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Last weekend me and Saran decided to explore a new place called Gottamgutta.
We started searching online for routes and other information.

Even after spending an hour, I couldn't find anything related to routes and places to visit.

We decided to start early in the morning and explore this place.

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Distance :  Hyderabad to Gottamgutta : 120 kilometers
Route :
There are two routes to reach this place. One is a regular route through the village called Chandrampalli (dam).
Other route is through few small villages and a forest.

We obviously took the forest route.

Hyderabad > Sangareddy > Zaheerabad > Govindapur >  Mogudampalli > Chincholi wild life scantuary > Gottam Gutta

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Red marked path is not present in Google maps. 

 

Places to visit
1. Chincholi Wild life scantuary
2. Gottamgutta (trek)

3. Chandrampalli dam

 

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We started at 4 AM,
We took the ORR from Gachibowli to Mumbai highway exit.

We reached Mumbai exit super quickly, though the road was a little bumpy and traffic was very low. 

First 15/20 kilometers from the ORR exit to Zaheerabad is a 4-lane old highway.
After that, it is a newly laid Pune highway (4 lane), road quality is excellent with less traffic. Hence, we made quick progress to reach Zaheerabad.

 

They have installed 1 toll between Hyderabad and Zaheerabad, priced around 80/-
Fast tag is enabled at this toll.

 

Full moon view from the cockpit 

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We stopped over at a truck lay by for quick pictures. The led lights at junctions are impressive. 

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Our next stop was at a road side Dhaba in Zaheerabad. We had a quick tea, stocked some water bottles and started our journey into the interiors of the villages. 

Once we diverted the from main road, views were fantastic through out the drive

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As soon as we entered the Karnataka border, there were tourism boards.
We were impressed for sure, they have built roads in such a remote area to promote tourism.

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We need to enter the Chincholi wild sanctuary to visit Gottamgutta. No permits are required and it is open to  all.

All hatchbacks and sedans can do without any issue. Since it is a mud track, careful driving is required. 

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Few animals like fox, deer and peacocks are present in this scantuary.
We could listen to the fox howl, but had a tough time to spot it. We gave up.
We spotted few peacocks which is a common site around Zaheerabad.  

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Looking at those old set of wheels, We realized how much the new generation vehicles have changed. 

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Once we reached the Chincholi Sanctuary dead end, we need to park our car (near a small temple) and climb up the hill to the get the views. 

Trekking path is narrow and trek level is easy. 

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We trekked up around 200 meters and the entire area was filled with fog. 

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Total trek path is around 1 kilometer and the views were fantastic. 

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It looked like an Amazon forest from the study books. Pretty very calm and remote. 

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As the sun started to rise, the visibility got down even further due to fog. DSLR had focus issues in fog and low light, we managed to capture few pictures in our mobiles. 

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We did not go to the top of the foot hill and decided to head back due to time constraint. 

In our return journey we explored a few trails near the sanctuary. 

 

Formula that I learnt, go an extra kilometer and it is never crowded!

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We drove around 2 kilometers into the tails.

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And the sun started to rise 

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Ignore the quality, captured on my mobile :)

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Stay close to the Nature. What would you prefer, a luxury hotel or to camp in the middle of a farm like this?

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We watched the beautiful sunrise. 

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and we drove back to Hyderabad

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We reached Hyderabad by 9:30 AM

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~The end~

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15 hours ago, veeran said:

such a quick and wonderful trip....cheers

 

13 hours ago, chaitanyap said:

awesome writeup and beautiful pictures! Kudos to your adventurous spirit guys!

 

2 hours ago, shiva said:

Fantastic work.

 

Thank you 
 

2 hours ago, shiva said:

Any timings or entry fee for the sanctuary? 

 

No timings, would suggest you to avoid the place during the night time. Early morning is the best time to visit.
No entry fee.



 

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[mention=488]Saran[/mention] and [mention=1]Ranger[/mention] beautiful pictures.
Keep on finding more places for people like us.

Fantastic work.
You guys have explored many unknown places and made it easy for us. 
 
Any timings or entry fee for the sanctuary? 
Great pictures [mention=1]Ranger[/mention] [mention=488]Saran[/mention]. Another place explored and it is just beautiful. You guys should have hiked up an extra mile more [emoji3] Anyways, will plan to visit this place again sometime.
awesome writeup and beautiful pictures! Kudos to your adventurous spirit guys!
such a quick and wonderful trip....cheers
Thanks guys [emoji4]
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8 hours ago, sagar said:

You guys should have hiked up an extra mile more :D Anyways, will plan to visit this place again sometime.


Yeah, we should have went down further but the fog is the spoil sport.

We had issues while capturing images.

It will be fun going in a group.

We concentrated more on exploring the places around due to time constraint. 


We need to carry some food/water, If we are planning to trek.

Next time, we will go prepared in a group. 

 

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Thanks@Sridhar [emoji4]

 

On 12/5/2017 at 9:49 AM, karthik said:
Gottamgutta it safe for families?
Do they have any food options near the place?
 

 

Place is very remote. So, good if there is 4 to 5 guys if you are planning a trip with family. We haven't seen any food venue there as we went in the early morning. But, there is a gated park. Seen a building inside. Might have a canteen type. However, not sure about it.

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6 hours ago, vamsikrishna said:

I tried exploring gottamgutta and ettipoda a couple of years ago along with a friend who works in zaheerabad. It's is kind of remote place. We visited the place in september.


Nice pictures, looks like a same place.

I have been to ethipothala around 2014, we drove through some remote villages.

 

Did you trek down from the temple for the view? Is there any other route?

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Impressive place.

Nice work guys. 
Pictures look fabulous @Saran @Ranger and @vamsikrishna

 

Gottam gutta and waterfalls are two different locations?

 

Pictures shared by vamshikrishna has lot of greenery.
Did you visit during monsoon?
Waterfalls will be dry by now, If I am not wrong 
:(

 

On 12/6/2017 at 4:53 PM, Sridhar Tandra said:

will plan sometime after I return from Shabarimala

 

Please keep me in the loop, would love to join!

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On 12/7/2017 at 10:00 AM, uday said:

Impressive place.

Nice work guys. 
Pictures look fabulous @Saran @Ranger and @vamsikrishna

 

thank you for your kind words :)

Yes the waterfalls I posted and gottamgutta are two different locations, may be around 15km. I can't recollect exactly but they are not close and if I'm not wrong the water from ethipoda flows into gottamgutta.
I visited the place in Sep 2015, after the first rains. As you can see the gottamgutta is empty when I was there.

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 You guys are true inspiration for the people who struggle to find out some good places around Hyderabad for weekend getaway.  Never heard about this place yet very nearby. Thanks for sharing guys. Kudos!! And, as always, pictures are really great! 

 

 

 

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[mention=1]Ranger[/mention], [mention=488]Saran[/mention].. You guys are true inspiration for the people who struggle to find out some good places around Hyderabad for weekend getaway.  Never heard about this place yet very nearby. Thanks for sharing guys. Kudos!! And, as always, pictures are really great! 
 
 
 
Thanks a lot bro [emoji847]
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On 12/5/2017 at 9:47 AM, Ranger said:

No timings, would suggest you to avoid the place during the night time. Early morning is the best time to visit.
No entry fee.

 

Thank you for the update.

Adding few points from my research.

 

This place has multiple names.

  • Gottamgutta
  • Gottam gotta

 

While using google maps, we should search for Chincholi wild life sanctuary. 

Also other side of the water body is called chandrampally.

According to the reports Gottamgutta side view is much better than Chandrampally.

 


 

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"As soon as we entered the Karnataka border, there were tourism boards.
We were impressed for sure, they have built roads in such a remote area to promote tourism."

 

Yes. thats true.

Been to Apsarkonda, Karnataka, India recently. Its on the way to Murdeshwar from Gokarna.

The place looks like remote, there is only a village near by and no bug city near. But I see well laid roads, Park on the Hill so clean and neat. Amazingly, the staff and parking guy are on duty by 9AM.

 

 

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Guest Sanam

Wow, Lovely pictures. Never heard of this place. Looks perfect for an early morning drive. Any breakfast options enroute gottamgutta? I shall try to plan a breakfast drive with my family coming weekend.

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37 minutes ago, driveking said:

So this destination is ideal during monsoon?

 

Yes, it should be good to go in monsoon.
But I'm not sure about the mud track.

A vehicle with good GC can do it easily, there can be some slush.

 

There are small waterfalls, which will be active during monsoon.

 

39 minutes ago, driveking said:

Is it safe for trekking?

 

Safety can be an issue.

Place is not commercial.

 

39 minutes ago, driveking said:

I guess it is Karnataka boarder. 

 

Yes, It is in Telangana and Karnataka boarder.

But this place comes under Karnataka.

 

They developed this place for tourism.

This shows  their commitment of Karnataka tourism, 

They came all the way and created a tourist destination in such an isolated place. 

 

It worth a one time visit, early morning would be ideal. 

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2 hours ago, ksa171983 said:

had gone to the zaheerabad stretch over the weekend but just did not go the complete way thinking going alone is neither safe nor recommended

 

Not safe to go alone.
Place is very secluded.

 

Recent lynching incident in Bidar, kills the confidence further.  

 

New highway to Zaheerabad is fun to go on a quick getaway. 

How is the traffic? 

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57 minutes ago, Ranger said:

New highway to Zaheerabad is fun to go on a quick getaway. 

How is the traffic? 

yep .. just drive and keep driving :)

Traffic wise i did not face any trouble .. occasional idiotic folks but otherwise it was smooth..

I did not go through the ORR.. i drove only through the mumbai highway ..

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On 12/5/2017 at 9:47 AM, Ranger said:

 

 

 

Thank you 
 

 

No timings, would suggest you to avoid the place during the night time. Early morning is the best time to visit.
No entry fee.



 

Why avoid at night time? Animals? Cops? Thugs? 

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20 hours ago, Guest Vishu said:

Why avoid at night time? Animals? Cops? Thugs? 

 

It is better to avoid the place during the night. The place is very deserted and close to the Chincholi. How much ever safe we think it can be, there will always be a calculated risk :) 

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To satiate our wanderlust, we set on an impromptu road trip albeit on bikes this time. Visited Chincholi wildlife sanctuary today morning. Though did not visit Chandrampalli dam, we spent quality time trekking and exploring the location.

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Three musketeers:

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Adios amigos:

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18 hours ago, KSK said:

we spent quality time trekking and exploring the location.

 

Beautiful pictures,
Any improvement in the place/facilities. 

 

Did you guys trek all the way down?
There was plenty of water during our visit. Looks like it is completly dry now. 

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18 hours ago, sagar said:

Lovely, You really are on a roll to explore the places around Hyderabad. What's next in line? Brilliant pictures btw :) 

 

Thank you @sagar Yeah ?, with no road trips (apart from team Baleno meets) whatsoever in 2018 due to professional constraints, I'm trying to make amends this year.

 

Next is, BOCH 8th meet @Chirala in March, and thereafter I'm going to visit a couple of other beaches and hope island. And of course, the list is very big this year ☺️.

18 hours ago, Ranger said:

 

Beautiful pictures,
Any improvement in the place/facilities. 

 

Did you guys trek all the way down?
There was plenty of water during our visit. Looks like it is completly dry now. 

 

Thank you @Ranger. Roads to sanctuary are good, and the place is deserted, not a single soul to be seen. The guard (who was speaking half Telugu and half Kannada) politely said it's not allowed to go down, so we went a couple of hundreds of mtrs along the trail and returned back.

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1 hour ago, KSK said:

The guard (who was speaking half Telugu and half Kannada) politely said it's not allowed to go down, so we went a couple of hundreds of mtrs along the trail and returned back.

 

That's nice but, the guard has warned you guys about the risk factor and hasn't restricted you based on rules is what I have understood. :D 

 

1 hour ago, KSK said:

I'm trying to make amends this year.

 

You should do a monsoon drive this August. It would be the best drive in your travel calendar this year :) 

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1 hour ago, sagar said:

@KSKCheck out the link above if you haven't. Something interesting.

 

That's one commendable, adventurous and wow-spiring trip by those guys. Always inspires me to explore more seeing these kinds of trip logs. Very good photography there as well.

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