanad?share Best resorts in Wayanad (Luxury): Vythiri Resort Morickap Resort Mountain Shadows Resorts Pepper Trail Chateau Woods Best Wayanad resorts (Nature): Sterling Wayanad LakeRose Wayanad Resort Woodrose Resort The Serenity Resort Nexstay Vythiri Mist Resort Wayanad home stays: Koomankolly Heritage Resort Zostel Wayanad Raindrops Resorts Wayanad Day - 1 Start time : 5 : 00 AM Breakfast stop : 7 :00 AM to 7 :30 AM Location : Food Pyramid, Kothakota (Spacious parking, Good Food, Decent Washrooms, Kids Play area) Google pin : https://g.page/Food-Pyramid-Highway-Restaurant?share Fuel Stop : Reliance fuel, Anantapur Google pin :https://goo.gl/maps/rtL9J69vGRFPKkJy6 Lunch stop : 2 : 00 PM Location : Apoorva Multi Cuisine Restaurant Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/hZuW5ubr1XKwW4sy6 Fuel Stop : Reliance fuel, Maddur Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/yUVW5Tb3St6J3yGZ7 Coffee break : 5 : 30 PM Location : Empire Restaurant - Maddur Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/io1ky8ATta27EPrf8 Final stop : 7 : 00 PM Best hotels in Mysuru: Grand Mercure Country Inn & Suites by Radisson Roopa Elite Hotel Le Ruchi The Prince Day - 2 Route: Mysuru -> Gundlupete -> Bandipur (safari) -> Gundluepete -> Muthanga -> Wayanad Start from the hotel at the earliest hour possible if you are planning to do the forest safari at Bandipur Start time : 6 : 00 AM Reach Bandipur by 7 : 00 AM Book your tickets for Forest safari (Private Jeep and Bus are the options available) Safari Price - 300 INR per head Safari Timings - 6 : 30 AM to 9 : 30 AM and 3 : 30 PM to 7 : 30 PM Breakfast stop : 9 : 00 AM (After Safari) Location : Pugmark Restaurant Google Pin : https://goo.gl/maps/ssAEnNsCC3GHcMu27 Reach hotel by 1 : 00 PM Places to visit: Arrapetta Tea Factory and Tea Sale Outlet. Harrisons Malayalam Limited En-route to Lakkidi view point you can find plenty of tea estates, just park and hike Lakkidi View point Day - 3 Places to visit : Edakkal Caves Karapuzha dam Phantom rock Banasura dam A lot of Tea states enroute and amazing roads. Day - 4 Places to visit : Soochipara Waterfalls Kanthampara Waterfalls Drive back to Bangalore Route: Coorg -> Kushalnagar -> Channarayapattana -> Kunigal -> Bangalore Lunch stop : 2 : 00 PM Location : Poojari Fish Land Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/D1QTScgwuSt6p12D8 Location :Hotel Ruchi Mane Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/otbS37fNFWGUgPFm9 Reach Bangalore hotel by 6 : 00 PM Stay options on Bangalore to Hyderabad highway: Attide Boutique Hotel Click Hotel Bengaluru Shivas Galaxy Hotel Day - 5 Start back to Hyderabad After Breakfast Start time : 8 : 00 AM Lunch stop : 12 : 30 PM Location : Matsya Amazon Kitchens Google pin :https://goo.gl/maps/ZMYJAabpo6zgiwGi8 Coffee break : 2 : 30 PM Location : Hotel 97 Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/DUBsqRvvUqwxrYTw5 Reach Hyderabad: 6 : 00 PM
  10. Best Route from Hyderabad to Ooty : 875 kms Hyderabad --> Kurnool --> Ananthapur --> Bangalore --> Maddur -> Mysuru --> Masinagundi -> Ooty This road includes sharp hairpins curves between Masinagundi and Ooty, it is fun to drive. Keep you car tyres and brakes in top condition. Route Condition from Hyderabad to Ooty : Hyderabad to Bangalore - 4 lane toll road, excellent Bangalore to Mysuru - 4 lane, high traffic highway Mysuru to Ooty - 2 lane scenic ghat road Best Time to Visit Ooty: July to February March to June (Heavy tourist crowd) Best Restaurants in Ooty: Angaara Google pin : https://g.page/angaaraooty?share Earl's Secret Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/BDrAMZgmaGqejkVD6 Hotel Junior Kuppanna Google pin : https://g.page/JK-Ooty?share Best resorts in Ooty (Luxury): Savoy, IHCL Gyngarth Resorts Sinclair's Retreat Best resorts in Ooty (Nature view) : Green Leaves, The Country side Inn Mountain Trails Sherlock Hotel Sterling Ooty Fern Hill Aventura Fern Hill (Hobbit hole accommodation) Western Valley Resorts Day - 1 Start time : 5 : 00 AM Breakfast stop : 7 :00 AM to 7 :30 AM Location : Food Pyramid, Kothakota (Spacious parking, Good Food, Decent Washrooms, Kids Play area) Google pin : https://g.page/Food-Pyramid-Highway-Restaurant?share Fuel Stop : Reliance fuel, Anantapur Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/rtL9J69vGRFPKkJy6 Lunch stop : 2 : 00 PM Location : Apoorva Multi Cuisine Restaurant Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/hZuW5ubr1XKwW4sy6 Fuel Stop : Reliance fuel, Maddur Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/yUVW5Tb3St6J3yGZ7 Coffee break : 5 : 30 PM Location : Empire Restaurant - Maddur Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/io1ky8ATta27EPrf8 Final stop : 7 : 00 PM Best hotels in Mysuru: Grand Mercure Country Inn & Suites by Radisson Roopa Elite Hotel Le Ruchi The Prince Day - 2 Start from the hotel at the earliest hour possible if you are planning to do the forest safari at Bandipur Start time : 6 : 00 AM Reach Bandipur by 7 : 00 AM Book your tickets for Forest safari (Private Jeep and Bus are the options available) Safari Price - 300 INR per head Safari Timings - 6 : 30 AM to 9 : 30 AM and 3 : 30 PM to 7 : 30 PM Breakfast stop : 9 :00 AM Location : Safari Land Restaurant, Masinagundi Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/RagHQK24aKNLnhfr8 or Location : Coffee Day, Masinagundi Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/AyV7vUWyGKRbN3XaA Reach Ooty and Check into Hotel by 11 AM Start Tour after Lunch Places to visit : The Ooty Tea Factory and Museum (Closing Time 6 : 30 PM) Tea Estate View Point Ooty Hill Station Day - 3 Places to visit : Avalanche Lake (Start early to beat the rush and attend the safari) Doddabetta Peak Emerald Lake Day - 4 Start time : 6 : 00 AM Reach Mudumalai 7 : 00 AM Book your tickets for Forest safari (Private Jeep and Bus are the options available) Safari Timings - 7 : 00 AM to 9 : 00 AM and 3 : 00 PM to 6 : 00 PM Breakfast stop : 9 :00 AM Location : Safari Land Restaurant, Masinagundi Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/RagHQK24aKNLnhfr8 Drive back to Bangalore Route : Mudumalai -> Mysore -> Maddur -> Bangalore Lunch stop : 2 : 00 PM Location : Cafe Udupi Ruchi - Bellur Cross (Veg) Google pin : https://g.page/cafe-udupi-ruchi-bellur-cross?share Location : Empire Restaurant-Kunigal Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/NfSQsVkgoJhyb89h7 Reach Bangalore hotel by 6 : 00 PM Stay options on Bangalore to Hyderabad highway: Attide Boutique Hotel Click Hotel Bengaluru Shivas Galaxy Hotel Day - 5 Start back to Hyderabad After Breakfast Start time : 8 : 00 AM Lunch stop : 12 : 30 PM Location : Matsya Amazon Kitchens Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/ZMYJAabpo6zgiwGi8 Coffee break : 2 : 30 PM Location : Hotel 97 Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/DUBsqRvvUqwxrYTw5 Reach Hyderabad: 6 : 00 PM Note: Additional Day-5 for Coonoor and Kotagiri
  11. Best Route from Hyderabad to Coorg : 860 kms Hyderabad --> Kurnool --> Ananthapur --> Bangalore --> Maddur -> Mysuru --> Coorg Road Condition from Hyderabad to Coorg: Hyderabad to Bangalore - 4 lane toll road, excellent Bangalore to Mysuru - 4 lane, high traffic highway Mysuru to Coorg - 2 lane road, decent road Best Time to Visit Coorg : July to February Best Restaurants in Coorg: Coorg Cuisine https://goo.gl/maps/BzyA8bNK3HJoAfvT9 Coorg gate family Restaurant https://goo.gl/maps/ftZmNww2M7hXkB217 Coffee Blossom Restaurant https://g.page/Coffee-Blossoms?share Best resorts in Coorg (Luxury): Club Mahindra Madikeri Resort Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa The Tamara Coorg The Ibnii Evolve Back, Coorg Coorg Wilderness Resort Best Coorg resorts (Nature): The Birchwood Retreat Coorg Treehouse (SUV recommended, no food options outside the hotel) Magnolia Estates & Resort Porcupine Castle Resort Coorg Natura Vista a Plantation Stay Coorg home stays: Elegant home stay Woody woods stay Deep Woodz Estate Day - 1 Start time : 5 : 00 AM Breakfast stop : 7 :00 AM to 7 :30 AM Location : Food Pyramid, Kothakota (Spacious parking, Good Food, Decent Washrooms, Kids Play area) Google pin : https://g.page/Food-Pyramid-Highway-Restaurant?share Fuel Stop : Reliance fuel, Anantapur Google pin :https://goo.gl/maps/rtL9J69vGRFPKkJy6 Lunch stop : 2 : 00 PM Location : Apoorva Multi Cuisine Restaurant Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/hZuW5ubr1XKwW4sy6 Fuel Stop : Reliance fuel, Maddur Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/yUVW5Tb3St6J3yGZ7 Coffee break : 5 : 30 PM Location : Empire Restaurant - Maddur Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/io1ky8ATta27EPrf8 Final stop : 7 : 00 PM Best hotels in Mysuru: Grand Mercure Country Inn & Suites by Radisson Roopa Elite Hotel Le Ruchi The Prince Day - 2 Breakfast stop : Start post breakfast Start time : 8 : 00 AM Reach Coorg by 11: 00 AM, Check-into the hotel Places to visit: Namdroling Monastery Golden Raja's Seat Abbey Falls Day - 3 Places to visit : Mandalapatti peak (Jeep tour) Mallalli Waterfalls Day - 4 Places to visit : Dubare Elephant Camp ( 8 AM- 11 AM), 660 per person includes breakfast. Drive back to Bangalore Route: Coorg -> Kushalnagar -> Channarayapattana -> Kunigal -> Bangalore Lunch stop : 2 : 00 PM Location : Cafe Udupi Ruchi - Bellur Cross (Veg) Google pin : https://g.page/cafe-udupi-ruchi-bellur-cross?share Location : Empire Restaurant-Kunigal Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/NfSQsVkgoJhyb89h7 Reach Bangalore hotel by 5 : 00 PM Stay options on Bangalore to Hyderabad highway: Attide Boutique Hotel Click Hotel Bengaluru Shivas Galaxy Hotel Day - 5 Start back to Hyderabad After Breakfast Start time : 8 : 00 AM Lunch stop : 12 : 30 PM Location : Matsya Amazon Kitchens Google pin :https://goo.gl/maps/ZMYJAabpo6zgiwGi8 Coffee break : 2 : 30 PM Location : Hotel 97 Google pin : https://goo.gl/maps/DUBsqRvvUqwxrYTw5 Reach Hyderabad: 6 : 00 PM Note: Additional Day-5 Coorg Water Rafting Sports & Adventures,Barapole River Iruppu waterfalls
  12. I did not travelled for three months and the traveller in side me is thirsty. Few plans to West Maharastra and Goa with friends did not materialised. I had also planned a trip to Chitrakote falls with family friends but they were afraid of travelling in Chattisgarh. It was late night of 27th July, 2018 Friday and I was desperate to go to some place. I asked my wife and son Shall we go to Chitrakote Waterfalls? They said yes. Rough route plan was with me. No bookings for night stay made. Got up early on 28-07-2018 Saturday and started from Home by 5.30 AM and reached Warangal by 7.30 AM. I know the route up to Eturunagaram before Bhogatha and I know very well that once we cross Warangal, it is difficult to get any food. So we had Breakfast at Hotel Ashoka, Hanmakonda, once my favorite. Entered in to Mulugu road (from here entire roads are 2 lane) by 8.30 AM. Our original thought was to come back in the same route from Chitrakote but it proved wrong. Initially we thought of seeing Bhogatha falls in return journey so as to reach Chitrakote early. By 10.30 we were at Bhogatha Falls cross road and its only 1 Km from there. We thought lets have a look without wasting much time. It proved to be good decision.
  13. 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.
  14. Kalsubai Peak - The Everest of Maharashtra Last year after successful completion of Harishchandra gad trek, I decided to do Kalsubai terk in year 2022. This time the real challenge was taking 2 kids to this summit. But they managed very well. The success of this trek goes to them. Base Village We started our journey from Sangamner (previous night we reached here from Pune) in the morning with 4 adults and 2 kids. The base village was somewhat 2 hrs journey from Sangamner and we reached there by 11:00 am. After small rest we started for summit. I have already booked our stay with Mr. Jagan Khade (mobile no +91 8605963102). He was very friendly and took utmost care of us. I will highly recommend his service. How is a josh? High sir.... High Sir.... High Sir Trek starts by crossing small stre am of water which has farming land around of most of the villagers. Initial 20% of the trek is easy where you just have to cross rocks, muddy tracks and shrubs. Path for the trek is laid out so very well that it is kind of impossible to get lost. Around 2:00 PM we reached base camp. There we had our lunch in Mr. Khade’s hotel ‘Hotel Adaresh’. We then started for Summit climb to witness sunset. Campsite I would advise you to wear good quality sports/trek shoes for this trek as during rain, the path gets very slippery and needs some good grip for safety. There are various small shacks build-up by villagers throughout the trek where you can re-energize yourself but I would advise you to carry at least 2 liters of water per head and energy drinks to avoid cramps. Once you reach around 50% of the trek comes one of the difficult parts which is climbing up an iron ladder. It is an extremely tricky part of the trek which can prove fatal. Ladders are at an angle of around 70 degrees, so you need to be extremely cautious. It took us around 2 hours to reach the camp 4. We identified place for camping and pitches our tents. Around 5 PM we decided for Summit push with Kids. After climbing last ladder we reached peak. The view The view During short break Hureee we officially graduated from the top of peak. Happiness after summit climb Me & my trek partner Climber family At the top you have small temple of Kalsubai. The view from the top is extravagantly awesome, it just mesmerizes you in its beauty and leaves you awestruck the whole time you are at the top. Both my partners watching sunset Peak in the evening Last sunset of 2021 After clicking some memorable photos and cherishing the beauty of Mother Nature, we decided to return to our tents just below the peak. We called it as acclimatization round. Night was terrible it was windy and temperature was around 6 deg. But somehow kids managed it. Home for night Chilling night Next morning, we decided for final summit push. Being very cold myself and my brother in law decided to go to peak and others decided to rest in tents. We again climbed the peak for beautiful sunrise and here are few clicks. Peak around 5 PM First light Gearing up to capture sunrise Temple during sunrise me waiting for first sunrise 2022 View from top First sunrise of 2022 Love you Zindagi Me & my brother in law (Chaitanya). He is a true climber and my support during this trek. 2022 & me The peak & campsite 2022 & Aarav (my son). Happy faces We started to descend around 9:45 am. You need to be extra cautious and careful while descending as one wrong foot can be dangerous. It took us around 2 hrs to reach our base camp. We then took breakfast and again descend to base village where we had our cars parked. Chai During descend. Respect Kalsubai in Maharashtra is situated in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, Kalsubai is the most elevated point in the state, at a stunning heights of 5400 ft. above ocean level. The zone goes under Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wild-life Sanctuary and draws in countless city occupants searching for an end of the week escape out in nature! The pinnacle is appropriately called ‘Everest of Maharashtra’. The folklore says that this pinnacle of Maharashtra was named after a girl named Kalsubai, who was blessed with healing abilities and would serve the villagers and the animals. She was also quite active in Village activities, which earned her respect and fame amidst all the inmates of the village. Its believed that once she went for a hike to the peak and never returned, hence in her memory the peak was named Kalsubai and the Villagers would hike to the peak regularly to take the blessings of the Kalsubai Devi. There was a small temple built at her home and the main temple was built on the peak, named as Kalsubai Temple. Kalsubai also gives a sneak peek into other challenging treks like Madan, Alang, and Kulang forts. If you get clear skies on your day of the trek you may get a glimpse of other peaks known as Harishchandra gad, Harihargad, and Ratangad. If you are a seasoned trekker you may combine all the treks, you may pitch tents or ask for accommodation from the locals, they would be more than happy to host you. Being one of the longest treks in Maharashtra, it's also famous among the night trekkers, who flock in here to witness the Sun God bestow his first rays on them. How To Reach The Location Of Kalsubai Trek The closest railway station to the location of Kalsubai trek in Maharashtra is Igatpuri in, which is around 19 miles from the Bari town (the base town). You can take a taxi/taxi from the station and it will take not exactly an hour to arrive at the base town. On the other hand, you can arrive at the base town legitimately by means of the street from Mumbai. Reach Kasara Railway Station. Take nearby Taxi till base town Bari By Road Mumbai – Kasara – Igatpuri – Ghoti – Bari Village Kalsubai Trek from Pune By Road Pune – Sangamner – Rajur – Bhandardara – Bari Nearby manages frequently go with climbers to the Kalsubai trek in Maharashtra Neighborhood Villagers offer homestay and nourishment choice Numerous eateries are accessible till Bari Village Kalsubai Trek Details Area: Bari Village, Akole Difficulty Level: Moderate Known for: Exciting trekking trails, all-encompassing perspectives on Western Ghats, Kalsubai Temple Altitude: 1646 meters Route Of Kalsubai Trek If you are looking for what route the Kalsubai trek follows then here it is. This trek in Maharashtra starts from the Hanuman Mandir, found a couple of kilometers from Bari town. The course is all around stamped and one ought not to have an issue exploring through the trail to the pinnacle. En route, there are a couple of streams to see; you can rest at the stream in the event that you wish. On parcels where there are steep slants, stepping stools have been set up to assistance trekkers. You’ll go over the stepping stools when you draw nearer to the pinnacle. Plummet back to the base can be somewhat strenuous, so take as much time as necessary descending and be mindful. Best Time For Kalsubai Trek Best Time to Visit Kalsubai Peak – June to August for Monsoon Trek, September to October for blooms trek, November to May night treks are prescribed. Taking the trek in monsoon is an incredible time to trek to Kalsubai, the climate is fabulous and the cool temperatures make it simpler for trekking. On the off chance that you love nature and need to watch blossoms sprouting, climb up to Kalsubai in the winter season. 1. Kalsubai trek in summer starts from from Mayand extends till June. The climate is genuinely hot during the season and it tends to be very damp for trekking. 2. Kalsubai trek in monsoon season runs from June to August. The climate is cool however conditions for trekking can be dubious. It likewise gets very blustery at the Kalsubai top in the storm. 3. Kalsubai trek in December, winters in Kalsubai start from the end of October and lasts till February. The atmosphere is astounding for open-air investigation during this season. What To Pack For Kalsubai Trek - 2/3 Liters of water - Some Dry natural products/Dry Snacks/Energy Bars - Great Torch must with an additional battery - Trekking Shoes give more grasp and solace on the trek - One Day Backpack 20 to 30 liters - Sun Cap and Sunscreen - Individual First guide and Personal Medicine - ID Proof - It would be ideal if you wear Full sleeves and Full Track Pant this will shield from Summer Sun/Thorns/Insects/Prickles - Downpours are normal, so gather your sacks likewise to spare them from getting wet - Rainwear/Poncho/Waterproof coat and so on if you are undertaking Kalsubai trek in monsoon. Frequently Asked Questions About Kalsubai Trek Is Kalsubai trek troublesome? The trek is tolerably troublesome, going through lavish paddy fields, wildernesses, little streams, good countries, and rough landscapes, and takes around 3-4 hours, with short interims in the middle of, to arrive at the peak of Kalsubai. Is Kalsubai Trek safe? Is a Kalsubai trek safe in overwhelming precipitation? Truly, it’s everything safe except you simply need to avoid potential risk: First of all, it is the most elevated top in Kalsubai trek in Maharashtra so it is steep yet it has railings or iron stairs to it. To what extent does it take to climb Kalsubai? Amateurs with great wellness or standard trekkers can finish the trek in 3 hours. It will take 3 to 4 hours to finish the trek one way you ought to keep away from evening move as the Kalsubai Shikhar trek course has next to no tree spread. Is Toilet Available on Kalsubai Mountain? Not accessible at location of kalsubai trek. Arrangement for tents will be made at Villagers House – eastern style cabinet. Are Kids permitted on Kalsubai trek? Children underneath 15 with Parents supervision because of the length of Kalsubai trek. Is there telephone connectivity on Kalsubai trek? Restricted telephone network is accessible for most mobile operators and the travelers will be able to contact and keep in touch with their dear ones. The other places to visit nearby Kalsubai Trek The Bandardara Dam: This Dam is 12 km and is about 22 minutes away from Bari Village. Constructed on the River Pravara, you experience Nature at its best here. Surrounded by mountains and waterfalls all around. There’s Arther Lake and Wilson Dam. The place is also home to Agastyarishi Ashram which is about 24kms away from Bandardhara. It’s believed it was home to Lord Rama, who took his Diksha here. Harishchandragad Fort: Being the third highest peak of Maharashtra, standing at a height of 4668 feet, this trek is mentally and physically daunting. Appearing as a Cobra head this concave cliff tilted up to eighty degrees. The Ratangad Fort: Situated at about 32 km away from Bari Village, it takes about one hour ten minutes to reach here. Believed to be constructed 400 years ago, this ancient fort stands at a height of 4225 feet in the Ratanwadi Village. Lying at the bank of lake Bhandardhara, it's covered under the Ajoba Mountain Range. It appears as a tip of the needle, hence the top of the peak is known as the "eye of the needle" or the "Nedhe". Alang Madan Kulang Fort: These being the three different fort treks are considered as one of the toughest treks of the Sahyadris. Usually trekked together, the rocky patches make it difficult for them to be conquered that easily. Situated in the Nashik District near the Bhandardhara Lake, the fort Alang rises to the elevation of 4852 feet and Madan to up to 4841 feet. Igatpuri: Situated in the Western Ghats of Nasik District and well connected through railways and roadways, Igatpuri can be easily accessed through the NH3. Its connectivity through railways is also pretty good. The Bhavali Dam and the waterfalls are like 11 km away from the station and take about 20 mins to reach there. The other places of attraction in Igatpuri are Vaitarna Dam, Darna Dam, and Tringalwadi Fort, and the Internationally renowned Vipassana Meditation Centre. There’s also a famous Amruteshwar Temple of Lord Shiva that is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.
  15. Lot of debates/discussions going on Hyderabad city speed limits. Plenty of people got challans for driving above 40KMPH. I read one of the tweet from an activist recently. According to him. Not sure about the accuracy on his tweet, but 40 KMPH is pretty unrealistic and tough on people. In my opinion 60 KMPH is definitely ideal and +5KMPH buffer could help in keeping the city speeds in check. According to Hyderabad traffic police. Is it even ideal to drive under 40KMPH? One should be able to maintain 35KMPH to avoid 40 KMPH challan.
  16. Can you please share the best route from Hyderabad to Jaipur by car.
  17. Dear ALL, I am planning to travel to tirupati from Hyderabad by in a automatic car. Don't want to take bad roads. Can anyone please suggest the best route?
  18. 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
  19. Hyderabad to Koilsagar - Overnight BBQ camp under the stars - Report When: April 22nd 2017 Where: Koilsagar reservoir Distance: 140 Kilometres Objective : A small gathering with all the 'India-drive men' at the banks of the Koilsagar reservoir for an overnight camp besides Barbecue under the beautiful night skies to study the star trials. Destination description: Koilsagar is a reservoir which stretches across Peddavaagu (A minor tributary of river the Krishna). The western stretch of this picturesque reservoir is surrounded by hills making it a beautiful treat to eyes both during sunrise and sunset. Hyderabad to Koilsagar route: Hyderabad --> Jadcherla --> Devarkadra --> Koilsagar project Video: Participants: 1) Hyundai Grand i10 - Sugandhar 2) Hyundai Grand i10 - Pinaki 3) Maruti Suzuki Swift - Anand 4) Hyundai i20 Elite - Ravi Teja 5) Hyundai i20 Elite - Jagadish 6) Hyundai i20 Elite - Chinmai 7) Volkswagen Polo - Ashwin 😎 Volkswagen Polo - Raghunandan 9) Hyundai Accent Viva - Surya 10) Ford Figo Aspire - Bhargav 11) Maruti Suzuki Swift Dezire - Vishu 12) Mahindra Thar - Ravi Teja 13) Maruti Suzuki Brezza - Srinivas 14) Ford Ecosport - Vinay 15) Ford Ecosport - Varun 16) Maruti Suzuki SX4 - Tej 17) Hyundai Verna - Madhavi 18) Hyundai Verna - Nishant 19) Hyundai Creta - Sagar 20) Mahindra XUV 500 - Rahul 21) Honda Civic - Saran 22) Honda Civic - Gowtham 23) Toyota Corolla Altis - Praveen
  20. 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.
  21. Road trip experience in a Tesla Sharing a road trip experience in EV with Pros and Cons when compared with ICE cars. This is not a leisure travel, We had to go on a work trip from SF to LA. I tried to capture as many details as possible. Car Specifications: Range: 600 kilometers per charge (EPA) 0-100: 3.8 Seconds Top speed is limited to 250km/hr Supports upto Level-3 charging : 250KW/hr Auto Pilot Will be sharing more information on Tesla Super chargers in the upcoming posts A day before the trip Planning: Road trips in electric cars need some planning when compared to traditional(ICE) cars. STEP 1: You can use Tesla website to plan your trip, Select the car that you are planning to take on a drive Advantages with Tesla is super charging network Check out the website for fun : https://www.tesla.com/trips SF to LA has close to 10+ Tesla super chargers(Distance : 600+ kilometers) STEP 2: Calculate total charging time required, you can check Tesla website to understand your trip plan Total charging time required on a 616 kilometers trip is 55 minutes Details given above are in ideal conditions: 90% charge before you start, follow speed limits, no opposite wind, no cold weather(below 0C), no snow storm etc In real world, range varies, this is similar to our ARAI mileage Tesla calculates/displays range based on EPA(ARAI), add 15~20% range error All the Tesla Chargers are located close to some of the best food courts/restrooms Total saving for the trip when compared with gas cars is 52$
  22. 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. Initial plan was to catch sunrise. But home's chief minister and leader of opposition (my son, they rules the house) objected this. So started around 8 in the morning from Miyapur. Kondapochamma entry: It has two entries, main entry and secondary entry. Some times main entry is closed, no need to disappoint. There is one more entry from the back side. Drive a little further ahead you can find another entry, but the road is patchy. Kondapocharamma First Entry point location details(High crowd) : https://goo.gl/maps/N1e4tAC9bmYTB4fu8 Kondapocharamma Second Entry point location details (Medium crowd): https://goo.gl/maps/Ca3L4CuGkEc95s8E7 Kondapocharamma Third Entry point location details (Less crowd😞https://goo.gl/maps/AaRAWCpYnqos3Avg8 Road condition from Hyderabad to Kondapochamma: Roads are excellent till reservoir ( just 2 to 3 km of bad road near to it). Distance is around 65 km. Time spent at Kondapochamma: It is good location for relaxation and photography. We spend around 2 hours there, took breakfast and return back by 2PM in afternoon. Best time to visit Kondapochamma: Note: Best time to explore is early morning or late evening. Food availability at Kondapochamma: Carry own food and water, you will find nothing around it. Avoid Kondapochamma on weekends: Avoid Kondapochamma during weekends, it is usually overcrowded. If you plan on weekend, start early in the morning from Hyderabad. Crowd picks up post 10AM. Some of the important facts about Kondapochamma 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. It is around 15 kilometers in area Costed around 1700 crores, water is spread around 17 sqkms Maximum depth is around 600M Provides irrigation to around 2,85,000 acres through canals Mandatory selfie with the steed
  23. Intro Rant: Summers are always tricky. Most people don't prefer to venture out on a trip in summer, for obvious reasons. So, when I bounced an idea off a trip to Warangal this summer, everyone went nuts. They even ridiculed that I'm not in my senses. But I did not want to drop the idea just because someone feels it to be stupid. I needed a break from my monotonous work life, so I was adamant. I know my wife also wouldn't agree; even if she does, she doesn't come considering the weather, but I have to do the customary - inform. My son's response, quick as a wink, was "Let's do it". Wonderful kid. It took some collective effort by me and my son to get the go-ahead from the home minister. Phew! Plan and Preparation: Being a Kakatiya University graduate myself, I regret not exploring enough of Warangal (capital of Kakatiya Dynasty) for long, which is known for its rich history and heritage. Though it is well within 150 km distance from my hometown and also from Hyderabad, I did not specifically travel to see some of its historical places. So, it's that time again - One-day trip! There was this understanding with my wife and me that any impromptu trip needs to be done and dusted same day. If it's feasible and possible then she and our daughter would also join. Otherwise, my only soul companion is my son on any given day. He can only match and endure my crazy schedule. But being peak summer, my wife was skeptical and worried about excessively hot weather. Only after explaining and reassuring about all necessary precautions taken, we were given the nod. I feel there is nothing like "perfect" time to travel. There is only convenient time. The more the amount of convenience the better. That's it. Peak season travel can bring expensive price tags, overcrowded tours, accommodation, parking and food problems etc. So sometimes off-season travelling could bring in some benefits. One such benefit is leisurely exploring the place in its entirety without hassle. In the end, it proved to be a wise decision as we could spend some quality time exploring the places (especially Laknavaram which is crowded during peak season). Once the date (April 15th) was decided, it was only up to us on how many places we can cover in a day. We finalized 6 places. I've gone through Google maps for route and order of visit. The Route: Hyderabad -> Bhuvanagiri -> Yadadri -> Kazipet -> Warangal. This is the only route everyone takes from Hyderabad, but little did we know what was in store for us. The four-lane road is under construction from Yadadri (Yadagirigutta) to Warangal, and it is a 99-km section of National Highway–163 in Telangana. Lots of patches, diversions and traffic was allowed only on one side. It was a nightmare to drive with heavy oncoming truck traffic especially at night. It took nearly 4 hours to cover 145 odd KMs for return journey, excluding dinner time. The Journey: Below was the order of places we wanted to visit: Bhadrakali Temple Warangal Fort Thousand-Pillar Temple Ramappa Temple Laknavaram Lake Pakhal Lake Trip Details: Total distance covered: 539 KM Total duration of the trip: 17 hours Road Conditions: NH163 - Yadadri to Warangal: Quite a few diversions, patchy roads, potholes, and heavy truck traffic (at night). Other connecting roads are good to okay. If travelling to Pakhal lake from Laknavaram then do not blindly follow Google maps. It'll take you through some thandas. We drove almost 6 KM through a thanda and got lost. Just take left at Mallampalli and follow NH365 until Narsampet (Ambedkar statue), and then take left and follow Pakhal road till the lake. Food Options: Limited food options everywhere we visited except Warangal. At Laknavaram, food options available like lunch, but depends on the crowd. Better to carry home-made food to other places. Parking Facility: Limited or no proper parking facilities at all places I visited. It'll be chaos at Laknavaram in peak season unless there is an alternative.
  24. December long weekend getaway plans from Hyderabad? 1. Hyderabad to Goa : Nothing can beat December vibes of Goa No of days : 4/5 days Road condition: Average Latest road condition : https://www.trifod.com/index.php?/topic/1505-hyderabad-to-goa-road-trip-nov-2020/ 2. Hyderabad to Ooty : (4 /5 days) The queen of hill stations No of days : 4/5 days Road condition: Excellent 3. Hyderabad to Chikmagalur : (4 days) The queen of hill stations No of days : 4/5 days Road condition: Excellent 4. Hyderabad to Maredumilli: Winter is the best time to visit No of days : 4 days Road condition: Good
  25. 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
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