Kumara Parvatha Trek

This was my second time to Kumara Parvatha. I had hiked this mountain (maybe) around 10 years ago. I vaguely remembered the hike which I had done back then. So I decided to hike again – after all how hard can it be? I am a person who has hiked to Everest Base Camp you know! My ego was smashed …

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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 …

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: …

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 …

Tadiyanmol trek

Tadiyanmol is one of most beautiful and lesser known hikes in the Western Ghats of southern part of India. It is the highest peak in the Coorg or Kodugu district and sixth highest peak in the state Karnataka at an elevation of 5760 feet (1748 meters). Logistics: Hike to the peak: about 14 kilometres from the starting point Kakkabe Grade: Moderate …

Zor se bolo – Jai Mata Di!

Planning: One of my ex-colleagues visit Vaishnodevi every year. As soon as I heard she was planning, I immediately asked her if I could join her. We divided the planning – she took over the flights and the accommodation booking and I took over the research and places to see part. There are two entrances to Vaishnodevi Bhawan, one – …