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Old 10th March 2008, 21:23   #46
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Chirala is close to 312 Kms from Hyderabad via Guntur (Hyderabad - Narketpalle - Nalgonda - Guntur - Bapatla) . The Vodarevu beach is about 6 Kms from Chirala and doesn't have decent lodging facilities. Staying at Guntur (35 Kms away) and travelling to Chirala would be a better option.

Another option would be to book the APTDC's Suryalanka Beach Resort at Bapatla and stay there. Bapatla is again pretty close to Chirala.
Even thought Chirala is not a big city like Guntur, its a business center. I will be surprised id you can not find decent accommodation there. It will not b a bad idea ti pick up some good cashews there.
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Old 10th March 2008, 21:37   #47
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Hi,
Can you give stay options at all these places you suggested in the post.
R.Anand, Around Delhi

::Welcome To Srisaila Devasthanam :: enables you to book different types of accomodation (hotel, cottages) Hotels referred to by PVS in this thread are decent and have great views. The Satyam cottage is the ultimate though

Vijay Vihar is a lovely place to stay at Nagarjunasagar. This you can book through APTDC
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As an alternative , you can check out Srisailam, take the ghat road via Dornala, and come to Nagarjunsagar - stay there and get back to Hyderabad. I believe the Dornala ghat road is good.
We did that in Dec, 07. The ghat road that descends from Srisailam to Dornala was simply superb, and quite scenic too.
You will need to turn left at Dornala, and left again after some distance to proceed to Sagar via Macherla. One could even visit Ethipothala waterfalls that are located around 15 kms before Sagar.
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Even thought Chirala is not a big city like Guntur, its a business center. I will be surprised id you can not find decent accommodation there. It will not b a bad idea ti pick up some good cashews there.

You can stay in chilakaluripet and drive to Chirala to see the vodarevu beach, there is resort thing in chirala named Sip and Dip Cottages, 850/- per day , if its a all guy gang go for it , Strict no for FAMILIES , it was more of a guest house for .... you know what I'm talking about , in fact there is another beach called Ramapuram beach near chirala, which I was told that very good and there is Resort which was looking decent and much better than Vodarevu.

best bet would be SURYALANKA beach resort you can find my travelogue at http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...ch-resort.html (Suryalanka: Beach Resort)

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You can stay in chilakaluripet and drive to Chirala to see the vodarevu beach, there is resort thing in chirala named Sip and Dip Cottages, 850/- per day , if its a all guy gang go for it , Strict no for FAMILIES , it was more of a guest house for .... you know what I'm talking about , in fact there is another beach called Ramapuram beach near chirala, which I was told that very good and there is Resort which was looking decent and much better than Vodarevu.

best bet would be SURYALANKA beach resort you can find my travelogue at http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...ch-resort.html (Suryalanka: Beach Resort)

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My friends used to mention to me the STC (tobacco company) guest houses along the coast are good for "you know what I mean". These guest houses are apparently available for booking (or probably by paying the keeper there) when they have no company guests. I am not in to it much so never had a first hand experience.

The pics were really beautiful in your travelogue.

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Uma Maheswaram temple is located on the way to Sri Sailam, about 140 km from Hyderabad. We went there last Sunday and it turned out to be a proper monsoon trip accompanied with some nice drizzle.

Before reaching Munanur there is a diversion towards right which goes to Rangapur village, and onwards to Achampet. At Rangapur there is a left turn which leads to the temple after about 4 km.

A view of the wet roads and monsoon clouds.
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View of the temple courtyard.
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A view of the valley. You can see the snaky road at te bottom. There are a few hairpin curves just before reaching the temple.
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Watch out for the monkeys near the temple. This one was watching us having prasadam.
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You can stay in chilakaluripet and drive to Chirala to see the vodarevu beach, there is resort thing in chirala named Sip and Dip Cottages, 850/- per day , if its a all guy gang go for it , Strict no for FAMILIES , it was more of a guest house for .... you know what I'm talking about
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Ok, now I am clear about what to sip and what to dip into
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Ok, now I am clear about what to sip and what to dip into
the best thing is to book the Suryalanka beach resort , and have a great time with the family, for weekends book it a week earlier to be on the safer side, the reason we had to go to chilakaluripet was that we couldnt get the cottage for Sat.
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This was our last weekend getaway to Medak and Pocharam. Medak is around 85 km on the Dundigal highway and Pocharam is another 10 km from Medak. There is a church and fort in Medak.

Roads are pretty good and only a few small stretches have potholes. Lots of greenery on the way.
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On the way we could see lots of monkeys.
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Roads.
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The church at Medak.
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The fort at Medak. We did not go up there since it was getting late.
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Awesome pictures dude. I liked that picture of the crane, looks so peaceful.
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Awesome pictures dude. I liked that picture of the crane, looks so peaceful.
Thanks! Pictures were taken by my wife.

I used to think there are not many places to see around Hyderabad. But this thread has changed my opinion. Now we are trying to cover all the places listed here!
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Old 5th August 2008, 07:30   #57
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hey, a few more options:

Drive down to warangal on the NH 202 - From there head towards Narsampet and onwards to Pakhal Lake; it is deserted with no facilities - but you can spend some moments of silence there - head straight from there to Bhadrachalam - you'll reach by evening - check into APTDC tourism hotel or another good hotel on the main road (forgot the name) will let you know - pm me if required.

Have a darshan of Sri Ram at the Bhadrachalam temple. the next morning either head off to Sri Raamgiri about 70 Kms away for a boat ride on the Godavari to Paapikondalu Hills (You will get back by evening to Sri Raamgiri) or drive along the road to Chinturu and beyond to the Sileru hydroelectric power station.

I had done this trip on the route mentioned - but could not beyond Chinturu..

The road from Warangal to Bhadrachalam via Pakhal and Illandu is good- single laned amidss thick vegetation - you will like it.
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Smile Some more destinations from Hyderabad

Some more weekend destinations (which I have done during my stay at Hyd):

i) Tadoba Wild Life Sanctuary - See link below where all necessary details are well documented by GR. (Hyderabad-Tadoba - Welcome to Business Standard Motoring)

I did this route at night in 2005. There was very less trafic in the state highways. Regarding accomodation, best place to stay is at the Government Hotel within Tadoba WLS. It is advisable to book in advance.

ii) Manginapudi Beach - Very isolated beach with even fewer tourists. We managed to take the qualis as close as 20 fet from the waves.

Route we did : Hyderabad -NH9-> Vijaywada -> Machhilipatnam -> Manginapudi

Accomodation - No facilities at all in Manginapudi. We paid 200 bucks and stayed in a villager's house. Better to be based at Machhilipatnam (IIRC, 14 kms from Manginapudi)

iii) Day Trip to Gundala Rocks.
(The Hindu : Andhra Pradesh News : Picturesque Gundala chosen for hydel plant)

We came to know about this place from another article in Hindu. Sorry, but I have forgotten the details of the route we took. Only thing I remember is that we took a right turn from NH-7 just before entering Kurnool. And then had to ask the locals a lot of time to find the place.Was a very scenic route through cultivations, rivulets, canals etc once we left NH-7.

In summer, the Krishna river bed is mostly dry revealing the awesome rock formations. You will need to walk/trek/climb through these rocks for one or 2 kms to reach the krishna river which falls through a small gorge.
The last few kms are not motorable by car. Our bullets made it till the edge of the rock formations. Also we took a local villager/shephard as guide. Otherwise it is very difficult to trek in the right direction through the rock valley, towards the gorge.

Also note that there is no provision for food, tea shop etc. This is a very interior location.
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PVS and rajatmakar, those places seem to be quite interesting. Hope to visit them pretty soon!
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Route: Vikarabad -> Ananthagiri Hills -> Dharur -> Kotepalli
Distance: 95 km

Roads are good. There are some steep roads in Ananthagiri.

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Kotepalli reservoir.

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Just downstream of Kotepalli there are some nice spots for picnic and trekking.

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