As I stay in Hyderabad, Very much tired to see the Concrete Jungles. Need to go for a long drive where I can get some freshness. I got a holiday where Hyderabad Corporation doing some survey for Telangana as my native is Pondicherry. Decided to ESCAPE. Hidden Agenda:
To drive my Ashtra (Honda City Diesel) in a Hilly area. This hilly driving will be my first hilly area driving and ofcourse to Ashtra too. I had experience of around 300KMs in Highway driving. 1200KMs of City Driving. Where to go:
Initially selected to go to Warangal. I felt which will be boring. Next I decided to go to Srisailam. Places Selected:
Srisailam – Mallela Theertahm - Uma Maheswarm. Route Selected:
Home in Hyderbad – Gachibowli – HYD ORR – Srisailam Highway – Srisailam – Mallela Theertham Falls – Uma Maheswaram – Mahabubnagar – BLR-HYD Highway – HYD ORR – Kondapur – Home in Hyderbad Preparation:
Washed my Ashtra on Previous day. Planned to fill the fuel tank. The Fuel station was so much crowded. So decided to do in the morning before starting the journey. On the day of journey filled the tank to full. Checked the Air pressure including spare. Everything was ready to go. Started to escape from Hyderabad @ 6:30 Am. Cruising:
After a longtime I tried the Cruise Control. Once I touch the Outer Ring Road in Hyderabad activated Cruise Control and reached till 80 KMPH. Really its boon for the driver who drive long on Highway stretches.
Ashtra's take the first break after Kalwakurthy. After 5 mins break, started looking for a place to have the break fast. Near Dindi, found Venkateshwaran Udupi Hotel. We had a Hot Puri for our breakfast. Taste was above average but not to level of good. Rs 25 per plate which is having 3 Puris. Hotel is typical village hotel with basic cleanliness.
After the breakfast, we started our journey. On the way, we saw a Dindi Reservoir to store the water looked like a nano dam.
While enjoying the nice Highway driving.....Wow..! the much awaited Hills. The road leads us to the hills. More happy to drive on the hills, at the same time a pinch of fear of hilly driving in one side of heart.
Successfully climbed the hill. But totally disappointed because the climbing didn't challenge me. It was like driving in a fly over. After reaching some height, wifey saw nice valleys. I was so happy to take her on hilly area with my own ride. I had big laugh. She quietly captured it. I really don't aware of this pic. After downloading from SD card a pleasant surprise.
Finally reached the Forest department check-post in Munnanur. I had to give some details as name, Vehicle No, Cell No and paid Rs 10/- to get the pass. The officer nicely explained about the Do's & Don't in the ghat section. This route only allowed between 6:00AM to 7:00PM (Mostly in day time, Forest Dept. don't want disturb the life of wild animals. People said tigers used to roam on road in dusk and nights)
The ghat section road in Srisailam Highway.
Even though the speed limit specified in the ghat road, literally no one follows it.
But be aware, lot of monkeys will be seen on the road. So I request not to drive fast, respect the wild animals.