Trip to Dapoli From Hyderabad An alternative to Goa

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We did not take the same route as most of the routes were under construction. Dapoli to Mahabaleswar distance was 100KM via SH-12. We thought to reach there by noon (1PM) but the road was not in great condition and being a ghat section, we finally reached Mahabaleswar at 2:30PM.

The road condition from Dapoli to Palgad was just okay, It was two way road with occasional tar  came off.

Mapro Garden Mahabaleswar:

while returning to Hyderabad via Mahabaleswar,this beautiful garden was just beside the road.It was on the route on Mahabaleswas to Panchgani road.We did not miss this.The area decoration was also nice.

It was a must stop for all nature lovers.The restaurant facility was awesome with pizza, sandwich,french fries,hot chocolate and coffee.It was having its own Chocolate factory.As per the manager there,Mr Kishore Vora Mapro started this business in 1959.Later the business and garden became popular with his name as Mapro.

Trip to Dapoli from Hyderabad

There were many outlets and processing units(Capacity of 30000 tones per year).  It was also a best place to purchase strawberry products and other fruit crushes,flavor milk shakes,jelly.There were many fruit crashes available like-strawberry, litchi,coconut,peach,grendline,hazelnut,blue curaco,mango.I could not remember all options.

Along with the fruit products the strawberry ice cream was very famous.There was a huge queue there,we did not opt for it due to our time crunch.Later my friend Madhurima confirmed that it was nice.We missed that.We wished that we would come back again for this.

Trip to Dapoli from Hyderabad

I heard from Madhurima that during strawberry festival ,hundreds of farmers used to distribute their fresh strawberries for free. There was a area dedicated to children, was also attractive with Banjo Jump,play area,lots of fun rides.

We purchased two jelly bottles and couple of flavored milk. this place also offered clean toilet facility.During long journey ,we would need more facility along with food options.

During our short journey,we experienced a traditional dance performance by Mapro authorized locals. There were doing so to reduce the stress and re energize the tourist. Indeed , it was a great initiative by them.

Venna Lake:

When we were crossing this lake,it was afternoon.We had really no mood to go for a boat ride.I wished that we would come for one Mahabalewar trip ,I would cover these in details. We saw the lake from outside.Hundreds of tourists were boating in the lake.

The atmosphere was cool so it was really pleasant to use a paddle boat.There were lots of food options were available there(inside and outside). As we had to drive another 14 hours,we dropped the visiting option.

Trip to Dapoli from Hyderabad

But one thing I must say, the beauty of the ghat road was awesome full of scenic beauty. Google diverted us to a narrow road to connect the great Mahabaleswar ghat road.

The ghat road was in great condition with a very occasional bad road. Again the Mahabaleshwar ghat road was green and breathtaking. During our journey to Mahabaleshwar, we did a lot of photo shooting. Lots of up and down, we reached at Mahabaleshwar at 2:30 PM.

Trip to Dapoli from Hyderabad

We saw a few small waterfalls in the route. After crossing Mahabaleswar we stopped for lunch.  The Manager of the dhaba not only offered great food but also provided a route map to reach Solapur. We started again towards wai at 4PM. The road became excellent when we reached NH-48.

The road was tempting us to go beyond 80KM/hr but we did only 60 KM/hr. We were preserving our energy for great NH 65 till Solapur.   Somewhere before Pune, Google showed us that NH-48 was meeting NH-65. It was also showing a road via SH-143 towards Solapur. But we ignored that road.

However once we reached the junction of NH-48 and NH-65, we could not get the entry point to NH-65. Unfortunately, we had to travel some kms inside Pune. It was a huge traffic jam inside Pune. After great difficulty, we finally touched NH-65 at 7:30PM. Once we crossed the busy Pune city, it was a breeze to drive.

Trip to Dapoli from Hyderabad

After crossing 80KM we stopped for a break. After we start our journey, our speed got reduced to a great extent due to pitch dark night accompanied by a heavy downpour.

Heavy rain reduced our visibility. Even though the road was in great condition, we could not drive more than 40 KM/hr. At 12:30AM we stopped for dinner to a roadside hotel. Rain was also stopped. I was driving almost 13 hours, I needed a break.

We ordered roti and paneer curry. As I said earlier that Maharastra food was very nice very low on spice. We enjoyed the dinner. After dinner, I took a power nap for one hour in my car. My wife and brother in law were browsing internet and were busy posting the nice pictures. At around 2:30AM we started again to words Solapur.

Trip to Dapoli from Hyderabad

The power nap gave me a new life. We quickly crossed 100 KM and reached Solapur at 3:30AM. I took a small tea break for 15 minutes. Again the horror movie started with lots of diversions, Volvos. The Volvos were having eight to ten light pointed towards oncoming traffic.

They hardly gave any response to the small cars like me. Our speed got reduced to almost 10KM/hour in some of the stretches. Once we reached Telengana border , we got the nice road again. thanks to NH authority of Telengana division to make this stretch beautiful. At 9:30 We touched the ORR and at 10:30 We reached home.

Special Incident:

During our return journey one funny thing happened. I was following a car and ignored the diversion signal. After some KMs the car took a small road towards a nearby village. I had to stop quickly. It was a cut in the road. The depth was somewhere 15 ft. There was a construction work going on.

I was about to take U turn. I found two cars,followed by three volvos actually did the same mistake . Every driver were smiling  to each others by seeing our mistake. We came to the diversion and took the correct route again.

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