Honda Amaze Diesel Drive to Discover 4: Chennai-Nellore-Vijaywada-Vizag
Drive to Discover, the annual drive / rally event organized by Honda Cars India, is an attempt towards giving participants a deeper insight into their product, along with giving them an opportunity to discover India. Into it’s fourth year now, Honda’s Drive to Discover 4 featured their all new diesel revolution, Amaze i-DTEC.
Drive to Discover 4 was organized from 21st – 31st Aug 2013, covering the following cities- Trivandrum – Kanyakumari – Puducherry – Chennai – Nellore – Vijaywada – Vizag – Puri – Bhubaneshwar – Kolkata. Spanning over a period of about 10 days, D2D2 saw participation of a total of 18 auto media personnel from various publications. Divided into three legs, first leg spanned from Trivandrum to Chennai, second leg participants had to cover Chennai to Vizag (earlier Vishakhapatnam) and the last leg saw the Amaze diesel rally from Vizag to Kolkata.
From the route, you must have figured that the attempt was to traverse through the south eastern coast of India. We were invited to join the drive for the second leg. Our leg was flagged off from Honda Chennai dealership. Our destination, for the first day, Nellore. With an entire day ahead of us, and just 250 odd kms to travel, we decided to skip the national highway and start discovering rural roads.
Original idea was to visit Penchalakona Waterfalls, before we called it a day. Starting from Chennai, we took an exit after Kavaraipettai, onto state highway 52, towards Tirupathi road. With every passing kilometer, the number of vehicles on the road started decreasing. We kept on going through SH52. Near Suruttapalli, we took a right towards an even narrower road. this one led us to Nagalapuram, what you see in the image below.
After spending a good time at the place, we decided to continue our discovery further, and penetrate further into rural India. From here, we headed towards Srikalahasti. The entire route was scenic, hardly any bad roads. On the sides, you could see lush green fields, people farming, kids playing cricket in lungi, rickshaws filled with people, and still stopping to carry more.
All this while, the Amaze was showing us that it is a car which is made for India, easily traversing through the different terrains we were throwing towards the car. By the time we reached Srikalahasti, it was 4:30 pm, and we still were yet to have lunch. So we decided to stop here (Madeena Hotel, image below) and have lunch. Once we were done with lunch, we realized that we also had eaten daylight time, which we needed in order to see Penchalakona Waterfalls.
It is at this point that we decided, no point visiting the waterfalls as by the time we reach there, the light would be no more. So we headed to Nellore, which was still a good 100 kms away. By 7:30 we had reached our hotel, named Leo. There we were greeted by loud music, as the hotel was hosting two different events, sangeet and engagement for two different couples. But it didn’t bother us much, thanks to the wonderful day we had spent. At dinner, we decided to start the next day early, so that we have a chance to discover more.