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In my short 11 months of ownership of the Taurus (Fiat Punto) as well as my previous ownership of various cars and bikes I do understand there is no single vehicle which is perfect. My Punto isnít perfect as well nor were any of the cars or bikes that I have owned or rode. Each vehicle has its own strength and weaknesses and one slowly accepts it. You learn to work around its strength, bypassing its weakness and connect with your vehicle.

My connection with Taurus too has grown stronger with each passing day. One thing that stands out with Fiats is that it plasters a wide grin on your face every time you are behind the wheel. The urge to just drive your Fiat is like no other. I have loved all my vehicles before this as well but none has come close to Punto as a driverís car. The more you drive it the more you want. As a driverís car Fiats surely will be up there with the best in world.

We have had 5 trips now in the first eight months since Taurus came home. Three of them were close to 2.5 K kms trip. Such is the joy while driving this car that we have been finding excuses to plan a trip each time there is a holiday. The only thing that stops us from making more trips is Vitamin M. My first travelogue is already posted in the forum and can be found here

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...ern-ghats.html (Pun-toured : The Beautiful Western Ghats)

I do hope itís as useful to others as various other travelogues of the esteemed members have been to all travel crazy TBHPIANs.

This particular trip was done during the republic day long weekend. We started on 24th Jan 2015 and came back on 27th Jan 2015. Before I move on the customary route and trip stats.

Route Map

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We took the highlighted route and the roads are brilliant throughout. This route is close to 800 Kms and touches NH9 for about 80 Kms and then around 220 Kms on SH2 and the rest 500 kms on NH5 and NH45. The SH2 is a state highway and is laid out well but is a little narrower than highways. But maintaining speeds is pretty easy. Lots of villages and human settlements though tend to bring down the speeds.

I knew about ECR road connecting Chennai and Pondicherry but took the NH45 both the times. What I didnít know that itís one of the most scenic roads in India along the east coast. In order to save some time I took the NH45 both the times. I came to know of this after the trip was over. Regret not taking the ECR at least while coming back. May be some other time but felt sad that I didnít take that route. I should have googled about ECR before.

The trip stats

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Distance Covered: 1779 kms
Travel Time (In car): 32:07 hours
Average Speed: 55 km/h
Mileage: 14.9 km/l (MID)
Mileage: 14.2 km/l (Tankful Method)
Total Diesel Consumed: 125 liters approx.

So my observation that MID shows a mileage which is in the range 0.5-1.0 km/l more than tank full method proves true again.

Well I know these stats really arenít great for MJD and that too for a highway trip. As they say stats hide more than they reveal. The average speeds seems very humble but these have been bought down really because of the in city drive within Pondicherry which bought both the average speeds as well as the mileage. If I take out the city drive the average speeds would be closer to 80 km/h. The learning's that I took from my previous trips was to drive the best possible speeds the car and the driver can manage.

Itís always better to be at your destination before dark sets in. No point taking all the stress with your loved ones by your side. I choose to be a lot more attentive during the day time and drive at the best possible speeds as possible. Itís a little difficult to maintain good speeds after evenings as it gets darker. I have now developed this habit of doing all these calculations in my head and keep up the pace. But being a FIATIAN and member of this esteemed community I make sure that my drive doesnít cause any problems whatsoever to fellow riders on the road.

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Jan 24 2015 - Day 1

Start Early, Drive Sensibly and Reach on Time

Thatís the mantra we have been following since the late night driving experiences. We planned to start before 4:00 AM this time but with a kid itís never really easy. They behave exactly opposite of what you expect them to when required. We had done all our pre travel preparations before evening the previous day. I worked from home the day before and we retired by 8:00 PM. We had made sure that our daughter doesnít sleep in the afternoon but still she kept us awake until after 10:00 PM. We woke up around 3:00 AM and it was not until after 5:00 AM that we started our trip.

Start of trip pic

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Itís still sleeping time for my princess

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We started our trip at 5:20 AM and its really smooth route towards Vijayawada, Chennai etc. from ECIL side of the city. With the ORR now open from Ghatekesar other destinations like Bangalore, Srisailam etc. is also stress free now. When we did the Pondicherry trip though ORR was still not operational. We took the Warangal Highway, touched NH9 for some distance before taking the SH2. The roads were pretty good throughout. Once you hit NH5 itís all smooth till you hit Pondicherry.

It was still dark when we touched NH9 and as soon as there was light on the horizon the climate changed completely. It became extremely foggy and stayed like that till 7:30 AM in the morning. It was difficult to maintain speeds and the narrower SH2 didnít help either. With human settlements along the way one had to very attentive and careful.

Few early morning pictures

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Visibility was very low due to the fog

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Thatís the sun

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We had already crossed NH9 and were on SH2 when the fog finally gave way to bright sunlight.

Our first break somewhere on SH2

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Few scenic snaps on the way.

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The roads were great though narrow when compared to NH

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With sun shining in all its glory maintaining speeds were much easier now

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Green

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A temple on top of some hill

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We usually pack our breakfast to save some time. Pity we canít pack it for beloved Taurus. Break @ Ongole to fill up Taurus

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Finally we hit NH5 towards Chennai

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Kept the engine on boil throughout till we reached Chennai. Plan was to much as much miles as possible as the visibility was great throughout the day

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NH5 is pretty scenic as well

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Being a long weekend we encountered thick traffic as the day went on

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Whenever we found empty stretches we increased the pace. Wife has been sharing the driving load since we bought Taurus. This time too it wasnít any different. As we neared Chennai the climate became a little more likeable with clouds gathering over.

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One more break for Taurus. Isnít he quite a poser?

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Touched Chennai around 2:00 PM and stopped for lunch. Pure veg restaurant and we had special Thali. I am a hardcore non veggie who loves South Indian thali as well.

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The stats till Chennai

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We could have saved at least an hour if not for the heavy fog earlier in the day. Good speeds, good enough mileage. I have stopped bothering about mileage after our trip to Kudremukh. The goal is to reach the destination at the earliest. We were on track to reach Pondicherry before its dark.

The upcoming long weekend made sure we were held up due to heavy traffic. We took the bypass and never actually got into Chennai but still the traffic was very heavy and it took us quite a while before we touched NH45.
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Artificial bird. My daughter has a knack up picking up unusual stuff when we do such trips

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We took a quick tea break at around 5:00 PM

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As we kept getting closer to Pondicherry the sun was going down the horizon

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Finally it retired for the day and we were pretty close to our destination by then.

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It was around 6:30 PM when we touched Pondicherry. We reached our destination around 7:30 PM. Traffic was very heavy in Chennai and Pondicherry. The long weekend had many revelers from Chennai and Bangalore converging @ Pondicherry. It took us close to an hour to cover around 8-10 kms within the city to reach our destination. I will share the pictures of our stay later in the thread.

Chennai to Pondicherry Stats

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The traffic while exiting Chennai and after entering Pondicherry really screwed up the stats. The speeds were way off the mark. I am pretty sure if I exclude Chennai and Pondicherry in city driving the speeds would be around 80 km/h mark. The only upside is slightly better FE.

Stats for the whole day

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Pretty acceptable figures for a drive of more than 800 kms. We had ample time in hand before we retired for the day. Roads were good for around 95% of the drive. It was only the drive inside Chennai and Pondicherry which was a little stressful due to bumper to bumper traffic. NH45 drive was a cautious one too. Too many vehicles due to folks from nearby cities coming for an extended weekend to relax and unwind made sure one had to be attentive throughout the course.

One we touched the NH45 keeping the speeds up was not a problem at with wide roads. We stayed at a relativeís place. All had a filling dinner and there was no fatigue after the drive. We retired for the day 11:30 PM as we wanted to start early the next day.
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Jan 25 2015 - Day 2

The day started at 7:00 Am. We got ready and had a princely breakfast. The start was delayed as we waited for everyone to get ready. We had our uncle and aunts joining in for the city tour. Taurus for the first time was loaded to brim. We were 5 adults and a kid.

First we went for the Paradise Beach. You have to go to Chunnambar beach house and take a boat to Paradise beach. We reached around 10:00 AM and could not even find a place to park our car. Waiting there would have delayed everything so we put off our plans for the next day. We straight away headed for the Ousteri Lake.

Pretty peaceful and picturesque.

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A boat in Ousteri

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Lakeramma Ö

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Taurus resting in the shade

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The sun was pretty harsh that day and everyone wanted to go back for a quick lunch after which we planned to visit Auroville.

Daughter in playful mood near Auroville

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Discs used in Matri Mandir

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Matri Mandir

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I had been to Pondicherry before as well during my bachelor days as well. Auroville is such a calm and peaceful place. It felt so soothing inside Matri Mandir. I wanted to sit there for a long time. Mind was feeling so uncluttered. The sound of birds chirping, sounds of leaves rubbing against each other due to wind. I just loved it. It was pretty busy the last time I went there along with friends. But this time around it felt awesome.

It was already 5:00 PM when we left Auroville. Wife and aunts wanted to do some marketing. Finally we went back home by 8:00 PM. I used the time in evening discovering the house (rather palace). It was such a lovely place. French architecture all around and I got to admit every stuff was handpicked with lot of care. Each piece of furniture complimented each other and the house as well. It even had a swimming pool. It was nothing less than a 5 Star hotel. I can guarantee that any one will think so unless told that this place is personal property. Staying here made our trip a lot more memorable.

Few pictures of the house

Bulls on the wall

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Open dining area

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Tastefully done Ö.

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An Italian among the French Ö Vespa

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Swimming pool

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Swim & Swing Ö

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Guest Area

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Solid wood work every where

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Brilliant Paintings all around

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Stairway

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Our bedroom Ö Look at the woodwork and painting

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This is all I could capture before we retired for the day. We needed to start early next day as we had a lot of things left to be covered. We needed to be on time for Paradise so that we do not have to wait for boat, parking etc.
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Jan 26 2015 - Day 3

We woke up by 6:30 AM and got ready by 8:00 AM. We were at Chunnambar by 8:30 AM and were among the early ones to be there. Got into the first boat of the day. You get a lot of boat options there including speed boats as well. The view is very scenic on the way to Paradise beach

Back waters

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Bridge as seen from the water

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Cormorants

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Greenery all around the water bodies

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See Papa Ö I can row too

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Sea & Sand Scape

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Papa Beti bonding Ö.

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On to the beach now

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Childís Play

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Panorama Ö Sometimes they donít stitch well Ö The best I could get

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Few more back water pictures.

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Coconut Trees

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Blue Sky Ö Greenery & Dark waters

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We headed to Serenity beach next.

Somewhere on the way to Serenity

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Temple near the beach

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Taurus enjoying sea breeze

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Its me Ö Look @ the cloud patterns

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Colorful boats

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Touring partners

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There were some more beaches along the same road. We chose not to visit anymore. It was getting hotter and the breeze blowing from the shore was becoming hotter. We got back for lunch and were back to 5 on board again.

Immaculate Conception Cathedral

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Immaculate Conception Cathedral

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Immaculate Conception Cathedral

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Toy Train Ride @ Pondicherry Botanical Gardens

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Nemo & Marlin

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@ Pondicherry Botanical Gardens

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Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges

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Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges

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Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges

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It was getting darker and we dashed to the Navagraha temple. Itís in the outskirts of the city and difficult to find as well. Google maps directed us to a wrong place and after asking locals for direction we found it after quite some time.

Camera wasnít allowed inside and this is all I could muster.

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The temple was very clean inside.

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While coming back we also visited Shani Temple before going to Auro Beach (Promenade). I remember this place from my last visit and it was pretty calm back then. Now itís completely commercialized. The rock beach doesnít look natural now with vendors and some building around. The place was very busy and we had short stay there for about 30 minutes only.

Gandhi Status @ Promenade

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Nehru Statue @ Promenade

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French War Memorial

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It was 8:30 PM when we had delicious Local Pizza. It was very tasty and we ate to our fill. We had covered almost everything that we planned.

Stats within the city

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Pathetic to say the least. Speeds had to be especially within the city but I just couldnít believe the fuel efficiency. We were 5 full grown adults all through within the city limits and I thought it may have been the reason is what I thought. I dropped everyone off at home. Then I went to get the car ready for the return journey. Filled him up to brim and then checked the tire pressure.

Then I realized that I had not checked the tire pressure since starting the trip. I usually fill him up and get the tires pressure checked before a trip. But this time I didnít do it as there was ĺth the diesel left in the tank. I had filled up the car once at Ongole but they didnít have air pressure machine working. All tires had around 25-26 PSI and I got them back to 33 PSI. Low tire pressure and 5 adults on board and the fuel efficiency took a dip. I usually keep my tires around 32 PSI. For highway drives with luggage its 33 PSI that I prefer.

Full stats till now

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The in city travel screwed up stats completely. Average speeds were seriously down and fuel efficiency went down considerably. With all set for the return trip we all retired around 11:00 PM.
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Jan 27 2015 - Day 4

We were all set by 7:00 AM to restart our journey back home to Hyderabad. I aimed to do the return trip back within 10 hours. We took the same route while coming back as well.

Early morning drive

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Tea break on NH45

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NH5 Weather was better during return

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A short break

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We had our lunch around 12:30 PM and continued our journey. It got hotter as the day progressed.

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Hanuman Statue

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Back on SH2

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The sun finally bid goodbye

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I thought that we could do 800 kms within 10 hrs and we almost did it. We were almost on track till it was dark. The traffic increased considerably and was difficult maintaining speeds after that. Our average speeds were around 83-84 km/h and came down considerably once we neared Hyderabad. We reached home around 7:40 PM. The stats were pretty good except the FE.

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We had a great trip no doubt. We stayed at a nice place and had gracious hosts. We covered almost everything that we had planned to. Taurus performed admirably doing great speeds still being pretty efficient. It might have been more efficient if not for less pressure in the tires. All in all a very satisfying trip and much more satisfying drive.
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Your sightseeing was quite extensive, to say the least. I've been in Pondicherry for the last 3 yrs and I've never seen all the places you've seen. We have to cross chunambar boat house on the way to the college everyday and it is always crowded and haphazardly parked vehicles make it all the more unattractive, so till date I have not set foot into it. �� But have seen it now with your pics. And pls do tell us if your relatives will allow us to have a peek inside their house? We are gathering ideas for our new home and would love to be inspired by their house, especially the swimming pool area, it looks so relaxing..!!
All in all, a great travelogue. Let me know when you visit pondi the next time, I'll suggest you the places to eat and places not to eat too Do keep crunching more miles..and may your taurus's average speed remain high.
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Your sightseeing was quite extensive, to say the least. I've been in Pondicherry for the last 3 yrs and I've never seen all the places you've seen. We have to cross chunambar boat house on the way to the college everyday and it is always crowded and haphazardly parked vehicles make it all the more unattractive, so till date I have not set foot into it. �� But have seen it now with your pics. And pls do tell us if your relatives will allow us to have a peek inside their house? We are gathering ideas for our new home and would love to be inspired by their house, especially the swimming pool area, it looks so relaxing..!!
All in all, a great travelogue. Let me know when you visit pondi the next time, I'll suggest you the places to eat and places not to eat too Do keep crunching more miles..and may your taurus's average speed remain high.
Cheers..!!
Thanks DocSaab for reading through. I guess that's human nature. Everyone tries to explore things which aren't accessible easily. I have been in Hyderabad for close to 3 years now and have not been to more than 60% of the must see places. But have had 10 outstation trips totaling more than 20 K Kms.

Yes you can have a look at my relative's place for ideas. They are extremely warm folks. I would connect with you surely the next time we visit there. This time it was pretty hectic. The next one would be a leisurely one.
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Wonderful coverage. A place we want to visit for so long now. Will probably try to hit it on the next long weekend.

Also, I think you are way too obsessed with stats even while driving. Happens to me all the time. Since my car doesn't have an average speed calculator in the MIDI, a chunk of my brain is always calculating the average speed I totally hate doing that but I just can't stop doing it.
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Wonderful coverage. A place we want to visit for so long now. Will probably try to hit it on the next long weekend.

Also, I think you are way too obsessed with stats even while driving. Happens to me all the time. Since my car doesn't have an average speed calculator in the MIDI, a chunk of my brain is always calculating the average speed I totally hate doing that but I just can't stop doing it.
Thanks @Bordeaux. Its feels wonderful when fellow bhpians read through your posts and travelogues and have something to good to say about it. All the effort put in putting together the post feels worth and gives you a kick to keep writing.

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Well the obsession really isn't about the stats like speed or mileage. But itís more of an effort to put whatever possible so that fellow travelers gain something out of it. I usually skim through TBHP and TFI travel threads before any trip and gather as much info possible. They are pretty helpful in planning my travel. Itís my way of giving it back to the community in whatever small way possible. It enriches everyone's experience on the community and my way of thanking fellow TBHPIANs.

Secondly these stats help me a lot when planning my future travels. Last time we did HYD-BBSR in one shot in little over 16 hours. We have been on that route twice earlier and it never looked like we could do that route in a day. But with proper planning based on previous trips we were successful this time round. Earlier I used to drive faster to achieve these speeds but these stats have helped me understand the characteristics of the car better. I could achieve average speeds of 70 km/h driving @ speeds close to 140 km. Now I never cross 120 km and still able to achieve speeds closer to 70 km/h and sometimes even higher.

With 40 k kms in a little over two years I have just managed a FE of 16 km/l that too with close to 70% on highways. So if I was obsessed with stats I would have had FE ranging above 18km/l not what I have actually achieved. As they say stats hide more than they reveal. For me stats is a way of improving my driving and being more efficient on trips.
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Well the obsession really isn't about the stats like speed or mileage. But itís more of an effort to put whatever possible so that fellow travelers gain something out of it. I usually skim through TBHP and TFI travel threads before any trip and gather as much info possible. They are pretty helpful in planning my travel. Itís my way of giving it back to the community in whatever small way possible. It enriches everyone's experience on the community and my way of thanking fellow TBHPIANs.

Secondly these stats help me a lot when planning my future travels. Last time we did HYD-BBSR in one shot in little over 16 hours. We have been on that route twice earlier and it never looked like we could do that route in a day. But with proper planning based on previous trips we were successful this time round. Earlier I used to drive faster to achieve these speeds but these stats have helped me understand the characteristics of the car better. I could achieve average speeds of 70 km/h driving @ speeds close to 140 km. Now I never cross 120 km and still able to achieve speeds closer to 70 km/h and sometimes even higher.

With 40 k kms in a little over two years I have just managed a FE of 16 km/l that too with close to 70% on highways. So if I was obsessed with stats I would have had FE ranging above 18km/l not what I have actually achieved. As they say stats hide more than they reveal. For me stats is a way of improving my driving and being more efficient on trips.
It was a nerdy compliment. And I can't agree more on the not-having-to-drive-faster to achieve higher speeds part. I personally restrict myself to 110-120 KMPH irrespective of the highway or traffic. Going any faster just spoils the fun as your focus on safety and control increases exponentially thereafter.
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Thank you so much for the offer to visit the house, I'll be looking forward for your next visit to pondi now. please do plan soon
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Lovely travelogue. I have no idea how I missed this gem for so long.

Thanks for sharing. Read it all in one go.
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