Finally a long trip with My Ritz LDI after its purchase of 3 years and 30000km !!
The trip started from Hyderabad on 21/6/2014 morning Trip duration
: 21/6 to 25/6/2014 Car used
: Ritz LDI, 3 year 30000km old Places visited
: Bangalore,Vellore,Chennai,Tirupati People on board
: Hyderabad-Bangalore and Tirupati-Hyderabad 5 Adults(including my son aged 13y) + 2 Kids(my daughter aged 6 and my BIL son aged 1)
Bangalore-Vellore-Tirupati 7 Adults + 3 Kids
Without boring about the places much I am just giving the day wise visits 21/6/3014
Started from Hyderabad at 7.30am and reached Bangalore at 6pm which includes 2 hours break for breakfast,lunch etc.,
Excellent 4 lane road through out, Max speed 120kmph, average speed 90kmph
Too many tolls on the way which wasted our time instead I felt if somebody is travelling from Hyderabad straight to Bangalore they could have collected the toll in the beginning in one place with total amount, that could save some time.
Ritz was very stable as it is packed with 5 adults and 2 kids and luggage. Best to maintain a speed of 100kmph.
After reaching Bangalore, had a chance to have a meet with Anshuman along with my both the BILs and a friend in Bangalore. Figoian was supposed to join us, but could not due to some personal work. 22/6/2014
Plan was to go to Vellore starting in the morning itself, but due to kids and others getting ready late, we started around 11.30am.
Road was superb till Vellore and managed to reach by 4pm with 7 adults+3 kids on board.
Ritz took all of us without any strain and touched 110kmph easily.
By the time we reach our member Appu was waiting for us. Met us along with our member Pradeep_wheelz and had some snacks and tea. Straight away proceeded to the Golden Temple at Sripuram which is 10km away from Vellore and by the time we reach the crowd was more being a Sunday and the sudden information was Appu wanted to go to Chennai to attend our member bikerboy's daughters first birthday function in the evening. Then we quickly changed the plan and dropped the plan of darshan at temple. Appu took us to a hotel where we checked in for the day and I had some work at Chennai too, so decided that my self and Appu will travel to Chennai in the evening.
Appu drove my Ritz till Chennai and we could manage to reach in 2 hours(135km) and hope Appu will write about my Ritz experience in my Ritz ownership thread. In between we were travelling there was a call from bikerboy with a instant invitation for me to join his daughters birthday party.
We met our members Sethumurugan, Cooldhaya, Octyvin, Karma at the function. Fininished our dinner and reached Appus room around 11pm. The climate in chennai was very humid and sultry, so I could not sleep in his room and at 1am I decided that well go to a hotel and sleep as I need to drive next day to Vellore and Tirupati. At 1am Appu my self searched for a hotel on the mobile net and found a hotel near to his place and luckily they responded and told there is room available. I took my car and switched on GPS and managed to reach the hotel in 10 minutes and settled down for a sleep. I was really an excellent hotel. Thanks appu for all the help without any kind of irritation at 1am. 23/6/2014
Picked Appu from his room at 9am and proceeded to Ambattur where I had my official work. Finished by 10.30am and proceed to Ponamalai where Appu bike was lying. Finished Breakfast together and I left to Vellore and Appu to his office.
I got a message from Figoian on previous night that he is in chennai suddenly to meet some relatives and he will also start back to Bangalore next day morning. since the route was same I was looking for the Figos on my way back to vellore and spotted one or two but they were some body else. Surprisingly at one of the Toll plaza I could see Figoians Figo with "Automotiveindia" sticker. After bit of a chase and honking we both stopped at a tea stall, it was really a surprising meet for us. We had a tea and chit chatted for few minutes and started our trip again.
I managed to reach Vellore by 1.30pm, vacated the hotel and took all my family members and proceed to Golden temple where only my darshan was pending, finished it quickly, had quick lunch at Saravana Bhavan, little shopping and started towards Tirupati around 4 pm. Though it was 100km distance, due to the double road and heavy traffic we could reach Tirumala hills by 9pm.
To our shock the VIP letter I bought for Tirumala accomodation and dharshan become invalid as I need to report with the letter by 2pm if I had to do the break darshan by next morning. So tried for a room till 11.30pm and there was no chance and decided to proceed to Tirupati and settled down in cottage by 1am. 24/6/2014
Started back to Tirumala hills by 8am and we were in special darshan(Rs.300) queue by 10am. As the crowd was more, we could finish our darshan and came out by 4.30pm which was really hectic with kids. As we were completely exhausted for the day, reached back to our accommodation at Tirupati. 25/6/2014
Started from Tirupati at 7.30am towards Hyderabad. Route was via kodur-kadapa-mydukur-kurnool-Hyderabad.
Till Kadapa road was good double road, but with lot of turnings and heavy traffic. After Kadapa till kurnool the 4 laning was being done so it was really painful as some times keep on the left of divider and some times to the right and a last 10km stretch is with full of stones. So tirupati-kurnool 300km took us 8hrs with 1 hr break.
From Kurnool again back on the road of Bangalore-Hyderabad which was 360km and we managed to finish it within 4 hours and reached back to Hyderabad by 8pm. There ends our trip which was bit hectic due to the people on board and bad roads stretch between Tirupati and Kurnool.
Since I was driving most of the time, could not take more pics, hence attaching very few pics here. Total kilometers travelled
: 2000 Total Tolls paid
: Hyderabad-Bangalore, Tirupati-Hyderabad Rs. 872/-. Bangalore-Vellore-Chennai-Vellore Rs.330/- Total fuel
: 120Lts Average FE achieved(100% AC on)
: 16.66 which is not very bad as car was full packed with maximum weight all the time.
Happy to meet all the TAI
friends at Bangalore,Vellore,Chennai,on highway(Figoian) and my hearty thanks to Appu who looked after the things in Vellore, drove me to Chennai, helped me finding a hotel in midnight, drove me till Ponamalai.
Now see few pics took from my Lumia 620
Hope you enjoyed this short trip report from me.