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Old 18th January 2022, 20:35   #1
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Default Hyderabad - Alampur - Yaganti - Gandikota - Hyderabad in a Toyota Fortuner

I have done this circuit on 28th and 29th Dec 2021 from Hyderabad as we had to attend a wedding event on this route.

Places covered: Hyderabad - Alampur - Yaganti - Gandikota - Hyderabad
Vehicle: A friend's Toyota Fortuner 3.0 4*2 AT
Who: 6 friends

We started on Tuesday morning around 8AM from Hyderabad with a plan to visit Alampur and Yaganti by 1PM (Yaganti temple closes by 1PM)

First Stop - Jogulamba Temple, Alampur

The temple parking had a good number of cars. This is the highest I have ever seen in the last 10 years

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Old 18th January 2022, 21:14   #2
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Second Stop - Yaganti

This is a unique temple which houses Lord Uma Maheswara (ardh nareeshwar form) in a single stone statue.

Growing Nandi

The nandi in this temple is believed to be growing in size and is stretching out from the enclosure/mandap. Supports have been installed around the statue to support the constructions as the nearby pillars are damaged due to the growth in statue.

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There is a cave temple for Lord Venkateshwara in the premises


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The plants on the hills looked different and unique to the area


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Ad-hoc stop - Nawab Bungalow

South Indian film fans will instantly recognize this bungalow. This is the same bungalow which is used to trap Sonu Sood (Villain) in the Telugu film Arundhati starring Anushka Shetty (Devasena from Baahubali) in the lead role.

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Third Stop - Belum Caves


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Final Destination - Gandikota

With some road closures and detours, we reached Gandikota a little late than planned. Stay was at a new under construction place with only 5 rooms and not many facilities. It was like a dedicated resort for us with customized food and campfire etc. We pretty much had the place for ourselves.

Due to the long drive and late night camp fire gathering, we started the day lazily. Had breakfast at a road side dosa place just before the village entrance and started for the view point famously known as the Grand Canyon of India

Even though we were late, there was no one at the view point and we were the first ones which gave us ample time to enjoy the place, click pictures and make video calls to the family members.

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Old 18th January 2022, 21:57   #6
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Summary of the trip

It was a hectic trip with a lot of driving but it was worth it. I have done majority of the driving and it was my first time driving a Toyota Fortuner on all kinds of roads - Outer Ring Road, NH 44, SHs, District and even rural roads. Even though I have driven it in the Hyderabad city, you never get a feel of its ruggedness and stability in the city.

Being a heavy SUV with a torque converter gear box, the in-gear acceleration was slow when compared to my Skoda Rapid TDI DSG or VW Polo GT TSI but the high speed stability was awesome. For our kitna deti hai folks, the vehicle returned a respectable 11KMPL for the entire trip.

Onward trip (Day 1) - https://goo.gl/maps/ECJtYxNZ3rNQpY1y6

We had some heavy fog on the outskirts of Hyderabad on Day 1 delaying us a little.

Return trip (Day 2) - https://goo.gl/maps/TGw67qDuFeJQB9Fz8
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Hi Vinay, Beautiful pics! It will be great if you can share Fortuner pics as well. A travelogue cannot be complete without pics of the car in different angles. Do share if possible.
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Wow...I am amazed at how rich the history and landscape of every single state in India is. Amazing trip this must have been! Thanks for sharing.
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Hi Vinay, Lovely travelogue.. Usually GandiKota has camping options other than the usual Haritha Resorts, Could you please share information about your stay there and is it recommended for family?
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Wow nice trip with great photos. Early January I did a similar trip from Chennai to Raichur and back. On the way dropped into Mantralaya and Ahobilam. Ahobillam is close to Gandikota and you would have enjoyed the visit there. Most dhabas on the way were colourful and gave tasty food. The roads were mainly NH so were good but of course road to Mantralaya and Ahibillam were pretty bad, narrow, pot holed and infested with speed breakers.
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But where is your chariot ?
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