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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Trekking in the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Thoovanam Waterfalls.


One fine morning, opened my inbox to see our old friend Chandrashekar’s mail proposing a weekend trek for the 4th & 5th of July 09. This time the destination was the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary (CWS). Fired up the browser to check out what Chinnar was all about… I had heard about Chinnar sometime in the […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum – Autoworld


Trrrrriiiinnngg… Trrrriiinnnggg… Doc: Hello SG: Hello Doc, I was thinking of visiting the Pranlal Bhogilal vintage car collection tomorrow morning (Saturday 10th July 2010)… Doc: Hmmm… I too was planning to go there sometime. I drove past this place a few days ago when I was going somewhere, it is around 30 – 40 minutes […]

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London Dreams ! – London, Warwick, Windsor, Stratford, Hampton, Cotswold, Oxford – Jan 2012


My Trip to London in Jan was a memorable one. Though I missed Sanjay, I planned to not miss any places in London. Since it was a Business Trip, I had to make the most of the 2 weekends in hand and made full justice to the time I could spare for sightseeing. The serviced […]

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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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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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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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Abhaneri, Rajasthan – A Sunday Drive from Jaipur…


Step wells (Baoris) are fascinating. In the days past, not only were they sources of water; they were also used as rest houses by weary travelers, as temples and as community centers. Gujarat and Rajasthan have some of the best step wells in India. We had seen some amazing ones at Adalaj, Patan and Modhera […]

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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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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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Andaman & Nicobar, Port Blair & Havelock Island – 2009 Big trip – Part I


This is Part I of the 2009 Big trip – covering Andaman & Nicobar, Port Blair & the Havelock Island trip Part II of the 2009 Big trip where we covered the Temples of Tamilnadu is at this link It was time for one of our annual holidays and the planning started from the first […]

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


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