Journey to kolkata Via Road All Preparation Documented

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The journey could be divide into two parts..
1. Hyderabad to Vizag or Gopalpur
2. Vizag / Gopalpur to Kolkata

For part-1 , Hyderabad to vizag:
Hyderabad-ORR-Suryapet–Vijayawada–Rajamundry–Vizag was the best route. Hyderabad to Vijayawada was having express or super expressway. From Vijayawada to kolkata was NH5. The nice part about both the parts of the route was that we could cover them in 2 days without stressing much.

Long drive to kolkata Via Road

Few other routes:
1. One of my friend suggested a route
Hyderabad–ORR–Suryapet–Khammam–Devarapally—Dommeru–Godavari bridge—Rajamundry—Vizag

But as we were travelling in night,we took the main road. Secondly, I heard that the road condition was too bad to drive in some places.Thirdly, Khammam was not recommended during night drive.

 

Accessories:

Souritra fitted 2 Hella G3 projector along with 2 , 4300K HID in my headlight. Apart from these, I also fitted 2 Yellow hella FF7000 and 2 , 35 W HID from motominds. They were extra ,Just in case, projector failed.

Long drive to kolkata Via Road
HID

Journey to kolkata

Long drive to kolkata Via Road

Food:  Next comes food. As suggested by Souritra, we purchased lots of dry foods as we will be travelling in night. We cleaned all our water bottles to carry extra water during night journey. We also purchased a thermo flask  to carry tea.We finalized our D day . It was 15th Jan 2016. on the D day, Devopriya took all the control of the ground work.It gave me a chance to sleep for the entire day.At around 4 PM, I wake up and checked all the luggage.Made necessary changes and put inside the car.
Long drive to kolkata Via Road

Long drive to kolkata Via Road
Starting:  At around 6PM we started for this long drive. We headed towards TSPA and took ORR.We drove almost 50 KM via ORR and took the exit at for Vijayawada.It was 7:30 PM by the watch. It was winter. Post 8PM cars started to disappear soon. All trucks were giving us company.Since there were no much traffic , we traveled till Suryapet within 1 hour and 30 mins.We Stopped for snacks and tea break. The hotel name Food Court-7(Followed the alto guy )From Suryapet , we went straight to Vijayawada. We reached Vijayawada at 11PM. But due to the construction work of the road, we had to circle vijayawada multiple times before we could reach to PVP mall.
Long drive to kolkata Via Road

It was a mess,We had to travel 10 KM extra inside vijayawada. Luckily, we got the dinner at PVP mall.Popular KFC was still open for us. Probably,we were the last customer for the day. We grabbed quick mills and rested for sometimes.

The journey from Hyderabad to Vijayawada was great. The roads were fine. It was a expressway having almost 400 rs INR toll. Just after crossing Vijayawada,we refilled our tank. Once we crossed Vijayawada, we met NH-5(Part of golden quadrilateral ).

Long drive to kolkata Via Road
on the way to Vizag
Long drive to kolkata Via Road

This was one of the best route available to us. Literally we started gliding in NH5.After crossing Rajamundry, we stopped for tea break. Tea and boiled eggs prepared by Devopriya. As it was winter, there were chilling effect. We somehow ended our snacks and hurriedly went inside of our car.

Long drive to kolkata Via Road
chilling effect at 3 am
Long drive to kolkata Via Road

Devopriya turned on the heater. When we started again a dense fog engulf us. We flashed our additional yellow hella many a times to see whats coming in front. While I was driving Devopriya was keeping a close eye on the navigator system and was alarming if there was a turn,As the road was good and empty almost, I could manage to drive 120 KM per hour. By 4:30 am we reached Vizag. We stopped in a tea stall after crossing Vizag.It was chilling cold outside. We had to take two rounds of tea to keep ourself warm and awake.

Vizag

The best city in Andhra Pradesh in terms of natural beauty.Even though we traveled via Vizag and stayed only over night and roamed only RamaKrishna Beach.Both the times the scenic beauty of Vizag in the lap of Eastern Ghat was very nice.

This city was having crowd 24*7. During our first visit ,we reached at 4.30 am and we saw several people(Male & Female)were heading towards some factories .Before reaching Vizag we started encountering this traffic.The traffic continues even after Vizag till 6.30 am.This gave us the confidence and we felt very happy seeing so many people.

All the time as we stayed R.K.Beach ,we could not fight with waves and could not get drench.We were told to visit the country’s biggest port and oldest shipyard.As we were fighting with times we could not cover the same.The humidity was high even January and October.But the coolness of the port city gave us enough energy to visit nearby.

When we stopped in Vizag

R.K.Beach was not for swimmers having combination of soil,water,sand and bolder.The night was very nice .Lots of people were at sea beach.There were gas balloons (fanus) in the sky.We visited the fish museum ,on top of this museum,There was a nice coffee bar overlooking the sea and sea beach.

The street cuisine was hot and spicy.All could not touch much.However ,we get a nice hotel having nice breakfast and lunch option.We saw submarine museum from outside as we had to travel another 15 hours to reach kolkata.

Visakhapatnam is the city of destiny and jewel on the east coast.Great roadside hotels-By the way-Bengali food chain-Nimantran Sabba garden.

Long drive to kolkata Via Road
dawn at vizag
Long drive to kolkata Via Road
sunrise at vizag
Long drive to kolkata Via Road

coming back to our first journey, we did not stop in vizag.We zoomed past sleepy fishermen village.The cocktail of sea ,ghat road and chilka added a new flavour to our journey.

At 5:30am we started again,we enjoyed a very rare sunrise moment after crossing the Vizag. Once a again ,after crossing vizag the road was empty.We saw a HP petrol bunk while crossing Vizag and they surprisingly accepted credit card.

Long drive to kolkata Via Road
chilka lake from ghat
Long drive to kolkata Via Road

We refilled the oil tank once more.At around 8am we crossed the border-AP-Orrisa border. After crossing the border , we stopped for breakfast ,few eggs(left out and tea). Few curious eyes were watching us. Looked like very unusual scene for them. Thermoflusk was doing his job nicely. The tea was still hot even after 16 hours. At around 9:45am we started again for Gopalpur. Devopriya already had a chat with the Hotel guy and they confirmed the room was ready.

Long drive to kolkata Via Road
Entering at Gopalpur
Long drive to kolkata Via Road

We reached hotel Mar-maid at around 12 noon.We parked the car in the hotel. Check in was pretty simple. The hotel although had a kitchen and cooking setup but was closed due to less number of visitors. The hotel guy was gentle enough to offer us lunch from outside. We ordered our lunch .Took our required bags and went to bed for a sleep.
At around 2:30Pm they served chicken curry,prawn curry and dal with rice. Gopalpur is famous for sea food, But the amount of food they served and price they quoted were not matching with our expectation.

Long drive to kolkata Via Road

(Prawn curry was Rs450 per plate,Rice was Rs65 per plate and Chicken curry was Rs350 per plate). We had no other choice at that point of time.At around 3:30 PM the we wake up and had our lunch. We took our bath and slept once again.At around 6:30 PM, we came to our balcony to watch the sea. But to our surprise, there was a huge gathering of locals on the sea beach. We got ready and went outside to visit the nearby sea beach. It was sankranthi , hence there was a celebration on the sea beach.

Long drive to kolkata Via Road
 Tea after chilka
Long drive to kolkata Via Road

At around 7:30PM we woke up fresh. We thought to go to seaside for a walk. Hotel Mar maid was just opposite to seashore. When we went out we saw a large gathering of crowd. While talking to locals, we came to know it was sankranthi which was being celebrated.We enjoyed rice with spice popularly called jhal muri. Fresh fish fry , chola (seeds).Later we found plenty of options for dinner.To our surprise it was cheap. It was rs 150 fish fry plate ,rs 20 per plate of rice. Curd was free.Total bill was Rs440. We got rs 40 discount as well.we understood , the hotel guy made some quick bucks.We roamed around 1 hour.We came to hotel and paid all the bill. We had our dinner and hit the bed at around 11 PM.

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