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…

04 – 5 places I wish to travel

The fourth topic of 30 days of blog challenge is to list out the 5 places I wish to travel. It is definitely difficult to select the top 5 places I wish to travel. In a nutshell, I want to travel to every nook and corner of this beautiful World. But if I had to…

My 30 days blog challenge

For the next 30 days, I have taken up a post a day challenge. One of the people in my network sent me a list of topics to write about for the next 30 days. I was hesitant in accepting this challenge as I do have a bit or problem in following and sticking to…

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…

Happy 1st birthday Solopassport!

It’s celebration time! I remember when my friend Akshata suggested that I start writing my travel stories and publishing them as blogs, I thought what a crazy idea. I was scared and skeptical, but I decided to take a leap of faith and created solopassport. Today, its the birthday time and my solopassport has turned…

50 things that I am proud of!

Earlier last week, one of my friends asked me to list down all the super cool stuff I have ever done in my life, and that is when it struck me that I have done more things in life than what I remember. The very next day, I started making a list – list of all the…

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…

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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…