Kukke Subramanya & Kumara Parvatha; a drive and trek


We came back today (26th Jan 09) after an unforgettable trip spread over 3 days, drove 690kms from Bangalore to Kukke Subramanya and back… and trekked for a total distance of 26kms to the top of Kumara Parvatha. Kumara Parvatha (KP) is the second highest peak in Karnataka after Mullayanagiri and is considered to be […]

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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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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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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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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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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 Elephant & the Tiger – Hathi Bhata & Ranthambore trip.


It was the 19th of December 2011. We had just come back from the big trip around Rajasthan. Vani & Aish had taken the flight back to Bangalore the previous evening. Sangeetha & me still had a few more days of vacations left and we scanned through our list of ‘must see places in Rajasthan’. […]

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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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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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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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The MacLehose Trail – Hiking in Hong Kong


We were in Hong Kong & Macau during November – December 2011 as part of my IIMA PGPX exchange program with the China University of Hong Kong. While Googling around for interesting places to visit in and around Hong Kong, I came across the MacLehose Trail. Though the complete trail was out of question due […]

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


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