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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Highforce waterfalls.


These are a few photos from a trip to the UK in 2004. I was in Newcastle for a couple of months with my team, working on a P&G project. We did manage to get some time off from our hectic schedule to do some sightseeing in and around Newcastle. Unfortunately this was a trip […]

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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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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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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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Havelis & Mosques – Ahmedabad old city


Sangeetha was in Ahmedabad during the weekend of 26th & 27th June 2010. That weekend, we took some time off to visit a couple of places in and around Ahmedabad. After covering Adalaj, Modhera, Patan and Sidhpur on the 26th (That is a seperate travelogue), we went around to see a few places in Ahmedabad […]

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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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Tirumala, Tiruchanoor, Vellore and Sripuram.


Parkinson’s Law goes something like "Work expands to fill up all available time" and so it had been for the last couple of months. With work often spilling over into the weekends, we had not gone out for any serious long drive after our Hoysala Temple trip in March 09. It was also around two […]

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Weekend drive to Srikalahasti.


Looks like this is a season of weekend drives for me! Some pre-planned, some unexpected… On 8th & 9th Aug 09, we did a weekend trip to Srikalahasti near Tirupati. My in-laws had a pooja vow to complete there and had planned to go by train. But tickets were on the 3 digit WL even […]

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Incredible Rajasthan ! – A 2320 kms road trip, without reservations.


  Normally most of our trips are planned in advance. We at least have info about the places to cover, a rough idea of the time required at each place, road conditions and the route to take… What made the Rajasthan road trip incredible for us is : We just had an arbitrary list of […]

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


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