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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Bucket List – Karnataka & around!

I have been asked a lot of questions about the places I have visited and the places I wish to visit. My bucket list is huge, it can go up to many pages (like any other avid traveller). Hence, I have narrowed it down to a single state (as of now) – for my home…

Almost an encounter!

The waterfall was extremely pretty. It was called “Harishina gundi” which means “The yellow waterfall” in Kannada. This was the waterfall we had found while hiking in the Kodachadri national park. The waterfall was flowing into a lake/pond. It was very picturesque and the water was very inviting and intriguing. All my friends wanted to…

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…

Photo Diary: Hampi

Hampi, also known as Hampe, is an ancient town in the northern part of Karnataka, in India. It is the former capital of Vijayanagara Empire. The town is a home for numerous ruined temples and buildings. It plays a very important role in the history of India and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage…

Guide to explore Dandeli

Dandeli is a town in the Uttara Karnataka district in the Western Ghats in the southern part of India. Dandeli is a natural habitat for the wildlife. The wildlife includes tigers, black panthers, leopards, elephants, sambar deers, spotted deers, gaurs and sloth bears. It is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka and was designated…

Up the sky, I fly so high!

Microflight flying Microflight flying at Jakkur is one of the must have experiences in Bangalore. A small flight which can accommodate only 2 people – pilot and the co-pilot. Started around 5 years ago, it is managed by Nithin and Akshay every Sunday morning. Booking & Cost: Advance booking has to be done atleast one…

Pampakshetra of Kishkindha

Pampakshetra of Kishkindha, now known as Hampi, is a village in Karnataka in India. It is located within the ruins of the city of Vijayanagara, the former capital of Vijayanagara Empire and is situated on the banks of the River Tungabhadra Hampi is about 350 kms from the city of Bangalore. And is the most searched…

Bird paradise – Rangantittu Bird Sanctuary

Rangantittu bird sanctuary is a bird sanctuary in Mandya district of Karnataka state in India. It is also known as Pakshi Kashi of Karnataka. It is about 3 hours drive from Bangalore. My pictures from the trip to the bird paradise: Even though, it is a bird sanctuary, the river has many crocodiles. Yes, we…

Panthera pardus in the Wild

Panthera pardus, commonly known as leopard, is one of the five big cats. My bucket list to see them in the wild was ticked off on that lucky day 🙂 . For the love of wildlife, Rahul and I had decided to spend the long weekend of Republic Day in BR Hills. We desperately wanted…

Have you seen the Mysore Palace yet?

Mysore Palace is one of the must sees in Karnataka. To reiterate, travel to the state of Karnataka in India is never complete if you have not seen Mysore Palace. It is the official residences of the Maharajas of Mysore – the Royal family Wodeyars. According to Wikipedia, Mysore Palace is one of the most…

Goat’s leap

Mekedatu, is a place in Kanakapura district of Karnataka state in India. Mekedatu is named in Kannada, which means goat’s leap. It is believed that once a goat was being chased by a tiger. In a desperate attempt to save its life, the goat leapt the gorge from one side to the other. Hence, the…

Unexpected adrenaline rush? Ask me how!

Location: Bangalore Year: 2011 It had drizzled in the evening and it was time for me to take Willie out for a walk. I generally used this opportunity to call my family and friends. That evening I had called my mother. Since I did not want to go very far from the apartment complex, I…

My family and temples – Always works!

“Where is this Somnathpura?” “Why are we going to Somnathpura?” “We need to walk a lot, Chinnu!” “It’s like a school trip!” “We can probably go somewhere else, a little more far from Bangalore.” “We need to go to Wonderla.” These were all the statements that my family made or asked. A little bit of…