My Summer 2011 Trip


This summer vacation, I had planned a drive (with family) across Andhra Pradesh, Goa and Maharashtra. The dates blocked for meeting friends was as follows:


9-May: Pune || 12-May: Goa || 21-22 May: Hyderabad || 25-26 May: Rajahmundry || 28-29: Visakhapatnam

We undertook this trip with a few goals:

(a) To meet all my cousins and relatives;

(b) take all my family members to the places where I grew up [wherever possible, meet my old friends, relatives, and teachers];

(c) some sightseeing; and

(d) as usual ... some religious places.

We were fortunate that the summer trip went extremely well (details below). I would like to thank my friends for giving us their precious time. We shall cherish them as part of our memories.

We lost our camera at Bhadrachalam (and hence photos till that point are lost from our end).

The travel details are as follows:

Vehicle: Ford Fusion and Toyota Qualis || Period: May 2011 || Distance: 7,000 Kms || Time: 33 Days || Passengers: Family Members, Sisters and Fredrick D'Souza's Family

Route: Jamshedpur – Tiring – Jashipur – Kendujhar – Pallihara – Deoghar –Sambalpur (Night Halt) – Bargarh – Sohaila – Pithora – Aurangga – Raipur – Rajnandgaon – Deori – Bhandara – Nagpur – Khusrapar – Telegaon (Night Halt) – Amravati – Akola – Khamgaon – Malkapur – Bhusawal – Jalgaon – Sillod – Aurangabad – Ahmednagar – Pune (Night Halt) – Nalgaon – Shirwal – Mahabaleshwar (Night Halt) – Panchgani – Kudal – Satara – Karad – Kholapur –Gaganbawra – Vaibhavwadi – Kokisare – Kasarde – Kankavli – Kasal – Kudal – Sawantwadi – Banda – Chikali – Mapusa/Goa (Night Halt) – Panjim – Sanquelim – Kankumbi – Habbanatti – Belgundi – Belgaum (Night Halt) – Yargatti – Lokhapur – Jamkhandi – Banetti – Babaleshwar – Bijapur (Night Halt) – Zalki – Mangalwedha – Sholapur – Tuljapur – Latur – Mukhed – Narsi – Biloli – Dharmabad – Basar (Night Halt) – Nizamabad – Armur – Nirmal – Dharmabad – Sarangpur – Kamareddy – Ramayampet – Hyderabad (Night Halt) – Bhongir – Yadgirgutta – Jangaon – Nallikodur – Mahbubabad – Yellandu – Paloncha – Bhadrachalam (Night Halt) – Kukunuru – Vutlapalli – Aswaraopet – Koyyalgudem – Rajahmundry (Night Halt) – Dowlaiswaram – Pasalpudi – Draksharamam – Yanam/Puducherry – Kadiam – Rajahmundry – Yarravaram – Annavaram – Tuni – Boddavaram – MB Patnam – Narsipatnam – Tallapalem – Ankapalle – Visakhapatnam – Rushikonda – Bheemunipatnam – Visakhapatnam – Simhachalam ­– Srungavarapu Kota – Anantagiri – Araku – Borra Caves – Visakhapatnam (Night Halt) – Srikakulam – Narasannapet – Ichhapuram – Berhampur – Khalikot (Chilka lake) – Khordha – Bhubaneswar (Night Halt) – Pipli – Nimapada – Konark – Bhubaneswar – Sakhigopal – Puri – Satapada (Chilka lake) – Puri – Nagapur – Gop – Bhubaneswar – Cuttack – Bhadrak – Soro – Chandipur (Night Halt) – Balasore – Baripada – Baharagoda – Ghatshila – Jamshedpur

Things remained mostly on track. The weather gods were kind to us and it never crossed 40-41 deg C during the entire trip.

We completed the stop overs at all scheduled places. Met lot of relatives and friends. We suffered a massive scare and had to go through a tough roads and terrible ghat routes during Goa-Belgaum run (we were wrongly directed by someone and asked to a take a forest area road through western ghat) ... and that shall be a memory for lifetime!