The road to Hyderabad

So, as promised in the previous post – here’s the first of the posts about the trip. We hit the road after breakfast the first day of the Christmas vacations. After crossing the Bangalore International airport in Devanahalli, it took us about 7 hours to reach the Hyd city limits, and this included 2 relaxing stops – both about 45 mins long. The route is NH7: Bangalore – Chikballapur – Bagepalli – Penukonda – Anantapur – Gooty – Kurnool – Jadcherla – Hyderabad.


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The only thing about this route is we didnt find too many by-the-highway rest areas. Just a couple of decent ones – 1, a Kamat just after Chikballapur and another an hour before Hyderabad. This is a pretty good one, a nice newly opened restaurant on a lake side. You even see trains chugging along at a distance when you are seated here.

At the end of December, which is when we went, the entire stretch was a 4 lane divided freeway, including fully ready bypasses for all the towns on the way. So, this helped it make it a very peaceful, uneventful cruise through and through. Also, the entire stretch is on the Deccan plateau, which is located between 3 mountain ranges: the Western Ghats form its western boundary, and the Eastern Ghats its eastern boundary. Both the ghats rise from their respective nearby coastal plains and nearly meet at the southern tip of India. The Deccan plateau is separated from the Gangetic plain to the north by the Satpura and Vindhya Ranges, which form its northern boundary.

We got to appreciate how absolutely flat the land was – we could see the countryside from horizon to horizon and saw the road stretch ahead of us till the horizon too. No exaggeration. The countryside is beautiful, not in the everything is green and bountiful like the western ghats side of Karnataka. This is more drier, and yet peaceful and beautiful in its own way.

Bangalore to Hyderabad - Chitra Aiyer Photography

the never ending sight of the road ahead of us

Bangalore to Hyderabad - Chitra Aiyer Photography

Bangalore to Hyderabad - Chitra Aiyer Photography Bangalore to Hyderabad - Chitra Aiyer Photography

the beautiful countryside, bright blue sky, and a sense of calm

Bangalore to Hyderabad - Chitra Aiyer Photography

the beautiful contrasts of people’s clothing and their freeway surrounds

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While the blue sky was a blessing for photography, the car’s tinted glass helped too :)

We reached Hyderabad as the Sun was setting. We couldn’t believe how easy the long stretch had been with the kids. The best thing to do with kids is to always give them the required breaks to run around, play, eat, use the rest-rooms, and they invariably make great companions on the road.

Bangalore to Hyderabad - Chitra Aiyer Photography

Bangalore to Hyderabad - Chitra Aiyer Photography

We got on the never-ending flyover, as the kids call the 10+ kms flyover from just outside the Hyd airport till the center of the city. We reached Banjara Hills, where we were staying, within minutes.

More about the places we visited in the subsequent posts

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All pics in this post are mine. Please do not use them without my permission.


13 Responses to “The road to Hyderabad”

  1. Beautiful photographs Chitra ji .. now the journey from Bangalore to Hyderabad is more pleasurable and safe .. thanks to the new four-lane :-) .. btw you should have taken a lunch break at Anantapur .. thats where I live :) .. do let me know this time :)

  2. btw .. the last photograph is my favorite 😀 😀 .. its really awesome !!

  3. Photography speaks lot of stories. Which Camera is used for these photos?

  4. Loved the pictures. Haven’t been to Hyd but must visit sometime. Great work.

  5. Awesome pics as always!

  6. The color of the sky is beautiful!

  7. Hey Chitra….. that’s a beautiful write-up of the drive. made even more beautiful by the pictures. i cant believe the sky is so blue.
    I wanna drive to Hyd now after reading this…. maybe next month :)

  8. Mahesh, thanks. The Anantpur break didint occur to me. Next time I pass by, I will definitely stop over. :)

    Jothi, the 5d mark II

    Thanks Vibha, Arthi, Asha, Kavitha. Glad you all liked the post.

    Kavitha, sure, go and let me know how you liked the road. :)

  9. Looks like you folks had fun – great pictures, as usual. Bettered by the writeup :)

  10. […] Chitra Aiyer | The road to Hyderabad chitra-aiyer.com/blog/2011/01/the-road-to-hyderabad.html – view page – cached We hit the road after breakfast the first day of the Christmas vacations. After crossing the Bangalore International airport in Devanahalli, it took us about 7 hours to reach the Hyd city limits, and this included 2 relaxing stops – both about 45 mins long. The route is NH7. More about the journey with many pics. […]

  11. Beautiful… but you’ll get similar views anywhere on Golden Quadrilateral

  12. Good pictures … I would be doing a reverse trip :-) soon..

  13. Well written article Chitraji.
    Beauitful pictures too. Am planning a drive to Hyd soon.
    Thank you so much. Very informative. Anwar

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