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, …

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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 …

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 …

Mandaragiri betta

The Basada or Mandaragiri betta (hill) is about 65 kilometres from Bangalore in Tumkur. It is a famous pilgrim temple for Jainism. The Mandaragiri is a small hill with 434 steps (~ 500 metres one way) to reach the peak. Supposedly, the peak has four Jain temples, which were closed when I visited. Nevertheless, the views of the lake from …

Yercaud – Things to do

While I was visiting Bangalore in June, I was planning for a travel with my cousins to any place closer to Bangalore. This was meant to be a quick getaway from Bangalore. After scanning all the places that were available to me on Club Mahindra membership, I selected Yercaud. Yercaud is a hill station in Tamil Nadu. It is in …

Rani Durgavati Fort

One of the historical monuments and landmarks in Jabalpur is the Rani Durgavati Fort, also known as Madan Mahal. The Fort dates back to 11th century and was a small military outpost on a hilltop. How to reach the Fort? The Fort is inside the city and any taxi or auto rickshaw can drop the tourist off at the start …

One day in Bangalore

Bangalore, my home, is a city in the Southern part of India. There are plenty of things to do in and around Bangalore. Even before I get into the one day itinerary, I would like to mention that one day to explore this beautiful city is less. However, if you just have one day, then I would suggest: Morning: Head …