Monday 12 January 2015

Christmas 2014 Day 3 of 11, HVK AIM 2014

We had planned on joining All India Meet organised by HVK forum which was held in Konaseema. So our target was to reach the venue of the meet by end of the day. We started our drive by 10:15 AM.
Tea Point just before Suryapet
The plan was to continue on NH 5 till Peravali and then turn into Canal Road which will eventually take us to the resort. Since we started late, it took us quite a bit of time to cross the city. We were out of the city by 11:30 AM.
12:05 PM Cross Narketpalli.
12:30 PM Took at small break for tea at a road side restaurant. Don't know about the quality of the food in the place but the tea stall outside was making pretty killer tea. The toilets also were not very bad.
12:55 PM Crossed Suryapet
2:00 PM Crossed Nandigama
2:20 PM Crossed Ibrahimpatanam
The roads are very good in this segment of NH5 and not very crowded either. One can make good time on these roads.

2:30 PM Entered Vijaywada. We were already suggested that we should take the bypass road, we took the bypass and were on the other end of the town by 2:50PM.
2:55 PM We stopped at The Kay Hotel for a delayed Lunch. Here is my review of the hotel.
The Kay Hotel
3:50 PM Done with the lunch and started the onward journey.
4:30 PM Crossed Hanuman Junction
4:55 PM Crossed Elluru town
5:45 PM Crossed Tanuku town and toll. There is a Rs. 80 toll here and for people going to Konaseems they have to travel only another 10 kilometers. It is kind of a bad deal if you are going to come back from Konaseema. For us it was ok, since we were to continue to Odisha and we did not have to pay the toll on the road segment further on.

5:55 PM We took an extreme left turn to leave NH 5 and take the Canal Road that takes us to our destination. There is a Hanuman statue and the turn is just before that statue.

6:13 PM We were told that there are very limited petrol stations on this route so we decided to top up the vehicle. We stopped at the petrol station. Once you are out of major cities, all transactions are cash only.

6:20 PM We cross Penugonda
6:45 PM Just before Palakollu we found the road that we were traveling on was marked oneway in opposite direction. We took a left turn that is kind of a bypass for palakollu town. Another couple of kilometers on that road and we were clear of the town.
We continue on what is called Palakollu Dodipatla road
7:05 PM We turn from the main road into small lane that takes us to resort. This is a very small road and just now converted to concrete so one can not even turn into shoulder to let vehicles cross. One has to be very careful to not commit vehicle on the road unless it is clear.

7:30 PM We reach Yalamchilli Lanka where Palavelli Boutique resort is located. Here is my review of the resort.
Finally after a long drive, we are home for the day. We meet the crowd that has arrived for the meet, have a dinner and retire for the day.

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