Koraput is a town in southern Odisha surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, and forests. We travelled to Koraput from Bhubaneswar on my Tata Nexon EV Max (2022), which has a 40.5 kWh battery that can do around 300-330 km on a single charge. The passengers included my wife, our pet dog and me. We also had a bunch of luggage, a tent and a portable 5kg gas stove for camping.
Doing long trips on an EV in India can be challenging, depending on where you start and your destination. I share this trip report with the hope that it helps others planning to visit this scenic town. The report will focus on our drive to Koraput and some well-known places rather than the places themselves. If you are interested in a summary, you can scroll down to the overall trip summary section.
We made this trip in Oct, 2023. The blog talks about the state of charging at that period of time. Please check the charging infrastructure on Plugshare or other apps when planning your trip.
Emerging from the need for a new port in Kochi is the largest artificial island in India – Willingdon island. We had an early start from Orchid Homestay to visit the island and a few other places on the way.
Fort Kochi has a New Year’s Eve tradition of burning Papanji at midnight. It is part of the Cochin Carnival, an event that is conducted annually for 10 days from Christmas to New Year. Having decided to attend it, we started from our homestay in the afternoon. Since we had some time on hand, we visited a couple of other places before heading to the Parade ground to witness Papanji being burnt.
Athirappilly and Vazhachal waterfalls are two of the most famous waterfalls in Kerala, located in Sholayar Reserve Forest. They are around 45 KM from our homestay. We started at 7 AM hoping that we could beat the crowd.