Bheema Bakasura betta/Kailashgiri betta

My best friend Akshata and I had a spontaneous call one evening, at almost midnight, and we decided to do a one day hike the following morning. After going through a list of places, we decided to head to Kaiwara to hike the Bheema Bakasura Betta. The betta is in the town of Kaiwara. Kaiwara is in Chikkabalapura district of …

Hike to Vattakanal (Canopy Hills)

The Kotagiri trek that I had planned to do over the weekend was cancelled due to not having the minimum required participants. Supposedly, the cancellation of hikes or treks due to not having many participants is quite common in Bangalore. So, I decided to call the Bangalore Mountaineering Club just a day before the hike to inquire if there was …

Kudremukh trek

Kudremukh, which means the ‘head of a horse‘ in Kannada, is one of the mountains in the Western Ghats. It is in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka and is about 284 kilometres from Bangalore. The peak is the third highest peak in Western Ghats and is at a height of 6207 feet. The hike goes through the lush valley and …

Chicken curry with rice

I have mainly had a stop over at Kuala Lumpur airport. I have tried almost all the restaurants at the airport, including their food courts and cafes. But I have never liked the food until today. Today for the first time I tried at ‘Living Room’ cafe and I loved the food. I really enjoyed the Chicken curry with rice. …

Vaccinations

Another important item in the checklist before you travel is the vaccinations required. Before I proceed, I would like to state that I am neither a doctor nor a medical representative who has the authority and knowledge to dictate what vaccinations have to be taken and when. So, please do consult your doctor before taking any vaccinations. While researching for …

Shuttle between Bangkok airports

There are two International airports in Bangkok – one is Suvarnabhumi Airport (big one) and the other is Don Mueang Airport. I was dropped at the Suvarnabhumi airport by my taxi driver and my flight was at Don Mueang airport. There were many taxi drivers who tried to mislead me in taking taxis. The taxis cost money, where as there …

5 hours in Bangkok

While travelling to Perth from Bangalore, I had about 5 hours transit in Bangkok. Even though I have traveled to Thailand twice, I have never stepped out of Bangkok airport. So, I decided to utilise these hours to see this city. I was advised by the Ministry of Tourism guys (at the airport) not to step out of the airport …

Storage in Don Mueang (Bangkok airport)

One of the biggest problems while travelling alone is managing suitcases. They are heavy and not very easy to manage. I had the same problem when I was in Bangkok at the Don Mueang International airport. After asking around and searching for quite some time, I found a place on level 2 where one can store the luggage for Thai …

Hulukadi Betta

From the time I have planned for my career break, I have been browsing through different hikes and treks that I can do around Bangalore. I stumbled upon Hulukadi Betta and would like to confess that I had never heard of Hulukadi Betta before. It is one of those bettas (hills) around Bangalore that have been less explored. The place …

Bangalore photo walk

As part of our routine Globetrotting Girls India Bangalore meetup, we decided to do a Bangalore photo walk this time. We wanted something easy and a route which provides plenty of photography opportunities. Thanks to my friends Rashmi and Divya who planned out this route for us. Logistics Starting point: Trinity Church, Trinity Circle Finishing point: St Andrews Church. Distance: …

Visas during Career break

I admit that visas are one of the biggest contributors for the expenses during travels. And also the effort that it takes to get visas and the stress that we go through during those visas processes cannot be debated. My biggest savings during my career break will be obtaining these visas. One of my main reasons to take the Australian …

Sri Lanka – 4 days itinerary

Travel to Sri Lanka was a very short travel for me. I was there only for 4 days and I explored three cities while I was visiting this beautiful island country. I would go back to this country to explore more of the things that it has to offer. Sigiriya is on top of the list of things I wish …

Scuba diving in Netrani Island

Netrani Island is a small island, off the coast of the main land from Murdeshwara. The island is about 20 kilometres, a short boat trip from the main land. It is home to coral reef and is a popular diving site in Karnataka state. It is said that the visibility is around 15 to 20 metres range. Murdeshwara is a …

Day trip to Gingee/Senji Fort

One of the top touristy destinations to see in Pondicherry is the Gingee Fort, also known as Senji Fort. It is a great fort to get some insights into the history of Tamil Nadu. The fort was owned by many dynasties including Cholas, Nayakas, Marathas and Mughals. And ultimately passing the ownership to the British Empire. The Fort is famous …

Chai Lai Orchid – an elephant camp

Chai Lai Orchid resort is a place where elephants, cats, dogs and chickens roam around freely. They live in harmony and together. I am glad to have found this place. Chai Lai Orchid is about 1 hour drive from Chiang Mai city and it is an elephant camp. They have about 20 elephants with small baby elephants as well. The camp …

Best Thai massage centre

Who doesn’t love body massages? Who doesn’t love pampering? I am sure everyone loves them. I love them too. While I was in Chiang Mai for my birthday, I got body massages done almost everyday. I tried places that had the best ambience as well. But one place which was very nice and cheap was the Gold Hand Thai Massage. …

Coconut Creek Kerala Homestays

One of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed in India is the Coconut Creek Farm in Kumarakom. It is an authentic Kerala style home stay and it perfectly placed with respect to the spectacular backgrounds. It is just along the backwaters. And is truly an amazing property to stay at. I just loved this place and I would …

Vietnam – 7 days itinerary

My friend Akshata and I traveled to Vietnam many years ago. This was the time when Vietnam was still not so famous touristy destination, at least in India. We had a surprised and shocked reactions from people when we said we were heading to Vietnam for our annual Christmas trip. But Vietnam was beautiful then, Vietnam is beautiful now. Many …

What to eat in Brunei?

Brunei is not so popular among the tourists. I was skeptical about food. I was not sure what kind of food it offered. But.. I was very surprised to find so many Indian restaurants and I was even more surprised to find out that locals love Indian food, especially Dosa. I tried two Indian restaurants and both times the food …