A small weekend trip for T-R-I-P. we went to two places, one saptasajiya and the other kapilash. For the up trip upto saptasajiya we took the paradaip-cuttack-athagarh-saptasajiya and then from saptasajiya-dhenkanal-kapilash. The return journey is from kapilash-dhenkanal-manguli-cuttack-paradip. The maps: From paradip to saptasajiya From saptasajiya to kapilash From kapilash to paradip This trip coverd the SH-12, Athagarh road, NH-42. Both the up and down travel time was 4 hrs. No tolls in these routes. Now the road conditions. SH-12: This is a recently built cement road which is nearing completion. Smooth roads and only <3 kms left to be opened on both side. The traffic conditions is very sparse except for some major towns falling en route where the traffic becomes slightly dense. The total travelling time in this stretch was 1.5 hrs. ATHAGARH Road: This road is a mix of freshly laid tarmac and some old and under construction roads. Basically this is a sinlge road at many places winding through unexplored villages of odisha. At some places we have to drive through some picturesque locations with river running parallel to the roads on one side and small hills on the other side. One needs to drive inside forests too for a small stretch. Traffic is almost nill but due to small winding roads, the speed will be limited. Saptasajiya: Good place for trekking. Getting fast polluted by homo sapiens. Was expecting some water falls (thanks to google images) but disappointed as could not find one. People were saying that we need to do trekking for 5 kms into the mountains to get a view of seven hills and a waterfall. May be i will explore it some other time as a forced bachelor. Kapilash: From saptasajiya to kapilash one need to reach dhenkanal. From dhenkanal to kapilash the roads are butter smooth but its only two lane with sparse traffic. One can easily maintain 80 kmph on these roads. To reach the temple at the top of the mountain there is a well laid road with some hair pin bends. I loved those bends as this was the first time i am driving in a ghat road. Apart from the temple one can do trekking in these mountains too. NH-42 On the return I took the NH-42 route. I got the feedback earlier that this road was not good but to my surprise i found that it was very good road apart from some really bad patches. Bad in the sense really really bad where i could not avoid scrapping the under body even at dead slow speeds. But one disadvantage in this route is that the traffic was very heavy. Pardon me for photo-less post.