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…

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…

08 – 10 things that make me happy

Next on the list is to write about 10 things that make me happy. I have been having very difficult days for few years now, and I have been trying to cope up with the times. So this makes it hard to count the blessings and the things that make you happy at the very…

A visit to Tanah Lot

My most favourite temple in Bali is Tanah Lot. It is a rock formation and is home to ancient Hindu temple Pura Tanah Lot. It is one of those which must not be missed when in Bali. Tanah Lot means land on sea and is definitely a formation that lives up to its meaning. It…

Swastika Bungalows, Bali

A beautiful place where my friends and I stayed at Bali is the Swastika Bungalows. Placed in Denpasar, Swastika Bungalows is close to restaurants and markets. The stay was very comfortable and the staff were very friendly. The rooms were big and clean. Definitely a recommended place in Denpasar. Details: Name: Swastika Bungalows Address: Jl….

One day in Jabalpur

Jabalpur is a small city in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It is an ancient city on the shores of the holy river of Narmada. My friend Akshata and I decided to travel to this city last December as part of our yearly travels. Since we had just one day in the city,…

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…

Life is (much) better in hiking shoes!

“Sky above, Earth below and Peace within” is exactly what I feel when I hike. Beginning of this year, like all others I had made my yearly resolutions list. Top of that list was to hike more than last year and become fit and healthy. I tried my best to keep that one promise that…

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…

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…