4 days itinerary in Maldives

Maldives is definitely a paradise on Earth! I just returned from this exotic country and I have madly deeply fallen in love with it. Be it people or be it the blue clear ocean, I loved everything about this country. The capital city Male is the largest and busy city in Maldives. I traveled solo to this heaven and unlike …

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Best day of my life! (Maldives)

There are very rare days in life where one feels that the whole World comes together to make their dreams come true. I have told many times, I love ocean and anything that lives under water. I love Mantas. I had seen two Mantas come by when I dived in New Caledonia. It was magical. They swam by very gently …

Diving in House Reef (Maldives)

The water in Maldives is absolutely divine. It is warm and clear. And a perfect condition to have a relaxed dive. The last three dives of mine (Rottnest Island and Sesimbra) had taken a toll on me. I had thought I would never come out of the anxiety or panic I had during those dives. But after diving here in …

1 day in Lucknow

Lucknow, is the capital and large city in Uttar Pradesh state of Northern India. The city is famous for its beautiful history and architecture. How to get there? There are frequent flights between any capital city and Lucknow. There are also trains and buses that run between the cities. Local transportation There are auto rickshaws, cabs and cycle rickshaws. So, …

Water bungalow in Maldives

From the time I had planned for Maldives (which was about 9 months ago), I wanted to stay at a water bungalow. And everyone knows that staying at a water bungalow in Maldives is super expensive. It costs generally around AUD 800 to AUD 4000 per night. Being a solo traveler, staying at a water bungalow was something which was …

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 …

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 …

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 (Karnataka, India)

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 …

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 …

Lake Forest Resort

I stayed at a very beautiful property, Lake Forest Resort, when I visited Yercaud this time. The resort is conveniently placed and is just 200 to 300 metres from the lake. The place is very beautifully built, keeping the authentic Tamil Nadu architectural design. I stayed in a studio apartment and the cost I believe is around Rs 4500 + …

Transportation to Bangalore airport

The cheapest way to get to Kempegowda International airport (Bangalore airport) is by the BMTC airport shuttles called the Vayu Vajra. They are the Volvo buses that run through 11 routes and are very frequent from various main bus stops across Bangalore. The latest and up-to-date information can be found on their website http://www.bengaluruairport.com/transport/buses.jspx?_afrLoop=4506657210112940&_afrWindowMode=0&_adf.ctrl-state=19tpwtjz6b_379 The timings from the Kempegowda bus …

Shivagange – a quick getaway from Bangalore

Shivagange is a Hindu temple and a mountain peak, situated in Dobbaspet. It is a quick one day getaway from Bangalore. The distance between Shivagange and Bangalore is about 50 kilometres. The mountain is in the shape of a Shivalinga and a spring flows close to the mountain which is called as Ganga locally. It is also famously known as …