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Old 20th July 2016, 08:38   #46
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Default Trip #2 Chennai - Vijaywada - Hyderabad - Tadoba - Hyderabad - Nagarjunasagar - Chennai

Trip 2 : May 2016
Chennai - Vijaywada - Hyderabad - Tadoba - Hyderabad - Nagarjunasagar - Chennai
9 Days ~ 2800 Kms

This was the longest road trip in the storme so far.

Highlights of the trip from a storme perspective:
1. Full load with 4 adults, 2 kids (12 yrs, 3 yrs) and enough baggage was comfortably managed in the 2BHK on wheels.
2. Sweltering heat around vijayawada (42-43 degs), hyderabad (42-43 degs) and especially tadoba (43-44 degs) was comfortably managed in the storme. AC worked wonderfully well and no issues due to heating etc.
3. Soft-roading in the Tadoba forest in the storme. One of the very few reserves that allows private vehicles after a forest permit is obtained. So drive it on all types of terrain in the forest without any fuss.
4. Am not a music fan, but on the return leg was with a friend who is a music afficonado and he enjoyed the music to the fullest extent.
5. Hyderabad - Chennai was an almost non stop 11 hour drive on a single tank. 747 Km and when I topped up on reaching home, 54 litres went in.

Some pics to do the talking

Stayed at the MTDC Tadoba. Probably the best accomodation at the park.

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View from the cottage balcony. Was sweltering hot outside

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Went out on 4 safaris - 3 in the forest gypsies and one in the storme. Hadnt seen tigers in 25+ national park visits over the last 25 years and then had an amazing sighting in Tadoba. We spotted Maya and her 3 cubs (2 males and 1 female) across the 3 days that we were there. Some of the pics below

Maya and her cubs

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Saw a lot of other wildlife too. Wild dogs relaxing in the pool

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A sloth bear ambling along

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Baby owl and its mother

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An alligator beside the tadoba lake

Omni present Bison

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Plenty of sambar deer. Here is one quenching his thirst.

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Jungle Hare

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Nothing beats the experience of doing the safari in your own vehicle.

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That's me and our forest guide Lakshman at the end of the safari.

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The beast was caked in dust at the end of the safari and i was surprised at the amount of dust that went into the rear door latch

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Overall a very memorable trip. Tadoba is truly the tigers abode.

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After dropping my parents at hyderabad and my family flying off to mumbai from there, it was me and a friend who drove back to chennai with a load of andhra mangoes and their aroma filling the storme Nice return trip with a short break at nagarjunsagar dam and some soft roading around it.

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End of Trip 2.
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Old 20th July 2016, 15:11   #47
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Default Trip 3 : Chennai - Sriharikota - Chennai

Trip 3 : Jun 2016
Chennai - Sriharikota - Chennai
1 Day ~ 280 Kms

This one was a unique and exciting trip. A solo drive early morning to watch the PSLV C34 takeoff from Sriharikta High Altitude Range (SHAR) of the satish dhawan space center. Amazing experience to see the rocket blast off. The sonic boom was so loud that panels inside the storme were vibrating! Overall a pretty smooth ride on NH4.

Just the kind of action that I picked the beast for.

Some pics below. Pardon the quality since they are all phone pics. Murphy struck that day. I had my DSLR without any charge in the battery with me.

For lesser mortals like me who didnt have any special passes from ISRO, The launch can be viewed from across a lake. There is a mud road skirting the lake exactly opposite the 2 launch pads. I reached an hour early and parked there

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Those towers acros the lake are Launch pad 1. The launch was from Launch pad 2 which is to the right of those towers

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And then people gathered and soon you start checking the time. Launch was at 9.26 AM and all you can do is only guess how close you are to the ISRO time. And then suddenly it was off!

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The blastoff was greeted with loud cheers from the 40-50 people that had gathered to watch it.

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And then it kept thrusting up , up and away.

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Beyond a point there is a sonic boom that hits you and it is something to experience. The door panels, windows all started rattling in the storme!

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And within a minute and a half, it was out of sight.

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What an experience!

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So, thats what the storme has been up to. There are 2 more long road trips coming up. Will update as I complete them.

Trip 4:August 2016
Chennai - Bangalore - Mudumalai - Bangalore - Chennai
4 Days ~ 1500 Kms

Trip 5 : Sep 2016
Chennai - Chitradurga - Dandeli - Goia - Jog Falls - Shimoga - Chennai
9 Days ~ 2500 kms
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Default Trips 4 and 5!

So both the trips mentioned in the above post went as planned and the storme was as good as it can be on the trips. Took all types of road conditions in in its stride without any issue whatsoever.

Odo stands at 15244 km currently in 8 months of ownership. The Second free service was done at 9800 Kms and wiper blades were replaced FoC as part of the Gold AMC. Apart from that I have picked up an annual wash package with 3M and so the beast goes in for a nice foam treatment and under body, internal wash and vaccum after every long trip.

Trip 4:August 2016
Chennai - Wellington - Mudumalai - Bangalore - Chennai
4 Days ~ 1496 Kms

Me and my friend (he drives a thar) had decided to indulge in some cycling in the nilgiris combined with a visit to his estate. This combined with the heavy rains in gudalur in august meant some fair bit of soft roading. In the estate this means a lot of slush and water crossing. I was amazed at how the beast (remember mine is a 4*2) performed. Of course the thar was there for any eventuality but we never got to any situation that needed it. It was able to do the water crossing of a boulder ridden stream with ease, navigate estate roads that had 4-6 inches of slush also without a fuss. a bit of sliding around was actually fun

The Thar in the water crossing
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The storme entering the crossing

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Posing in the water
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...and exit
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The beasts together
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And the storme posing alone
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Overall the trip was a confidence booster in what the 4*2 version can be pushed too. Made me realise:
* The weight doesn't bog it down like i thought it would. Somehow feels nimble
* The wheels are nicely set inside the wheel well and there wasn't any unneccesary mud / slush spluttering on to the body
* The torque deliverd in the first gear is phenomenal to make it move in any sticky soft-road situation and you dont even need to rev very high. Just putters along
* Slightly larger tyres may make it even more capable


Apart from the offroading, this was the beast's first visit to the hills and it was a treat to drive it around, especially in the hair pin bends with the rear wheel drive serving as a pivot, so much more fun than my honda city.

Trip 5 : Sep 2016
Chennai - Chitradurga - Dandeli - Goa - Jog Falls - Shimoga - Chennai (Intended)
Chennai - Chitradurga - Dandeli - Goa - Anantpur - Chennai (Actual)
9 Days ~ 2323 kms


This was a family trip all over north karnataka made adventurous by the agitation between TN and Karnataka over the cauvery water. We had crossed into bangalore just a day before things went bad and so were safely away but the return trip from goa via jog falls and shimoga had to be cancelled. My wife and daughter flew down to chennai from goa and me and my son drove a slightly circitous route via londa, hubli, hospet, bellary, anantpur to chennai. The return drive was mentaally tiring since all the above mentioned routes were single lane highways, so had to constantly watch for on coming traffic and overtake. Lots of heavy truck traffic after hospet.

Some pictures to do the talking.

On the way to dandeli. beautiful roads in north karnataka and the wildlife we saw there needs a thread of its on.
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Lovely sightings of the hornbill and kali river crocodiles.
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Weaver birds are plenty there too with their beautifully woven nests
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Network signal in dandeli near the forest rest house is best recieved on top of this watch tower
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Moved on to Goa after making sure there was no tension in reaching the karnataka goa border. Thanks to our indian army for the situation updates.

Typical goan roads. Thin nd lined with beautiful surroundings. A drive to my alma-mater - Goa institute of management at Ribandar.
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A short trip to divar island the church that adorns its hill
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Can a signboard be any simpler? This personifies goan culture - simple, fun, effective
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Stayed 3 days at goa and then took the altered return journey as i mentioned above.

Sign of things to come in the ghats - Clouds!
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Some heavy fog made the drive fun and challenging. (Note: fog was far denser than the pictures make it look!)

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A boat on a truck!
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Windmills after hubli
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The thermal power station at bellary
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Nothing more relieving than crossing over from Karnataka into Andhra!

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The trip was fun, but all the agitation tension distupted the return. Made me identify a few spots for a next holiday though. The daroji bear sanctuary at bellary, Horseley hills at madanapalle and ofcourse Hampi. Have already prepared a 5 day itinerary!

Overall, the highlights from a storme perspective on this trip were:
* Physically no strain at all. I did a non-stop 11 hours drive from goa to anantpur and not a niggle anywhere in the body - ankles, elbows, lower back - typically prone areas were perfect
* Mileage was stupendous through out. 14+ consistently
* The ability to pull through in any gear. I overtook trucks in 4th and 5th gear without having to think of down shifting. Just press the A-pedal and the power surge continues. Beautiful response in the 1800-2800 rpm band.


A mileage pic to sign off the kitna deti hai question Average till date close to 13 kpl! In City consistently 12 kpl, In highway consistently 14 kpl. 100% AC ON!
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Hai seek

strome looks a real beast .my strome is also giving this same mileage .
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For lesser mortals like me who didnt have any special passes from ISRO, The launch can be viewed from across a lake. There is a mud road skirting the lake exactly opposite the 2 launch pads. I reached an hour early and parked there
Can you post exact GPS coordinates of this place? and directions ?
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Hai seek

strome looks a real beast .my strome is also giving this same mileage .
Thanks gagan. yes, a beast it is!





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Can you post exact GPS coordinates of this place? and directions ?
Hi arjithin, I can find out the GPS coordinate and let you know. Else I am sharing the link to a blog that I read and followed for the exact directions to the site. It's perfect to the T.

http://bharatrram.blogspot.in/2015/1...india.html?m=1

(All credits to the blog owner)

Infact today was the pslv launch. Had to miss it due to work.
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I guess this was somewhere near Ramnagar.
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I guess this was somewhere near Ramnagar.
Yes, exactly. Just after coming down the ghats and heading towards Ramnagar.
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