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Old 25th November 2009, 22:43   #1
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Default Madurai-Kolkata-Madurai (4500Km) 5days - with photos

Started on the 13th November and returned on the 21st. 5 days of driving 2 1/2 up, 2 1/2 down and 2 1/2 days of stay in Calcutta.

Big thanks to Team-bhp and specially hvkumar who replied to my first post with the route and road conditions ( which were perfect ).

Vehicle was a Tata safari EX 4x4. Did the trip with a friend but entire drive was solo.

I wanted to grasp the shift in food, climate, skyline, cityscape, language, dialects, culture by driving along the coastline through 4 states. Sightseeing is better done by aircraft with a long halt, but a fast road trip gives you the real picture of the local diorama.

I have the entire log of the trip ( every 40Km or so ) along with every single toll booth ( with costs ) and road conditions/route. Because its handwritten, if people are interested, I could input it into an excelsheet.

Day 1: Madurai - Vijaywada
Day 2: Vijaywada - Bhubaneshwar
Day 3: Bhubaneshwar - Kolkata ( half day )
Day 4: Drive around Kolkata
Day 5: Local sights and food
Day 6: Kolkata - Vizag
Day 7: Vizag - Chennai
Day 8: Chennai - Madurai ( half day )

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AndhraPradesh is the most amazing and beautiful state I've ever seen in India.
AP-Orissa checkpost is the worst ever.
Food in Calcutta is superb.

Notice : Be Extremely Careful when crossing from AP to OR, the 4 lane ends abruptly without warning. ( take a left, do not follow the 4 lane when near the border ). Dangerous, especially at night.

Last edited by Jaggu : 25th November 2009 at 23:14. Reason: Please host the pictures on TBHP itself, posting only with external links not allowed. Thanks
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Old 26th November 2009, 00:21   #2
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Panoramic photos of the landscape along the route. I couldn't upload or link the photos in their actual size or add the rest of the shots due to website restrictions and rules on Team-bhp.

Again, much gratitude to the folks here, wouldn't have happened without you guys.
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Old 26th November 2009, 07:27   #3
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wow, that was a one hell of a trip. And the pics, awesome. come on pour down your experience of driving the beast
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Excellent start. Where was that third place from the bottom?
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Excellent trip! Why don't you share some more information on road conditions and travel time, etc...?
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Excellent start. Where was that third place from the bottom?
I think that is Chilika.
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Nice start and great pics. Looking forward to reading more about your trip.

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I have the entire log of the trip ( every 40Km or so ) along with every single toll booth ( with costs ) and road conditions/route. Because its handwritten, if people are interested, I could input it into an excelsheet. ...
That information must be priceless, do share if possible, it will be much appreciated.

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Notice : Be Extremely Careful when crossing from AP to OR, the 4 lane ends abruptly without warning. ( take a left, do not follow the 4 lane when near the border ). Dangerous, especially at night.
Thanks for that warning!

Cheers,
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Excellent Panoramic Shots I must say. Do share some more snaps and the trip experiences with us. Would love to see some picture of your safari. I just love that color. Would also love to have the details in excel sheets since it will be very helpful is any of us is traveling this route in future.

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I'll enter the details in the excel sheet and post it here in a couple of days. I need some time to do it, a bit tied up now. But here are some photos of the vehicle. Thank you for the encouragement and show of interest, stokes my ego a bit.
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Thats a great trip. I am planning a Mumbai Kolkatta next year so your excel sheets may come in handy for me. The photos are great. Could you write about the entire trip with photos?
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Excellent pictures. Please share your trip log and the road conditions.
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These sheets contain the details of the trip log at 20Km/15 minute intervals or as requisite along with:
-Signposts,
-Places on route ( noted purely from roadside signboards ),
-Trip meter readings,
-Toll booth locations, names, if available, & exact cost for a jeep/car Class 1 vehicle
-Fuel Quantity filled ( diesel ) and exact cost
-Directions to take
-Things to watch out for
-Places of overnight stay and meals ( when applicable )
-List of diversions, cautions
-List of stretches of bad roads with distances
-A complete set of timestamps

The information is extremely accurate as of November 2009 and I have taken every care to make it as easy to discern as possible. It took me 2 hours to input it into excel from the handwritten book. I am not mentioning this to get any brownie points but if any oddities are found, kindly inform me of the same so it can be rectified.
This is the least I can do to return the favour that this site and you guys has provided me.

I have taken other photos but I am not sure if I will do a write up for now. If I find more time over the next few weeks, I might get to it. I have another trip planned in december and I would be the one needing the information soon enough.

Much gratitude for everything and again, thanks to hvkumar.
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Old 27th November 2009, 18:40   #13
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The workbook has 2 worksheets, the first details the trip from Madurai to Kolkata and the second back to Madurai.
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Thanks for sharing the trip log. Excellent details.

Did you pay any entry/exit tax at Jaleswar?
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Yes, I had to buy a 6 month vehicle permit for Orissa at the OR-WB border. It seems I had to pay at the AP-OR border but since road conditions were so miserable, nobody was there to issue it, so I had to do it during entry into WB.

I have mentioned the details in the log along with the exact cost and time.
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