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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Mysore, Byalukuppe, Madikeri, Bhagamandala, Talakaveri, Dubare.


It was our wedding anniversary over the weekend and another reason to head out somewhere for a long drive! Initial plans were to drive towards Kerala / Wayanad areas, but the news of all the recent forest fires led to us having second thoughts and we veered towards Kodagu. Route taken (in terms of the […]

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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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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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Adalaj, Modhera, Patan & Sidhpur – Vav, vav – Wow!


* Vav = ‘Step-well’ in Gujarati. Once upon a time, when Doordarshan was the only channel on TV, I had seen a Gujarati movie on a Sunday afternoon. It was Ketan Mehta’s "Bhavni Bhavai"- starring Naseeruddin Shah & Smita Patil. Based on a Gujarati folk tale, some significant scenes from the movie were shot in […]

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Chennai and Kanchipuram


There was a wedding in the family and plans were made for a trip to Chennai. Not being much of a crowd person, I did have second thoughts about joining in for the trip… but the temptation of a long drive on the GQ was too irresistible and I opted in. We left on the […]

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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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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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HAL Aerospace Museum & Heritage Center. Bangalore.


Gave the Xing for service. After a ‘not so good’ experience with my regular service center last time, I decided to head over to the Advaith service center in Whitefield for this service. Left home post breakfast and reached Whitefield by around 10.00am. Gave the service rep a list of stuff that needed to be […]

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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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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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The legend of the Golden Garland – Gandi Kshetram


Route map: " Sri Anjaneya at Gandi Kshetra … On the right bank is the temple of Veera Anjaneya situated in serine atmosphere presenting a picturesque scene. The legend of how the temple of Lord Anjaneya had come to being here is very interesting. During the Ramayana period Sri Vayudeva was on mediation here. Sri […]

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Angsana Oasis Spa & resort.


A couple of weeks ago (Feb 2009) I had been to Angsana Spa, on Doddaballapur road. This was no pleasure trip though… it was for an offsite training and team meeting. Angsana is located in a residential gated community called ‘Northwest Country’, a Prestige group property. There are a couple of villas in some of […]

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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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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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Chamundi hills, the big Nandi and Lalitha mahal palace


This is a trip from the 9th of Feb, 2008. It was just another lazy weekend when we decided to head out towards Lokaruchi for a leisurely lunch. During lunch we were discussing about Chamundi hills and the big Nandi… on a whim, we decided to drive up to Mysore post lunch. There wasn’t much […]

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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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Temples of Tamilnadu – 2009 Big trip – Part II


This is Part II of the 2009 Big trip where we covered the Temples of Tamilnadu. >>>Part I of the 2009 Big trip – covering Andaman & Nicobar, Port Blair & the Havelock Island trip is at this link The long drive part of the trip started from the 24th of Sep 09. The route […]

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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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Masinagudi, Ooty and Coonoor.


Map Source: Google maps. Just Google around and you’ll find 1000s of travelogues about Ooty. If you are in the southern part of India, Ooty is considered as one of the ‘must see’ places on the tourist circuit. Now, is Ooty actually worth visiting? Does it live up to all the hype?? These are questions […]

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


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