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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Trainspotting at Dudhsagar.


A quick little travelogue 🙂 – This was not a ‘Xing’ drive, but a TT-trip & a weekend trek. We started from Bangalore at around 8.30pm on the evening of 6th Nov 09 and came back into Bangalore at around 5.30am on the morning of Monday the 9th Nov 09. Trip outline: Trek to Dudhsagar […]

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Flying High – Ballooning @ Jaipur.


26.10.2011,  Jaipur was celebrating Diwali… and we celebrated it in a different way. We went Ballooning ! There are very few places in India where Ballooning happens regularly; luckily Jaipur is one of them. Since Ballooning requires favorable wind conditions and relatively plain land to operate safely, it is a seasonal activity and is conducted […]

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A Long walk, Monsoon, Leeches, Wildlife & Railway History.


We went on a trek in the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala, over the weekend of 6th & 7th June 09. We travelled in a Tempo Traveller, with a group of friends and friends of friends! Left Bangalore at around 8.30pm Friday evening and returned back at around 5.00am on Monday morning. The trek was along […]

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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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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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Chembra Peak, Meenmutty waterfalls, Himavad Gopalaswamy betta.


This is a trip from March 1st & 2nd 2008, which I dug up from the archives. Infact the main reason why I started to write these travelogues is that within a few months of a trip, the memories slowly begin to fade and the story behind each pic gets fuzzier and fuzzier. I also […]

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Belum Caves, 1 day , 700kms.


This is a trip from 2007, dug up from the archives. I lost quite a few pics and videos from this trip when my laptop hard-disk crashed and only a few pics could be retrieved. Going on to the travelogue: Ever since I moved to Bangalore in 2001, I have been doing the Bangalore-Hyderabad route […]

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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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Search for the perfect sand dune – Osiyan, Khimsar and Nagaur trip.


  Till we actually moved to Jaipur and explored Rajasthan, any thoughts of Rajasthan would evoke visions of Camels, Sand dunes, Forts and Palaces. While finding Camels, Forts and Palaces is quite easy, finding a Sand dune is not so easy. Especially dunes that look like the ‘perfect’ ones shown in movies… While researching on […]

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5am to 5am – Uchangidurga, Santhebennur, Shantisagara, Koolahalli, Bagali


Synopsis of the trip: Started from BLR at 5am on 2nd Aug 09. Returned to BLR at around 5am on 3rd Aug 09. Total distance covered on the Odo: 823kms Main places visited: Huchangidurga, Santhebennur, Shantisagara, Hallimallapura, Davanagere, Kulahalli & Bagali. With Sangeetha off to Chennai for a couple of days, I had planned to […]

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Little Rann of Kutch Wild Ass Sanctuary & Rann Riders resort – Dasada.


IIMA had organized a Leadership Development workshop for the PGPX students over the weekend of 3rd and 4th October 2010. The venue was the Rann Riders resort in Dasada village, Gujarat. The village of Dasada is a few minutes drive from the entrance of the Little Rann of Kutch Wild Ass Sanctuary. The Rann Riders […]

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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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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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Gurramkonda, Vontimitta, Siddhavatam, Brahmamgari matam.


Another ‘Blast from the past’ from my archives. This trip is quite recent though, from November 08. The main purpose of the trip was to attend my relative’s wedding in AP. Since we were driving into the interiors, we thought of visiting some lesser known places which are somewhat off the beaten track. Route taken: […]

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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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Melkote and Srirangapatna, a day trip.


We made a quick trip to Melkote and Srirangapatna on the 31st of Jan 2009. My inlaws wanted to visit a Narasimha temple (Their ‘family god’) on the eve of their wedding anniversary and the only Narasimha temples we knew of outside Bangalore are in Sholingur (TN) and Melkote (KA). Having been to both these […]

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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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5 years with the Xing…


Our Santro ‘Xing’ completed 5 years and 1,00,000 kms in 2010. . . 5 really pleasurable years! I don’t think a very detailed ownership report is required since there are 100s of reports out there for the Xing. So just a small note on the experience so far. During all our trips, not once did […]

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Kotilingeshwara – A quick little trip.


On the 30th of March 2008, we were returning back to Bangalore from a family trip to Chittoor. Since we had started our return journey quite early in the morning, we were quite ahead of schedule and were driving back at a very liesurely pace. On a couple of earlier trips along this route, we […]

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


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