7 days of driving around Karnataka – Temples, Hills, Forests, Caves, Ruins, Forts and Highways


The three of us returned on 2nd Jan after another wonderful road trip! [Sanjay, Sangeetha & Santro ;-)] We started out at around 7.00am on the 27th of December and parked back at 10.30pm on 2nd Jan 09, making it a 7 day trip around Karnataka.. 7 days of sheer driving pleasure. Day 1 – […]

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Belief – A trip to Kebre


“For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don’t believe, no proof is possible."-Stuart Chase. A very good friend of mine underwent a brain surgery late last year. Though the tumor was removed, he has not recovered his vision even after 9 months. Initially the doctors were somewhat positive, saying that though […]

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A Dream Trip to Disneyland


My little girl loves Disney characters! It’s not a surprise, since most kids seem to instantly fall in love with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Pluto – the adorable dog. Recently we had been to a local theme park and we came across two men dressed up as Mickey and Donald. The moment […]

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Chandragiri – Relics of the fallen empire.


In south India, tales of Vijayanagara – Hampi and Krishnadevaraya are part and parcel of our cultural initiation. Be it through stories narrated by our grandparents, through our history text books or through Chandamama & Amar Chitra Katha. What we normally get to hear or read about are just some glimpses from history, a high-level […]

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Kadapa, Pushpagiri, Gurramkonda & Horsley hills.


We had just come back to Bangalore late on the night of 30th September 2009 after driving around for over a week in Tamilnadu and this trip was from the morning of 2nd Oct to the evening of 4th Oct… So two back to back trips. The main high-lights of this trip were visiting Pushpagiri […]

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A weekend trek to Mukurthi Peak near Ooty.


Ooty seems to be the flavor of the season and this was a trek through the Mukurthi national park which is very close to Ooty. This was done over the weekend of 28th & 29th Nov 09. The park is named after the distinctive looking Mukurthi peak, which at 8,379ft is the fourth highest peak […]

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Shivaganga, a sunday in the sun.


First the basics: [1] This is a good one-day weekend trip from Bangalore. Total distance from Airport road to Shivaganga and back was 142kms on the odo. [2] Only equipment needed will be a pair of sneakers for a comfortable walk [people even climb up barefoot or in normal footwear], caps, sun-glasses and a liter […]

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Is this most haunted place in India ? – Bhangarh, Rajasthan.


Just Google for ‘the most haunted places in India’ and Bhangarh features on almost all the pages and lists that pop-up. There are all sorts of stories on the net about ghostly encounters, visitors who disappeared and other paranormal activity at Bhangarh. Bhangarh had been on our list of places to see from quite some […]

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Trek from Mullayanagiri to Bababudangiri… after 13 years!


This was our last trip/trek in 2009, done over 26th & 27th of December. It was again with our regular TT & driver Kumar and a group of friends. The itinerary of the trip was to… – start from Bangalore on the evening of the 25th Dec, – drive to Kundadri peak early in the […]

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A DIY Story: Home Audio Speaker Boxes in a Car ??? Yes!!!


Before starting off with the DIY story, let me clarify a couple of things… [1] Every DIY has its own inherent risks. I considered the ‘worst-case-scenario’ and decided that if I ended up with damaged speakers / blown HU or Amp, I was ready for it. [Acceptable risk] [2] I have been using the setup […]

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A DIY (Damp It Yourself) story: DynaMat, FonoMat…Yoga-Mat ????


Normally I listen to music in my car with the volume set at ‘sane’ levels. But once in a while I get this urge to crank up the volume towards the ‘are you deaf?’ mark for a song or two. I don’t use a sub-woofer, but with a custom amp set-up and good speaker boxes, […]

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IIMA Campus – Nature Walk.


On Sunday I went to the old campus for some bird watching… and saw quite a few of em.. Birds of the feathered kind I mean. Honest! It started with a mail… ” Prakriti – The Nature Club of IIMA is organising a nature walk to observe and appreciate the beauty of flora and fauna […]

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Hathi Singh Temple, Sidi Saiyyed Mosque & a Haveli in Ahmedabad.


Ever since I landed on the IIMA campus in April 2010, life has been mostly following a regular pattern. A normal day revolves around the classroom, dining hall, syndicate-room and the hostel-room… An occasional ‘highlight’ in the routine would be a visit to the Big Bazaar @ Himalaya mall. After stumbling through yet another hectic […]

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The shore temples of Mahabalipuram


In early 2007, we had to go to Chennai over a weekend for a family function; this was the first time that me and Sangeetha were visiting Chennai together. After the function we had some time on hand and post lunch we headed out to Mahabalipuram, which is included in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage […]

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Brahmagiri , Irpu falls – A trip and trek.


The trip/trek was done on the 8th Feb 09. Brahmagiri is a hill in the Western Ghats (1608 mts). It is situated in the Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary on the border between Wayanad District of Kerala and Kodagu district of Karnataka. The Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary is a restricted area, featuring a rich variety of wildlife including […]

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An incomplete guide to Hoysala temples ;-)


From the preface of the “Complete Guide to Hoysala temples” by Gerard Foekema: “For me, enjoying Later Calukya and Hoysala temples is one of the great pleasures of life. I love these temples because their plans are so logical and natural, because their architecture is so ingenious, and because their execution is so rich…" We […]

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Ruins in the Jungle – IIMA MCC Trip.


“Tucked away in a forest, there are secrets to be revealed…An ancient city, a gateway to Rajasthan. A hiding place for rulers, concealed from enemies, citizens, angry wives, even from the sun, tucked between sacred hills on the east and west. And the mystery of abandonment, decay. Ancient temples, some still performing their pujas deep […]

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The Bhoot bungalow trip – ACMCC Trip II


The last time around I had a Bhoot Bungalow experience was in June 2009 when Sangeetha and I went for a trek into the core area of the Parambikulam wildlife sanctuary in Tamilnadu. Since it was right in the middle of the monsoons, camping in the open was ruled out and we had to spend […]

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Hampi – The city of victory…


Over the past couple of decades, both Sangeetha & me have been to Hampi several times – as part of our school trips, during our college days, with family and friends… But given the fact that there is so much to see, you can go there on multiple occasions and each time you’ll see something […]

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A Tra’Village’ – Farmhouse visit.


This is not a full-fledged travelogue, but a small collection of photos from a weekend trip. Put up to capture some memories from a recent village visit. Last Sunday (24th Jan 2010) we visited a farm-house owned by a relative of one of Sangeetha’s colleagues. We were accompanied by another colleague of her’s from the […]

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Trek from Mullayanagiri to Bababudangiri… after 13 years! Weekend drive to Srikalahasti. Chennai and Kanchipuram
A Long walk, Monsoon, Leeches, Wildlife & Railway History. Hathi Singh Temple, Sidi Saiyyed Mosque & a Haveli in Ahmedabad. Search for the perfect sand dune – Osiyan, Khimsar and Nagaur trip.
London Dreams ! – London, Warwick, Windsor, Stratford, Hampton, Cotswold, Oxford – Jan 2012 Gurramkonda, Vontimitta, Siddhavatam, Brahmamgari matam. Chamundi hills, the big Nandi and Lalitha mahal palace
Trainspotting at Dudhsagar. Is this most haunted place in India ? – Bhangarh, Rajasthan. Masinagudi, Ooty and Coonoor.
5am to 5am – Uchangidurga, Santhebennur, Shantisagara, Koolahalli, Bagali Tirumala, Tiruchanoor, Vellore and Sripuram. Flying High – Ballooning @ Jaipur.
Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum – Autoworld Ruins in the Jungle – IIMA MCC Trip. Melkote and Srirangapatna, a day trip.
The legend of the Golden Garland – Gandi Kshetram Havelis & Mosques – Ahmedabad old city A Dream Trip to Disneyland
The shore temples of Mahabalipuram Kotilingeshwara – A quick little trip. Little Rann of Kutch Wild Ass Sanctuary & Rann Riders resort – Dasada.
Chembra Peak, Meenmutty waterfalls, Himavad Gopalaswamy betta. Angsana Oasis Spa & resort. 7 days of driving around Karnataka – Temples, Hills, Forests, Caves, Ruins, Forts and Highways
Kadapa, Pushpagiri, Gurramkonda & Horsley hills. A DIY Story: Home Audio Speaker Boxes in a Car ??? Yes!!! HAL Aerospace Museum & Heritage Center. Bangalore.
Trekking in the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Thoovanam Waterfalls. A DIY (Damp It Yourself) story: DynaMat, FonoMat…Yoga-Mat ???? Brahmagiri , Irpu falls – A trip and trek.
5 years with the Xing… Abhaneri, Rajasthan – A Sunday Drive from Jaipur… Kukke Subramanya & Kumara Parvatha; a drive and trek
Incredible Rajasthan ! – A 2320 kms road trip, without reservations. The MacLehose Trail – Hiking in Hong Kong Belief – A trip to Kebre
A weekend trek to Mukurthi Peak near Ooty. The Elephant & the Tiger – Hathi Bhata & Ranthambore trip. The Bhoot bungalow trip – ACMCC Trip II
Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Highforce waterfalls. Andaman & Nicobar, Port Blair & Havelock Island – 2009 Big trip – Part I Hampi – The city of victory…
IIMA Campus – Nature Walk. Adalaj, Modhera, Patan & Sidhpur – Vav, vav – Wow! A Tra’Village’ – Farmhouse visit.
Temples of Tamilnadu – 2009 Big trip – Part II My brush with the ‘Yamdoot’ :-) Chandragiri – Relics of the fallen empire.
Belum Caves, 1 day , 700kms. An incomplete guide to Hoysala temples ;-) Mysore, Byalukuppe, Madikeri, Bhagamandala, Talakaveri, Dubare.
Shivaganga, a sunday in the sun.


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