Start of Travel Thoughts:
It's been a long time (almost 6 months ) that I went on long drive. Hence, I was thinking of doing some long drive. Preparation:
It's 20th Sep and I was very desparate that I need to go somewhere to beat my travel thirsty. I was googling to see which is the place that I need to go this time.
My plan is to travel out of Chennai for 4 days. I was tossing between Karnataka and Andhra. I need to choose one of the states so that I can decide which is the city/town that I need to visit.
As I visited last time Rajamundry, Andhra, this time I am more inclined towards Karnataka. However, again I started thinking that if I choose to go Karnataka, then if I ever shift to Bangalore back, Andhra might become a distant land.
Thinking multiple times and talking with my wife about the tour plan(actually I was telling her that I will take her to some place for touring but never wanted her to take a decision on the place :)).
Finally, decided to visit Vizag to see Araku Valley which I heard from my colleagues that it is really a good place to visit.
There was no special preparation that I did for this drive. The only preparation that I did was requesting my dad to search for some hotels in Vizag so that we can stay there. Day before travel: 4:00PM
We are kind of people who do not want to spend more money on accomodation as we want to enjoy the place where we visit rather than where we stay. Hence, our criteria was to look for hotels that are economical.
Dad was doing his search. He shortlisted couple of hotels in Rajamundry and Vizag. He short-listed some hotels in Rajamundry because he felt we may not be able to make 900km drive in a single day.
I did not say anything to my dad that I should be able to drive the whole day and we can reach Vizag on the same day.
As usual there was lot of work for my wife and I was really not having much work (as I just returned from onsite and have not been allotted to any projects). So, the other job which I had was to give my car for water service so that atleast the car will look fresh when we go on tour. 6:00 PM
In the evening went to car service center and gave for complete wash. As usual I was there in the service center till my car is washed. It took almost 2 hours to clean the car completely.
When the car looked fresh I started feeling that I am ready for the tour.
I called my wife to check whether she is ready to leave the office so that I can pick her up. But, she did not pickup my call. She was cutting my phone. I thought that she would be there in a meeting and because of that reason she could not pickup her phone. 9:00PM
I gave her another 30min so that she can come out of meeting room and call me back. However, even after 45min she did not call me. This time, I tried again. When I called her she told me that she is busy and she will call me back.
I started realizing that she is going to come late from office. Hence, I need to pack all the stuffs for myself and her for the travel. My dad had packed all the necessary things required for the travel for himself, my mom and my kids.
So, now, I am the only one who need to pack the stuffs. When I looked into my cupboard I realized that there is no dress which were iron-pressed. I was feeling guilty that I was not even checking whether my dresses were ready for travel.
Immediately I went down to check whether Iron-wala is there to press my dress. And to my bad luck, he left the apartment. Now, it is time for me to do iron-pressing myself.
I started feeling that I will not be able to do for all the dresses. Hence, took pair of jeans and some T-shirts for the travel. I told my dad that I have packed all my things.
I called my wife again and checked whether she is ready to come back from ofTrafice. She told me that there is some deliverables and she will take another hour to return. I decided to pickup 10:30 PM
GPS from my friend. I brought Garmin GPS from US and still I have not activated it. Hence, I had to call my friend to give his GPS for the travel. HE immediately agreed and asked me to come and collect from his home.
His house is closer to my wife's office. So, I decided to pickup GPS when I am going to pickup my wife.
Finally, I got a call from my wife and started to pickup my wife from her office. Collected the GPS from friend and pickup my wife from office. It gave confidence that I can start for tour now :) Travel Day: 5:00 AM
This was the time we planned to start from home. As usual we got delayed due to kids. They were in sleepy mood and does not want to take bath in the early morning. I was insisting that they should take bath because it is whole day journey and we may not be staying in between anywhere before Vizag. 6:00 AM
After lot of requests, kids agreed to take bath. While they were taking bath, my dad prepared car for the travel. He packed every bags, water bottles, napkins, snacks bag and other necessary items which essential for the travel.
He arranged everything properly inside the car. So, I was actually happy and relieved that I don't need to do anything other than making kids to take bath :)
We all excited to start our trip. I was the one who first stepped out of apartment. Being September, in Chennai, it used to be hot. But, I was feeling chillness in the breeze. It reminded me that there could be rains while traveling. Hence, need to pack umbrellas. I told my Dad to bring umbrellas. He said immediately that he has already kept in the car. I was really impressed with his preparation. I never thought he can make arrangements pretty well. I was happy...
In fact, Everyone was very eager to see the Borra Caves. We started our journey from home and started towards Chennai Bye-pass that connects to Kolkatta Highway.
The route that we have taken is
Here is some pictures that can give you details about what can be expected [This was the tip that I received from our T-Bloggers who writes well. Kudos to them for providing such tips :) ]
Will be posting the travel experience in the following days...