I completed my round trip [BLR - HYD] yesterday.
No. of people:
3 initially and then 2 for the rest of the trip.
Reason: Friends Marriage.
Start date: 27th Nov 09.
End date : 28th Nov 09.
Car used: Zen 2004 model.
573 one way (ODO reading till Shamshabad).
A little more than a tank full. (one way)
15-16 km. Could have got more.
From BLR to HYD = 11 hours (2 hours lost due to heavy fog and
breakfast at Anantpur).
From HYD (Shamshabad) to BLR (Devanhalli) = 9 hours flat including bio breaks, breakfast and prayer brakes. From Devanhalli to Jaynagar 1 hour more.
BLR(Jayanagar) - Devanhalli - Chickbalapur - Penukonda - Anantapur - Gooty - Dhone - Kurnool - Mahboobnagar - Jedcherla - Shadnagar - Shamshabad - Hyderabad.
The trip details.
Started from Jayanagar @ 4:30 AM.
Encountered heavy and I mean heavy fog before chickbalapur. Visibility was zero at times. I wonder what purpose the fog lamps serve that I fitted ater market. Reached a mosque, prayed, and by that time there was some natural light permitting further journey.
I do not understand why do they have speed brakers and so many of them on National Highways. I know NH4 has just 1 or 2 at the max, but NH7 is infested till say 50-70 kms from Chickbalapur. They are not thaaaaaat well marked. So it was very frustrating at night to stop from decent speeds. The first couple of times I burnt some rubber braking, much to the annoyance of the co-passengers making them think about their choice of the driver.
Also till Anantput the contractors building the roads have bad end to end edges once the road has been laid. I mean there is an elevation at the begining of a road just laid which is always encountered by an unplesant thud and once the road has finished at the other end there is another suspension tester waiting. I guess they have made roads keeping in mind only SUVs and trucks and buses and not small cars. So much so that I have a Wheel balancing and suspension check up on the cards this coming week.
Road from Jayanagar to Devanhalli and beyond are good.
Just before Chickbalapur they are nothing to write home about. After Chickbalapur they are again good minus the speedbrakers/suspension brakers/backbreakers/tyre burners.
After that till Anantpur, roads are good but one would lose good time in figuring out diversions and uneven surface of the roads. I was badly in need of an SUV. But again like Prophet Muhammed said : If man were to be given 2 forests of gold, he would desire a third.
So I shut up and carried on.
The same continues from Anantpur to Kurnool.
Coming from the wrong direction is a norm. I thought the initial 2 -3 people coming from the wrong direction were morons but it is a norm here and as long as you stick to any left hand side of the road you are on the correct side of the road. The terms 4 laned and 2 laned roads do not matter, I repeat, do not matter here. Please this is not a rant but some observations.
Then from Kurnool to begining of Shamshabad I was reminded of NH4.
No humps, no wrong side morons and roads that would please you and your vehicle. Saves time and covers distance in a giffy.
I saw a lot and I mean a lot of AP registered Vernas and Skodas all over HYD and en route. I think they are famous there.
We attended the wedding which was near Malkaj giri. We put up at Shamshabad for the night for faster exit from HYD. That paid off really well in the end. While leaving HYD we covered the good stretch at night till Kurnool.
The only sad part is while covering Devanhalli to Jayanagar on the way back a stone from under a truck ricochet and hit the windscreen. There is no crack or anything but from the inside I can see a star/snow flake formation which is very small and from the outside it is no more than a peck. I cannot feel it by hand from the inside. Is this serious and will have to fix this immediately ? I have no intension of a long trip 6 months from now.
All in all it was a good trip but I am spoilt NH4 brat so....
The Biryaanis were awesome. I am so so jealous of the folks staying in Hyderabad.
Thanks guys. Thanks T-Bhp and special thanks to @Milecruncher and @Akadian for answering my queries here.